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Ramble of the Day

I was chatting with my younger sister last night about many things, as one does with a person one spends an extended amount of time with and has a close relationship with. Eventually, the discussion hit food, which is probably unsurprising to those of you paying attention. We talked about how my younger sister has an interest in terrible food, and I am not talking about the high quality trash type, and we talked about fast food and fast casual chain restaurants.

I don’t really frequent fast food establishments anymore, which is partly a conscious decision and partly the result of my taste buds agreeing with that decision. I eat at fast casual restaurants much more often, but I do like junk food — every single time I mentioned french fries would prove that. There definitely aren’t a lot of chain fast food or fast casual places I rely on for a quick bite to eat anymore, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be open to going back if I had to.

If you pressed me, I think I’d go back into a KFC. I remember enjoying the potato wedges, and fried chicken basically follows the rule of edibility and enjoyability: it might not be the best you’ve had, but you’ll probably be happy to eat it, anyway. I probably wouldn’t mind eating at Wendy’s in this case, either. Last I was paying attention, it had decent spicy chicken burger options and a good reputation, though I am aware that my fast food takes might be outdated.

I have to leave a special spot for Taco Bell in this scenario. It’s the first fast food joint I quit, but I am starting to be convinced the Cartilage Free Captain writers’ room’s resident fast food expert. It’ll probably be some time before I make the leap, but this is essentially the first time I’ve admitted this, which is obviously significant to me.

Another special distinction goes to McDonald’s, which I would never, ever eat in the States because it’s, to my knowledge, the only country in the world where the food isn’t good. It’s always fun to look at how McDonald’s menus change around the world, and depending on the options, sample them. I haven’t done it enough, and should probably course correct on my next trip out of the country, which will be to France in a few months. (I might even try a French taco there!)

That’s enough of the places I wouldn’t mind going back to, meaning I’ve got a bit of a hot take before I go. Though I prefer a fast casual restaurant, like anything that borrows from Mexican food, and love rice, I could not care less for Chipotle. It totally fits the kind of place I wouldn’t mind going into if there was nothing around, but I will always begrudgingly eat at a Chipotle even if I have nowhere else to go. I’ll suck it up, but reluctantly.

tl;dr: When stuck in fast food world, what would you not mind picking?

Links of the Day

Manchester United is feuding with Barcelona over away ticket prices for the upcoming men’s Champions League quarterfinal matches after asking the Spanish club to lower them.

Three people have been sentenced to a combined 17 years for illegally streaming Premier League matches.

Metropolitan Police have opened an investigation into claims Willie McKay, Emiliano Sala’s agent, threatened to kill Cardiff City staff.

Paris Saint-Germain fans were turned away from a Women’s Champions League match at Chelsea after being caught with weapons, and one was arrested for drug possession.

Today’s longer read: David W. Chen and Marc Tracy on Rudy Meredith, the Yale women’s football coach in the middle of the college admissions bribery scandal for The New York Times