Burrito Inflation: Cheaper Than A Lawyer
Food prices are on the rise, and burritos are no exception. But it's not worth starting a riot. Especially not if you are:
- At Taco Bell
- Armed with a BB gun
Police tear gassed the room and apprehended the suspect, who will be charged with three counts of attempted capital murder.
($1.49 - $0.99) x 7 = $3.50
$3.50 < Attorney good enough to get this guy off the hook
Burritos for Economic Recovery
Mint put together an interesting infographic on burrito ingredients, consumption, and domestic production. With sources including the Census and USDA, Mint claims:
Guacamole in 2009:Ingredient buttons have a healthy serving of economic info.
Average consumption per capita: 4.1 pounds
Production value: $345.4 million
Production weight: 269,000 tons
The text is a little small above. Read the full size.
Thanks to Rich for the tip.
Speed Rolling With The Spoon Ninjas
Joshua Walovitch of the Boston Herald has been making news as 'Burrito Boy', seeking Boston's best burrito.
His claim as "the foremost burrito expert in the world" leaves me as "the former foremost," but hey, it's not a contest.
What is a contest is the burrito speed rolling event held at Anna's Taqueria. Josh says:
Five Anna's rollers and myself faced off in a time trial 'rito rolling challenge and the winner was crowned the 2010 Spoon Ninja and awarded the Golden Spoon. They're known as spoon ninjas because of their quick spoon skills when making burritos.
Burrito expertise aside, I concede this: Burrito Blog cannot compete with the video production muscle of the Herald. Great job Josh.
Burritos Only Look Boring
In exchange for spreading the word, they hooked me up with a shirt with parabolas and Cartesian coordinates.
Burritos and geekery go together like beans and rice.
Cinco De Mayo, My Birth
- I encourage you to eat some beans and drink some tequila.
- I remind you that I was born on this day.
- I ask you to buy me lunch via paypal or buy an I Heart Burritos t-shirt.
Time Running Out On Taco Truck Parking
Junior Burrito Analyst Dave Stuart brought this Los Angeles tragedy to attention:
...taco carts would be required to change location every hour, with violators facing fines, misdemeanor charges and, possibly, jail time.As if Los Angeles traffic weren't bad enough, now you'll have to drive around until you spot a taco truck, then hope it's still there by the time you find a place to park.
Sometimes government interference with business gets a bit ridiculous. This time, they're messing with your lunch.
Sign the Carne Asada is not a Crime petition.
Lost Burrito Revenue For Casa Sanchez
This news archive in from Junior Burrito Analyst Dave Stuart.
Martha Sanchez hung a sign in the front window of Casa Sanchez, the family's Mission District taqueria (Map), offering a free lunch for life to anyone who had the restaurant's logo tattooed onto his or her body.Full story.
That was back in 1999.
The Sanchez family estimated that the marketing tactic could cost $5.8 million in lost sales. That's based on 40 free $8 meals per week over 50 years. That was back in 1999. It doesn't get much more permanent than a tattoo for compelling customer loyalty.
If anyone's heard an update on Casa Sanchez and their logo tattoo for food giveaway deal, please leave a comment below.
Tacocat Is A Palindrome
See also: La Gata Likes Pork Tamales
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.
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.Source.
Seems like this problem won't reverse itself anytime soon. Time to pick up a second job to satisfy your burrito cravings.
A Word On Baby Spinach
Regarding a recent post, he asked why only the Anna's MIT location has spinach, and why does it have spinach at all?
Anna's MIT has spinach because only that location has the breakfast burrito, which contains the aforementioned leafy vegetable as an optional ingredient. But if you want spinach on your Mexican plate or burrito get there early, because they put the espinacas away at lunch time.
As Popeye would say:
I'm Strong to the Finish 'Cause I Eats Me Spinach
Burrito Blog Is Out To Lunch
As some may have noticed, it's been a little while with no new tales of tortillas. It's because I'm stupid busy with work right now and have been eating canned food at the keyboard.
Be patient, por favor. The burrito journey will resume shortly.
Happy Cinco De Mayo
Captain America Stuffs Tights With Burrito
A burrito supreme was used to augment the captain's apparent lack of manliness and heroism. Getting arrested complements his lack of good taste.
