When you’re living on the opposite side of a country from the rest of your family, unless it’s Lichtenstein, you tend to miss the things that you can’t get. When moving to Seattle I was horrified the first week I was here to realize that the only orange juice I’d be drinking would be the half-gallon that had made it across the country with me in a cooler. Why? As I’ve said before, my stomach hates me, so I have to drink low-acid orange juice. Only one company markets that – and it’s Tropicana. As I found out, only one supermarket chain carries it out here – and that’s QFC. Everyone carries every other bleeding variety except low acid. Thanks QFC for caring about us folks with stomachs which are hateful.
As a big plus to Seattle, it’s solved one of my other problems. I haven’t had a cup of coffee in a decade. That’s no exaggeration. In my college days at some point I started getting sick everyday. My stomach would turn and twist and be quite unhappy. I subsisted on orange juice and coffee in those days. Like, it’s all I drank. Sometimes all I ate, really. I never drink soda, ever. Sometimes it’s all I ate too. Not much on nutrition back then. But when you’re 19 you can live on coffee and cigarettes. Not so much these days. So that was it. One day I just drank water, and I wasn’t sick. First time in months and months. Didn’t take long to make the connection. Turns out that’s when my stomach organized its own revolt. I was able to find low acid orange juice, and that made my world livable again. And I moved onto being a tea fanatic. Which is great, I love hot tea and I drink gallons of it. But I always miss coffee. Always. Sad story. Moving to Seattle I’ve found acid neutralized coffee. I know, I know, low acid coffee’s are around – but they usually taste like dirt. Not interested. I found something out here which actually approximates real coffee. Thank you Seattle and your horrid coffee addiction!
As a native Rhode Islander living “abroad” one of the other things I miss is coffee syrup. Chances are if you’re not from Rhode Island you’re looking at your screen like I’ve said I miss herpes. Not so much. You’ll have to look up some Autocrat Coffee Syrup, there’s a wiki for you. You don’t know what you’re missing. Come my Christmas return home, I’ll be bringing back a gallon or two to tide me over. Asking about coffee syrup out here brings you to an aisle of flavored products that are added to coffee – flavor shots. Boo. Go figure, Seattle.
What I did get was a tidy little box in the mail. I had no idea what was inside, but I knew it would be good, no matter what. What I got was a happy reminder of home. I’ve yet to find a good wine biscuit out here. While there are countless good bakeries and folks that show up at the farmers’ market with great baked items – the elusive wine biscuit has never been among the things I can find. I ate almost a bag full the first night. Yum indeed. And there’s a second reserve bag for reinforcement.
Also in there is a bag of egg biscuits. With icing. Also quite tasty. Also something I’ve not found a happy replacement for since I’ve been out here. So happy to have something nice to snack on I didn’t have to slave over. Yay! for care packages. Yay for thoughtful moms!