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Monday, July 17, 2006

The Cereal House

Cereal: the perfect Saturday-morning-cartoons companion.

In a world of global warming, deadly war and oil crisiseses, The Cereal House is an oasis that will bring you back to your childhood, where your worries were much more piddly: missing an episode of The Smurfs, your sister stealing your Big League Chew, and getting smacked.

Cereal Cafés are becoming huge in the U.S., but here in Canada, they haven't quite caught on yet. The Cereal House is one of the first - and - as a cereal freak, I am proud to say that, after waiting outside their door for 20 minutes, I was their very first customer, ordering the very first bowl of cereal, and handing them their very first $3 bucks.

On Friday, July 14, 2006 I walked through front door of The Cereal House, along with about 8 others. I approached the counter with adrenaline coursing through my legs and said, "I'd like a bowl of Lucky Charms, with 1% milk please." They didn't have the 1% milk yet, so I settled for Skim. (2% just tastes like cream to me). It was all very official. The girl behind the counter asked if I'd like the regular bowl or the junior bowl, and if I'd like any toppings.

Toppings included fruit, like blueberries, and candy, like M&M's, gummy bears, and almost anything else you can imagine. As a cereal connoisseur, I didn't go for the toppings. I decided on the Junior bowl, as I suspected that my cereal would begin to sog too early in the enormous "Regular" bowl, and sog is bad. The girl, proudly smiling away, poured the milk into my bowl, and handed it to me.

I sat down at the back of the café, admiring the interior design, and watched as the staff of four served the line of customers who came after me. The café was much like a kitchen, with beautiful, classy cabinets and amazing rich colours on the walls. The atmosphere was warm and happy, and way tons much more pleasant than the Second Cup down the street which was utterly ruined by a horrific renovation/"rejuvenation" which backfired.

Afterwards, I took my empty bowl to the counter and placed it into the sink where the owner, Nazli Eroglu, was standing. She asked me how I liked everything, and we chatted a bit. I told her the place was beautiful, and asked her if she could get cereal from the United States. She said she could get almost anything.

"If you could get Frankenberry, and advertise it, I bet you'd get a ton of Mac students in here." I said. "It's usually hard to get because it only comes out at Halloween, but you can order it on Amazon.com" I told her. She seemed very enthusiastic about the idea, and said she would try.

Wow!

If The Cereal House lasts, they'll probably look back 2 decades from now and say, "Thank you to all our customers over the years. It's been a long journey. Twenty years ago, the very first bowl of cereal we sold was Lucky Charms.... We didn't know it would kill you back then."

Then they'd lower my casket into the earth, with my grinning lifeless body clutching boxes of Lucky Charms and Frankenberry.

11 Comments:

Blogger Rowan said...

that is so very cool!
I've never heard of these jointns, but really, makes sense we have them in N. America!
Where was this? Is it local?

2:28:00 PM

 
Blogger Martini said...

You bet! It's in the 'Dale, across the street from Snooty.

2:32:00 PM

 
Blogger Chana said...

I have never heard of a Cereal House until now...but then again, i live in Calgary after all...lol..

glad you have such joys in your life. we all need things and places that makes us feel great.

4:16:00 PM

 
Blogger patti_cake said...

I've never heard of these either but then I live in the redneck SouthEastern United States. I bet they have them in the big cities. How cool it would be to go and order whatever cereal your little heart desires that day. The hubs & I fight over cereal because we'll each buy what kind we want .. and then he eats mine. A definite No-No! LOL

4:32:00 PM

 
Blogger VicZan said...

yay for cereal house!

I actually only recently started eating cereal. Well.. wait.. that's not entirely true. I've been eating it straight out of the box for a long time, just not in a bowl with milk.

7:34:00 PM

 
Blogger Richard said...

I know you're a lover of all things cereal - do you get Coco Pops straws in Canada? I'd be interested to get your take on this rapid departure from the cereally-norm. The basic idea is you suck the milk through a 'straw' made of cereal. However, they are being taken to court because of the staggering amounts of sugar involved. Some things never change...

Coco Pops Straws Review

Anti-straw campaign

8:49:00 AM

 
Blogger Rainypete said...

I read about this in the paper and wondered how long it would take you to get there. You must be heartbroken that it's so far away too.

10:09:00 AM

 
Blogger Martini said...

Richard - thanks for the links. Those tubes are absolutely bizarre! I haven't heard of Coco Pops, but we used to have Kelloggs Cocoa Puffs a long time ago. Probably similar.

Stay tuned everybody, because these new cereal bars may start to spread their way across the land, even into 'redneck southeastern U.S.A.' Patticake! I wonder if they'll ever serve these freaky cereal straws?

11:27:00 AM

 
Blogger Richard said...

Oh, I'm sure they'd catch on - I can see the sales pitch - cereal straws are perfect for the go-getting businessperson on the move, when they have no time to sit down at their nearest corner cereal bar...

In fact, next time I see some I'll buy them and do a review for you...

1:46:00 PM

 
Blogger Martini said...

Sounds sweet! No pun intended. :)

2:04:00 PM

 
Blogger Ham said...

Mmmm...creamy high fat milk products. I prefer not to taint them with sugary cereal. However, i could go for a cut-the-roof-of-my-mouth large bowl of Cap'n Crunch right now. Oh yeah!

2:10:00 PM

 

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