Lorenzo Pirisino

Sunday 2nd October 2005 - Water and Sauces

Posted on 2005/10/02 18:36:10 (October 2005).

Nothing special to do today, so we decided to go to this big supermarket where we usually do not go. Here in Italy, unlike in England, we do not have "higher class" or "lower class" places.
We seem to be happy with an average supermarket (where you can find all the major brands), and another type of shop that we call "discount" where you find pretty much the same things but with unknown brands (considerably less expensive).

Generally speaking I quite despise this place where we went today. Mostly because the majority of the people who go there are UGLY. Yes, I generally don't care about how one looks, but this supermarket brings the worst out of me, and suddenly I care a lot.

Anyways, we went there because they had a special sale where you get 20% off everything that you buy, this money is not detracted from the bill, but given to you as a free voucher instead. Good way to clean the stocks but since we were in need of the expensive stuff (mostly soaps) we decided that it might have been good to go.

The other reason is that since the winter season is coming we need to start making the usual frozen sauces. During the day we do not have time to go back home during lunch break and cook a decent meal so we devised this clever method of making a lot of pasta sauce and then freeze it in ice cubes. 2/3 ice cubes serve 2 people, so when we come back home we just put some water to boiling and later get the pasta to mix with the sauce once it's cooked.

To make things short, we cooked 3 different types of sauces.

Funny side of the grocery shopping was the hideous amount of water that we have gotten during the loading/unloading of the several bags on the car.
As a matter of fact we have had a terrible weekend of rain... So much for the land of sun!!!

Comment 1

Who's "we" ? Flatmates, I gather ?

Posted by Sheri at 2005/10/02 18:43:57.

Comment 2

Or perhaps your "mommy" ?

Posted by Sheri at 2005/10/02 18:45:53.

Comment 3

That would be Marta (see pictures again in the pics pages), one of my assistants at work and current "girlfriend" I guess (though it's really complicated there)... We live together as we got that flat when we moved to Varese for work...

Posted by Lox at 2005/10/03 07:38:18.

Comment 4

You said you wanted to be in love again, so I assumed you were all by yourself...

Posted by Sheri at 2005/10/03 17:28:10.

Comment 5

Wrong assumption! :) Well, I guess it's easy to assume something like that... My love life at the moment is somewhat unreadeable to me as well, which makes things worse... Or maybe I know what I feel I am just scared to realize that... I wish things were easier sometimes...

Posted by Lox at 2005/10/03 23:04:39.

Comment 6

I s'pose Marta reads your articles. What does she think of it ? That is, if you don't mind talking about it. Is there some kind of 'agreement' between you and her ? I don't understand the terms of your relationship ? And you're scared to realize what, exactly ?

Posted by Sheri at 2005/10/04 06:29:20.

Comment 7

I totally know what you mean about not wanting to go there because the people are ugly. I hated some of the "lower class" supermarkets in England for similar reasons. I'm not sure ugly is exactly the word I would use, but I felt it somehow suffocating being surrounded by a particular kind of people who just seemed to fill me with despair.

I will be the first to admit I am a vein (vain?) and insecure person. When I go to the supermarket I want to be fed the illusion that I am a successful, intelligent and attractive person with good taste. Being surrounded by ugly overweight working class types who have shopping trolleys full of economy fish fingers does not make for a pleasant experience.

It's all about class!

Posted by John at 2005/10/04 20:30:59.

Comment 8

Lox/John: You should both come to a supermarket in Oswestry. I went Monday evening and quite frankly felt I had entered another world. I had the over-riding feeling I should not be there... Quite unnerving. How Joceyn manages the weekly shop, without running screaming from the place is a testiment to her patience.

Posted by Nigel at 2005/10/04 20:57:12.

Comment 9

John got it right completely. I think it boils down to self confidence and how one EXPECT to feel when going to certain places such as the supermarket. In Japan everything is shiny, clean, precise. I guess you don't get low or high class supermarkets as the vast majority of the people are in a sort of middle class, in Europe where the difference is stronger there are points of agglomeration which a re more defined.
Does it makes me a classist bastard?

Posted by Lox at 2005/10/05 08:08:12.

Comment 10

Just look at these snobs ! So haughty ! Abbiamo tutti un buco di culo, ragazzi ! We all have an arse hole, mates ! ..................................................... yet, somehow, I couldn't agree more !

Posted by Sheri at 2005/10/05 09:57:12.

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