My gas station pizza adventure was not as successful as I hoped. I went to the gas station on Saturday night to purchase my test slice. Unfortunately, the free gas station coupon expired on June 27th and NOT June 30th. The best Twitter response was that I should have told the gas station clerk, “So did your pizza!” Which is what I thought. And it’s against everything I stand for to use my money to purchase gas station pizza. I mean, I had the slice of pizza all picked out, realized that the coupon expired, and left the gas station.
Not sure what my next foodie adventure will be, but it won’t be gas station pizza until I get another free coupon for gas station pizza.
The other day I went to the gas station and received a coupon for a free slice of gas station pizza. I’m from Chicago, we take our pizza very seriously. I don’t even think that they sell gas station pizza in Chicago because of a law passed in 1993. My favorite is deep dish filled with cheese, spinach, mushrooms, and sausage. I remember my parents taking the family up to Giordano’s on 63rd and Kedzie. Pizza was a family tradition for us. Giordano’s was our favorite. We went to Vito and Nick’s for thin crust and Baracco’s for my dad’s favorite pizza. My dad went to these restaurants so frequently that all the servers knew his name. We, the kids, wanted to throw my dad a surprise birthday party one year. This turned out to be the one year that he didn’t want to go to Baracco’s. It was a fight to get him there. We finally talked him into going up there to meet the rest of the family. I digress, we love pizza. Every time we head back “home”, I always try to work a pizza run into our trip.
I remember one of my first visits to Indianapolis. We went to the gas station to rent a video tape. It was 1997 and that is what we had back then. Well, we went to this gas station and they were selling chicken, fried chicken. I was amazed by this delicacy being sold at a gas station. How can someone get $20 in gas, smokes, numbers, and fried chicken.
I have no issues with Speedway. They make a great gas and sell awesome Krispy Kreme donuts. I just have a problem with certain foods being sold at a place where you feed your car.
Today, June 1st, is National Donut Day. If you love donuts, you probably already knew that. National Donut Day occurs on the first Friday in June. This glorious day was first celebrated in 1938 to honor the women who served up dounts to the troops during World War One.
National Donut Day started as a fund raiser for the Chicago Salvation Army to honor the Salvation Army Donut Ladies who helped feed the troops stationed in France. At that time 250 women helped cook up donuts for the soldiers starting in 1917. Two of the volunteers(both Hoosiers), Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance, created a method of frying the donuts in soldiers’ helmets. The legend has it that these two used a wine bottle as a rolling pin.
I salute these two women and their dedication to the delicacy of donuts.
If you have been following this page this week you have learned about my love of donuts. I HEART DONUTS.
Rumor has it that I might be dressing up as a donut and handing out donut for Donut Day.
This is the final installment to celebrate National Donut Day. Thank you for reading.