Mar. 22, 2011 9:20 am
Updated: Apr. 4, 2011 5:03 pm
Ok, I know we all like to strut about and talk about how we eat the whole grain this and bean sprout that, all without the use of hydrogenated fat. However, I confess, that from time to to time, I like to dive head first into that most lurid of cuisines,
fast food. I'm talkin Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, A&W, Taco Bell etc...
When my kids were little, they were all suitably brainwashed by the giant red haired clown and a foray into the city was never quite complete without aquiring several little bags of food proclaiming happiness as a factor, which, oddly, made my wee ones, happy.
One of the things we used to do was this. We'd go on what I called a Fast Food Run. In the next town over, where we'd go for those happiness things, there are a number of fast food places and that's where we'd head for an FFR. The signifigant thing about an
FFR was that it tried to address the fact that all of us had different preferences. Fries from here, chicken from there, shakes from someplace else. The fun part, was that we'd strategize about how we'd go about getting the food so that all of us could eat our
whole meals, at approximately the same time. We'd phone parts of the order in (chicken and pizza) and then drop someone at one place while we scooted over to the next to get the Frostys, then off to pick up the poutines and back around to scoop the dropped
off ones, all of us ending up eating while parked... in the DQ parking lot of course. No argument from any of us that the DQ was the place to be from an FFR dessert capper. You could say that it wasn't very good for us, but then, maybe it was.
The bulk of my kids are all gone now so my visits to fast food places have gone from 60 to about 10. I still occasionally will stop at one if I'm out and about and get something. My wife and I will hit the odd food court while shopping and I'm usually all about
the Edo there.
I'm not entirely certain as to whether its my more educated palate or is McDonalds now responsible for the foulest food on the planet? I've tried their premium coffee, and was pleasantly surprised, it's not bad. With that thought in mind, last week I stopped
in and got a fish filet sandwhich. Wow, like everything else at McDonalds, even the fish filet has gone the way of the Beaks and Buttparts method of food preparation. Like the chicken nuggets, the filet used to be an actual filet of fish. No more, its a glued
together amalgamate and it tastes like it. Does anyone remember when the chicken nuggets were made of solid pieces of chicken breast meat?
If Ray Kroc was still alive and in charge of McDonalds, he would gather every executive working at head office and fire them enmasse. There was a time when I would explain that I didn't make hamburgers because I couldn't hope to compete with corporations perfecting
and selling hamburgers. I'd hold McDonalds out as an example. No more. The coffee is good but their food is disgusting.
We have an A&W near where I work and I will stop in there twice a month for a lunch burger, or a hot dog and damned if I don't mind their stuff. The Subway is good every now and then. Pizza Hut scares me, the sheer amount of calories offered to you in the form
of cheese and fat, its staggering. KFC ...I'm pretty sure they still sell tubs of chicken thats been pressure cooked while coated in their blend of 11 secret herbs and spices. I'm pretty sure. Problem is, in an effort to recover dwindling market share Pepsico...
er, Tricon Global.. er Yum Brands ( all the same company ), have created 400 different varieties, types and flavours of chicken, all of which taste kinda awful. Whatever happened to that ONE type of chicken, well done?
I know 99% of this stuff is horrible but from time to time, I indulge the little happy meal infatuated boy in me. Got any faves, funny stories?