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Table Conversation: On Nostalgia

By Anonymous Paul on 19 March, 2010

Table Conversation: On Nostalgia
Companies have been reissuing things from the past quite a bit lately. Remember those sneakers of days passed? I couldn’t afford them then. Now these same styles are back in vogue and I definitely still can’t afford them now. There’s also the bad 80’s fashion which fashion houses have tweaked, rehashed and are now selling like new. How about those expensive upgrades of cars like the Mini and the Beetle? They’ve definitely moved away from their more populist beginnings. I suppose that’s the price of nostalgia.
With food, I’m not sure if this holds true. Some foods of my youth are still readily available (Barrio Fiesta Crispy Pata, Kimpura Tepanyaki) and some have ceased to exist (McD’s breakfast biscuits, Arby’s roast beef sandwiches).
For foods that have gone, we try to look for alternatives to try and bring back some memories. Take for example, the large blue tins of Planter’s Cheez Balls and Curls. (And that silly Mr. Peanut in a top hat.) They were quite popular back in 80’s and were readily available in supermarkets and “PX” stores. Then, they just disappeared. Over the years, new tubs of similarly artificially yellow-orange tinted snacks would appear but they’d never make the grade. But after decades of searching, a new blue product recently appeared in the supermarket shelves. Emulating the old Planter’s tin design, the Nabisco Cheez Mania Cheese Curls and Balls are my current addiction: cheesy and buttery in flavor, crunchy but not too greasy and not dizzyingly salty that I can easily finish a tin in one sitting. Does it live up to the Planter’s fable? Frankly, I don’t even remember what that tastes like anymore. More so at P65 for a Nabisco can, it makes moving on from that memory quite painlessly feasible.

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  • MARCH 26, 2010 4:01 AM

    Watergirl said...

    This reminds me of the days when people would buy a pallet of Planter's cheez balls/curls from Duty Free, 10 blue containers at a time. I used to think it was crazy then, but those things tasted way better than the bag of insipid Cheetos I had last night. Nostalgia indeed.

  • APRIL 6, 2010 6:58 AM

    Anonymous said...

    i have those nabisco cheese curls at home. they're gathering dust. they are in no way comparable to the planters variety...

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