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Day 69 – Breakfast from Heaven (It’s Hard to Imagine Heaven Improving on Today’s Breakfast, Actually, Even though I Know it WILL Improve)

Day 69.

This was an unexpected delight today. I was up early this morning for a 7 a.m. bike ride with my buddy Jason, and I realized that on the way home, I could treat myself to a free Chick-fil-A breakfast!  I know this is going to sound heretical, but I’m just going to say it – the hash browns may be the best item on the menu. Period.

everydaywithchickfila1How would you judge that? The best item on the menu? I’m not sure. I mean, you could take a consensus, but when it comes to food, it’s really personal preference, is it not? It’s not like we’re talking E=mc^2 here.  And if I’m thinking about which items make me the most happy to eat and leave me longing for more, it’s definitely the hash browns. But seriously, subjectivity aside, they’re really good. (Okay, I can only be subjective – I admit it!)

If the hashbrowns are the best, then while the Chicken, Egg & Cheese on Sunflower Multigrain Bagel may be #7 on the menu, it is a very close second to the hashbrowns as being number one in my heart. Just take a look at this pic, which even with an iPhone looks good:

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I had a treat as well today as my guy Colby was working the drive thru, along with Taylor and I believe that’s Sandy. (Sandy, if I screwed that up, my apologies.)

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It’s funny, I picked up my Chick-fil-A thinking I’d wait til I got home, shower, then reheat my food while I sipped on a cup of coffee and banged out the morning workload for Addicted to Saving. But when the smell of Chick-fil-A hashbrowns fills the cabin of your car, who can resist? Both items were gone in about five minutes.

The rest of my day has been prepping the house for Liza and Asher; T-minus 48 hours and we will finally be together, and I can start experiencing the joy, pain, and everything in between, of fatherhood.

And you know what I’m really excited about? Making these Chick-fil-A runs with Asher in the car. 😉

Day 53 – Liza, Prayer, & My First Taste of Chick-fil-A Gravy

Day 53.

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This day is a bittersweet one for me. Above is a picture of my wife Liza standing with all her gear at the airport this morning, about ready to leave on a jet-plane for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa. By herself. Alone.

Did I mention she doesn’t have anyone going with her?

Now of course I don’t actually believe that to be true in any significant sense. As a Christian I believe that the prayers of the saints cause the angels of heaven to go with her and protect, or not protect her, according to the sovereign will of God. It’s pure speculation to say that she has a guardian angel specifically assigned to her. But if she does, there’s no doubt he’s received a heavy dose of instruction from Almighty God, because I know lots of folks are interceding on her behalf.

Prayer is a crazy thing. I have no idea how it works, except that God asks us to do it. The skeptic will say prayer doesn’t do anything. People do things. Of course, he’s right, inasmuch as doctors operate, captains steer, and pilots fly. But doctors see people healed when they have no medical explanation, ships malfunction despite the most experienced captain being at the helm, and pilots let drifting minds negate a safe landing. But what if people pray for healing, pray for equipment success, or pray that minds don’t drift? Do their prayers alter what could’ve been disaster, disappointment, or death?

Ah, but the skeptic will say the final outcome would’ve happened regardless. Perhaps. But where is his proof? If he is asserting a statement of fact, where is his evidence to corroborate his statement? He cannot empirically know, for there is no way to falsify his theory. In fact, we cannot ever produce the event again – it was a one-time only deal. Isn’t it more accurate for the skeptic to say, “I believe the final outcome would’ve been the same.” And if it is more accurate to say that, then how is it any different than the pray-er saying, “I believe the final outcome would’ve been different if I hadn’t prayed.” Are not both assertions statements of belief?

The skeptic will go on about the existence of God (ie, the lack thereof), but he would have to prove no God exists to then prove prayer has no impact. To prove that God does not exist would be to claim all knowledge of the Universe. Since no one has knowledge of all things, no one can intellectually argue for the empirical non-existence of God. He can only state, “I find no evidence,” which is to say, “With the evidence I have – admittedly, hardly anything when compared to all there is to know – I do not believe that God exists.”

And thus, we are back to a statement of belief.

