Thursday, November 12, 2009

And I'll Cry if I Want To

Hello? Mr. Counterman at the Fancy, Overpriced Bakery I Swore to my Husband I Would No Longer Patronize Because They Charge $9 for Coffee and a Muffin?

A word, please.

When I asked you to walk me through your selection of fancy, overpriced cakes, you oh-so-imperceptibly scoffed when I asked if this one was Oreo. And launched into a ever-so-slightly condescending explanation of how it was made with uber-fancy Valrhona dark chocolate.

"Have you ever had Valrhona?" you asked. A whiff of superiority clung to the air.

"I don't think so," I said sheepishly. "But really? It looks like an Oreo cake to me."

"Well, it shouldn't," you said, ever-so-slightly patronizingly.

I bought it anyway. It was my birthday, you know. My husband was too sick to get me a cake. And it looked good, whatever the hell it was.

But dude? Valrhona my ass. That is an Oreo. I know from Oreos. Don't mess with me when it comes to Oreos.

That is all.


  1. perfect! Boy if only Valhrona was used for Oreo cookies - that'd be one heckuva cookie.

    As for Valhrona - if you like your chocolate darrrrk, pick some up the next time you're at Trader Joe's or World Market - 2 places that carrie it without all the pretension. It comes in different strengths ranging from 79% - 92%.

  2. Readers, you can't accept that this is an Oreo just because someone said so on a blog.

    If it were an Oreo, it would have an "O" in the beginning. All I see is "REO". As in Speedwagon, hey?

    I'm anonymous so you know you can trust me on this one.

  3. Timely post. Today's NYT has a story about putting an Oreo to death. Maybe a piece made its way into your cake?

  4. Fun post, Jennifer. Not sure if you remember me or not -- Matt's friend Nan (of Nan and Tom) from Cortland, NY. I'm glad Matt posted this on FB so I could find your blog. I am an avid blog reader, and yours looks like one I'll enjoy reading. Best wishes.

  5. I told you not to go there, there being Stonemill Bakery at Greenspring Station by the way. I have no problem outing them and haven't been back since they charged me $9 for a coffee and a fruit cup.



  7. First, LOLOLOLOL

    Second, did I really just name a blog post this exact same title? Totally a coincidence and kinda spooky.

    Third, LOLOLOL again. Have you been back?