Friday, August 31, 2012

Taco Bell - Black Bean Burrito

Taco Bell gets a chance to redeem its previous meat-filled disaster. And redeem it does. Once again, corporate chemistry brings flavor and consistency to the veggie trek. We do manage to slightly confuse the name of this one with the one of their cheesier burritos, but the end result is vegetarian and delicious. We also get some of Taco Bell's new corn salsa and guacamole, which are crappy and yummy, respectively. Ben mentions that he once visited an Mexican-Irish restaurant in Alaska. We talk briefly about the future of Burrito Quest and what, thematically, we might do for BQV. There is a lot of discussion this episode about cramming other foods into burritos (reubens, pizza, Grandy's). We talk about taking Sage to Taco Bell for a quest if he comes into town, or if we go to his town. Daniel gushes about Taco Bell and angrily denigrates those who think they are better than Taco Bell.  You're not better than Taco Bell!

Ingredients: "Enjoy cilantro rice, flavorful black beans, a savory three-cheese blend, topped with tangy red sauce, all wrapped in a warm flour tortilla."

Ben - Robots on Mars, we have one on Mars right now, and that's pretty cool.
Daniel - When someone cuts you off on the road, but they realize it and are noticeably apologetic.

BQ4 - Episode Nine
"This Is The Best Burrito I've Ever Eaten" by Parry Gripp, used with permission.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Currito - Bankok Tofu

Not content to geek out strictly in the gaming direction, we also satisfy our burrito nerdery whist at GenCon.  More than one firsts in this episode: first mall food court burrito, first tofu and/or Asian-inspired burrito, first time questing together outside of Las Cruces.  Currito is self-styled "Burritos without Borders."  Not sure what that means, beyond putting non-traditional ingredients into a tortilla and calling them burritos still.  The tofu is uninspiring; cubes of tasteless white protein ('sick prots') that barely even added heft to the burro.  All in all pretty average, with decent taste and texture offset by a poor tortilla and lame tofu.  A short quest, wedged in between nerdly jaunts to the GenCon exhibit hall and various gamings.  It's almost relegated to a BQ: OTR segment, but let's face it, we may be cutting it close on this Veggie Trek, so we'll take what we can get.

Ingredients: "Thai-style peanut sauce, Asian slaw, cucumbers, rice, flour tortilla" with tofu added.

Ben - A good comic book you read a long time ago but forgot about, then you read it again.
Daniel - Bacteria existing in hot vents on the sea floor, kind of cool but overall pretty meh.

BQ4 - Episode Eight 
"This Is The Best Burrito I've Ever Eaten" by Parry Gripp, used with permission.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Shed - Migas Burrito

We get the band back together!  Isaac is in town (also, Jenni) for a busy weekend, so we opt for a brunch burrito.  The Shed (formerly Old Mesilla Pastry Cafe) is a breakfast/lunch place with a dish called Migas, basically a bunch of veggies mixed with egg.  They graciously threw the dish into a burrito for us, minus the cheese, but smothered in green chile.  Opinions on this burrito were split and we're all over the place on this episode: racism, cave men, Scientology, Tom Cruise, Michael Phelps, olympic meals, Baby Spice.  We bust on Sage some, like we do.  Daniel broaches the idea of Bizarro Trek as an idea for Burrito Quest 5.  Ben tries to issue a rating that we are sure he's used before.  We are right.  Isaac is apparently too busy/good to keep up with Burrito Quest from afar.  And we break our two-failure streak for Veggie Trek!

Ingredients: "Two scrambled eggs, tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, cheddar and Jack cheese, crisp corn tortilla strips served with home potatoes or pinto beans."

Ben - Old Taco Bell sauce packet that you find in the back of your fridge.  Unexpected sauce packets.
Daniel - A rock star's tour bus, it seems like a pretty cool way to travel.  Someone else drives for you, you've got a bed and all the stuff you want, just like this burrito.
Isaac - The Fleshlight, it's a good idea when you think about it, there are great parts about it, but all in all it feels like kind of too much.
Jenni - The thing that I thought was tin foil, but was actually something from the burrito.  It's the "What is This?" burrito.
"This Is The Best Burrito I've Ever Eaten" by Parry Gripp, used with permission.