Review: Lay’s New York Reuben Potato Chips & Maniac on the Metro Escalator
JFG Nation, yesterday when I was coming home from work, the JFGal and I were traveling up a subway escalator up to the ground level. For those unfamiliar with the DC Metro (subway), it is a system WAAAAY underground (not like the NYC subway), so the escalators can go down three-four stories. A single escalator ride can take a while. I was standing on a step higher than the JFGal, and I was sort of turned to the side, chatting with her.
Behind her, down maybe 11-12 escalator steps, also riding up kin the same direction was a dude who standing on a step higher than his rolling suitcase. He was facing backwards, down the steps, fiddling with the extended handle of his suitcase. As I squinted a little bit, I realized that he was trying to unzip a small backpack that was resting on TOP of his suitcase.
Maybe 30-40 seconds go by, when suddenly, I hear from behind the JFGal the dude shouting, “Oh god OH GOD! LOOK OUT OH GOD LOOK OUT!!” I look past the JFGal to see the man’s suitcase TUMBLING DOWN THE ESCALATOR towards a bunch of people, the first of which is a woman who is desperately trying to decide which way to go to let this big suitcase tumble past her! She dekes the wrong was and BAM the suitcase crashes into her shins.
It was one of the most absurd things I’d seen in a while. First of all, what a rookie move by the dude. When getting on an escalator, ALWAYS put the luggage in front of you to AVOID this happening. Second, if you’re pulling something super heavy and you NEED to just get on the escalator with it behind you, you hang onto that sh*t like it’s full of precious diamonds, lest 45 lbs of pure weight go crashing behind you. Third, do you NEED to get into your backpack right then and there when it might me you have to let go of a gigantic suitcase? You can’t wait the three minutes until we get to the top? And fourth, the yelling, THE YELLING. While I appreciate the effort to warn people, maybe yell something like, “I’M AN IDIOT WHO NEEDS TO HANG ONTO HIS STUFF” as the bag tumbles.
Has this ever happened to you? And would you agree this guy was a moron? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s junk food: Lay’s New York Reuben Potato Chips!!
FINALLY FRITO LAY. AND SCREW YOU, WALMART. Hide these Lay’s New York Reuben Potato Chips from ME, will you??? Well HA! My friends at Walgreens came through for me, and I was able to pick up these mini-bags of these right next to the register.
Of call the flavors, I was probably excited for these the most. I know that I believed that Southern Chicken and Biscuits would be the most palatable flavor, but I’m hoping that this Reuben flavor is this year’s Wasabi Ginger. I want boldness. I want FLAVOR.
Per Wiki: “The Reuben sandwich is a hot sandwich composed of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread.” I’ve eaten a LOT of Reubens in my lifetime. I know what they taste like. Hit me with it, Frito Lay.
Ok, this guy grew UP in New York, but currently works in a restaurant in PA where Reubens are served? I give up, Lay’s.
WHERE’S THE CARAWAY SEED?
When I first opened this bag of Lay’s New York Reuben Potato Chips and sniffed, my mind immediately went WHOOOOOA. The smell: meaty corned beef and rye, a slight bit of tang. I am not kidding. It SMELLED like rye bread. It smelled like the tang of sauerkraut. It smelled like a Reuben!
And as soon as I ate a few of these Lay’s New York Reuben Potato Chips, I knew this was my winner. When I was able to taste the chip, the added tangy cheesiness of the chip put it over the top. It tasted exactly like a nice mix of Swiss and Russian dressing that I’m familiar with. The sweet sour taste on the back end of the chip reminded me of sauerkraut, or maybe a little bit of pickle.
Eaten all together, I was able to get all that PLUS the rye and meat flavor. It was uncanny. Maybe a LITTTTLE bit more meatiness would made this a perfect chip, but as it stood, I though this was the best flavor of the four Do Us A Flavor flavors, for sure. Meat, rye, tang, creaminess, Russian dressing. I loved them, and couldn’t stop eating them.
SO, my final ranking of this year’s flavors:
1. New York Reuben
2. West Coast Truffle Fries
3. Southern Chicken and Biscuits
3a. Greektown Gyro.
I do give Frito Lay some credit – on the whole, all four of these flavors were decent, and certainly better than the cappuccino or mango salsa BS from last year. Next year – SWEET HONEY BUTTER. Get on it, Lay’s.
PURCHASED AT: Walgreens, Cleveland Park, DC
COST: $1.25 per bag (small bag)
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