Monthly Archives: June 2013

Day 27 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #10 Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap Meal

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Day 27.

The star of today’s Every Day with Chick-fil-A definitely has to be the woman pictured above, Amy H., just to the right of my wife. She and her husband Kurt invited us and a number of other families who have adopted from or are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia over to their house for a gathering of like-minded souls. They are some of the most gracious people you’ll meet, and have encouraged us a great deal in our own adoption journey. They adopted their son Joseph a few years ago from Ethiopia and have really helped to spearhead bringing together adoptive families with native Ethiopians to help build relationships and bridge the gap between two cultures.

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Among the folks there were the Clements, pictured above with their son Will and daughter Kylie, who are are dear friends of ours, and one of the reasons we decided to adopt from Ethiopia. They just brought Will home last October after just having Kylie only a couple months earlier. With adoption, you just never know how long the process will take and whether or not you’ll have a biological child in the process!

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Above you can see our friend Nate introducing his Ethiopian daughter Grace to our Ethiopian friend Solomon, and they were able to speak to one another in Amharic, the main language of Ethiopia (there are over 80 different tribal languages in addition to Amharic). Nate and his wife Desiree just brought Grace home from Ethiopia, and she is just awesome! So kind, and has assimilated so well into American culture. Meeting other Ethiopians can only help.

So of course in the process of our get together, my buddy Jason brings up the fact that I have this Chick-fil-A VIP card and asks if I’ve been yet. “No,” I reply, “Going to hit it up on the way home so I can get a vanilla shake with my meal!” Great idea, right?

Ideas don’t always pan out, though, do they.

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My server tonight could tell you all about how I forgot to order a vanilla shake and ordered a Sprite instead with my Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap meal with a side salad. Son of a bee sting (Shoot Christians Say) if I don’t remember her name! I can’t even zoom in my iPhone enough to get it off her name badge. Lauren? Megan? Man, I’m such an idiot. I do know Ryan was there, but he ducked out of the picture. Dude, next time stay in it!

Anyhow, I feel bad because this was the first time I’ve had her as a server. I’ll get it next time ma’am! But equally as tragic as not remembering her name was not getting my vanilla shake! I was having a serious craving for that perfect combination of smoothness and flavor that is the Chick-fil-A Vanilla Shake, but I got all flustered when ordering my meal. See, I had just eaten quite a bit at our Ethiopian shindig, so I was going to skip the #10 and go with the soup and salad combo of a #11. Alas, they were out of soup! In my unpreparedness I ordered a Sprite when I had to backpedal into a Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap. Ugh. Speaking of not being cool under pressure.

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So, a Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap it was, which according to Chick-fil-A’s website is: Grilled and sliced chicken breast, nestled in a fresh mix of Green Leaf lettuce with shredded red cabbage and carrots and a blend of shredded Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, tightly rolled in a flaxseed flour flat bread. Made fresh daily. Served with Avocado Lime Ranch dressing (or guest’s choice of dressing).

Total Cost: $9.08 (not sure if the side salad boosted the cost or not???)

Nutritional Content of the Wrap, a side salad, a Sprite and the dressing:
840 Calories
49g Fat
12g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
105mg Cholesterol
1630mg Sodium
72g Carbohydrates
18g Fiber
43g Sugar
44g Protein

Actually the biggest component of calories and fat in this meal is the Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing, which is just out of this world good. But if you go with one of the low-fat or fat-free, this meal would be down in the 600’s calorie wise, which isn’t bad at all.

Truthfully, the Grilled Chicken Wrap isn’t my favorite thing on the menu, but I do feel good eating it, especially with the Avocado dressing. But really, don’t you want to save a little more in the calorie department if you’re going to go grilled wrap instead of fried?

Final Every Day Rating: In light of the dressing dilemma (and because I just really wanted a shake and got flustered when they were out of soup at 8:40 at night – who could blame them I suppose?), I’m giving this trip a 7 out of 10. The wrap is a little bland without the dressing, but the dressing carries so many empty calories with it. Plus, it’s almost $10.00. I’m all for eating healthy, but that’s a little steep.  Well, not for me with my VIP Black Card, but I think you’re mowing what I’m growing.

See you Monday kids. Have a great Rest Day tomorrow!

Day 26 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #9 Chicken Salad Sandwich Meal

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Day 26.

