Tales from other places, part five
Mmmmmmmm. Ketchup chips at the IGA Marketplace in Vancouver.
In general, I'm not a huge potato chip-eater. I don't usually buy bags for home consumption, or otherwise. Plus, I'm told that potatoes cooked at a high enough temperature can turn carcinogenic. But occasionally my love of all things potato wills me to make exceptions, which is what happened in Canada. While Canada has many fantastic things to offer, one of the most enviable things about our northern neighbors is their differing food options. And one of those options is ketchup-flavored potato chips. It would seem that a ketchup-loving land such as 'merica would sell these chips, but nope. Just 'anada.
It all started in Victoria when my boyfriend and some friends were playing Settlers of Catan. One player brought a bag for game time snacking. Upon sampling I realized the chips were ketchupy, but the most prominent flavor was that of more sophisticated garam masala (a mix of spices typically featuring cinnamon, cumin, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom), as commonly tasted in Indian cuisine. After that moment, knowing I had only two more weeks in Canada, I purchased ketchup chips at every trip to the grocery store.
The moral of the story is this: If ever in a snacky situation, if you are ever in Canada, or happen to run across these chips otherwise, snatch them up! They are worth risking cancer, I promise.
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