"You haven't really had champagne until you've paired it with a greasy cheeseburger and some Fritos."
I'm sorry, what?
They repeated that sentiment, and we laughed. Who would spend good money on champagne and then have a burger and Fritos. And why specifically Fritos? They were insistent, though, that we were the crazy ones for laughing and that we absolutely had to try it someday. "Get a good bottle of champagne and some Fritos. Trust us. You won't regret it."
As ridiculous as it sounded, that story has stuck with us over the last several years. Every once in a while we'd look at each other and say "remember the crazy people who wanted us to try champagne and Fritos?" and we'd laugh all over again. Except on our anniversary Geoff suddenly came home with a good bottle of champagne (he actually found a shop that has a "champagne connoisseur' and a secret back room we never knew about!) and a bag of Fritos. "We keep laughing, but they were so serious! We need to try this damnit!" So, recently we put on a playlist of YouTube videos we needed to catch up on, popped the cork, and chowed down on Fritos.
You guys, they weren't kidding. THEY WEREN'T KIDDING. IT IS SO GOOD.
We thought we weren't champagne fans, which is part of the reason we never tried it. Turns out if you actually spend more than $10 on it (I think the one we got was ~$40), it actually tastes pretty good. But then, BUT THEN, you eat a Frito (I'm sure any chip whose primary flavor is "salt" will do) and it changes. Just like food does to wine, it changes. And we annihilated that bottle. Annihilated. It was magical, and I can't even really describe why. It just...is.
I don't know if we'll every do it with a burger like they suggested (we don't really do greasy burgers...), but we will totally be doing Fritos and champagne again. Not all the time, of course, but like a special occasion kind of thing. New job? Champagne and Fritos. Finally moving? Champagne and Fritos. Win the lottery? Lots of champagne and Fritos. For everybody.
Take it from me: if you get the chance, you absolutely need to try it. No matter how crazy it sounds.