15 (Sat) August 2015
at Taco Bell (Incheon International Airport)
Summer Vacation, Day 15 (see previously 6.221 King Crab).
2 full weeks with the wife and kids, the longest together since I relocated to Manila. 1 week in the Philippines — DONE — followed by 1 week in Korea — DONE. I flew back to Manila tonight.
Looking back at the only other post on the blog featuring Taco Bell (see most recently 1.026 Chicken Soft Taco…), I was struck by 3 points.
First, in the prior post, I speculate that the visit to Taco Bell is the first “in years … can’t even remember when.” But now, with the blog, as well as the supporting digital photographic record, I can state with absolute precision that 5 years, 7 months, 2 weeks, 1 day, 1 hour, 12 minutes, and 43 seconds have passed since that visit and this latest one.
Second, the meals have occurred in very different and very unusual locations, one on an army base and the other at an airport, both apparently inspired by the novelty of the encountering Taco Bell in such places.
Third, as merely the 26th of 2,048 posts to date, the writing seems rather awkward/artificial/affected in retrospect.
Then again, the attempted cutesiness does exhibit an energy/enthusiasm that is largely absent from the oft perfunctory writing these days. Whether that’s because I’m too busy or because I’ve lost the spark, I don’t know, but in any case I’ve been wondering if I should fold the blog with the end of this cycle. Deux ex machina — by coincidence, I watched Ex Machina on the plane — Taco Bell has brought such speculations into glaring perspective.
The Crunchwrap Supreme is a proprietary sandwich by Taco Bell. Described on the website as “a warm, soft, flour tortilla filled with seasoned beef, warm nacho cheese sauce, a crunchy tostada shell, reduced-fat sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes and then wrapped up and grilled for maximum portability.” Highly doubtful that this has any bonafide counterpart in Mexican/Tex-Mex cuisine, or any culinary tradition, just a mashup monstrosity.
It was weird. But not altogether bad. Like most items at Taco Bell.