Monday, January 08, 2007

Maybe 2007 IS gonna be my year

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. ;)

17 comments:

-R- said...

I was just going to ask what you ordered! =) Glad you had fun!

Sparkling Cipher said...

I'm a bit jealous. I looked it up - the closest one to where I live is not even close to driving distance. Sigh.

lizgwiz said...

-r-, yes, I figured a detailed ingredient list was required.

Sparkling, I feel your pain. It was just such a fluke that we took that particular exit. (Fluke nothing--it was fate! Hee.)

Stinkypaw said...

One of these days I'll have to make my way to some part of the States and get myself some Chipotle! Last summer our trip south of the border didn't bring me anywhere near one, sadly enough...

So you lost your virginity over a large vegetarian burrito - who would have thunk?!

Red said...

Nice! Your year, baby. With guac included!

maliavale said...

I get the veggie burrito, too, sans veggies.

metalia said...

Oooh! Lucky you! Isn't it awesome?

georgeious said...

chipotle rocks baby. i can't believe this was a first for someone like you.

lizgwiz said...

stinkypaw, I will hold a good thought for you! And I would have assumed if I ever mentioned deflowering and a burrito in the same sentence, it would be a euphemism. Hee.

red, it IS my year, isn't it? I can feel it.

malia, that actually makes sense to me. Hee.

metalia, I do feel lucky. I should buy some lottery tickets.

george, well you know we only have substandard Qdoba here! Tell the truth--is that the real reason you moved?

chirky said...

If only I had known you'd be here...

lizgwiz said...

Chirky, maybe I'll come back soon, and with more notice. Chipotle and Chirky--that would be worth the drive!

guinness girl said...

I steadfastly hold my belief that Willy's (an Atlanta chain) kicks Chipotle's arse any day of the week and twice on Sunday. However...Chipotle is good in a pinch. If you ever decide to stop being vegetarian, try the carnitas. Mmmm.

lizgwiz said...

GG, if I ever see a Willy's (the 12-year-old in me is giggling right now...see a willy), I will check it out, carnitas or no.

don't call me MA'AM said...

Yay! Glad you've made it into the Chipotle cult. I just had it for dinner myself.

Which opera did you see?

lizgwiz said...

dcmm, it was Mary, Queen of Scots by Donizetti. I'd never seen it before.

stefanie said...

Guacamole was NOT extra?? Wow. That must have made it even more magical for you! :-)

As for Malia's comment... veggie burrito without the veggies? So is that just a tortilla filled with beans and rice?? Just checking.

lizgwiz said...

Stef, it WAS magical! I was all ready to answer "yes, I know" to the "guacamole is extra" line, and then...it wasn't. Yay, me!