If you have made it to this paragraph, please pat yourself on the back – you made it through Jeff’s Philosophy 101, and we can go back to chicken and waffle fries now.

Actually, I can just tell you that while I’m happy to know that my son will have his mother very soon, I’m already missing my wife. It’s just not the same around here – me, the dogs, and the cat. To think that she will be gone for who knows how long, well….it’s a little depressing.

Thankfully, I know the secret of being content in each and every circumstance of life, so I will press on and PRAY that she is able to carry on there without me. Moreover, that I can carry on her without her!

It’s a good thing I have Chick-fil-A to console me, and I experienced another first today: Breakfast Platter with….wait for it….gravy. Admittedly at first, I didn’t know how I would respond. It’s been a very long time since I’ve had gravy. Let’s just say this – if you have never ordered a breakfast platter with biscuits and some Chick-fil-A gravy, do yourself a favor, for the love of anything pure and holy, and GET SOME! It was so amazingly scrumptous. Creamy, but not so much that felt you were eating lard; zesty, without being overpowering; flavorful, without being too salty; and little chunks of sausage that probably are not in any way good for you but MAN! They were delicious. Top it off with some eggs and Chick-fil-A crispy chicken, and you have a southern-inspired breakfast that I would put up against the best of them. Here’s what it looked like from close-up:

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My guy Andrew was working the register, rocking the Chick-fil-A hat:

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I appreciate his help with the unadvertised menu item so that I knew what I was getting and had all my options before making a decision. Crucial to have a game plan, as we learned a few Every Day with Chick-fil-A’s back.

Now back to praying for Liza. I have a feeling there will be a lot of that around here.

 

Day 41 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #8 Multigrain Oatmeal & Fruit Cup

Day 41.

If I thought Day 40 was monumental, I was seriously counting my chickens before they hatched. But seriously folks, this is much more important than trite cliches! Day 41 produced an Every Day with Chick-fil-A first: I have no server to whom I may give credit for waiting on me today, because she (or he) would not allow me to take a picture.

Now, initially I was aghast. This is my local Trinity Chick-fil-A we’re talking about. I’ve eaten there probably two-thirds of my 40 days. 40 straight days of Chick-fil-A server greatness, captured in all their iPhone 4 glory, and now the streak had come to an end. But that’s just it. There’s no “streak” here; there are people. And just as I enjoy going to Chick-fil-A because of the unique attention and special service they give me, so too, do I need to return the favor. If my server ends up reading this, I want her (or him) to know it’s all good.

So while I’m disappointed that I couldn’t make a pictorial memory of my Chick-fil-A friend from Day 41’s visit, I respect her (or him) just the same. I always ask permission to photograph, and while most end up giving in (some rather willingly), there was bound to be someone who said ‘no.’ And that’s okay.

Now if I’m being honest, which is always a good place to start, the fact that I couldn’t take a picture of my server was compounded by the breakfast menu option that was waiting for its consumption by me this morning. I have finally reached the end of the numbered meals on the breakfast menu, and today’s lucky winner was a #8 Multigrain Oatmeal with Fruit Cup meal.

Yay.

Okay, so I was a little bummed about eating the “healthy” option on the board, but when you’re a world-renowned food critic such as myself, it’s important to try all the availabilities, not just your personal faves. And like always, I have to say, I was presently surprised about the oatmeal!

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As you can see from the pic, the oatmeal isn’t your typical gray soupy snot in a bowl. Brown sugar, walnuts and almonds give it sweetness and crunch, which can only enhance flaxed oatmeal, let’s be honest here.  Chick-fil-A officially describes their Multigrain Oatmeal as: Warm & wholesome, our multigrain, steel-cut oatmeal is first slow-cooked in kettles the old-fashioned way. Anything but dry and instant, our hearty oatmeal has flax, whole wheat and buckwheat. Tasty toppings include cinnamon brown sugar, roasted mixed nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts) and dried fruit blend (cranberries, blueberries, golden raisins, cherries).

