12 Signs You Have A Chipotle Addiction And Will Always Pay Extra For Guac

12 Signs You Have A Chipotle Addiction And Will Always Pay Extra For Guac

Yes, I know guac is extra
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Everyone loves Chipotle. Well, most people do. The Mexican Grill provides an inexpensive meal with organic ingredients that you can choose for yourself. Whether you're in need of a quick meal, craving a burrito, or just want some good food, Chipotle is the choice for any food-related crisis. Seriously, there is no problem a bowl or burrito can't fix. For me and for others, this restaurant has started some sort of an addiction, and if you're a regular at this iconic place, you've probably had some of these same thoughts.

1. Burrito or Bowl?

The inner turmoil of deciding what route to take when perfecting your meal is a tough one. I consider this one of the harder decisions I have to make. The burrito or bowl provides the base for your meal and what you choose is entirely based on your mood and situation. So, you have to ask yourself what the best move is. If you're eating with friends, then probably a bowl because:

A. it's neater and

B. it's easier for leftovers.

However, if you can't wait to pig out and stuff your face with some Mexican- goodness while binge-watching your favorite TV show, then a burrito is the way to go.

2. Yes, I know guac is extra.

Chipotle employees are always quick to remind you the guac is extra; but don't worry, this I already know. Yes, the guac is worth the splurge and honestly, everyone already knows this so the reminder is kind of irrelevant.

3. You can eat it several times in a week

Eating chipotle as a meal several times a week might take a toll on your bank account but improves your happiness immensely. No, I don't feel guilty and I will never get sick of it.

4. You've considered working there

Any Chipotle lover has considered getting a job at the place where they spend a ridiculous amount of time. You might as well get paid for the amount of time you spend at your local establishment. Plus, even the thought of getting free food is a plus. For me, I'd rather have someone else roll my burrito; I'm good at eating them, but making them is another story.

5. You have a specific order

You've tried it all- white and brown rice, black or pinto, and all the kinds of meat. You've gotten to the point where you have perfectly crafted the perfect blend of salsas, crunch, and juiciness. At this point, you're unlikely to change things up. Why change perfection?

6. You get offended when people like Qdoba better

As a Chipotle enthusiast, the words "Want to get Qdoba?" bring tears of sadness to your eyes. You're so loyal to the chain that the thought of converting to a Qdoba fan is almost frightening. Plus, now that Chipotle has queso, there's really no need to.

7. You have too many Chipotle gift cards

The go-to gift for Birthdays and Holidays for you is officially known to those who know you. You have a plethora of Chipotle gift cards but you aren't complaining because you have every excuse to use them.

8. Your cravings are crazy

Your burrito is always on your mind. It doesn't matter the time of day or place, you're always craving this perfect meal. Sometimes, it even finds it's way into your dreams.

9. "Anyone want to go to Chipotle?"

Is a phrase that leaves your mouth and is in all of your group chats way too often. Some company to go along with a meal is never discouraged. It makes the experience 10x better.

10. Halloween is your favorite holiday

Dressing up is fun and all, but it's even more fun if you get a free BOOrito. Bless you, Chipotle gods for this day.

11. You know all the tricks

Half a scoop of two types of meat instead of double-meat to keep it cheaper. Lettuce on top of the guac during a rush leads to a higher chance of not being charged extra thanks to this disguise. If you get a vegetarian meal, then you get free guac. Come on amateurs, get with the program.

12. It's the love of your life

Who needs a significant other when your burrito, bowl, tacos, or salad are your soulmate. They never let you down and are always there for you.

Seriously, what more you could you ask for?

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.

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The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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