The picture you have just viewed above is a momentous one, dare I say, iconic. Why? It captures those time-standing-still seconds just before I had my first Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich ever. That’s right folks. Never had one until tonight. Not only have I never had one, I haven’t even thought about having one. Chicken salad? Why not put on a tutu and dance the Nutcracker while you’re at it? It’d be like Fred dancing with Autumn, Sesame Street featuring Bert and Herbie, or the World Series being won by the Cubs: some things just don’t mix. Men and “salads” are two of those things.

Or are they?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for salads, especially those made by Mr. Giant Taco Salad Inventor. But when you’re at a Chick-fil-A, it just seems to me you should have a man’s sandwich, not something with a salad.  It’s a good thing I’m working my way through the menu, because I would’ve never tried a #9 unless I was blogging about my VIP status every day. I paired my Chicken Salad Sandwich meal tonight with waffle fries and a Sprite (looking for a refreshing finish).

According to Chick-fil-A’s website, the Chicken Salad Sandwich is described as: Freshly made at each Restaurant, this tasty sandwich is made with chunks of our Chick-fil-A chicken breast, chopped eggs, celery, sweet pickle relish and mayonnaise served chilled with Green Leaf lettuce on toasted Wheatberry bread.

Total Cost: $6.34 (free for me obviously)

Nutritional Content of the Chicken Salad Sandwich, waffle fries, and Sprite
1070 Calories
41g Fat
7g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
85mg Cholesterol
1315mg Sodium
148g Carbohydrates
8g Fiber
59g Sugar
33g Protein

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The good thing about my local Trinity Chick-fil-A is that the people there are great. I don’t know if it’s the owner, the managers, the parents, or a combination of all three, but the staff couldn’t be nicer. Tonight’s server was (Amanda, I think???), and as you can see, she was happy to serve and seemed to enjoy her job. I think by now though everyone is at least aware of the weird Every Day with Chick-fil-A blogger, so they kind of don’t mind giving a smile for the camera. Besides, it just feels good to smile, am I right?

As for my Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, I’ll say this – it was good. Not great, but good. Would I purchase it as a standalone? Probably not. Especially because if I’m going to put more calories in my body than a 4-pc Chick-n-Strips, I want it to knock my socks off. This was good, and I was more than happy to eat it, but if I’m looking for value, I’m probably looking elsewhere.

Final Every Day Rating – Going 7 out of 10 on this one. Again, the service was speedy and friendly, but I’m looking for more bang for my hard earned buck.

Day 25 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #8 Chargrilled Chicken Club Sandwich Meal

Day 25 of Every Day with Chick-fil-A.

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Today should’ve been a great day. It ended up that way with my #8 Chargrilled Chicken Club Sandwhich, but I had some rough moments, I’m not going to lie.

I started my day at 6:15 this morning by running for just the fourth time in the last 30 days. Since I typically exercise about 2-4 times a week on average, I’ve been missing my mojo, so to speak, and with all that pizza I had yesterday, you would’ve thought today’s run would’ve put me back in the grove. [Also, put me back in the groove.] I went about 4 miles and some change, and did feel pretty good. Showered, fed the dogs, and by 8:00 a.m., it was time to start the work day.

It’s funny, people think when you’re self-employed or work out of the house that you don’t have a “real job.” I mean, I have no work-home boundaries in a profession (blogging) that’s open 24 hours a day (the Internet), have multiple folks that do work for us, spend thousands of dollars a year on server space, IT help, plugin assistance, contractors, education, conferences, and generally have to figure out every technical problem on Youtube or chat rooms on my own and oh by the way, spend 12-14 hours a day working some facet of the blog, but, you know, it’s not a ‘real job.’ What does that even mean? Must Michael Scott be in my life for it to be real?

So as you can tell, I was just edgy today, and I really shouldn’t be. Liza called me out on it too, God bless her little heart. But she was right, there’s no denying it.

All that being said, I knew exactly the problem. If I don’t get up early enough to run, then running cuts out my devotional time. That’s Shoot Christians Say for “reading my bible time.” Crazy, when you take seriously the admonition to “renew your mind” daily (Romans 12:1-2), you really feel it when you don’t do it.

The good news is that I’ve recognized it, and tomorrow I don’t have be like Joe Pesci in that Snickers commercial.

Even better news was that I could make my Chick-fil-A run this evening without a lot of fanfare. I’m working my way through the menu, and today was a #8 Chargrilled Chicken Club Sandwich Meal. It might be #8 on the menu, but tonight it was #1 in my heart. Wow, delicious! After yesterday’s ostentatious display of culinary madness, this was the perfect ending to a perfect day. I went about 7:30 when Liza went for her run, so we were both occupying ourselves with two of our favorite things – Chick-fil-A and running.

Another piece of good news is that Ryan was my server tonight, and I haven’t seen him in a while. If you remember, he was super excited the first time we met back on Day 4, which you can read about HERE. Big fan of Ryan – got a bright future ahead of him.

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According to Chick-fil-A’s website, the Chargrilled Chicken Club Sandwich: A boneless breast of chicken, marinated in special seasonings, grilled to perfection and served on a toasted Golden Wheat bun with dill pickle chips, Provolone cheese, smoked applewood bacon, green leaf lettuce and tomato. Served with 1 package of Honey Roasted BBQ Sauce.

Total Cost: Oh man, this is ridiculous. I intentionally kept my receipt in the bag so I could look at it when I got home. Yup, it’s not there. But I know it was like $7.50-ish for the meal. How do you like that for exactitude?

Nutritional Content of the Sandwich, Waffle Fries, and Sprite:
960 Calories
33g Fat
8g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
85mg Cholesterol
1385mg Sodium
129g Carbohydrates
8g Fiber
45g Sugar
42g Protein

I have really loved getting to know this sandwich. Like those first few dates with the woman of your dreams, or the bright-eyed feeling of seeing a pro stadium field for the first time, or the magical sensation that overcomes you when your junker car surprisingly starts up after sitting idle for a month in Africa – that’s what the Chicken Club has been to me. Surprising. Magnanimous. Enchanting. Who knew such a delicious combo of chicken, cheese, and bacon existed in such affordable conditions? Or course no rabbit food – don’t ruin a good thing.

So despite the bad run of attitude I had in the middle of the day, it’s ended on a high note and I’m ready for tomorrow. Bring it on, life.

Final Every Day Rating: 9 out of 10.  The only reason, and I do mean the only reason this wasn’t a perfect score is that I like my chicken piping hot, and it was slightly under the preferred temp mark. But I really love the natural taste of the chicken with a provolone cheese that doesn’t overpower, and then there’s the bacon. I mean, bacon. Bacon people.  Nevermind, I give it a 10 out of 10 after thinking a little more. Love this sandwich!

Day 24 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #7 Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich Meal

Day 24.

I am disappointed in myself today.  As you know, my trip to Africa left me bereft of the proper poundage for a man of my stature (5’11 1/2″), so I’ve been eating on overdrive to get the weight up. Today might be considered gluttonous.

It all started yesterday when we decided to order pizza. As soon as the order for Pizza Hut was placed, we scored a FREE Domino’s pizza, courtesy of Addicted to Saving. Having scurried out the house for our freebie, I returned only to find that the Pizza Hut pizza had been improperly topped.  The horror!  So, they brought another pizza out to amend for their mistake.  Now we were sitting with three pizzas for the price of one, thus many leftovers were present in the fridge this morning.

I had two pieces of pizza for breakfast, and then Liza scored another FREE Domino’s pizza, courtesy of Addicted to Saving today as well! Here’s where it got a little dicey. On the way home I ate not one, not two, but six pieces of delicious, deep-dish Domino’s pizza. I kept telling myself not to eat another one, but it was so very good, and after all, I’m trying to gain weight after Africa.

Yeah, this isn’t the weight gain you want. Self control, you really stunk up the court today; you’re riding the pine tomorrow for this performance.

The irony in all this?  I was still hungry this evening, so I made a late night Chick-fil-A run to try out a #7 on the menu, a Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich. I am not even going to lie, this was just what the doctor ordered after my cacophony of calories from earlier in the day. I never used to get the Chargrilled option because the Original sandwich is just too good to pass up, but now that I’m eating Every Day with Chick-fil-A, it’s become a nice option for those healthier moments. And it is really, really tasty.

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My server today was Megan, who is definitely cheerful on the job, which I appreciate. She had a friend in the drive-thru in front of me, apparently, but I was in no hurry.  Plus she said “My Pleasure” after I gave my order through over the intercom, and I’m a big fan of Chick-fil-A for that very reason.  So nice work, Megan!

According to Chick-fil-A’s official site, the Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich is described as: A boneless breast of chicken, marinated in special seasonings, grilled to perfection and served on a toasted Golden Wheat Bun with dill pickle chips, Green Leaf lettuce, and tomato. Served with 1 package of Honey Roasted BBQ Sauce.

