supermarket conquest

I went out today to do a traditional human activity of hunting for food, though the concept of "hunting" only involved pushing around a shopping cart and slipping a plastic card into a slot to pay for it. I didn't have to ride on a horse wielding a spear, shoot arrows with a bow, or build a fire to cook an animal I'd just butchered. It couldn't have been easier. The only time humans have to battle each other for food in a supermarket is when a sale item is about to run out.

In the quest for yet another post about little or nothing, I'll show some featured items from today's "hunt."

Image #1: Kraft Singles. It's "prepared cheese product", but it's very good on a tomato sandwich or made into a grilled cheese. I've bought the product many times, but today the label made me laugh. The words "dontcha wanna be ……a White American?" ran through my head. I don't think that's how Kraft intended it. πŸ˜†

Image #2: The store calls these "Champagne grapes." They're small, about the size of peas, and extremely sweet and yummy. A bonus is that you get to think about drinking Champagne as you eat them.

Image #3: A store-bought tomato. It's a typical supermarket tomato. It's bred for surviving shipping, not for taste, juiciness, or texture. The color is perfect. Some shopper will buy such a pretty tomato, though its appearance is a fraud. It sits atop the package of White American.

11 responses to “supermarket conquest

  1. LOL

  2. The music was good at the "hunting ground" that day, in other words, the supermarket sound system was rockin'. It makes the hunt so much nicer.

  3. "Champagne grapes ":chef:

  4. you could let the grapes ferment for a few weeks…maybe it'd be like little individual drops of champagne then!

  5. Racist cheese and branded tomatoes. What is the world coming to? πŸ˜€

  6. Originally posted by Shaunak:

    Racist cheese and branded tomatoes. What is the world coming to?

    I did wonder where the African-American cheese was. lol. As for the tomato, I lost my connection for garden-grown tomatoes this year. The Mexican lady who used to supply me moved away. She used to give me a he-can-bullshit-in-the-language discount. She charged a dollar a pound, which is a steal, then she'd throw in about 6 very ripe ones for free, PLUS a couple of fresh jalepenos. The price went up a little after I got her pregnant. j/k. πŸ˜† Sorry, I don't do that. πŸ˜€ Originally posted by hungryghost:

    you could let the grapes ferment for a few weeks…maybe it'd be like little individual drops of champagne then!

    I do have plans to make some cocktails this weekend that involve sparkling wine! :drunk:

  7. BTW, greetings from a lovely Red Roof Inn in Charlotte, North Carolina. It's a good one because there is no burning car in the parking lot and I haven't heard any gunshots tonight. I got the Business King room. It was a mere $4 more. It's easy to be a king at the Roof. :lol:Red Roof used to charge a scandalous $9.99 a day for wifi. Then it dropped to $5.99, then $3.99, now it's free everywhere. :up: Their automatic machine in the lobby makes a pretty good latte.

  8. The "champion grapes" look a lot like Michigan blueberries! πŸ™‚

  9. I see a mouth with glorious lips in that tomato.Did it kiss you before you prepared it? :lol:"White American", is it just a specification? It's a confusing text in this crazy world πŸ˜€ But I guess it's allright and tastefull πŸ˜†

  10. Lol, the tomato does have a dimple. It's still in the kitchen. I'm dreading eating it because I know it will disappoint. These born-to-be-shipped tomatoes don't go bad very quickly. On the other hand, force-ripened strawberries will go bad before you can even get them home from the store.Originally posted by JanndeSmit:

    "White American", is it just a specification?

    American cheese is not a quality cheese, though I'm not really sure what it is. It's just something you put on a sandwich or a hamburger. The designation "white", I suspect, is just the lack of orange coloring. Manufacturers have pushed and bent the labeling rules so much that not much is a sure thing anymore. There are different degrees of organic now, for example. There are also the usual labeling tricks like "natural vs. organic" or "made with organic wheat" when there are 10 other ingredients in the product.Other examples, I think these are correct, but I'm not 100% sure:"Natural" chicken can have 10% broth injected in it to make it juicer and can still have preservatives in it. Organic chicken can have neither. "Free range" chicken means that otherwise permanently caged chickens must have access to the outdoors. It doesn't mean they have to use it. This sometimes means that a huge chicken house has a little trap door on the side that a chicken *could* pass through to get its feet on the ground, not that one ever has. If you seriously want free-range chicken, you'll have to reply on the reputation and/or promises of the producer, if you can even find out.I enjoy the study of propaganda, whether it's government or supermarket. I think growing up during the Cold War did it to me. πŸ˜€ American cheese on Wikipedia.

  11. Oke, that sounds like the "Green Label" and "Fair Trade" and the "Honest Meat" we are facing here. MARKETING in superstores. You still got to read the small print to know exactly what you are eating and even then….My mother always told me: you can do everything as long as you do it in the "right" proportion. Still love her :angel:

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