Caffeine mints have become my #2 energy source

For the curious, #1 is coffee. There is no #3. The natural joy of being alive and waking up in the morning gives me 0 units of energy. In fact, I think it might give me negative energy.

As a long-time reader of this blog, you know that I don’t like making personal blog posts. This is not a personal blog for the reason that I don’t find my life that interesting and don’t think that anyone else cares to hear about it. I also think this is true of 99%+ of people, and thus that personal blogs are generally pretty worthless outside of a small circle of family and friends around the author. Hence I try to make my writing have broad appeal with the game and travel posts and the lack of “here’s what I did today” type stuff.

However, this post has broad appeal too despite being a somewhat personal one, because who doesn’t like caffeine? As the most widely used drug in the world, caffeine is a staple of societies throughout the world and has proven benefits in productivity and creativity when used moderately. And if you like caffeine, you will probably also like caffeine mints.

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A few weeks ago, I ordered two types of caffeinated mints online. My plan was to buy energy cheaply and in a convenient form (meaning one I can take to the library and not worry about spilling all over the place.) The first I bought were several tins of Penguin mints. Each of these have 7 mg of caffeine. For reference, a typical cup of brewed coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine. These Penguin mints have apparently been around for a long time (20/30 years?) and are sweetened with aspartame, which maybe isn’t so great. That’s not going to stop me from eating them. They taste pretty much like regular mints, come in nice tins like Altoids and give you a kick if you eat enough of them (10+).

I also bought a can of mints on the cheap from a certain website that sells a lot of weird nerd stuff. These have 20 mg of caffeine each, are chalky and taste like ass. Strange, because the label says they have sugar in them. In any case, they’re good enough as an inexpensive boost. I’m a 2L on a law journal now, so I really need them.

This is the face of evil.

This is the face of evil.

If you are a law student like me, or are in any other kind of program or job that requires long nights, I highly recommend caffeine mints. But be careful. Some guy in England died after eating a lot of them last year and now his daughter is afraid of coffee.

A review of Piggly Wiggly’s fried chicken and cole slaw

Now I guess it’s no secret that I live in the South, because that’s the only place where Piggly Wiggly exists. If you don’t know about this grocery store chain, you don’t live in this part of the US or haven’t been here very often. It’s a southern staple. It’s also not… great. Not an excellent selection of groceries. If you live in this part of the country, places like Publix, Kroger’s and Harris Teeter are a lot better in terms of service and selection.

Nevertheless, Piggly Wiggly is the only grocery store in my neighborhood – brand new, in fact. I went a couple of days ago and got fried chicken with cole slaw. Fried chicken is another southern staple, and if you’re going to have fried chicken it’s best to at least have cole slaw alongside it. Fried chicken isn’t health food or anything, but it’s not too bad to have occasionally.

The cold leftovers.

The cold leftovers.

In most parts of the country/world, people seem to believe that the best non-homemade fried chicken comes from chains like KFC and Popeye’s. It doesn’t. Assuming you can’t get it at home, the best fried chicken, both in terms of value and quality, comes from grocery stores. But how does Piggly Wiggly stack up to the competition?

As it turns out, Piggly’s fried chicken is all right. Not great, but all right. I tried it both hot right away and cold the day after (good fried chicken should make for a good meal either way) and it was passable in both states. You can get 8 pieces for 7 dollars, too, which is a pretty good deal, and this stuff is at least as good as anything you’ll find at KFC. As for the cole slaw, it doesn’t fare quite as well – I think it has way too much cabbage or something in it. Not too good. Then again, cole slaw is easy to make at home if you’re so inclined.

There’s a problem for Piggly Wiggly, however: Publix. Its fried chicken is a lot better – crisper and there seems to be more meat on the bone, though that might just be the particular pieces I got. It’s also just as cheap as Piggly’s chicken. So Publix wins hands-down. If you’re in the South and you want take-home fried chicken, Publix is the place you should go.

Anyway, Piggly Wiggly’s fried chicken is okay. I might have it again in a pinch. Before I finish this review, though, let’s have a look at the label on the fried chicken container. Maybe it will shed some light on this chicken’s just okay-ish quality.

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Fine. It’s breaded frying chicken and it’s injected with up to… what?

Injected? Injected with what? And how much of it was injected?

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When and how was the chicken I just ate injected? And why? What isn’t Piggly Wiggly telling me about their fried chicken?

Okay, maybe I won’t have their chicken again. At least not until I know what the hell it is they’re injecting into the stuff. I’ll ask them next time I’m over there. In the meantime, maybe avoid Piggly Wiggly’s fried chicken counter unless you don’t mind eating food that’s possibly injected with an unknown substance.