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I had a Dr Pepper last week, probably the first in three or four years.

It was overwhelmingly delicious. I paid more attention to my soda than I did my meal; every sip was a burst of out-of-this-world flavor.

You’re shrugging. Nothing special about Dr Pepper, right? Just another soda.

The thing is that it WASN’T just another soda.

I gave up soda as an everyday beverage about five years ago.  I might order one when we eat out, but overall I average about two sodas a month.

Which brings me back to the Dr Pepper. It was delectable simply because it was rare.

The whole episode made me wonder: How many foods do we consume every day that should be rarities? How much better would some things taste if we weren’t eating them day in, day out?

How much healthier would we be?

If a little delayed gratification makes tasty things even tastier, isn’t the initial denial worth it?

I’ll let you know next year, when I have another Dr Pepper.

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I know, I know. Cupcakes have to be reaching their peak on the trendiness scale. They’re served at weddings and corporate retreats. Hipsters line up outside Magnolia Bakery at midnight to get their buttercream fix.

Fine. Just give me a moment to enjoy the newly opened Gigi’s Cupcakes in Huntsville, Alabama.

I don’t remember eating too many cupcakes growing up. The ones I do remember were nothing special, just cake on a smaller scale. Today’s cupcake offerings, however, are as fancy as any pricey wedding cake ever was.

I brought home two cupcakes from Gigi’s: Lemon Dream Supreme and Strawberry Short Cake. They both packed a light flavor that didn’t give the first hint of artificial flavoring, and they were topped with what was, frankly, way too much icing for most people. I love too much icing, however, especially that penultimate bite, when I realize that I’ve consumed more sugar in one dessert than I usually eat in two weeks.

Oh, the buzz. And the hangover.

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