We food bloggers/over-enthusiasts are guilty of many things, the worst of them being (in my opinion) narrow mindedness. There are those that get so wrapped up into it, they lose sight of reality.
A blanket generalization? Perhaps. But at least for me, I'm "keepin' it real."
Yes, I write about food. Not as well as others, but I do write about it enough to keep some people interested. I obviously talk a lot about it since I have become the go-to person of sorts when it comes to food at work. I try my best to support local businesses, (which is evident if you've read any of my posts) but there are times when I am nowhere near these places and I need something convenient. And what is almost always convenient? A chain establishment.
Yes, a chain. McDonalds/Dunkin Donuts/Pizza Hut/Olive Garden/insert any other looked down upon establishment that has invaded your town. Here's the thing - if I'm on the verge on hangry, I have no qualms walking into said places and grabbing a bite. M definitely has no qulams because he's seen my hangry and let me tell you, it it not a pleasant sight. And if I have a coupon or I can get a free meal, we can't get there fast enough. Why? Because I have a coupon... making that overpriced meal not so overpriced.
And sometimes... sometimes... I just feel like it.
Could I have chosen to spend my hard earned money at a local/happy meat supporting/taking it to "the man" place? Sure. But I was feeling a little narrow minded, Sorry!
Does this mean I have to turn in my foodie badge?
Now that I got that out of my system, let me tell you about lunch. As we were going over our plans for the morning (estate sales!!), M mentioned the coupon I got from Buca di Beppo was going to be expiring soon and it would be nice of me to take him out for lunch (he's not letting up about my 27 dollar steak, that boy). I was fine with that; it's been a while since we were there last, and I was in the mood for it. We got some stuff for a steal, and made our way over to Wolf Road.
The coupon was ten dollars off a bill of twenty or more. M got the eggplant parm, I got the soup and salad (Tomato Basil and a Cesar salad). Nothing out of the ordinary, but it did hit the spot. After the discount, our meal came out to eleven bucks. Not bad, considering that's about the price for one of their dishes.