Xelebrity of the Month
XelaWho’s ear-the-ground correspondent, Alex Mac, brings you the stories behind the famous faces you see around town in Xela. This month he spoke to Aldo and Rafael, the guys in charge at the world famous late night taco stand “El Quetzalteco” on the corner of Parque Central near the Dispensa Familar. If you’ve been out late stumbling around Xela and aren’t vegetarian these guys have probably saved your life… or at least eased your hangover!
So where are you guys from?
Aldo: I’m from Totonicapan. Rafael is from San Mateo Chiquito in Quiche?.
Wow, so far away. So how did you end up in Xela?
We both moved here for this job a couple of months ago. There isn’t much work back home and this was a good opportunity for us.
What’s it like working at the cart?
It’s great. We really like the work. We make lots of money but it’s a commission of our sales so we have to sell lots of tacos.
Alright, I’ll be sure to tell everyone to drink up and come gets some tacos later on. So who do you work for?
The owner is a guy called Roberto. He’s only got this cart but he’s a good owner, he treats us well.
Why do you think your cart is so popular?
Our location is the best. Everyone passes by on their way out or back home. And obviously because we make the best tacos!
So what makes your tacos so good? Where did you learn to make them?
No idea. We just follow the bosses recipe and dish it out. Beef, sauce, tortilla and salad. It’s not rocket science.
Inspirational… You guys work til after 2am, is it dangerous?
Nah, not at all. There are lots of people around and we’ve never had any problems.
So what’s the funniest thing that’s happened at the cart?
We get so many wasted people ordering tacos late at night. Many don’t know what they’re doing and order 2 or 3 times because they don’t remember they’ve already ordered. Lots of people come back the next day and apologise for being so wasted… it’s really funny (and nice) when they come back.
How old are you guys?
Aldo: I’m 18 and Rafael is 22.
Do you have family back home? Don’t you miss them working so far away?
Yeah our families are back home but it’s not too bad. We go back every few weeks but the opportunity to make money here in Xela is worth it.
So what’s your plan for the future?
Aldo: I really want to own my own taco truck one day. I’m saving up a little bit at the moment and I hope to buy one sometime soon.
Thanks heaps guys. I’m vego so I’ll have to take your word for it that your tacos are the best. Orale!