The other day at the grocery store, a new item caught my attention. I thought I was seeing things, and blinked. I inched closer. Hard to believe, but chocolate with salami and smoked bacon looked back at me. I was tempted, but decided to opt out. I last ate red meat thirty years ago and didn't want to take any chances.
Today I was roaming around San Francisco, first on Clement and later on Geary. I went to a bakery and had an egg custard tart, almost as delicious as the one I shared with my sister-in-law in November. I walked from the bakery back to a cute little cafe and ate a Vietnamese sandwich filled with tofu, daikon, carrot, cucumber, and cilantro. It was delish, but I was still hungry, so I next meandered to a dim sum place. I stood in a long line and ordered shrimp with taro dumplings and sweet rice puff with coconut and peanut. So much for my resolve not to eat meat. I discovered, after the fact, that the dumplings contained pork. I ate the sweet rice puff as my consolation prize. Plus, I needed to see how it compared to its Hong Kong cousins.
Later in the day, I visited a grocery and admired the smoked trout, herring, and salmon as well as poppy seed pastries, Hamentaschen, and chocolate balls filled with cocoa and chocolate cream. I would have indulged, but learned the pastries were imported from the old country (New York). I wanted something made on the premises.
At a nearby deli, my wish came true in the form of homemade Kosher dill pickles. Not just any pickle, a remarkable one that had me clamoring for more.
At that point, I noticed the homemade cheesecake and apple strudel. I wanted some of each.
A tough decision awaited me. You could say I found myself in a pickle.
Eeny meany miny mo...and lo! I remembered an article that said pickles lower blood sugar. I decided to pair the pickle with cheesecake and strudel. I'm hoping that will catch on as a new trend.
In between bites, I glanced up at the menu board. I did a double take, but there it was in white magnetic letters: smoked pork butt.
I'm sure that in the right circumstances smoked pork butt is very good, but I had eaten a lot and had to draw the line somewhere.
Maybe if it appears in a chocolate bar, I'll reconsider.
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