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"Eat Fresh" With Jared on Spark


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.
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GORDONBE 2/1/2012 6:05PM

    I'm so glad you had a positive experience in Canada :)

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WOUBBIE 2/1/2012 9:23AM

    My kids LOVE subway, me, not so much. A sandwich doesn't particularly thrill me, even on fresh bread. But it presented me with a special challenge my very first week on low carb.

I was driving my kids to a camp a couple of hours away from home and they wanted to stop at Subway, and I would need to get something to eat anyway for the round trip back home. All I could picture were those huge rolls and the (relatively small protein portions. Panic set in until I learned that they will make anything into a salad. o.O Before that it had never occurred to me to even ask. I ended up with a lovely grilled chicken and spinach salad with pepper jack cheese and a bunch of low carb veggies, and a sprinkle of parmesan instead of lowfat dressing.

Yum! I now love Subway as much as my kids!

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PHEBESS 2/1/2012 4:52AM

    Good job!!!!!!!


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ILOVEROSES 2/1/2012 1:50AM

    Glad you found a local subway Mark.
I just bought 3 vouchers online for my local Subway for $5 each giving me a meal deal including 1 x Foot Long Sub of my choice (up to $9.95), small cup of soft drink (what you lot call 'soda') and Delicious Cookie. Valued @ $13.
I plan on using one each month when my DH plays squash and I don't have to cook dinner, lol.
Last time I was in Paris in 1989 I had both my daughters as spokespersons/translators. I didn't learn French as a foreign language at school, just German and Russian.

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TRULYVISIBLE 1/31/2012 10:18PM

  With apps available on our phones today it is sad to say we don't even have to learn another language to travel. Even before cell phones I was surprised when I traveled to find most people in a lot of countries speak English.

Glad you were able to find a subway. I thought Susan was your wife but now confirmed. She is a VERY pretty lady!



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LIBBYG7 1/31/2012 8:57PM

    A little trick at Subway.....ask them to scoop out the bread and leave the shell.....then fill it up with more veggies. They never seem to mind doing it and I always feel so virtuous! And I use spinach instead of lettuce...more nutrients.

As for the French....I worked for them here in NY (for what was, at the time, the largest French bank......). Had huge responsibilities; reported to the CEO. For 10 years they made me feel like the Ugly American....IN MY OWN COUNTRY!!! Not a fan.......sorry. Just sayin'.......

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MARYANN2323 1/31/2012 8:35PM

    Yes, Subway is a travellers best friend. Many healthy choices there. As for the french, I can only say, thank goodness it's on the other side of my country. They have yet to recognize that english is the national language. Nough said.

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/31/2012 8:32PM

    Good job....I had subway for lunch myself.....a much better choice than pizza!

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