Well first things first. My total is $569.42 or roughly about $18-20 a burrito. The most delicious ones are 1. the ones we had at mission beach cafe and 2. the ones I made myself (stuff bought from wholefoods). and the peking duck one - that one was epic.
Here’s a list of my best coping tricks for having to eat burritos all day long:
- Drink a LOT of ‘fun drinks’ - since the one area of dietary freedom comes in the form of beverages, I found myself augmenting the regiment with every fun beverage possible - beer, wine, margaritas, coconut juice, almond milk, soy milk, coffee, etc etc.
- Testing out the Undesirable and Untested - A fruit burrito definitely sounded disgusting to me at the beginning of the challenge. But roughly 5 days into the challenge, I was depressed from all the burrito and grease, and found salvation in the form of a fig goatcheese and honey burrito. It reset the whole palate.
- Toss out the idea of being a Purist or staying faithful to Traditions - if the Human race had solely relied on staying faithful to traditions and being purists, we’d still be hunting down our meals and staying in caves. There were no shortage of contestants who stuck to a beans-meat-and-guac burrito, I decided that I can do better than that.
- Do it with friends. 14 days of burritos, no matter how creative you get, can get a bit maddening. Doing it with friends will help you keep perspective and keep your spirits up. Plus, we were able to eat and lol together!
- Tell people about it. I told all of my friends, coworkers, parents about this challenge - they gave me a LOT of tips on how to make this more fun. One chef we talked to even cooked us a gourmet meal!
- Evangelize - This is what I think of as the Tom Sawyer strategy. Eating a burrito for each meal can be fairly demoralizing. However, I had more than one person saying to me - wow, I could do this with you! I think it’s because me and the Lintwins made it seem like a ton of fun! It was fun to make each meal into a social event, where our other friends could experience a little bit of what we’re going through.
- Question Everything - When Yishan had originally posed the parameter of the challenge, I think June and I spent a couple of days thinking about ways to hack the rules for maximum rules. During this extended brainstorming session, we questioned everything from the form factor of the burrito, to how it should be eaten, to what we can do to minimize our own discomfort.
- Have a plan, have many plans - on day 0 of this whole ordeal, i drafted up a 14 burrito recipe plan. While I knew that I probably wouldn’t cook 14 burritos at home, during the most dreary of hours, when the army of tortilla has zapped all but the most basic instincts, I did refer back to the burrito list to remind myself of my original brilliant plans.
- Respect the spirit of the contest - Even though we had brainstormed all sorts of ways to “hack the rules” we didn’t implement anything that deviated too far from the spirit of the contest. For example, none of us passed off a crepe as a burrito - even though our judge had said that as long as it’s unleavened flour and water mixture, he’d be okay with it. We also didn’t eat the burrito in such a way as to minimize the burritoness - i.e. eating all of the fillings first, then the wraper, or vice versa. That’s cheating, no one needs to ask about this, it just is. When you respect the spirit of the contest, you can endure the whole ordeal with more respect for what you’re undertaking.
- Enjoy the variety - Believe it or not, not all taquerias are built the same. We found ones that sucked, ones that rocked, ones that had amazing salsa, ones that had tasty meats. Even though we had nothing but burritos, nothing ever really tasted the same.