Did you know that there are Ketchup flavored potato chips? Lay's makes them but you have be in Canada to buy them. What's up with that? Isn't ketchup a classic American condiment? Then why is it that you can only buy these chips in Canada?
Last Saturday, I had the very special opportunity to spend the afternoon and evening with my fellow New Jersey book blogger, Hilcia and nath who came down for the weekend from Canada with sister, Emilie. Nath and her sister came to celebrate Emilie's birthday with a weekend full of shopping in NYC and in some outlets here in New Jersey. I think poor Hils is still recovering from power shopping with those two. LOL!
I joined the shopping spree when it came time for the book shopping part. But get this.. I DIDN'T BUY A SINGLE BOOK! What the heck? I KNOW! And we went to both Barnes & Noble and Borders.
What is up with that?
It's because I have the iPad now. What's the point of buying paper books if I'm now fully equipped to go ebooking, right? I have to admit there is something very elemental and comforting about holding a paper book... but I am trying to be realistic here. I LOVE the iPad... therefore I should USE the iPad. And right now I am proud to say that I'm not building up a TBR on my iPad, unless the book is free, of course. Otherwise, I plan to only buy a book on my iPad when I know I am going to read it right away. I don't know why that same rule didn't apply to paper books when they were released, but for some reason I'm able to hold back from buying on my iPad just to have the book at the ready. Go figure.
Want to see what books nath and Hilcia bought and traded?
Nath's weekend post is HERE and Hilcia's is HERE.
So nath, being the kind and generous soul that she is, comes bearing gifts! And I .... went to see her... empty handed. Shitake mushrooms! Don't you hate when that happens?
Oh wait! I did have a book for her, but I gave it to her on loan only. *blushes* So embarrassing. I would have given it to her at that point to save face but the book was signed by the author and addressed to me by name, so that would have been really awkward. More awkward than it already was.
Nath gave me these three books from her shelves at home for keeps:
Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
I have one of Kinsale's recent books, Lessons In French on my shelf, but I've heard so many readers name this one as their favorite Kinsale romance.
Turbulent Sea by Christine Feehan
I was missing this installment in the Drake Sisters series when I bequeathed that treasure trove of books from Mariana.
Her Vampire Husband by Michelle Hauf
I'm pretty tapped out on the vampire stories, but I remembered reading a couple of rave reviews for this one. Has anyone else read it?
While nath assured me she wasn't trying to sabotage my diet, she presented me with some really delicious treats from Canada.
The ketchup flavored chips which I've been eating with lunch this week. The chips are a surprising shade of maroon and taste surprisingly delicious! The flavor starts out sour like salt & vinegar flavored chips and then pow! you get the tang of tomato ketchup!
A box of premium and uniquely flavored chocolates. My favorites were the Chai tea, habanero pepper and saffron flavored chocolates. Mmm... And yes, you read that correctly ... were is not a typo. We like our chocolate in this house.
A can of 100% pure Canadian maple syrup. How did nath know I am a major maple syrup snob? None of that fake corn syrup crap. Sorry, Aunt Jemima. You suck.
Delicate chocolate filled orange meringuettes, which I tasted a few minutes ago just so I could tell you they taste as delicate and melt-in-your-mouth sweet as they sound.
Nath! You spoil me!! Thank you so, so, so much for everything. Just keep in mind that revenge is sweet. I will get back at you for all of this kindness and generosity... xo
It was so great hanging out with you and your sister. I had such a nice time. :) Next time we hit that UBS!
Hilcia, can't wait to see you again soon! xo
Have you ever tried Ketchup potato chips? Did you like them?
What's your favorite kind of chip?