Date: 6 March 2016. The Birds (ordering iced coffee)
There is a certain joy in
celebratory meals. It is also fun to find a bargain. Enjoying a quiet
dinner with new friends is good too. Lately on the way to and from
grocery shopping a favorite stop has become McDonald's. Their
bargain menu appeals to my budget. Additionally, there is a nifty
place nearby called The Birds.
Saving pennies is always a good
thing. Take-out burger joints can be a thrifty option.
Though McDonald's has restaurant seating inside there
is a better
place. Outside near the dinghy dock are a few round tables. Those
can be an option if you are so inclined.
Just around the bend however is
The Birds, and that is my personal favorite.
Picture relaxing in a vehicle... you
are eating your hamburger and
all is well with the world. Then the gent you are with has the
not-so-brilliant idea to share his meal with the seagull sitting on the hood
of the truck. Fine, what is one little seagull going to do?!?
Well, the moment that first scrap of the bread went out the window we were inundated with *flying rats. I
could easily imagine Alfred Hitchcock sitting in the back seat
saying "I warned you." Haunting music echoed too. (I am
*Flying rats: Daddy called
seagulls flying rats because they will eat anything. Seagulls are
the clean-up crew of the marine world.
But I digress...
when it comes to food places I generally order coffee as my
beverage. For some reason restaurants will not refill hot tea without charging extra. I
chose coffee so I can have a second cup without incurring additional
That is not the best part though.
McDonald's has a senior menu and if you ask for a Senior Coffee you
get a small cup of coffee. That is fine -- just perfect as a matter
of fact. Then I ask for extra cream and sugar (four and four)
Next I take my own cup (pint size,
glass) over to the
ice machine and fill it with cubes. I do not care for the taste of
full flavor coffee. I prefer weak
coffee. Half strength is just about perfect.
Finally I pour the cream and sugar
onto the ice. Then I add the coffee. It will melt the ice and thus
weaken the coffee. Now I have a perfect glass of iced coffee, all
for a dollar.
Though I like my drinks cold, I suspect this is a
might too chilly even for a penguin.
I had asked my friend Noel why he chose to live in
Florida. This picture ↑ was
Of course I could have ordered iced
cappuccino for $2 for a cup. It would have been too strong, too
sweet, and twice the price. Using my own ice I end up with three
cups of iced coffee for a dollar. That perfectly satisfies both my
taste buds and the budget.
Side Note: You can do a similar
thing at Starbucks. Order your small plain coffee. Ask for it a large cup.
Then dose it as you desire from the bar. Request a cup of ice on the
side and voila: instant fancy ice coffee for the price of a regular
cup of coffee.
When ordering from
the McDonald's menu I suggest asking for something "off" the
standard fare. When I order a double meat hamburger I ask for it
without pickles. That means my burger is fresh and hot from the
If Julie and Tucker were here,
they'd probably like a taste of my burger.
Julie and Tucker love dinghy rides. They live on M/V Hero, a
Such is life. I'm in a celebratory mood -- those
levels [previous vignette,
Buy and Install Levels] were just
one of a list of items I've finished of late. It's good to have
things taken off The List. As for me, I'm looking forward to the day
my list fits on just one 3x5 card. That's not likely to happen for a
Because I was under the weather
for so long it feels like I'm far behind what I'd intended to
accomplish. Slowly I'll catch up, but first I'm going to take a nap
with my Kindle.
Have a great day and thanks for
When you go to a burger joint is it generally take-out
or eat in?
And what's your favorite place for a meal-on-the-go?
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