Total Cost: $5.19 (with the water and no tomato or lettuce); quite a bargain.

Nutritional Content of the Sandwich and Waffle Fries according to the Meal Calculator:
710 Calories
25g Fat
4g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
60mg Cholesterol
1010mg Sodium
94g Carbohydrates
8g Fiber
10g Sugar
34g Protein

I’m liking those numbers. As mentioned, I decided to go with a water tonight too, and I’m glad I did.  Need to stay hydrated in this nasty Florida summer weather.  And since I didn’t run or exercise today (even though I said I would), I need to be ready for tomorrow as best I can. Going to “lean up” tomorrow with a 3-5 mile run, and boy do I need it. Need those endorphins released for increased productivity!  Glad I had the grilled option tonight – it was perfectly timed.

Final Every Day Rating: 9 out of 10 – the Chargilled Sandwich was on point tonight, and the waffle fries were hot and tasty.  Oh who am I kidding, this was a 10 out of 10, once again!

Day 23 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #6 Chick-n-Strips Nuggets (4 ct) Meal

Today’s Every Day with Chick-fil-A moment came in the evening, and it’s been quite a while since I’ve been to Chick-fil-A for dinner. Good thing about a dinner run?  No line. At least not tonight anyway at my home base Chick-fil-A in Trinity, Florida.

Tonight’s visit was special because Liza came with me. It’s always nice when she tags along.  We had a home study update earlier in the evening, so between cleaning up the house and working all day, I think she was ready to get out.

What’s a home study update?  Well, when you adopt, you must have a home study done once every 12 months.  Since international adoption takes longer than that these days, you have to update multiple times for the same adoption (to the tune of $500 per update). This is when a licensed counselor comes to your home and helps you prep for your adoption, as well as asks questions designed to help the governments of both the US and the child’s country prep for you. They want to insure, to the best of their ability, that you’d be suitable parents.

everydaywithchickfila(This is Baby T-Rex, as I like to call him; he’s the reason we were getting a home study update.)

We’re all for home studies, without question, but they get expensive.  We just had one in September too, but because you need an I-171H updated every 18 months (and ours is about to expire), we had to get a home study update done earlier than typically needed.  You know what though?  Completely worth it for the little guy in the picture above. As I’ve often said, adoption isn’t for the faint of heart. That doesn’t make us special or anything for adopting, just that the hoops and waiting and setbacks and costs are many, and perseverance is a premium. Wouldn’t trade it for anything, though.

All that to say, there’s nothing that says celebration like a #6 Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips® meal with waffle fries and a small vanilla shake, which was on the menu for me tonight.

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I’ve been working through the menu, and if push came to shove (which rarely ever does, am I right?), I would choose the Chick-n-Strips over anything else on the menu.  My reason for this is two-fold:

1) You don’t have the carbs of the bread, which since I live a fairly sedentary existence, is fine by me;

2) You get four chances to consume the excellence that is a Chick-fil-A chicken product; sure, you have multiple bites in a sandwich, but it’s still just one sandwich. I get four full chick-n-strips with a #6. Psychological, people.

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Chelsea was my server tonight.  If I must say so myself, I am pleased I remembered her name.  **NOTE**  No nametag. But I know I had her once before so the muscle memory is starting to stick. As you can see, she was kind enough to pose for me; I think they’re getting used to it though.

Okay, back to the #6.  According to Chick-fil-A, the Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips® are: Made from the most tender part of the chicken breast, Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips are marinated in special seasonings, hand-breaded and pressure cooked to perfection in 100% refined peanut oil. They are mouth watering and generously portioned, Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips are served with your choice of dipping sauce and are available in 3- or 4-count entrees. They also come in 1 and 2-count in Kids Meal with Waffle Potato Fries, applesauce, or fruit cup, and choice of milk, apple juice, or freshly squeezed lemonade.

Total Meal Cost: unknown. I am terrible. What kind of reviewer am I? I think the 4-pc jumps the total to just under $8, but take this with a serious grain of salt.

