Saturday, June 20, 2009

Special

So, the other night, Mikael comes home with a packet of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. For me. Bought in 7-Eleven. And while this is no big thing, usually, I must add that Reese's products have never been widely available here before. Only at the American Shop, or the American aisle at Super Best Hellerup. And even though I adore the damn fattening things, I am used to only tasting them once or twice a year, when my mother brings me some. But now, I can go down to 7-Eleven whenever and buy them? I'm not quite sure I like that they're so readily available. I don't like it when things we regard as special suddenly go off and become everyday. Because then they seem to lose their appeal.

Mikael was in California for the first time some years ago, where he tasted his first Sierra Nevada Indian Pale Ale. It instantly became his favorite beer. Obviously, back then there was only Tuborg and Carlsberg to be had in Denmark, and he so wished he could find it here. Then one day he did. A small specialty beer boutique opened on Vesterbro, and there it was, with its unmistakable green paper. S.N. Indian Pale Ale. And all of a sudden, it wasn't so special anymore. Still tasted great of course, but all of a sudden not something he had to have.

You know, this may seem hypocritical, because I am seriously thankful that I can buy Ben & Jerry's here. Danish ice cream (flødeis) tastes like cold fat in a bowl, and I do not like. But somethings I would prefer to keep "special", aka not readily available. Especially Reese's. Because even though it tastes good, it is not exactly what I would classify as a high quality product, so why exactly should we be importing it?

What do y'all think? Do you have a "special" product? Do you think it would become less special if you could just buy it whenever you wanted?

19 comments:

Juliet said...

First of all, you have 7-eleven there?! Did not know they were out that way.

There is this big, chocolate custard filled croissant, shaped like a large, rounded oval, with hardened chocolate on either end. It is so delicious! They make it at the Japanese bakery inside the Japanese market by where we used to live. That bakery only has one other location, and that is here in Michigan (I actually went there first, before I was married). But the one here doesn't make this particular pastry. While it would be nice to have it any old time I was craving it, it's nice to have something to look forward to when I visit Illinois.

the writer said...

My special products that turned out to be not-so-special-but-I-still-appreciate-it kind of way (whoa, that's a long one!) is shrimp crackers that I could easily get it from Lidl.

Before, I could only find these things in Asian shop and now after Lidl is just been built around the corner, I could get a pack for 10 kr anytime anywhere.

As for ice cream, I have always fancied Underground IS banana and chocolate chip. Most "rather upscale" pizzerias usually have them on the menu and Irma sometimes sells it but it's not always available so that's why it's kinda special in a way :D

Charlotte Frantzdatter said...

Sounds like you havent tryed ParadIS!
There is one at Sankt Hans Torv fx. You got to try their lemon icecream! Its yummi!

Well evertime Im not home, I miss real rugbrød and Super piratos (strong licorize that are illegal in a lot of places - its that strong), but I dont really think I would like to be able tog et it everywhere - then what is the fun in traveling or coming home? There has to be a little difference and something to look forward to, when you go out or go home.

Jennie said...

Juliet - 7-Eleven has been around here for a little over ten years. Back then, there was only one of them, in Copenhagen. Now they're everywhere. They don't carry quite the same sortiment, but the basics are the same. And they're open at all hours, which is a very novel concept here.

Writer - oh yes, shrimp crackers! I'm also glad to see you can buy them in bags now, instead of having to fry them yourself! Not a fan of hot oil.

Charlotte - Well, I'd say Paradis has more of an Italian gelato concept going, since most of their ice creams are made from milk instead of cream. But before they came around, the only thing you could get here was heavy, thick full fat ice cream, with artificial flavor. Yuck.

Kel D said...

Cadbury's chocolate and little packets of crisps. But I have found I can do without them...

Vegetarian substitutes like quorn or cheese bakes.

Also, individual yoghurt pots...

But.... I can do without them... And when I go home, I rarely go looking for them!

paulh said...

hej jennie,

I think you hit the point of products and their value which are quite hard to express! I just have no idea who's responsible at various supermarkets of what they import and what not! (would be funny to see these people)

Well yes jen and I have such a product and it is so exclusive that I'm happy that we will never have it in every supermarket! It's from a small winery in the Barossa Valley close to Adelaide, Australia! The Shiraz from the Rockford winery is one of the best reds from the outback and you only get it there and in a very exclusive vine shop in swiss! Sounds like we're up somewhere else but as we've visited this winery it's just a memory that is in out mind and the taste belongs to it!

but I guess the people deciding which product is worth importing might be funny!

