You want to eat normal, don’t you?

posted on 11 Aug 2016 in Menus

pasta-of-normality

May I suggest the conventional wine?

Photo courtesy of Sharon Dooley.
Menu found in Japan. 

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  1. algernon | 4:01 am |

    So its not al dente

  2. Huu Yuu | 4:02 am |

    ‘pasta of normality’ and ‘soup can’ The second is perfect for goats

  3. algernon | 4:02 am |

    Lets pasta

  4. DrLex | 4:04 am |

    The default is pasta of insanity.

  5. Huu Yuu | 4:04 am |

    pasta of regularity is another good choice

  6. Huu Yuu | 4:07 am |

    pasta of normality was the rejected item for Alice to eat in Alice and Wonderland.

  7. Seventy2rd o clock | 4:10 am |

    – Just a soup can, please.

  8. SF | 4:11 am |

    Denormalized pasta is another name for spaghetti.

  9. Seventy2rd o clock | 4:13 am |

    – Waiter, this pasta tastes weird!
    – That’s because it’s made of fresh normality, Sir.

  10. Pete | 4:34 am |

    Quantum Normalitini served in 3 seconds or less.

  11. Big Fat Cat | 4:40 am |

    Al Caponara – the plaster of which you cannot choose.

  12. Peter | 4:44 am |

    Is your life clogged with the pasta of normality?
    Then choose the soup!

  13. Yu No Hoo | 4:46 am |

    It’s never the special.

  14. Droll not Troll | 4:52 am |

    We have normality, I repeat we have normality. Any menu item you still can’t cope with is therefore your own problem.

  15. Droll not Troll | 4:55 am |

    Your chef for today is Abby Normal.

  16. Droll not Troll | 4:59 am |

    The soup of the day is commonsommé.

  17. Marum | 5:01 am |

    The soup of the chosen poople.

  18. Ben | 5:02 am |

    As opposed to the vegan option which is completely abnormal.

  19. Marum | 5:03 am |

    Bland meals, for people with ulcers.

  20. Marum | 5:04 am |

    It is obviously “Soup can be frozen. :roll:

  21. Yu No Hoo | 5:07 am |

    You won’t find any kooks in our kitchen.

  22. jjhitt | 5:09 am |

    Welcome to Cafe Blah.

  23. Droll not Troll | 5:14 am |

    …or you could choose the pasta less travelled.

  24. Droll not Troll | 5:16 am |

    I’ve had it up to here with normal food! I can’t standard any more!

  25. Droll not Troll | 5:22 am |

    The pasta of normality is eaten with chopsticks. If you come to a fork, don’t take it.

  26. Frank Burns | 5:23 am |

    Bow Tie pasta is for crazy people.

  27. Droll not Troll | 5:35 am |

    If your life seems to be unravioling, get back on the pasta of normality.

  28. Marum | 5:47 am |

    As they say in Italy; A gooda gnocchi isa hard to find.

  29. Pete | 5:57 am |

    @Maru 501:

    AKA Matzoh Ball Soup?

    (imagine the best fake Yiddish accent ever)

    Matzoh Ball Soup with Carbonara???
    Oy vay.
    SUCH a combiNAtion….!
    Feh!

  30. Pete | 6:00 am |

    @jjhitt 509:

    Or “Cafe BLÉH”

    (BLÉ meaning “wheat” in French)

  31. coffeebot | 6:07 am |

    Why are we so quick to exempt soup from this kind of scrutiny?

  32. Pete | 6:28 am |

    OK, apologies in advance, folks.
    I’ve gotta busy work day ahead of me today and I’m gonna have no choice but to ruin things and give the translation earlier than I would have liked.

    Here goes:

    Translation:

    Buono, Buono Carbonara
    Please select “Normal and Soup” pasta.

    (This is) The richest, best flavored carbonara, with the fragrance of cheese.

    Please choose your preferred preparation of the soup.

    Chef’s pasta recommendation: Spaghetti”

    (I suspect in contrast to other pastas like linguine, fettucine, etc.)

    By “normal” I suspect they picked the katakana word ノーマル (“normal”) in order to make it sound more “Western”…and thus give greater emphasis to its “Italian-ness” to the Japanese eye & ear, than if they used the usual word 普通の (“futsuu no”, meaning “normal” or “regular”..i.e.,“typical” carbonara without any variation from the standard way it is “normally” served. In other words, no “unusual or unexpected touches of culinary creative license).

    If they had used普通の to a Japanese person, it would have sounded too traditionally Japanese…which in the Japanese mind, doesn’t fit with “foreign” foods like pasta.

  33. Geo | 8:24 am |

    The soup was so bland and typical, the menu writers didn’t even NEED to specify that it was normal.

  34. Lora | 8:34 am |

    Cooked by Weird Al’s cousin, Norm Al.

  35. Seventy2rd o clock | 12:13 pm |

    – You’re The One, Soup.
    – But … There is no spoon!

  36. Seventy2rd o clock | 2:01 pm |

    – Everything normal, Sir?

  37. Long Tom | 4:21 pm |

    Normal pasta? No way, Jose, I want WILD pasta!

  38. Pete | 4:59 pm |

    Yeah and I want Stupid Pasta!
    (Free-Range Pasta)

  39. sirpaulfan | 12:18 am |

    …but is not recommended.

  40. alexmagnus | 12:40 am |

    Pasta of normality is better than past of normality.

  41. Droll not Troll | 1:23 am |

    @Pete | 4:59 pm: That’s what we call “special” pasta. 😉

  42. Peter | 2:41 am |

    Waiter . . . Abnormally thin angel’s hair with crazily thick carbonara sauce please

  43. No, thanks; I prefer my pasta to be at least one standard deviation from the mean.

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