Have you ever heard the podcast The Sporkful with Dan Pashman out of WNYC? He’s a wingnut, always covering the food angle from some wacked out unexpected place. So I was pretty stoked (as in fired up) when he asked if I’d like to have a conversation on one of our favorite SoCal staples, the burrito. Specifically addressing the question, “Is the Burrito a Wrap”?
I couldn’t believe we would even waste time addressing the subject. You know the Michael Pollan definition of food as something your grandmother would recognize? Well the word wrap didn’t exist when I was growing up. If you wanted tuna salad or a ham and cheese it was consumed in the form of a sandwich between two slices of bread where such fillings belong. Although the burrito’s external barrier is a tortilla it is not separated from the condiments inside; the tortilla is intrinsic to the whole. Of course the burrito is not a wrap. But I never imagined that I would end up being such a passionate advocate for that position. Listen to the debate.