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Food Snob

Saturday afternoon  I did an embarrassing thing. Well, embarrassing to the boy, that is.

At his baseball game.

I don’t know what I was thinking.

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“Mom, you are eating an apple?! At my baseball game?!”

Perhaps he was embarrassed because it was a gala and not a granny smith?

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Good thing he seems to be oblivious to the fact that I whip out my sliced up apple and peanut butter during weeknight games.

I guess he doesn’t realize I am not food shy. Although I have come to realize that I am a food snob.

Let me explain.

In an effort to redeem my coolness, Saturday afternoon after little league I took the boy to TGI Friday’s to watch the Islanders game and Knicks playoff game. And I even let the hostess seat us at the bar to eat.

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Confession: I only agreed to Friday’s because it was next to Cold Stone Creamery.

Let’s discuss Friday’s for a moment.

I haven’t been a to TGI Friday’s in years.

I don’t really frequent the typical chain restaurants besides The Cheesecake Factory (obviously) and Panera Bread on occasion.

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I couldn’t find a darn thing to eat on the menu. I was truly in shock. I never encounter a situation where I have NOTHING TO CHOOSE FROM on restaurant menus.

I used to go to Friday’s all of the time growing up. While I am a vegetarian now and definitely eat cleaner than I did, I recall ALWAYS ordering either the pizza bites or some type of salad with a giant baked potato on the side.

They do not sell baked potatoes anymore.

Funny, they can mash, fry  and load up the skins but they can no longer bake? 

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I would have been better off eating at Wendy’s.

The menu at Friday’s  is completely devoted to the carnivore. A carnivore not looking to eat much else other than food that leaves grease stains all over their plate, napkin and clothes.

I don’t like fried food. Not even because of the nutritional value (or lack there of), but because I do not like how I feel after eating fried foods.

I even stopped ordering tempura when I get sushi because I realized it was making me feel sick.

Not everything is all about calories people. Try going by how food makes you feel instead of monitoring numbers.

Anyway, even though I am a vegetarian,  I am usually able to find many choices on restaurant menus or at least pick an entree salad and have them leave off the chicken or steak and still have a nice meal.

Oh wait, I am sorry Friday’s, you do offer a black bean burger.

As if I am not smart enough to know that your black bean burger is greasier (and higher in fat and calories if you monitor that) than a typical meat burger.

So what did I order? A side salad as my entree with avocado instead of the shredded cheese. Pathetic.

And Friday’s idea of a salad? Some shredded lettuce with three cut up grape tomatoes and maybe, and I mean MAYBE, two slices of cucumber. And that’s not just for their side salad. All salads.

If you enjoy Friday’s, please forgive me.  I still like the atmosphere. But they really need to step up to the plate and give better food, more variety and obviously fresher and less fried options.

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As the boy watched the games, I couldn’t help but google other chain restaurant menus to ensure that I wasn’t crazy.

I haven’t been to an Applebee’s or Chili’s in years but I was pleasantly surprised to see that they did in fact have much better menu options.

Chili’s has a much wider variety of food and offers  a vegetarian guide to “suggested menu options”. Click here for the link.

I recalled that Applebee’s frequently advertises for their fresher, lower fat menu. I even found these interesting diagrams while googling.

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I used to go to Ruby Tuesday back when the boy was little simply because it was considered the most “family friendly.” They always had a nice salad bar, decent meal choices and BAKED POTATOES.

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We tried eating there last year and really didn’t like it as much, however, I did appreciate that as a vegetarian, they had a menu option of choosing three different side dishes as a main meal plus salad bar.

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In any event, the boy had a great time eating at the bar and watching the games. Such a man.

Yes, those are mozzarella sticks. We wrapped up most of the sticks to bring home. And I am happy to say he completely forgot that they are in the fridge (so I will be tossing them this morning).

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Dessert to the rescue.

NEWSFLASH: Cold Stone has a new frozen yogurt flavor – Banana Bread. I don’t usually care for banana flavored yogurt/ice creams but it was delicious! It tasted more like eating a cinnamon crunch something rather than banana flavored.

And before I forget, today is Earth Day.

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In honor of Earth Day, I bought myself a new tinted lip balm from Burt’s Bees. Click here to learn about their commitment to Natural Products.

You can even score a coupon on their website!

LINKS OF INTEREST:

I love reading Hungry Girl newsletters. Check out these two as they totally relate to today’s post:

TGI Friday’s Survival Guide.

HG Chain Restaurants Survival Guide

I need to know:

Do you consider yourself a food snob?

Do you eat at chain restaurants or prefer local establishments?

How do you like your potatoes best – mashed, roasted, fried, baked?

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  • Her Happy Balance April 22, 2013, 11:45 am

    I definitely prefer local places over chains. One chain I’m okay with is Bonefish Grill though, I’m a big seafood lover. I’m not a very picky eater, but I do try to eat healthier these days. It hasn’t made me a food snob, but I definitely have strong preferences. Whole wheat over white pasta. Quinoa over rice. i haven’t been to A TGI Fridays in a long while, sorry you had a bummer experience.

  • jumpeatrun April 22, 2013, 1:46 pm

    I totally forgot it was earth day! I should probably do something for my class- haha. I don’t think I’m really a food snob- I can pretty much find something to eat no matter where I am…but I am pretty picky about what I like 🙂

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 22, 2013, 1:56 pm

      Try Friday’s and let me know if you can still find something to eat and like lol….Get the Burt Bee’s tinted chap stick. I am loving it.

  • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen April 22, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Yum Cold Stone! I haven’t had that in years. I’m not a huge fan on Friday’s but I love Ruby Tuesday’s. Maybe your son could try the mini slider burgers. Those seem to be a big hit. The salad bar is the best!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 22, 2013, 4:39 pm

      He used to love those little burgers!..now he is insulted if I suggest “kid size” meals…I liked the salad bar too. …It is hard for those chain restaurants to stand up against a good local restaurant though to me, especially when there is no sushi on any of the menus lol

  • cleaneatingveggiegirl April 22, 2013, 4:46 pm

    As a vegetarian, I do not frequent chain restaurants very often. I do, however, enjoy Ruby Tuesday’s on occasion. I love their salad bar, and their spaghetti squash marinara is delicious!

  • EZTWINS April 22, 2013, 11:52 pm

    WOW, TGIF … that is a blast from the past. Cannot believe there were no other options for you. unreal. As for my potatoes, I’m very weak when it comes to french fries!!

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