It's off to an auspicious start.
Last week a friend invited me (with apologies for the short notice) to drive to Dallas with her on Sunday to go to the opera. Well, I have no life to speak of, and am never offended by short notice, so once I had someone lined up to let my dog out a time or two while I was gone, I eagerly accepted.
We left fairly early, so we'd have time for lunch before the 2:00 matinee. As we approached Dallas, we picked at random an exit that looked promising for restaurant choices, quickly bypassing fish and steak places (not so good for a vegetarian). One building was bookended by Mexican restaurants, pretty much always a good choice for me, so we headed that direction. One end of the building promised "fine Mexican dining," the other end promised...CHIPOTLE! My friend didn't quite understand my sudden squeals of glee, but readily agreed to it. So I am pleased to report that my Chipotle cherry has now been popped, so to speak, and it was a delightful experience for all concerned. I've spent so many months hearing from you guys what a religious experience Chipotle is, and now I can say that I, too, have experienced the wonder. *wipes away small tear of joy* The single less-than-perfect part of the experience was that it was incredibly noisy, due in equal parts to a high metal ceiling and a large amount of families with children in attendance. That was more than offset, though, by the reasonable price of the food. Why didn't any of you tell me that I could have a monstrously large burrito, chips and salsa and one of my favorite imported beers for under $10?!? And, of course, we realized too late that we could have easily solved the noise problem by going out on the patio; it just never occurred to us to consider patio dining in January, although, since it was a beautifully warm, sunny day, it certainly should have. Our bad. For those of you wondering, vegetarian burrito with: black beans, rice, pico, lettuce, cheese, sour cream and guacamole (which was NOT extra). Delightful.
Oh yeah, the opera was fun, too. ;)