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Remember the Cantina Tacos? Get Ready for the Cantina Menu.

Remember the Cantina Tacos? Get Ready for the Cantina Menu.

The Cantina Tacos were like a short-lived, bi-curious phase for Taco Bell. While interesting, they didn’t share the Taco Bell flavor I hold dear and they didn’t gel with the rest of Taco Bell’s items. They came and went like so many other things, but I found out today that they haven’t died completely. It hasn’t been too publicized just yet (I think because it hasn’t spread to every area yet) but Taco Bell has developed and rolled out what they’ve dubbed the Cantina Bell Menu.

Remember the Cantina Tacos? Get Ready for the Cantina Menu.With help from chef Lorena Garcia, these test Taco Bells have begun selling these Gourmet Taco Bell items, at a slightly higher price than Taco Bellers might be used to. Taco Bell Chief Executive Officer Greg Creed said in an interview with Bloomberg, “If it makes sense, I’d love to get Cantina Bell across the country in [2012],”. Though Creed wouldn’t share specific numbers, he mentioned that customers are spending more on average at the [Cantina Bell] test stores, which is good news for the new items rolling out in a wider area.

Three “different” items make up the Cantina Bell Menu and following Taco Bell’s usual recipe for success, they’re the same ingredients in three different packages.

The Cantina Tacos

Citrus Herb-marinated chicken, flavorful black beans, Guacamole made from real Hass avocados, Fiesta salsa prepared fresh daily, Roasted Corn and Pepper salsa and a creamy cilantro dressing tucked into three warm flour tortillas.

The Cantina Burrito

Citrus Herb-marinated chicken, cilantro rice, flavorful black beans, Guacamole made from real Hass avocados, Fiesta salsa prepared fresh daily, Roasted Corn and Pepper salsa and a creamy cilantro dressing wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.

The Cantina Burrito Bowl

Citrus Herb-marinated chicken, flavorful black beans, Guacamole made from real Hass avocados, Fiesta salsa prepared fresh daily, Roasted Corn and Pepper salsa and a creamy cilantro dressing served on a bed of cilantro rice.

If you visit the Cantina Bell website you can see if the new items are anywhere in your area. Sadly, they’re nowhere near mine, but if you do get a chance to try any of the new items, tweet them at us @TacoBellBlog and we might post about it right here on the site!

Sources – Cantina Bell Menu and Bloomberg

Taco Bell…for Breakfast?!

Taco Bell introduces First Meal, Taco Bell for Breakfast

Having followed the 7-Layer for Breakfast ideology for some time (you know, you leave out a 7-Layer from the night before only to eat it the next morning for breakfast?) but Taco Bell’s coming up with a more legitimate way for you to have Taco Bell for breakfast.

Taco Bells in 10 different states have started serving breakfast to anyone awesome enough to stumble into a Taco Bell as early as 8 in the morning. They have a bunch of “normal” breakfasty tasting items, mostly crammed into tortillas, like the Bacon & Egg Burrito, Sausage & Egg Burrito, Steak & Egg Burrito, Sausage & Egg Wrap and the Grande Skillet Burrito as well as other breakfast “staples” like Hash Browns, and Fried Cinnabon Delights. My state isn’t one of the lucky few, so for now you’ll have to subsist on some other guy’s review of the each of the breakfast items, helpfully listed from not the most terrible to the most terrible.

The Taco Bell First Meal BurritosI wouldn’t normally link to someone else’s negative review of Taco Bell, but everything he says seems pretty on point. Until I try it (if I ever get the chance) I’m on the fence about this whole thing. I love the flavors of Taco Bell but replacing every ingredient but the cheese and tortilla will likely destroy any likeness to the TB flavors I know and love. A good compromise is to open Taco Bell for breakfast in the morning but serve regular menu items. I don’t know about you, but I’d sure take advantage of it.

Source – Huffington Post

Humankind is Mostly Worthless

Who robs a Taco Bell delivery guy?Let us preface this story with one thing that you may or may not already know. People are stupid.

Early one Thursday morning, a man was robbed while making a delivery at a Taco Bell in Macon, Georgia.

