An Ode to Chick-fil-A

21 10 2010

Some of my predictions have rung true as we’ve passed the six month mark of being temporary West Coasters, but others have surprised me. I don’t think my family will ever understand my excitement upon getting my first mosquito bite last month when I was out in Kentucky for the last few days of summer. It’s funny what you miss.

But others haven’t surprised me at all. Almost every week at some point, I’d get that good old craving in my belly for the most delicious of fast-food that ever was — that is, Chick-fil-A. No more Original Chicken Sandwiches, no more perfectly breaded nuggets, no more Peppermint Shakes at Christmas, no more waffle fries dipped in bbq sauce, no more morning chicken biscuits. Tragedy! The nearest Chick-fil-A to me is four hours away!

I usually crave on Sunday. As Mr. SIT (Husband) and I were driving out to California, we hit somewhere in the vicinity of Arizona (I really don’t know where we were, as desert all started bleeding into each other after about day four). We saw an exit with a Chick-fil-a sign and virtually did a U-turn on the interstate to get there. We were so excited to see the parking lot was empty, thinking,”wow, we don’t even have to wait in line!” We should have known. Only to discover, that just as the scenery was one big blur, so were our days. Alas, our last hope for that juicy chicken sandwich with the perfect 2 pickles was closed on Sunday. While I completely support Chick-fil-A for this admirable decision to honor faith and family by resting on the Sabbath, I have never been so disappointed in my whole life. Still, we did get our first West Coast taste of the famous In ‘n’ Out burger that day, but it’s just not the same. (And no, love McD’s as I do… their “Southern-style” chicken sandwich just doesn’t cut it.)

Before we left, we had a chance not too long ago to visit the original Chick-fil-a restaurant in Georgia, and it was a treat. (You can even get deep fried pies at this location, but that’s a story for another day.) S. Truett Cathy started Beyond their delicious chicken, I most always receive such a warm, friendly face serving. From their trademark “my pleasure” greeting, to how friendly the staff is just to walk around and refill your drink (try getting that even standing at the counter at other fast food restaurants). And, a high school friend of mine once managed a Chick-fil-a in high school and says it’s one of the only places she’s ever worked at that she’ll still eat at. Their standards of quality product and cleanliness are high.

Chick-fil-a is a Southern institution. They are a great sponsor of college educations. They give scholarships to their employees to attend college, and have been official sponsor of the Peach Bowl since 1997. In most Southern cities, they’re part of the community. I’ve even heard (haven’t seen it yet), that there’s a billboard paying tribute to Gone with the Wind on I-75 in Atlanta.

My dad teases me that CFA is so addictive I’d make a fortune if I opened one up here out in Lotus Land. Well, I miss Doodles, but hopefully in a couple years we’ll end up right back in the beloved South, drinking sweet tea and being thankful Chick-fil-A invented the chicken sandwich!

Fort Worth: City of Cowboys and Culture

31 03 2010

Dallas gets all the attention. They even call it the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, the Dallas/Ft. Wort airport…

I’ve got nothing against Dallas. I love me some Dallas. Good food, lots going on… but it’s time Fort Worth got a little attention of its own!

If you haven’t been through this smaller, but still vibrant downtown, you’re missing a real treat. Sparkling with lights, filled with real life cowboys walking around tall in their cowboy hats, and all the Western fun you can take — Fort Worth was the last Southern gem we stopped at on our journey west.

There is a year-round rodeo to visit, more museums than you can shake a stick at, the Will Rogers Memorial Center and the famed Sundance Square.

So, if you’re in the area, or even if you’re not, make plans to visit this “City of Cowboys and Culture.”

Me and the hubs, enjoying some good Tex-Mex and some great mariachi music!

Chez Lulu

29 03 2010

Howdy, strangers! It’s your long lost Southern Californian girl, Ginger here.

I know, I know… seems like you haven’t heard from me in ages. Well, moving, turns out, is a bit more time consuming than my ever-optimistic little mind wanted to believe. We’re finally in Monterey, have found a cute little cottage (which we move into on Thursday). So, while I’m still considering myself a tourist, this means I haven’t even yet begun to unpack!

It’s different out here, y’all. Now don’t get me wrong, folks are just as friendly. I’m constantly surprised how similar it is. I felt like I was moving to a foreign country, and it’s a lot more like home than I would have thought, but I mean, it’s just… different. I somehow failed to realize how mountainous California was. And how very seperated-by-thousands-of-miles-of-desert it was from the rest of the country. Back east, you really can’t drive 4 hours in most directions and still not be somewhere near “civilisation.” But here… they love their National Parks (a.k.a. really large, but beautiful, forests). I’m a big city girl. Their is not a subdivision to be found. I haven’t seen a Baptist church sign in weeks. And I’m constantly thinking about earthquakes.

