By Chuck Woodbury
I have written a few essays through the years about my eating habits, but not lately. Specifically, I have discussed my addiction to foods with cheese, especially Macaroni and Cheese. If I were forced to eat Kraft Macaroni and Cheese six days out of seven, I wouldn’t mind — not a bit. I might even ask for it on the seventh day if it wasn’t formally on the menu. Otherwise, I would likely eat a burrito.
Years ago, I speculated in this Roadside Journal if Queen Elizabeth ever eats Macaroni and Cheese from a box. I bet strongly that she does not. If you have ever dined with the Queen and Mac and Cheese was on the menu, please let me know.
I also speculated whether my Northwest neighbor Bill Gates eats Macaroni and Cheese from a box.
I pondered the question after dining in a small-town cafe in Eastern Washington where I met Mary Merry, a waitress who had once served Gates when he passed through town. I asked her what he ordered and she said a burger and fries. Now, that’s ordinary, right? So if a billionaire could opt for that, why not Mac and Cheese?
Now, for the record, I do not often eat Macaroni and Cheese from a box. I hardly ever eat it at all due my tendency to clog my arteries. But if I am really, really hungry and you mention Mac and Cheese to me I will start to salivate. And don’t ever bring me a box of Cheez-Its because I will live on them until the box is empty.
I will tell you this, though. If I were to ever — by some miracle — become filthy rich, I would still crave Mac and Cheese and would still eat it, and I would still prefer it to anything made from scratch (generally, speaking).
All that said, and while I am on the subject, there is a little place in Pemberton, British Columbia, called the Mile One Eating House that has, in my opinion, the best Mac and Cheese in North America, even better than Kraft from a box. It’s a cholesterol buster of elbow noodles, aged white cheddar and mozzarella cheese and heavy cream. If you are prone to heart disease, eating one bowl may shorten your life a minute or two. But I am telling you, it’s worth every second!
Pemberton is just north of Whistler. The photo above is of its Mac and Cheese. If I could eat a photo, I would eat it.