Friday, August 24, 2007

Canada is Snacking Better

Last night I had a dinner meeting with a Leadership Consultant who was in town for her yearly visit to our sorority chapter (I am the Chapter Advisor here in Upstate NY). The moment I met LC, I knew I would like her. She was so warm and friendly and kept saying wonderful things about our sisters....I was a proud momma hen! She is just starting her year tour of duty in this position and when asked where she would like to go to dinner, she of course said "oh anywhere is fine with me." She finally requested our new Cheesecake Factory restaurant. Which is a little funny if you knew about the conversation I had earlier in the day with the other advisor joining us at the meeting. I said that I didn't want to go to a chain restaurant and I try to always go to local places. Oh well, Cheesecake is a pretty good chain and it's been years since my last visit. She heard we have a newly opened one and she has never been to one before. The wait was of course more than an hour so we finished up most of our business related conversation before we even sat down. But that made dinner a ball- just sorority girls rehashing our college days (she is just a year out of school so hers were easy to remember). She is from Canada and it was my first time meeting one of our Canadian counterparts. Not that it should surprise me, but her experiences were pretty much the same as our American sorority experiences.

I asked her if there was anything she missed from home. And she said, yes Ketchup chips. Her mom came to visit her last week and brought her two bags.

Ketchup chips? What are those? My college roommate and I used to sit down with a bag of chips and a plate full of ketchup and dip them in before consuming. But I have never met anyone else who does that. And I only do it when Belle and I are together. Are you telling me they have chips already flavored like ketchup? I need these!! When we dropped LC back at the sorority house, she ran up to her room and brought me back the huge bag of ketchup chips to taste. Mmmm- sooo yum-o! To me they tasted like a salt-and-vinegar chip dipped into ketchup. Really unique and very tasty. She offered for me to take the whole bag but considering I just ate more than my weight in cheesecake, I declined after only a few chips. She said her other favorite chippy shack is flavored like roasted chicken. Really? That actually sounds delish. She said they are super yummy too.

Who makes these I wondered when I got home? Oh, Lays. An American company. But they are snubbing their own peeps, y'all! Because they are only giving these tasty gems to the Canadians. I feel no chippy love, Lays! Sniff!! Oh and Heinz makes them too. But again, only for the fun loving Canadian customers! America is being left out. Have you driven your shopping buggy down the chip aisle in the grocery store lately? It is insane. Lays and Heinz can't fit a few bags in there too?

So for any Canadian blog buddies living further north on the globe than me, know that I am jealous of your fun lunch snacks! And for anyone taking a trip up to Oh Canada, be sure to crunch on a few ketchup chips for me. Or a chicken chip. What other fun goodies are you keeping all to yourself, little Miss Canada?!


Perfectly Plump Preppy 2.0 said...

Canadians and Europeans have all sorts of fun flavored potato chips. I am headed to Toronto on 9/6, I'll try to eat a chicken flavored chip in homage to you :)

Buford Betty said...

Yeah it's totally weird how American companies make diff flavors and such for foreign consumers. Like Coke has a myriad of other sodas made only for other countries, that you can't get here.

I might like those ketchup ones. Salt and vinegar is my favorite, so it sounds purty good!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Oh I was telling the LC all about the Coke Museum and how much fun it is in that last room with every coke flavor from around the world to taste.

Cindy Is Crafty said...

Let's not forget the other great Canadian thing involving potatoes and hot oil! French fries with gravy for dipping! YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

Olivia: (mostly) Happy Homemaker said...

Too funny! Good for you being a sorority advisor... I am too and it takes a lot of time!

Anonymous said...

Too funny! I just had to comment. Personally, I'm not that big on ketchup chips. I do love smarties thought. Have you heard of them? They look kind of like m&m's, but taste different and come in brighter colours. There are very yummy! On a related note I used to eat poutine (fries topped with gravy and cheese) during my first year of university after a night out but one time my best friend and I got so sick that I haven't touched the stuff since. It's all for the best since poutine isn't exactly a healthy snack!


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