So today’s prompt is to take an ad that I got in the mail and write a review of the product being advertised. The problem (if you want to call it that) is that, when Mary gets the mail, she generally takes the ads and puts them in the recycling bin, because otherwise they sit around and become part of the furniture.
No problem, I said, I’ll just go out to Pinterest and find an ad there. When I got there, I discovered that my account had been suspended, for what I don’t know (I’m thinking it was some sort of inadvertent copyright violation), and that they sent a email to my address on file explaining why, and there would be instructions on how to appeal. I’ve checked my email ever since and no email of explanation has arrived, and at this point, I figure they know what they can do with their Pinterest account…
Which still left me without an ad to use for the prompt, so I checked my friend Pete Kastanes’s Vanished Chicagoland Instagram, and found an ad:
Now, this is my kind of ad. Dressel’s Bakery was a venerable institution in the village of Cicero, Illinois, just outside Chicago, and in addition to operating an actual bakery they had a facility that mass-produced cakes for sale in local grocery stores. They were inexpensive, used lots of whipped cream, and were quite tasty.
There were a couple of bakeries in the Chicago area that would sell their goods in the local stores. Heineman’s sold theirs at Dominick’s Finer Foods, while Burny Brothers sold theirs at Jewel Food Stores. The cakes from Burny Brothers were better than those from Heineman’s, and the reverse was true for cookies.
The world of retail food stores has changed a lot in the last twenty years or so. Now, rather than subcontracting their baked goods to a bakery like Heineman’s or Burny Brothers, grocery stores will have a bakery onsite which will make cakes, cookies, bread, rolls, and pies. For that matter, grocery stores have gotten into the pre-made meal business. The Publix near us has an excellent bakery, makes better fried chicken than KFC for half the price, and sandwiches that rival those from Subway or Jersey Mike’s.
But back to Dressel’s. I never had the Boston Cream Pie that’s advertised here, but I’m sure it was delicious.
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