Cost $5.46

Nutritional Content of the Multigrain Oatmeal, Fruit Cup, and coffee:
275 Calories
3g Fat
0g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
0mg Cholesterol
60mg Sodium
62g Carbohydrates
7g Fiber
32g Sugar
0g Protein

Now I have to say, I am completely surprised that there is no protein in the oatmeal! After doing a little research, it’s not that there’s zero protein, but not even enough to round up to 1 g. Guess you’ll have to stick with the chicken if it’s protein that you want.  However, the rest of those numbers are nice, aren’t they? No cholesterol, under 300 calories, and 7 g of fiber!  Just typing it out makes me think about running to the John. I’m kidding. Or am I?

Final Every Day Rating: 9 out of 10.  I’m giving this high rating because not only is it healthy, it’s hearty as well. I felt just as satisfied (from a hunger point of view) after  this meal as I did for each of the meals #1-7.  Quite frankly, it tasted pretty good too, and it was nice and hot.  Would I order it again if I wasn’t eating there every day?  Um, no. But that’s just me. If I’m going to Chick-fil-A, I’m gonna eat mor chikin.  But those who are dedicated to watching the waistline while they watch their children scarf down the good stuff, I find this to be a good option.

Day 40 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #7 Chicken, Egg & Cheese on Sunflower Multigrain Bagel Meal

Day 40.

40 is a monumental number when you’re doing anything.  Think about it.  The Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness. Jesus spent 40 days and nights being tempted in the dessert.  A typical generation among people groups lasts 40 years.  Lots of folks spend 40 days in rehab. Steve Carrell was a 40-year old virgin (never saw it, but love Carrell). 40 is the new 30. You get the picture.

The point is, 40 is an important number. As such, I am going to celebrate today’s Every Day with Chick-fil-A post milestone of reaching day 40 in my journey by using less than 40 words starting at the end of this sentence to wrap up today’s blog post; it’s late, I’ve been up since 5 a.m., and I want nothing more than to attempt to fall asleep in under 30 seconds, a feat I’ve done only a handful of times…in the past couple of weeks.

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The #7 Chicken, Egg & Cheese on Sunflower Multigrain Bagel – best on menu.

Cost: $4.86 + coffee & hash.

Nutritional Content:
725 calories
(look up the rest on your own)

Final Every Day Rating: 10 out of 10

Paul my server was awesome.

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Day 37 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #6 Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Meal

Day 37.

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I had really hoped to do my review of the #6 Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit meal before 9:00 this evening, as I have just returned from a night out with my wife at Salt Rock Grill down on Indian Shores Beach. Our neighbors Mike and Tiffany graciously gave us $100 gift certificate there, so we decided to take advantage before we bring Baby T-Rex into the fam.

The problem with Salt Rock Grill is that we live about 90 minutes away.  It’s about as far as you can possibly get in the Tampa Bay area from where we live. It’s unfortunate because it’s on a beautiful piece of property and they give you steaks the size of my head. Seriously. I should’ve taken a picture as proof.

See, I didn’t want my Salt Rock experience to cloud my Chick-fil-A experience this morning, which is why I wanted to write before going to Salt Rock. But as fate may have it, while I had a steak the size of my head this evening, I had a Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit this morning that was the size and weight of a shot put! So there was a corollary – food items that remind me of other heavy stuff unrelated to food!

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This picture doesn’t really do it justice, but as you can see, the depth of the (upside down) Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuit is about 3/4 as thick as the length of a credit card, and the thing probably weighed 5 pounds.  One has to marvel at the work the digestive track does in consuming one of these bad boys.

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Phyllis was my server today, and the third time is definitely a charm.  She has officially accepted the fact that she will be in every picture if she’s my server, and I reminded her once again that she was looking good for the camera – no need for makeup here.

Since I’m running through the Chick-fil-A menu, today’s next-up-in-the-rotation-item was the Chick-fil-A Sausage, Egg, and Cheese biscuit, which according to their website, is: A tasty pork sausage patty along with a folded egg and cheese served on a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit.

