The WHOLE Burrito?

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Bullet Points:

** Al & Bea’s – excellent burritos if you’re in Los Angeles. The question of whether they beat the El Tepeyac burrito is hotly argued. It’s the same neighborhood. (Combo burrito $7.25)

At El Tepeyac, you’re faced with a tough decision:  The Manuel’s Special Burrito or their (smaller) Hollenbeck Burrito. If you  can eat an entire Manuel’s Burrito in one sitting, you’re a better man than I am, so you’d have to choose. Making the perfect (18,000 calorie) burrito is not a matter of chance. The six-pound burrito challenge (Manuel’s Special Burrito).

Both restaurants are in Boyle Heights, which is not the safest neighborhood. Arrive and leave armed (+ spare mags). I was shocked that the Manuel’s Special now costs $35.00 – insane prices – but the burritos are excellent.

LSP will ask me how they stack up against a Karen’s brisket burrito (Itasca, TX) for $4.00. I will respond unbidden that Karen’s brisket burritos are delicious, but I’d likely need two to finish the job, so they’re on par price-wise with Al and Bea’s (just 2,000 miles apart), but the styles are very different.

What about Northern Arizona? Nobody asked, but there’s nothing here with that level of taste. Sometimes I make my White Wolf Mine Burritos with grilled filet mignon (at $29/pound) and they’re pretty damned good. The steak needs to be fall-apart tender, and you pay for that. Add the beef drippings to the burrito for added flavor, as well as guacamole, cheese, onions, diced tomatoes, and some r/f frijoles. I had a secretary who made award-winning chili. Her secret was 10 lbs of filet mignon to the pot. Of course. I won a local chili cook-off two years ago in Pine, AZ, with that secret recipe. I recall mentioning it on the blog at the time. Maybe 3 years ago this October. It works for burritos, too. Yes, I had about $150 invested in filet in the pot, but I wanted the win for bragging rights. Could I have used ribeye? I could have, but I didn’t. BBQ the filet, put it in the pot blood rare, and let it flavor the chili.

** I sometimes see things that strike me as incredibly woke—so appropriate for the left and for the future of humanity. How do you identify?

** It’s a classic.

** Biden, shitting himself at the D-Day commemoration.

** Thinking back to when I first saw it.

** Building the City of Brass. (Fox News) Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., proposed slashing budgets regarding public safety, such as prisons and law enforcement, as the state simultaneously grapples with a crippling deficit and doubles down on climate goals relating to equity.

The California Democrat’s proposed budget, released in May, notes that “difficult decisions” are necessary to address the estimated $27.6 billion deficit, which is projected to continue for years. It includes a $97 million cut to trial court operations, $10 million to the Department of Justice’s Division of Law Enforcement, and more than $80 million to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. That means they’ll open the doors to the prisons.

Kipling, The City of Brass … They said: “Who has hate in his soul? Who has envied his neighbour?
Let him arise and control both that man and his labour.”
They said: “Who is eaten by sloth? Whose unthrift has destroyed him?
He shall levy a tribute from all because none have employed him.”
They said: “Who hath toiled, who hath striven, and gathered possession?
Let him be spoiled. He hath given full proof of transgression.”
They said: “Who is irked by the Law? Though we may not remove it,
If he lend us his aid in this raid, we will set him above it !”
So the robber did judgment again upon such as displeased him,
The slayer, too, boasted his slain, and the judges released him…


Identify the Aircraft


The foreground is too easy. Can you ID the flying twin-engine aircraft (much more of a challenge)?



Designed in 1946-1947, with the first flight in 1948, the Grumman F7F is said to have influenced this design.


two pictures


Parting Shot



37 thoughts on “The WHOLE Burrito?

  1. IDA-
    2. MODIFIED B-24
    3. I.Ae. 30 “Ñancú”
    4. LATECOERE 299A

    1. 1. Rethink your answer. This is a tough one. At least it would be for me.
      I have some running around to do in the morning. If we’re going to talk on the phone – maybe after 1300 AZ (Mountain Time)

  2. Identify the Aircraft:
    1. Martin B-26 Marauders
    2. B-24 Liberator mounting W24-C engines and radar nose installation.
    3. I.Ae. 30 Ñancú
    4. Latécoère Laté-299A

    1. 1. Close. The fuselage form is close to a B-26, but the B-26 is more oval laterally. So no, but close.

    1. That was my first guess… Need Coffee. I’ll be flying into DTW aka “Detroilet” today. I will send you a comm shot around the time you mentioned.

  3. I can only imagine the shock, amusement, fear, and deep apprehension the rest of the world feels after they examine the current condition of the United States, and the leader that can’t even control his bowels.

