The Obama Burrito Veto
Barak Obama is in town to deliver a speech on American leadership in clean energy at MIT. Cops and barricades lined the sidewalks and blocked the streets.
No parking. Burrito veto.
Mark Is Unconvinced
Nope. Chips and salsa only.
How Convenient For Me
Seth (pictured) and David were nice enough to pick me up and take me to Anna's MIT.
My car got to stay cozy inside its igloo. I got warmed up by a super steak burrito with extra hot sauce.
The Streak Is Dead
- Federal Holidays
- Students going home
- Professional nutritionist suggestion that I need more variation in my diet
The Streak Is Alive
I know. I haven't posted in six weeks. It's the longest break I've ever taken from Burrito Blog. For those of you who were worried that I may have stopped
- Eating the tortillas
- Typing the keyboards
- Breathing the air
Here's what my trashcan looks like after eating a Mexican Plate from Anna's MIT for seven straight breakfasts.
Hmm. Maybe there is something wrong with me.
Evidence Of Ninjas, Pirates Seen At Anna's
After Halloween, everybody is all about sharing pictures. Burrito Blog is no different.
On my way to grab an early morning chile verde plate from Anna's MIT, I noticed evidence of typically conspicuous ninjas and their less covert arch rivals, pirates.
The chile verde plate with refried beans and guacamole was particularly excellent on this occasion. No too hot, not too mild. Just right. Maybe I should have been Goldilocks this year.
Master Of The Mini, Parte Dos
Back then, Phil's standard fare was two super burritos. Three on occasion.
See also: Master Of The Mini
Thoughts On Early Birds
Anna's MIT opens at 7am. I like a big breakfast and a nice walk on a sunny day.
The early bird gets the worm.
Sometimes though, the early bird gets pooped on by another bird, the kind with wings an no concern for humans below. Then the early bird has to go back home to shower.
I heard it's good luck to get bombed with bird dung. I disagree. I think it's just something people say to make themselves feel better about getting pooped on.
Good thing Anna's is open for lunch.
El Goldo Gets A Quesadilla
Anna's Taqueria Adds Lengua To The Menu
I'm working on it.
The first time I ever had lengua, which is boiled beef tongue, was at Tacos Lupita, near the very beginning of Burrito Blog. At the time, the textural authenticity was a bit much to take. I grew into it a couple meals later.
Anna's lengua is cut small, as seen in the photo above. It's gringo friendly. Give it a try.
Unfortunately, the speed at which Burrito Blog posts stories is inversely related to my level of other responsibilities. It's easy to forget that Burrito Blog is merely a hobby. The best hobby ever, perhaps, but a hobby none the less.
Dave, I'm sorry this took me a month to post.
Anna's MGH Finally Open
After much anticipation and long delays, Anna's Taqueria finally opened the doors to their location on Cambridge Street across the street from Massachusetts General Hospital (Map).
Anna's first location in Boston proper will open at 7am on weekdays and 8am on the weekend. Why so early? To serve breakfast burritos.
Thanks to Amanda for the tip.
The Best Looking Salsa, Part 2
New Hours, Menu Item At Davis Sq. Anna's
The elusive breakfast burrito, formerly available only at Anna's MIT, is now on the menu at Davis. New hours accompany the change. Doors open at 8am.
Set that alarm clock.
Thanks to John Liu for the tip.
A Little Ditty
A little ditty about John and Diane/
Two BC alums, burritos in hand/
That concludes my Mellencamp rip off. Not a fan of that tune anyway. At all.
Essential Summer Ingredients
Pictured here is a carnitas plate with jalapeños and extra rice from Anna's MIT.
I'm really going to miss summer. Good thing I'm headed back to California soon.
Plate weight: 22.6 oz | Price: $4.65 | FDR: 4.86
Mr. Fink, Miss Perry Visit Cambridge
Recall that Mr. Fink was responsible for introducing me to the Big Enchilada in Manhattan. Now it was my turn to host.