Total Cost: $4.86 (for the biscuit, hash browns, and small coffee)

Nutritional Content of the entire meal:
915 Calories
60g Fat
22g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
225mg Cholesterol
1745mg Sodium
69g Carbohydrates
4g Fiber
6g Sugar
24g Protein

Wow. 915 calories. Combine that with the probably 3000 calories I just consumed at Salt Rock Grill and I am WAY over my quota. Now in my defense, I did work out this morning, but 915 calories, 640 of which are in the biscuit alone? That’s steep, even for a class act like Chick-fil-A. Of course, with it being the size of a football field, you could easily split this among two people. I would personally like to see some Swiss cheese on the sandwich, or maybe some white cheddar. The sausage and egg are what they are, but the clinching component in this dish is the biscuit, without question. Buttery without being greasy, flaky yet full of mass, good on its own or parlayed into a sandwich of some type.

Final Every Day Rating: I’m going to have to give this an 8 out of 10. I enjoy the biscuit, hash browns, and coffee combo immensely, and honestly, could do without the eggs, cheese, and sausage. But then it would be the Chick-fil-A Biscuit meal, and I suppose there are plenty of folks who need all 900+ calories this meal has to offer, which means egg and sausage are safe from elimination.  For me, I’d like something that weighs less than my cat.

**Side note** Tomorrow is Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day! Dress up like a cow and receive free Chick-fil-A all over the US. Of course, if you have a VIP card, tomorrow doesn’t exactly have the allure it once did. 😉

Day 36 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #5 Chicken Breakfast Burrito Meal

Day 36.

Day 36 didn’t start out to swell.  Let me explain.

I present to you Exhibit A:

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I’m “Liza,” and Edward is, well, Edward. Our site is down. I’m on the morning shift. And Edward tells me to hold 1-5 minutes.

Well over 30 minutes later, I present to you Exhibit B:

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Now, the good thing is that probably 50% of the people who get this kind of result in their web search think that it’s something on their end.  Maybe they’ve got a bad connection so they go reset the router. Maybe they have a computer that needs an update so they reboot. Maybe they need a defrag, and on and on. By the time they get back to the site, the problem’s been fixed, and they’re none the worse off for the experience.

But the other 50% are a little peeved, and for the 10-20% who know exactly what the above message means, they’re ticked. I mean, they really don’t want to have anything to do with you or your site when that happens. Understandable. I get the same way when I’m trying to pay a credit card bill on the day it’s due and I get an error message. (At this point my mom would tell me I come by my procrastination honestly. Thanks Ma. But I’m still mad at the credit card company.)

So that was a bummer of a way to start the work day. The worst is, when they finally did get us up and running again, they didn’t really have an explanation.

Translation?  It will happen again next week.

Good thing I had a 40 minute round trip to my Trinity Chick-fil-A to listen to some Ravi Zacharias and chill out for a bit. Apparently the 10:00 a.m. hour is a little busier than 6:30:

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Again, understandable.  The Chick-fil-A breakfast menu has some very popular offerings.  Today’s meal as I’m working my way through the menu?  A #5 Chicken Breakfast Burrito Meal, complete with, you guessed it, hash browns and a small coffee, served to me by the lovely Phyllis:

everydaywithchickfila3She and I came to an agreement today (I think.)  She would willingly let me photograph her if I would willingly be okay with her not having makeup on.

You got a deal, Phyllis.  Mi casa es su casa.  I know that translates into nothing remotely related, but I really just wanted some Spanish in this blog post.

Okay, according to the Chick-fil-A website, the Chicken Breakfast Burrito consists of: Chunks of Chick-fil-A chicken gently mixed with scrambled eggs, fire-roasted onions and peppers and a subtle blend of Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses – all wrapped in a soft flour tortilla and served with our spicy salsa. Also available with our spicy chicken.

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Total Cost: $4.86

Nutritional Content of the Burrito, hash browns and coffee:
685 Calories
34g Fat
11g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
245mg Cholesterol
1355mg Sodium
68g Carbohydrates
4g Fiber
3g Sugar
25g Protein

My take? Honestly, the burrito wasn’t my favorite.  Oh, and this was my first shot at the Chick-fil-A Breakfast Burrito, so a lot was riding on this culinary endeavor.  I would definitely give it another shot, though, don’t get me wrong. They have chicken and sausage, so of course I went with chicken, but sausage may be a better choice. We’ll have to test that out. It wasn’t as hot as I’d like it, but I’m hard to please in that regard. I also was a little disappointed because of what Ali had mentioned yesterday, which is that some Chick-fil-A’s give larger-sized hash brown containers, since I’m such a brainwashed, er, devoted fan of them. Alas, my Trinity Chick-fil-A does not! So Brenda, if you’re reading this, it’s something to consider. Just a thought.

