The cost to go out for lunch these days is rather high. For the two of us it takes a big chunk out of a twenty dollar bill, even at the fast food places. Some of you will say to stay at home to eat. We are out to prove that there must be some way to keep the cost down and still go out to eat.
Here’s what we came up with. Have lunch at Sam’s Club. It’s not a posh place. It’s clean and the seats are quite comfortable especially if you choose a table near a wall. Then you
also have a back-rest. Here’s the kicker, we get lunch there, for both of us, for $7.56. Oh, you can eat for less than that, if you’re willing to settle for one slice of pizza .But we really splurge and each of us orders the hot dog combo (which includes a drink), a berry sundae for my husband, and yogurt with chocolate syrup for me. There’s more too, one soft pretzel, lightly salted.
I know some of you will think that’s not a very healthy lunch, lots of calories and a hotdog, of all things! Well, this isn’t just a ordinary hot dog. It’s a Nathan Famous, all beef dog and we like them! For years we watched our diet, in fact, after my husband’s bypass heart surgery, we stayed fifteen years on a very low-fat diet. We were so very careful not to eat more than 10 percent fat, that our doctors bragged about us to other patients. Since then, the low fat diet is out of vogue and in fact it’s now no longer a good thing to do.
I’ve got to tell you, that we only do this once a week. Sometimes when aches and pains hit us, I’ll say to Burl, my hubby, “Do you think we’re going to make it?” His reply is always
the same, “We’ve already made it.” We’ve been around for a life time, but there is no one more concerned about staying well than me. Because I exercise daily, one of my sons asked, “How long do you want to live, Mom? ” The length of days isn’t that important to me, but the quality of those days is. So why am I eating hot dogs?
We’re not the only people liking Nathan hot dogs. Do you know that they are recognized worldwide for their unequaled quality and taste? Believe it or not, the year 2016 marks
their 100th birthday. It’s been that long since Nathan Handwerker, a Polish immigrant, started selling Nathan’s at Coney Island. In 1939, the president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, served Nathan’s Famous hot dogs to the King and Queen of England. Later, he had them sent to Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. That was their first international exposure.
We put onion, catsup, mustard and relish on ours. They say a purist won’t eat them that way. No, the all beef hot dog, in a natural casing, has to be cooked on a flatiron griddle, dressed with spicy brown mustard, sauerkraut, and griddled onions. That’s all. No relish, chilli or onions
I thought you might want to know what the ingredients are in Nathan’s Famous, so I looked up that information. Some of you may know what some of these ingredients are and they may help build your case against eating them. They contain beef, water, less than 2 percent of salt, sorbitol, sodium lactate, hydrolyzed soy, corn and wheat gluten protein, paprika, natural flavoring sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite and they are packed in natural sheep casing to help seal in flavor. I heard one woman complain about the soy. She said the government was going to kill us all by adding soy to everything. Huh? I do know that they would not “sit well” with many of our family members.
So there we sat in air-conditioned Sam’s Club watching customers wheel out overflowing carts of every food product in existence and feeling quite proud of the fact that we had
found the solution to cutting the cost of lunch by more than half. That was when a couple sat down at a table near us. They didn’t have any Nathan’s Famous dogs, in fact, they hadn’t placed their order at the lunch counter. Instead, they had walked to the back of the store and had purchased a rotisserie chicken. The man took a plastic knife and cut the tender, juicy, chicken in half and it made lunch for both of them.
I checked our receipt, yep, I paid $7.56. We finished our lunch, walked to the back of the store and there were 30 or 40 of those brown, flavorful, chickens roasting to perfection. The cost was $4.98 each. That was $3.00 cheaper than our lunch and perhaps healthier. Maybe we weren’t so smart after all. What do you think?