Monday, September 22, 2008

Coffee, anyone?

Today is Manic Monday, with "formula" as the theme word.
It's also day #2 of Doodle Week, with "gluttony" as the theme word.
So I'm going to try to do both in the same post.
Call it efficiency, ingenuity, or laziness. Pick one.

It's easy to be gluttonous about delicious things, like pizza or tacos or chocolate.
Some things, however, aren't quite as popular in the "cravings" department.
Have you ever noticed that no one ever has "gluttony" moments with health food? Nobody ever says "Wow, I totally pigged out on wheat germ and bean sprouts last night."



Things I have never tasted:

1. Baby Formula.
Really, I'm not sure I even had this when I was actually a baby. My first words upon being born were "So, does Pizza Hut deliver here?" (After all, it WAS the "delivery room").

2. Luwak Coffee
I first learned about this while reading a Dave Barry book, and have since seen it mentioned in other sources as well. Here's how it works: There's an animal called a luwak, which eats coffee beans. Eventually it poops the beans out. People gather the poop, save the beans, and roast them just like regular coffee. People really drink this. (Read about it here and here.) Here's a company that sells it. You can buy the actual poop at $60.00 for half a pound, and you have to clean it off and roast it yourself. Or you can get them to clean it all off and roast it for you, at which point it costs $240.00 per pound.

3. Haggis
It would be funny if the Scottish people actually invented this just to play a practical joke on unsuspecting tourists. ("Ay, MacDuff, what d'ye say we stuff that sheep's stomach with oatmeal an' see if the Americans will eat it?")

4. Squid Ink
Some cultures actually eat this. On purpose. It was common to see it used on Iron Chef.

5. SuperGlue
Hey, at least it wasn't pooped out by a luwak.
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25 comments:

anthonynorth said...

Loved your fun post. Haggis, by the way, isn't as popular as it used to be. They're getting faster at running away, and hunter's are getting few and far between ;-)

Erika said...

haha love the doodle... I'm kinda pushing the gluttony issue with carrots and ranch dip, its kind of like bag of chips... crunchy, taste and I cant stop eating! lol so yes! health food! haha... but i actually have to BUY the heath food for it to happen, which doesn't happen often!

Janna said...

Anthony: Hey, if I was a sheep, I'd run away too. :)

Erika: The closest I come to craving "health food" is a bag of multigrain "sun chips". The salsa flavored ones. But I'm not sure that qualifies.

Marilyn said...

I can east a whole head of cabbage, shredded with a little salt. But I'd rather have bacon.

You know, there's probably a good reason I haven't tried any of those either.

Trukindog said...

Umm coffee beans marinated in poop...poop you say...yeaaaaaaaaaah I'm gonna have to go ahead and pass on that. people can be such freaks.

Oh and uh BACON always BACON!

Steven said...
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Steven said...

Okay, you got me there. Even though I'm not eating meat, I'd still prefer bacon over turnips! :-)

haleyhughes said...

Bacon all the way. Although, if the turnips are served with the haggis, I'll go for that. Haggis, mash and neeps is actually quite tasty. :)

Janna said...

Marilyn: Cabbage and salt? Really?

Trukindog: My thoughts exactly.

Steve: Turnips, radishes, brussels sprouts....

Haley: Congratulations! You're the only reader I've ever had who likes haggis! I wish there was an award I could give you.

Travis said...

Now honestly...you wouldn't put turnips on your chicken club chalupa. Nope. It's gotta be BACON!

Janna said...

Travis: Amen!

Deb on the Rocks said...

Wow, I've never heard of that coffee poop. Good god, and people could do that Maxwell House switch on me and I'd be too sleepy to notice. I might have already had it and not known it. Gah!

Janna said...

Deb: Do what I do. Drink tea instead. As far as I know, there is no poop tea.

Mo said...

Claire says there is now vegetarian haggis.
Personally, I'd rather eat luwak boiled in squid ink.

Janna said...

Morgen: Vegetarian haggis?? What's that, oatmeal boiled in a pumpkin's stomach?? I wonder if googling "vegetarian haggis" would produce any recipes...

Broadway Matron said...

Does broccoli qualify as health food? There are times I totally crave broccoli...steamed then fried crispy in a little olive oil and garlic - hmmm - maybe NOT health food after all

Janna said...

BroadwayMatron: I think as soon as something has been crispy-fried to the point where it actually tastes good, it loses its health food status. Which is a shame.

Mo said...

I Googled "vegetarian haggis" - way more recipes than there should be for it, methinks!

Janna said...

Morgen: Scary!

Tim said...

Eating Superglue : you would only get a little bit in before lockdown occurred!

Janna said...

Tim: True! Plus, I bet the aftertaste is nasty.

Sanni said...

Cute doodle. Bacon for me please - the luwak coffee is the first coffee I will say "No" to. A big FAT NO!!!

Janna said...

Sanni: I agree!

Kold_Kadavr_flatliner said...

Whoa. Sitting here, all sweaty, stanky, and gross from my 6556.75 mile cycle trip. Never doing that again --- Got moxie? Most of U.S. don't. Read the signs of the times, dude: God's a concrete, kick-ass reality. “A must read if youse wanna live” -Fr. Sarducci, SNL

Janna said...

Kold: I've read your comment about a dozen times, and I still don't understand anything except the part about being stanky and gross. And I have just enough moxie to last me until I die. Is Father Guido Sarducci still alive?