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A Surprise at the Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival

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July 18, 2015 — For the past 25 years, my family and I have attended the Yarmouth Clam Festival in Maine. Every year I enjoy seeing many of the same or similar vendors and often purchase local art. Today, however, I was pleasantly surprised to meet a local Portland resident at the festival with a familiar accent … it was not Steamer (the festival mascot) and he did not have a Maine accent!
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Jonathan Hernández Niembro is selling beautiful wire-wrapped jewelry. The stones on some of the rings catch my eye and when I ask him about them, I notice his accent. I am not positive, but my guess is he is Latino. My instincts are correct: Jonathan is from México. Read more about Jonathan here

We chat a bit, I buy two rings and leave him to his customers. His booth seems to be a popular one and I do not want him to lose business.

Before I leave, he hands me his card and on the back he writes the address of Taco Trio, a local Mexican restaurant, where he promises I would get delicious and authentic Mexican food because the owners are also from Teotihuacán.

"There are three Mexicans and one Salvadoran working there," he says. "I work there as a waiter to make ends meet, when I'm not selling my jewelry."

I tell him I'd look for him again when I venture into South Portland during the next week's stay in Maine. Later in the evening, as I stroll through the waterfront in The Old Port, I come across this taco truck (below) and recognize the name and address that Jonathan wrote on the back of his card.

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The menu below is indeed uniquely authentic Mexican, listing ingredients and foods (chilorio, rajas, chile arbol) that one does not normally see on standard taco trucks. I drool!

Taco Trio Menu

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