Five a Day

It’s no secret that I keep to a rather restrictive — ok, crazily controlled — bill of fare.  Everything is densely nutritious and super delicious, but truth be told, my menu does lack a bit in variety.  So when one of the main staples becomes unavailable, well, it can be a bit of a crisis because there is simply no acceptable substitute.

Alas, one my major food groups, fresh blueberries — even the conventional kind — are nowhere to be found in all of Palo Alto, except by the Whole Foods where they are selling a 4.4 oz. container of organic for $7.99.  Yikes!

Of course I am aware that raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries remain abundant and affordable.  But it’s not the same.  And yes, I have sampled the blueberry frozen, dried, freeze-dried, and preserved.  Feh.

Desperate to satisfy my crave, I venture to the big Safeway.  Their produce does not meet my stringent standards, but this is an emergency.  They were sans organic, but their 4.4 oz. package of regular was only $3.99.  Only?

As I am debating whether or not to sacrifice health, principle, and flavor to save a few bucks, I notice two Stanford girls pushing a cart filled with a few fruit essentials missing from my own basket: grape vodka, peach schnapps, and apple ale.

Good to know the future leaders of our nation are not neglecting their nutritional needs.  Five a day!

© 2013 Jaclyn Schrier. All rights reserved.

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