This past week, I hosted ESPN's burrito correspondent, Anna Maria Barry Jester of the company's FiveThirtyEight data-mining site. We ate at Athenian Burgers #3 in Buena Park, which is a competitor in FiveThirtyEight's epic Burrito Bracket competition that seeks to find the greatest burrito in Americ ... More >>
Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for ... More >>
I am not a stoner, and I'm not a Taco Bell fan. I do know, however, that the two go hand-in-hand like pozole and oregano.So when I saw today in Denver a marijuana collective housed in one of those faux-adobe structures Taco Bell used to build back in the 1970s, I knew that a perfect marriage had bee ... More >>
Isn't it the wish of every grunt? Your company, which pays you shit, magically gives you a huge increase by accident one week and never realizes it. It happened to a Taco Bell assistant manager in Sharonville, Ohio, who makes roughly $22,000 a year. One week, his weekly paycheck was for $56,000-- ... More >>
Just like the title read--besides, what else are you going to do in Kankakee, Illinois?
Oh my Lord, this column LIVES for crimes like the following.
Stealing credits cards is always bad, but . . . if you're going to do that, doesn't it make sense to use it at places where a photo ID won't be needed? And shouldn't one use it for major purchases instead of whipping it out for a beverage at Taco Bell? And, after getting discovered, shouldn't you ... More >>
Ah, Florida: your insane residents haven't appeared in this column enough. I think "indecent exposure" is written into your state constitution--but also peeing, then eating a burrito? GROSS...
Photo by the Elmo MonsterOur requisite mention of Piaggio for the week!We went luxe lonchera crazy this week, and even crazier in other departments. The bedlam after the jump!
If I lived in Shelby, North Carolina, I'd probably make random phone calls as well to bide the time between the Tar Heels' basketball season and...the Tar Heels' basketball season.
Flickr user Phillie CasablancaThe big story in the OC food world was the $5 million class-action lawsuit against Taco Bell alleging the chain sells fake beef, but other, better things happened this week. After the jump!
Edwin GoeiHow do we know when this whole food truck thing has officially gone off the rails? When Sizzler and Subway get into the game. In an LA Times article today about the continuing phenomena that Kogi started, reporter Sharon Bernstein writes that Sizzler and Subway are planning food tr ... More >>
Apologies for the tardiness in this week's column, but it's a goodie: a hit-and-run involving a car and Taco Bell! From the charming town of Lawrence, Kansas, home to the University of Kansas:
To paraphrase Lenny in the Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors episode when dolphins took over the world: Taco Bell and night drunk driving--it's a winning combination!From Minnesota...
How stupid can you be to impersonate a police officer? How stupid can you be to be an elected official and impersonate a police officer? How stupid can you be to be an elected official and impersonate a police officer and threaten someone? How stupid can you be to be an elected official and impe ... More >>
Esty Seller SouZouCreationsComplete with veggies and seafood--and a floating pair of chopsticks, of course. $12.50.Another week of eating, recipes, crime and general food-related goodness has come and gone at Stick a Fork in it, and with Grace off on a vacation, I'm standing in for a roundup of t ... More >>
In honor of Glen Bell's passing, we will not list any violent acts this week--no, the only crimes this week is my annoying voice on a Marketplace commentary that aired Friday (in which I argued Taco Bell's lasting legacy, besides horrible food, is how it has acted as a gateway for Americans to love ... More >>
None of the obits I've found so far on Irvine-based Taco Bell founder Glen Bell are really worthy of reposting at this point, although the day is young and it is MLK Day. My thoughts on this fast-food pioneer will appear in next week's edition of This Hole-in-the-Wall Life. In the meanwhile, here's ... More >>
To show ustedes how out of it I am in the world of modern-day rap, the following story from the New York Post will show a company that has always been good with its hoaxes, and a rapper who's full of his overrated self:Rapper 50 Cent will cost you more than a taco. The rapper, whose real name is ... More >>
I twice wrote thoughtful meditations on the nature of passing counterfeit money, but both went down in MT hell. So, no intro other than young folk in Delaware must be desperate or bored out of their box for trying to pass fake bills at a Taco Bell...An 18-year-old Middletown man was charged with pas ... More >>
How tough are the times? People are not just holding up Taco Bells, they're now seeking refuge in their recycling bins. From Northern California:A homeless man sleeping in a restaurant recycling bin was nearly killed when the container was emptied into an Allied Waste Management truck for compact ... More >>
I'd love to link to this week's edition--a break-in at a Taco Bell in Celina, Ohio, wherever the hell that is--but the newspaper that reported the story has a pay wall prohibiting non-subscribers from reading stories on its website. Strangest part? Its publisher is Freedom Communications, parent com ... More >>
