Eighth Face: Tu Cara
Chipotle, that most beautiful of Americanized Mexican restaurants, sits snugly on a Washington Avenue corner, directly across from Bruegger's Bagels. To some, it represents nothing more than a suspiciously overpriced (the prices continue to rise), overtly modern, fast food eatery. To me, it represents the spirit of college eating, and eating in general. It gives new meaning to the word content. Each burrito so beautifully and carefully packaged in the trademark foil wrapping, weighing down the basket it's so delicately placed in. Chipotle delivers a quality, heart healthy (laugh) meal at a price that suits my wallet just fine. Each hefty portion massages my stomach, teases it, and I get a bit giddy.
Watching the construction of a Chipotle burrito is like listening to a renowned symphony performance. Just as every musical instrument must be tuned and played perfeectly in order to render a magical show, the portions of the practice of creating the burrito must be synchronized correctly in order to produce the final, wonderful product. The stewing and laying of the meat on the rapidly warmed tortilla; the covering of the meat with delightfully thick beans; and the addition of the key ingredients to any burrito: salsa and sour cream. There is a unique flick of the wrist that goes into the spooning of sour cream, and a similar method that accompanies the process of scooping salsa. Unlike a symphony, though, the manufacturing of a burrito is unfortunately quick. Eating it is of course enjoyable, but it pales in comparison to watching it made. As it usually goes, the rising actions are usually much more pleasurable than the climax - in any situation. I eat my burrito, but I know too that it's almost over; the entire experience is almost complete. At least while I watch the production of my burrito, I know that it is in its most pure form, not ravaged or stained by my mouth.
There can only be one burrito: the Chipotle burrito. It is symbolic of a new generation of eating: the combination of "fast" food and a noisy, upbeat atmosphere. The Chipotle burrito is the burrito.