On the Side
One of my favorite movies of all-time is When Harry Met Sally. And one of my favorite scenes is when Harry, played by Billy Crystal, explains the difference between "high-maintenance women" and low-maintenance women" to Sally, played by Meg Ryan.
Harry: There are two kinds of women: high-maintenance and low-maintenance.
Sally: Which one am I?
Harry: You're the worst kind. You're high-maintenance, but you think you're low-maintenance.
Sally: I don't see that.
Harry: You don't see that? Waiter, I'll begin with the house salad, but I don't want the regular dressing. I'll have the balsamic vinegar and oil, but on the side. And then the salmon with the mustard sauce, but I want the mustard sauce on the side. "On the side" is a very big thing for you.
Sally: Well, I just want it the way I want it.
Harry: I know. High-maintenance.
Like Sally, "on the side" is a very big thing for me, and I want my food the way I want it, too.
I'm a textural eater. If I'm eating food that's crunchy or crispy in its natural state, then I want any accompanying sauce or dressing served on the side because I don't want that sauce or dressing to make the food underneath it soggy or mushy. I also like being able to directly control how much sauce or dressing I'm eating.
So, it should come as no surprise that I eat my cereal sans milk. Milk, obviously, begins to break down the cereal as soon as you pour it over the the top. And, because I'm also a slow eater, I wind up wasting more than half of my cereal because it achieved an unappealing state of sogginess before I could get to the bottom of the bowl.
I recently came across a post from Foodista in my Google Reader that introduced me to a product that might, very well, change the way I eat cereal. The Obol is being marketed as "The Original Crispy Bowl" and features a partial divider in the center of the bowl that keeps the crispy, crunchy cereal separate from the milk! You can take the cereal a spoonful at a time and scoop up as much milk as you'd like to go along with it.
Excuse me. Brilliant!
I haven't purchased one yet, but I'm seriously thinking about it. Have any of you used an Obol before? What are your thoughts? If you haven't heard of this product yet, do you think you might give it a try?
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