The city of Toronto renewed the contract for the Boardwalk Cafe the other day and lo and behold, it wasn't a McDonald's or a Harvey's or a Kentucky Fried Chicken Food. These purveyors of lousy food seem to secure many of these contracts, probably by undercutting the independent operators who don't have the cash to compete. I salute the Boardwalk Cafe and wish them continued success.
However, the big food suppliers have prevailed on the major highway service centres. I just read in The Star that the new "tenants will include Quiznos, Casey’s, East Side Mario’s, Extreme Pita, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Pizza Pizza, Yogen Fruz, New York Fries, Teriyaki Experience, Starbucks, A & W, Burger King, Brioche Doree, Bento Nouveau and Cold Stone Creamery."
Last time I looked, none of these companies offered anything that can be remotely described as healthy fare. Come to think of it, my guess is if you ate at these establishments exclusively for most of your life, you'd sacrifice many years of healthy living.
What they generally do have in common however is dangerously high salt content in pretty much everything they serve. Good to know. Next time I need to replenish my daily salt intake, I really must remember to drive to a highway service centre and eat something... ANYTHING!