I'm a grown-up…


May 25, 2009 by sandwichcontrol

Pancake Land and I returned from the wild yesterday after an excellent adventure. It was your standard run-of-the-mill camping trip. Mosquitos, fishing (not catching), monsoon like rain, then, damp tent, lots of eating things cooked with fire, ants, generally poor personal hygiene, beer (none for me, thanks), then, family drama. You know the drill. I took quite a few photographs and I have posted the best for you, the loyal reader. Daily, General, and Mustache Photographs have all been updated. After returning home to an empty and quiet house, P.L. and I realized how much we enjoy having the house to ourselves. We returned early, so that I can get some work done on this Monday holiday, while the rest of the crew continued the camping trip. And what better way to celebrate our new found and temporary freedom? Taco Night! It was during the taco feast that P.L. made an excellent observation. She noted that I typically eat “burritos” on taco night. In my defense, I enjoy soft tacos served in flour tortillas and it just so happens that a 10 pack of “soft taco” sized tortillas costs the same as a 10 pack of “extra large burrito” tortillas. So, what makes it a burrito and not a taco? The contents are the same. Perhaps it is the rolling technique. Whereas a traditional taco is folded over once along the median, the burrito is folded on the end(s) and then rolled, securing the tasty ingredients inside. Am I wrong in thinking that if you put meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes in a tortilla, then it is a taco regardless of the folding technique? According to Merriam Webster, a taco is a fried tortilla filled with a mixture, usually meat, cheese, and vegetables. So, if we are going by the dictionary’s definition, then Taco Bell and every other “Mexican” restaurant in this country has been lying to us because soft tacos to not feature a fried tortilla in any fashion. No fried tortilla, not a taco. Traditional Mexican tacos are “soft” because a corn tortillas is fried just enough to give it a little body while retaining flexibility, enough to fold it. I just don’t know what to do. Should I believe what my heart is telling me, that if you put stuff in a tortilla it is a taco, or should I believe the dictionary? What do you think? Please comment and let me know. ~SC


  1. ecogypsy says:

    It has nothing to do with the contents. It is the folding technique which decides whether it is a taco or not. If I has more than one “fold” it’s not a taco.

  2. sandwichcontrol says:

    Who are you? And how do you come by such sage like taco wisdom?

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