Amazing sometimes how doing something that is 100% ok seems just so wrong because of the environment or circumstance.
Today I ate a kosher lunch at a Dunkin Donuts in Flatbush. I, religious lady, walked in to a Dunkin Donuts and paid less than 5 bucks for an egg n cheese croissant and a coffee. I sat down, in Dunkin Donuts, and ate my lunch, all the while thinking “how is this ok? How weird is it to be sitting in a DD eating lunch that is actually kosher?” I just had a weird feeling that things were a little askew. Like walking into Mickey Dees and ordering a Big Mac, and it being kosher (I know in Israel there is a kosher McD’s but its just so strange). There was a certificate of kashrut in the window, so I knew it was kosher. It just felt wrong. I guess the more you do it, the more used to it you get.
Later on I was walking on Ave J and saw that indeed there is a kosher Subway franchise there. Now that is someplace I have to try after the 9 days. The idea that I can buy a foot long meatball sub that is kosher blows my mind.
There are so many kosher restaurants here in NY – seems there is one on every corner, every other store….do New Yorkers eat out more? Or am I just a provincial country hick who is overwhelmed by the big city?