[The man dressed as Captain America] had a burrito stuffed below the waistband of his costume and was asking women if they wanted to touch it. When one refused, he took out the burrito, and groped her...the burrito was found in his boot and he was arrested.
It's a bad day to be a super hero.
Of course, this wacky business takes place in Florida. Thanks to Kevin for the tip.
Not Sedentary, Paralysis - Burrito Blamed
Wacky stuff like this always seems to take place in Florida. Quoting from WKMG Orlando:
TAMPA, Fla. -- A man who can no longer feed himself said an uncooked chicken burrito put him in a wheelchair.
Roger Anderson said he ate the burrito at a Moe's Southwest Grill in Land O' Lakes in September and became sick with stomach cramps, diarrhea and joint pains.
Anderson's attorney said the burrito caused a bacterial infection, which led to a disease that affects the body's nerves.
Anderson and his wife filed a lawsuit against Tampa-based GCF Ventures LLC, which operates the restaurant.
The company said all of its employees are trained in safe food handling and preparation practices, and the restaurant is regularly checked by health inspectors.
I think it's sensationalist garbage that they blamed the burrito. If this whole gag is even true, obviously chicken was the culprit.
Thanks to Chris for the tip.
Burritos Inspire Music Videos
Title: Opportunity Doesn't Knock
Inspiration: Taco Bell
Choice line: The aftertaste of hot sauce it just burns down to my soul.
Title: Felipe's Is Over There
Inspiration: Felipe's Taqueria
Choice line: Wrap it up all in a tortilla. It's 2am I'm in a taqueria.
I think this rules. I made a website about food, these kiddos made music videos. If you know of any others, email me, por favor.
Globalization, Agriculture, Trade, Tortillas
Here at Burrito Blog we pick up on mainstream news stories that, while typically very stupid, have something to do with burritos. This story has to do with tortillas and is fascinating for dorks like me.
Here's my bulleted interpretation:
- Many people depend on tortillas for sustenance, like half of Mexico's 107 million residents that live in poverty...and me. Fortunately I do not live in poverty; I just love tortillas.
- Tortillas come from corn, which is grown and traded internationally.
- The cost of tortillas in Mexico grew 14% last year, far outpacing the country's 4% inflation.
- Trade agreements limit the amount of corn that can be imported into Mexico.
- Industrial sized Mexican growers are accused of price fixing and blocking competition to limit the corn supply.
- Mexico has penalized corn growers for anticompetitive practices six times since 2004.
- The company that owns the Mission brand of tortillas you see in the US controls 70% of the market in Mexico.
- Ethanol production from corn adds to the strain on the tortilla supply.
- Mexico authorized duty free imports of corn from around the world to boost supply.
Read the full story here. It's really interesting.
Thanks again to the #1 tipster of burrito news, Greg Danilowski.
Happy 21st To Burrito Day in Los Angeles
Have a cerveza for me, Los Angeles.
Disclaimer: The authenticity of the above document is unknown. Burrito Day began in 1983, allegedly, by an independent LA radio station, KXLU, and I did not find mention of Burrito Day on the official Los Angeles site.
You Call That Guacamole? I'll Sue!
A Los Angeles woman is suing Kraft Foods for passing off some slimy green dip as guacamole. The offending dip contains less than 2% avocado, what should be the main ingredient.
The avocado industry is powerful, but doesn't have the lobbying power of the peanut industry, which fondly points out that US law requires all products sold as 'Peanut Butter' to contain at least 90% peanuts. The FDA has no mandatory minimums for guacamole.
From the LA Times:
Like much of the prepared guacamole sold in supermarkets, Kraft guacamole is essentially a whipped paste made from partially hydrogenated soybean and coconut oils, corn syrup, whey and food starch. Yellow and blue dyes give it the green color.Yummy. Reminds me of this:
See also: burrito litigation.
Burritos Freed From Sandwich Shackles
Somewhere along the way, Earl #4 thought he could take credit for the wrap, the pita pocket, and the burrito. Rumor has it he tried to claim the crepe as well, but was rebuffed by French nationalists.
Well, the tyranny of Earl #4 has ended, citizens of the world.
