Make my Burrito: A Treatise on Abdicating my Assembling Responsibilities

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Lately, I have become somewhat addicted to burritos. I think I have had one at least once a week for the past two months.

The problem, though some might see it as an advantage, is that you have to instruct the staff on how to make it. While I am good at this at Harvey’s and Subway, I am less confident at a burrito place.  Maybe it has something to do with the difference in ingredients.  I am not saying they are particularly exotic–but I don’t come across them every day.

In a previous post, I might have explained that I usually have a hard time deciding on restaurant meals. I can usually get it down to a couple of choice, but then get a bit stuck.  Thanks to a book on making decisions, I usually ask the waitress/waiter for a recommendation.  Generally this has worked pretty well for me and letting go of this responsibility has been quite liberating.

As a result, I have been employing the same technique to my burrito. When the ask me what I want, I specify the meat (chicken) the tortilla (whole wheat) and brown rice.  After that, I tell them to make the best burrito they can.

Sometimes, like tonight, it throws the staff a little bit. They wonder if I am serious.  I am deadly serious.

Last week, at a different place….an international franchise with a slightly scandalous past, the staff were quite interested in what I was doing. He was surprised, but he was quite amused by the challenge.  He boasted that if I didn’t like what he assembled it would be free.  His co-workers were rather surprised by this.  Perhaps worried is a better word.  They might have assumed I would say I didn’t like it just to get a free meal.  Nothing could be farther than the truth.  Even if it had been bad, I wouldn’t have demanded my money back.  I abdicated my responsibility of assembling it.  I was also looking to be introduced to someone else’s idea of a good meal.  As it turned out, it was awesome.  I mean, the person works there, and probably eats there all the time.  How could it be other wise.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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9 Responses to Make my Burrito: A Treatise on Abdicating my Assembling Responsibilities

  1. I love this idea. I am a foodie and get overwhelmed by the options sometimes. I have to size the person up before I get their recommended dinner. Do they like food as much as I do? Do they have unusual food habits? Do their eyes light up when describing it? I have to trust the person advising me first. I’ve been disappointed a lot if I follow without proper vetting.

    • Anthony says:

      I love that phrase–proper vetting. You’re probably right. At a better restaurant, I would probably need to grade the servers answers–but at a burrito place…it is probably less necessary.
      What has been your most recent food adventure? What was the best thing you ate last week?
      I would love to hear about your favourite food.

      • I have started cooking again. I made food for our family reunion. Chicken tacos with black bean and corn, Spanish rice from scratch, and black beans. I made Bbq chicken sliders and a green salad with green apples and dried cranberries and homemade dressing. I loved eating fresh seafood while I was home and had amazing wild caught halibut fish and chips. I’ve also been eating copious amounts of expensive, premium cream. I justify by all the miles I’m running for my marathon training.

      • Anthony says:

        That all sounds awesome. I wasn’t hungry (and it is 2 in the morning) but suddenly I am hungry–btw, did you mean ice cream or just cream?

      • Ice cream.. The dense, delicious expensive stuff. I like to savor spoonfuls straight from the pint.

      • Anthony says:

        That sounds awesome too….and something I also do.

  2. bgddyjim says:

    That’s a pretty neat idea.

  3. Sarah Warsi says:

    Hi Anthony, I’ve posted about my award. Please check it out when you get a chance. 🙂

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