We went to Anna's at MIT for their Massachusetts Mexican food initiation. Will they return? Let's hope so!
His breakfast burrito weighed in at 12.3 ounces, Miss Perry's at 12.5 ounces.
The Price Of A Feast
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.
The Best Looking Salsa
To all the cilantro haters out there, start your own blog. I'll hear all complaints about Burrito Blog but don't mess with my cilantro.
The steak plate featured was from Anna's MIT location in the early morning. Breakfast, baby, breakfast.
Burrito Blog Is Back From Lunch
I present to you an Anna's creation to be had only at the MIT location. Steak plate with espinacas instead of lechuga (spinach not lettuce). Best plate ever? Just might be. Last summer there was a blight on spinach; this treat was an impossibility.
I'm hooked on spinach. Lettuce is for farm animals.
2 Fast 2 Ravenous
See also: Hands at 10 and 2.
The Chile Verde That Broke My Belly
I know, I know. This doesn't look like breakfast food. And the MIT location has breakfast burritos. I am responsible for my own fate.
Sometimes you learn when to say enough is enough. This experience taught me the hard way. No less delicious, this chile verde was considerably more spicy than usual. My stomach was considerably less cooperative.
I gotta say it wasn't the chile verde's fault. It was the quart of milk I drank with the meal. Soothing qualities of guacamole and refried beans proved inadequate in quelling the mouth fire.
See also: The Aftermath.
DJ Turbz Summer Forecast
We talked about the beaches and the summer. Since high school and as roommates in Roslindale, we've made countless beach trips.
I'm looking forward to getting back to that. Summer here we come!
A fan of the beans and rice burrito, Turbz switched it up and went with the super chicken burrito.
Burrito weight: 19.2 oz | Price: $4.25 | FDR: 4.52
Tacos combined weight 10.1 oz | $4.95 | FDR: 2.04
Anna's Taqueria Rumor #2: Delivery
Think what you like. Personally I doubt it.
Anna's Taqueria Rumor #1: Mass General
Many have heard rumblings of a new Anna's Taqueria location opening at Mass General Hospital (MGH). Well, I haven't seen it with my own eyes, but I think this rumor can be confirmed.
An email from Mike Kamino, founder of Anna's:
I'm working on Anna's Mass General location and should open this spring / summerFans of Anna's residing in Beacon Hill, prepare to rejoice.
Burrito Begins Vacation Revival
Cora and I made our way up to the slopes for a few, well, trips back down the slopes by way of snowboard. This, all on the heels of a super chicken burrito from Anna's in Porter Square.
The More Elusive Breakfast Taco
Note: physical size is unrelated to size of flavor, amigo.
The breakfast taco comes with all the same ingredients as the breakfast burrito: huevos, potatoes, salsa, and Mexican sausage. It is available only at the Anna's MIT location.
Weight: 5.4 oz | Price: $1.85 | FDR: 2.92
Year Of The Boar: Carnitas
This picture deserves to get blown up. The carnitas shown tasted amazing and visibly so. It's pretty hit or miss, so I try and make a last minute decision when ordering.
Let this be the standard. When the carnitas looks like this, get it.
Plate weight: 25.9 oz | Price: $4.80 | FDR: 5.40
Too Cold For A Steak Quesadilla
Wow, I'd like one of these about now.
Felipe's is open and offers similar excellence. Unfortunately I happen to live in Massachusetts at this February moment, and it's too cold to go outside. Ironic that I reach into the freezer for something to eat.
Quesadilla weight: 14.6 oz | Price: $3.20 | FDR: 4.56
I Bow To Reader Demands
My friend Nate loves burritos. You should feature him on your site.and:
My friend Me loves burritos. You should feature a picture of him eating a burrito on your site.I have no choice but to share Nate's face with the world.
He is seen eating his very first super burrito from Anna's Taqueria. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Nate was overwhelmed by the superiority of this Massachusetts burrito. He was unimpressed by the local sunshine.