Nutritional Content for my Entire Meal: I just found out there is a meal calculator, so I punched in my entire meal, and whoa, the calorie count was not pretty. Here’s what I’m looking at:

1510 Calories
79g Fat
23g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
190mg Cholesterol
2040mg Sodium
142g Carbohydrates
5g Fiber
74g Sugar
59g Protein

Now granted, I went vanilla shake, which I rarely do, and I didn’t eat all of my waffle fries because I shared them with Liza. But that’s still a large number, I’ll be the first to admit. Good thing I just came back from Africa and am trying to put the weight on! (Up 6 lbs to 163 since my first day back last week.) So I can afford the calories. Plus I’m a guy, and I run and work out, so I’m good. And trust me, the vanilla shake was totally worth it. Also had three pieces of pizza earlier in the day.

Will run in the morning.

Final Every Day Rating: I’m going 8 out of 10 on this one, only because the Chick-n-Strips were lukewarm, and I like mine piping hot.

Until tomorrow, kiddos.

Day 22 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #5 Chick-fil-A Nuggets (12 pc)

Jury duty.

The two words all Americans hate to see with their name attached anywhere to the document. That was me today.  I actually was supposed to go a couple of weeks ago and completely forgot, but thankfully we have a forgiving judicial system.  Either that or one that’s desperate for jurors.

Today was my first stab at jury duty, and let me tell you, people-watchers have no greater aim than to sit in a jury room with 500 of your fellow Pasco County citizens.  Truly a spectacle. God made us in all different shapes, sizes, interests, personalities, accents, quirks, facial hair, and choices of earrings. To each his own.

Now, I did learn a little something about working the system. Here’s the trick to getting out of actually getting picked to sit for a trial. I may be a novice at jury duty deliberations – voir dire for you aficionados and legal types – but I figured out what I consider to be a 5-point fool-proof plan for ensuring you will be home in time for lunch with your dismissal in hand after having been deliberated over by the legal counsel and judge:

1) Make eye contact with both defense and prosecution at least once, but no more. You want them to know that you know they know you’re present, accounted for, and not afraid to look another human in the eye.

2) Don’t be like the guys who say after every question, “I’m sorry, I can’t do that without bias.”  You’re bringing too much attention to yourself.  You want to be like a career .260 hitter in baseball who can field a ground ball. Not getting you into the hall of fame, but will punch your ticket to a major league roster year after year.

3) While you don’t want to bring attention to yourself, you do want to make it known at least once that you might struggle with some bias.  For instance, today we were asked if we could remain neutral about the case, even if we disagreed with the law as written.  Well in this particular case, I would’ve been fine; however in general, I let them know that if I find a law unjust, then yes, I might have bias creep in when rendering a verdict. If someone keeps the law but I find the law reprehensible, I’m inclined to see that through jaded lenses.  I took this opportunity to make my voice known, planting the seeds that I was partial and thus unfit for service in the eyes of both prosecution and defense.

4) Be patient. Don’t jump at the first opportunity to speak. Wait for it, like I did. You want everyone to know you’re in the room, but only briefly. Make yourself forgettable once you’ve planted the seeds of doubt.

5) Finally, plan a Chick-fil-A run afterwards to celebrate both your civic duty and successfully executed master plan to evade actually serving on the jury.  That’s what I do anyhow.  Granted, this was only the first time, but I think I’ve started a movement.

Only negative about heading to Chick-fil-A for lunch?  Holy traffic.  Take a look at these pics, taken around 12:47 today:

everydaywithchickfilaOn the other hand, it’s nice to know I’m eating a place people enjoy.  Empty parking lots give too much room for bugs to fester in your food, so I’m liking a restaurant that’s knocking out some chicken sandwiches.

Today’s Menu Item as I’m working my way through the Chick-fil-A menu was a #5 Chick-fil-A Nuggets Meal with Waffle Fries and a 1/2 Dr. Pepper 1/2 Diet Dr. Pepper.  Now I’ve got to send some kuddos out to Nick, who was my server today (pic below):

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Nick was ready for my Dr. Pepper order, though he wasn’t quite sure about the 1/2 and 1/2 part. It’s okay though, he’s paying attention, and that’s the kind of attention to detail I’ve come to expect from the Trinity Chick-fil-A staff.

According to the official Chick-fil-Fil website, here’s your description of the Chick-fil-A Nuggets: Bite-sized pieces of tender all breast meat chicken, seasoned to perfection, hand-breaded and pressure-cooked in peanut oil. Available in 8-count or 12-count entrees with choice of dipping sauce. They also come grilled or breaded in 4 and 6-count in Kids Meal with choice of Waffle Potato Fries, applesauce, or fruit cup and choice of milk, apple juice, or freshly squeezed lemonade.

