Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Confessions of a tacoaholic

Everything about this cancer journey is strange and different. However, the strangest thing of all has got to be my ever changing taste buds. From day to day I never know how anything will taste. In desperation I searched the internet for a common food that cancer patients may have some luck in actually tasting good. I came across a post from a woman that said that her mother enjoyed taco bell during her chemo, and in fact, it was the only food that she enjoyed. That was enough for me. It was time to " make a run for the border." I didn't want to get carried away (in case I couldn't taste anything) so I ordered two chicken soft tacos with regular hot sauce and pulled out of the drive-thru. I parked in the lot, unwrapped the taco, and squirted out the sauce. I was doubtful as I took the first bite, but let me tell you that I heard a choir of heavenly angels singing the Hallelujah Chorus! Not only could I taste it, but it tasted good! (OK I realize that "good" may not be a word that you and I would normally associate with Taco Bell...but let's consider the situation here!) I think I inhaled those two tacos in record time. It wasn't so much the taco, but the SAUCE! I think it was the first thing that I could truly taste in weeks. I'm embarrassed to say this, but I licked the rest of the sauce out of the packets. (Yes, I have no shame when it comes to being able to taste) I was so excited at my new taste sensation, that I decided to try and find something similar while I was at the grocery store. (Or else I was going to be making regular visits to pilfer the taco sauce from inside at the counter) To my amazement, I found this at the grocery store! (more angels singing)
To my utter amazement, I have continued to "taste" this sauce. I have used it sparingly, as I don't want to over do it, and have it lose it's taste. It came in quite handy however, last night, when friends from my school, Jenni, and her sons Zach and Logan stopped by with chicken enchiladas and rice for dinner. YUM! (Thanks Rossignol family) I opened that bottle and poured it all over those babies. Let me tell you, it was the BEST dinner I've had in a long time. Here's what's left of it.

I plan on eating the rest slowly the rest of the week to make it last. Now, what else can I pour the
"miracle elixir" on top of? I think I need to buy some stock in Taco Bell.

Have a great day. I'll be here taking sips of Taco Bell sauce. :-)



  1. Hmmm... can we put Taco Bell sauce into NFSC? (Okay, okay, if any CC'ers see this, I am just jokin'!). So glad you found something that actually tastes good! (Wow! It is SO easy to leave comments now!) Thanks for keeping us updated!

  2. "My name is Joanne, and I am a tacoholic." LoL

    HAHAHAHA!!!! Even though you already told me this story, I couldn't help but LAUGH OUT LOUD when I was reading it. I loved the part about your heavenly choir! Oh mother, your so silly. I still think you should try the quesadilla because the jalapeno sauce they put on them is DELICIOUS!

  3. So hilarious. Despite hearing the story too I laughed just as much the second time around. I know what you're getting for Mother's Day. Do they make Taco Bell gift cards? Love you!

  4. Taco sauce?....had I known this piece of Sheiman Medical Taste Bud Breakthrough I would have loaded my bags with every variation of said elixir when browsing through the Duty Free Store(s)while waiting for my flight home from Cancun!

  5. Who knew someone could make me hungry for Taco Bell?! This story reminded me of my strict vegetarian friend who went to taco bell every day when she was pregnant for the beef burritos! That and a specific brand of baked tofu were her favorites. I'm glad to hear you've found some food to enjoy. Now.... off to plan a mexican dinner - yum.
    Hugs to you Joanne!