Some of the world's oldest people have attributed their remarkable longevity to things like bacon, Miller High Life, and whiskey -- giving hope to boozy gluttons like us everywhere. But now, you can add frequent meals of hot dogs, fries, and Diet Coke to the list of delicious foods that could -- hopefully -- lead to a long life.
Well, at least this was the case for Helen Diekman, who lived to be 100 years old. Diekman, a longtime resident of Elgin, IL, said the secret to her long life was eating at Portillo's, an iconic Chicago fast food chain known for its hot dogs (among the city's best), Italian beef sandwiches (also among the city's best), and decadent cake shakes. She stopped at Portillo's as many as three times a week for her favorite meal of a hot dog with everything (no hot peppers), fries, and a Diet Coke, according to a report by the Daily Herald. Needless to say, she had great taste.
Diekman, who died last week, had recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Portillo's. She also kept a photo taken at the grand opening of the Elgin location's 2013 grand opening of herself with the chain's founder, Dick Portillo, at her bedside. When asked for the key to her longevity, she said simply, "Portillo's," and later explained that it probably had something to do with going to bed early, eating well, going to church, and having a lot of friends, per the paper.
With that said, it sounds like it's time to clink some hot dogs together and say cheers to becoming centenarians.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and wonders how many years a chocolate cake shake or two will add to your life. Asking for a friend. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.