9.19.2009

the world is full of unexpected challenges

My biggest challenge in attaining my Master of Information degree will not be keeping up on the assigned reading.

My biggest challenge will not be writing cogent critical papers.

It will not be class participation, on which I will be graded.

These factors are all important, but they are trivial when compared to my most formidable challenge.

My biggest challenge? Not eating french fries every day!

There are no french fries at home, where I normally spend my days. Driving around Mississauga for appointments and errands, there are no french fries. I'd have to go well out of way to find french fries, and I don't.

There are no french fries at work. I would have to seek out fast food restaurants, and I don't, and even if I did, the fries there aren't very good. They are easily avoidable.

But these trucks. These chip trucks, or fries trucks, or whatever you want to call them. They sell sizzling hot, salty fries, freshly made from real potatoes. Gravy, cheese, poutine, is freely ladled. I eat mine plain, but somehow the idea is still so appealing.

A small size is huge. And cheap. And so tempting.

There are several trucks. And I have to walk past them every day.

Of this there can be no doubt. The biggest challenge facing me in my graduate school career will be not eating french fries every day.

13 comments:

Stephanie said...

They sell sizzling hot, salty fries, freshly made from real potatoes. Gravy, cheese, poutine, is freely ladled. I eat mine plain, but somehow the idea is still so appealing.

Yessss! The fast food joints 'fries' don't even come close. This is the real deal. Reminds me of being at Mackey's on the beach in Port Stanley. While you're at it order me up some. Why fight it! I take mine with malt vinegar and *if available* a bit of fresh ground black pepper.

;-)
LOL

L-girl said...

I take mine with malt vinegar and *if available* a bit of fresh ground black pepper.

Sounds yummy!

And everything's available! That's part of the allure for me - all the toppings - even though I don't use them.

But potatoes... I never met a potato I didn't like.

And fried food is my biggest weakness.

So fried potatoes...!!

Why fight it!

The desire to not weigh 400 pounds, not have a heart attack, stuff like that. :)

johngoldfine said...

Pronounce it however you like, there is no hope of resisting poitine.

L-girl said...

I'm not a big fan of poutine. I generally don't like sauce, gravy, melted cheese and gooey things like that.

I could eat *a little* poutine, a few fries. But that's it.

However, plain old fries, simply salted... I can eat quite a few of those. :)

Dharma Seeker said...

Wonder if it's possible to get vegetarian poutine anywhere? mmmmm

What about making it a Friday end of week treat? or a bi-weekly payday treat?

bgk said...

I cannot resist Poutine,especially when pints are involved.

I cannot imagine having to pass by Fry trucks that frequently, L-girl. Godspeed.

L-girl said...

Wonder if it's possible to get vegetarian poutine anywhere? mmmmm

I bet there is! But where...??? :)

What about making it a Friday end of week treat? or a bi-weekly payday treat?

Hey, you're onto something there. Perhaps monthly. That will still be a huge treat, and perhaps not too detrimental.

I cannot imagine having to pass by Fry trucks that frequently, L-girl. Godspeed.

LOL Thank you!

impudent strumpet said...

Dharma: Poutini's on Queen West, and I'm sure there are others too. Plus there are rumours that not all fast food places actually have meat in their gravy, so if you can find confirmation of that you've got a source of closeted veggie poutine.

L-girl: you're allowed to have fries every time you get an A+ on a test or assignment or whatever.

6p00e54ff1d2c88833 said...

Wonder if it's possible to get vegetarian poutine anywhere? mmmmm

Smoke's Poutinerie and Poutini's both carry veggie versions.

L-girl said...

Thanks for the veggie poutine tips! Excellent.

I like the reward system, too. I do plan to get all As, but do they give A-pluses in grad school?

richard said...

When I was a student in England there were about 10 "Fish and Chips" shops between my house and the University. Those were the genuine F&C, wrapped still sizzling in a page of the Daily Telegraph. Good Times!

Oh, and as a Quebecer I'll take the risk and say that poutine is overrated **ducks**

L-girl said...

Those were the genuine F&C, wrapped still sizzling in a page of the Daily Telegraph.

Yu-ummmm

Mara Clarke said...

L -

First off congratulations on starting grad school!

I second the idea of an occasional treat. You will enjoy them all the more. Another option? Ask for a partial portion. When I occasionally succumb to the lure of the Fish and Chip shop between the tube station and home, I ask for a 1/3 portion. They still charge me the same (a whole £1.20!) but I do a cost/value analysis that includes my waistline. Also, as I seldom eat bread, pasta, wheat, or carbs that are on the high side of the GI scale, I feel occasional chips are deserved. Give me crispy, salty, greasy chips over chocolate anytime!