I have been called crazy before, sometimes even told I am wrong, but on this matter I am certain I am correct. Bread & Pickle, the little food concession at the Lake Harriet Band Shell, served delicious bran blueberry muffins last year. I recall them being moist, sticky, and heavy with flavor.
I stopped at Bread & Pickle when it first opened for the season and asked for a muffin and was told by the unprepared staff that they did not sell muffins. I pointed it out on the menu and they then told me they were out. Suddenly the part-timer became an expert on the matter, too. She said they would have blueberry muffins, but not bran. Wagging my finger, I corrected her and said they were blueberry AND bran all mixed together. She counter-correct: No, sir, they are not.
A minute before she had no idea they served muffins at all…
Let me digress and offer a riddle. I like this one. It is a word game. Using different words, come up with a name for Bread & Pickle that means essentially the same thing. I will give you a hint. You have to switch the word order and then come up with a different word that represents more or less the same thing. So you would start with “pickle” and choose a word like “dill” then “bread” and choose a word like “dough.” See how you do.
Back to my muffin.
Today I was happy to see no line at the order window (I still waited about a minute) and thought I would order my coffee and blueberry bran muffin. I was so excited I even caught myself licking my lips and rubbing my hands together. I might have giggled a little, too. (Perhaps that’s why no one came to the window for a minute or so?)
I got my muffin and coffee and scurried over to an open table, about ready to faint. I was doubly excited because the bag felt heavier this year. Could they be offering supersized muffins? In the past they were only the size of a meatball, which was fine. Eager and loaded with anticipation I reach into the paper sack and pull out…a plain blueberry muffin.
I’m not sure what happened next. I awoke on the ground with a dog panting in my face. When I pulled myself up I was disappointed to see the muffin still there. I tried it.
Dry, tasteless, and baked days ago. What a disappointment! So please…everyone…start a petition or something. Call your representatives. Use extortion if you can. Do something to get the muffins back!
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