From the gavel of an activist Massachusetts judge came the decision: a burrito is not a sandwich. This unelected official brazenly defied the wishes of the Earl and his followers, Panera Bread. Allow Boston.com to explain:
Panera, one of the country's biggest bakery cafes, argued that owners of the White City Shopping Center in Shrewsbury violated a 2001 lease agreement that restricted the mall from renting to another sandwich shop. When the center signed a lease this year with Qdoba, Panera balked, saying the Mexican chain's burritos violate its sandwich exclusivity clause.The judge cited Webster's Dictionary and testimony from a Cambridge chef in his decision. Will Hickox, Burrito Blog's go to guy for culinary commentary, was unavailable at the time of press.
Update: Jessie, Adjunct Burrito Analyst and law student, sent me the entire opinion in the case, because she rules. Yeah, she rules the library!
*1 Plaintiff White City Shopping Center, LP ("White City") brought this declaratory judgment action against defendant PR Restaurants, LLC ("PR") seeking a declaration that it is not in breach of its commercial lease with PR. PR counterclaimed against White City for breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and violation of G.L.c. 93A. PR now moves for a preliminary injunction, seeking to enjoin White City, its partners, employees or agents, from taking any action which would violate the exclusive use provision of its commercial lease with White City. Such actions include White City taking any action that would permit Chair 5 Restaurants, ("Chair 5"), the intervening party, from operating a Qdoba restaurant at the White City Shopping Center ("Shopping Center"). For the following reasons, the defendant's motion is DENIED.
Defendant, PR, is a Massachusetts limited liability company that operates 22 Panera Bread ("Panera") restaurants in the New England area. Panera is a café-style restaurant chain that sells sandwiches, coffee, and soup. Mitchell J. Roberts is the manager of PR. PR is a tenant under a commercial lease for approximately 4,469 square feet of retail space in the Shopping Center located on Route 9, in Shrewsbury. White City, a limited partnership, is the landlord of the Shopping Center. Chair 5, the intervening party, is a Delaware limited liability company and franchisee of Qdoba, a Mexican-style restaurant chain that sells burritos, quesadillas, and tacos. Both Panera and Qdoba compete in the same "fast-casual" restaurant market. [FN1]
FN1. The fast-casual market offers high quality food within the convenience of a traditional fast food setting.
On March 14, 2001, White City entered into a ten-year lease ("the Lease") with PR for retail space to operate a Panera restaurant in the Shopping Center. Lease negotiations lasted several months partly because of PR's request to include an exclusivity clause in the Lease. PR authored the clause which underwent three revisions prior to the Lease's execution. The exclusivity clause that both parties initially agreed to restricted White City from entering into new leases with businesses that primarily sell sandwiches. In its first iteration, Section 4.07 of the Lease states, in relevant part:
Landlord agrees not to enter into a lease, occupancy agreement or license affecting space in the Shopping Center or consent to an amendment to an existing lease permitting use ... for a bakery or restaurant reasonably expected to have annual sales of sandwiches greater than ten percent (10%) of its total sales or primarily for the sale of high quality coffees or teas, such as, but not limited to, Starbucks, Tea-Luxe, Pete's Coffee and Tea, and Finagle a Bagle ... The foregoing shall not apply to (i) the use of the existing, vacant free-standing building in the Shopping Center for a Dunkin Donuts-type business, or for a business serving near-Eastern food and related products, (ii) restaurants primarily for sit-down table service, (iii) a Jewish delicatessen or (iv) a KFC restaurant operating in a new building following the demolition of the existing, freestanding building. No new building shall violate the no-build provision of this Lease.>br>*2 Lease § 4.07 (emphasis supplied).
The Lease contained no definition of "sandwiches" or "near-Eastern" food. [FN2] During lease negotiations, PR and White City did not discuss the definition of "sandwiches" or the type of food products they intended the term to cover. Furthermore, the parties never indicated, specified, or agreed that the term "sandwiches" included tacos, burritos, and quesadillas.
FN2. At oral argument, the parties compared near-Eastern food to Middle Eastern food, but did not provide any specific examples of either types of food.
