Gray Flannel Dwarf



So, the new Harris Teeter opened up down the street, sometime in the past two weeks or so. After biking a few laps around the lake at Apex Community Park, I was a bit hungry and thirsty, so I decided it was as good a time as any to go check it out.

I’m glad it’s there, for a myriad of reasons. First of all, it’s open 24 hours, which is a good thing. After having 24 hour grocery stores all over the DC area, it was a little adjustment finding out that stores around here close at 10 or 11ish. I mean, I don’t make it a habit to do all my grocery shopping at wee hours, but the convenience can’t be downplayed.

Secondly, while wandering through the store, I saw that they carry kefir. Good stuff.

And then I saw the Grapples.

Now, I was a bit disappointed, as were others, from what I’ve seen on other weblogs, that they aren’t a hybrid or anything, but rather apples flavoured with artificial grape. I didn’t realise this until I got home. In any case, I tried one. I am kind of ashamed to say that they’re pretty good! I’ve seen that others couldn’t taste the grape flavour. I dunno… it was pretty evident in the ones that I bought.

They’re not cheap, unfortunately — about $5 for four of them — so I won’t be buying them all the time, but it’s a pretty good treat. I don’t know what kind of statement it’s saying that fresh fruit can be bastardised in this manner and still be tasty. But I could certainly eat these instead of candy anyday, and if this is indeed their marketing ploy, which seems to be the case, they’ve somehow succeeded.

cswiii @ 9:39 pm