No jalapenos please, I’m a girl

It’s crunch time.

The whole queue of men at the burrito van is watching expectantly as the first in line places their order.

“What can I get you?” says burrito lady.

“Chilli beef please,” says man number one.


“Yes please,” the tension rises. The men further back in the queue look anxious.

“Any barbecue or chilli sauce on that?”

“Chilli please.”

Bam. There it is.

Lunch for every man in the queue has just been cranked up a notch. Not a single one of them can order anything now other than chilli beef with extra jalapenos and chilli sauce.

It sounds ridiculous, but it is just one of the many benefits of being a woman. Back at the office, as we sit around the table, I watch the boys sweating through their lunches, and feel quietly smug at actually enjoying my burrito with marinated chicken, no peppers and no chilli sauce.

I have nothing to prove. Who cares if the seven people ahead of me have ordered burritos with the works? I can sweetly ask for no jalapenos please and it doesn’t matter, because I am a girl.

So what’s the down side? As the token woman am I left to clear the table? Nope. And someone else even gets my plate for me.




  1. 8 November, 2012 / 12:53 pm

    love it! lol

    I often watch my OH and his ‘boyfriend’ (my BIL, joint at the hip they are) sweating it out over a stupidly hot curry, I imagine barely tasting anything but feeling the burn! whilst I enjoy my korma, or occasionally a tikka masala.. lol! men.

    Fern xx

    • 15 November, 2012 / 8:35 am

      That’s the thing isn’t it, it just ruins your meal because surely you can’t even taste it?? ‘BURN’ isn’t a flavour really is it?

  2. 8 November, 2012 / 8:41 pm

    In my house it’s completely the opposite. My man doesn’t like hot things, I on the other hand keep a jar of jalapenos in the cupboard and put them liberally on sandwiches.

    • 15 November, 2012 / 8:35 am

      Haha! If I came round though and ate two in my sandwich would you feel the need to have three?

  3. 8 November, 2012 / 9:24 pm

    I quite like a hot curry (and jalapenos) but I certainly wouldn’t feel inclined to order hot food as a form of one-upmanship. Perhaps I’m the odd one out, or just plain odd ;-)

    • 15 November, 2012 / 8:34 am

      I think you’ve got the right apporach Steve.

      • 29 December, 2012 / 12:10 pm

        It varies from day to day as well, last night I had a mild curry, I simply didn’t fancy a hot one, but that may be because I hadn’t eaten all day and was “running on empty” so to speak.

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