Mike's Al Pastor Quesadilla Configuration
Please remember that there are over 12,000 ways to order at Anna's, based on their menu options as of May 2005. This is the story of one man's favorite.
- Al Pastor Quesadilla
- Black Beans
- Hot Sauce
- Both Al Pastor Sauces
- Love - according to Mike
The Last Supper, Vol. 2
Despite its wealth of tamales and tacos, Los Angeles suffers from a serious lack of steamed tortillas commonly found in San Francisco and Boston burritos.
Boston lacks the wealth of sunshine commonly found in San Francisco and Los Angeles, dammit.
See also: The Last Supper.
Archive: My Quesadilla Offends
Me: Yeah, I'm not that into coffee, I'm just going to run down the street and grab something else. Be right back.
(Time passes, I return)
What, you frown at quesadillas at 10 am? Or did you want one? What's with the scowl?
Anna's Elusive Breakfast Burrito
I have seen it first hand; I have tasted its legend.
The breakfast burrito is available only at the MIT location. That Anna's Taqueria installation opens at 7am (I do not wake up that early) and thankfully continues to serve the breakfast burrito until mid morning.
- Steak - but not the regular carne asada
- Spinach - sometimes
This Anna's Taqueria meal was rated: .
Forgo The Guacamole, Oh No
Quoted in entirety:
Seriously, who would have thought this CPI would hit so close to home- or quite literally, my stomach? I remember the good old days when my super Carnitas, beans and rice, salsa, hot sauce and guacamole only cost $4.52. I used to keep 52 cents in my car at all times, just in case I had an unexpected Anna's attack. These days I can hardly keep pace with inflation. If this keeps up, I might have to even start forgoing the guacamole.Dave, I miss it too. We all do. But my demand for guacamole is inelastic.
Burrito Blog Speed Eating Contest #1
After some trans national trash talking between Phil and DJ Turbz regarding the rapidity of burrito consumption capabilities, the two finally met for a showdown at Anna's. Sheb Shumar, with a reputation for brief meals, requested inclusion in the competition. Enter John Liu, last minute entrant, ringer, and soon to be Junior Burrito Analyst.
Enough hype. To the tape! From left to right: Phil Jonas, DJ Turbz, Sheb Shumar, John Liu.
Stick around for the closing seconds of commentary from the contestants where John Liu delivers a proverbial chest thumping assertion of dominance.
- Gold: John Liu - 1:35
- Silver: Sheb Shumar - 1:56
- Bronze: DJ Turbz - 2:24
- Aluminum: Phil Jonas - 2:45
Super burritos were nearly agreed upon, with all participants ordering at least cheese, rice, beans, salsa, with a choice of steak or chicken. John and Phil decided to get guacamole and sour cream postulating that a favorite burrito can be eaten faster than the bare minimum.
At the weigh in, Phil's burrito tipped the scale by a moderate but non critical margin.
Burrito Blog will hold another speed eating contest, this time open to the public. Though the date is to be determined, renowned Medford dentist Dr. Steve Lentine has already registered.
Update: Seth Shuman has allegedly shown the video to the delight of Johnny Damon, expatriated Anna's Taqueria junkie.
Fed Stabilizes Rates, Anna's Raises
Expect some 'creative pricing' as employees adjust to the new burrito rates. Today's super burrito cost $5.37 after tax.
If anyone knows of a study on the price elasticity of fast food (preferably Mexican), please send it my way.
Grace Potter, Human Resources
Some have been asking what I'm up to, running from coast to coast. Does Burrito Blog fund my lavish lifestyle of leisure? No.
John and I have been spreading the work of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Just push play below, be patient, and be prepared to be amazed. Listen to the whole thing.
If you read this far without pushing play, now is your chance to correct your mistakes. Go back and do it.
