When a post like this pops up on your Instagram feed you can’t help but have a sneak peak at the person behind the camera!
Luckily we did because we may have just discovered the UK’s biggest burrito fan? Meet @reckless_abandon86, aka Linnea, a petite burrito loving self confessed food fanatic with a New Year’s pledge to eat at least one burrito a week during 2017. Not only did the challenge capture our interest, we also love that her favourite burritos are Mission Burrito!
It might be that Linnea sensed the Instagram stalking or it was just coincidence that she contacted us to ask about our Man vs Burrito challenge. In week 42 of her pledge she took on the El Triple, we went along to witness her attempt and chat to her about the year of burritos so far.
Linnea told us: “some weeks I have two or three burritos, I’m hoping to hit 70 by the end of the year! People are already associating me with burritos, sending me links of new places to go and try. I’ve eaten burritos in Sweden, Amsterdam and Spain. But, Mission burrito is the godfather of all burritos! When we want a big one we come here.” Her favourite burrito is the Ancho beef or the Cochinita Pibil special, she said: “people tell me I’m going to get fat. But, you can make them really healthy so I know that’s not going to happen”.
As we sat and chatted with Linnea, she was half way through her el triple. We asked how she felt about taking on the monstrous challenge and her love for burritos “I ate a bit this morning and again for lunch to prepare my stomach for the triple. I’d say my level of love for a burrito is 10. But, right now it’s about a 2! Tomorrow when I wake up it’ll be back to a ten again!”
In Linnea’s words “I thought I’d walk the triple. But I merely stumbled through it!” A man vs burrito champ and she can now wear the t-shirt with pride! Before Linnea rolled out of the restaurant we had to ask her about the burrito tattoo she mentioned in an Instagram post “yes, I’m going to get a burrito tattoo on my foot with the number of burritos I’ve eaten at the end of the year”. And, her reaction was very polite when we asked if it would be a dedication to her favourite burrito (lol): “I don’t know how it’s going to look yet”. Well we look forward to seeing it next year!
It’s now week #47 and burrito #62. We will be catching up with Linnea in the New Year to see if she reached her goal of 70 burritos.
Way back in the summer Mission Burrito fan, Jonathon, entered our competition to describe the ultimate food eating challenge. Inspired by his experience of street food in Mexico City the challenge, which will be revealed later this year, is a proper ‘belly full’! Jon’s prize – free burritos for a week!
Instead of scoffing up to three burritos a day Jon asked if he could bring a mate along for lunch each day of the challenge. What a kind gesture we thought, but here’s why… “It was too hard to choose which friend to take so I ran a competition the week before where my friends competed to make me the ultimate sandwich each day. The best sandwich makers were invited for a burrito! You need to milk these sorts of opportunities. ” And, that he did… free lunch for two weeks!
Take a look at Jon’s ‘week of burritos’ photos to see who the lucky sandwich makers were!
Day 1 & 2: Good friend, Tom Edwards, used the free burrito opportunity to carb load for a marathon in Budapest on day 1. Followed by old pal, ‘Sailor’ Joel, who returned from a stormy voyage in Cornwall – Jon thought he needed some sustenance to warm his cockles.
Days 3 & 4: Jon was on a mission to cheer up his friend Evie ‘The Mexican Wrap Queen’ Dickinson after her house nearly burned down the weekend before. On day 4, Ladies that lunch – mum and daughter – were dressed to impress (in matching outfits). Little Dusty said the burrito was ‘yum’!
Day 5 & 6: A surprise (nice surprise of course!) date night with girlfriend Ally (she looks happy!) and a Sunday surprise for Jess & little Nancy. Jon was again in cheer-up mode as Jess missed out on a 7-course Michelin star meal in London because her hubby was ill!
Day 7: Jon dined alone to mourn the end of his burrito marathon!
At the end of a grueling week of burrito eating in Bristol we caught up with Jon to find out if his level of burrito love had diminished or if the love affair was still very much alive, he said: “my level of burrito love was a constant 10/10 all week, although I did ditch the burrito on the last day for nachos.” Jon told us that he tried various combos for the first 5 days before settling on his favourite.
Jon vowed to have a week off but going cold turkey was not going to be easy. Then this happened “It’s not even half way through the week and I’m already considering chucking today’s quinoa salad lunch out the window and sneaking off for a cheeky ancho beef!” Did he have the will power to stay away?!
JON’S FINAL STATS:
Total burritos consumed: 6 + Nachos Grande
Total calories: he asked us not to work this out!
Favourite burrito: regular ancho beef (no rice) with pinto beans and peppers, all the salad with extra jalapenos, guacamole, cheese and salsa verde.
Best date: date night with his girlfriend, Ally. Awwww… how sweet! (Although he had to say that as the choice of restaurant didn’t go down well! Nothing wrong with a romantic burrito date – we think!)