Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Tonight we faced a food-calorie-control challenge, as parents of busy teens are wont to do. Dinner on the road, shoehorned between after-school carpool and an evening concert for the Middle School Band.
Locationally and time-wise the options seemed daunting, Spark-Wise: convenience stores, a pizza place, the omnipresent Golden Arches and (drum roll please), Subway! Subway is the perfect answer to the Sparkers dilemma, what with an extremely helpful web site with menus and nutritional breakdowns for all of the items on the menu. No wonder Jared lost all that weight!
I fully credit my far smarter (and Sparkier) wife Susan818127 for the Subway inspiration. If you are reading this and have not made her acquaintance, do so! No doubt without her inspiration, I would have hissed, sighed and guessed by may through convenience store "short order" offerings.
Now for a couple of humorous Subway stories from the days of yore:
1. Our kids were brought to New York City for the first time at age ages of 3 and 4. Our three-year old son, on the cusp of learning to read, stared with wide-eyed wonderment at the prospect of traveling underground via rail. He looked up at the overhead MTA sign, hanging by the entrance, and pronounced at the top of his lungs "Eat Fresh!!!" Thank you, Madison Avenue advertising!
2. Same kids, flash forward a decade. We are on vacation in our first-ever "foreign country" - Canada. My wife and daughter both speak and read some French, my son and I not at all. We were prepared to spend several language challenged days in the province of Quebec, soaking in the foreign culture while we tooled through the narrow, confusing streets of Montreal and Quebec City in our mammoth Blue Chevy Tahoe with the Maryland plates, as only ugly Americans can do. We were happily surprised that most establishments do cater to tourists and most hoteliers, waiters and the like spoke and understood passable English. Except at the one lunch establishment where we anticipated no problem and had a profound challenge: Mangez Frais! Beyond that we were lost.