Following the Lease's execution in March, the parties amended the exclusivity clause to include additional restrictions. On December 30, 2005, Section 4.07 of the Lease was amended, as follows:
The foregoing restriction shall also apply (without limitation) to a Dunkin Donuts location and to a Jewish-style delicatessen within the Shopping Center, but shall not apply to (i) use of the existing, freestanding building in the Shopping Center partially occupied by Strawberries and recently expanded for a business serving near-eastern food and related products, (ii) restaurants for primarily for sit down table service or (iii) a Papa Gino's restaurant (provided the same continues to operate with substantially the same categories of menu items as now apply to its stores and franchisees generally).
Lease § 4.07.
Sometime after the amendment, PR learned that White City had entered into discussions with Chair 5 to lease commercial space. Chair 5 planned to develop and construct a Qdoba restaurant in the same Shopping Center as Panera. After learning of the parties' plans, PR had its attorney contact White City to express concern and seek an assurance that White City would not enter into a lease with Chair 5. PR believed that White City's leasing of space to Chair 5 violated Section 4.07 of the Lease. Specifically, PR believed, and later asserted that tacos, burritos, and quesadillas fell within meaning of "sandwiches" and therefore, White City was prohibited from leasing to Chair 5 under the Lease. White City refused to provide the requested assurance when PR's attorney contacted it about the pending Chair 5 lease. On or around August 22, 2006, White City executed a lease with Chair 5 for 2,100 square feet of retail space in the Shopping Center. On September 28, 2006, White City filed an action against PR, seeking a declaratory judgment that it did not breach its lease with PR.
Since the execution of the Chair 5 lease, Chair 5 has spent over $85,000 in planning costs, and it is further contractually obligated to spend over $300,000 for the construction of a Qdoba restaurant in the Shopping Center. According to Chair 5, it has yet to schedule an opening date for its restaurant.
Under the well-established test of Packaging Industries Group v.. Cheney, 380 Mass. 609, 617 (1980), a preliminary injunction is warranted only when the moving party establishes both a likelihood of success on the merits of the claim, and a substantial risk of irreparable harm in the absence of an injunction. Once these factors are established, the Court must balance them against the harm that an injunction will inflict on the opposing party, and must also consider the impact on the public interest. See T & D Video, Inc. v. City of Revere, 423 Mass. 577, 580 (1996).
A. Likelihood of Success on the Merits
*3 To demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits, PR must establish as a reasonable interpretation that the Mexican-style food products which Qdoba sells fall within the Lease's restrictions. Absent an explicit and broad definition of "sandwiches" in the Lease itself, PR has not shown a likelihood of success to establish a right to injunctive relief under relevant contract principles.
The interpretation of a contract is question of law for the court. Sarvis v. Cooper, 40 Mass.App.Ct. 471, 475 (1996). A contract is construed to be given reasonable effect to each of its provisions. Id. "The object of the court is to construe the contract as a whole in a reasonable and practical way, consistent with its language, background and purpose." USM Corp. v. Arthur D. Little Systems, Inc., 28 Mass.App.Ct. 108, 166 (1989). The starting point must be the actual words chosen by the parties to express their agreement. Id. If the words of the contract are plain and free from ambiguity, they must be construed in accordance with their ordinary and usual sense. See Ober v. National Casualty Co., 318 Mass. 27, 39 (1945).
Given that the term "sandwiches" is not ambiguous and the Lease does not provide a definition of it, this court applies the ordinary meaning of the word. [FN3] The New Webster Third International Dictionary describes a "sandwich" as "two thin pieces of bread, usually buttered, with a thin layer (as of meat, cheese, or savory mixture) spread between them." Merriam-Webster, 2002. Under this definition and as dictated by common sense, this court finds that the term "sandwich" is not commonly understood to include burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, which are typically made with a single tortilla and stuffed with a choice filling of meat, rice, and beans. As such, there is no viable legal basis for barring White City from leasing to Chair 5. [FN4] Further, PR has not proffered any evidence that the parties intended the term "sandwiches" to include burritos, tacos, and quesadillas. As the drafter of the exclusivity clause, PR did not include a definition of "sandwiches" in the lease nor communicate clearly to White City during lease negotiations that it intended to treat burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and sandwiches the same. Another factor weighing against PR's favor is that it was aware that Mexican-style restaurants near the Shopping Center existed which sold burritos, tacos, and quesadillas prior to the execution of the Lease yet, PR made no attempt to define, discuss, and clarify the parties' understanding of the term "sandwiches." Accordingly, based on the record before the court, PR has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits.
