The Burrito Blog

August 2007

El Pelon Follows 3:10 To Yuma

Mike invited me to a sneak preview of 3:10 To Yuma at the Fenway Theater a few weeks ago. He wasn't that much of a fan, but I totally dug it. Check out the trailer.

After the flick we walked over to El Pelon for snack time. I got a hefty carnitas burrito with refried beans, outdoor seating and hot sauce on the side for a mere $4.65.

Take note: the El Pelon hot sauce is usually pretty ferocious.

Mike wasn't a fan of the sauce, asserting that it traded flavor for ferocity. Let's just say we only disagreed on the movie. Still, this was one of the best El Pelon burritos I've tasted.

This El Pelon Taqueria meal was rated: 7.4.

Sunday, August 26, 2007 by Jonah. Permalink for El Pelon Follows 3:10 To Yuma

Food Prices Outpace Inflation, CPI

In response to the recent increases in price at Anna's, Boca Grande, and others, John Pepper of Boloco emailed to give me the scoop. So cast out theories of greed, tortilla shortages, or tariffs. The culprit is food cost.

First, a little background.

The buying power of the dollar measured by the Consumer Price Index, which reports no unusual movement. Inflation has been moving month to month between around 2% and 4% over the past year - also within a normal range. During that time, the cost of food has skyrocketed according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

So what's behind the climbing cost of food? Climbing cost of seeds? Water? Fertilizer? Labor? Well, it's not that simple, and I'm a casual student of economics at best.
It's partly because of corn prices, driven up by congressional mandates for ethanol production, which have reduced the amount of corn available for animal feed. It's also because of tougher immigration enforcement and a late spring freeze, which have made farm laborers scarcer and damaged fruit and vegetable crops, respectively. And it's because of higher diesel fuel costs to run tractors and attractive foreign markets that take U.S. production.

Seems like this problem won't reverse itself anytime soon. Time to pick up a second job to satisfy your burrito cravings.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007 by Jonah. Permalink for Food Prices Outpace Inflation, CPI

The Price Of A Feast

Anna's Taqueria raised prices again. Shed a tear.

Lincoln no longer has you covered; a super burrito with guacamole costs $5.25. Hikes or no hikes, I can't think of a better way to spend you lunch money than burrito procurement.

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Monday, August 20, 2007 by Jonah. Permalink for The Price Of A Feast

Pretty Girls Make Graves And Tacos

This was forever ago. Cleaning out the photo archive, I came across some pictures from late night Felipe's. A handful of Seano's buddies and I went to see the last Cambridge appearance of Pretty Girls Make Graves earlier that night.

I do not remember if the women that made the tacos were pretty. In fact I think they were men.

Seano likes his tacos with refried beans - what he calls 'Santa Barbara style.' Pictured sipping in the back is Mikey, famous for 'Mikey Monahan style' - which has less to do with eating than drinking.

This show was tough to beat. Topped off with Felipe's, it was definitely one of the best nights of spring.

For more rock and roll burrito adventures, see: Agua Minus the Bear, The Supersuckers, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals meet human resources, and I am a corporate stooge.

This Felipe's Taqueria meal was rated: 7.9.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 by Jonah. Permalink for Pretty Girls Make Graves And Tacos