Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 408 - Del Taco Buzz-Saw Edition

Day 408 / Hat 408: Retro five-panel trucker-style cap with white foam front panel, brown bill, brown mesh back, brown button on crown and plastic adjustable size strap in back. 

Additional detail includes screenprinted orange buzz-saw blade* design on front panel with the words: "Del Taco" in brown in the center of the sun. Interior tag reads: " Nissun, product of Taiwan, assembled in China, Nissun Cap."

Loaned to the Project by my food section colleague Jenn Harris who had received it from the aforementioned taco-slinging concern as part of a campaign to highlight new (in JH's words) "retro-style menu offerings."

A few minutes of web-sleuthing and I'm in a position to lay this on you like a layer of shredded cheese:
Del Taco is actually in the midst of commemorating its 50th anniversary this year. According to a recent article in QSR magazine, the company started as a single restaurant back in 1964 and "served its first taco in Barstow." It's since grown to some 546 locations nationwide.

Part of the company's year-long celebration includes an "Anniversary Throwback Menu" which includes an intriguing item called the "Bun Taco" (a sesame seed bun filled with seasoned beef, hand-grated cheddar cheese, lettuce and a tomato slice). Other retro items include the "Small Taco Salad" (seasoned beef, freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, and Del Taco’s secret sauce, served on a bed of lettuce with tortilla chips) and an orange and vanilla milk shake topped with whipped cream. 

For anyone looking to accessorize in retro Del Taco style, the hat is available online through the company's web store.

*[I was about to describe this as sunburst design -- especially since a version of it appears in the current company logo rising over a green hillside, but Del Taco's own website refers to it as a "buzz saw design." A taco stand with a buzz-saw logo? Make of it what you will.]

PC 208: Jingle Belle
PC 108: Playing through
A Year Ago Today in Project Cubbins

Q: OK, nice hat -- but what exactly is Project Cubbins, anyway?

A: One man's homage to Dr. Seuss and his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins," which celebrated the 75th anniversary of its publication in 2013, Project Cubbins is an attempt to document the wearing of a different hat or piece of headgear every day for 500 consecutive days. No do-aheads, no banking of hats, no retroactive entries. PC started on May 27, 2013 with Hat 1. 

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