A Goodbye Letter To Chick-Fil-A

A Goodbye Letter To Chick-Fil-A

I'll miss you and your cow-themed freebie days.
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In a little more than a week from the time I’m writing this article, I’ll be making the 16-hour car trek from Florida to New York so I can pursue a career in music education. Though I’m elated to return to the cockroach-free tundra of The North, there are a few things I’ll miss about living in Florida. One of these things is Chick-Fil-A.

Before I moved here, I didn’t eat a lot of fast food. Chick-Fil-A changed all of that. While my eating more fast food isn’t necessarily something to be proud of, there are just certain things that make Chick-Fil-A far superior to other fast food restaurants — which I have taken the time to list below, so that you, too, can revel in the famous chicken chain glory. You’re welcome.

1. Chicken Minis

Call me crazy, but yes, Chicken Minis deserve their own category. Also, the little hash browns that they serve in the morning are so delicious. So unhealthy — but so delicious. My tummy is very sad that I’ll have to leave Chick-Fil-A breakfasts behind, but my arteries are thanking me.

2. The Cow Calendar Card

My mom got me the Chick-Fil-A Cow Calendar for Christmas. Back then I didn’t think I’d use the card that much, but it turns out I always end up using my free treat of the month. Sometimes you really can’t justify buying a chocolate milkshake just because you had a rough day at work or school, and that’s when the calendar card comes in. Everyone loves freebies.

(Plus, one of the mystery offers this year was a three-count chicken mini meal. That was one of the best email I’ve ever gotten, second only to my college acceptance email. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But still.)

3. Cow Appreciation Day

I really like cows. Like, really like cows. I have a cow onesie, cow stuffed animals, cow blankets — you name it, I’ve probably got it. So when I heard about Cow Appreciation Day, I took it really seriously. (For my Northern friends who don’t know, the deal is you go to Chick-Fil-A dressed as a cow and they give you a free entree.)

This year on Cow Appreciation Day, I sauntered into Chick-Fil-A wearing my over-the-top cow onesie (with udders!). The decorations for Cow Appreciation Day were equally over-the-top. The little cow stuffed animals and balloons hanging from the walls and ceilings made me feel like I was walking into a themed diner at Disney World. It was magical. Plus, I got free food. Not too shabby, Chick.

4. The super friendly employees

Story time: at the beginning of the school year, Chick put on a promotion where every Tuesday you could buy one breakfast entree and get another one free. My boyfriend and I consequently decided that every Tuesday morning we’d get chicken minis before school. We’d get there at around seven o’clock every Tuesday, and each time, the same employee would take our order. He was always super friendly and accommodating even at seven in the morning; he would joke around with us and eventually knew our names from taking our order so much.

During the summer we finally stopped going for chicken minis every Tuesday, so we didn’t see our employee friend anymore. But just last week, we decided to grab chicken minis on the way to a morning appointment, and we saw him again. We talked for a several minutes since we hadn’t seen him in a while, and came to find out that not only did he know of SUNY schools (a rare phenomenon in Tallahassee), but he was from New York. It was one of those super cool moments in the day that you look back at and just smile about.

This experience could happen at any restaurant, but at Chick-Fil-A, stellar customer service is the norm. That’s what sets Chick apart from other fast food chains. Their employees work really hard to promote a friendly, clean, and community-oriented environment, and their hard work never goes unnoticed nor unappreciated. I’ll certainly miss these positive vibes when I move up north.

So, goodbye, Chick. I’ll miss your chicken minis and your freebies of the month. See you in December!

Cover Image Credit: Heidi Pelkey

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Though I don’t understand it, there are a lot of people who don’t like coffee. Many people still want to have the coffee to wake them up, learn to like coffee, or want to hop on the bandwagon of enjoying a coffee treat from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, or Wawa (the overall best). So, here’s a list of seven drinks that include coffee, but don’t taste like it, to help you transition from a non-coffee drinker to an active one.


1. Coolattas from Dunkin Donuts

A Coolatta is basically a frozen flavored drink. Most of them contain coffee, so getting that boost of caffeine without the coffee taste is easy with this treat. It comes in caramel, vanilla bean, mocha, Oreo, and more.

2. Any kind of Mocha Coffee (or caffe mocha)

A mocha coffee tastes like subtly coffee flavored hot chocolate. One of my favorite mocha drinks around the holidays is a peppermint mocha, because it tastes like a chocolate dipped candy cane, which is perfect to get anyone (even a Jewish girl like me) into the Christmas spirit. If you like hot chocolate, a mocha is a good way to transition into drinking regular coffee.

3. Vanilla Latte

A vanilla latte is one of my personal favorites. They can come hot or iced, and though they contain a good amount of coffee, it tastes like you dipped a sugar cookie into coffee.

4. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha

After going to Starbucks with a friend, she forced me to try this when she ordered it, and it was fabulous. She described it to me as a drink for people who don’t like rich chocolate. It’s a really creamy drink that tastes kind of like white hot chocolate.

5.Starbucks Frappuccino

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6. Chai Latte

A chai latte tastes like tea with milk, infused with spices. It is definitely something people either love or hate, but if you like that spiced flavor, I would recommend it.

7. Caramel Macchiato

I have never tried one of these, but people LOVE them (not to mention the drink is beautiful). In simple terms, it is steamed milk topped with foam, topped with espresso to create a luscious, caramel, layered coffee drink.

So to those crazy people out there who don't enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning, or a mid-day iced coffee in the summer, try these drinks and soon you'll wake up craving a cup of coffee like me.

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Top 5 Hidden Gems In Clemson, SC

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Clemson, South Carolina. Home to the Clemson Tigers, one of the happiest universities in the nation and full of southern hospitality. I'm sure if you live in or near Clemson you know all the main spots to hang, or just grab a bite to eat. Who doesn't know Red Bowl, Spill the Beans or Bowman Field? Maybe you need a new spot, somewhere to quench your thirst for adventure, or maybe you're just tired of the same old same old. Either way, you're going to fall in love with these ten hidden gems, just as I have.

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Whether you're coming to Yolk for the made in house ginger ale, the stone rice bowls, or the kimchi tater tots; you'll always leave satisfied.

Located across from Mellow Mushroom (because you surely know where that is), this small restaurant has a very special place in my heart. I mean, 5 minutes from campus, good prices, and vegetarian options? What more can be said?

2. Todaro Pizza

Todaro Pizza. This small pizza shop that has the right amount of crust, to sauce, to greasiness and cheesiness. Everything aligns perfectly on these large slices of heaven. Not to mention, dollar slice nights every Wednesday from 6:00-11:00 p.m.

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This small (but not really so small, its got amazingly spacious seating inside) cafe features pastries like your grandma would make, a bountiful selection of coffees and bubble tea offered every Wednesdays. This place is home to many of my study sessions, friendly conversations, and my large consumption of almond milk caramel lattes.

4. The Barnes Center

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5. Brackett Hall

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I know these spots are great places to hang out with my friends and as a freshman, they've almost become little spots of home to me. Hopefully, these small little gems in this college town will quench your adventurous thirst and bring some spice to your life!

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