A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 16, 2021
“When life gives you tacos, eat them”

“When life gives you tacos, eat them” and “When life gives you broken tacos, make nachos (taco salad)” are sayings that have been printed on several images. The sayings are variations on the popular saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
 
“When life (Ortega) gives you broken taco shells, you make taco salad” was posted on Twitter by Scott Jangro on March 28, 2009. “When life gives you broken taco shells, make taco salad!” was posted on Twitter by Ann Calhoun on October 6, 2009. “When life’s taco kit box hands you a bunch of broken hard tacos, dont get upset, just make taco salad!” was posted on Twitter by Roslyn M. Peralta on May 18, 2010. “when life gives you broken taco shells ...make a taco salad!” was posted on Twitter by Dr. Mimosa on January 13, 2012. “When life hands you a broken taco shell, make a taco salad” was posted on Twitter by Shannon Flannery on March 19, 2014. “When life hands you broken tacos, make taco salad!” was posted on Twitter by Maximum von SideEye on July 28, 2015. “When life gives you broken tacos, make taco salad” was posted on Twitter by toph on March 19, 2016. “When life gives you broken tacos, make taco salad” was posted on Twitter by eyeronic-Ts on November 16, 2020.
 
“Words of wisdom (and also my dinner). If life gives you broken taco shells, make nachos” was posted on Twitter by Neil Bearse on April 7, 2009. “When life gives you broken taco shells, make nachos. That’s not deep, I just don’t want to go back out to the store” was posted on Twitter by FK on November 30, 2009. “When life hands you broken tacos, make Nachos!” was posted on Twitter by gingerninja on May 25, 2010. “RT @jrtheicon When life hands you broken tacos make Nachos” was posted on Twitter by She’Monae on March 19, 2011. “When life gives you broken taco shells, make nachos!!!” was posted on Twitter by OC on June 22, 2011. “When life gives you broken tacos, make nachos!” was posted on Twitter by elecTriciT on August 27, 2012. “When life gives you broken tacos, make nachos!” was posted on Twitter by Brigid on January 8, 2014. “when life hands you broken tacos, make nachos” was posted on Twitter by 𝕊𝕙𝕠𝕠𝕤𝕙 𝕂𝕟𝕚𝕘𝕙𝕥 on December 26, 2014.
 
“when life gives you a broken taco, make tortilla chips” was posted on Twitter by Daniel Ryan on July 25, 2013. “when life gives you a broken taco make tortilla chips” was posted on Twitter by malak later on July 25, 2013.
 
“WHen life hands you tacos,eat it twice somehow” was posted on Twitter by manstett on October 21, 2009. “When life gives you tacos,EAT THEM!” was posted on Twitter by Kelsey Lester on February 20, 2010. “If life gives you tacos.. eat them” was posted on Twitter by Tyler Penrod on February 15, 2011. “When life gives you tacos, eat them!” was posted on Twitter by Studio Steve on December 20, 2011. “When life hands you a taco….. Eat it… Don’t ask questions” was posted on Twitter by matthew noel on September 24, 2013.
 
“WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU A TACO, EAT IT” was posted on Twitter by El Arroyo (as shown on the restaurant’s sign) on June 13, 2021.
         
       
Wikipedia: Taco
A taco (US: /ˈtɑːkoʊ/, UK: /ˈtækoʊ/, Spanish: [ˈtako]) is a traditional Mexican dish consisting of a small hand-sized corn or wheat tortilla topped with a filling. The tortilla is then folded around the filling and eaten by hand. A taco can be made with a variety of fillings, including beef, pork, chicken, seafood, beans, vegetables, and cheese, allowing for great versatility and variety. They are often garnished with various condiments, such as salsa, guacamole, or sour cream, and vegetables, such as lettuce, onion, tomatoes, and chiles.
 
Wikipedia: Nachos
Nachos are a Mexican regional dish from northern Mexico that consists of heated tortilla chips or totopos covered with melted cheese (or a cheese-based sauce), often served as a snack or appetizer. More elaborate versions of the dish include other ingredients, and may be substantial enough to serve as a main dish. Ignacio “El Nacho” Anaya created the dish in 1940.
         