Final Every Day Rating: I feel myself getting tougher on the rating system, but I gotta go with a 7 out of 10. The really good thing about the burrito is that it’s huge! I mean, it’s no Chipotle or anything, but it’s sizeable for a breakfast entree. But something just wasn’t cohesive to me in the ingredient pairings, and I’m still trying to figure it out. I think if it had burned my mouth a little after taking a big bite, however, it could registered an 8 without question.

I like it hot, Chick-fil-A. If you’re listening.

**SPECIAL NOTE** If you live in the Tampa area, make sure you take advantage of the COW INVASION tomorrow, July 11th!  Check out our blog post HERE on Addicted to Saving for more info.

Day 35 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #4 Spicy Chicken Biscuit Breakfast Meal

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Day 35.

If you don’t love what you see in the above picture – a #4 Chick-fil-A® Spicy Chicken Biscuit meal with hash browns and coffee – then you, my friend, need to check your pulse. Or maybe it’s just you’re an alien. From Mars. Or another galaxy. ‘Cause there ain’t NO way that the beckon of a Spicy Chicken Biscuit doesn’t reel you in like one of the Jason Bourne Trilogy movies.

Seriously, can anyone else relate with me on the Bourne movies thing? I can be doing a thousand and one other important things with my day and if USA or TNT is running a Bourne movie marathon, I am hooked! Put a fork in me dude, because I am sprawled out motionlessly enraptured for the next [insert hours here], regardless of what I’ve got going on.

The same can be said for the Spicy Chicken Biscuit meal.

I had another early morning meeting today (6:30 a.m.), and for the two gentlemen with whom I met, you guys rock. So after I got a little work done at our meeting place, I headed over to the Chick-fil-A on US 19 in Clearwater by Countryside Mall for my Every Day with Chick-fil-A, which I believe is my first drive-thru only Chick-fil-A thus far:

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I slid easily through the non-line and chatted it up with Ali and her co-worker (sorry, I forget your name) about Every Day with Chick-fil-A and my VIP status.  Her comment?  “You are probably the only person who eats more Chick-fil-A than I do.”

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That’s a badge I wear proudly.

Once I had my order, I quickly scarfed down the hash browns, those delectable potatoes of golden-fried goodness. Seriously, there are not enough in that little package.  Chick-fil-A execs – I will gladly pay an additional $0.50-$0.60 for more hash browns. I devour them in less than a minute easily, and the thing is, I’m not trying to.  They’re just that good and that easy to eat.

As for my Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Biscuit, it’s described as: A breakfast portion of boneless breast of chicken, seasoned with a spicy blend of peppers, hand-breaded, pressure cooked in 100% peanut oil and served on a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit.

Total Cost: $4.94

Nutritional content of the biscuit, hash browns, and coffee:
695 Calories
36g Fat
11g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
30mg Cholesterol
1665mg Sodium
75g Carbohydrates
4g Fiber
6g Sugar
18g Protein

Weighing in a just under 700 calories and 1665 mg of sodium, the super tasty heavy-weight fighter of the fast-food industry, the Spicy Chicken Biiiiiiiiscuit. Now if there were only a way to cut those sodium numbers, we’d be in business. I love the spicy chicken flavor, you addictive little chicken you, even though you make my bald head sweat. But after I eat you, I only have 600 mg of my RDA of sodium left, so you leave me so few options for the rest of the day.

Final Every Day Rating: I’m going to go 9 out of 10, only because of the sodium factor. 695 calories is a lot, but it’s doable if you’re an active human being like myself. The carbs don’t even bother me that much, because you need carbs if you’re going to run 6.5 miles like I did Sunday or bike 10 miles like I did yesterday. **Side note** The saddle is paying the price for that first ride in over a year. Someone bring me some Gold Bond.