Price for meal: $7.76 (I just made that up; I’m not sure what is is in full disclosure. Of course I got the 12 piece nuggets – who wouldn’t?)

Nutritional Content for Nuggets:
400 Calories
19g Fat
1g Fiber
2g Sugars
41g Protein

If you go with the 8-ct, you can get that calorie count all the way down to 270.  Now since I was in a hurry to get back to the homefront and get some work done, I ate my waffle fries in the car and saved my nuggets for home. If you have the luxury of doing this, then you might find it equally delicious, as a made a salad with my savory, hand-breaded Chick-fil-A nuggets:

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It’s hard to tell from the pic, but I had red and green peppers and onions in this salad, and it couldn’t have been more divine.  The perfect ending to a 1/2 day of serving my country while at the same time purposefully and successfully limiting my time of jury duty service.

Final Every Day Rating: Well the day was about an 8.5, but the meal itself had to be pushing 10 out of 10. I’m such a big fan of the nuggets, and putting them on top of my own salad concoction?  Well, let’s just say I’m blessed. Blessed by Chick-fil-A, blessed by the U.S.A., and blessed by the good Lord in heaven.

Day 21 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #4 Spicy Chicken Sandwich Deluxe Meal

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Okay, so I have to start off with today’s Every Day with Chick-fil-A post with a HUGE (capitalization for emphasis) apology to Sydney, pictured above. I roll in to try a #4 Spicy Chicken Sandwich Deluxe meal as I’m working my way through the menu, and I’m placing my order with Sydney (who I don’t realize is Sydney just yet), and I see Colby so I say ‘hey’ (more on than in a sec).

As I’m placing my order, Matt comes up from behind the counter and asks what the name of the blog is (I tell him). I explain to Sydney that I have this blog and before I can finish she’s like, “Yeah, you called me Megan.”

Ouch.

I did in fact call her Megan on Day 10. In my defense, I said “I think her name” is Megan, so it’s not like I was pushing all my chips in or anything. Nonetheless, totally my bad, Sydney. Won’t happen again.

Cool story number deux of this trip. I’m making coffee this morning and my wife makes a gasp like “you’re never going to believe this,” and sure enough she starts telling me about how someone had messaged her on Facebook on her blog, Addicted to Saving. To make a long story even longer, it was none other than Colby’s mom!  You know Colby. He’s gained a bit of Every Day with Chick-fil-A blog lore for his commitment to service and good natured attitude.  He’s telling his mom about the site and they’re looking at a picture of Liza and me and our son Terefe, and she’s like, “I’ve seen that pic somewhere!”  Well, she put two and two together to realize that the savings blog she’s been following for a couple years belongs to the spouse of the man who’s blogging about her son’s outstanding service.

If that doesn’t warm your heart, you’re probably an alien.

Okay, onto today’s meal – the #4 Spicy Chicken Sandwich Deluxe, which, as Colby noted, for me is just a #3 with Pepperjack Cheese.  No rabbit food for this guy.

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The Spicy Chicken Sandwich according to Chick-fil-A’s site: A boneless breast of chicken seasoned with a spicy blend of peppers, hand-breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil and served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips, Green Leaf lettuce, tomato and Pepper Jack cheese. Also available on a Golden Wheat bun.

Normal Cost for the entire meal: $6.15

Nutritional Content for the Sandwich
570 Calories
27g Fat
3g Fiber
7g Sugars
35g Protein

My thoughts on the Spicy Chicken Deluxe? I don’t think I’ve done this one yet.  Maybe once I did. You know honestly, yesterday’s Spicy Chicken had my bald head sweating, but today’s was milder, even with the pepperjack. Nevertheless, it was tasty of course.  The fries could’ve been a little hotter, but this is really the first time I can remember the waffle fries not being piping hot.

The regular Dr. Pepper was out, so I went 1/2 regular Coke, 1/2 Diet.  Very fresh today. Almost like the carbonation was on overdrive.

I sat in the booth and listened to an old podcast message from Ravi Zacharias on “Bridging Two Worlds,” which was, of course, amazing and challenging. So there I sat, Chick-fil-A and Ravi, two of my very favorite things.  Was it a good visit? I think you know the answer.

Final Every Day Rating – 8 out of 10 (for cooler temperature on my fries and a little less heat on the Spicy Chicken)

Tomorrow is the day of rest. Hopefully I can make it a full 48 hours before getting my next fix.