FN3. The parties have submitted numerous dictionary definitions for the term "sandwich," as well as expert affidavits.
FN4. Further, PR's reliance on Sabritas is misplaced. PR argues that a flour tortilla qualifies as "bread" and a food product with bread and a filling is a sandwich. In Sabritas, the International Trade Court applied the commercial meaning, rather than the ordinary meaning of bread, to corn tacos shells for purposes of levying tariffs. 22 C.I.T. at 59 (Ct. Int'l Trade 1998). Here, the commercial meaning of "bread" is inapposite where it is the ordinary meaning that is relevant when interpreting an unambiguous contractual term such as "sandwiches." Ober, 318 Mass at 39.
B. Irreparable Harm
Irreparable harm occurs when a loss of rights cannot be remedied even though the party seeking an injunction prevails after a full hearing on the merits. Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Inc. v. Operation Rescue, 406 Mass. 701, 710 (1990). Economic loss alone, however, does not usually rise to the level of irreparable harm which a party must establish to obtain a preliminary injunction. See Hull Mun. Lighting Plant v. Mass. Mun. Wholesale Elec., 399 Mass. 640, 643 (1987).
*4 Here, PR has alleged irreparable harm on the basis that money damages will be difficult to quantify. However, this allegation is unsupported by any data showing that the profitability of Panera will disappear once Qdoba opens. Absent a showing by PR that Panera's survival is dependent upon enjoining the opening of Qdoba and where both parties sell distinct and different food products, preliminary injunctive relief is inappropriate.
C. Balance of the Harms
This court further finds that the potential harm to the plaintiffs is outweighed by the harm to the defendant where plaintiffs have expended considerable time and money to plan and develop a Qdoba restaurant at the Shopping Center, in light of the fact that this court finds that White City did not breach its lease with PR. Even though PR vigorously argues for a broad definition of "sandwiches" under Section 4.07 to include food products sold by Qdoba, this argument does not change the fact that burritos, quesadillas, and tacos are not commonly understood to mean "sandwiches." Because PR failed to use more specific language or definitions for "sandwiches" in the Lease, it is bound to the language and the common meaning attributable to "sandwiches" that the parties agreed upon when the Lease was drafted.
Having heard the parties and reviewing their filings, this court is not convinced that defendant, PR, has carried its burden in showing a likelihood of success on the merits; that it will suffer irreparable harm if the injunctive relief sought is not granted; or that its harm, without the injunction, outweighs any harm to plaintiffs from being enjoined in the operation of its restaurant.
For the foregoing reasons stated, it is hereby ORDERED that the Defendant's motion for preliminary injunction be DENIED.
White City Shopping Center, LP v. PR Restaurants, LLC
Tortilla Supply Chain: Harbar LLC
The Boston Globe ran a great article about restaurant suppliers last week. By restaurants I mean taquerias, and by supplies I mean tortillas.
Harbar LLC tortillas, available in stores under the name Maria & Ricardo's Tortilla Factory - and as the shell of choice at Anna's Taqueria, Boloco, and many other local places...the reasons that the demand on Harbar's 60 employees for 250 kinds of tortillas is so high.The full article goes into some serious depth about tortilla manufacturing.
Harbar tortillas are sold under private labels in many markets. Maria and Ricardo's brand are available at Harvest Co-op Markets and Whole Foods Markets (10 wheat or corn tortillas cost about $2.50)
Heidi Maria Hartung, founder of Harbar, you are the Henry Ford of my world.
Zest Fest 2006
It looks like a real hot sauce lovers' convention. Well, that's because it is, I guess.
Not Just For Dessert Anymore
Why should you care? In addition to some interesting dessert-related recipes such as "Strawberry Twinkie Jubilee," "Banana Java Twinkie Supreme," and, of course, "Twinkie-misu," Hostess also offers "recipes" for creative, non-dessert sounding items such as "Twinkie Kebobs," "Twinkie Lasagna," and "Hostess Twinkies Sushi."
Included in the latter category are also "recipes" for "Twinkie Tacos" and "Twinkie Burritos." So far my imagination has been unable to wrap itself around what a Twinkie Burrito might look and taste like, but my initial reaction is that I'm a little grossed out. Twinkie's website does however provide a picture and recipe for the Twinkie Tacos, available here.
