A Fast Food Love Story

A Fast Food Love Story

Valentine's Day has never been so GREASY

So in my head, as a child, I always kind of just ASSUMED that Dairy Queen and Burger King were dating. Blame it on my exposure to disastrous heteronormativity when I was younger, or call it a way for my then less developed brain to rationalize why these two establishments existed, EITHER WAY, the facts don’t change. They were dating.

One was dairy, delicious desserts and such, and the other was burgers, the main entree. Made enough sense at the time. However, what did not make any sense was assuming that Burger King would ever be the actual KING of all the other fast food joints that existed. I had plenty of other favorites and definitely personally believed their food was not hitting the mark.

Thus (ayyee where my language ppl), I began to search for answers. What did it all mean? The vast imaginary playground that was fast food hierarchy. I had to know, so I created my own reality.

I decided that Dairy Queen and Burger King were a thing ONCE UPON A TIME, but for sure broke up because Burger King basically became a deadbeat dad to their child: McDonald's. And as we all know, McDonald's is the most widespread fast food chain in the world other than Subway, but I think we can agree McDonald's is perceived as more ubiquitous.

This story made sense to me because kids who experience extreme absence in their life, such as McDonald's, can actually be motivated to achieve more because of this. Whether it be by circumstance or a natural ability to persevere, McDonald's pushed through the absence of Burger King and even surpassed it in relevance and quality (the fries especially).

However, Dairy Queen was still young and didn’t want to live the rest of her franchise alone. Luckily, once Dairy Queen had a location in Columbus, Ohio... she met Wendy(s). So, despite much pushback from her conservative grandfather, Colonel Sanders (KFC), Dairy Queen and Wendy’s started a franchise-long relationship together.

They even adopted a child, Taco Bell.

Because I was a child I really didn’t get past the McDonald’s portion of the story when I was 10 before I moved on to think about some other random garbage, but I like this version better.

Maybe you have a conspiracy theory as well? Who knows, just don’t go out on a date to any of these places this Valentine’s Day. Unless you’re alone, then definitely go to all of them and purchase each’s respective best menu item and have yourself a buffet.

You deserve it.

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10 Food And Drink Spots To Try In The Boca Raton, Florida Area

Discover the hidden gems.

If you're in south Florida or visiting, there are many hidden gems in the Boca Raton area to dine at. As a resident who has been living here for 14 years, I've seen new places pop up but I have also discovered places that have been here for a long time and man, was I missing out. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I'm always on the hunt for obscure places to try.

So, foodies, this one is for you! Here are 10 spots to try in the Boca Raton area:

1. Cinnaholic

Located in East Boca. This is every Vegan and non-vegan's place to go. Create your own cinnamon bun! You get to pick your frosting and topping.

2. Boon's Asian Bistro

Located in West Boca. If you love sushi and well-priced food, this is your go to. Located in West Boca. This is my all time favorite place to go. I have never disappointed with any of the food choices and the employees are friendly and provide swift service.


Located in Central Boca. This is liquid nitrogen ice cream on crack. You can get your ice cream in a cup OR on a cookie. And not just any cookie-- one of your options is a smores cookie.

4. Pizza Rustica

Located in East Delray Beach. A great place to get pizza after the beach or after a late night out with friends (They're open until 3 A.M!). My favorite is their smores pizza. Oh, and their prices are amazing!

5. The Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery

Located in East Boca. A great place to grab a drink with your friends and listen to bands play or even see a comedy show. Not into alcohol? No problem! They have a selection of teas to choose from. My personal choice is their caramel apple tea.

6. Fit Foodz Cafe

Located in West Boca. This is a great place if you want to eat healthily. You have vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and gluten-free options to choose from!

7. Yaxche Tea Room

Located in East Delray. A great place to sip on some coffee or tea. They are organic and green and a portion of the proceeds goes back to organizations that are doing good things around the world.

8. Pho Boca

Located in West Boca. Get a taste of Vietnamese food if you want something different. Great service and they even serve bubble tea!

9. Burgerim

Located in West Boca. If you're a burger person, this one is for you! You have a variety of burgers to choose from and you can customize it to your liking. Get some burgerim fries when you're there. You won't be disappointed.

10. J & J Fresh Kitchen

Located in East and Central Boca. Healthy food and juices are what you will find here. It's all made to order, too! Juice and Java and Fresh Kitchen have united so you have many locations to choose from.

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7 Ways You Know You Come From A Family Of "Foodies"

My family is food-centric, and that brings us together.

Growing up, it has always been rather apparent that my family lives a rather food-centric lifestyle. There are certainly no complaints here--from a rather early age I acquired an appreciation for food and I've gotten to eat in a number of incredible restaurants.

My family definitely wears the title of "foodies" proudly, although my dad certainly champions this concept. Whenever friends and family are taking a trip to somewhere we've been, my dad's the go-to guy for recommendations. I've taken on this role slightly as well by giving recommendations to non-local friends in the Philadelphia area.

Growing up in a family of foodies comes with a unique appreciation for food as not only sustenance but as a way of bringing people together. So, here are some of the characteristics that make foody families so unique:

1. Vacations aren't planned around the sights you see, but rather the restaurants you eat in.

Anytime anyone asks me where to eat, I'm flattered. Apparently, my reputation precedes me. Not only am I well-versed in Yelp when I don't know an area, but when I do know the area I always have favorites. When I am asked for recommendations, however, I have a tendency to go a little overboard and send far more than the circumstance warrants.

4. Your camera roll is filled with food pictures.

Birthdays. College acceptances. Reuniting with old friends. No matter the occasion, the best way to celebrate is with good food.

6. Meals are a form of stress-relief.

This picture was taken the day I finally decided where to go to college--a decision that had bee plaguing me for months. Nothing helped cure the stress of that decision better than a good meal.

7. Food brings your family together.

With crazy schedules to coordinate, meals are one of the times my family gets to get together and catch up on everything. Growing up, we always had family dinners almost every night (when schedules allowed), and we've continued this into college as often as we are able. Having a family who values food, we see it as a time to connect with one another.

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