Day 20 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #3 Spicy Chicken Sandwich Meal

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So today’s Menu Review of the #3 Spicy Chicken Sandwich meal is via video blog, which I have below for your viewing pleasure. Liza and I just got back from Orlando and I knew I just wouldn’t have the energy to write this evening. I wanted make sure to give a shout out to the Chick-fil-A employee above whose name, I’m embarrassed to say, escapes me at this point. Ugh. Fail. I promise to get it on the flip side.

Okay folks, enjoy Liza and I banter about the Spicy Chicken Sandwich (among other things). See you tomorrow:

Day 19 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #2 Deluxe Chicken Sandwich Meal

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I’d like to start today’s Every Day with Chick-fil-A Menu Tour post by first and foremost giving a shout out to my boy Colby (pictured above with Nick). When I first met Colby he was just like any other fast food drive-thru worker to me. These guys are a dime a dozen. There one week, gone the next. Easily distracted, untrustworthy, and unreliable.

How far Colby and I have come.

Since I’ve been back from Africa, Colby hasn’t missed a day of work. How do I know? He’s been there every day for me. Even when Kelsey served me my #1 Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich meal yesterday, Colby was there. Working the drive-thru. Taking orders. Putting in work. Being a man. That doesn’t go unnoticed, people.

So Colby, this post is dedicated to you. You’ve been asking about the blog for weeks now, so I hope you finally are able to get the recognition due you. Don’t let me down.

Now, on to today’s trip. One thing I would like to know is if Colby noticed I have been wearing the same blue shirt for the past three days. What’s that you say? It’s disgusting? You’re disgusting. Actually, I don’t even know you, so how can we possibly know that one another are disgusting? What if we both are hygienically savvy individuals who simply wear well between showers? So what if I haven’t showered since Monday? I rarely leave my house, and when I do, it’s to the comforting arms of a Chick-fil-A restaurant with employees like Colby who understand I can wear the same shirt three days in a row.

Furthermore, where I just came from in Africa, most of them would be perfectly happy to wear the same shirt three days in a row. So consider this my attempt at empathizing with my African brothers.

Now, where was I. Of course, today’s meal. So I’m working my way through the menu, and I had a #2 Chick-fil-A® Deluxe Chicken Sandwich meal, complete with medium Waffle fries and a 1/2 Regular, 1/2 Diet Dr. Pepper. Now that my tummy is on the mend, it’s back to Sweet Tea and Dr P for this kid.

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On a tight schedule today so I had to take this one in a bag, as you can see. What I’m excited about for this trip is that I have never, ever ordered a #2 because why would I ever potentially ruin a delicious Chick-fil-A Original Sandwich with orange cheese and veggies? But I had no idea I could order Provolone on my sandwich! Which, admittedly, was not perceptive of me since I’ve had it on my grilled sandwich, but it never dawned on me to throw it on an original. Wow. Great call, Mr. Cathy, great call.

Chick-fil-A® Deluxe Chicken Sandwich Description: A boneless breast of chicken seasoned to perfection, hand-breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil and served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips, Green Leaf lettuce, tomato and American cheese. Also available on a Golden Wheat bun.

Normal Cost for the entire meal: $6.15

Nutritional Content for the Sandwich
500 Calories
23g Fat
3g Fiber
7g Sugars
31g Protein

I have the Waffle fries, drink, and sauce nutritional content listed HERE if you want to see those.  Today again, I have to confess, I was famished. I don’t always eat the entire meal, I’ll be honest. Sometimes I only have half the bun or give some fries away. But man, this sandwich was really good with that provolone cheese on it, and I think it’s worth the extra 60 calories.

Here’s the other cool thing I learned today, and one of those small details and reasons why Chick-fil-A is the quintessential fast-food restaurant.  I’m not a rabbit food guy with my sandwiches, so I had them take off the lettuce and tomato. Granted I got mine free, but I’m looking at the bill later, and had to catch this on iOS lore for the world to see:

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Are you kidding me? They took off $0.15 because I didn’t order the lettuce and tomato? Dude. Now in the other chains’ defense, I have never looked closely at the bill to see if they do this. Quite frankly, I haven’t stepped foot in a McDonald’s or Arby’s or Burger King except for a milkshake in literally years. But I would be absolutely shocked if they discounted when people ordered no rabbit food.

