I remember the flavor of Haagen-Dazs strawberry sorbet with the kind of fondness that can only be attached to a food item that you haven’t eaten for a long time. Every time we go to the grocery store, I look for it, check and see if maybe this time it’s in stock. When it isn’t, I put that down the our store. No store has the capacity for carrying everything after all.
So when we occasionally go to some other place, to pick up prescriptions or get some item that we can’t get at our regular store, I check the ice cream aisle for the elusive strawberry sorbet. And when it isn’t there, I blame the region. Perhaps, here in Boise, that flavor just isn’t popular. Something about the climate or the region or some obscure buying habits metric that excludes the strawberry sorbet from being stocked.
I really wanted some yesterday for my birthday, but since my husband and I went out for sushi we only checked one grocery store before calling it a night. But today, the craving became irresistible. I wanted it.
I went out on my bicycle to the one place I figured would definitely carry it: Whole Foods. Whole Foods hasn’t been in Boise long, but it was definitely a go-to place for me in Santa Fe when it came to specialty foods.
But, it turns out, there wasn’t any Haagen-Dazs at all at Whole Foods. I did find these things called sorbet pops, and they came in strawberry, but the only flavor in stock was raspberry. I would have bought them, on the off chance that they might taste like I remember. But they were not and I did not.
I checked Walgreens. I checked Albertsons. And then I checked my phone. This is where it got painful.
The mobile site gave me this horrible, horrible tease: