Greetings from oven-hot Palm Springs, where I’ve been cowering in the shade for the past five days. The Wi-Fi has been patchy to say the least, so I’ve made a real vacation of it, hence the interruption in posting. We will resume the previously scheduled dinner party upon my return. Meanwhile, keep sending in your hot stuff to eatsdropper-at-seantimberlake-dot-com.
A couple of today’s items are funny for the same reason, and may take a beat to sink in. The mortadella comment reminded me of a Travel Channel special on Torino just before the last winter Olympics. Hosted by the oh-so-eloquent Jonny Moseley, he actually remarked that people come to Torino to see the Shroud of Turin "because Torino is Italian for Turin." Ouch.
Sign at a vendor: "Yellow haricots verts"
Woman walking down street, talking on cell phone, making dinner plans:
"Well, I could make a salad"
… pause …
Woman: "We do have a tomato [accusingly] unless you ate that too."
3 blocks later, same woman: "Wait!! Do you want Subway??"
… pause …
Woman: "Fine. Then you cook."
– Eatsdropped by Erin on Broadway in New York
Woman, eating from a plate of chicken:
"Do you want to try my breast?"
Man across the table, apathetically:
"Honestly, I’m just not interested."
Customer, pointing toward sign: "What’s mortadella?"
Deli worker: "It’s like Italian baloney."
– Eatsdropped by yours truly at RJ’s Market
Younger kid: "What’s the difference between young coconut and coconut?"
Older kid: "I dunno, I guess the older ones are bigger."
Younger kid: "Why don’t they just let them all get bigger? Then they’d have more!"
Linda: "Shelley, do you have any more salsa?"
Shelley: "Yeah, it’s in the … uh … dishwasher."
– Eatsdropped by yours truly at my friends Shelley and Ann’s house in Palm Springs
One year ago today … Pizza: Leftovers velcro