Don’t you want to Eat Mor Chickin now???

Day 34 – Working My Way thru the Menu: #3 Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Breakfast Meal

Day 34.

You know, the perk of having an Every Day with Breakfast Chick-fil-A should be that I write my post earlier in the day when my mind is fresh, not run amok with the day’s grind of thinking, analyzing, problem-solving, jesting, posting to Facebook, emailing, and every other mindless, er, mindful activity. And yet, here I am, almost 9:00 p.m., up since 5:00 a.m., Chick-fil-A in my belly since 10:30 a.m., and I still haven’t finished my post.

Time management, my friends. It’s a journey, not a destination. Don’t think I’ll ever watch myself get there – okay Phil Dunphy, settle down.

Now this morning I had a meeting with a group of brothers who meet secretly and I’m not at liberty to say where, when, or who’s involved.  Don’t worry NSA if you’re reading this blog – when you read this blog – nothing you need to worry about. Harmless stuff.

The point is, I thought my Trinity Chick-fil-A would be open at 6:00 a.m. to serve me so that I could get to my secret destination on time, so this was what my neighborhood looked like when I left:

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And this is what the Trinity Chick-fil-A parking lot looked like when I arrived:

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In the words of Homer Simpson: “Doh!”  Apparently they don’t open until 6:30. Lesson learned.

In all honesty, it was the sovereignty of God keeping me in check.  I had intended on going to my secret meeting to rub my VIP status right under a few fellas’ noses, so I can’t say my motives were exactly the purest.

But when I returned at 10:00 am and was greeted for the first time by Austin, my motives were as pure as a Michael Jordan jumpshot – ready to stuff my face with some Chick-fil-A breakfast!

Here’s Austin:

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This was the first time I’d met Austin. Nice young lad. Seemed excited to take my VIP card – but I promise you, he wasn’t nearly as excited as I was to give it to him.

I’m working my way through the menu, as you know, and got to try something (again) that I would’ve never, ever, ever tried if it weren’t for Every Day with Chick-fil-A.  The #3 Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit meal with hash browns and a small coffee. Honestly, I’m really not even sure why Chick-fil-A is selling this, other than that they’re trying to capture a little Mickey D’s market share, and I’m sure they’re successful at it too.

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According to the Chick-fil-A website, the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit consists of: Delicious strips of smoked applewood bacon along with a folded egg and cheese served on a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit.

Total Cost: $4.94

Nutritional Content of the Biscuit, hash browns and coffee:
695 Calories
38g Fat
14g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
190mg Cholesterol
1445mg Sodium
69g Carbohydrates
4g Fiber
6g Sugar
18g Protein

So how was the Biscuit? Honestly, it was okay.  Nothing to write home about, but certainly edible. I have not had anything similar in literally 5+ years, so it felt a little strange.  I’m not crazy about the eggs and cheese, but the biscuit and bacon were good. The bacon was probably the best drive-thru bacon I’ve had, so it’s got that going for it, which is nice.

Final Every Day Rating: I’m going to go 7 out of 10. This was probably one of my least favorite items, primarily because when I go to Chick-fil-A, I want me some chicken! But the bacon was deece (that’s Phil Dunphy hip for “decent”), and the hash browns – ooooooohhhh, the hash browns.

See you tomorrow. Hopefully before 9 p.m.

Day 33 – Working My Way thru the Menu: Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis Breakfast Meal

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Ah, Day 33.

I’m trying to figure out the best thing about a Chick-fil-A breakfast over lunch/dinner.

1) An excuse to go to Chick-fil-A during my favorite part of the day.

2) The majestic rising of the sun to greet us lowly earthlings.

3) Getting to blog about my experience at a time other than right before bed when I’m tired.

4) Chick-fil-A Hash Browns.

It’s really not a close race. I mean, the hash browns at Chick-fil-A are probably the best thing on earth.  Right now if I was hard-pressed into a “one-meal-before-I-die” scenario, I’d have to put some Chick-fil-A hash browns on the list.  I’ve had plenty to which I can compare, and I’m telling you, no one does it like Chick-fil-A.

