Calling out Hardees

I just got back from almost two weeks of being a caregiver for my in-laws who live a plane ride away and didn’t feel like cooking this morning. Hardees is really convenient as it’s on my route to drop off my disabled sons to their program. So, this morning I ordered the ham croissant combo. OMG! The ham was in this little ball on the side of the sandwich. When I touched it to spread it out it was so hard it broke apart! I tossed it. Complete garbage and not edible. What little of the egg there was, it only covered half the croissant. It was cooked okay. The cheese covered the bottom, although I think that was the luck of the melting than the amount used. And the croissant itself was almost flat. I ended up cooking another egg and some ham to add to what was there to make use of what I bought. The tator tots were at least fresh and crispy. The orange juice was in a box so they couldn’t mess that up. So much for convenience and time and effort saved. Not to mention money! It cost $5.66 . I already had ham, eggs and potatoes at home and could have ate much better food and saved quite a bit of money. It would have taken more time to open a roll of croissant dough and bake it; peel, dice and fry a potato; whisk and cook the egg; and cut a good slice of cheese, but it would have been worth it! Lesson learned. If I want good breakfast, do it it myself!

Raise the Dining Out Standard

Most people work very hard for their money and have stressful lives. I know that we do. When we have a little extra money to spare, it’s normal to give ourselves a little treat. Usually it’s the old standard of dinner out and a movie. Both are subject to personal tastes. Both can be decided upon by the descriptions that accompany the title. With a movie, you have a better chance of getting what you pay for than when you order food at a restaurant. In fact, you are probably eating prepackaged food that contains preservatives prepared by a company named Sysco and not freshly prepared food. From your local mom and pop place to your chain restaurant (Olive Garden, Applebees, etc..) to even your supposedly high end restaurant. Why? Because it’s cheap and fast. When called on this travesty, some restaurants give the line that their customers expect to go into any of their restaurants and receive the same food and Sysco allows them that continuity. Your food comes packaged with preservatives in serving proportions that are then heated and delivered to you. Some of what you order isn’t really what you are getting either. Don’t order chicken out! It is most likely pieces of breast meat that has been pressed together in a breast like form! With preservatives! Why preservatives? So they can be frozen for long periods of time! That’s right, you are eating pressed together pieces of chicken with preservatives that most likely has been sitting in a freezer for months! So, ask your server what is freshly prepared from start to finish in their kitchens. Be specific that you mean not something that has come to them pre-prepared and then frozen in a bag that they consider the start of their cooking process. Demand a higher standard on your dining out establishments. I am going to start chronicling my dining out experiences. None will escape my reviews. Fast food, mom and pops, chains, and high end places will all be featured for the good, the bad and the ugly! Updated 10-11-2016