July 31, 2017
Allow me to say that we didn’t originally plan on making this video. I joked about it after shooting the expensive melon video, only because Martina had great reactions whenever I suggested the grapes. It seems that a lot of you wanted to actually see us try these grapes, though. When we did our last livestream, the comment section had a chant asking for grapes, and many people contributed via the SuperChat in order for us to buy them. And so we were obliged.
The $200 grapes were sold out, though, but – from our research – the grapes we bought were the same grapes. So that’s good! The company that makes these grapes sold them at first for $200, and now for $150, and on their website they’re entirely sold out at the moment. According to them, these grapes are “a new variety with the refreshing fragrance of Muscat. It has a high sugar content of level 20 and a low acidity which gives the impression of a very sweet grape. Shine Muscat produced in Okayama are well known for its high quality and beautiful appearance. In season from early July till late October.”
What surprised me most about these grapes wasn’t the grapes themselves, but how we adapted to them. The default grapes were ok. Not great grapes, but not horrible. But after trying the super expensive grapes, the default grapes tasted bad. Just bad bad BAD. And they didn’t taste that way before. Context and contrast are such strong means of understanding the world, and here was a very expensive way to show it. Which kind of brings me to another thought about rich people. I’m thinking, if you’re used to eating all the best food and amazing fruits like this, and they become your standard, what can excite you later on? I just read a quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger where he said “money doesn’t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million.” I can’t relate to him personally because I don’t have millions to my name, but I can’t imagine eating grapes like this regularly, and having other fruit excite me if that’s my standard.
But our standards change, and we adapt after a while. When we went back to Canada in May, the first thing we ate was Tim Hortons. We usually love Tim Hortons. But after spending a year and a half in Japan and eating amazing food here, Tim Hortons tasted HORRIBLE. Just horrible. We couldn’t finish eating it, it was that bad. However, right before we flew back to Japan, after three weeks in Canada, we had Tim Hortons again, and it was great! I’m not sure if it’s because the two times were prepared differently, or if it’s because our tastes adapted over time.
I sure am thinking too much about grapes. Let me get back to being silly. Here are some extra scenes if you’re up for it!