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1.

Summer after my junior year in college, I interned at an engineering firm in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. At the building's cafeteria they had, among all the other snack-sized bags of Dorito's and pretzels and whatnot, Cheetos. Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

If you are not familiar, Flamin' Hot Cheetos are, in fact, hot. They're not burn-your-face-off hot, but they are decently hot (to me: please remember I am from New Jersey). The way they get ya is, you eat one or two rather tentatively, and then you get distracted and pop a few in your mouth in quick succession, boom boom boom, and then all the hot gets backed up in your mouth and AHHHH! That's how they get ya. They're also bright red. They fucking kick ass.

I could never find them anywhere else besides that cafeteria. I looked everywhere. I even checked the Frito-Lay website, and they said that they make them still, but it's not like the site had a map of where they distribute which product lines, so it really didn't help at all.

Then last week there appeared at every Wawa a display rack of new Frito-Lay products. They're regular 3-D Doritos and Cheetos and whatnot, but they're packaged in a tall slender plastic thing that fits in one's cupholder. And there's a cap into which you can shake a few of your corn products, and eat from that. It's actually a pretty useful product, though of course it's an immense waste of plastic, and it's a dollar and change for not that much food.

BUT THE CHEETOS ASTEROIDS COME IN "FLAMIN' HOT".

I bought a can, and ate it. I went back the next day and bought two more. I am in heaven. They need to make these things in freaking bags. I freaking love them.


2.

I come from North Jersey, and we don't have Wawas there. So sometime last year, when I was hungry and in a Wawa, and saw that they had Beef Stew, and subsequently bought it (and a roll for dippin'), it was my first Wawa Beef Stew experience.

Man was I impressed. It was really really good. I have been on the lookout ever since, seriously ever, and I NEVER saw it again.

Then last Thursday when I was getting rip-roaringly drunk by myself, I spoke to a friend and he said he was coming over, and that he would stop at Wawa on the way, and did I want anything. I told him I'd take a hot dog, unless they had beef stew, which they wouldn't, but then I'd take that.

They had it, and man oh man did that beef stew taste FREAKING good. I went back to that same Wawa the next day, but alas, no more beef stew.

So Sunday on my way home, I hope against hope and stop at the Wawa, and there it is! Beef stew! I am elated. I get it home, I dig in, and . . .

Not as good. Good, but not delicious. Ah well.


3.

Good sweet shit am I hungry.

Comments

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prettykate
Mar. 26th, 2002 07:54 am (UTC)
You could post this in thinstupid, the eating community!

I miss wawas in north Jersey ALOT. (Not a lot, or very much, but ALOT)Quick checks are not the same, and they don't make the wraps that I love.
littlewashu
Mar. 26th, 2002 07:59 am (UTC)
Would you yell at me if I told you that "a lot" is two words?
prettykate
Mar. 26th, 2002 09:58 am (UTC)
You posted about how you hate that awhile back! I am teasing you, for real!
littlewashu
Mar. 26th, 2002 10:16 am (UTC)
Damn, girl. I . . . man.

I kill you.


Oh, and yes, you do look a lot like Emily Quartermain. Except much prettier, and I'm not just saying that.
prettykate
Mar. 26th, 2002 12:15 pm (UTC)
OMG PLESE DONT KILL ME LIL WASHOE!!!1!!! I WAS TRYNG 2 MAKE U LOL!!1!

There were these really annoying classmates of mine my Freshman year that constantly referred to me as Emily. But after awhile, I thought it was pretty random and cool.

...and it's REAL cool that you think I am even hotter!


quba
Mar. 26th, 2002 07:59 am (UTC)
What is this Wawa of which you speak? Is it a restauraunt or a convienence store? I have heard evidence of both.
littlewashu
Mar. 26th, 2002 08:01 am (UTC)
Convenience store. But the hot food can be trusted, and is pretty good. Also they have Super Wawas, which are gas stations too, but there aren't any in my immediate vicinity.

Around here, there's a Wawa every two or three miles. Swear to Christ. I have a friend who lives seven miles away, and there are three (3) Wawas that I pass on the way. It boggles my mind that they don't compete with one another.

Oh, and the ATM's have no fee. I think that's the biggest draw.
prettykate
Mar. 26th, 2002 09:59 am (UTC)
It's very much (ALOT) like a quick check because they have a mini deli and food, but the food is much better than Quick Checks.
salsamander
Mar. 26th, 2002 08:22 am (UTC)
Mouth on Fire
Does Wawa carry Planters Heat - the spicy hot peanuts in bags, or better yet, in the tall glass can?

Is the beef stew better than Dinty Moore? I'd hope so...

mmmm... food_we_crave
counterfeitfake
Mar. 26th, 2002 11:32 am (UTC)
why isn't there a little flame icon here?
I tried some of these the other day. I have to say, they are pretty damn hot. I was kind of thinking they wouldn't be, that it would be that fake-hot taste like McDonalds "Cajun" McChicken sandwich (Cajun, what a laugh). But the folks at Cheetos didn't wuss out, at all. Have some milk handy.

Interestingly (read: uninterestingly) they have them in bags here. And I couldn't find any in those weird plastic containers, although I think I've seen commercials on tv so that was probably the store's fault.
rhino777
Mar. 26th, 2002 11:55 am (UTC)
Then last Thursday when I was getting rip-roaringly drunk by myself

will you write my biography?

also, try the doritos spicier nacho, nice bit o' zing to those as well...
lordreaibn
Mar. 26th, 2002 12:10 pm (UTC)
dang I love flamin hot cheetos!

*claps*

Here in Memphis they are EVERYWHERE!!! ANd big bags are 99 cents. Want me to ship you a case?

*grins* :)
schtune
Mar. 27th, 2002 07:16 pm (UTC)
Hey! I was just at Acme & they have those hot Cheetos in bags. Not the little bags, but not the great big bags either. The standard size - the one designed to be too big to be eaten by one person all at once, but you know some people do anyway.

And they have those funny cans of hot asteroids too.
littlewashu
Mar. 28th, 2002 05:14 am (UTC)
EXCELLENT. Voorhees Acme, I assume?
schtune
Mar. 28th, 2002 05:20 am (UTC)
Yes uh-huh.
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