Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Friendly's wants to make you fat...or possibly kill you.

I walk past Friendly's everyday on my way to pick up my daily coffee.  And I am consistently amazed by the posters that they have in the window showcasing unbelievable and unmanageably large sandwiches.  I can only imagine that they are tasty, but I could never bring myself to eat one.

Here is a sampling for you: 

Soft Pretzel Bacon Burger
I love a soft pretzel (not as much as my boo does, but I come in close second), but this seems excessive.  Have one or the other, you know?
Grilled Cheeseburger Melt

Now, let's talk about this beast.  This is not one, not two, but THREE sandwiches in one.  Two grilled cheeses and a burger.  For all things gluttonous and greasy, share this with a family of four but don't eat it all by yourself!  This should come with a side of embalming fluids because if you eat if, you are going to DIE.  

Maybe you aren't convinced that Friendly's wants to make you fat, so let's take a peek at their breakfast menu.

Apple Caramel Walnut Pancakes

It's not enough to have pancakes slathered in butter, caramel and syrup so it is imperative that you have a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream to top it off.

Caramel Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
The description right off of the Friendly's website: 
"A cinnamon roll split in half and prepared like French toast. Served with sweetened Philadelphia® whipped cream cheese, warm caramel topping, our new Maple Syrup ice cream, and whipped topping."
Yep, cream cheese, caramel and, you guessed it, ICE CREAM.  I get it.  You are an ice cream parlor, but save it for dessert.

This leads me to the coup de grâce of the Friendly's menu:
Giant Crowd Pleaser

This is only 12 scoops of ice cream with your choice of 6 toppings.   I know they mean to have you share it with at least one other person, but why not go for the gold?  Dig in, fatties.  

Ok, ok, I'm not some crazy hippie that is going to tell you to eat only organic, home grown veggies washed down with wheatgrass juice, but just take care of yourself people.  Eat pancakes with syrup and blueberries, but hold the caramel and ice cream.  Moderation, kiddies.  For realz.

(All pictures courtesy of Friendly's informative website)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Come on, get happy!

image credit:  Gregory Gibbons
This is the Dymaxion, a concept car developed in 1933 by a US inventor and architect named Buckminster Fuller who is best known for designing the geodesic dome.  Well, actually this is the newest version of the Dymaxion car that has been re-worked by Fuller protégé, Norman Foster.

I totally love it because it reminds me of my favorite camping vehicle (says the woman who never goes camping), the Airstream.  If I owned the Dymaxion I would feel obliged to have 8 kids and tour the country singing songs about love and happiness and all things mod.  Or maybe I would turn it into a traveling pop up shop and sell all kinds of nifty gift items.  Who wants to contribute to my newest business venture?  Silent partners with fat wallets need apply.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Facebook killed the blogging star....

It has been almost a year since my last blog entry and that is just ridiculous! What have I been doing, you may ask? Well, I have been enjoying married life and working like a crazy woman and, oh yeah, I joined Facebook. Maybe you've heard of it? I tried my damnedest not to conform to the ways of over 307 million people worldwide, but alas I did.

At first, it was fun. Seeing how many people I could "friend". How many old high school pals I could track down (not as many as I would have liked for only have 42 people in my graduating class). How many old boyfriends I could find. Not to mention having a contest with my husband to see who could get the most friends the fastest. He totally creamed me. He is one popular dude. Anyway, once I had accomplished all of these incredibly important goals, I found my free time being sucked dry by the endless stream of updates about a bunch of nothing. I will admit, it can be entertaining and I find out about the latest celebrity death faster than ever before, but honestly it isn't enhancing my life. And I've stopped blogging. Now when I find some interesting tidbit, I immediately post it on Facebook and anxiously await someone to "like" it or even better actually comment on it! It is such a thrill to have someone acknowledge the useless bit of information I just plugged into their brain. Even worse, now when I see friends that I haven't seen in a few weeks, I can't tell them anything that they haven't already heard about through FB. Damn, this social network! (Speaking of, the movie is brilliant and I totally recommend it.)

So what is my point? I'm not sure really, since I'm a little rusty with the blogging bit, but I think I'm going to try to Facebook less and write more. I hope you will follow me and feel free to comment (I need your approval, obvi!) and I promise, more pictures and less text next time!