A Letter To My Old Friend, Pizza

A Letter To My Old Friend, Pizza

It's been a while.


Old friend,

I know it's been a while, but I still think about you - every day.

Adopting a vegetarian, low-carb diet was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made, and I want you to know that it wasn't your fault. Well, it kind of was. But you weren't the only culprit - pasta and chocolate are to blame as well. And bread - especially bread.

I do miss you, but things are better this way. My heart and taste buds may love you, but my waistline does not. I had to make a choice, and I hope that you're doing well.

I know that you're doing fine. I know you get plenty of attention. I'm not worried about that. But I don't want you to think you were the only reason for my decision. I know you probably feel betrayed. I mean, after all, it must not feel good to be rejected by an Italian.

I can't remember the first time we met, and I can't remember the last, but I do remember your steaming sauce and delectable cheese, perfectly burnt so that you have a little bit of brown on top, but not too much. Pure perfection.

Sometimes I see you and pass by. I can't stand to look at you. I'm not strong enough. Don't take it personally.

I'm sure I will be able to see you every now and then. Maybe a couple times a month, maybe every other week. I'm sure we can figure something out. But things can't be the way they were. My figure won't allow it. I wish it didn't have to be this way, but I'm just one of those people who can't enjoy your presence every day or even every week.

I wish you the best.

Stay cheesy,


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Explaining Wawa To Someone Who's Never Heard Of It

An inevitable and surprisingly frequent topic of conversation.


Those familiar with Wawa will inevitably come to a time when they mention the store and are greeted with blank stares of confusion. Most have at least heard of the store, often in comparison with Sheetz, but trying to actually describe it is a frustrating process which might go something like this:

"What the heck is a Wawa? That doesn't even sound like a real word?"

They have the little picture of a goose in their logo just to help explain this portion, nonverbally.

"Why are you excited about gas station food?"

It's a convenience store with a gas station. Just because it has gas and has largely become known for its sale of gas does not make the gas the main component of the store. Plenty of locations still exist which are solely the market component of Wawa. Also, there are fruit and vegetables in Wawa in comparison to the mostly pre-packaged goods at some gas stations.

"But, still — it can't be that good?"

I can get a kale salad, a hoagie, and a donut all in one place. They don't even have to go together, it's just convenient, wide-ranging in food type, and they're all individually delicious.

"What do you mean they advertise with airplanes?"

It's almost guaranteed sitting on the Jersey Shore beach that you will see planes flying overhead with banners advertising for hoagiefest.

"What the heck is hoagiefest?"

It's a yearly sale featuring annoyingly catchy marketing jingles and overplayed advertisements, but it's also a time for discounted hoagies — so it's worth it. Also, if you call hoagies, subs or sandwiches, or anything else of the sort, you probably had the "What is a Wawa?" conversation with someone.

"Are you from Philadelphia, then?"

Wawa territory is actually decently large, with answers to this question ranging from "Yes," "Not really, but kind of" to "No, Florida."

"Why do you miss it?" (Or "Stop complaining.")

This question (or outright statement) probably followed you complaining about how long it's been since you went there, even if you were just there this morning. In the event that it has been a decent length of time since you made it there, you might just be entering Wawa deprivation.

How is it different from Sheetz?

To quote Elizabeth Barrett Browning "Let me count the ways."

To quote my friends, "It just is!"

"Do you want to go there now?"

Yes! (Time is irrelevant to this answer.)

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Cotton Candy And Fruit Is The New Hybrid You Have To Try

Certainly It's a yes from me.


Its that time of the year again and I couldn't be more excited.

Yes, I am talking about the time of the year when Cotton Candy Grapes make their ways to shelves across the US. I know you're probably wondering "Did she really just say cotton candy grapes?" I did, and they are indeed everything I am hyping them up to be!

After nearly 12 years of development, Fruit Geneticist David Cain developed this new hybrid fruit by the use of hand pollination crossed with millions of varying types of grapes. Creating something that tastes just like a cotton candy would but, with a slight hint of vanilla! Don't be fooled. They look like your average juicy green grapes. But, their immaculate sweet taste differentiates them from their tangy and tart counterpart.

Now here I stand, staring at the doors of my local Publix, just seconds from walking inside and purchasing the sweet treat when the produce clerk suddenly crushes all hopes and dreams I may have. Our conversation went a little like this:

"Oh my gosh, Hi! How are you, it's weird, I heard the cotton candy grapes were in but I'm not seeing them."

-"Oh yeah, you're probably like the fifth person to ask about them. Unfortunately, they won't come in until the end of the month.. maybe early April.

EARLY APRIL, I... I... I just don't understand.

- Yeah, last year we got them fairly late and they left soon after.. so I guess they're taking their time this year around.

But, you know what you should try... Sugar Kiss Cantaloupe .. It'll rock your world!

Have a nice day sir.

Here I sit .. hurt, confused and fairly belittled. All I wanted was a sweet delectable treat but what I received was a ton of disappointment. Maybe your luck is better than mines and if so... Head on down to your local Trader Joes, Publix or Costco's and try the cotton candy grapes for yourselves. Maybe their just as great as I describe them to be or a huge letdown. Either way, they are definitely worth the try!

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