August 30, 2007

The Proud Fan

It’s out! It’s here! The Amateur Gourmet BOOK! It’s been 48 hours already but I didn’t believe it until I was able to get my hands on my very own copy, and I have!

But it didn’t come without a bit of trouble.

My bookstore of choice was Border’s. I went there last night expecting the book to be flaunted everywhere I turned. But to my disappointment, no bright yellow book greeted me directly on the way in. I was nervous. “Why isn’t his book the biggest feature?!” I thought to myself. “Doesn’t anybody know that his book came out yesterday?!”

Ok, so maybe somewhere in my food blogging world, my perceptions have been skewed. Maybe Adam Roberts of Amateur Gourmet isn’t the best thing to ever happen to a bookstore. But if you ask me, he should be.

Anyway, back to the story. So I turn to my left and notice the “new releases” section, betting myself that it HAD to be there. I look up and down the shelves, becoming more and more worried, and still don’t see it. Now I’m wondering if Borders even carries the book, so I go up to the counter and ask. The employee has to look it up (jeez, has he not read it twice already?!) and then proceeds to tell me that it’s upstairs on the back wall in the Food and Cooking section. Ok fine, makes some sense.

So I go up the stairs, unsure of which wall was ‘the back one’ and start to skim through all the section names. I go back and forth, and back and forth, and I cannot, for the life of me, find the damn Food and Cooking section. I see Travel…Psychology…everything under the sun, but where was Food and Cooking? Aah… I’m frustrated so I ask another employee for help. He, which we will now refer to as Employee #2, points to the whole music section of the store and says that Food and Cooking is behind it. So now, not only is it not on the bottom level for everyone to see but it’s hidden behind the music section where no one goes to look for books, wonderful. This isn’t the kind of treatment I’d give THE Amateur Gourmet.

I skim the giant “back wall” over and over…and finally find it. There, stuck between a whole bunch of other books like it’s no big deal, is ONE copy (do you even see it?)

Well I pick it up and go downstairs to buy it, almost feeling bad that no one else that went to the store could. At the register, I get the nerve to ask if they just had one copy to begin with or it if it was already so popular that I was buying the last one. Employee #3 (yet another different one) looks it up in the computer and finds there are a whole bunch of copies sitting on the table right behind us…on the first floor!

Ugh…are you serious? It was there the whole time? Thanks employee number 1 for sending me on a wild goose chase. I guess at least now I know the book has some of the recognition it deserves.

Employee #2 asks me how many more copies I wanted to buy, because who would ask if they weren’t looking to buy more? A little embarassed, I say I’m fine with one.

I come home ecstatic to read the book. But before I do, I take one last photo, inspired by The Proud Mother, and the Proud Coffeeshop Owner, that I will call: The Proud Fan

-Hillary, wondering if she is too obsessed with the Amateur Gourmet
Editor, Recipe4Living

July 9, 2007

Wake Up!

Have you seen the commercial recently with all the people yawning to advertise the new, more-caffeinated Pepsi Max? I’ve been watching Wimbledon on TV lately (yes, I woke up at 9am on Sunday morning with J* to watch Federer, J*’s icon, vs. Nadal, personally my favorite…his right arm is crazily bigger than his left). I yawn every time I see this commercial, and think about making a cup of tea. I suspect that this commercial is a rip-off of a popular Starbucks’ commercial (do they need advertising?), but that’s really not the point here.

The point IS why don’t they (they being the man) post the amount of caffeine on bottles of soda? I am trying very, very hard to give up soda, but I still think this would be an important factor in consumer decisions. Sometimes you don’t want to feel like a hummingbird in the afternoon, and sometimes you need a little something extra. Luckily, The Journal of Food Science analyzed the caffeine content in some of the more popular soda brands. Here are a couple highlights:

Coca-Cola (33.9 mg/12 oz)
Diet Coke (46.3 mg/12 oz)
Pepsi (38.9 mg/12 oz)
Diet Pepsi (36.7 mg/12 oz)
Dr Pepper (42.6 mg/12 oz)
Diet Dr Pepper (44.1 mg/12 oz)
Mountain Dew (54.8 mg/12 oz)
Diet Mountain Dew (55.2 mg/12 oz)

With the exception of Diet Pepsi, why do most of the diet versions have more caffeine than the regular? Hmmm.

-Caley, sipping on tea and not Pepsi Max

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