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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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

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Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.


6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!


7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.


9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

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Living With Celiac Disease

Kids would put food in my face and tease me about it, they'd tell me that my symptoms weren't real and that I was just faking it for attention; I even had adults tell me this too.

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At the age of eight, I experienced horrible stomach pain, weakness, and illness. I was doubled over, and I didn't know why I'd felt so horrible. It wasn't the kind of pain you feel when you have the flu, or when you have cramps. It was a different kind of pain, but I knew it wasn't good. My parents didn't know what was wrong with me either. The only thing my dad had suspected was that perhaps I was intolerant to gluten.

For those who don't know, gluten is found in many food items that primarily contain grains or are often high in carbs. This isn't to say that all foods with carbs or grains have gluten, but they oftentimes do. Gluten is a protein within wheat that is the primary ingredient in cake, pizza, and bread. It is even sometimes in food that you would never suspect, like Twizzlers. It's also synonymous with ingredients like monosodium glutamate, malt, barley…etc.

I tell you that to tell you this:
At eight years old, I was told I had celiac disease. Which just means that my body is unable to digest and break down gluten, preventing me from absorbing vital nutrients.

My dad found out later in his life that he was gluten intolerant after many years of breakouts and complications. He had ascertained the idea that maybe I had also carried this gene and that was why I was in so much pain. Each time we digest gluten, our body attacks our small intestine, killing off what is called villi. My body was in so much pain because I was eating gluten.

After taking gluten products completely out of my diet, I felt 100% better. I was no longer in intense pain, I no longer had rashes, and all other symptoms went away. From then on, I had to watch what I ate, as if I was on a life-long diet.

As you can imagine, this was a ton of responsibility for me as an eight-year-old because I now had to constantly check every label there ever was, make sure that the food I was eating at school didn't have any sort of gluten in it, and I was also now a novelty at school. Kids would put food in my face and tease me about it, they'd tell me that my symptoms weren't real and that I was just faking it for attention. I even had adults tell me this too. They thought I was being hypersensitive.

I had to remember everywhere I went that I had to avoid eating gluten. Do you know how hard that is? It's in so many things. When I was young, not many people knew what celiac disease was. There weren't any gluten-free alternatives out there, so I was eating lots of rice, beans, and salad. I had a very limited food palette. I could no longer have the amazing foods I enjoyed like pizza, garlic rolls, cake, or even ravioli. Although it seems odd, ravioli and spaghetti-o's were my favorite then and I was no longer able to have them. It crushed me.

Having celiac disease was hard as a child because when I went to birthday parties, I couldn't eat most of the food they provided. I couldn't enjoy birthday cake or the pizza that most people ordered. I always had to bring my own food and explain why every time. It seems silly, but I often felt left out. Not being 'normal' because of my allergy made me feel like an outcast. You'd think you wouldn't feel like that, but it generated a lot of those negative feelings because I was a burden to feed due to my allergy.

Fast forward 13 years later, I still have to be careful of what I eat. Celiac disease is something I'll never get rid of. It's a part of my DNA, and there's a good chance my kids will also carry the gene and deal with the same issues.

I don't usually tell people I have celiac disease because I can sometimes get away with having trace amounts of gluten and still be mostly okay. But when I accidentally eat gluten, I pay the consequences. There are times when I accidentally eat it and feel like I can't get out of bed because of the stomach pain. I joke that the pain is so horrible that I feel like I'm dying, but it really does feel severe in the moment.

Being gluten intolerant, I spend quite a bit more money on groceries because I have to find gluten-free food and it's way more expensive. Because gluten-free became a fad diet, more places began offering alternatives and it was easier for me to find foods I liked. When I find gluten-free goodies that aren't normally gluten-free in restaurants, you bet my eyes light up! It's exciting but also a relief.

Being gluten-free has oftentimes felt like a curse, but it's also a blessing sometimes.

The upside to this is that researchers are looking into developing a pill that will help those with celiac disease digest gluten easier and/or subside symptoms completely. So hopefully soon, I'll be able to eat the foods I once loved without feeling ill.

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