Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Olfactory nerves

I think one of the most clever marketing schemes of restaurant companies is to enable potential customers to smell their food from miles away. Subway fans their freshly baked bread scent outside the store. You can smell an Auntie Anne's Pretzels or a Cinnabon location from across the mall. And steak places have that great grilled smell emanating from the kitchen into the parking lot, making your mouth water before you ever set foot into the restaurant.

So you can imagine my horror when I pulled up to the drive-thru speaker at Taco Bell and got a whiff of the COW MANURE FERTILIZER that had just been placed on the plants below the order box. The smell was so strong it made me gag and I thought I was going to lose my afternoon snack right there. Ooof. I know Taco Bell isn't known for its great-smelling food, but cow manure is carrying it a touch too far.

The good news is that my burrito didn't taste anything like the fertilizer.


Flawed & Disorderly said...

They don't put fertilizer in the regular burritos. It's new. It's fertilizer in a taco shell, wrapped in a flour tortilla, wrapped in squirrel hide, and topped with enchilada sauce.

Erin said...

... and then deep-fried and dunked in blue-cheese dressing.

headless chicken said...

Tonight we ate at Pei Wei for the first time. (It is our 8th anniversary.) We LOVED it. One of the things I loved was that it smelled authentic. I don't know what they are doing right, but it smelled just like the food I ate in China. And the free fortune cookies and peeled oranges to finish are just icing. Hurray, a new place to blow our money! Good thing our kids would never eat it, or it might give Chili's a run for the money.