It's 8AM. You're hungry. You hop out of bed and head to the kitchen, only to find that there's nothing to eat. Nothing, that is, except for a solitary can of Beach Cliff herring fillets that has been sitting in the cupboard for what seems like a century. With your energy reserves running low, you decide to cave, and remove the can from the cupboard.
The elegant shape of the can and the tasteful blue and red wrapper are almost enough to distract you from the fear of eating canned fish for the first time.
Is this how it ends?
What will the paramedics think when they arrive to find you slumped over the kitchen table with a fork in one hand and a half eaten can of fish in the other?
You push these dark thoughts to the back of your mind, and in a stunning display of bravery, crack open the can of fateful fillets.
Bringing the can to eye level for inspection, you find the smell and appearance to be more appealing than you expect. The smell is mild, and only barely fishy.
Your fork easily pierces one of the 2 large filets, and a chunk flakes off onto the tines. Hesistantly, you take a bite, and a mildly smoky umami flavor washes over your tongue. Maybe canned fish aren't so bad after all. The fish have no discernible bones, heads or tails. They are salty, but not overly so. Before long there is nothing left in the can.
Looking down at the empty can, you wonder what happened to all of the kippers. Did you really just eat the whole can? First try? You deserve a trophy, but the trophy shop is closed all weekend. Perhaps the knowledge that a snack as healthy and tasty as Beach Cliff herring filets can be acquired for less than $2 is enough of a reward.
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