Have you had a Timmie’s today?


I had a Tim Horton’s yesterday and it was so good! 

In case you’re not Canadian … Tim Horton’s is a popular fast food chain specializing in donuts and coffee. It is a prominent feature of Canadian life and in large cities like Toronto, there is a Tim Horton’s at every major intersection. According to Wikipedia “Canadians eat more doughnuts per capita and have more doughnut outlets per capita than any other nation.”

So why was my Timmie’s so special?  It wasn’t just because the breakfast bagel was soft, the bacon crispy and the lettuce and tomato super fresh.   It wasn’t just that the coffee was dark roasted with real cream or that the apple fritter donut was ooey-gooey sweet with a hint of cinnamon spice.  Nor that this was the first stop after an early morning, two hour trip through winding mountain roads where I halted any car sickness by clenching my fists and biting my teeth.

No, the reason it was special was because I haven’t been able to have fast food for four whole weeks.  In my little town of Ucluelet and the nearby town of Tofino, there is a municipal ban on all fast food franchises.   No McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Starbucks (gasp) or Tim Horton’s.

Tell you the truth, I don’t miss them.  Lower metabolism and higher susceptibility to gravity makes me avoid fast food. Normally. But nothing makes something more appealing than not being able to have it.

On this day, I enjoyed my Tim Horton’s breakfast.

And because I could, I had A&W burger & fries for dinner.

Back in Ucluelet. April 2019

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