Sunday, April 03, 2011

The grade-A truth of the matter

I can go on all I want,  in overly-dramatic detail, about sense- of -place this, cultural -barrier that, and the harsher, more surprising realities of rootlessness, but the real reason we have to come home all boils down to one simple-yet-essential thing:

The indignity


  of having to rely on Canadian maple syrup,

 which costs us



about $12, for four ounces. 

Could you imagine?

11 comments:

C. said...

Hey Missy, I sorta get the whole indignity thing...and I definitely get the $12 for small bottle as I did it for 5 years in Switzerland and am continuing to do so down under BUT I am from Quebec and we are rather partial to the belief that our maple syrup is superiour to Vermont's - yet you read me right! Challenge ya! Biggest problem, in all seriousness, was that Quebec only seemed to export their Grade B syrup which isn't quite as divine as Grade A.

MT said...

C. beat me to the punch!

I bought the stuff exported to Europe and it ain't the same thing. Vermont or Quebec, it just isn't as good in Europe as it is here.

Interestingly, we did a blind taste test of Cailler milk chocolate from Geneva, and just across the border in France. Indistinguishable from the wrappings which was which. The Swiss one was unanimously better taste!

I say bring on the maple syrup blind taste test!!!! But it would have to be bought in Canada versus bought in Vermont.

Emma said...

Yes I can imagine!! That's about what we pay for it too. Needless to say around here we have "maple- flavoured syrup", which is not quite the same... But it is ten bucks cheaper.

Meowmie said...

Totally understand. Similar prices here. And maple-flavoured syrup, while cheaper, is vile and disgusting.

Betsy said...

C and MT: Hee hee. It's good to know I'm not the only loyalist here. Please note that this Canadian syrup has also been the only thing that has kept us alive the past years. It tastes good, no doubt about it. It's real, it's made from pure maple sap. But the habits of native Vermonters die hard. We just don't "do" Canadian syrup. Not in public anyway. :)

Janet in Italy said...

Betsy,
I know exactly how you feel! But, think positive: at least you can GET maple syrup, Canadian or not, in France. Here in Italy we can't even get that, boo... Needless to say it is on the wishlist for each and every package we get from dear Nonna (my Mom!!) Can't have oatmeal or pancakes without it, yum!

Living Down Undeer said...

I'm seconding C's comment as well! It's number one on our list of things we want when we have people coming over from Toronto. There's things I'll miss about Sydney when we move back but it'll be nice not to have to hoard our syrup! :)

Betsy said...

Janet: YOu are so right. I am so lacking in gratitude. Taking for granted the very existence of pure maple syrup in France. Shame on me. :)
Send me your address and I will send you some real syrup, VT, not NH, when we get back.

leannam said...

Come home. Come home now. They might still be boiling if you make it here by Easter...

Steph said...

Canadian maple syrup is da best! And I happen to live in the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario! :)
http://www.lanarkcountytourism.com/news.cfm?newsid=258

Betsy said...

leanam: I would kill to be sitting inside a sweet, steamy sugar shack right now.