Let’s bring it down a notch.
So Canada, after beating the favourite and going 2-1 in the first
round, is out of the World Baseball Classic. A better result for the
future of the WBC (since it’d kill TV ratings in the States if the host
team was out), but after watching that inspired victory over the United
States, they deserved better. It’s just a shame that that inspired
effort was sandwiched between two mediocre efforts (a near loss to
South Africa, and a loss to Mexico) where our boys gave up a bunch of
Also strange to see Blue Jay Vernon Wells and former Jay manager Buck
Martinez on the US team. Not that it doesn’t fit on both counts, but
after a time, you associate them as being Canadian.
So I’ve been on the quest to find the perfect potato chip flavour.
Specifically, a flavor of barbecue chip that doesn’t suck. Ever since
Lays took out that Hot BBQ a couple of years ago (working at a grocery
store, I was one of the first ‘in the know’ on this), I haven’t been
able to find one. Apparently it was discontinued because it didn’t
sell- I was perplexed by this, as it was perpetually out whenever I was
stocking the chips.
This is one area where the Eastern provinces get it right- Hostess and
Humpty-Dumpty chips beat Old Dutch and Lays right out of the water with
their BBQ. None of this ‘Sweet BBQ’ baloney. I want something that
burns my tongue.
(Also, what happened to the Ruffles Barbecue flavor? That disappeared a
short time before the Lays did. This confounds me, that they would
eliminate quality flavors in favor of such mediocrity as Dill Pickle,
The rippled Old Dutch smoky barbecue is ok, but I long for the days of the real Lays barbecue.
After the real barbecue, sour cream and onion would be second on the
chip flavor pantheon. Tried the Old Dutch rippled sour cream and green
onion the other day, and quite liked it. Might have been the ripples
(I’ve always liked the Ruffles as well). The salt and pepper is ok too,
but could use a little kick.
In conclusion: mmm…. barbecue.