Last weekend, my boyfriend and I drove down to the family farm. I love a good road trip, but I hate the food options. Every exit sign is a veritable cornucopia of fast food chain restaurants- Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Chick fil A, etc. Don’t even get me started on the so-called “food” products found in gas station convenience stores. With little time to spare, we needed to be able to swing through and grab a few snacks that were healthy and satisfying. Needless to say, the above mentioned restos offer little in the way of veggie options and I will not be trying a filet o fish sandwich anytime soon. No thanks.
Feeling inspired by a recent Men’s Health article on how to save calories when dining on fast food, I decided to go with the flow and simply veggie-fy my meal by ordering a hamburger with all the fixins, but no meat. We chose McDonald’s because, frankly, they have the best fries. Yes, that is how we make road trip food decisions.
Ordering was slightly challenging. I ordered the Angus Beef burger because it came with the most toppings, but when I asked for a burger without the burger, the cashier stared black at me with a look of confusion, doubt, and pity- as if thinking, “Why would anyone want a meal without meat?” It was like watching a circuit overload. I thought smoke was mere seconds from shooting out of her ears. But, in the end- after telling me that I was a “difficult” customer (I get that a lot)- she figured out how to make me happy. Victory!
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