If anyone finds a picture and/or recipe for the Twinkie Burrito, please let us know. I'm unwilling to pay the $10 it costs to buy the cookbook on Amazon.com. Also, if anyone gets the opportunity to sample either the Tacos or the Burritos, I'd love to hear feedback.
400 Posts, Cleaning House
To celebrate, I decided to clear out all the spam from comments and the Mexican Restaurant Directory. That took half the day. Look for some changes to Burrito Blog in the coming weeks.
The aspiration and horchata have been flowing.
Ready, Set, Tortilla Toss
Sure, there are still some serious athletes who run out in front of the pack, but they're followed by a mass of about 70,000 drunk, costumed (sometimes nude) partiers.
To kick off the race, thousands of tortillas are hurled into the air at the starting line in the annual "Tortilla Toss." To get a picture of the flying tortillas, this burrito analyst would have had to wake up at about 7am on a Sunday. Not likely.
Instead, I provide you with a picture of the Tortilla Toss aftermath, where the streets of San Francisco become blanketed by burritos that will never be.
Mice Are Not Ingredients, Even At Taco Bell
Taco Bell might not make everyone's favorite burrito, but that's just ridiculous.
The muerta mouse plan landed Ryan Daniel Goff 16 to 30 months in the big house. Casa grande!
I Am Brown Like Pinto Beans
I am still a burrito loving gringo, just a very tan one.
Many thanks to San Francisco analyst, Phil, for picking up the slack before embarking on his bicycle ride from San Francisco to LA on a quest for good tortillas and good deeds.
I still have a lot of money I need to raise before the June 2nd deadline. Please help me meet my fundraising goal. Let's bind together as the burrito-loving community and do our part to end the AIDS virus. Details and the donation form are a here.
I would like to give a huge thanks to those burrito fans who have already donated:
Speedy Gonzalez Can't Eat This Fast
This, a burrito speed eating contest from Cinco de Mayo at Hardee's Red Burrito, impresses even the most seasoned burrito eaters.
Thanks to Larry (a.k.a. Puzz) for the tip.
Cinco De Mayo Recap
Multiple choice. Please select from the following choices:
- Mexican Day of Independence (though false)
- Commemorates victory of Mexican forces over the French
- American drinking day sponsored by Cuervo and Corona
- Date of highest avocado sales in the US - source
- My Birthday - source
585 Miles for a Burrito And A Cure
Burrito Analyst rides a bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money to fight AIDS.
This is hopefully where you come in. Burrito Blog faithful, I need your help.
Please make a donation and help Burrito Blog raise money to fight AIDS. It doesn't have to be a large donation, whatever you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Let’s see the burrito community band together to make this happen.
As a special thanks to you readers, I will eat a burrito in your honor upon arrival in Los Angeles, and blog about that meal.
Thank you for your support.
America Needs Burritos
Is America prepared to give up the beloved tortilla lunch and go back to burgers?
Of course not.
Imagine a world without burritos. Putting aside my own personal plight, consider how burritos are good for America.
- Burritos increase worker productivity.
- Establishments often have long lines and limited seating. When lunch is ordered to go, workers return to work more quickly. So says my old boss.
- The speed at which burrito creators operate inspires me to work harder, faster.
- Burritos are good for the public health.
- Most burritos are grilled or steamed, not fried.
- Carbs in the rice and tortillas give you energy. See also: worker productivity.
- Protein in the chicken / steak / carnitas is good for your muscles.
- Salsa is a serving of fruits or vegetables. (Allegedly corn tortillas are not a serving of vegetables. I have checked with a dietitian.)
- Without sour cream or enchilado style serving, burritos can be heart healthy.
- Burritos are economical food for the masses.
- With an average price under $5.00, burritos are affordable for almost everyone.
- Like the unfulfilled promise for a study on Guacamole pricing, Burrito Blog will conduct a frequency distribution on burrito pricing...when we get around to it.
Taquerias Nationwide Close In Protest
One should note that Anna's has had labor disputes with employees in the past, though it is unknown why they chose to remain open.
Politics aside, the tortilla consuming community felt the pinch of today's strike.
Flatulence Free Frijoles
Science to the rescue.
