Archives for: January 2008, 05
It's beginning to look a lot like January. The Christmas decorations are almost down. A couple of December freezes have killed all of the grass. Our son's holiday is over and he is back at school. For three weeks it was wonderful to have another Type O to cook for.
We had noticed a restaurant in an old train station near our church. Because they advertised hamburgers as their specialty, we waited to try it out until both beefeaters in the family were present.
It is a combination antique store and restaurant. They have lots of old signs for sale - most of them from car dealers and soft drink companies. We saw a display of old 6 Â½ ounce Coke bottles. That sparked a conversation about how portion sizes have changed, just in my lifetime. Even the soda with a kid's meal is larger than 6 Â½ ounces today.
When we got our menus, I saw instead of a hamburger, I could order a hamburger patty with two side orders. They had fries and onion rings, of course. But there were also lots of vegetable choices. I chose black-eyed peas and turnip greens, and ended up with a very beneficial meal. There were beneficial choices for the Type As as well.
The day we were there it was crowded. We had to wait 15 minutes to order. At first I thought - hooray, vegetables are making a comeback. The days of going out to eat and finding that salad is the only menu item available to me are over. Then I looked around. Most people had hamburgers, fries and a soda. Many of them had sticky cinnamon buns or cookies for dessert. The old train station was crowded because evidently all their food - healthy and unhealthy alike - is tasty.
I'll just be happy that there is a restaurant close by that has reasonable prices and beneficial food.