Chef with beard invents a grilled-cheese ‘taco’ that isn’t a quesadilla

grilledcheesetacoAs our esteemed Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask a Mexican! Arellano has pointed out over and over, the taco is American as apple pie.

That’s why we weren’t surprised when we read reports of a marvelous new American “taco” creation, the grilled-cheese taco.

Although we think the so-called Elite Daily’s headline asserting that “You’ll Never Need a Tortilla Again” betrays the bleak gustatory horizons of an editor who has never eaten a proper tortilla (see videos below), we are thankful she included a link to the original recipe.

Originator FoodInMyBeard blog (original recipes and mashups by Dan Whalen) lays out the rationale:

Mas…Chef with beard invents a grilled-cheese ‘taco’ that isn’t a quesadilla

San Diego: This carnitas/torta/waffle is ‘available to everyone’ (photo)

@gustavo_arellano #tortaonawaffle ack!

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This Bruxie chicken and waffles restaurant — near the college home of the Aztecs, the campus of San Diego State University — wants you to know their Aztec Meal Deal Carnitas “Torta” is “Available to Everyone!”

Also, you can double down on the waffle thang with waffle fries.

Food Fight! Fan de la Cultura vs gigantic ‘machetes’ in DF (video)


Fan de la Cultura is a macho vato, but can he handle los machetes? These two-foot-long quesadillas are filled with a pound-and-a-half of carne de res and chorizo and different quesos and pollos and guisados and jamon and chicharrones and frijoles, well you get the picture. We looked it up on the Google: That’s 24 oz of stuff per machete. Will our hero be the first person since 1964 to eat three of these beasts in one sitting at Los Machetes Amparo in Mexico D.F.? More math: Three machetes at 1.5 pounds each equals 4.5 pounds total, or 72 ounces. ¡Buen provecho, Fan de la Cultura!

Area executive thinks about delicious lunch torta all day long

hungryguy(PNS reporting from LAREDO) District III Regional Supervisor Pablo Gutierrez, 35, could not wait for yesterday’s pinche lunch break to begin so he could buy a firme torta at Joaquin’s Lonchera.

“Tortas were all I could think about,” the middle management exec told PNS Monday evening.

“I mean, when Andy from Financing handed me all those reports, I said ‘thanks’ but I was really imagining that he was a giant slice of avocado in my torta.”

Mas…Area executive thinks about delicious lunch torta all day long

A burrito is not a sandwich, Massachusetts judge rules

qdoba640(PNS reporting from MASSACHUSETTS) A burrito is not a sandwich, you idiots, according to a court decision announced here last week.

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke made the ruling as he threw out a lawsuit brought by a Panera restaurant seeking to stop White City Shopping Center in Shrewbsury from leasing space to a franchisee of the Qdoba Mexican Grill chain.

Panera’s lease prevents the center from renting space to a (competing) sandwich shop.

From the Associated Press:

[The judge] cited Webster’s Dictionary as well as testimony from a chef and a former high-ranking federal agriculture official in ruling that Qdoba’s burritos and other offerings are not sandwiches.

Mas…A burrito is not a sandwich, Massachusetts judge rules

Hispanic moms: Serve Jimmy Dean® for a dubious breakfast! (video)


¡Hola, Hispanic moms! Serving your Hispanic family a dubiously-healthy breakfast is just a button-push away with Jimmy Dean® Brand croissant, egg, sausage and cheese breakfast sandwiches. Not only are they graded F for nutrition but you can heat them in the microwave to pretend you care! Each delicious serving packs a generous 60% of the daily recommended fat allowance and that means 45% of the cholesterol quota AND 60% of the saturated fat limit.

Wait, there’s more! Each sammich features a full half ounce of protein and over a third of your daily allowance for salt. Jimmy mexplains:

CHICAGO–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–The Jimmy Dean brand (www.jimmydean.com), America’s favorite traditional breakfast sausage brand* will release a new Spanish-language TV commercial this month to promote its popular line of breakfast sandwiches to Hispanic consumers.

Mas…Hispanic moms: Serve Jimmy Dean® for a dubious breakfast! (video)