When I reconnected with a forever friend, she noted that I was still eating the same foods I ate decades ago. This seemed to comfort her. My refusal to try new food was like the equivalent of a well-worn sweater.
I have two reasons for not trying new food – I know what I like and if I choose something I might not like I’m wasting money and calories.
Maybe that’s three reasons.
Anyway, my resolve was tested when my niece invited me to breakfast with her, her husband, and their children aka my great-niece and great-nephew (emphasis on great) at the Taco Bell.
Although I love Taco Bell, I have never understood why they offer a breakfast menu. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to breakfast, and I’m not about to break my fast with a taco or a chalupa. But it was a chance to spend time with the family before we enjoyed another adventurous trip to the Lowe’s.
So, I studied the Taco Bell breakfast menu. In fact, I studied it repeatedly. As it turns out, Taco Bell serves burritos and quesadillas filled with breakfast items such as bacon, eggs, and sausage. Hmm. That’s what folks must mean when they refer to a breakfast burrito.
I decided that a cheesy bacon breakfast burrito, which also includes scrambled egg, didn’t look too bad especially if I substituted what I took to be nacho cheese with a three cheese blend. (I do not do nacho cheese, dear readers.) After all, I like bacon, three cheese blend, and the occasional scrambled egg. Even if I didn’t like the burrito, I would enjoy Taco Bell’s Dr Pepper. By the way, I don’t usually drink soda for breakfast, but one makes exceptions for the greatest Dr Pepper in the galaxy.
Morning arrived and we met in the parking lot. My great-niece was so excited for the Cinnabon Delights that she pulled on the door before the restaurant opened. Once it opened, we proceeded inside and placed our orders … and the associate advised us that the fountain machine had been acting up.
Nevertheless, my great-niece filled my cup full of Dr Pepper – even a subpar Taco Bell Dr Pepper is better than most – and I bit into my first breakfast burrito.
Initially, I proclaimed it to be “not bad.” Then, I made my way to the bacon and three cheese blend and upgraded the review to “good.” Indeed, I can see another cheesy bacon breakfast burrito – with three blend cheese – in my future. But if you think I’m going to become the type of person who frequently selects different and/or new foods such as sausage or nacho cheese … yeah, that’s not happening.
I did, however, eat one of the Cinnabon Delights. It was okay, but I wouldn’t try to break down a door to get one.
This post originally appeared in the Appalachian News-Express.