Twitter 
Scott Jangro
@jangro
When life (Ortega) gives you broken taco shells, you make taco salad.
7:09 PM · Mar 28, 2009·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter
Neil Bearse
@neilbearse
Words of wisdom (and also my dinner). If life gives you broken taco shells, make nachos
6:55 PM · Apr 7, 2009·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter
Rachel Reuben Senor
@rachelreuben
RT @ninjarunner: Words of wisdom (and also my dinner). If life gives you broken taco shells, make nachos [he’s deep!! 😊 ]
7:02 PM · Apr 7, 2009·Twitter Web Client
   
Twitter
Ann Calhoun
@ABananas
When life gives you broken taco shells, make taco salad!
2:07 PM · Oct 6, 2009·Twitter Web Client
   
Twitter 
manstett
@ANSTETT_
WHen life hands you tacos,eat it twice somehow ... http://lnk.ms/2SNd4
9:04 PM · Oct 21, 2009·erased858
 
Twitter
FK
@FunKelly
When life gives you broken taco shells, make nachos. That’s not deep, I just don’t want to go back out to the store.
11:59 PM · Nov 30, 2009·Twitter Web Client
   
Twitter
Kelsey Lester
@nerdygirl018
“When life gives you tacos,EAT THEM!” 😉
1:43 PM · Feb 20, 2010·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter
Roslyn M. Peralta
@RoslynPeralta
When life’s taco kit box hands you a bunch of broken hard tacos, dont get upset, just make taco salad! 😉 hahahah! Mmmmmmmm!!!
9:46 PM · May 18, 2010·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter
gingerninja
@nyazgirl
Replying to @trillian1117
@trillian1117 When life hands you broken tacos, make Nachos! Go keith!
6:37 PM · May 25, 2010·Twitter Web Client
     
Twitter
Tyler Penrod
@tylerpenrod1
If life gives you tacos.. eat them. If life gives you a 5 buck box.. give life a hug for being awesome!!
10:09 PM · Feb 15, 2011·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter
She’Monae
@PMB_monae_
RT @jrtheicon When life hands you broken tacos make Nachos no need to cry push and keep it moving!
11:37 PM · Mar 19, 2011·Plume for Android
       
Twitter
OC
@oBaByXoXo
When life gives you broken taco shells, make nachos!!!
9:03 PM · Jun 22, 2011·Twidroyd for Android
 
Twitter
Mazzy’s Jester
@ColinMacD94
When life gives you a broken taco, make nachos!
7:08 PM · Jul 13, 2011·TweetCaster for Android
   
Twitter
julio NAMEUS ruiz
@Julio_NAMEUS
Lmfaooo…RT”@jrtheicon: When life hands you a broken taco don’t cry just make some motherfucking Nachos 😊 #fattweetsayings”
9:07 PM · Aug 21, 2011·Twitter for Android
     
Twitter
erika ventura
@ErikaVentura
When life gives you broken taco shells.. make taco salad
1:57 PM · Sep 23, 2011·Twidroyd for Android
 
Twitter
themaggers
@themaggers
when life hands you a broken taco shell make taco salad
11:22 PM · Sep 26, 2011·TweetDeck
   
Twitter
Felita ♥
@FeFePinkBerry
When life hands you a broken taco don’t be upset , crush those mf’ers up and make you some Nachos !!!!!!
2:28 PM · Oct 25, 2011·Twitter for BlackBerry®
     
Twitter
Studio Steve
@HawkForceOne
When life gives you tacos, eat them! #wisdom #tacotime
8:31 PM · Dec 20, 2011·Twitter SMS
 
Twitter
raquel s
@floresraquel06
Quote of the day: When life gives you tacos EAT THE DAMN THING
1:45 PM · Jan 4, 2012·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter
Dr. Mimosa
@NOLABelle83
when life gives you broken taco shells ...make a taco salad!
4:52 PM · Jan 13, 2012·Plume for Android
 
Twitter
chrisfecto
@chrisfecto
Replying to @caralynp
@caralynp just resourceful. When life gives you broken tacos eat nachos
1:46 AM · Feb 11, 2012 from Atlantic City, NJ·Tweetbot for iOS
   
Twitter
elecTriciT
@Trish_T
“When life gives you broken tacos, make nachos!” - #DCPS lol #LOVEIT!!!
12:20 PM · Aug 27, 2012·Twitter Web Client
     
Twitter
Brittney Pope
@brittneypope_
“I broke my taco shell!” “Its okay. when life gives you a broken taco shell, make taco salad” wise words from father.
6:14 PM · Sep 18, 2012·Twitter for BlackBerry®
     
