Before I get into the meat of today's post, if you're familiar with traveling in New England, Montreal, or the upper Mid-Atlantic (or if you live there, of course), drop me a line or few about tips about what to do, see, eat, or drink while I'm up there during the last week of May and first week of June. I know some of Mickey's and Courtney's readers are New Englanders, so if you accidentally clicked through to me, please help me out here.
This is the time of year for fast food fish sandwiches. I never would have noticed this before I went to college, but these things are usually only available during the season of Lent. I know a couple of fast food places keep their fish sandwich year round, but places like Wendy's, Arby's, Sonic, and Hardee's all fry theirs for a limited time only. The reason I never would have figured this out when I was younger is that I didn't meet someone who would have any reason to observe Lent until college. Baptists and Methodists don't seem to observe it, or at least not the self-sacrificing aspect of it. Primitive Baptists didn't observe any religious holidays within the church so I at least had no first hand experience with it.
I actually observed Orthodox Lent one year with K. It's a bit painful going 40 days with the only meat passing my lips coming from cold-blooded aquatic animals, but I did get an appreciation for the fast food fish sandwich. Some are awful, some are ok, and some are quite good. McDonald's is pretty much crap for everything (except the fruit and walnut salad), so I'm just going to assume the McFish sucks. Arby's and Sonic actually make a pretty tasty sandwich, but the best one by far is the Hardee's fish sandwich. Imagine the typical beer battered fish fillet from the local British bar's fish and chips. Put it in a whole wheat bun with some romaine lettuce and tartar sauce. The fish fillet itself is just of higher quality than most. It's too bad that after this weekend Easter is over and the fish sandwiches start to go away again.
Just don't order the fish sandwich and think you're eating healthier. You're not. Hardee's Fish Supreme is 540 calories and BK's Big Fish has has 650 calories and 32 grams of fat while the Whopper has 670 calories and 39 grams of fat. Sure you're cutting 20 calories, but then you could just get the burger and take a nice brisk walk to make up the difference.
And has anyone noticed that all of the Arby's advertising photos include absurdly thick bun bottoms?