Monday, March 3, 2014

Why I Love Drive Thrus

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As a healthy married man in his 20s and 30s, I believed in avoiding fast food, let alone going through a drive thru for a meal. As a marathon runner and triathlete, this was the equivalent of eating a gallon of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. Except for the occasional road trip where the only option was fast food (I am talking to you Bishop, CA and Highway 5), you could not catch me eating fast food or ever going through a drive thru.

Then we had kids.  Then I began staying home with the kids. Things changed. Standards were lowered. Convenience won over.  You try getting out for just a coffee or Diet Coke with 2 kids.  Try that and get back to me how that is working out for you.

Now don't get me wrong, I am not hitting up fast food three times a day. I am not Morgan Spurlock.  Living in Santa Monica, there is very little space and very few drive through choices.  Here is the guide to drive thrus for stay at home parents in Santa Monica and LA:

Get me an iced coffee too!
Starbucks: Yes.  There is only one that is 10-15 minutes from our house. Do I make that trek 1-2 times a week even though there are Starbucks 6-7 blocks from us in Santa Monica. Yes, it got so bad that at 18 months, Caden learned to say "Starbucks" and beg for a pumpkin bread and/or milk carton.

Coffee Bean: See above. The drive thru for Coffee Bean is even further than the Starbucks. That has not stopped me from getting a sugar free, non fat, iced caramel latte.

McDonald's: Before you judge me (friends from San Francisco and Santa Monica), hear me out. Five little words: Large Diet Coke for $1.10.  Boom. Sometimes I pay with lose change, so it is like free.  I am not the only one with the Diet Coke problem.  My friend's two year old often says: "Are you getting a Diet Coke, that's all?". And yes, if I don't have time to travel that 10 minutes to Starbucks, I will get a coffee at McDonald's.  

Chick-fil-A in Westwood.
Taco Bell and KFC: Ew, gross. Things have not gotten that bad. But maybe if we have kid number 3......

Chick-fil-A: I have literally driven 45 minutes with Caden and Nugget to Runyon Canyon just as an excuse to hit up Chick-fil-A on Sunset for a chicken sandwich, Arnold Palmer and milkshake.

Carl's Jr: Since there is not an In N Out Burger nearby, this is about a monthly visit.  I would have to say I appreciate their Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich and sweet potato fries.
With two kids in car seats in the back, drive thrus are a life saver. That Diet Coke or caramel machiatto is much more than a refreshing drink.  It's a reward. A joy. It's happiness.

So judge away about my frequent stops to coffee joints and fast food restaurants via drive thrus. But sometimes, you have to do what you have to do.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow - I wonder who would go to get a DC so many times that her 2 year old knows the order...?? What a bad mom....