When dining out there are a lot of options. Most people have a clear sense of the typical fast food or fine restaurant options, but now there is everything in between including “fast casual,” “fast-fine” and “fine-casual” dining. These all vary to some degree and are in no way related to your run-of-the-mill fast-food restaurants.
To clear things up a little: “Fast-casual” can include places we might typically call fast food, whereas “fine-casual” restaurants are more local affairs and even though they serve food quickly, that food is often more than the typical burger and fries and usually locally sourced. Think Xoco in Chicago courtesy of Frontera Grill founder Rick Bayless. Even Shake Shack has been named a “fine-casual” spot. The basic criteria of this designation involves a restaurant to serve quality food in a spot that offers an interesting atmosphere and a little food character as well. Gone are the days in which McDonalds provided that on-the-go treat. Not to knock a stalwart of most childhoods, but, as adults, you might want more from your food, even if it is fast.
One thing to expect from this dining experience is exactly the middle ground the name conjures — it is neither as convenient as a fast-food restaurant nor as leisurely as a fine-dining establishment. Do not expect a drive-thru or the ability to sit for more than 45 minutes to an hour. These restaurants rely on a steady stream of customers to keep their prices down and their quality up while still making a profit.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Sometimes it can feel like splurging on books is more expensive than it should be. Prices for novels are high and, for some, unaffordable. Even older titles, considered classics, can cost more than someone bargained. Many turned to reading books online or downloading audio files because it’s a cheaper alternative to physical books. However, what about the population of readers who love to read from paperbacks and hardcovers? Thankfully, there are companies like Thriftbooks that make it possible to afford books.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
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