Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I Have Never...

I pride myself on a few things I have never done.  It's just weird stuff, unimportant things, but for whatever reason, people seem a little shocked when they learn some of the things on my "I have never" list.

Most noteably:
I have never eaten a McDonald's hamburger.  I could even go so far as to say, "I've never eaten anything from McDonald's", but I feel like I might have eaten a fry or two from a kid I once babysat who was always eating Happy Meals.  I'm not really sure that's true, but it seems within the realm of possibility.  But FOR SURE, I've never eaten a McDonald's hamburger.  Growing up, my family rarely, if ever, ate fast food.  That's not to say we were super healthy eaters or anything, it's just I liked my Kraft mac and cheese made at home by Mom.  And my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches too.  Who needed fast food?

I've just never been a consumer of fast food in general.  Why do I want to get or eat my food so fast anyway? And why in the world would I want to go through a drive through or eat in the car? I'm a big believer in sitting down for a meal and taking my time.  So no McDonald's hamburger has ever touched my lips, and never will.  I can make that vow without any trepidation.

cute graphic!
Up until yesterday, although probably not as newsworthy, but still worth noting... I had never eaten anything from Chick fil A.  Nor did I even know how to spell it... I made a reference to my big adventure in going yesterday and texted a friend, telling her I had finally eaten at "Chick Filet." 

Anyway, for years, I've noticed big lines at the drive through of Chick fil A and always wondered, "What's this all about, Alfie?!" Also, I've seen those cute billboards with the cows over the years, and I do like those... so....
actually, it isn't- but i like this cow and want to support his cause!

My friend, Kathy, found out I had never eaten there and told me I might actually like it.  She knows me and my picky eating habits well, so I decided to give it a go last night for the big meal to be eaten during our weekly viewing of "Bachelor in Paradise"- Hey, junk food and junk tv sound like they would go together well!

I had heard people talk about the waffle fries- "Oh!! Get the waffle fries!"- I know what waffle fries are, people.  But okay, maybe Chick fil A's are especially delicious.  So I ordered waffle fries, obviously, and a few chicken tenders, as advised by Kathy.

We took our bag home and I warmed all of it up in the oven because I wanted to experience it all in it's best form... which I would assume is HOT.
fresh out of the oven, but back in boxes for the photo op
So, do I feel like all these years I've been missing out on the Fast Food Nation thing by not going to Chick fil A? Nope. Not at all.  No regrets.

I DO NOT get the love people almost obsessively have for Chick fil A. (Other than the cute commercials.)  The waffle fries don't even compare to the sweet potato waffle fries at GRUB here in Dallas. Mine didn't have barely any flavor, and were a little soggy. And the chicken tenders weren't that great either- They weren't crispy and there was nothing special about them at all.  Kathy told me they would be better if they had been fresh, and that some days are better than others- and I totally get that and am sure it's true.  But honestly, if it's hit or miss, I'm not trying again.

So although I can no longer say, "I've never been to Chick fil A", I can now say, "I ate there once, and only once." AND I will continue to uphold the "I have never eaten a McDonald hamburger" promise.


Valerie said...

I' pretty sure you told me about McDonald's, but even as I read this, I was still shocked! When my dad used to travel for work, Micky D's was our special treat. I didn't go too much after I got out of college, but I still would get fries from time to time. Now with Celiac's, no more of that.

As for Chick-fil-A...I do love those waffle fries. There's no where else around here to get fries like that. Those sweet potato ones you mentioned sound wonderful. I do agree with your friend that they would've tasted better if you'd eaten them as soon as you got your order. But alas, no more Chick-fil-A for me either...daggone gluten cross-contamination.

Now my go-to fry place is Five Guys--do you have those? It's a burger place. The only thing that's in their fryer are the fries, so they're gluten free. And they're sooooo good.

Kerri said...

I'm so glad you found a place where you can still get fries! Hey I wonder if In N Out uses their fryer strictly for fries? It seems like they might. I HAVE been to Five Guys, and liked it- It's not a go-to for us tho b/c there isn't one close, although we have lots of other great burger joints nearby that are exceptional... like that place GRUB that i mentioned. before you visit dallas again, i'll have to investigate the fry situation there, or the other top places! :) I've already had a few people message me about this Chick-fil-a post telling me what to order, and telling me to go back. Wow. The Chick-fil-a fans are dedicated. That's how I feel about Which Wich so I get it... If someone says they aren't impressed, I beg them to go back and try again. But meh.. I'm not doing chick-fil-a again. There are just so many choices, why would I go back? lol