Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Ah, my first blog.

Yesterday (Tuesday, February 24th, 2004), in my hometown of Surrey, B.C., Canada, they opened up a new Krispy Kreme doughnut shop. Being a born and raised Canadian, I have a special soft-spot in my heart for Tim Horton's doughnuts, which is a huge Canadian icon. You cannot so much a spit without hitting a Tim Horton's. But, I'm always willing to try something new.

Having already tried Krispy Kremes last summer on a roadtrip between NYC and Ottawa, I already know what I was getting into. Sweet and greasy confections that make your eyes bug out and your fingers twitch are pretty much the norm. I still remember my first. It was a Caramel Kreme. It had little bits of toffee in it. I could not sit still for the trip back to Ottawa.

While I was not one of the diehards that lined up the day before, I eagerly waited in line. Just out of curiosity, I set my watch to see how long it would take. The time between stepping in line and paying for my doughnuts was about an hour and ten minutes. Much of that was spent in the merchandise tent which the lineup was forced to go through.

Once inside, they actually gave us a free sample doughnut. Like promised, it melts in your mouth. It's almost like eating cotton candy. Upon getting to the selection window, I made my choice of a dozen assorted (I picked) and a dozen of the classic glazed. Upon leaving the store, I am offered $100 for my doughnuts. In retrospect, I should've at least considered it.

For those who are unaware, Krispy Kreme doughnuts are inordinately high in fat and sugar. It has been suggested that it is one of the reasons why obesity is an epidemic in the USA, where Krispy Kremes are commonplace. I recall a consumer report where they took a sample doughnut the major doughnut shops (Krispy Kreme, Tim Horton's, Dunkin' Donuts, etc.) and dissolved it in water. They then ran the beaker through a centrifuge (a device that spins liquid vials and separates the components). The Krispy Kreme doughnut had anywhere between 2x to 3x the fat content of some of the other doughnuts.

And I ate about four of them yesterday in a 10-hour time period. Today, I ate three of them in an 18 hour time period. I think I'm getting a bit better, although I still have about a box and a half to go. My mom is supposedly helping me, although she is taking medication to lower her cholesterol level, so I don't know if I should have her helping me.

Luckily, I am one of those weird freaks that have a ridiculously high metabolism. This means that no matter how much I eat or work out, I am still stuck at 155 lbs/70.3 kg. It doesn't mean I don't have any adverse effects, though. I am not accustomed to eating large quantities of grease at once, so my digestive system has been all out of whack these past two days.

Tomorrow, I am freezing them for later use. Hmm...maybe I'll have one right now...

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