New Heinz Ketchup Packets?

It’s a typical Sunday morning in NYC. I wake up around 11:30 AM, sit around for about an hour, and then I head out for brunch somewhere. I usually don’t go overboard with my brunch spot; it’s usually a bar nearby or a diner – I’m easy to please. However, a few months ago I splurged on a fabulous Sunday brunch at the Waldorf and I am dying to go back. If you haven’t done this yet, I highly recommend it as one of the places to visit before you die. 

But I digress. Today I had brunch at the Madison Restaurant on 51st Street and 1st avenue in Midtown. I frequent this place often since I live nearby and it is kind of like a glorified diner, but the food is always consistent and they have a really good brunch. So today I got my Sunday Brunch staple: Eggs Benedict. Two poached eggs sit atop an english muffin with Canadian bacon and covered in Hollaindaise sauce. Scrumptious. This dish (like most breakfast dishes) comes with a side of homefries, and these are the shoestring style homefries – crispy and salty just the way I like it. Now I’m not a fan of ketchup and eggs (though I do love hotsauce and eggs), but they gave us ketchup in ketchup packets anyway. I didn’t even know what they were at first, I thought they were soy sauce packets. Black in color, fancy font, and bigger in size. No more white and red packet, teaspoon-serving of ketchup? Maybe this is a special limited edition packet? This is a true sign of aging. Now I will be able to tell my kids, "Yes, I remember when they changed the Heinz ketchup packets…"   

Here’s what the evil new packets look like:


         Well, it could be worse.


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