I don’t know if you guys are aware of this or not, but there is something not right about Florida water. At least, it’s not right for making dough, particularly pizza and bagels. I’ve never heard what’s “wrong” with the water, but I’ve heard from multiple sources that there is something wrong. Some mom and pop pizza places that relocated from New York or Jersey are known to import the dough or the water from home. I realize that sounds kind of strange, but I’m so used to hearing it that it doesn’t faze me.
But you guys, I’ve discovered another thing that Florida water is unsuited for: Wawa pretzels. Knowing how much I’ve longed for Wawa pretzels, you can imagine my horror at seeing three POS (point of sale – I still remember retail lingo from college, yay!) stations with nary a soft pretzel in sight. I asked the girl who rang up my order and she said they didn’t have them yet because of the water. She also told me that lots of other people had asked about them (the store had been opened for a day and a half at that point, too, so that’s saying something).
It seems to me that there’s a simple solution to this problem: ship the pretzels down from PA. (I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that the pretzels aren’t baked fresh in each store every day.) It’s not like they aren’t already shipping other foodstuffs. I mean, I bought two bottles of Wawa green tea – that wasn’t bottled down here.
But enough about the pretzels; I went to Wawa today. And I didn’t have to travel 1,000 miles to do so!
Other than the pretzels, my first Florida Wawa experience was mostly positive. And I really only have myself to blame for the bad part. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me that the place would be swamped at noon on Saturday (which, incidentally, was the second day it was open), but it didn’t. The parking lot was a clusterfuck to end all clusterfucks, but there was something familiar and oddly comforting about that. I also enjoyed the many PA and Jersey license plates I saw.
I wanted five things from Wawa: a made-to-order Shorti Italian hoagie (using the touchscreen ordering devices that so amazed Mitt Romney last year), some variety of Herr’s potato chips, some variety of TastyKakes, bottled Wawa green tea, and (all the) soft pretzels. Four out of five ain’t bad. My Shorti was delicious, although the roll was different than I remembered – I’ll have to ask people if the rolls have changed up north. The selection of Herr’s chips was disappointingly small and some of the choices struck me as odd (dill pickle but no sour cream & onion? weird), but I was able to get a small bag of barbecue. They had red hot chips as well, which I haven’t eaten since grade school. I may have to buy a bag next time. The TastyKake selection was decent and (glory hallelujah) it was all individual servings, which I can’t buy at Sweetbay or Target. Unsurprisingly they had every variety of Wawa bottled beverages I’d ever seen. And I’ve already whined about the pretzels.
The sad thing is that I’ve already eaten all the food I bought today. But on the bright side, that means I can justify going to the Wawa near campus when it opens on Wednesday 🙂
I got a little bit cranky as I was milling about in the crowd of people waiting for made-to-order food, but that’s just me and crowds. And a little bit crankier when I was thwarted in my plan to get gas by two dumb bitches who decided to use a gas pump as a parking spot (a cardinal sin at a busy Wawa). But as I was driving home I happened to glance down at the Wawa shopping bag filled with Wawa goodies that was sitting on my passenger seat and I got soo happy. Sometimes the little things in life make it awesome.