This weekend marked the passing of renowned Luchador Silver King, A.K.A. César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, who passed away from an alleged heart attack during the Greatest Show of Lucha Libre in London. Silver King gained notoriety in the nacho world in, if not the nacho film we deserve then at least the nacho film we have, “Nacho Libre” playing the villainous Ramses. Fellow Mexican wrestler El Hijo del Santo wrote on Twitter: "I deeply regret the death of my great rival and partner in so many battles. He went as he wanted: fighting." You don’t get much better a memorial tweet than that.Read More
All good things must one day come to an end. Day turns to night. Months end. Years wind down. The sun will burn out. Eventually there will come the heat death of the universe and entropy will rule over all. Also, and most importantly, whenever you eat an order of nachos you will eventually finish it and you will have no more.
The same will one day also come to Nachonomics. As we are here at the beginning of our seventh year we must look back at all the good times, but also look forward to the eventual end of the site. Undoubtedly one evening we'll be sitting down with a dish of nachos in front of us, suffer a heart attack as our blood is mostly liquid cheese, and go face down into them. I can't think of a more fitting death, or way to end the site.
But that's not happening today, or anytime soon, so don't worry! We're going stronger and more nachoey than ever and still have YEARS more nacho coverage to go. Realistically not an infinite amount of time, but still years for sure. Plus, due to the rate of medicinal technology it's highly possible that we'll have little nacho loving robots running around in our blood to clean it out before inevitable cheese death becomes a reality, so win-win!
Yes folks, we're still going strong, and will continue to do so, so keep checking in for more nacho goodness on any day of the month with a "5" in it. Thanks for sticking around for the ride.
Think about this:
(1) Ignacio Anaya invented nachos invented in 1943.
(2) November 6th has been designated as National Nacho Day.
(3) International Nacho Day was designated as October 21st.
(4) The exact date that the first order of nacho was created on is unknown, other than that it was in 1943.
(5) The exact year that National Nacho Day was designated is unknown.
(6) The year that International Nacho Day was designated was 1975, upon the death of Ignacio Anaya.
So do we:
(A) Say that today is the 75th National Nacho Day, and count it from the year nachos were created, even though it wasn’t made a holiday until later?
(B) Never celebrate National Nacho Day and instead switch to celebrating International Nacho Day so the whole world can join in?
(C) Say that nachos have been around for 75 years now, and just celebrate that on National Nacho Day, but don’t ever attribute a year to the number of National Nacho Days that have occurred?
(D) Debate what days really are and realize that time is a man-made construct and instead just eat and appreciate nachos every day?
We here at Nachonomics would never dream to tell you how you should be celebrating with nachos, other than to follow whatever food appreciating laws there are wherever you live, but we hope that you are celebrating them as much as you can. If it takes a made up holiday in order to do that then all the better, but know that nachos can be enjoyed no matter the day of the year that it is. Be sure to say that when you hit up your favorite nacho restaurant and see if they fall for it by giving you the holiday discount. Suckers.
One, two, nachos for you. Three, four, eat nachos some more. Five, six, holy moley, Nachonomics has been around for six years now! Did I ever think when I was but a wee child of less than six that I would be writing about a singular food for longer than I have been alive? No, no I did not, but here we are!Read More
While we nacho fans all spent the previous Monday celebrating National Nacho Day, there was sadly one who did not. Frank Liberto: inventor of the concession nacho, inventor of the shelf-stable cheese, founder of Ricos Products Company, Captain in the Army, 1994’s South Texas Entrepreneur of the Year, passed away on November 5th, one day shy of the day he was partially responsible for, surrounded by family at his San Antonio home. He was 84 years old.
It is beyond a doubt that Ignacio Anaya is the king and father of nachos, and Carmen Rocha the mother and queen, but Frank Liberto was more the bad boy prince or cool uncle that rides a motorcycle and wears sunglasses indoors. Ignacio didn’t do much to spread the word of nachos outside of Piedras Negras, and while Carmen brought them to Los Angeles they still never really hit critical mass. It wasn’t until Frank got his brand of concession nachos into Texas Stadium and up into the mouth of announcer Howard Cosell that they reached a tipping point.
Cosell, ever the loquacious gentlemen, thought the name was hilarious and started using “nacho” as noun, verb, adjective, and however else he felt like saying it, blurting out things like “That was nacho man!” and “What a nacho run that was!” While some men would have declared their love for the food by going on about how tasty this combination of chips and cheese and spicy jalapenos was, Cosell put his own unique take on things, and low and behold, that did the trick. Word of the dish traveled throughout the land, making what could have just been a niche southern Texas dish a worldwide phenomenon.
Frank Liberto has always been a controversial figure in the world of nachos, with many blaming the concession nachos for the bad rap nachos have gotten over the years as a second class food. Despite this, there is no doubt that without him most Americans would not be aware of the dish and they would not be nearly as well knows as they are today. You may not want to eat the nachos you see in a movie theater of sports stadium in favor of the artisanal ones down at your local gastropub, but if it wasn’t for Frank they probably wouldn’t even be on the menus of most places.
The real tragedy here is that not only is a man dead and a family left grieving, but the last living member of nacho history is gone. With the holy trinity of Ignacio, Carmen, and now Frank all having passed, there is nobody on the scene today who was down in the trenches and shoveling that nacho cheese in order to have the good name of the food take root in the world. This is what the passage of time does, and nobody from the lowliest nacho serf to the mightiest nacho king can avoid it. So goodnight you prince of nachos, you king of San Antonio, I will slowly pour out a container of Ricos Gourmet Nacho Cheese Sauce for the fallen. You will be missed.