At 5 AM in the morning, two geniuses men dressed in black came out of the woods behind the Macon, Georgia Taco Bell. One was carrying a pistol and the other carried a rifle, according to a police report. The men demanded that the deliveryman open the safe, but he did not have the combination. They finally decided to take his wallet and leave.

Its pretty crappy that we live in a kind of world where things like this happen and all that, but we’re here to take you on a journey. We’re here to guide you through what, logically, had to have been their thought process.

It all started with two people deciding that they needed money. After wading through the obvious ideas like jobs, loans and eBay, they somehow decided robbery was a viable option. Realizing they needed weapons to carry out their master plan, they scrounged up the only weapons they had: a pistol and a rifle.

At some point just before the delivery guy arrived, one guy asked the other why he got to carry the rifle. Possible answers to this question include:
“because I’m older than you,”
“because robbing Taco Bell was my idea,” and
“because I’m the one that got the guns from my dad’s gun cabinet,”

Finally, the delivery guy arrives at the Taco Bell and the two men approach him. When the delivery guy broke the news that he couldn’t open the safe, they demanded his wallet.

All of this planning and effort netted the two men 10 dollars in cash, debit cards they can never use and a 4 year old condom.

People are stupid.

The Road To A Greener Taco Bell

A Hyrbid Taco Bell-KFC, no pun intended.The first environmentally friendly KFC-Taco Bell is being opened in Northampton, Massachusetts. Yum Brands Inc, the parent company of Taco Bell is going for the company’s first LEED certification.

The new KFC-Taco Bell aims to cut energy costs by 30 percent. The franchise will use LEDs, harness natural light and use recycled materials in their countertops. YUM! brands is also calling for the use of several devices to reduce water consumption.

The building is part of the company’s “E3 Intitiative,” which focuses on the energy, environment and economics of the company’s buildings.

School Of Rock Co-Star Apprehended Attempting To Leave Drive Through Drunk

Joey Gaydos Jr. Then and Now.
17 year old Joey Gaydos Jr. of “School of Rock” fame was busted for DUI outside of a Taco Bell. Really though, we’ll leave the gay jokes to you guys ’cause I bet he’s heard ‘em all before.

Joey Gaydos Jr. was 12 years old when he played Zack Mooneyham in the 2003 movie “School of Rock.” He has not pursued any acting jobs since then, but at age 17 has gotten himself into a spot of trouble. Mister Gaydos was arrested last month in Michigan for driving under the influence. He was caught by police “trying to drive away from a Taco Bell while intoxicated.” The rest of the details are scarce, but the fact that he was caught “trying” to drive away from the drive through sounds pretty bad.

Other than acting (and apparently drinking), Gaydos has toured the world performing for audiences everywhere and at age 13, he released his debut CD. Besides guitar, Joey recorded all vocals, mandolin, and keyboards. In 2005, he formed The Joey Gaydos Group consisting of him and two others.

Watchmen Definitely Worth Watching

Free Stuff is AwesomeThere was a Watchmen screening last night at 7:30 PM. Before getting there early, we picked up our Taco Bell on the way making it an official Blog Outside The Bun event. We weren’t allowed to bring recording devices and we had to turn our phones off, but seriously, Taco Bell made Watchmen that much better.

Even without Taco Bell though, Watchmen was an all around good movie. It did a great job holding true to the source material, and a lot of the imagery translated well from the book to the movie. Some of the sub-plots were lost, but there are nods to them all over the place.

Jackie Earle Haley was the perfect Rorschach.Watchmen as a movie was kind of cool. To a person that has never read the book, the pacing was a little bit slow and story was slightly difficult to follow, but generally, it wasn’t bad. It had a lot of action, it was well directed and the acting was great, but obviously it couldn’t convey everything the book ultimately did.

A surprising but terribly satisfying aspect of the Watchmen movie was that it was gritty. It was dirty, gory, bloody and it portrayed the overall tone of Watchmen perfectly. Bones were broken, plenty of people died and there was oh so very much blood. Anything less than an R rating would never have done this movie justice.

