Posted by Salem Man
For about a week, I've been driving by the sign out in front of Carl's Jr., advertising two jumbo chili dogs for three bucks. I know it's wrong to crave those things on many different levels but that didn't stop me from coming up with a scheme to get them with the littlest amount of guilt possible. Here's how it went. My first thought was that I could write a food confession about it. That gets rid of some of my guilt and it's pretty funny to have a craving for cheap jumbo chilli dogs. Would be fun to write about. Next, I knew that my children like Carl's Jr, so I started to tell them that we would take them there for dinner soon. They were quickly on board, they love french fries and hamburgers like most kids, not to mention the prize inside the kid's meal deal. Convincing my wife to go is another matter. She eats fairly healthy and enjoys cooking meals at home. Changing this mind was going to take a bit of work. When I came home the other night and saw that my son did well on his progress report the light bulb went off in my head. I promptly announced that after his teacher conference we would go get their favorite fast food and dessert at Carl's Jr. Once I said it aloud, I knew there could be no objection from my spouse. And so it was.
The Farmer John hot dogs were better quality then I expected and they weren't real messy like Wienerschnizel chili dogs. I've said this before, the chili at Carl's Jr. is a lot like what they serve at the famous L.A. restaurant Tommy's which I grew up eating. It's sort of a meatier chili in a thick spicy sauce that you can dip a fry into and scoop up a bite. With the fries, they were pretty filling but I left some room for the Mint Oreo Hand Scooped Ice Cream Shake that my son allowed me to share with him.
So, I'm not perfect, I'm suseptible to clever marketing, and I've let down my guard against eating at fast food chains for one night. I promise not to go back for awhile and I'll try not to manipulate my family into making bad choices for dining. For the four of us, the whole meal only cost about $25 and I did get some material to write a post about. Please forgive me food bloggers I'll go back to writing about local eateries very soon. Comment below on what you think my punishment should be.