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.
(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.
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.
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:
23g Saturated Fat
0g Trans Fat
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.