So once again Chick-fil-A, you are the king of the chicken, master of the fast-food space, and we pay homage to your greatness. Of course, we know from whence that greatness derives, and for that, we take note.

Final Every Day Rating – 10 out of 10

You’re going to think this thing is rigged or something, but I just call ’em like I see ’em. Until tomorrow.

Day 18 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #1 Original Chicken Sandwich Meal

I arrived in the United States this past Saturday night (late); today is Wednesday.  Today is the first day I’ve felt normal. Whether it was the jet lag or the Ethiopian runs – more than likely both – I was just not up to snuff these past couple of days. There’s nothing worse than not feeling good either, am I right people?

So today I was up before 6, had my morning coffee and quiet time, was blogging before 8, and was hitting my grove. The nice thing about being in Africa for three weeks is that you come to appreciate the monotony of this cushy American life we live.  Let me count the ways:

1) I can turn on any faucet at any time and water comes out. I don’t have to do this:

everydaywithchickfila2But seriously, how great is that kid’s smile?

2) I don’t have to look at raw sewage because we have underground plumbing. I don’t have to see this as my commonplace every day street:

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3) I can eat whatever I want.  I don’t have to eat anjera every day, like this lady is making (think sour pancake which serves as a spoon for whatever else you can find to eat):

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No, when living in America, I can actually have an Every Day with Chick-fil-A date and enjoy a Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich meal like I did today, complete with a large waffle fries and large Spite (to settle the tummy just in case). Of course there are other reasons, but you get the idea. Living in the United States is such a privilege, and all you have to do is step outside of it for two freaking seconds and reality smacks you in the face – “Most of the world doesn’t live in luxury like you do, schmuck.”

That’s why I am so very grateful to have this opportunity to eat Chick-fil-A every day for the rest of this year. Some may think it’s overkill to eat there every day, and I understand their concerns. I consider it good stewardship. I have a VIP card that gives me free Chick-fil-A every day.  That means one of my meals is paid for each day.  If the average meals costs $5 (which, let’s be honest, it’s always more than that), and I’m eating a Chick-fil-A for 200 days this year, I don’t even need to get a calculator to know I just saved $1000 out my own pocket.

Now on to my Chick-fil-A lunch today, which was had at 3 pm at the Trinity Chick-fil-A.  Can we just say home base from now on?  Obviously it’s my go-to spot.

I decided it would be good idea to roll through all the menu items, one by one, to give each one its fair share of the limelight (since there are soooooo many people checking out this blog). I’ll start with the lunch/dinner items and then move to the breakfast ones.

Today’s Menu Item – #1, Original Chicken Sandwich, Large Waffle Fries, and Large Sprite

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Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich Description: A boneless breast of chicken seasoned to perfection, hand-breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil and served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips. Also available on a Golden Wheat bun.

Normal Cost for the entire meal: $6.62

Nutrition for the Sandwich:
440 Calories
18g Fat
2g Fiber
5g Sugars
28g Protein

Nutrition for the Waffle Fries:
520 Calories
27g Fat
5g Fiber
0g Sugars
6g Protein

Nutrition for the Sprite:
170 Calories
0g Fat
0g Fiber
47g Sugars
0g Protein

Nutrition for the Chick-fil-A Sauce:
140 Calories
13g Fat
0g Fiber
6g Sugars
0g Protein

So if I ate every single piece of food, used all the sauce (which, quite frankly, would be worth every calorie), drank all the drink, then I would be looking at 1270 calories, or 64% of my daily allotment. But you have to figure you don’t each every last crumb or drink every last drink or slurp every last drip of sauce (well, maybe the sauce can stand).  In any case, I’m thinking a 10% margin of error is pretty reasonable, so let’s put the calorie count at 1143 instead, or 57%.  Still, not a bad number for one meal, and you don’t have to get a large like I did.

My server today was Kelsey (I think); she seemed a little embarrassed to take the pic, so thanks for being a good sport and playing along if you ever read this blog, Kelsey. She was kind and courteous, as all of the employees have been at the Trinity Chick-fil-A.

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As for value of the #1 Original Chicken Sandwich meal? Well, it’s been my Chick-fil-A fave for many years, so I’m not exactly a bastion of journalistic impartiality now am I? Let’s just say this. Even without my VIP card, I’d be putting my stamp of approval all over this American classic.

Final Every Day Rating – 10 out of 10

Was there any doubt?