    1. I’m sure that he has some sort of nursing staff off-stage and at the White House to care for him in the same way you would address his issues in a nursing home. As you note, the problem comes when he’s brought out into public. And they’re calling for ‘four more years.’

  4. Not that you Mentioned Burgers ,But in Anchorage Alaska , Cafe Paris is Famous for it’s 4″ Filet Migon and when triming them they Make the Best Burger’s Ever out of those trimings.
    If you haven’t tried them you are missing out. Thank You for your Blog ,Watch Your 6

  5. So you’re a chef as well…as witnessed here on these here pages from time to time. H/t. Like a proper chili or burrito using top shelf ingredients (or any decent recipe for that matter), a proper Philly cheesesteak requires a good quality Ribeye lightly frozen then thinly sliced…plus seasonings (that’s a secret). Oh, and a proper Amoroso Italian hoagie roll (anywhere outside of Eastern PA and you have to ship them in). Fire up the flattop, use two griddle tools to mix and flip and break up the meat, toss on some sliced onions and Provolone or White American (h/t to The Blues Brothers), when almost finished set the open roll on top, use the long flipper to grab the entire sandwich and flip. Wallah…best sandwich on the planet.

    1. Yes! You must freeze the steak before you slice it to insure that it’s thin enough. (I have a meat slicer here at the WWM). The quality and thus the flavor of the steak in the sandwich is critical. And the bread — difficult to obtain outside of home turf.

        1. Heh…Chris Stigall (Philly) had him on yesterday morning, says he’s a normal guy who studied classic comedians from ages gone by to develop is unique funniness.

      1. Somehow I figured you’d know. The meat slicer is a power tool that affords efficient consistency for a quality end result (gee, what a concept).

        1. I just read somewhere that Netflix and other networks have actually taken episodes off air due to “inappropriate” content! DEI, bastards! Long live Dr. Tim Whatley!!!

          1. Figures. I give Netflix maybe another 2 years before they go belly up…unless they revert back to providing good content. People have noticed and are fed up with their idiocy.

  6. I know that’s some sort of engine testbed, but I prefer to think of it as a REALLY BIG swamp cooler.
    – Kle.

  7. The best chili I ever tasted was a home batch made by a friend. A mule deer had donated his backstrap to the cause. I normally make my chili with some sort of economical cuts of beef instead of burger but will try to upgrade to filet mignon this coming winter when it becomes chili season again.

      1. If you want a chef, there are “Cooking with LSP” videos to consult. I skip the complicated by adding expensive meat.

  8. You surely did not want to be 8 sheets to the wind coming out of the Fort Pitt Beer Hall/Brewery/Bordello? I guess land was very cheap on the side of the mountain.

    Surely(I like using it lately) you put good beans in your chili? Chili isn’t chili without that important ingredient. Chili without beans is just meat soup and I beleive I postulated on this blog in the distant past…

    1. Chili is a personal thing. I usually like pinto beans, but sometimes a mix of navy beans and pintos. I also like onions and green chilies (marinated before adding). But I’m sure that I’m a little off-beat because I garnish with fresh tomatoes, cheese, raw white onions, and a little fresh cilantro (goes a long way). It’s just how I like it. I’m not an apologist. There are several ways to make great chili. One is to make a Chili Verde (pork shoulder) with chili beans and Hatch green chilis. It’s not traditional but I love green chili. When I go to New Mexico, I’m in heaven. It’s fun to experiment.

      1. That place reminded me of The Roadkill Cafe (nka Holly’s Roadkill Saloon) up in McCleod, MT, outside of Big Timber (think Horse Whisperer filming location for the Dance scene). It’s a quanset built off the roadside, 2-story affair with a western saloon style frontage. Last we were up there moons ago it was for sale. Told DrMrsPaulM, “Hey, we could buy it and rename it The Roadkill Cafe & Vet Clinic…the daily specials would be a surprise!” She was not entirely amused but I thought I was hilarious.

    2. A bowl of good Texas red needs no beans. My uncle was a cadet at A&M in the 30s. When he made chili, it was blazingly spicy and no beans. Fond memories.

    1. A friend of mine adds beer. When he begins cooking chili, he starts with a six-pack, which is gone by the time the chili is ready.

        1. It’s a critical step between courses Ed…just hold your nose a little higher in the air and pinky out. {[:-)

    1. Now the media is covering for him by saying he was just trying to sit down…except Not-A-Doctor Jill was telling him no. The man is not only a menace to The Constitution and America as a whole, he’s a disgrace to humanity.

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