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A San Francisco Girl's Down and Dirty Adventures in the Culinary Playground

Monday, October 08, 2007

You Take the Good, You Take the Bad

I'll wait a second while you finish singing the "Facts of Life" theme song. We good? OK.

As a kid, I fucking hated raw tomatoes. I'm talking serious passionate hate, people. They were mealy, flavorless and had a color so muted that you could barely call it red. Or pink. I could not understand why anyone would eat them. Ever.

Fast forward to now. I have been scarfing down the heirlooms like it's my job. Green zebras, Brandywines, you name it. Jon and I recently bought a package of Fatted Calf bacon, a fuckload of heirlooms and some Acme pain de mie. We used the entire package of bacon and the majority of the tomatoes on two BLTs. That's right, not seven, two. At least I have a (weak) excuse.

More than any other piece of produce, tomatoes are the reason I believe in eating locally and seasonally. There is just no comparison.

The whole season I have been dreading the day I knew would come. The day that the tomaters start to suck again. And, unfortunately, judging from restaurant menus, the Farmer's Market and Whole Foods, that day is here (or at least near). That's the bad.

Now for the good.

Holy fucking shitballs: Costco carries Mexican coke. When did this happen? And why did no one tell me? A fair argument would be that because Jon and I practically live at Costco (you can't beat the return policy, even with the new caveats, and they are 100% blue to boot), one would assume we would know. But that's not how it works.

Jon and I use Costco for very different reasons than the masses. We buy household items and appliances. Books. DVDs. Liquor. Wine. Magazines. Electronics. Paper towels and toilet paper. Drugs. Flowers. Fuzzy socks. Q-tips. You get the idea. What is missing from this list? Food and beverages.

You see, I have no need for 18,000 processed rice crispy treats. Occasionally we will buy a hunk of Parmesan or something but that's about it. And when we hit the beverage section, it's to grab a case of Pellegrino before we make a run for it.

But yesterday we lingered toward the back after grabbing the jumbo sized paper towel bundle and the aforementioned case o' sparklie water. And out of the corner of my eye, I spied the most glorious case of beverages known to man: Mexican coke.

I'm not a soda drinker usually, but I do enjoy the coke. In fact, Mr. Food Musings has agreed with me that coke is a secret magical elixir that cures ills like no other (case in point: it was the one thing that soothed my morning sickness). And since a coke a day falls well within the acceptable caffeine guidelines for knocked up chicks, and since Diner #3 seems to really want me to drink coke (the only true craving I've had), I've been enjoying that sweet cola goodness (in safe 12 oz. per day doses).

Now, I have not been purchasing the coke for home use. Regular coke is just not special enough. Besides, most restaurants we eat at have bottle (or Mexican) coke so there was no need. But when I saw them there bottles could come live at my house with me, I started crying in the aisles of Costco. I loves me the Mexican coke. Why? Well, because it's better. It tastes better and, one could argue, it's better for you. Sure, it's packed with cane sugar, which isn't great, I'll admit, but at least it's not the corn syrup river that makes up the coke that we get here in the US of A.

This new discovery is a dangerous, dangerous thing for my ass size.


"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."
-- La Rochefoucauld


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can still eat deelicious tomatoes if you get the dry-farmed early girls from Dirty Girl.

You have another 3 weeks or so for those.


10/08/2007 3:27 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Yeah, I know. But that's different:).

10/08/2007 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never had Mexican coke. You're making me want to run down to Costco...

I still haven't seen your baby bump! How much longer before his royal highness arrives?

10/08/2007 5:51 PM  
Blogger Joy said...


Most taquerias sell it -- just look for the coke in the bottle.

One month to go, give or take.

10/08/2007 5:52 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

are we sisters.? we have the same tomato history.

i have FC bacon, heirloom tomatoes and levain at home and an idea about what might be for supper except I expect the boy'll want frisee lardons. either way, all good

10/09/2007 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a thought that got me through three pregnancies:
the bigger your stomach gets (with diner 3) the smaller your arse looks.
Don't even think about after the baby is here, you won't have time to look in the mirror anyway.
Drink, eat! While you're at it, go to a whole bunch of movies.

10/10/2007 7:31 AM  
Blogger A Few Reservations said...

Sweet baby Jesus in his manger, I LOVE Mexican coke.

10/10/2007 1:57 PM  
Blogger Richie said...

Three things:

1) Not enough people say "shitballs."

2) Your BLT is in desperate need of a sunny side egg.

3) "Mexican Coke" has a completely different meaning to my cooks.

10/11/2007 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Score two points for us! I ate but didn't crave raw tomatoes until my first pregnancy, when I picked warm one from my in-laws' garden to eat on freshly baked Italian bread with lots of mayo -- every day, twice a day, when I visited. That was that. I am now passionate about them

Cokes in bottles are the only way to go and somehow, the smaller the bottle the better it tastes.

Thought about you when I was freezing at CalShakes on Saturday, watching the outcome of that fiest pregnancy onstage.

Stay well and thrive, Mama!

10/15/2007 11:16 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Does Mexican Coke work as well as
American Coke in rust removal?

10/21/2007 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm heading to Costo to get Coked up.

10/22/2007 10:29 AM  
Blogger Peter Hansen said...

Mexican Coke has superior taste compared to the regular US kind because they use regular sugar and not the fake, (unhealthy and very fattening) High Fructose Corn Syrup. To me the Mexican Coke has a more colorful taste, and not flat like the US kind, which tastes metallic in comparison.
Totally agree on the tomatoes too.

10/22/2007 5:51 PM  

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