Twitter
** DJ M’EAZY**
@DJMeazy208
Moms Told Me, IF LIFE HANDS YOU A BROKEN TACO , MAKE NACHOS DONT CRY ABOUT IT MAKE THE BEST OUT OF ALL SITUATIONS
1:03 PM · May 29, 2013·Hootsuite
 
Twitter
Daniel Ryan
@danielryanramos
when life gives you a broken taco, make tortilla chips
10:38 PM · Jul 25, 2013·Twitter for iPhone
   
Twitter
malak
@malakxhany
when life gives you a broken taco make tortilla chips
11:22 PM · Jul 25, 2013·Twitter Web Client
   
Twitter
matthew noel
@mateonoel14
When life hands you a taco….. Eat it… Don’t ask questions
2:55 PM · Sep 24, 2013·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter
Brigid
@brigmixture
Replying to @LegacyJunction
@LegacyJunction @anitahovey Yes! When life gives you broken tacos, make nachos!
5:26 PM · Jan 8, 2014·Twitter for iPhone
     
Twitter
Shannon Flannery
@shankflan
When life hands you a broken taco shell, make a taco salad. #taconight http://instagram.com/p/lvT3omhvd1/
5:26 PM · Mar 19, 2014·Instagram
 
Twitter
𝕊𝕙𝕠𝕠𝕤𝕙 𝕂𝕟𝕚𝕘𝕙𝕥
@TVPES
when life hands you broken tacos, make nachos
10:06 PM · Dec 26, 2014·Twitter for iPad
   
Twitter
Denham C.
@DrMacinyasha
“When life gives you broken tacos, make nachos” https://reddit.com/r/AdviceAnimals/comments/2qgriy/i_have_misplaced_emotional_priorities/cn613hh?context=2
10:56 PM · Dec 26, 2014·TweetDeck
     
Twitter
Candace Y.A. Montague
@urbanbushwoman9
When life gives you a broken taco shell, make nachos. #positivity Smiling face with smiling eyes
4:50 PM · Dec 29, 2014·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter
Maximum von SideEye
@claco
Replying to @joebreu
@joebreu @HEB When life hands you broken tacos, make taco salad!
9:00 PM · Jul 28, 2015 from Akron, OH·Twitter Web Client
   
Twitter
Eric Kleefeld
@EricKleefeld
Replying to @marybschneider
@marybschneider
When life hands you broken tacos, make a nice plate of nachos.
6:27 PM · Jan 21, 2016·Twitter Web Client
     
Twitter
The Todfather
@toddbudnikas
When life gives you a broken taco shell, make nachos.
2:02 PM · Feb 17, 2016·Twitter for Mac
 
Twitter
toph
@Riptieds
Replying to @DiggyOh
@Donut_Diggy When life gives you broken tacos, make taco salad
11:51 PM · Mar 19, 2016·Twitter for iPhone
   
Twitter
tinydino
@jesspotatoh
When life gives you broken tacos…. Make taco salad.
6:48 PM · May 1, 2016·Twitter for iPhone
   
Twitter
Jared Thorbahn
@thorbahn3
Replying to @NewWombat and @tacobell
When life gives you broken tacos, make taco salad I guess.
12:29 PM · Sep 22, 2016·Twitter Web Client
         
Twitter 
indyservicepack
@Indyservicepack
When life gives you tacos .... eat them ... https://instagram.com/p/BLxB2neBC4y/
9:20 PM · Oct 19, 2016·Instagram
 
Twitter
elena ramey ミ☆
@elenaramey13
when life gives you tacos, eat them. #imnotjoking
2:40 PM · Dec 27, 2016·Twitter for iPhone
       
Twitter
Landon Roseberry
@TacoTuesdayZ
When life gives you tacos, you eat them every Tuesday.
8:24 PM · May 19, 2017·Twitter for Android
 
Twitter
Jackie
@Jackerz000
When life gives you tacos, eat them. #goodday #tgif https://instagram.com/p/BU2c2Vngrk4/
4:35 PM · Jun 2, 2017·Instagram
 
Twitter
A View to a Bill
@TheBillCave
When life hands you a broken taco shell, make nachos.
Unhelpful Stupid Bullshit 38, Dispatches from the Fortress of Billitude
10:36 AM · Oct 18, 2017·Twitter Web Client
     
