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Good coffee beans smell divine. But the pleasure to be derived from sticking one's nose in a bag of C&H brown sugar is sorely undersung. In my case, of course, the inhalation brings with it a body memory of the Carquinez Bridge too, which complicates the sweetness with pangs of sour melancholy. You don't need to worry about all that, though. Just breathe it in and report back. And no looking in the mirror, either!

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Mode: caramelizing
Muse: a waft of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"

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elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: January 18th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I got fresh Nicaragua coffee beans in the mail today! They smell amazing even through the packaging.

I sadly don't have C&H around right now, I don't believe. But I spent many a baking afternoon and oatmeal morning of childhood with my nose--and fingers--ever so much in the brown sugar. Bag or box or that special blue tupperware. I think it was actually real Tupperware. Amazing!

I take food reverie most seriously, you know.
From: bobo_amargo Date: January 18th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

C & Ouch

I agree that the smell of fresh brown sugar is "sorely undersung," and that you are the proper Virgil thereof, but why are you still buying C&H? There are a number of excellent organic noncorporate alternatives that smell every bit as good, if not better (is there an equivalent of Rainbow Grocery down Arizona way?).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 18th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: C & Ouch

Oh, we generally do buy organic sugar. Tucson is pretty well stocked with alternative food providers. But sometimes we end up buying sugar at Safeway. For all of its imperialist legacy, C&H makes me think of home because of the corporation's Crockett address. And, though Kim has less fondness for Vallejo than I do, she is rendered nostalgic by C&H both because of all those drives over the Carquinez and because she grew up with it. The latter pull is similar to the one I and many other Philadelphia-area natives feel when we eat a Tastycake. It's not good for you, but the rush of the past compensates for the rush of the present. Incidentally, I want to thank you for declaring me to be one of the least cynical people you know. That made my day!
From: bobo_amargo Date: January 18th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

It Will Out

Glad to hear that the C&H in the house is the rule's exception. I certainly know -- in fact only too well -- the compensations of nostalgia (the back-formation that seems to be my current sexuality is a good case in point). Given my old interest in embarrassment, I'd put it this way: the rush of the past (very nearly) compensates for the BLUSH of the present. My worry, where you're concerned (given your obvious propensity to being allergic), is that the rush of the past will fail to compensate for the RASH of the present.

As to my declaration of a few days back, it's . . . true (winking)! Truth sometimes has the power to speak truth to power and make someone's day to boot.
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