A friend brought me a newspaper from the airport lounge. I don’t get to see many physical English-language papers in the depths of the Black Forest, so I was very grateful.

It was the Gulf News, which is published in the United Arab Emirates. It appears aimed at the expatriate population there, especially those from India and Pakistan – most of the sports coverage involved cricket, something I almost never get to read about in Ottawa.

I devoured the paper, not surprising given my love for the printed word. I read the articles, and the advertisements. Which is why I noticed the add that has left me puzzled and seeking answers.

There was a large ad for “Customer Appreciation Days” at a pizza emporium. For three days everything was half price. Sounds like a great deal. The pizza is probably pretty good too – it was a local franchisee of a major American chain, albeit one I have never frequented.

What has me confused is the offer is only valid on “dine in and “take away.”

So what is the other choice? You either eat the pizza there or somewhere else. I prefer takeaway myself – it’s cheaper to eat at home than pay the inflated prices restaurants charge for soft drinks. But it seems to me that they have all the bases covered. I can’t figure out what type of pizza you don’t get the discount on.

Any ideas?



After writing that it suddenly clicked. I could delete the post so you wouldn’t know how I could miss something so obvious. I’ll let it stand though, as concrete proof that I am less than perfect. In my defence, the answer is one that wouldn’t occur to me because it is a pizza option I haven’t used in decades and had forgotten it existed. What is not covered by the half-off special? Pizza delivered to you. You saw that immediately of course. I have no excuses.


  1. While visiting Detroit in the early ’80s I saw the emergence of a 4th option which never caught on: You-Bake pizza (often spelled U-Bake). You placed the order for the size, crust and toppings you wanted and in 2 minutes were handed a box containing your pizza and a small instruction sheet. Advantages were customization, fresh ingredients, proximity of the “pizza stand” (no ovens therefore small physical footprint) and the ability to order prior to intended consumption. It must have been short-lived however, since people I’ve spoken with recently from Dearborn and Livonia have no memories of it. But definitely not a dream. On the other side of the state — in West Michigan — the concept survives as “Take ‘N Bake” pizza.

    1. Interesting concept. I was in Detroit a couple of times around then, but don’t recall seeing You-Bake outlets. It probably didn’t catch on because of the time involved. Who wants to wait for the pizza to cook? Yes, in theory it takes no longer than delivery, but mentally it feels longer.

  2. Christine Jenkins · · Reply

    The third option is usually (online or phone order) delivery, which costs them more. ‘Take away’ or, in North America, ‘take out’ means you drive there.


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