To show our extreme gratitude, John and I felt it only appropriate to shower them with beans and rice. We all met up at Anna's Taqueria in Porter Square to celebrate their hard work.
Grace and Jenna are no exception.
Archive: Chile Verde Plate
This meal was taken while out to lunch with Jerry and Zags a couple months ago.
In an effort to avoid eating burritos in secret, I'm catching up on may unshared burrito experiences from days long past.
The Face Of Aggressive Gratification
Direct from Logan Airport, Jerry required minimal persuasion to make a stop before seeing his family.
Jonah: Jerry, you wanna go get something to eat?
Jerry: I don't know man, my mom's making Sunday dinner.
Jonah: Zags and I were planning on going to Anna's.
Jerry: Taqueria?! Let's go! Don't tell mom.
The quesadilla was no match for Jerry.
The Last Supper
Before moving to The Philippines, we had one last lunch at Anna's. As expected, he got the Al Pastor. And as expected, it was delicious.
Do they have tortillas in The Philippines? Poor kid.
Green Like The Forest Canopy
- Chile Verde
This Anna's Taqueria meal was rated: .
In Fairness, Bone Found At Anna's
A few months ago, Greg found a bone in his chicken ranchero burrito. A loyal Boca Grande foot soldier claimed this was impossible, and accused me of planting the evidence via email:
I'm going to have to call you and your website a big liar...If you'd like to admit that you brought this bone yourself, just to hold up for your picture, I would certainly appreciate it. If you can present me some proof of the bone, I would also listen.Well buddy, other than the photograph, I'm afraid I'm out of proof.
In fairness, I found a bone in my boiled chicken quesadilla at Anna's, pictured above.
In chicken that is boiled, small bones sometimes escape detection.
I do not carry them in my pockets.
Look, A Brand New Burrito!
Are you going to make that gift giving season a reality and buy me lunch?
(Button on right under my picture)
Evidence Of Quesadilla
Could it be so?
Well readers, I've had the Anna's quesadilla many times and here's proof. They make their quesadillas using a lightly fried 10" tortilla which is then filled like a burrito (rice and beans are not standard).
These quesadillas are excellent, although they are a little too oily to eat every day.
Anna's quesadillas are double fold, while others are single fold. Which do I prefer? I like variety.
Hands At 10 And 2
In this particular photo, the '93 Subaru Legacy is parked. It may also be the last time I eat a burrito while driving, for reasons I will soon reveal...
What Dreams Are Made Of
If only all meals could all be this peaceful.
Consumer Price Index And Tacos
July marks a flat $.10 increase in all items at Anna's.
Crack open your piggy banks, you now have a good use for your dimes.
Even The Milk Tastes Chocolaty
Remember that Count Chocula ad from when we were little - about how the Coco Crispies were so strong they would make the milk taste like chocolate? Well, I was never allowed sugar cereals, so instead of a sweet tooth I became addicted to starches.
Yeah, starches, like rice and tortillas.
Anna's Latest: Horchata
Horchata is another such exception. It's a cold, rice drink with cinnamon and almond flavors. Allegedly, it is dairy free.
Although it does not photograph well, it tastes good.
Happy 4th of July!
Master Of The Mini
This time, he stopped by his parents' 25th wedding anniversary on his way to Anna's Taqueria.
Instead of one, he picked up two mini quesadillas and a super burrito.
Wheels On The Bus Go Round & Round
Yeah, unless of course there's a field trip in progress.
Innovation Al Pastor
A few months ago, al pastor was added to the menu.
They're pushing the taco, pictured, but you can order a burrito or quesadilla al pastor.
It's probably the greasiest thing on the menu, but works great as an snack to precede a burrito.
Behold The Possibilities
Clearly, the average person does not ponder a lifetime of burrito eating options. At Anna's Taqueria, an establishment with very few menu selections, we, the Burrito Analyst Team, have calculated 12,288 standard item combinations for the Super Burrito alone. This does not include combination or double meat burritos.
