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Do You Work in a Restaurant?

A funny thing happened yesterday. A couple months ago I switched Yoga studios. I like a vigorous practice and my old studio cut back on classes. Now, as luck would have it. My new studio is two doors down from a farmers market.

I’ve been shopping there for a while now. Here’s the stuff I bought yesterday: chicory, Bartlett pears, Bosc pears, broccoli, blueberries, red grapes, apricots and pineapple chunks. A smaller than average purchase for me, it only cost about 18 bucks.

Now, when it was my turn in line, the cashier, who I see every week and never makes small talk, asked me, “Hey, do you work in a restaurant? Because you always buy lots of stuff.” I smiled. I guess a short Italian guy buying bunches of produce every week does look like a restaurant owner, especially in New Jersey, the land of pizzerias and delis.

I laughed and told her no. To be brief, I explained I eat a vegetable-based diet and that I don’t eat meat. She wanted to know if I was a vegetarian. I said, “Sort of.” Telling her I eat fish once a week, but most of my diet is fruits and vegetables. She seemed to get it and thanked me for my repeat business.

So, has something like this ever happened to you? It wasn’t a first for me, but it was still pretty funny. Maybe I should open a restaurant. Apparently I look the part!

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kristof - January 4, 2009 10:49 AM

Indeed being a vegan couple, when it goes to shopping fruits and veg at the market or at the Chinese supermarket nearby we indeed look like managing our own restaurant... maybe we should thing about it one time.

Cheers, and happy new year from Delft (NL)


Renee - January 4, 2009 11:29 AM

Back when I used to buy 8 gallons of milk a week, I was asked if I did daycare (another woman asked me if I froze the gallons of milk to keep it fresh). Our family of 8 actually drank that much milk every week. Not any more. My husband and 2 of my kids still drink milk at times, but the rest of us don't. It seems like I'm the one making conversation with the checkers now "Have you ever tried . . . ? It's so yummy!"

Sara - January 4, 2009 11:35 AM

We spend between $40 and $90 most weeks in the farmers market [sometimes we go to the other one]. Nobody has said a word.Our cart is filled to the top.

Hanlie Blewett - January 4, 2009 11:57 AM

Last year when I was Juice Feasting (having at least a gallon of vegetable juice a day), a cashier also asked me one day if I had a restaurant. My cart was filled with spinach, chard, cucumbers, carrots, heads of celery, lettuce, apples, beetroot and the like.

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