Although I no longer read my mother’s trashy magazines I *may* read one or two when at the hairdressers. Vogue Schmogue. Give me WHO Weekly. Or OK! magazine. Or similar. There’s nothing like bitching about the latest celebs and their dodgy fashion choices, too fat/thin (or both!) bodies or drunken exploits while I’m sitting in a chair facing a mirror with foil sticking out of my head.
I particularly like the ‘Where are they now?’ stories about stars of my childhood. Many have gone to ruin (haven’t we all?!) while others have made lives for themselves outside of the entertainment industry.
It was for Pizza Hut.
“Awww….,” I thought, “I didn’t even know Pizza Hut still existed.”
It brought back some memories. When I was a kid – other than the arrival of its fast-food competitor, KFC – Pizza Hut was big business in my regional Queensland hometown. Indeed, it was THE place to go. My own family had special dinners there (other than Pizza Hut, I’d only ever been to two restaurants – both times at the Gold Coast with rellies – before I went to Uni. We didn’t seem to dine out in those days!)
And of course when we were old enough my friends and I would dine at the plastic checked tablecloths – excited by the garlic bread and jugs of soft drink on offer). As we’re talking 1980s we had to make sure someone took their calculator so we could divide up the bill at the end. No need for subtlety. It didn’t occur to us that it was a bit naff.
Years later, after the advent of many many rivals, the Pizza Hut in my hometown disappeared. In fact, I don’t know if they even offer dine-in options nowadays? Of course pizza’s also gone upmarket and there’s a myriad of gourmet pizza restaurants and takeaways on offer.
Nonetheless, this shocked the hell out of me. I mean, I know times are hard but this was just frightening!
I mean, I know the discount pizza war has hotted up since my childhood cos (in Brisbane) I used to often see some poor sucker with a megaphone wearing a Dominos Pizza sandwich board. But I’m struck by two things…
1. The fact that an entire pizza is cheaper than a cup of coffee (and what that says about its ingredients!)
2. Who on earth would go to Pizza Hut just to buy coffee?
Scary much? Or perhaps I’m wrong. Perhaps it offers value for money for families, Uni students and those watching their pennies?
PS. I’m not meaning to ‘diss’ Pizza Hut coffee, perhaps it’s delicious. I’m not a coffee drinker but most I know are very particular about their brew!
Are you a lover of pizza? What’s your fave takeaway / delivery / dine-in option? Some quaint local place; or do you visit the chains?
Would you buy pizza that’s cheaper than coffee. Or coffee from a pizza shopfront?
Am again joining the LaughLinkUp gang.