On Why Suburbia Wins

Sunday we had plans to watch the Super Bowl at our friend’s house in Jersey, which meant taking a little trip through the Lincoln Tunnel.  This is the part of my post where I confess that I have a crazy obsession with the Macaroni Grill.  Like, I don’t think it’s normal how much I love Mac Grill.

I’ve been wanting to go for some time, but with the cost of the Lincoln Tunnel somewhere up around $10 I’d feel too guilty dragging Jon out there for some pasta.  As we were driving out there I realized quite a few things that just might make suburbia superior to the city.  I’m not saying I’m moving to Jersey (um, definitely not happening), I’m just saying there are some benefits.

1. Parking lots

Not driving around endlessly, looking at the seven hundred parking signs, deciding if you’re too close to the fire hydrant, if you can parallel park in that spot… not to mention having your car get sideswiped and no one left a note (yes, this happened to us).  What about the one time I drove out to the Target in Queens only to find out they were out of stock of everything I needed except for the $2 bar of Dove soap?  And then I had to pay $4 for the parking garage.  Fail.

yes, this is real source: http://www.newyorkparkingticket.com

2. You can get the mayonnaise.

What?  You don’t get it?  Okay, there have been countless times I’ve been out grocery shopping alone only to fill up my basket and realize there’s no way I can carry all this stuff home.  So the heavy stuff gets left behind.  Think canned goods, milk, oil and of course, mayonnaise.  I’ve actually been out of vegetable oil for months but haven’t been able to carry it home.

3. The Macaroni Grill

This isn’t a repeat!  I never even got started on how much I love the Macaroni Grill.  The rosemary bread.  The honor system wine!!  HONOR SYSTEM WINE.  SERIOUSLY.  The creamy pasta sauce and overuse of garlic.  Oh, did I mention the bread?  Or the fact that there’s a parking lot out front?

Let me reiterate: I’m not ready to pack up my one bedroom apartment in my walk up building with our street parking and mayonnaise free pantry to move to the ‘burbs.

At least not until you can order Chinese food from the place across the street at 3am.


  1. You come and visit me in the burbs anytime! There are also golf courses and horses in NJ!

  2. So mayo is your argument? NEVER! I will say, in defense of the suburbs, that price gauging isn’t as prevalent ie Duane reade vs target!

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