There’s a lot of fast-food places around my area. And, as married couples are wont to do when da missus don’t wanna cook, we eat out. Too much.
But having said that, I do have to encourage people to try and stay away from the big guys once in a while and go for the local eateries. There’s a faboo one near us, titled “Redd Dawg’s Sports Bar”.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. What sort of place is THIS?
Well, a darned good one. First, they make the soup from scratch and take their time with your meal – no shoving the usual crap on a plate and tossing it at you while racing to get you the check so you can get out the door for the next customer. Nope. Good, reasonable service that lets you chat before your meal arrives and no rushing out the door.
And the food?
From their Reuben with smoked turkey AND corned beef to their wraps to their salads to their soups… I have yet to have a bad meal there.
So… what’s the message?
Well, thanks for asking – first, there are plenty of local places that are dying for your dollar. Consider them before you slide into yet another Eat And Park or Mickey D’s. At least try them and see how they compare.
Second… consider this also for your bookbuying habits.
Sure, it’s easy to slide over to Harlequin and grab the latest hot releases. But there are a lot of smaller presses out there that just might surprise you with their content. Samhain, by example. Ellora’s Cave for those hotter pieces. Juno, Medallion and Behler Publications for books that you just might be surprised at.
Remember – you can get sick of eating at McDonald’s daily. So why not switch your eating habits and your bookbuying habits and check out some of the smaller pubs? You just might be pleasantly surprised at what’s out there without a NYC big publishing house behind it…