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Dearest Libby,

Utah. This is the solution to both your apocalypse concerns and frustrating customers. Before you rip up my letter because I am not taking you seriously, consider the following:

(1) One of the main reasons the Salt Lake Valley was so attractive to its early American settlers was its isolation acted as a defense mechanism. If someone wanted to come get you they literally had to climb mountains to find you. If you weren’t found in Salt Lake City, more mountain climbing was necessary to track you down. This would aid greatly in avoiding a zombie apocalypse.  The zombies would die of oxygen deprivation while wondering around the mountains. If not, no need to throw Molotov cocktails – just climb up a canyon wall and hide in a cave with some bats. This works for avoiding ebola too because no one in their right mind is going to come up there just to sneeze on you. Rabies might be problem. Nuclear apocalypse? You’re probably already dead.

(2) Residents of Utah sleep unlike the over-caffeinated and over-worked masses of the Big Apple. Your clientele thrive on the “city that never sleeps mentality.” They can get what they want, whenever they want. If they cannot get coffee at your shop prior to 7:00 AM they can get it at another coffee shop. In sharp contrast there are coffee shops that are CLOSED on Sundays in Utah. Further, the sheer amount of people a barista will interact with on any given day in Utah is 60% less than that in New York City based on population numbers alone (3 million residents in the entire state of Utah versus over 8 million in New York City). When one considers that the majority of the population of Utah (Mormons) do not drink coffee for religious reasons, the amount of possible clients is even further reduced.

Go forth sister! Pack your espresso machine, buy a ticket, and remember to send a postcard when you get there.

In a few minutes I will pull out my apron and begin creating a chicken pot pie from scratch. Today marks the day Gavin and I begin avoiding added sugar in our diet for 10 days. This mini-detox is a result of listening to a series of podcasts on the evils of sugar on the human body. According to the American Heart Association the average American ingests approximately 22 tablespoons of added sugar a day. Gavin and I measured this out on a piece of wax paper and we were horrified. We decided to try and reduce our added sugar intake to at most 4-6 teaspoons a day (1950s levels). The biggest challenge is snacks – carrots and celery instead of chocolate chip cookies. Cheese and crackers instead of apple pie. Black coffee instead of a mocha latte.

Want to join in the mini-detox?

Love from the kitchen,

Jane

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