Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Let's go to the Cheesecake Factory at the mall!"

-me, entirely non-ironically, to my husband, just now.

Because my computer cord broke, and the Apple Store is in a mall that just got a Uniqlo, and we've never been to a Cheesecake Factory, not out of some kind of strategic avoidance, there just aren't a lot (or any!) where we're from. There was a context. But still. Whatever persona I may have once had of the native New Yorker who studies nineteenth-century French literature and wears "a jacket" from time to time, all of that was taken away from me in exchange for that much-struggled-for New Jersey drivers' license. You can take the girl out of Manhattan and, evidently, take the Manhattan out of the girl.

4 comments:

Petey said...

I hear that out in real Murika, Sarah Palin makes a lot of sense if you can just get past the lamestream media depiction...

fourtinefork said...

No! No! No! Don't do it!

I went to a Cheesecake Factory about 10 years ago in New Jersey. I still remember the experience, and not fondly. I stupidly ordered something called the "Fiesta Burrito," and, well, it was everything and more you would imagine something called a "Fiesta Burrito" at the Cheesecake Factory could be.

I actually kind of like crap. I eat potato chips for dinner frequently. But Cheesecake Factory terrifies me.

Phoebe said...

Petey,

It's only the NJ suburbs I've assimilated to, which is still Fake America by most standards. I wouldn't get too excited.

Fourtinefork,

The errand had to be done today, and ultimately it turned out there was a Thai place with a good lunch special nearby. No Cheesecake after all. It's supposed to be better than equivalents (Applebees, say) because they use real ingredients, but then again, that seems a low bar. Thai food (Origin in Somerville, for the curious) was excellent and under $20 for two, so probably cheaper than mall-ier options, but evidently becomes a more formal restaurant at night.

Petey said...

"No Cheesecake after all."

unassimilated...