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Pie: The Latest Trend in Fast Food?

On Saturday we crossed the U.S. border, taking a day trip from Saltillo, Mexico to McAllen, Texas. I hadn’t been in the U.S. in two and 1/2 months. My, how things have changed: Pie, it seems, has become the latest trend in fast food. First I spotted a Dairy Queen sign (in McAllen there’s a DQ about every two blocks) and it read: Special: Banana Cream Pie Blizzard. Unbelievable! Just a little further down the road was Burger King with its sign touting Dutch Apple Pie, along with Macaroni and Cheese. The idea of eating fast food sits about as well with me as John McCain becoming president. But, hey, if eating pie–in whatever high-caloric form you choose (DQ’s medium-sized Blizzard has 780 calories)–brings comfort to the soul (though unlikely to the stomach) then I say, go ahead, super size it.