That’s a Wrap: The Burrito Vending Machine Is Now a Reality

01/08/2014 at 03:42 PM ET

Burrito Box Vending Machine
Courtesy Burrito Box

Taco! Burrito! What’s coming out of your…

…vending machine? Okay, so Will Ferrell’s SNL cheer rhymed better. The point is: There is now a touch-screen vending machine that dispenses warm burritos (and even plays music videos while you wait).

The Burritobox lives in a gas station in West Hollywood, but don’t let that fool you. In L.A., even vending machines in 24-hour Mobil stations dole out food that’s antibiotic- and hormone-free. The breakfast burritos use cage-free eggs.

After picking your $3 base burrito—according to the Burritobox Instagram feed, there are five options, including chorizo with egg and cheese and free-range chicken with beans and rice—choose from a list of bonus toppings. Yes, guacamole is extra. So is Tabasco or sour cream. But no matter what you pick, in 60 seconds, out comes dinner or, more likely, a 3 a.m. snack.

According to LAist, the machine is akin to a giant microwave spitting out soggy tortillas, but hey! If you’re feeling grumpy, this is a great way to get food without ever having to interact with a human. Maybe a stop at the cupcake ATM for dessert?

A second Burritobox is coming to L.A.’s Century City neighborhood on January 18—inside a 76 gas station this time.

UPDATE: Even Ashton Kutcher is intrigued by this vending machine:


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—Marissa Conrad

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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