an equal opportunity eater.
Taking the neurosis out of food, one meal at a time.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The Times They are A Changin'
This place can evoke vivid just out of high school memories for me, where a friend and I inhaled the intoxicating aroma of coffee being ground, bought bags full of stuff, then feasted on nuts and exotic cheeses. A decade later, this is where my beau and I stocked up on Spanish champagne, and lots and lots of pâté. I once unpacked all this stuff in front of my roommate, who looked at me as if I had raided a pantry on Mars.
Prepping for a party recently I stopped by to stock up on our favorite pâtés, but couldn't find them. I asked the clean cut type if I wasn't looking in the right spot, or if they were out.
Clean cut type: "What's pâté?" Me: Pause. "I'll ask someone else, thanks." I asked the young woman working at the cheese section who responded as if I had assaulted her. "It's seasonal," she said. What season? Really, what season is pâté? As I turned I heard the clean cut type ask her "What is it?" Huffy female: "Really gross stuff."
Foolishly, I had thought Americans had become more sophisticated in their tastes, but I think it really means we have simply become more neurotic. I thought to myself that I knew Trader Joe's when people were actually excited by their products. Gasp! With that thought I realized that I had just identified the good ol' days when things were better back then.