Instead, I was thinking about the salted caramel I tasted at Huckleberry Cafe that day.
The one bite my friend Ashley offered me was sufficient in the moment (I'd just eaten half a maple bacon biscuit and a big ole plate of green eggs & ham), but as I lay in bed on Saturday night, my mind was flush with desire for more. I had to go back to get another one.
When I finally conked out around 1 am, I wasn't planning on making a return visit to Huckleberry that day. My intention for Sunday was for church, a brief stop at Joan's on Third for a side container of their righteous tuna salad, a trip out to Mar Vista to collect a clothes rack for my new bedroom (to compensate for the appallingly small closet), and then some quality time with my sweatpants and the DVR. It would be a busy, but pleasantly uneventful Sunday.
Or so I thought.
As I sat in church on Sunday morning, attempting to focus on guest preacher Jesse Lee Peterson's sermon on forgiveness, I was again ravaged with lust for the salted caramel. My mouth watered as I recalled the cool bite of the buttery caramel and the feel of the lustrous dessert on my tongue. I couldn't wait any longer -- I needed it now! Or, as soon as the service ended, and I could make it out to Santa Monica.
When Peterson finished making his point about not allowing anger to control our lives, I tore out of the Bel Air Pres parking and sped down Wilshire Blvd. like a sugar-crazed maniac. I cursed every light that turned red, I pounded my fists against the steering wheel when forced to slow for pedestrians, and I grunted in displeasure when it took me a couple minutes to find an open parking meter. Fortunately, the situation inside the eatery was much less chaotic. The line to order was only a few people long, and allowed me just the right amount of time to decide that I would also be purchasing a small container of their mayo-less tuna salad for $3.50.
When I arrived home, I decided to be a responsible adult and eat lunch before diving teeth first into the salted caramel. I was pleased to discover that the heaping portion of tuna salad made with red wine vinegar, olive oil, parsley, capers, and red onions was more than enough for two sandwiches, and even more pleased to discover how tasty tuna is without the assistance of mayo. Eating it, however, proved to be a bit of a challenge. As I frantically tried to cram the sandwich into my mouth so I could go ahead and eat the caramel already, large tuna chunks kept falling out the middle, forcing me to pick them up and eat them with my fingers. (This is why it is a good thing I am currently living alone.)
After I'd lapped up the final chunks of tuna, I made some vanilla and strawberry green tea and settled down with the true object of my affection. It was just as good as I'd remembered. So good, in fact, that I ignored all the healthy runner instincts that tell me to stop after just a few bites of something that causes my insulin levels to spike, and devoured the whole thing in one sitting. As I licked a stray grain of salt from my finger (again, it is good that I live alone), my mind finally stopped whirring, and a sense of calm descended over my body.
Or at least it did until I remembered that I have less than a week to pack up my apartment.