Writing in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, Granito and colleagues found that adding these two gut bacteria [Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum] to beans before cooking them made them even less likely to cause flatulence.Source: CNN.
How soon this breakthrough will find application at your local taqueria, and its impact on taste remains unknown.
Learn more about flatulence here.
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Eat That Burrito
Some, perhaps those from El Amigo in Valparaiso, Indiana, are even worth going to jail for.
Burrito Blog speculates (without knowing any facts related to this unfortunate arrest) that alcohol may have been involved, as a high percentage of bar patrons visit all night burrito establishments.
From the Northwest Indiana News:
Battery arrest. Police said a fight over a burrito at 1 a.m. Monday on Wayne Street led to the arrest of 24-year-old Matthew Zikesch on a battery charge.
Clearly, Mr. James thinks that while he can not best me in feats of quantity burrito eating, he may be able to ingest a burrito more rapidly than I. Well, the gaunlet has been thrown down and I accept the challenge.
When next we meet, Mr. James, you and I shall square off at Anna's Taqueria. Only one of us will emerge the Burrito Speed-eating Champion.
Burritos: The San Francisco Treat
There's a taqueria on every corner. Visit.
Happy First Birthday To Burrito Blog
We've traveled the country, ate a few hundred tortillas, appeared in major newspapers and on television, and shared our work just shy of 500,000 times. That's not bad for a website dedicated to tortilla cylinders filled with rice and beans.
Road Trip: 3000 Miles
I apologize. I have been derelict in my duty as a burrito analyst for the past few weeks. However, I have a good explanation. I, Phil Jonas, have just left the drab, burrito-lacking city of Miami, for the burrito-rich shores of San Francisco. The trip, made via rented moving truck, was long and difficult and involved an obscene amount of gas money, and several Red Bulls.
Now here I am, living in the heart of San Francisco's Mexican neighborhood, the Mission. Burrito establishments surround me. It seems like there's one on every corner. It's almost dizzying.
I'm not sure where to begin, but over time, I will visit each and every one of them, and report my findings back to you, the interested burrito enthusiast, or lost internet surfer.
No longer shall you call me Phil Jonas, Miami Burrito Analyst, for I am now Phil Jonas, Northern California Burrito Analyst.
A Letter For Lovers
On this upcoming Valentine's day, scrape together $15 and buy the one you love an I Love Burritos shirt. If the one you love is yourself, that's OK, too.
We love our readers, but not enough to give shirts away for free.
Hot Sauce For A Causejust unveiled Hot Blog Sauce, a rocking potion that has the approval of the aficionados. It's flavored with habanero and serrano peppers, garlic, vinegar, limes, and salt.
All the proceeds (over $5 per bottle) will be donated to the American Cancer Society. It's $7.95, sold at the best hot sauce site around.
Return To The Internet
With a new laptop and Internet access for the first time in 18 months, he is expected to author his first review shortly.
Burrito Blog Moves To Santa Monica, CA
Junior Burrito Analyst, John Furnari was kind enough to provide housing for this epic journey.
In the coming weeks, I plan to catch up on old burrito experiences and share tales of the West coast. Don't be surprised when entries come in from all over the country. That's right kiddos, Burrito Blog just went national.
Adios New York
Boston awaits, to be followed by California.
Al Pastor Dyslexia
I see burritos all around me.
Avocado Sales, Half Birthday
Some may remember my birthday is Cinco de Mayo from the burrito cake post. That makes my half birthday November 5th. In honor of this event, I wanted to share with you a little information:
Sadly, my half birthday did not make the chart.
Mass Transit Mariachi
Out of nowhere, some guy just starts singing up a storm between stops. That earned my smile, and earned him a donation.
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Perhaps I'll finally rid myself of Californian hate mail.
I just found your website and love it. My favorite food is burritos also. However, I just thought I'd let you know that you are missing out. Nothing compares to the burritos you can get in SF's mission district or in any number of taqueria's you can find in California.
You'll never look at burritos the same again.
While living here in California I believe I have found the best burritos in the world.Ok west coast trash talkers, let's see what you've got.
From The Roads Near Santa Fe
Right now he's just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The conversation went like this:
John: I've found it!
This must be good.
Burrito Blog Moves To New York
Please tell all your friends that I'll be writing about the local tortilla selection in this town, and to start embracing my adventures in NYC.
