Monday, March 30, 2009

Restaurant Quiz

I've got an analogy test question for you (think SAT).

Olive Garden is to Chocolate Lasagna
Chili's is to __________

Not that I want to turn this blog into a restaurant rant site or anything, but another "best item on the menu" has been deleted. Although not as serious as the chocolate lasagna disappearance, this one also makes very little sense.

The answer is Honey Lime Dressing. It was one of Chili's signature items, something that stood out and called for me to be healthy and order a salad. And just like chocolate lasagna, it is gone. They now serve the same dressings as every other restaurant in America. Oh, and four different kinds of Ranch. Very differentiating.

We haven't been to Chili's in a while, but this was a pretty sad visit (and not just because of the dressing offerings). We called ahead but were not put on any list. We were served tortilla crumbs and salsa. My daughter's mac & cheese arrived 20 minutes later than our dinners and it was cold. Not "left on the counter for 20 minutes" cold. I'm talking about refrigerator cold. Yuck.

I'm not sure I should be going out to eat anytime soon. Sure, it gives me something to write about, but I feel like I'm ruining these things for everyone else. I like Dairy Queen's Blizzards, too.
Watch out...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

100,000 Miles

The Corsica reached 100,000 miles today after almost 15 years on the road. It takes a long time to reach 6 digits in 10 mile increments...

I was rounding the exit ramp from Crosstown Boulevard to 7th Avenue when it happened, so that's why the picture is dark and blurry. That's also why I'm going 18 miles per hour.

I'd like to thank everyone who made this possible:
  • My grandparents - the original Corsica owners
  • My father (and his garage)
  • Gormley Automotive
  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Point Breeze Automotive and my cousin Michael
  • State Farm Insurance
  • City Collision, Inc.
Here's to another 100,000! You never know...