“Burrito and the Lightningbolt” by Benedict Campbell and Autumn Spadaro

This really awesome film maker/photographer Benedict Campbell and his assistant Autumn Spadaro put together a lovely short film about my friend Dani (aka Danilightningbolt) and I (aka Nina Burrito). 
What a super cool experience this was, after watching it, I felt so excited and grateful for everything in life, the choices I’ve made, and the people I have met, all connected in some way from two wheels bicycles or motorcycles. This film helped me to remember how I got here, and to slow down and appreciate all that we have here in Austin. πŸ’™  what a great job Ben and Autumn, thank you! Please feel free to share this work of art. 

Click here to watch: are some photos shot by Ben and Autumn from the shoot at the t-1 ramp:
Terrible One

Fox BMX 

Common House Art Collective

Benedict Campbell
Huge thanks you to everyone who made this project possible! I hope you all know who you are πŸ™πŸ» πŸ’›-Nina B



BBQ weekend fast forward to Las Vegas!

Man, despite all of the rain we had this weekend in Austin, I managed to hit up two kickass BBQ’s.
I had heard the reviews about Stoney cooking at our buddy Chase Hawk’s place back in the day, and since its been awhile since they’ve gotten together to cook the rain this weekend was a great excuse! I finally got to indulge! Homemade mashed potatoes with hatch chiles, plump brined chicken grilled to perfection with homemade BBQ sauce, corn on the cob, burgers and steaks our friend Scotty brought from Austin Land & Cattle some jalapeΓ±o cornbread.. Everything was SO good!!

Chase and Lauren’s English bulldog Lucy just got back from the doggie groomer and got her “nails did” haha
As Chase and Sean’s bartender at Shakespeare’s, I know if they are out that they usually order 3 Olives Rootbeer flavored vodka w/coke. So I brought them a bottle 100proof rootbeer vodka made by Smirnoff. This discovery was made courtesy of Mason Fleet at the Cedar Point shows in Ohio ha! I warned everyone, this stuff is no joke! Our friend Hollywood had been watching football all day drinking beer got into it and drank about half of the bottle! 😲
He seemed okay but when we dropped him off at Stoneys and came back from pedaling around town, the dude at thrown up all over..even worse; all over Stoney’s dog!!!! Poor dog!! And poor Stoney for having to smell that for the last few days wooF!!

Then Sunday afternoon i got a phonecall from Portland homie Shad Johnson that he was in town with lady!! I met up with them Forrest and Allan (other nice Portlanders living in Atx) at Home Slice for some delicious Pizza!!! Even though they do not have Canadian bacon at Homeslice (Shad’s favorite) he still seemed to enjoy it πŸ™‚


Later that afternoon i got a picture message from Aaron Ross, he got his new smoker running, and cooked up a storm of smoked brisket and ribs! I fired out some veggie kabobs and boom! Another feast among BMX homies!

Some veggie Kabobs I made



In a slight food coma, I managed to start my application to be a substitute teacher in Austin; a way for me to use my degree in the meantime! Woohoo!! College transcripts are on the way! I spent yesterday running around mailing stuff working on my resume and reconnecting with friends and former co workers who are also teachers. I don’t have a degree in education but hopefully having a Bachelors Degree, being world traveled, bilingual and spending several years at summer camps with kids and a clean background check will help me get the position.

So I spent most of last night preparing cookie dough to help with Yeah Zine sales at Interbike for the next two days.

My buddy Ryan Corrigan (master ramp builder) hit me up about a “soft opening” for the new concrete ramp park in Pflugerville! (north east Austin) my toe has been SO painful and mad at me but of course I couldn’t say no and stuffed a shoe on well enough to try to ride! This park has been done for the last few months but no one has been allowed to legally ride it because the city hadn’t yet finished the landscaping!! Torture for the locals! Well today is finally the day, It will be open to the public, BMX and skateboards. A heads up to fellow grinders out there either remove or switch to plastic pegs before you go! There aren’t many rules at all, not even one about helmets!! (which I highly recommend along with a mouth guard-this place is fun but SLICK!!!) So be sure to at least respect that one rule about the stinky plastic pegs so there won’t be any beef and the city will hopefully continue to build more parks.






Well, I made it to the airport and so Las Vegas here I come! stocked with cookies and Flat Track Coffee. Hoping to network it up!

Speaking of which, I already met a gentlemen on the plane named Emil who is Lebanese and as it turns out he and his wife run the huge “Mediterranean Festival” here in Austin the end of every September! AND!!! Its next weekend!! I am SO psyched!! He gave me the lowdown on the few Lebanese food spots around town, and shared a bit of the history of the Lebanese families here in Austin how long ago they made it here to TX back in the 1800’s, and how most of 6th street used to be owned by the Lebanese. Pretty interesting! He filled me in on what parts of town they predominantly lived in back in the 1930s and 40s. I shared with him what little Arabic I do know and he said my accent is great! Feeling a bit inspired! There may be a trip to half price books in my future- soon! Even more confirming why he looked so familiar ha! Lebanese brother! Haha he looks like a bunch of relatives on my moms side. Craziness.

Anyway, I am killing the rest of the time on this flight by finishing this update. I packed a bike lock (heavy duty kryptonite U-lock) with me in case I am able to borrow a bike to go to Kinkos off the strip to pick up some business cards I had made for Yeah Zine. Getting through TSA with it on my carry-on wasn’t too bad but I wouldn’t recommend it. It seemed to depend on how that particular TSA agent personally felt about bike locks ha! Somehow I got lucky and made it though, phew! I learned something new!

Vegas, (sigh), I am already tired.

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Holy shnikes! I got nominated for action sports hall of fame! Please vote here:
Nina Buitrago

After about 20+visits to the dentist I just yesterday got my final crown put in! This is exciting news because it means After one or two more follow ups I hopefully will no longer need to visit the dentist to repair anymore teeth from my jaw-breaker crash last October! Woohoo!! I have to admit although everyone at my dentist is super nice, it is kind of weird when you walk in and everyone’s like, “Nina!!! Yo girl how’ve you been? How was your trip to Woodward? Oo you cut your hair!” haha it’s like girls night out.

I also pedaled my Fairdale over to the Alamo Ritz movie theater for “Terror Tuesday’s.” It used to be a $1, but it went up to $3/ticket. Still not a bad deal for a grab bag of awesomeness! Last nights featured film was “Lady Terminator” which so over the top ridiculous. If you can imagine a super low quality Indonesian version of terminator 2, but instead of machines vs. humans a story about “The queen of the south sea” seeking vengeance on men hundreds of years later…
Tons of fake blood and the acting that you can tell they are trying not to laugh during their lines. Here’s the link:
lady terminator

Besides adjusting my headset on my BMX and giving it a little tune up in between laundry I had an awesome Tuesday.
My good friends Sterling Roberts and Matty V just launched their long awaited coffee roasting company here in Austin! Visit Flat Track Coffee or follow them on instagram and twitter “@flattrackcoffee”
They hooked me up with some of their Guatemalan Roast, it is delicious! Hit me up of you’re interested in buying some or coming over for a cup πŸ™‚ or if the place you work needs to start carrying some good coffee!
Oh Austin, you have lovely sunset skies..