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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Trickled Down Done Trickled

--Dollars, Andy Warhol

I prefer to regard a dessert as I would imagine
the perfect woman: subtle, a little bittersweet,
not blowsy and extrovert.
Delicately made up, not highly rouged.
Holding back, not exposing everything
and, of course, with a flavor that lasts
--Graham Kerr

As a culture I see us as presently deprived of subtleties.
The music is loud, the anger is elevated,
sex seems lacking in sweetness and privacy
--Shelley Berman

You know the nearer your destination

The more you're slip slidin' away

--Slip-Slidin Away
, Paul Simon

My own experience this week at our local grocer of note (Publix) -- is a good follow-on to yesterday's soap piece.

I have few vices, among these, a nice, not-too-sweet pastry with coffee to round out a day. Picking one up at the grocery's bakery is a convenience, and it has been my disappointment to see the more refined choices dwindle over the months: No more coconut pasteles, no more apricot danishes. What is left to me is the almond bear claw, a sturdy and reliable option. Except not this Thursday.

Confused by the lack of of usual choices, the bakery worker explained that Publix is in the process of reifying their formula for the amount of items they bake. Their goal, to have less waste at the end of the day. If that means that I, at 5 p.m., don't get my danish, so be it.
Only, the implications are broader.

Leftover baked goods used to go to the food bank -- less baked means less for them, too. Fewer pastries reminds me that we are seeing less of everything involved with our servings. Wait staff at most establishments has been reduced and ambient temperatures have been reduced or raised to the point of discomfort to save money (though usually under the guise of a broken system, or a manager with a faulty set-state).

Condiments at many restaurants are being reduced in quality:
half-and-half become coffee creamer with corn syrup; honey disappears; butter goes in favor of "butter blend" and orange juice become orange drink. In baked goods, sugar become High Fructose Corn Syrup and butter is replaced by hydrogenated corn oil. Of course, most hungry people do not notice, but being a bit of a foodie, these are all disappointments.

A conspiracy theorist might say these are savvy attempts to keep the diabetes industry a cash cow; more likely, it is probably just economics and a poor national palate. These amount to the same result anyway.

The trickle down faucet is drying up.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does the commercial go? Something like "Corn sweetener. Your body doesn't know the difference."


Jay in N.C.

Friday, March 18, 2011 at 3:28:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


That's it you can't trust any one.

Friday, March 25, 2011 at 11:22:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks, jo -- that's it. Not only are the cookies smaller, the prices are higher. I wonder what will happen at the buying clubs. Hmmm .. maybe there'll still be the 48-ct. paper towels, but much fewer on each roll.

Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:37:00 PM GMT-5  

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