Earlier today, my father handed me a Magazine. A special edition of USNews.
Secrets of Your Brain.
“I’ve got a book for you, did you see it?”
“Eh, oh here it is.” (In a pompous voice) “Secrets of Your Brain, ahahaha.”
“This is so stu— thanks.”
(Speaks in Chinese)
I was a bit perturbed when I first glanced at the cover. In big bold letters read, “New Science Reveals How it Works— And How to Heal it.” Then others, “Inside the Teen Brain,” “What to do When Depression Drugs Fail,” Keeping Your Memory Sharp.”
“This seems like something YOU need to read Dad.”
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from college, it’s that there’s a hierarchy of validity in regards to literature and college published articles, books, critiques are at the very top. As much as I like reading magazines, I take everything in them by a grain of salt. (Or at least try to)
Dad, you do realize, that by handing me a piece of literature about our brains, you are giving me the college-given right to be extremely anal about it’s psychological findings?
Reading this is going to lot-sa fun. *Pulls out all psychology text books*
(We) need you so much closer.
This is a review of the brand new Quad Steak Burrito from Taco Bell.
It’s quite a hefty burrito, weighing in at about 1 pound (using my hand-weight, shake weight if you will). It’s wrapped in a flour tortilla. Nothing different from the other wrappings they offer on their tacos, burritos. Add to the fact that the tortilla is a bit bigger (for obvious reasons). Being a larger tortilla, you do see a lot of excess wrap coming from the ends of the burrito, which is a bummer to me, but not a deal breaker. No seepage of the sauces, cheeses, steak, so that’s good.
You get the whole package on the first bite. The cheese, the rice, the sour cream, and of course the steak make their way into your mouth, giving you the full experience of the Quad Steak (that’s a plus). For me, the first bite, though, was a tad bit disappointing. Given the fact that everything’s coming together (including the “hip” new sauces they debuted, the “Verde” and “Fire-Roasted”]), the flavor was dull. You get the beefiness of the steak, yes, but it was underwhelming. The texture was definitely steak, the flavor was steakish, but when the sauces get in the way of good steak, you get simply that— sauce. So flavor isn’t that great, but what’d you expect.
It gets monotonous. I’m a Chipotle guy. Freebirds got nothin’ on their corn salsa. Whenever I eat a Chipotle burrito, it’s like a first bite every single time. You get a diversity of flavor and textures with each mouthful, even till the end in some cases. But with this Quad Steak Burrito at Taco Bell? The experience only went downhill after the first bite. I’m not saying it was miserable, heck I’m starving, but it wasn’t addictive. Don’t get me wrong, there was some good parts of the meal. The steak turned out to be pretty good quality after some evaluation. It seemed to be different cuts compared to the other “steak” items on their menu. The rice was typical mexican rice, and cheese— yeah, sour cream— yeah.
The Happy Ending(or not)
Referencing to what I said earlier about having excess tortilla, the last bit of the burrito wasn’t great, (unlike you, Chipotle Burrito, my love). Yes, it’s Quad Steak, but not throughout. When you get to the very end, and all the steaky-cheesy-goodness is gone, you’re left with a good 3 x 3 inches of tortilla. Drench it in taco sauce, dip it in your soda, or eat it plain, it’s what you got left. Or do what I did, and just toss it. Dry, tasteless, empty carbs.
The Bottom Line
Not as hyped up as it is. That Buddy-Steak-Quad-Singer-Dude really makes this burrito more than it really is. What it really is, is a oversized tortilla, filled with cheese, sour cream, rice, unknown sauce, and a whole lotta steak. I will admit, though. It’s a lot of meat compared to the other items on Taco Bell’s menu. Is it a delicious, succulent cut of steak? Not really. Is it for a fast food restuarant? Yeah probs. But for all you wondering, “Why Joe? Why did you mention Chipotle so many times?” Well guy, it’s because this Quad Steak Burrito set me back $6.99. YES. Six dollars and ninety-nine cents. That’s a whole dollar more than a chicken burrito at Chipotle and about 50 cents more than a Steak! So there ya go!
…and for all you newfags.
tl;dr: “The Quad Steak Burrito, though fully living up to the ‘Quadruple the steak’ advertisement, lacks that robust flavor found in other burritos of the same price.”
stl;dr: “The Quad Steak Burrito sucks. Go to Chipotle.”
sftl;dr: “Chipotle > Quad Steak.”
[writing this as i’m listening to the song also named]
It’s without a doubt my favorite Christmas song, and yes, I like Christmas songs.
If you’re ever in the car with me, and you make the mistake of letting me turn on the
radio between Thanksgiving and Christmas, be prepared. I’ll be geeking out to Christmas music. To some people it’s sad, lame, embarrassing; I think it’s so innervating. Something about this music, paired with good friends or family, just makes me melt inside.
But the mood wasn’t right this year, the spirit wasn’t up. We were here together, but nothing. People getting sick, deathly ill. One of my best friend’s always having family problems. My dad caught up in business, unable to spend family time without having a laptop around with him. But then again, so many
good things happened this year. My brother and sister are getting married, something that, God knows, my parents have been praying for since they were, well, of age to marry. Now they’re in their 30s and have found lovely spouses. I really do thank God. I have wonderful friends. Sometimes, well a lot of the times, I know I don’t show much appreciation to some of them, but truly, I’m glad you’re here and well. My family is always there for me, and I’ve realized this year, how rare that is. Most of my friends don’t exactly have great relationships with their parents. There’s not much I can do, but be fortunate of my own. There’s not much we could do. Whether you like em’ or not, they’re family.
Despite my long list of positives, the negatives have been clouding over me.
Sometimes even the happiest times of the year can be the most depressing. Well that’s stupid. Christmas is almost always the most depressing time of the year. People getting let off, hearts broken, people feeding their materialistic hunger, people starving while others are stuffing their faces, I’m blogging about poverty while others are still living in it. What a hypocrite, well not surprised.
This post is taking longer than usual, and this song is getting kind of anno— Ha!
I really do like this song.
today has prompted the first attack on my plantar warts. they’re not particularly big nor ugly, it’s just time to take action before these little buggers get ginormous! I’ve seen some interesting pictures of them on google( just search plantar warts) and am convinced that if they reach their full evolution, I may be in some deep shiz. my method of attack? after doing a little clicky-clack on the keyboard “researching,” I decided To use duct tape. they say it’s more effective than cryogenics. well see how this goes and hoefullyni cab post PKU tires of his process.
word prediction is a love/hate relationship.
Not in the greatest mood this afternoon, but i’ll get by.
This seat is uncomfortable, so much for lumbar support,
and this fabric, what is this carpet doing on my seat?
and a design to match, ugly.
Who are these people, not-a-care-in-the-world,
bums. I turn my back, overhearing a man’s dreams,
street philosophy, not applicable to me.
Ha, you wish.
It was my first time “Going Greyhound”
A chubby face peers over the seat in front of me,
Ugh, I don’t have the energy for this.
The toddler stares impatiently, bug-eyed,
waiting for my avoiding eyes to make exuberant contact.
Nervously, I look for something to tend to.
She’s watching still.
Must we always smile to babies?
She turns around.
Ah, yes, now back to—
I look back up at her and grin.
She turns around, giggling.
I’ll get by.