Another important thing to mention is the music featured in the movie. It was all true to the period and a lot of it was alluded to in the book, but at times, it felt like a crazy mashup. The movie has a great soundtrack, but the songs together make for a slightly confusing feel. The music in the movie had trouble translating into something that felt coherent and carefully pieced together.

Among some of the things missing from the movie were the Black Freighter series, Veidt cigarettes, sugar cubes and alien squids. Some of these things make an appearance in the movie, but only if you know what to look for. There’s a Black Freighter poster in place of the Lesbian Rights poster and if you look real close you see a few Knot Tops here and there. The absence of these things take absolutely nothing from the movie, but the addition of them really shows Zack Snyder’s devotion to fans of the series.

As fans of the work, it was easy to tell that Zack Snyder did his best to touch on everything in the book, even if briefly. Fans will notice quite a few nods to the original book that take nothing away from the casual viewer. Watchmen seemed impossible to translate to the big screen, but Zack did a better job than anyone else ever could have.

The Reason Syracuse Is An Awesome Place To Live

The Syracuse Crunch Love Taco BellToday I found out that the Syracuse Crunch of Syracuse, NY are pretty awesome. Not only is it fun to imagine they’re called the Crunch because they love Taco Bell, but on February 23rd, The Syracuse Crunch announced the details of “Taco Bell Night at the Crunch” to take place on February 28th. Now obviously that has already happened, but its pretty cool if you’re into hockey.

On February 28th, fans of the Syracuse Crunch hockey team could walk into any participating Taco Bell and get one coupon good for $12 off of a Syracuse Crunch hockey game. There wasn’t any other requirement than to go into Taco Bell, but while you were there picking up your free coupon, you might as well enjoy some Taco Bell.

Man Excited About Taco Bell, Crashes Through Brick Wall

*Joshua Trout, 19, decided to speed through a Dodge County Taco Bell parking lot at 11:55 PM. When Joshua lost control of his vehicle, he rolled into the dining room of the Taco Bell hospitalizing him and his passenger April Callies.

Charges of “Causing bodily harm by reckless driving and unreasonable and imprudent speed” are pending against the driver of the truck. April and Joshua were both hospitalized but patient reports were unavailable.

Little information was given, but we can only assume he was very excited to eat his newly purchased Taco Bell. Anyone that excited about Taco Bell surely deserves to be commended, but a love for Taco Bell should never lead to bodily injury. In fact, for us here at Blog Outside The Bun, Taco Bell makes life better and brighter. As much as speeding home to eat Taco Bell sounds like an awesome idea, its better to just wait it out. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and that few minutes it takes to get home will make you enjoy your hard-earned Taco Bell that much more.

*Truck pictured not same truck featured in story.

The Fiesta Taco Salad

The Fiesta Taco Salad is probably one of the most underestimated items on the Taco Bell menu. This item seems overlooked because many people refuse “salads” and accuse them of being healthy, bland or all around no good. The Fiesta Taco Salad is an entirely different story. Its a crispy tortilla bowl filled from bottom to top with beans, lettuce, the meat of your choice, sour cream, cheddar cheese and tomatoes. It also comes with salsa and crunchy lime-seasoned tortilla strips on the side.

The most important part of this salad is the edible bowl that holds all of the ingredients. It bears no resemblance to any of Taco Bell’s other shells, which is very important. Rather than a regular a corn bowl, the Fiesta Taco Salad has a flaky, almost buttery bowl. Without the shell, this taco salad would be mediocre at best.

Protip: If you want more of a creamy flavor, try adding Guacamole. If you’re looking for some spice, go with Jalapeño sauce.

The salsa and flavored tortilla strips make the Fiesta Taco Salad even more unique. The salsa consists of diced onions and tomato chunks and the tortilla strips have just a tinge of lime-flavoring. These both add to the overall flavor without taking away from the other ingredients.

Verdict: Despite being overlooked, the Fiesta Taco Salad is a winning item any day of the week. The flaky bowl and added salsa make this item stand out. The Fiesta Taco Salad is great if you’re looking to change things up a bit.

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