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February 16, 2005

Every country has it's horrifying prepackaged goods, I suppose

While I will give David and Terry the benefit of the doubt about all the flavored chips in England (though not lamb and mint. I'm sorry. I've never tasted lamb with mint jelly, but that just seems so wrong. And I love lamb.) Sara's comment about the unfairness of comparing the scary end of the local grocery to the show window of an Italian baking cathedral got me to remembering that even in Italia, there were some none-too-appetizing looking foodstuffs lurking on shelves here and there.

Case in point, electric-colored pastas.

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There were a few other things in the shops in Italy that gave me pause as well. Like wine in Ssips boxes--you know those juice box things with the straws we had as kids? And tuna salad topped pizza. Or deviled ham panini. (Who EVER thought that would be a good idea?)

But Diet Coke was better there. As was pretty much everything else. Like cheese.

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And sunset.
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It's not mint jelly, it is mint sauce (vinegar, sugar and chopped mint - Bob makes it from scratch but you can buy it in stores). Mint jelly is a foul and disgusting thing.

What I want to know is why the words, "special price" are in English? Is it because no self-respecting Italian would buy this stuff?

Now for cheese I say that you have to go French! The Explorateur triple cream is exquisite. I am an absolute slave to triple creams! But I can also be talked into giving it up for an English Stilton marinated in port with a handful of walnuts and a pint of Guinness.

As for sunsets, I'm not sure that I care where they are as much as having the time and inclination to simply enjoy one. And if I happen to be sipping a lovely libation and enjoying the company of my love or good friends then I am in the best place on the planet.

Posted by: terry on February 16, 2005 04:40 PM

I must say, there is a subtle difference between mint jelly and mint sauce.

Posted by: S on February 17, 2005 02:29 PM
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