Sunday, June 26, 2011

You Never Know Who's Reading

A couple weeks ago, I got an envelope in the mail. This one had no return address but was postmarked "Wheaton". It was a light yellow in color and looked like either a thank you or an invitation. I assumed it was the latter as I didn't think I had done anything for anyone to merit formal written appreciation.

Inside were two coupons, each good for a free sandwich from Chick-Fil-A. There was a post-it affixed on which was written, "Saw your blog about the banana shake. I felt it deserved some freebies. Enjoy." Other than the postmark, there was nothing else to pinpoint who sent these.

Was it a friend or just someone who stumbled upon this little corner of cyberspace? Not to put a certain person on the spot, but I know someone who would do this for me. I know she also reads the blog and my saying, "Thank you for the unexpected surprise", will be enough. We will never speak of it when we next have lunch.

As Chick-Fil-A is not on my regular route home, these will be used when I find myself in that section of Wheaton. I did go to Whole Foods after work on Friday to get more bottles of supplements in addition to the Glucosamine Chondroitin I'm supposed to start taking. Chick-Fil-A is near Whole Foods.

I came home from my trip with chicken nuggets, waffle fries and a Dr Pepper. I was working through the SPELL newsletters from the stack of magazines so the best way to eat this is to put it on a plate.

I had some difficulty getting the barbecue sauce open. I don't know if the package was sealed a bit too much or this problem with my fingers just made it more difficult but I dropped the container twice before the top peeled back. It's good barbecue sauce but I did come close to taking a knife to the top to get it open.

The nuggets were okay. I would wish them about 10% bigger. Maybe they have done tests that show this is the right size for the price, but when I compare them to what I can get other places, these seem small. KFC has popcorn chicken, which is comparable in size but you get a lot more for the price.

On my first visit to Wheaton's Chick-Fil-A, I was underwhelmed by the waffle fries. I thought them kind of bland. I think it matters when you get them. I believe these were fresh from the fryer as it was 4:30 in the afternoon, not a heavy time for diners. They had to cook everything specifically for me. The fries were very good, crisp with a crunchy soft texture and good flavor. All-in-all, it was a good meal for a Friday night when I probably wouldn't have eaten much and whatever I did eat may not have been the most healthy.

I have one more coupon to use up. I'm going to save it for the next time I have to get vitamins. I should try a chicken sandwich. In the mail, I received a coupon for a free peach shake but I'm not a "peach" person. They do have a cookies and cream shake that merits trying, as well as the standard chocolate and vanilla. I'm sure these shakes are not like other fast food shakes, fantastically lampooned in The Simpsons as "Krusty-brand partially gelatinated non-dairy gum-based beverage".

Beverage:  English Breakfast tea


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