Friday, February 19, 2010

The sound of four dollars whimpering softly

Today I tried something new.
I saw the words "spicy szechuan" and got all excited.
Or, it's perhaps more accurate to say I got my hopes up.
Here are my thoughts on "Annie Chun's Spicy Szechuan Noodles".

1. You call THAT spicy? Bah. I am shaking my head in disappointment as I type this.

2. The ingredients are all vacuum-sealed for freshness, which is why I mistakenly assumed they would NOT taste as stale as a twenty-year-old bag of pecans which went rancid sometime during the years when MTV actually played music videos instead of garbage programs. Silly me.

3. The entire contents of the package, after being prepared, could fit in the palm of my hand-- and you want me to believe that it's TWO servings???

4. And, for that tiny amount, I had to pay almost four dollars?? Yikes! (!!!)

(Note: When I re-read #2 and #3, it reminds me of an old joke where a guy visits a diner and says he wants to complain to the manager. He says he has two complaints. First, he says the food is absolutely awful. Terrible. Horrendously bad. The manager says "Ok, well, what's the second complaint, then?" The guy replies "The portions were so tiny!")

Now that I've gotten that out of my system, I have to reassure you that I am actually in a pretty decent mood today. After all, it's Friday. I have Saturday and Sunday to go, and then on Monday, I will be returning to my natural carnivorous state. Though I have to say, vegetarianism hasn't been all that bad this time. I've approached it with a peaceful calm equanimity, knowing it's only temporary.

I imagine it's sort of like being a grandparent. It's not so bad having the grandkids over for brief visits, even if they can be fussy and troublesome occasionally. You don't stress out too much about it because you know you'll be giving them back to their parents soon. :)

Stay tuned for tomorrow's exciting menu; I plan on trying the meatless BBQ ribs!
1/2 Grapefruit
Hot tea

2 Pears
Havarti caraway cheese
Rye Triscuits
Hot tea

Ice cream cone

Amy Chun's "Spicy" Szechuan noodles :(
2 Veggie Burgers made with the Garden Veggie patties



Mama Zen said...

I'll mark those noodles off of my list!

Janna said...

MamaZen: Good idea! Although everyone's tastes differ, so maybe other people would actually like them. I dunno. These just tasted really stale to me.

Anonymous said...

I'm fond of the Greek veggie burgers - husband is out to the store right now getting me more veggies burgers - I am so off meat - upside for him? I told him to get himself some steaks - just cause I don't want to eat animals on a regular basis doesn't mean he can't! (Oh but how I hate the smell!)

Ans those kind of meals in a box? Absolute garbage - you shoulda asked me first...

Alan W. Davidson said...

You're just brave enough to voice the thoughts we all have while aimlessly wandering the grocery stores.

Janna said...

Grace: I haven't tried the Greek ones yet. They don't sound that great to me because I'm not fond of Greek flavors like feta cheese. Still, it might be fun to try them once. Also I see that there are Asian flavored ones. Those DO sound good; I love Asian flavors. I should probably have bought a box of them so I could try some this week!

Alan W. Davidson: LOL! Thank you. :)

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

What's equanimity? Is that something horrible you get when you don't eat meat?

Janna said...

MikeWJ: Yes. There used to be equanimity vaccines, but the FDA banned them because they weren't making enough money.