That being said now, I did eat a bacon waffle at brunch yesterday. And you know how much I love pork products. However, I had to open up about 7 packets of sugar to stir into my iced tea to go along side of it.

All in all, it’s so blasted pretty around here, even though it’s not home, it feels like a tiny bit of heaven, so we’re just going to buckle down and enjoy these next 2 years for the adventure that it is. As our new Governator says, “It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.”

… And, since I was such a delinquent blogger while on the road (too much fun was being had, so instead of the grand dreams of blogging each night from the hotel rooms, I feel into a blissful slumber from all the sugar ingested, Mad Libs played, tourist sites visited, rest stops stopped at, etc.), I thought I’d take this week to catch you up on some of the fun Southern things we did along the way, before we reached the Mississippi River.

First of, and possibly my favorite day of the whole trip was day three, when I got the chance to pop through one of my favorite Southern cities – Birmingham, to see my dearest friend in the whole wide world whom I too rarely get to see, Ginny. She took me to the cutest little French restaurant. My only complaint is that I can’t believe she’d never taken me before.

Located in the Mountain Brook area of town (those of you familiar with the Ham, I need say no more about its quaintness), Chez Lulu was the perfect Sunday night supper, complete with delicious soup, bread, quiche, fresh vegetables… yum. And as if that weren’t enough, the most adorable accordian player, romancing us with his songs the whole dinner. And as if that weren’t enough, I’ve totally changed my entire decorating philosophy immediately upon entering this dark, velvety gorgeousness. I’m going to have to throw all my modern collection away, and start from scratch (I’m sure husband is glad to hear that, especially since I’m gainfully unemployed at the moment)! And as if that weren’t enough, the company was the best there is!

So, if you’re in the Birmingham area, this is a must. I mean a must must must!

… Stay tuned later in the week for my Dallas/Fort Worth report!

Please Mr. Postman

24 02 2010

I love to get mail. The real kind. With a stamp and a handwritten note.

We love Love LOVE when you e-mail us, but I mean seriously, is there anything better than opening up your mailbox to find something other than the latest Walgreens circular add in there?

No, there is not. We’ll answer for you.

So… kids. How about some mail from SIT? Real mail?

Taking the opportunity of being on the road for 40 plus hours next week, I’m sure I’ll run into tons of post cards on stops for junk food and petro.

Anyone want one?

If you’d like to sign up for mail along the way, simply email us at with your address before Monday, March 1st and I’ll mail you post along the way!

Road Trip Re-Cap

1 12 2009

Ginger and I had a blast on our second annual road trip around the south, and we hope you enjoyed it as well. Hopefully, you discovered a new restaurant, store, learned a bit of history and just had plain fun! The 30 hours spent in the car was well worth each and every moment around our beloved south.  Truly, there is so much beauty and it isn’t hard to find.  All you really need to do is open your eyes.  Beauty is everywhere.  Here is a recap of all of our excitement.  Who knows where we will go next year, any suggestions?

Road Trip with Sweet Iced Tea

Road Trip Route

Chattanooga Pics

Chattanooga Pics, Part 2

Music Highway

Memories of the Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Pardon Me Boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?

Pardon Me Boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo-Choo? Part 2

Oxford Square

University of Mississippi

Oxford, Mississippi Photos

Oxford, The Grove

Walkin’ in Memphis

Hotty Toddy

Amelia and Erin Austen Abbott

Amelia and Erin Austen Abbott, Part 2

Erin Austen Abbott

Athens, Georgia Home and Katie S.


Road Trip: Walkin’ in Memphis

8 11 2009

Memphis holds a special place in my heart. I lived my high school years in Memphis, and moved back there after college for a year as a young, single girl, so there are memories embedded everywhere for me.

Now I have our second annual Sweet Iced Tea roadtrip to add to those memories! While we don’t want to give away too much about this city that’s the home of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and the best bbq in America, we do want to mention this stopover, and look ahead to some of the exciting features we’ll be highlighting in May. So stay tuned for more!

And a special thanks to my sweet in-laws who hosted us while we were there. The food was yummy, the beds were comfy, and the company was wonderful. Love y’all, ILs!

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Road Trip: Oxford, Mississippi Photos

4 11 2009

Oxford Square

Oxford Square 2

Oxford: Square Books

Oxford Square 1

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