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Old 10-15-2014, 07:21 AM   #1
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Do you smell that? Roll the windows down...

on my way into work there's a place on route 80 a few miles out from the gw bridge that must have some kind of flavours or frangrance factory next to the highway, because as i pass that certain spot, i'm treated to a different food aroma every day.

some days are the aromas of butterscotch, or popcorn, lemon, cherry, roasted nuts, strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, and so on. something different every day.

i often roll down the windows so i can get a good whiff of the aroma du jour as i pass by.

are there any places near you that make you want to stick your head out the window like a dog to sense a particular smell (or conversely roll up the windows because of a certain stink)?

i remember as a kid doing this as we would pass by the nabisco plant on rt. 208 to catch the fantastic aroma of freshly baked cookies.

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Old 10-15-2014, 07:35 AM   #2
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I live not far from what was once the most polluted lake in North America. When I was young the lake smelled like a urinal biscuit or a product called Saniflush. Today it is gradually being restored and the smell is gone.

We also had a rendering plant that always smelled like roast beast!

A Nestle's plant in a nearby city always smelled like chocolate.

Today we still have one coffee roaster that gives off a wonderful aroma, a commercial bakery that always smells like fresh bread baking and a Polish meat market that smells like kielbasa when they fire up the smoke house!
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:20 AM   #3
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In the 90's we used to have the heavenly aroma of baking bread just a bit south of downtown St. Louis; on car trips north to Cedar Rapids/Iowa City it was a delicious toasty oats smell. When the groves are in bloom it's a pleasure to drive up the middle of Florida through the honeyed orange blossom fragrance.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:45 AM   #4
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Just up the street and if the wind is blowing right, I get fried onions and the smell of steaks cooking from one of the restaurants.

Windows up going past the water treatment plant...

When we lived in Denver, the Jolly Rancher factory turned out some good smells.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:59 AM   #5
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In the 90's we used to have the heavenly aroma of baking bread just a bit south of downtown St. Louis; on car trips north to Cedar Rapids/Iowa City it was a delicious toasty oats smell. When the groves are in bloom it's a pleasure to drive up the middle of Florida through the honeyed orange blossom fragrance.
Sorry but Cedar Rapids stunk. It was not delicious to smell it every day.

Quaker oats, purina and Wilson all had different putrid smells that enveloped the city. It was gross.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:15 AM   #6
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We usually experience that sequence in reverse. First you smell something then rush to open all the windows.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:57 AM   #7
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I lived outside of Chicago as a kid, with a sugarless gum factory down the road. Mmm, tutti-frutti when the wind came from the right direction.
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Old 10-15-2014, 11:01 AM   #8
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Much of the garlic grown in the United States comes from Gilroy, California. Driving along the highway near there, you can smell the sweet aroma of roasted garlic. Mmm.

Otoh, I grew up in southeastern Michigan, across the river from a Labatt's beer factory in Canada. When the wind was wrong, we could smell it at the bus stop. Yuck.

There was a Chinese restaurant down the street from an apartment where DH and I once lived. I loved the aroma of toasted sesame oil and garlic that came out of there.
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On a few trips to CA, driving from SF to the Monterey peninsula, we'd pass through Gilroy and just enjoy the aroma of garlic in the air.
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There is a plant on the outskirts of our town that does ham and bacon.

The hams are done beginning end of October and through until just before Christmas and then they start again in February for Easter.

The bacon is all the time.

Sometimes when they are running full on with the hams the smokers make the town smell like it's on fire!
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