That would take about 34 years, eating one burrito per day.
Sara, Burrito Blog will never die.
You Forgot Poland
We met up at Anna's in Davis Square for a little snack. Check out his shirt - a reference to the 2004 presidential debates.
Oh, and don't ever drive from Roslindale to Somerville. Ever.
I passed within a 1/2 mile of these burrito places on the way (in order): Yucatan Taco, Anna's Taqueria, Boca Grande, El Burrito, Felipe's, Boca Grande (again), Anna's Taqueria (again), Tacos Lupita, Qdoba, and Picante.
Paparazzi Interrupts Super Boiled Chicken
11:36 AM: I order a super boiled chicken burrito with no beans, no cheese, and extra hot sauce.
11:38 AM: I sit down to eat.
11:40 AM: The Paparazzi arrives, intimidates me with a large lens.
11:42 AM - 11:55 AM: I hurriedly eat my burrito, avoiding swarming, screaming fans.
It's all because of my fame. Curse this celebrity business.
Happy Birthday To Me
This is a super steak burrito from Anna's Taqueria with extra hot sauce and guacamole. It was a little on the large side and completely delicious.
I Draw Huge Crowds
The truth is, Harvard Street always has shorter lines than Beacon. They also have more seating. Harvard Street was closed for expansion all last summer, and I think there must be some people out there that permanently switched to Beacon.
News flash: Harvard Street Anna's is open and the lines are shorter.
It's Good To Be Back
Unfortunately (or fortunately), there was some free pie at work today which I pigged out on at 10 am, so I wasn't that hungry.
As a result of the pie tasting, I decided to get the regular chicken burrito. Still, it was great to be back at Anna's.
A Bad Sunday Afternoon
Please note, I was feeling a little woosy before eating the burrito. Historically I've found that a burrito can cure just about any stomach or emotional discomfort.
Two birds with one stone? No. The stomach ache is with me 24 hours later. Anna's, I do not hold you responsible. It's not you it's me.
3 Super Burritos, 1 Meal, 1 Man
Phil orders his burritos 'con todo' which means they're huge.
Witnesses to this rare event were Rich, Ethan, Tilden and me. We demanded he try. Phil hardly flinched until the final bites of the third burrito went down.
Following this gross overindulgence Phil insisted we walk around for 15 minutes or take him to the hospital.This Anna's Taqueria meal was rated: .
I Return To My Roots
This was a boiled chicken plate with no beans. Please pass the extra hot sauce. Thank you.
PS: The woman at the counter seemed perplexed as she watched me photograph my food. I have no shame.This Anna's Taqueria meal was rated: .
Agua, Minus the BearMinus The Bear.
That picture's not from tonight - Middle East Upstairs about a year and a half ago.
A Face of Enjoyment
He likes the black frijoles. To each his own.
New Utensils, Steak Plate
Just wrapped up a steak plate from the Harvard Street location. The corn tortillas were a little sticky. I'm not sure why.
Observation: they changed suppliers for plastic utensils. How do I know? Because I smoke burrito crack.This Anna's Taqueria meal was rated: .
Inspiration From Carnitastried to go to Tacos Lupita but they were closed for Good Friday. After facing some locked doors, we spun around and cut through a parking lot to get to Anna's Taqueria. Now ordinarily I don't get the carnitas, but it was looking extra lean so I went for it. It was superb. No beans this time, extra hot sauce and guacamole.
This Anna's Taqueria meal was rated: .
Welcome to Anna's TaqueriaAnna's and I go way back. As a student at Brookline High, I fell in love early. Some people call it Anna's (pronounced ah-na's, not an-a's) but my friends mostly call it Taqueria. It's always been a hometown favorite.
At the time of this writing, there are 4 locations:
- Beacon Street, Brookline (Map)
- Harverd Street Brookline (Map)
- Porter Square, Cambridge (Map)
- Davis Square, Sommerville (Map)