I am obsessive.
This is something I have always known about myself but probably wouldn't change even if I could.
Right now, I am totally obsessing and head over heels for - horror of horrors - a chain restaurant.
I frequent mom-and-pops and local joints all the time and can't stand "THE MAN" and the culture of suburban hell with a Best Buy-Olive Garden-Wal-Mart-McDonald's-Home Depot-Chili's-Kohl's-Applebee's-Lowe's-Costco-Starbucks-Border's-Mega Mall on every single crowded corner.
But there is an exception to my rule right now (aside from Target - I just can't help myself, I will always write love letters with hearts and stars and offers of my body to the Tar-jay).
My new obsession? Noodles & Company.
Maybe it's because I'm doing Weight Watchers and most of the N&C menu is WW friendly.
Maybe it's their cute website filled with broccoli trees in Penne Park .
Maybe I just heart the fact that today I had a tomato that was actually red, tender, juicy and didn't taste like pesticide on my crisp cucumber and romaine salad as part of my Bangkok Curry Trio. My lunch - for less than $8- was fantastic and made me moan in my seat with the way that the cool coconut flavor lightly accented the flash-seared crisp carrots and garlicky chicken. All for less calories and fat than a small box of beak nuggets and a coke from the hellish McGross.
Whatever it is that is so enchanting about Noodles, I may never know.
But I do know, Noodles & Company, that I am completely smitten with you and don't want to hide my affections any longer.
And the only chain I think of when I think of you is the invisible chain that you have firmly clasped around my heart.
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