Day 3: Friday, March 3

Today is the first Friday of Lent – that day where Catholics everywhere wonder where they are going to get a good meat-free lunch that won’t leave them empty and hungry for more.  This is the time when all the fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s begin hawking their Filet-O-Fish, Big Fish, and Premium Cod Filet sandwiches respectively, but I wasn’t in the mood for fast food – I did that on Ash Wednesday.

That’s when I remembered my friend Rob always talks about the fish and chips at Miller’s Ale House.  So I hit I-95 South for the two-exit trip to Yamato Rd when I thought, “Wait… fish & chips are pub food – and there is a pub just one exit further, just off of Glades….”  So I ended up at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery.

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The menu describes TK’s Classic Fish & Chips as “Cod fillets hand-dipped in Samuel Adams Boston Lager® batter paired with fresh-made coleslaw & tartar sauce”.  When Paris came with the entree, I thought the fish looked more like egg rolls.  But once you break them open, the fish is fluffy, flaky, and moist, and the breading is light and not overpowering.  The coleslaw is crisp and crunchy; not too “mayonnaisey” like some slaw can be.  Finally the fries were savory and went well with the malt vinegar that is in abundance around the eatery.

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Overall, a fine choice for the first Friday of Lent – only 6 more to go until Easter Sunday, and LentWithoutBacon.com will be there every meal of the way.

Ash Wednesday: Day 1

It’s the first day of Lent. Some of you may have that Fat Tuesday hangover – sticky from King cakes and breath smelling of beer or vodka or wine or bourbon or whatever your D.O.C. (drink of choice) may be.  I, for one, am not looking forward to the next 46 days without bacon.

Then it hits me – today is a day of abstinence… no meat!  So what’s a carnivore to do?  Well, all good Catholics know the quick and (mostly) cheap way to adhere to their Lenten obligations – the good ol’ Filet-O-Fish.

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Back in 1962, a McDonald’s franchise owner in Cincinnati noticed his sales go down on Fridays during Lent in his predominately Catholic neighborhood.  So he came up with the Filet-O-Fish, which was the first non-hamburger sandwich on the McDonald’s menu.  It spread across many McDonald’s restaurants in 1963, and went nationwide in 1965.  Since then it’s been a mainstay for Lent observers around the world.