Tuesday, March 06, 2012

What I talk about when I talk about burritos isn't necessarily what some people talk about when they talk about burritos.

Lots of things are said about the fact that Australia is damned lucky when it comes to the wealth of produce available to us, and that this combined with an astounding diversity of cultures living here leads to a vast array of taste sensations. There are also a lot of food courts in Australia that promise said delacacies, and then put peas in a burrito.

Thing is, I don't know if it's OK to put beans in a burrito, or if it's OK if this burrito is the size of your head. What I do know is that XQuisito at the University of Sydney's Camerdown campus thinks it's OK, as long as they put some red stuff on top of the burrito along with some partially melted cheese. Don't get me wrong, this thing was perfectly edible, but it was edible in the same way that combining lettuce, cheese, sour cream, guacamole and some sort of warm chicken goo in a wrap is fundamentally edible, it just didn't feel particularly authentic.

And that's the kicker, isn't it? Authenticity. Serving mexican speedily has always been somewhat in fashion in Australia (especially when combined as an outlet for stuffing things into potatoes), but it's recently hit some sort of new plain of franchised consciousness, with at least two competeing chains doing the rounds in Sydney. This is on top of numerous actual restaurants serving burritos around the inner-west, all purporting to different degrees of authenticity, or at least authentic tex-mex. That's a whole other deal.

I don't care about any of this. I just want someone's grandmother to make me a burrito, the way their grandmother used to make it for them. Maybe this doesn't even exist, so I'll just take whatever, and be immensely grateful for the experience. Either way, I bet it won't involve an ice-cream-scoop-worth of sour cream. Everything else, is a bonus.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Unfinished Projects as of June 2011

The Fall of Turkish Pop Group (2004, 2005)
The Song Remains The Same (2005)
Real Ultimate Power (2006)
Mario's Unfinished Symphonies (2006)
"An Unexpected Gift" (2008)
It's All Been Done Before / The Day The Music Died (2008)

[Updated 26/06/2011]

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Somewhere in Sydney, April 4th, 2011.

K: It looks like it want to eat my soul.
D: What's with stealing your soul? Nobody wants to steal your soul.
K: Why, what's wrong with it?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Somewhere between Yass and Sydney, March 20th, 2011.

D: There's a video of Jason Bateman crying while watching the Justin Bieber movie.
K: There's a Justin Bieber movie?
D: It's a documentary about his life. It's in 3D.
K: But he's twelve.
D: It's in 3D.
K: But he's twelve, is it in real-time too?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Current pressing questions.

1. Does the Nintendo DS suffer from screen burn?
2. Who in Sydney would one speak to about acquiring a full-body green screen suit?
3. Does Kylie Minogue's performance of "Dancing Queen" at the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games have less to do with Australia's fondness for ABBA tunes and more to do with Kylie Minogue positioning herself as an international pop star that cannont be defined by simple notions of geography?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Belated playlist for a bookshop, complied 12.01.11

Construction - Sebastien Tellier, Mr Oizo, SebastiAn
Belinda - Ben Folds & Nick Hornby
Halo - Major Lazer (featuring Elephant Man)
I Lust U - Neon Neon
Hole In Your Soul - ABBA
Teqkilla - M.I.A.
It's Not The End Of The World? - Super Furry Animals
Rill Rill - Sleigh Bells
Four Months In The Shade -The Radio Dept.
Harry Patch (In Memory Of) - Radiohead
None Of Dem - Robyn (featuring Röyksopp)
Seductive Barry - Pulp
Lovin' On An Older Gal - Sonny and The Sunsets
Always On My Mind - Pet Shop Boys