Thursday, August 18, 2011

Oatmeal Machine: A Thing of Nightmares, or Dreams?



We truly live in the time of machines. I found "The Oatmeal Station" at the Hess Mart at the bottom of the hill in Troy (by Hudson Valley, you know...). Is oatmeal a foodstuff that I want dispensed from a machine? I am perfectly comfortable with a cheese dispenser, even chili dispensers don't phase me much, but oatmeal? I just don't know if I can live at that speed.

Anyhow, I only managed to spy this marvel of gas station cuisine (if you have been reading for a while, then you will know I am a fan of le cuisine du petrol) after I had paid for my soda and was nigh out the door. So I kind of would have felt like a big tool going back to the register with a steaming cup of machine-meal.

But tomorrow, oh yes, tomorrow morning I shall have my prize. I am going to let a torrent of sweet, lumpy magma shoot forth from the "Oatmeal Station's" spigot into the biggest vessel they have available. I will surely let you know if the product is an ambrosia like marvel of modern technology, or a disappointing failure. Is it weird that I hope the stuff is good? Also, would it be rude to ask if the gas station attendant might be troubled to take the cover off so that I can have a looksey at the device's innards?




4 comments:

  1. Please please please tell me it makes a farting noise as it dispenses the oatmeal.

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  2. I've seen these at hess as well and was curious about them. Can't wait till you try it tomorrow.

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  3. I actually work at a hess that has one of these contraptions and I was skeptical too. My boss convinced me to try a cup one morning and its actually not half bad. Go for the apple and cinnamon one if you do end up trying it. That's definitely the best one.

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  4. Hi! If possible, could you please compare/contrast with Mcdonald's oatmeal?

    Really liked your series on Utica foods by the way, you even covered Utica grind and that impressed me greatly.

    Like your blog :)

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