Thursday, April 24, 2008

Leggo My Burrito

Name your poison: tacos, quesadillas, taco salad, chips & salsa or burritos. Your answer could say a lot about you. Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago determined in a recent study that taste and personality reside in the same part of the brain. In a bizarre twist on that theme, Hirsch used Mexican fast food as his bare-your-soul-through-your-taste-buds cuisine.

Tacos: Workaholics and perfectionists who sacrifice family and friends for their jobs. Ideal romantic partner: Quesadillas. (There tended to be more tacos in New York, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh in the study.)

Quesadillas: Loyal followers willing to let others take the credit, and who invest lots of energy into keeping relationships together. Ideal romantic partner: Tacos.

Chips and Salsas: Aggressive, competitive, goal-oriented leader types, born fighters when crossed, natural charmers when it comes to wooing. Ideal romantic partner: Other Chips and Salsas.

Burritos: Drama queens who wear their feelings on their sleeves and who crave being the center of attention. They have short attention spans but a keen sense of new trends. Ideal romantic partner: Taco Salads. (Places like Denver, Indianapolis, Tulsa, Charlotte, Milwaukee and Louisville tended to trend more burrito in the study.)

Taco Salads: Easy-going, well-adjusted, empathic, understanding, perfect spouses and parents, and ideal friends. Easily the best Mexican-food personality around. (Can you tell the quiz said I was a Taco Salad?) Ideal romantic partner: Burritos.

Nachos: Shy, introverted, oblivious to what others think of them and secure enough not to care when they find out. They do their best work when left to their own devices. Ideal romantic partner: Other Nachos.

Sweet! I may be a loco burrito, but I'm married to one helluva of a taco salad!

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