Saturday, July 08, 2006

Love it or Hate it?

In the UK (and Australia) there is a very unique condiment that people form very strong opinions about. It's a dark brown, thick, vegetable spread called 'Marmite'.. It looks like molasses and tastes like syrupy bouillion cubes.. I kind of loved it for about a week.. It reminded me of a previous trip to England, and I found it very comforting spread (very thinly!) on a fresh slab of whole grain toast.. Then one day in haste for work, I made the fatal error of spreading it 1 mm too thick.. It was so offensive and salty and murky.. I had to take a little vacation from it.. Tonight, the evening before a 1/2 marathon race, I thought it might be a good idea to load up on that sodium, so I braved a tip of a teaspoon full.. And I actually felt more energetic (after gagging).. So I went to their website to see how much salt I was actually getting.. I clicked on the 'Marmite Hater' section to see how British advertising compares with American, and found this:

file:////Haters of Marmite, it's time to recoil! The spread you love to hate has just gotten worse... the monstrosity that is the new Marmite Squeeze Me.
Just when you started to forget its gruesome taste - it's back. This time it's in a plastic container, so no matter how hard you try to smash it against the wall - it keeps bouncing back. If only it would take the hint and go away..//

Friends, it's salty.. Good night, and good luck..

19 comments:

Myrsurv said...

Let me know if you PR and I'll be snacking on it with you. Guess we should stack up on the water, too.

tamar said...

~myrsurv.. far from pr'ing, but at least I didn't drop out like several people during this hot event.. I still recommend marmite.. I think you will probably hate the stuff..

Jon said...

OMG that was hilarious!!!

I sent that ad to my brothers and friends (that would appreciate it).

Too much of a good thing can be bad.

tamar said...

~JON I know, this really hit my funny bone too.. I forgot how much bad this can taste is you dole out too much.. Your family eats it?

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~Deb said...

Please don't make me try this Tamar. My water retention is a force to be reckoned with. I blow up like a fricken tick if I have too much sodium! But this made me laugh! You're too funny. Salt is great if you're about to sweat bullets running.

Hope you're doing well! Miss you chicky!

Jon said...

My family doesn't eat it, that I know of anyway. I just like sending them sick stuff :D

Deb... I think "The Tick" is a guy. But you could be another superhero, or could they make you She Tick?

~Deb said...

I was never much into superheroes before, but if I had my choice, I would love to be Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter was a hot number back then, wasn’t she?

tamar said...

~deb Oh come on, just try a little! I have a few extra jars..
Poor Deb, I'm always trying to get you to eat things you don't want.. And then forget what it was.. I think several people in your life do that to you.. 'Why don't you order chicken, Deb?'

~Deb said...

THE BLOODY CHICKEN! How long has she known me for Tamar? For the love of GAWD!

Jon said...

Let's all go out for sushi!!!

I am sure the chicken reference is a funny Deb joke.

I am feeling like a martini (or margarita) tonight. Any takers?

~Deb said...

Jonny boy...You have asked Tamar, Amy and myself out---so I suggest that YOU get your butt to New York and take us all out for sushi! Whaddya' say?

Oh and the chicken reference was about when Madelene kept asking me what type of food I wanted--and there was a 'chicken scare' about how it was tainted --or people were getting sick ---this was about 3 yrs ago or so...

So..Madelene says, "Well, what do you want for dinner?

"I don't know Mad, what do you think?"

"Well what about the chicken parm at Bella's Restaurant?"

"No Mad, I'm not eating chicken until the scare goes away."

"Okay Deb, well what about your favorite moo goo gai pan at the Chinese take out?"

"Mad, that's loaded with chicken...no..."

"Okay. How about I make hot wings tonight?"

"Mad, that's chicken too."

"Okay..."

*Deb pulls hair out frantically asking herself, "WHY? WHY? WHY?"*

That about sums it up. And it still continues in my household in other ways...believe me.

Tamar? Save me? Please?

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