Question of the week: Best quick lunch?

At least once a week, I have to grab a quick lunch to bring back to the Eagle and eat at my desk. And I like some variety.

Often, I’ll call ahead to La Galette and they’ll package up a quiche/fattouch combo, which I run in and pick up lickety-split. The other day, I grabbed some pre-made sushi from the Fresh Market counter, which was decent. Today, I had a pretty tasty Southwestern salad from QuikTrip.

What’s your favorite lunch-on-the-go, and where do you get it?

Answer in the comments section below.

Question of the week: Best refreshing beverage?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but if you go outside these days, you’ll melt. Into a puddle. On the ground.

This calls for a frosty beverage.

This week’s question: What’s your favorite thirst quencher in Wichita?

I have a few favorites, including a diet vanilla Coke from Sonic, an iced coffee with cream from any ole coffee shop, and McAlister’s giant iced tea, unsweetened. My favorite fountain is at QuikTrip, and I really can’t wait to give this Coca Cola Freestyle machine a whirl.

What am I missing?

Weinermobile rolling all over Wichita

My friend Gina's kids with the Weinermobile today.

What’s more fun than saying “Weinermoblie?”

Visiting the Weinermobile. The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile — that famous hot dog on wheels — is on a tour of Wichita-area QuikTrip stores that lasts through Wednesday.

It parked outside the QuikTrips at Kellogg and Maize and Park City yesterday. This morning, it was at Kellogg and 143d and will truck it on over to 21st and 127th St. East from 2 to 5 p.m. this afternoon.

My daughter's bestie, Bryleigh (left), found it, too.

Wednesday, it’ll be at Kellogg and Hillside from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by Douglas and Washington from 2 to 5 p.m. (My Eagle comrades and I have already planned a field trip.)

Though it doesn’t dispense weiners, the Weinermoble distributes whistles and provides photographic proof of the weiner fan’s visit. Pictures of my friends kids posing with it have been showing up all over Facebook.

Look for our Eagle portrait on Wednesday afternoon.

Scoping out the Mega-QuikTrip

The new coffee bar at the new QuikTrip.

A friend used to call QuikTrips “the Disneyland of convenience stores.”  And that was YEARS AND YEARS before the actual Disneyland of convenience stores opened in January  at 625 S. Hillside.

I finally stopped into the new QT this morning to see what all the fuss was about, and WOW. The QuikTrip of the future is pretty amazing, and I didn’t really think QuikTrips could be improved upon.

The most impressive additions I saw included an entire wall dedicated to every flavor of iced tea an iced tea fan could dream up, from blueberry to mango. The number of colorful “freezoni” options, QT’s version of a slurpee, was staggering. That section of the store looked as though a frozen rainbow had exploded.

There’s also a new counter, staffed by an employee who can make specialty coffee drinks, fresh smoothies and ice-cream mixes. I didn’t see anyone taking advantage of that option this morning, but it’s tempting.

The store is huge, and you have to hunt a little to find what you’re looking for. The check out counter was set up in a straight line rather than an L-shape, which isn’t in improvement, in my opinion. I like the classic setup, where you can stand on either side of either cash register and feel like you’re closer to the front of the line.

The new store has all the fresh foods, both hot and cold, stocked in the other stores in town. Though alas, the Mega-QT STILL stocks only Miracle Whip, no mayo, in its grocery section. Why? There is no explanation I can accept.

If you’re out and bored and thirsty this weekend, I’d definitely recommend you make a stop at the new QT. It’s as close to Disneyland as we’re gonna get.