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 |  Vote: Add rating 15  Subtract rating 0  

    So its not al dente

  2. Huu Yuu | 4:02 am |  Vote: Add rating 5  Subtract rating 0  

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

  3. algernon | 4:02 am |  Vote: Add rating 14  Subtract rating 0  

    Lets pasta

  4. DrLex | 4:04 am |  Vote: Add rating 10  Subtract rating 0  

    The default is pasta of insanity.

  5. Huu Yuu | 4:04 am |  Vote: Add rating 10  Subtract rating 0  

    pasta of regularity is another good choice

  6. Huu Yuu | 4:07 am |  Vote: Add rating 7  Subtract rating 0  

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

  7. Seventy2rd o clock | 4:10 am |  Vote: Add rating 8  Subtract rating 0  

    – Just a soup can, please.

  8. SF | 4:11 am |  Vote: Add rating 6  Subtract rating 0  

    Denormalized pasta is another name for spaghetti.

  9. Seventy2rd o clock | 4:13 am |  Vote: Add rating 7  Subtract rating 0  

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

  10. Pete | 4:34 am |  Vote: Add rating 9  Subtract rating 0  

    Quantum Normalitini served in 3 seconds or less.

  11. Big Fat Cat | 4:40 am |  Vote: Add rating 7  Subtract rating 0  

    Al Caponara – the plaster of which you cannot choose.

  12. Peter | 4:44 am |  Vote: Add rating 6  Subtract rating 0  

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

  13. Yu No Hoo | 4:46 am |  Vote: Add rating 15  Subtract rating 0  

    It’s never the special.

  14. Droll not Troll | 4:52 am |  Vote: Add rating 9  Subtract rating 0  

    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 |  Vote: Add rating 7  Subtract rating 0  

    Your chef for today is Abby Normal.

  16. Droll not Troll | 4:59 am |  Vote: Add rating 9  Subtract rating 0  

    The soup of the day is commonsommé.

  17. Marum | 5:01 am |  Vote: Add rating 18  Subtract rating 0  

    The soup of the chosen poople.

  18. Ben | 5:02 am |  Vote: Add rating 8  Subtract rating 0  

    As opposed to the vegan option which is completely abnormal.

  19. Marum | 5:03 am |  Vote: Add rating 12  Subtract rating 0  

    Bland meals, for people with ulcers.

  20. Marum | 5:04 am |  Vote: Add rating 12  Subtract rating 0  

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

  21. Yu No Hoo | 5:07 am |  Vote: Add rating 8  Subtract rating 0  

    You won’t find any kooks in our kitchen.

  22. jjhitt | 5:09 am |  Vote: Add rating 5  Subtract rating 0  

    Welcome to Cafe Blah.

  23. Droll not Troll | 5:14 am |  Vote: Add rating 10  Subtract rating 0  

    …or you could choose the pasta less travelled.

  24. Droll not Troll | 5:16 am |  Vote: Add rating 9  Subtract rating 0  

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

  25. Droll not Troll | 5:22 am |  Vote: Add rating 9  Subtract rating 0  

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

  26. Frank Burns | 5:23 am |  Vote: Add rating 10  Subtract rating 0  

    Bow Tie pasta is for crazy people.

  27. Droll not Troll | 5:35 am |  Vote: Add rating 7  Subtract rating 0  

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

  28. Marum | 5:47 am |  Vote: Add rating 14  Subtract rating 0  

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

  29. Pete | 5:57 am |  Vote: Add rating 10  Subtract rating 0  

    @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 |  Vote: Add rating 5  Subtract rating 0  

    @jjhitt 509:

    Or “Cafe BLÉH”

    (BLÉ meaning “wheat” in French)

  31. coffeebot | 6:07 am |  Vote: Add rating 5  Subtract rating 0  

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

  32. Pete | 6:28 am |  Vote: Add rating 10  Subtract rating 1  

    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 |  Vote: Add rating 3  Subtract rating 0  

    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 |  Vote: Add rating 6  Subtract rating 0  

    Cooked by Weird Al’s cousin, Norm Al.

  35. Seventy2rd o clock | 12:13 pm |  Vote: Add rating 3  Subtract rating 0  

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

  36. Seventy2rd o clock | 2:01 pm |  Vote: Add rating 3  Subtract rating 0  

    – Everything normal, Sir?

  37. Long Tom | 4:21 pm |  Vote: Add rating 4  Subtract rating 0  

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

  38. Pete | 4:59 pm |  Vote: Add rating 2  Subtract rating 0  

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

  39. sirpaulfan | 12:18 am |  Vote: Add rating 0  Subtract rating 0  

    …but is not recommended.

  40. alexmagnus | 12:40 am |  Vote: Add rating 2  Subtract rating 0  

    Pasta of normality is better than past of normality.

  41. Droll not Troll | 1:23 am |  Vote: Add rating 3  Subtract rating 0  

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

  42. Peter | 2:41 am |  Vote: Add rating 3  Subtract rating 0  

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

  43. Wile E. Coyote Super Genius | 11:30 pm |  Vote: Add rating 1  Subtract rating 0  

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

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