Also, if anyone has strong felings for Manhattan's burritos, please be sure to let me know and email me.
Kid's Tabe Reunion
The reunion will take place in New York, and will likely include many cervezas and tequila.
Happy Birthday Al Pastor
Following John's and my evacuation from our employment in Brighton, Nikhiel is the latest captain of the ship. He enjoys the Al Pastor, exclusively.
This picture was taken probably six weeks ago, which should give you an idea of how far behind I am on my posts.
The Eagle Has Left The Nest
When I started working at Overdrive, I ate Anna's almost every day. While some might think that's a fitting way to finish, I offer an alternative hypothesis. Overdrive has helped me explore my horizons/lunch options, and that's how we're going to end it - with something new.
This is certainly not the end for Burrito Blog, only the end of Brighton, MA as a base of operations.
Weekend In Chicago
This city is amazing. Reviews to follow.
Free Slurpee Today Only
Details are available here.
The no cost slurpees are smaller than shown at right.
I Love (Heart) Burritos T-Shirt
I love burritos. That's no lie.
Get one of these T-shirts and show the world how much you love 'em, too! They're only $15.
There's no printing on the shirt other than I Love Burritos, which means there's nothing on the back, and no mention of Burrito Blog.
Sorry, all sold out. I probably will not be printing up any more.
I Am Off The Vanilla
I'm very proud of this project, but criticism is inevitable:
NO EAST BOSTON? Get off of the vanilla (Anna's, Boca, etc.) and try some authentic. Check out Taqueria Cancun. Come on boys, you've got a lot of responsibility if you're going to have a blog. Kick it up a notch.
The important thing is to listen and improve.
East Boston: I've been to Taqueria Cancun and Taco Mex, and the vanilla is no more. Reviews to follow.
More To Love
I cut the default setup in place of three columns. We've just been to so many places (and plan to visit so many more) that the restaurant list was messing up the page layout.
Give A Man A Fish, Or A Taco Plate
We chose plan B.
Being that it was the first nice day of the year, we skipped our plans to catch Star Wars in favor of Newbury Street.
For whatever reason, the less fortunate were in hiding. After over an hour, we finally found a guy who looked like he could use a hand, or a taco plate and a fist full of plantains.
He was very happy. So were we.
Burrito Blog Reaches 100 Posts
We have so, so much more to eat.
I'm Phil, I Believe You've Heard Of Me
Bienvenido a Miami. So here I am, in the land of Cuban food, writing about burritos. No problem. As one of the original patrons of Anna’s Taqueria around the time of its opening, I have been taught by the best the power of the almighty burrito. I have been shown that Heaven or Hell can be wrapped up in a tortilla. As a result, I will search high and low in the barrios of Miami for the perfect burrito, stopping everywhere along the way, and I will take you with me.
Bad Journalism, Bostonians Outraged
Please allow me to quote the author:
While in Boston visiting my sister over spring break, I found myself parched and dizzy. I asked Kelly where the nearest Chipotle was; she responded by saying that there were no Chipotles in Boston. I nearly fainted.
Noticing my paleness and shortness of breath, Kelly dragged me to a curious restaurant called Qdoba. It was the dollar store to Chipotle's K-Mart.
Dear Bostonians, please let Kyle know that we have more to offer than Chipotle and Qdoba. I encourage you to email him at email@example.com.
Gargantuan Burrito Mistaken for Bomb
Thanks to Zach, Chris, and Adam for the tip.
Someone called authorities Thursday after seeing a boy carrying something long and wrapped into Marshall Junior High.
The drama ended two hours later when the suspicious item was identified as a 30-inch burrito filled with steak, guacamole, lettuce, salsa and jalapenos and wrapped inside tin foil and a white T-shirt.
...After the lockdown was lifted but before the burrito was identified as the culprit, parents pulled 75 students out of school...the burrito was part of Morrissey's extra-credit assignment.
Whether the burrito contained sour cream is unclear at this time.
Harvard Business School (Burrito) Review
The winner? They chose Boca. We, the burrito consuming people of Boston are the real winners. Competition breeds excellence.
Father, Camera Return Home
In addition, he brought back my camera, which means John's will be returned as I continue my burrito hunting mission.