I like to cook, because I hate asking, “when’s dinner ready?”
Another food spam from The Italian Market at 45th and Stark
Somebody just stopped by the cart looking for calzones, and complained that she has walked by numerous times when we weren’t open. We have been open from 12-9pm every day of the week for 50 weeks. We have been closed for 8 total days since March 27th. Half of those days are holidays. The others, Portland was under a state of emergency.
So she asks for a calzone, like her favorite Irish pub (she didn’t know it was Irish) in Boston makes them, but was disappointed that we did not have local vegan mozzarella. And she left.
Oh, bonus points for her. She said she graduated from MIT and Harvard.
A woman came by the cart today and ordered our new cold hoagie. After telling her that I was in fact from Philly, I told her “we know what we are doing here,” as a warning. These people have been coming out of their log cabins for a week or two now. I think the TV spotlight on the cart this past Monday attracted some of the elder crowd. The crowd of skeptics, and old school Portland (passive) aggressive folk who taught their kids how to be passive aggressive like them.
Anyway, I handed her the sandwich, and she said “you know…I’ve BEEN to philly, so this will truly be a great test.”
"Oh I hope so! I hope we are good enough as the xyz sandwich shop you went to somewhere in the tri state area.
I am getting a lot quicker to snap at people who try to put me down like they know what they’re talking about and can cook better than me.
"I know more about food than you’ve ever forgotten in your life lady. Give me your $8 and hit the bricks."
I obviously said none of that.
I’ve had Italian people tell me their meatball recipe starts with “HAMBURGER”
I’m going to start asking people if their grandmother or father also had the same career as they do currently. Stay with me here…and ask if it was ok for me to assume that if they weren’t in the (for instance) TV and electronics sales business, that it was safe for me to assume they didn’t know what they were doing. This would be just to show how judgmental they really sound when they come to the cart with skeptical, back handed, passive aggressive bullshit. I’ll let you guys know how this game works out over the next few weeks.