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Seven “Deadly” Fast Food Joints

O.K., that may be overstating it a little, but “fast food” (or takeaway, for you Brit’s) is not the healthiest food available.  Healthy fast food is relative.  This is to say, “healthy” it “ain’t”!  Maybe just a little better for you.  My list is geared to California, as this is where I have spent most of my life.  Here is the list in no particular order, but feel free to comment.

Carl’s Jr. – Char-broiled burgers at their best, two very nice chicken sandwiches, a fish sandwich that is not breaded and deep-fried lead the menu. They offer the usual assortment of bargain menu items, but I do not recommend them.  One unique feature is the offer to switch to a honey-wheat roll on any sandwich at no additional charge.  Years ago, they began offering a top of the line sandwich called the six-dollar burger.  “A restaurant burger at a fast food price.”  It started out at apx. $3.50.  Inflation has not been kind and the cost of the six-dollar burger will soon be…(drum roll) $6.00!  I wonder what they will change its name to?

Burger King – Home of the “Whopper” burger.  “Have it your way”, “Special orders don’t upset us” are two ad slogans they have used.  The grilled burgers tend to be dry unless you order extra condiments.  I do not recommend their breaded, deep-fried chicken sandwich on a white-bread bun.  It is truly too much flour in the mouth and turns to paste, but that’s my own opinion.  Just sayin’!

Jack-in-the-box – This place has a very large menu and usually offers a limited time special.  It could be a patty melt on sourdough bread, a burger with six strips of bacon, or other gastronomic atrocities with things piled on.  One recent special was marketed as the “hot mess” and was.  My adult son said it was delicious, but his stomach is thirty years younger than mine.  One nice feature at this chain of restaurants is that you can get breakfast any time of day.  All items are available 24/7.

In-N-Out burger – My wife’s favorite.  Limited menu, but that keeps food cost down.  Good milkshakes, burgers, french fries.  That’s about it on the menu, but everything tastes homemade.  Very nice!

KFC – formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken. They do have good fried chicken, and the healthier “grilled” chicken is a noble attempt to rein in calories, but unless you peel off the skin, you are still getting a lot of calories.  Check their nutritional menu.  And let’s face it, most people like the crispy skin of the chicken, so they are not going to peel off the tastiest part and throw it away.  They offer chicken pot pies, boneless bites, etc., but you have to go there looking for chicken…that’s their forte!

Arby’s – offering thin-sliced deli sandwiches, they are a true delight.  Beef, chicken, turkey, pastrami, etc. All on a steamed sesame bun.  They even offer a french-dip at a reasonable price.  This place has the very best seasoned curly fries.  Both sauces for their sandwiches are delicious, “Arby’s”, a BBQ sauce, and “Horsey”, a creamy horseradish sauce.  If you order the “Arby’s DeLuxe”, it comes with a red sauce that tastes suspiciously like Kraft brand Catalina salad dressing.  Milkshakes are also good at Arby’s.

McDonalds – no list would b complete without the fast food leader.  Most offerings are renown and simple her, I.e. you know what you are getting when you order.  Hamburger, Cheeseburger, double this, double that, usually on a sesame-seed bun.  The fish sandwich is one of my favorites, but I have no idea why it should cost between $3 – $4.  There are specials thast come and go, like the McRib sandwich, but my favorite items are on the breakfast menu, which closes down about 10:30 or 11:00 a.m.  I like the fruit and yogurt parfeit, the breakfast burrito, and the sausage/egg biscuit, which I order without cheese.  I prefer the biscuit to the McMuffin, and the McGriddle.  I guess it’s a matter of individual preference.  My wife prefers the McGriddle, which is like a blueberry pancake, but thicker and infused with maple syrup taste.  McDonald’s has upgrade their coffee in recent years, and offers its main brew at a generous senior-citizens discount.  Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Please comment with your selections, comments, cheers, jeers, etc.  I would love to hear from you about your most “Deadly” fast food joint.  P.S. I did not get around to my beloved A & W Root Beer restaurant. Sorry, but “eight” is not “seven.”

A Brief, Gentle Defense of “Jesus Calling”

I have recently read multiple posts or articles questioning the integrity/appropriateness of the popular devotional “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.  Most of the controversy seems to stem from the author’s device of using first person to describe “conversations” with Jesus.  The author freely states that these words are not “infallible” or “canonical”, but simply descriptive of conversations with Jesus during devotional periods.

I do not see anything wrong with that, given the disclaimers in the Forward/Introduction.  Use of first person is a powerful device to describe how the messages came to her.  This device has been used in many sermons/homilies, especially around Easter.  I do not want to add to the controversy or continue it as a doubtful disputation.  But, I would be remiss if I let this criticism pass without telling my side.

Many people have quiet times with Jesus.  Many experience Jesus talking to them during this time.  Every Sunday (or Saturday for Sabbath keepers) we would be without the weekly sermon if no one ever repeated what Jesus had spoken to them during these quiet times of fellowship with Christ.  So what is the problem?  Certainly, it could not be the fact that Sarah Young dares to speak out as a woman, with a separate and distinct relationship with Jesus! What part of Galatians 3:28 do you not understand?

Galatians 3:28 (NKJV)
28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 

I am suspicious of those who say, Mark 9:38-40 (ASV)
38  … we saw one casting out demons in thy name; and we forbade him, because he followed not us.

The reply is poignant:

39  But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man who shall do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me.
40  For he that is not against us is for us.

It seems to me that we might take our lead from the Bible itself in this matter:

Acts 5:34-39 (NKJV)
34  Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while.
35  And he said to them: “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men.
36  For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing.
37  After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed.
38  And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing;
39  but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it–lest you even be found to fight against God.” 

That’s the best advice I can give, and that’s all I have to say about that!