I asked at the Star Market in Porter Square in Cambridge yesterday for some anchovy paste, and they looked at me as if I had walked into their market without pants or had grown horns (or both). Now I understand that not everyone uses anchovy paste, but it’s not that foreign a concept, and for chrissakes, they’re running a supermarket! And it was the manager of the place who had this reaction! I imagine they get requests for unusual things all the time – was it just the stigma of anchovies that garnered such a harsh response or do they do that every time someone asks for a slightly strange food?

At least dinner turned out well. Thanks mom for the recipe.

posted January 4, 2003 – 3:27 pm
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