There are a lot of great types of cuisine out there in the world, but I personally don’t think there’s anything out there that can compare to Mexican food. When it comes to fast food options, Mexican food has pretty much two flagship enterprises; you’ve got Taco Bell, which is actually pretty good, and Chipotle, which I think is awesome. Whenever I want Mexican on the go (which is fairly often), you can be sure I’ll be dropping in really quickly to one of their restaurants.
Unfortunately, there can be some problems with Chipotle; unless you wolf it down in the parking lot immediately after buying it, waiting until you get home to eat Chipotle can be the food equivalent of taking home your goldfish, only to realise it died on the car journey home. It’s notoriously messy to eat if you wait too long, but one man has found a way around that particular inconvenience that has split the food community exactly down the middle. I’ll let you be the judge; is this food hack plain wrong, or so crazy it just might work?
Meet Josh Williams. He’s a graphic designer out in California, where he lives with his culinary student wife and their three kids. Last Sunday, Josh was on his way home from the theater with his four-year-old son when he decided to bring home Chipotle for his family. What a guy, right? But then, he remembered how that went last time: soggy soft tacos, mincemeat everywhere. Disappointment.
“The kids [and I] love Chipotle so I ordered a couple sets of chicken soft tacos. When we’ve done this before, they often fall apart by the time they make the long trip home [because] we live in a small town about 45 minutes from the nearest Chipotle restaurant.”
On this occasion, however, Josh had a brainwave. Why not stay one step ahead of the game, and arrange his soft tacos fresh once he was safely back home? To that end, Josh asked his server at the Chipotle if he could have his ingredients packaged separately, ready for him to arrange at his own leisure once he was sitting in his kitchen.
Posting his innovative idea to his Twitter account, Josh asked his followers: “Am I weird? Or brilliant?”, but the internet couldn’t quite come to a definitive answer. Some called Josh was ahead of the game when it came to Chipotle and underlined their intentions to do something similar, while others thought the hack was unkind on the environment, not to mention the Chipotle employees themselves.
Josh has presented a pretty interesting hack to one of fast food’s greatest problems, but where you do you lie on the subject? Are you going to try this next time, or do the environmental and social negatives outweigh the positive? Personally, I think I’m going to just eat my food messily on the way back. Solves the problem, doesn’t it?