Just when you thought there was never good to be heard again in the land...
The world seems to be going to hell...not to mention, Snooki is rumored to be with child, thereby expanding her gene pool, thereby...oh, never mind.
In fact, the news has been so bad lately that it's all I can do not to fill my bathtub with Bushmills and soak in it all day. But I just read something that made me smile.
I hope it will have the same effect on you: as of this month, you will be able to get a fresh, delicious cupcake from an ATM machine.
You heard me: Cupcake ATMs. Why, yes, it would be a good name for a rock band but it's actually real!
Pioneered by Sprinkles, an expanding chain of trend-setting bakeries, cupcakes will soon be available to all (okay, not all...you'll need to have a credit or debit card and at least $4 available or you will not be brushing red velvet crumbs off your bib at 3 a.m.) at any time of day or night.
The first Cupcake ATM will be in the flagship Sprinkles bakery in Beverly Hills but soon will be available at all Sprinkles locations nationwide and -- hold hands for strength, America--eventually at locations separate from the bakeries. At the gas station, by the bank, next to the laundromat...
Rumor has it that the machines will not be actually automated. There will be a person (I volunteer) sitting in the machine who will actually place it in the dispenser which is kind of disappointing but it will still appear to be something out of the Jetsons and that will have to be enough.
There's just something
I was obsessed by Horn &Hardart's automats as a kid. I bet most of you have no idea what that is...or, sadly, was.
|Back in the day|
Can you imagine--magic, wonder, food!
The automat, one of about a half dozen in New York City, on Broadway seemed immense to this little girl. Arriving gripping the hands of both my mother and Grandma, we'd slide dollar bills across a smooth, buffed metal counter to an attendant who would then convert them into the correct number of nickels, depositing them into a trough on our side. We'd scoop out the coins, pick a table, throw our coats over our chairs and the fun began.
You could get a small salad, meat loaf, a variety of sandwiches, their famous beans or creamed spinach and a huge variety of desserts by inserting the necessary number of coins, opening the glass doors and reaching in to remove your treat.
Then, someone would refill the window with another of the same thing--fresh and ready for the next hungry diner.
It was here, during the depression, that people added ketchup to hot water for tomato soup or just sat, for as long as allowed, over a single cup of coffee to stay out of the cold.
To just walk into an "automat," as they were called, was a thrill for kids of all ages. I was so impressed that I can still remember the crockery and the whoosh-snap of the little door opening. I was allowed, with my chubby hand, to remove the plate myself.
The concept was quite radical for it's day --they were begun in 1902 and, at their peak of popularity in the 1950's, there were 180 in the United States.
So, I will simply have to relive the excitement by paying $4 for a cupcake to come out of a compartment in a wall when Sprinkles comes to town.