Great candidate for the Smoking Gun's mugshot roundup...What is most disturbing about this story: that Chattanooga has a Taco Bell, the stupidity of the crime, or that police officers are so badly paid they have to visit a Taco Bell for their Mexican grub? Anyway, the story:A man accused of tryin ... More >>
If this woman gets anything from her suit, I'd say ALL Taco Bell eaters have a chance for some cash. From Nowheresville, also known as Muncie, Indiana:A woman who says she bit down on a "hard rocky substance" in food she bought at a local Taco Bell has filed suit against the restaurant chain and it ... More >>
What better way to kick off the Fourth of July weekend than to rob a Taco Bell. Only in Greensboro, North Carolina can the living be this lame:Officers with the Greensboro police department responded to an armed robbery at a Taco Bell on Battleground Avenue. Investigators say shortly after 11pm Frid ... More >>
I once flew to Fargo, which had the closest airport to the University of Minnesota-Morris, which is in the middle of nowhere but a very pleasant place (and how is it that THEY have a street named after Cesar Chavez but not SanTana?). On the drive away from the airport, I spotted a huge Mexican resta ... More >>
Finally, some fire at at Taco Bell joint. From Maryland: Discarded cigarettes cause a two-alarm blaze that destroyed a Taco Bell restaurant in Germantown on Monday, firefighters said this week. "What the fire didn't damage, smoke and water did," said Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services spoke ... More >>
All the proof you'll ever need that Taco Bell does, indeed, KILL. From the Cornhusker State:A Chambers Nebraska woman was killed Friday afternoon in North Platte after a 75-foot Taco Bell sign fell on top of the pickup she and her husband were in.Diana Durre, 49, died at the scene before paramedics ... More >>
Sorry for the light posting this week, folks; been busy exposing anti-Semites over at Navel Gazing...This week's entry is actually from last week but is now just percolating up to the mainstream media instead of merely existing with the Daily Rottens of the world. From the state of Washington:A fami ... More >>
I thought people in Maryland gorged themselves on crab cakes? From the Old Line State: Two occupants of a vehicle parked at the Taco Bell in Solomons on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. were found to be in possession of suspected marijuana. DFC James Smith subsequently arrested Derek Craig Bradley, 20, and B ... More >>
Sorry, folks, for the light posting today on my part: am busy fighting pedophile priests. In the meanwhile, this from something called Sedalia, Missouri:Pranksters hijacked the speaker at the Taco Bell drive-through Tuesday afternoon.The suspects were able to find the same frequency used at the driv ... More >>
This one is from last week and involves Taco Bell itself!A federal appeals court Friday ruled that Taco Bell is solely liable for $42 million in breach-of-contract awards to two Michigan men who created the diminutive mascot that starred in the Irvine fast-food giant's hit $500-million advertising c ... More >>
You know times are tough when Taco Bell employees fake their own holdup. From Fargo...An employee of a Fargo Taco Bell that was robbed at gunpoint last week has been charged in Cass County District Court with conspiring to rob the store.Michael Vincent Wanzek, 20, made an initial appearance on the f ... More >>
Who knew there were Taco Bells in bloody New Hampshire??? : At least two people have been arrested for passing counterfeit money at Taco Bell on Loudon Road, and a woman whose photograph was broadcast in connection to the crime has been cleared. It was a case of mistaken identity, according to Lt. K ... More >>
This story is just bizarre, but what do you expect from Indiana? Barricades blocking off access to the shopping center on North Michigan Street from the Taco Bell parking lot will stay up-at least for now. On Wednesday, Taco Bell Manager Marsha Humphrey placed the barriers between Taco Bell propert ... More >>
In a week where Taco Bell announced massive layoffs in its Irvine corporate headquarters, it's nice to know that our biggest food chain is still inspiring crimes of another sort. From Virginia" Two men wearing Halloween masks robbed the Taco Bell on Piney Forest Road in Danville on Tuesday. Lt. Mi ... More >>
From Orlando... Police were investigating a Taco Bell robbery that happened Wednesday night and quickly realized that they were dealing with a crime spree. Investigators said three to four armed men robbed a Taco Bell on Narcoosee Road and then attacked two workers before they ran off. When offic ... More >>
From the indomitable Dave Barry: ...a man armed with a knife held up a Taco Bell and got $2,300. The robber wore a ski mask to disguise his identity. This plan would have worked flawlessly, except that, during the robbery, the robber made one teensy mistake: He pulled one of the Taco Bell workers a ... More >>
Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. announced this morning that it will give a free taco to "everyone in America" if any player steals a base during the 2007 Major League Baseball World Series, which--as usual--won't include the Dodgers. The item at stake is the crunchy beef taco valued at 77 cents. Here ... More >>
You know what's funny? We ask our young adults to throw themselves into the youth versions of established adult institutions—your governmental bodies, your newspapers, etc.—but when the kids dare express dissent or themselves in a way that rubs the ruling class the wrong way, the adult o ... More >>
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