The solution to my orange juice woes was right under my nose…literally.
Ok, I think we need a disclaimer to start. This is one of the ultimate first world problems. But that’s what this blog is about, so let’s not stress over that, please.
See, those who know me know I have certain idiosyncrasies beyond being a horrible proofreader. Like I’m a total snob when it comes to juice and coffee. I’m the guy who sleeps on an airport bench or eats the food in economy class to save a few bucks but insists upon only the finest coffee and will only drink orange juice that is freshly-squeezed. We all struggle with something…
Anyway, when it comes to orange juice for years the choice has been simple. In most places I do not drink it. It’s not only the sugary, concentrated, orange juice that drives me away…it’s simply not healthy. Heck, even the fresh-squeezed juice is not as healthy as eating an orange…or better yet carrots or broccoli.
But something dawned on me while sitting in the Royal Jordanian Lounge in Amman for five hours on my recent trip. They had a big container of orange jucie and it was nothing but flavored sugar and water. But they also had a big basket full of oranges. So I took four of them, cut them in half, and squeezed them in a cup.
Presto. Freshly-squeezed orange juice.
The following day while having breakfast at the Sheraton at Milan Malpensa Airport I did the same thing. The Sheraton has complimentary orange juice that may well be 100% juice, but even that doesn’t cut it. It must be fresh. Oh, they’ll squeeze you a glass of fresh juice…for EUR7/glass. That’s what I did last time I was there:
This time, I thought why should I pay an 7EUR squeezing fee? I did it myself. Voila! Same thing.
I feel both vindicated and foolish at the same time. I now have an easy solution when the OJ is not freshly-squeezed. Even roadside hotels in the USA often have apples, bananas, and oranges in a bowl or basket. The solution was that easy…