A drawing of this story's author talking about giving up burritos for Lent

Burritos became a bigger part of my life five years ago, on the day my wife and I moved into our first flat in London. 

It was a warm, sunny May afternoon and after spending the morning unpacking we made a 25-minute walk to Whitecross Street, which is just west of the Old Street roundabout. My wife’s office was nearby and she had discovered a stand that she wanted to share with me.

We went to a light-green van and I ordered a burrito with chicken, black beans, tomatoes, rice, jalapenos and guacamole. The woman in the stand piled these things into a tortilla, did some efficient folding, wrapping the contents in a burrito and a thin sheet of foil. Then she handed it to me and, I'd realise later, that exchange would render all burritos I'd previously had to be sort of inconsequential.

My wife and I took our lunch to a grassy area nearby. I remember smelling the freshly cut grass, sitting in the sun and eating a burrito, and as we sat there with my wife, I thought that it was one of the best burritos I’d ever eaten. I'll probably never enjoy one as much as I did that one.

Although I’ve only been back to that same stand a couple of other times, I get cravings for burritos fairly regularly. So I make them at home sometimes. Also, when my four-year-old son and I play, I sometimes make him into a burrito by loosely wrapping him in a blanket and pretending to put onions, salsa and guacamole on him. He seems to enjoy it. Lately he has started doing the same thing to me.

I like burritos

I also have been slack when it comes to lunch planning over the past several months, which led to me rationalising my visits to a burrito stand fairly close to my office. When we were prepping our BenevoLent app, I decided that I needed to stop spending too much on the burritos and so ever since the beginning of March, I’ve given up them and all takeaway lunches.

I’d never given up anything for Lent before. But this seemed like the ideal time to try. I've made it five weeks so far. I've been making my own lunches since. The BenevoLent app has shown that just by giving up the delicious burritos over Lent, I’ll save £42, money that can be better spent as a donation, helping improve the lives of disadvantaged children. 

Plus, it's prompting me to finally figure out how to fold a burrito.

 

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By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital Editor
Matt Summers-Sparks
- Digital team

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