Twitter
Mariana
@Marianas1fan
When life gives you tacos, eat them.
9:01 PM · Mar 14, 2018·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter 
Siempre
@Tha_Real_Solo
When life hands you tacos, eat at least 4.
3:42 AM · Mar 18, 2018·Twitter for Android
 
Twitter
Ryan Jacobs
@jacobsems
When life gives you broken tacos, make nachos.
9:32 PM · Jun 12, 2018·Twitter Web App
   
Twitter
Bakersfield Penn Ave
@BakersfieldPenn
When life gives you tacos…you eat ‘em and be grateful.
5:25 PM · Aug 23, 2018·Sprout Social
   
Twitter
Darryl S. Duke
@DarrylDuke
” When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”
—Elbert Hubbard
“When life gives you broken taco shells, make a taco salad”
—Darryl S.Duke
Have A Lemonade And A Taco Salad
Inspired by this quote. I thought of one like it after my wife complained about her tacos shells breaking. “When life gives you broken taco shells make a taco salad”
darrylduke.org
10:21 AM · Jan 24, 2019·Facebook
 
Twitter
Joslyn Dechant
@JoslynDechant
When life deals you broken tacos, make taco salad. #tacos #tacosalad #whenlifegivesyoulemons #whenlifegivesyoutacos #lifeadvice
6:43 PM · May 20, 2019·Twitter Web App
   
Twitter
Rach
@northernchica
Replying to @SweetlyNaive and @dimestorec0wgrl
When life gives you broken tacos, make a taco salad.
11:23 PM · Jun 2, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
   
Twitter
𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝑵𝒂 𝑵𝒂 𓁹
@PantoneTana
When life hands you broken tacos…MAKE IT NACHOS!
11:38 PM · Jul 5, 2019 from Houston, TX·Twitter for iPhone
     
Twitter
Nova.K
@OfficialNovaK03
When life gives you tacos…YOU EAT THEM BITCHES TILL YOU EXPLODE thanks for listening to my ted talk
1:56 AM · Sep 1, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter
Christopher Clarke
@TheRisenChris
When life gives you broken tacos, make nachos
4:31 AM · Jan 7, 2020·Twitter for Android
         
Twitter
Texas State University
@txst
When life gives you tacos, eat ‘em up!#txst
7:47 PM · Jan 21, 2020·Twitter for Android
 
Twitter
Julia Willison
@Julia_Frances
When life gives you tacos, eat them I guess?
3:23 PM · Aug 4, 2020·Twitter for Android
 
Twitter
eyeronic-Ts
@eyeronicTs
Replying to @TimNoEgo
When life gives you broken tacos,
make taco salad
9:19 PM · Nov 16, 2020·Twitter Web App
       
Twitter
Siete Family Foods
@SieteFoods
When life gives you tacos, eat the tacos. But also, where is life giving out these tacos? Asking for a friend.
3:50 PM · Feb 8, 2021·Agorapulse app
     
Twitter
Juanitos Restaurant
@Juanitos_TX
When life gives you broken taco shells, make nachos!
...
#JuanitosMexicanRestaurant #MexicanFood #AuthenticMexicanFood #TexMex #PearlandTX #TXEats #TXFoodies #TexasFood
11:48 AM · Feb 25, 2021·Social Reputation
 
Twitter
Chris Hollis
@chris_hollis
You know what they say; when life gives you tacos, eat tacos. @ Soho Farmhouse https://instagram.com/p/CN0gCLfLmn5/?igshid=149ll02a2t5c1
4:14 PM · Apr 18, 2021 from South East, England·Instagram
 
Twitter
Angelic Bakehouse
@angelicbakehse
When life gives you tacos, eat the tacos. #TacoTuesday
@annie_siegfried https://instagram.com/p/CN6H0B-HqmV/?igshid=pxs7nsk83o77
8:37 PM · Apr 20, 2021·Instagram
   
Twitter
asymmetric
@askasymmetric
Replying to @xRams
When life gives you broken taco shells, make taco salad.
GIF
1:01 AM · Apr 27, 2021·Twitter Web App
 
Twitter
El Arroyo
@ElArroyo_ATX
Sunday advice
(The following text is shown on the restaurant’s sign.—ed.)
WHEN LIFE
THROWS YOU
A TACO,
EAT IT
12:28 PM · Jun 13, 2021·IFTTT

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