Jennie said...

Kel D - I have found that it's quite easy to do without also. With practice of course! Apropos the quorn, we have it here at our Irma stores. My hubby doesn't even notice when I substitute it for chicken!

Paul- I know what you mean. Like, when you've enjoyed a particular bottle of wine on the beach in some faraway land in good company, it just wouldn't taste as good here. And I'm really wondering now, what on earth possessed the buyers of Danish 7-Elevens to import these American chocolates!? They're really not that good. I'd rather see them import Finnish Fazer, which kicks ass, in my humble opinion.

PiNG aka Patti said...

I discovered Reese's at a 7-11 awhile back and I have to say, they haven't lost their appeal to me - I always love them!!

Paula said...

There is only one kind of Haagen Dazs ice cream flavour I like- strawberry and i cant find it in their limited selection here.

Jennie said...

Patti - Excellent! A little taste of home in Jylland :-)

Paula - What a shame. Strawberry is a classic flavor in any selection. Luckily, I can do with their Dulce de leche. Works for me :-)

Indra said...

All my Goya products. I've only been able to find the sweetened coconut milk but it was so long on the shelf that it wasn't worth having. I miss Adobo and Sofrito and the Goya rice. Yea...i miss those and would LOVE it if I could get them at the corner store. I also miss NYC Chinese Eggrolls - the forårsruller here are pretty different. I miss NYC pizza. It would be very bad if they brought that here - I would be as big as a house ;)

Green said...

Anything from NY. Dunkin Donuts, Carvel ice cream, etc. Turns out donuts fit perfectly in the boxes single bottles of wine come in. I took a dozen Dunkin Donuts on the plane home last time I was in the East Coast.

When I was working steadily, once a year I'd order bagels from NY to be overnighted also.

M to the E to the R to the I said...

Sounds silly, but- Kinder Eggs. I was 9 when we lived in Switzerland and the concept of an amazing toy hidden inside not one, but TWO different kinds of chocolate was mind blowing to me. You can buy them around here, but only in certain areas (that I don't live near). They were my favorite when I was a kid, so they still have that shiny kid fantasy about them.
Heck- REAL CHOCOLATE too! American chocolate is vile. I still eat it. But that's not saying a lot. I eat anything if I'm hungry. (Reese are an exception however, PB and Chocolate are a match made in heaven).

M to the E to the R to the I said...

My comment didn't make sense. I have bad grammatical flow. I really should proof read.

Jennie said...

Indra - I have no idea what Goya is. Must check that out! I comis, with the eggrolls and pizza. It's quite difficult to find good Chinese in this country at all! You can find good pizzas, but you have to find them in the forests of pizza with shawarma, pineapple and other yuckies on them.

Green - oh yes. Donuts! There is nothing comparable here. Funny thing though: in Finland of all places, they have a donut shop that is almost good as the real thing! Overnighting donuts? Wow!

Meri - I never proofread. So now we're even :-P I used to love Kinder Eggs too! They're at the local grocery. But I resist!

M to the E to the R to the I said...

Ooo! Ooo! Just thought of another HUGE one! HUGE!!!
REAL CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES. Real ones, not brown colored lard.
On hot cocoa with whipped cream.....oh baby....
Or on bread slathered with peanut butter...
I really miss those.

Tine said...

My mom is from Norway and I have 2 super-comfort-foods that are not available in Denmark (and I wouldn't necessarily want them to be):
1 - Gjende Kjeks (kjeks = Danish KIKS. Cookie/biscuit - sweet!)
2 - Champagne Brus (brus = Danish SODAVAND. lovely soft drink)
I always have a small supply of these, and when the world is evil they are guaranteed to make the day brighter.
Kel D mentioned Cadbury - and I must say, even though I love England and made a great effort to love ALL English food as well (I really wanted to like baked beans on toast...), Cadburys just never did it for me. They always remind me of sticky, hot tube stations...

Tine said...

(And I love the Tube (true anorak) - just not on hot August days...)

Jennie said...

Tine - I've actually had Champagne Brus! Once in Bergen, and I couldn't quite get my head around it, that there wasn't actually champagne in it, lol! Cadbury's with fruit and nuts was a staple of mine when I used to fly. I'd buy it on layovers in London. Mmm...

Oh, and for the record - I just drank a Dr. Pepper I had stashed away from a trip to Super Best. Man, I coulda swore I was in Texas five minutes ago!