Friday, February 26, 2010

CEPHALOPOD COME-ONS



I'm a big fan of German supermarket chain Lidl. It's not just because you enjoy superior continental European quality, nor that everything is about a third of the price of the dreaded Tesco, nor that you can mingle with a better more knowing class of customer. It's a forager's paradise: you just never know what you're going to find in there since every week part of the stock changes in the most unexpected, if not downright bizarre, ways.

One week it could be motorcycling gear, another week maybe a load of equestrian stuff will come in, another women's lingerie, another space telescopes, or Scottish kilts, camping equipment, sewing machines, guitars and synths, CCTV kits, chainsaws, blood pressure monitors, even combine harvesters. OK, I made the last one up, but it wouldn't be so surprising. I even got my trusty satellite dish from there.

A couple of weeks ago it was Lidl's 'Greek Festival' (this week it's 'Scandinavia') and I felt strangely compelled to get me a tin of the musky octopus. No idea why.

6 comments:

x said...

in plankton sauce? plumber sauce? i can't quite read it. having both read a bit about octopus intelligence, and having experienced it first hand, i can longer take any pleasure in dining on them.

the mullah said...

"pikanter" = "spicy"

Thomas Bey William Bailey said...

More impressive still is the 2014 expiration date on the package! I guess that "pikanter Sauce" has a preservative effect.

vege said...

We have a similar German chain store in Australia called Aldi. It's always an unpredictable shopping experience ... plus there seems to be only blond haired people who seem strangely asexual manning the checkout.

LJP said...

We have Aldi's in Rochester New York. Those are probably not quite as interesting as the ones in Europe though (I imagine...)

Irk The Purists said...

I love the names of Lidl's "nearly" versions of big brand products. Examples: their version of Red Bull? Sitting Bull. Smirnoff Ice? Rachmaninoff Ice. And so on... See here for visuals. http://irkthepurists.blogspot.com/2007/11/lidl-britain.html