As many of you already know, I'm not a big fan of fast food, I'd far rather make things myself. Or, a nice little sandwich shop will do nicely in place of fast food. I like restaurants. Once in a while. Mainly, I like restaurants because it means spending time with friends, and no one is distracted by making food or cleaning up after. Traveling around last year, I learned a bit about choosing restaurants wisely, and finding the nice little nooks.
Coming to Iqaluit is completely messing with my sense of what's a good restaurant, and what I'd like to eat. There is one (and only one) fast-food restaurant that delivers food 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. I will not order from them, because it's fast food, and I don't crave it, and so why would I spend so much on it? BUT... when it's 2am at work with nothing happening and other people at work order stuff, and someone asks me to split a dish, such as poutine... I'm a sucker. There are a handful of regular restaurants, but it's a choice between super pricey and good, or pricey but average (as in I could make it better at home) food.
Once in a while when we're flying a very sick person south on a medical flight, the flight crew brings in a treat from the south. Last time they brought TH's doughnuts all the way from Montreal... apparently my eyes got a voracious look of delight, and I pounced (not literally... I only mean it as: I made sure I was the first to open the box). For someone that doesn't bother to buy doughnuts more than a couple times a year even when the doughnut shop is a 10 min. walk from her house... my behaviour disturbs me just a little. I shouldn't have been nearly that excited to see fresh doughnuts. Even if we have no doughnut shops here.
I'm not saying that any of this will change my preferences when I return south... because what I'm honestly craving right now is some good Thai soup, or any restaurant that serves fresh buns/bread with their meals. A nice long, FACE to FACE chat with good friends I left behind! Or being able to cook a big meal and not end up eating the leftovers for the next week. I'm learning that when I combine it with stuff, all I need is one chicken breast for 3 meals!