Saturday, November 19, 2005

Bad Timing = Fast Food

See the above equation?
It's the unfortunate answer to the question of "what happens when Jamie takes Koji out in the morning and then overestimates her ability to get them home in time for his nap and then needs to feed him lunch in the car?"
We've been back in the good old U.S.A. for a mere three weeks, and already, the child has re-learned love for pizza and hot dogs. Furthermore, like some kind of mini food blogger, and thanks to the wonder of the Drive Thru, he's sampled kids' meals from McDonald's, KFC and Burger King. *sigh*
When we drive past McDonald's, he shouts, "chicken mac!".
But actually, the "chicken fry" pieces from Burger King are a little easier to eat on the road than McNuggets. However, Burger King gave him fries even though I asked for a side of applesauce. KFC lets you choose a side dish for your laptop meal, and their choices are broader than "fries or applesauce," which is nice. I didn't anticipate that the macaroni and cheese I chose for Koji would become his entire meal, although I guess it clues me in on how to order next time. No need to pay for that fancy box, granola bar, chips or even chicken if he's going to stop after the mushy noodles anyway, right?
As long as I'm coming clean, I'll further admit that I too ordered from all of the above. I wonder why I don't learn that a "Value Meal" is NOT a value when I can't possibly eat it all and I end up pouring two-thirds of some hideously sweet beverage on the ground? Other random observations: KFC's potato wedges are admirable in their intentions: be different from the competition. However, I found them to be so utterly fried that they hurt my mouth and I could only eat a couple of them. And I don't think I have an overly sensitive mouth. The fries from McDonald's in Japan are much better than McDonald's USA...or at least McDonald's Skokie. Burger King fries are tastier than either though none of the places mentioned can hold a candle to In-N-Out Burger. I wonder when my next visit there will be? It's ironic: In-N-Out is one burger joint I wouldn't feel bad driving Koji through to. But, I don't think he would go for it because they don't sell hunks of fried something-like-chicken.
Guess I'll just have to just start packing us a lunch, or at least more snacks. Ha!! Or maybe I should just knock out the first part of my equation...
P.S. Yes, I feel proud that it's now Saturday and the last time we drove though was on Tuesday. And yes, it's sad that it doesn't take much to make me proud.

5 comments:

Mom said...

Whoa, that is a COOL In 'n' Out web page! I did a little jig to their tunes. Sigh, alas we don't know when our next "V" to THE best hamburger joint in the country will be either!

Loved your story. Great combo of personal reflections and reporting. :-) xox

Laurie Ann said...

So far I don't have this problem only because Ollie is so picky. The only fast food he will eat is a bean burrito and that's not exactly good "eat in the car" food!

Julie said...

One thing I like about Burger King is that they have really excellent nutritional information on their website, and they let you customize anything on their menu. So when we had to grab lunch at BK the other day because we had only a few minutes between church events, I could order a Whopper Junior with no mayo and extra lettuce and tomatoes, and when I got home later, I was able to determine that it only had 310 calories.

LaurieAnn said...

Dad said...Hey, IN-N-OUT is only about a 6 hour drive from here and you'll be here in Dec. Let's go for it!!! Call your Bay Area pals and have them meet us in Redding!!!

hadashi said...

oooh. i'm digesting In-N-Out as i type (it's the perfect post-surf meal). besides, i have learned that i get "good wife points" whenever i not only approve of, but also suggest an In-N-Out run...