Saturdays are always kind of depressing for us, because unlike most people who work Monday to Friday, we have to do it again on Saturday. The Internet doesn’t sleep, and neither can we.  Plus, a few of the ladies who usually help us have been gone this week, so it falls on us to get the job done. Alas, this is the life of a blogger.   Good news is, like Chick-fil-A, we intentionally rest on Sundays so WE can do the sleeping. (Nothing says Sunday like an after church full belly, fan on high, blanket on, and Jim Nance in the background, am I right?)

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I saw my guy Andrew this morning and we chatted about the ebb and flow of Chick-fil-A drive-thru traffic. Comes in waves, he said, but there wasn’t a soul this morning besides me and him. Two out of three days I’ve seen Andrew. Swell guy.

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Since I’m moving through the entire menu item by item and meal by meal, today he hooked me up with a #2 on the breakfast menu, the Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis™, 3-ct, with hash browns and a black coffee. According to the Chick-fil-A website, the Minis are: Bite-sized Chick-fil-A® Nuggets nestled in warm, mouth-watering mini yeast rolls that are lightly coated with honey butter spread (3 or 4-count).

Total Cost: $4.69

Nutritional content of the Minis, the coffee, and the hash browns:
525 Calories
26g Fat
6g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
40mg Cholesterol
1075mg Sodium
55g Carbohydrates
3g Fiber
6g Sugar
17g Protein

Now I know what you’re thinking. Why only three? Why not four? Can I not live on the wild side a little, and do exactly the opposite of what you might think? I mean, I’m saving 100 calories+ by going three instead of four. Besides, I have had the minis before and while good, I don’t like them as much as the chicken biscuit. Just being honest. The biscuit is flaky, these are rolly. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  We’re talking personal preference here people. Besides I had those amazingly fantastic hash browns to mitigate the absurdity of only taking a 3-ct,  despite owning a Chick-fil-A VIP card which clearly allows you four.

Maybe I should’ve got four.

Final Every Day Rating: 8 out of 10. Again, just personal preference. I like the minis a lot, but would prefer the biscuit over the roll. That’s all.

Day 32 – Working My Way thru the Menu: Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit

Day 32.

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Well I am excited to say that I’ve finally made it to my first Chick-fil-A breakfast, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  This morning I was there at 6:30 a.m. and as you can tell from the pic, it’s a touch different than the lunchtime stampede. I breezed through the drive-thru on my way to my first round of golf in four or five months.  I also met a new friend, apparently a morning server – Phyllis.

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Now props to Phyllis.  Though I politely asked, she did not want to be in my picture.  But she manned up and took the photo op, and Phyllis, if you’re reading this, I’m thankful.

I never thought about chicken for breakfast until Chick-fil-A came into my life years ago when I moved to Florida, and now it’s as natural as my 2-year old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel hiding under blankets during neighborhood 4th of July fireworks.

This morning I’m on a Breakfast #1, the Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit meal with Hash Browns and a medium coffee. According to Chick-fil-A’s website the Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit is: A breakfast portion of our famous boneless breast of chicken, seasoned to perfection, hand-breaded, pressure-cooked in peanut oil and served on a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit.

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Total Cost: $4.68

Nutritional Content of the Biscuit, Hash Browns, and a medium coffee:
685 Calories
35g Fat
11g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
30mg Cholesterol
1620mg Sodium
73g Carbohydrates
4g Fiber
6g Sugar
19g Protein

Now there are only 5 calories in the coffee, so most of your calories are coming from that delicious, buttersoaked biscuit. At least that’s what I’m thinking. I actually ate the hash browns first, which are amazingly good. I realize you can’t eat Chick-fil-A every day – well, unless you’re me – but the caloric intake is totally worth it in moderation. IMHO, anyhow. I absolutely love breakfast food, but typically don’t eat until 10 or 11 in the morning. Since I usually take the morning shift over at AddictedtoSaving.com, it’s going to take some getting used to.

I think I’ll manage.

Final Every Day Rating: 10 out of 10. Come on. It’s perfectly pressure-cooked chicken, a buttery, flaky biscuit, hash browns and morning joe. Of course it’s a 10.

Oh, and the golf score?   Let’s just say the Chick-fil-A breakfast was the high point.