Who Came Up With the Doritos Locos Taco?

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Taco Bell just released its new breakfast menu.

And all the college guys I know said, “Amen.”

The Waffle Taco, Cinnabon Delights, A.M. Crunchwrap and other new features have been the talk of the town in the fast food industry. For weeks, people have been speculating if Taco Bell would take over McDonald’s breakfast market.

Well, that remains to be seen. But one thing I have noticed is that the new craze has brought up a little reminder of the success of the Doritos Locos Taco.

I saw an article on Yahoo! today about former Taco Bell interns trying to take credit for the creation of the cheesy-shelled creation. Then I followed a few links.

Here are a few I found:

Former Taco Bell interns claim these photos prove they invented Doritos Locos Tacos

Taco Bell Sued By Prisoner for ‘Stealing’ Doritos Locos Idea

And the one that seems to be the Taco Bell-credited story:

Doritos Locos Tacos visionary dies at 41

I guess when something gains such a cult following, everyone wants to claim it.

Who do you think came up with it? (Was it you?)

 

Ethnic in Auburn

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Seoul BBQAmerica is known as the melting pot, right?

One great thing about our country is that everyone came from somewhere else–sometimes way back on the family tree and sometimes directly. China, Korea, France…the list goes on and on.

This variety of culture has led to a variety of food. If you ask someone their favorite type of food, I seriously doubt they would say American. Nope. It’s Italian or Chinese or, more popular recently, Thai food.

And lately, Auburn has been embracing this culinary diversity. Along with a new Steak and Shake and the promise of Jim ‘N Nick’s opening in February, two new ethnic additions have also popped up recently: Sakura (Japanese) and Pho Lee (Vietnamese), both located on Glenn.

Both opened in the last few months and both represent the demand for more variety of available cuisine.

Personally, I’ve been trying to get a taste of Auburn’s lesser-known ethnic cuisines. A recent trip to Seoul BBQ on South College Street gave me a glimpse at something I hadn’t tried anywhere else–Korean food.

I tried something called Yukgaejang, which is a spicy beef soup with vegetables (pictured below).

Yukgaejang

 

On a cold January night, this steaming soup absolutely hit the spot. The waitress recommended I ask for it a little less spicy, or else it would burn my mouth. Thank goodness she did, because it still had quite the kick on the “less spicy” level. But I liked it.

In addition to the vegetables, there were a few strange, twig-like noodles (at least I think they were noodles) that gave a nice textural contrast from the simmered cabbage and shredded beef. It was definitely different from anything I’d ever had before.

And that’s the great thing about trying different cuisines: you get to do something different. You get to see how people from other parts of the world eat. Some dishes may seem odd (read: Korean fish cakes), but hey, you never know what you could like!