Chipotle: Food With Integrity

Chipotle: Food With Integrity

Eat with pride.

Though we all like to complain about fast food, we still enjoy it. For the people who like to complain about McDonald's not being real meat, we don't hear a peep as they shove that Big Mac in their mouths. But as our society comes to the realization of the harmful GMOs and unhealthy fats that are in these fast food options, healthier "quick" chains are popping up. One of the most popular ones known is the almighty Chipotle *cue the hallelujah chorus*. From the endless burrito bowl options to the $1.95 extra guacamole, the place has defiantly staked their claim. But after a worldwide scare with a deadly bacteria, how has the booming chain been able to reclaim it's spot back on top?

Chipotle was first created back in 1993 by Steve Ells with 16 locations all in Colorado. The company had a simple motto: "Show that food served fast didn't have to be a 'fast-food' experience." Since then the franchise has blossomed into a multi-billion dollar food empire. I can guarantee you there is a Chipotle within a 20-mile radius of where you are sitting reading this article. They are popping up on every corner across the country, and for good reason. Where else can you get organic "fast food" that doesn't hurt the diet or the wallet?

You are never out of options at this fast service Mexican restaurant. From burrito bowls to tacos or salads is only the beginning of the decision. Next, you must decide rice, meats, veggies and other toppings. It's a joyous process, trust me. I always go with my usual: burrito bowl with white rice, chicken, mild salsa, cheese and guacamole (perfecto).

The appeal comes from a few different elements that separate Chipotle from the generic fast food chains. Firstly, it's much healthier for you (organic and low fat) rather than a greasy burger and fries. Secondly, you are able to physically see your food being prepared/assembled. Contrary to the famous McDonald's rumor of the disgusting preparation of their foods -- you are able to see your meal being created.

In 2015, reports came out that a Chipotle on the East Coast had been responsible for more than 100 bacterial illnesses. And in 2016, the report became an entire epidemic. Hundreds of cases of E. Coli were being caused by one of the ingredients, and to this day, it is surprisingly still unknown as to what was the contaminant. But while some were deterred from the issue which has since resolved, their sales are better than ever. Probably due to the quite impressive steps they took to win back the trust of their loyal followers, from free meal coupons to closing all Chipotle stores for one day in order to teach their workers about work/health safety. These were excellent marketing tactics to show that they were attempting to learn from the mistake, rather than just ignoring it and moving forward.

Overall, I think that Chipotle will always be a top favorite restaurant in the U.S. nation. It meets with our society's two most important needs: efficiency and health. Today we are always rushing everywhere (be it work, school, or just daily life) and we need food we can grab quickly on the go. But now we can get that with a bit of a health twist. Why get greasy fast food when you can have delicious food that is better for you? We've been on a long journey with good old Chipotle. An emotional roller coaster of love, breaking our trust, and slowly earning it back (unlike my last relationship). It's a genius company paving the way for new fast food service. Let's stick with Chipotle and see where the journey takes us, shall we? #teamchipotle4life

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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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.


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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