Dewey Stevens Wine Coolers

Am I the only one who remembers Dewey Stevens wine coolers?

These were around back when Seagrams and Bartles & Jaymes still made wine coolers, as opposed to the flavored malt beverages they mostly make now. Even though people still refer to them as "wine coolers," most of the ones made today don't contain wine.

Anyway, Dewey Stevens wine coolers were good. I'm pretty sure that the flavor was passionfruit, but I can't find any proof of that. In fact, I can't find much information about them at all.

Made by Anheuser-Busch, these coolers were billed as a lighter alternative to traditional wine coolers, and they had 1/3 fewer calories. The commercial even depicted women working out at the gym.

I thought Dewey Stevens wine coolers were great. They were sweet, but not overly so--very refreshing. As I recall, they weren't around long.

Port Charles

On October 3, 2003, the final episode of Port Charles aired on ABC. After that, SOAPnet aired reruns of the arcs, which had begun in December 2000, but there were never any new episodes.

Port Charles is my favorite soap opera of all time. I didn't intend to get into it, nor did I watch it from the beginning. I wasn't interested in General Hospital, so why would I watch a spin-off?

I'm so glad I did. By the time I tuned in, most references to the other show had stopped. GH was simply the hospital where several of the characters worked. Sure, some of the characters had started out on General Hospital, but there was no need to keep up with both shows if you didn't want to.

Port Charles was special. It was a little show that was packed with talent, adventure, drama, comic relief, and so much more. I loved the supernatural aspect, especially the introduction of Caleb Morley, PC's hottest vampire.

Port Charles has been gone for seven years now. I still miss it.

Quiznos Smoked Turkey

I like to get smoked turkey from the deli as long as the quality is good. The first time I went to Quiznos, I was pleasantly surprised to see that hickory-smoked turkey was on the menu board, and it seemed to be a good quality. I tried it, and it was delicious. It was especially good prepared the Quiznos way, toasted with cheddar cheese and herbs.

One day, I was stunned to find out that Quiznos no longer offered smoked turkey. Roast turkey was still on the menu, but smoked turkey was gone.

Since then, I've tried to find out whether it happened everywhere or just locally. I still see smoked turkey on the menu when I do online searches, but it's possible that these are just old menus. My guess is that it was a company-wide decision.

Hungry Jack Frozen Waffles

I'm pretty picky when it comes to waffles. I'm not crazy about homemade waffles, and I've never been into Eggos. However, I really enjoyed Pillsbury's Hungry Jack Frozen Waffles.

I have trouble eating more than a few bites of pancakes, unless they're buckwheat, but waffles are a different story. I could eat two of Hungry Jack's small waffles and then have to force myself not to make more. They were that good. I preferred the regular version but also occasionally bought packages of buttermilk and blueberry for variety.

I liked to have my waffles with unsalted butter and real maple syrup. Usually I just spread some butter on top, but sometimes I melted the butter first and poured it over them before adding the cold syrup. Another good way to have them, especially on cold mornings, was to heat the butter and syrup together.

It's too bad Hungry Jack Frozen Waffles aren't around anymore.

Sam Adams Beer-Battered Fish and Chips at Red Lobster

I'm not a seafood lover at all, and as a general rule, I don't eat fish. However, I occasionally make an exception for fish and chips. I'm not crazy about them, but if they're battered (as opposed to breaded) and not very fishy, I can eat them.

My favorite thing about Red Lobster is the Cheddar Bay Biscuits (TM). I can't just go there eat the free biscuits, though; they wouldn't take kindly to that. That's why I usually ordered the fish and chips when I went there. Unfortunately, that option was taken off the menu several years ago. I couldn't believe it.

Apparently, they're still available in some locations. It just seems to me that they should be a standard menu item.

This move lost me as a customer. I wonder how many other non-seafood-loving customers they've lost for the same reason.

Oreo O's

The other day, I was making a grocery list. It was just a few things for my husband to pick up on his way home from work to get us through the weekend. I was trying to think of a cereal to get--something that I could eat right out of the box instead of adding milk--but couldn't think of anything I really wanted. I decided not to get any.

Later, it came to me. I knew exactly what I wanted: Oreo O's. The problem? They don't exist anymore.

Do you remember Oreo O's? When they were first introduced, they were just chocolate O's with white specks of sugar on them. Later, marshmallows were added to make them taste creamier, and it was just like eating Oreo cookies. Well, I shouldn't say that. They were much better than Oreos. The marshmallows gave the idea of the creme filling, but the O's weren't bitter like the cookies. Yeah, that's right. I think Oreos are bitter. I guess that just reinforces my status as a non-person.

Oreo O's are currently #17 on the list of the 100 all-time greatest breakfast cereals at Mr Breakfast.com, and the list constantly changes, being updated with every vote. Personally, I'd rank it in the top five, minimum. It just might be my absolute favorite, although I'd have to remember every cereal I've ever had to be certain. What I do know is that if it were still around, I wouldn't have had to make it the first food post on my new blog, and I wouldn't have had to settle for an inferior cereal or do without.

I found a petition to bring them back--not that it will do any good.

Welcome to Diary of a Non-Person

Non-person? What does that mean?

I'm always finding out that another one of my favorite shows was been canceled because "no one watched it."

My favorite products are discontinued because "nobody bought them."

My favorite restaurants close, or if they do stay open, they get rid of my favorite dishes because "people weren't ordering that."

Funny how that works. After so many of these add up, you start to wonder. Do I really exist? Or am I just a nobody? A non-person?

If this ever happens to you, you'll understand exactly what I'm talking about. The more it happens, the angrier you become. The next time it happens to one of your favorite things, do an online search and see if you can find anyone talking about it; you'll probably find quite a few. It's funny how many non-persons exist in the world.

About Diary of a Non-Person

Dedicated to the canceled shows "nobody" watched, the discontinued products "no one" was buying, and the restaurants that closed down because "people" didn't eat there. Why? Because it happens to so many of my favorites.

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My earliest memory of a career aspiration was to be a writer. My hobbies and interests include dogs, music, and spending time with my husband. I watch far too much television and seem to specialize in shows that don't get the ratings needed to stay on the air. An avid reader, I've been known to read several books a week.

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