Happy National Tortilla Chip Day! (2/24)

Perhaps one of the most absurd pronunciation differences between the English and Spanish languages, is the double L. Drawing out that L sound when ordering at a Mexican restaurant will make the most properly spoken New Englander sound like a complete redneck.

My conspiracy theory here is that this is the very reason Spanish cultures put the double L into their most delicious foods and concoctions, so that I can sound ridiculous when trying to order.  They stick that double L in their quesadilla, they put it in their pico de gallo,  it lies waiting in their Chicharones de Pollo, and of course, of all places right there next to salsa’s very best friend, the tortilla chip!  But it’s all good, because guess what language is going to sound dumb when Godzilla breaches the Pacific Ocean to invade the West Coast! Mexico will be all running around yelling, “It’s Godzeeya! It’s Godzeeya!” And I’ll just sit back and laugh!

Regarding National Tortilla Chip Day, there was a little deja vu attached to today. We already celebrated National Corn Chip Day back in January, and we did it without any language barriers. Please allow me to stress that I was not disappointed in a renaming/celebrating of the same holiday. I mean if twenty-six days after Christmas, someone told me that January 21st was “Birth of the Christian Messiah Day,” I’d immediately put up a stocking and buy a roast.  So, I was very amiable to a bowl of Buffalo Wing style Doritos and a jar of salsa.

Tallahassee's Chili Cookoff at Market Square

I had no idea however, that today had a most amazing National Tortilla Chip Day miracle in store!  See, tortilla chips are for nothing but dipping in stuff, and salsa is really its most common partner for that purpose, but it’s not its best.  The very best thing that can go on that chip is chili, and wouldn’t you know it Tallahassee held one of their five annual chili cookoffs today.  For those who haven’t been, chili cookoffs are a place for filling yourself up with all you can eat chili, cheese and tortilla chips!  At this one, $10 gets it all!

This year’s had a bonus waiting for me.  There was a couple of dudes who not only made a fantastic chili, but I’ll be dipped if they didn’t also make their very own tortilla chips!  They were really fantastic.  As a matter of a fact, can we just look at them together for a few seconds?  Look at all that shiny grease.  Just look at it!  With all the negative health benefits of Doritos and Tostitos, they still don’t have all that fantastic grease.  These things had twice the yummy of a tortilla chip with all the light texture of those weird little bags of chips that you get with to go Chinese soups.

5-Cheeses & Sour-Cream All in One Chip!

Speaking of the health benefits of Doritos, have you ever read the ingredients?  I did today, and now I love them even more.  Did you know there were all those cheeses in there?  Oh Doritos, you never cease to amaze me!

See you Sunday for National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day!


About Jim Clark

"If it was worth doing, then it is worth writing!" -- Jim Clark -- Someone else probably said that before, and I'm sure that each semester she starts her Creative Writing 101 class by writing it on the board, but I never took that lady's class so I am taking her quote! I work in the world of advertising, but I write for a living. Here in the second decade of the '00s, we find ourselves in a culture where virtually everyone writes for a living. With all the clicking and clacking on Facebook, Twitter, emails and texts, our lives are more than ever intertwined with writing. At the same time, it's also become increasingly more important to shorten our thoughts down to as few characters as possible. So, now, more than ever, I think it's also important to hold a place in our lives for expanding and honing our thoughts through writing. This is my place for that.
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