I am entirely untalented at blowing bubbles. Even so, in a jaunty mood, I was willing to hazard two bits on a gumball. For my investment I got grape — not my favorite flavor.
A pair of idiomatic expressions came to mind, with contrary meanings: "You pay your money, and you take your choice," and "You pay your money, and you take your chances." This was an instance of the latter. In the culinary realm — and, clearly, I'm willing to construe "culinary" very broadly — can any EIT reader supply another?
Sidewalk gumball machines
West 135th St. (Broadway-Amsterdam Ave.), Manhattan