Friday, December 20, 2013

w t f

The 'f' in today's title, could mean lots of things, like, 'Friday', or 'freaky', or 'Freaky Friday'. It could be 'firetruck' (that's the only word that starts with F and ends with K you'll see around these parts), or it could even stand for 'France', as in What the France?!... an expression that I have shouted in exasperation on more than one occasion.
Now I love Hello Kitty, love her. I've loved her since I was a little girl, and now I love that Niece and Little Niece are as devoted to the cult of Hello Kitty as I am. But the one thing I never thought I would see is Hello Kitty being used to sell fish paste. That is a jar of Brandade de Morue; salt cod and olive oil all mashed and pureed together. WTF. But then again, Hello Kitty is a cat after all, she'd probably hoard jars of the stuff and lick them clean.

This weird concoction was Gregory's part of his, Mrs.London's and my hungover breakfast one Saturday morning. It's not always easy to find breakfast in France. Sure you can get pastries but sometimes pastries don't cut it. We needed F O O D, or anything quasi substantial. So as the three of us sat there in front of an épicerie/cafe munching on those weird alien eyeball things (spicy olives wrapped in anchovies), pasta salad, and shrimp, while sipping coffee and slamming copious of amount of Perrier, we got some strange looks I can assure you. I'm not sure if it's the alien eyeballs or us that are more deserving of the WTF.

This is a WTF that's a good WTF, a WTF that makes me happy... I went to the L'Occitane factory (not too far from The LPV... lucky me!) to do some Christmas shopping and when I was paying, the lady gave me all of these samples! Look how many there are... SO MANY SAMPLES, thank you L'Occitane lady!

Sometimes a WTF makes me shake my head and laugh, not because I find it funny, but because if I didn't laugh, I would cry... Gregory has this quirk, it's a cereal quirk. He likes to mix plain cornflakes with a chocolate kind of cereal, in this case, Nestle Crunch. The 'normal' thing to do would be to pour a little bit of cornflakes in his bowl and then a little bit of crunch, but no, that would be too normal, make too much sense.

What Gregory likes to do is to store his mixed cereal in a large tupperware container. Now, if the two cereals were alternated and mixed up as they were added to the container, then fine. But no, Gregory filled the bottom half with cornflakes and then topped it with the crunch. Not only was it not mixed, but it was basically impossible to get to the cornflakes on the bottom.

So then he decided to reach his hand in and try to mix it up that way (it's his cereal, if he wants to get his hand germs all up in it, then that's his business), but he wasn't really getting anywhere and the hand mixing was only resulting in some bits of cereal spilling over the sides. And that's when he decided to pick up the container and shake it around some, except the lid wasn't put on tightly (of course it wasn't). WTF Gregory?!

And because brandy carrying Saint Bernards aren't the only rescue dogs out there... behold, my favorite WTF (I think the 'F' in this one is definitely France or I guess it could be Fifty)... a wine carrying dog. I trained him well.


Bisous!

23 comments:

  1. I love brandade de morue, not sure I'd go for a Hello Kitty jar though! And no way I'd be eating those fish balls with a hangover, you must have a strong stomach!

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  2. The only way those olives and anchovies would cure my handover would be by causing me to vomit every single bit of the previous night's revelry! Gross!

    I eat cereal the same way - always mixing at least two together, but I would NEVER let any fall on the floor. Not my previous breakfast! Tsk tsk, Gregory!

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  3. I just love these, so funny! WTF indeed!

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  4. Congrats on the free samples. Those eyeballs look perfect for a hangover.

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  5. Hahah! I love this cereal concept. I have never thought to do that before!

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  6. Hysterical!
    I mean, anchovies and olives would probably cause projectile vomiting, and if you're hungover, sometimes vomiting is the best possible scenario, soooo.
    I need a wine-carrying dog! That is brilliant. And Gregory and the cereal - I laughed out loud. You should YouTube "Donald Glover - Kix," because it reminded me of this story a little :)

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  7. ^^^ it's actually under "Sugar Addict" (I think?).

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  8. Not sure how I feel about the anchovie wrapped olives for a hangover cure, it would be interesting thats for sure. My sister use to always mix her cereal as well and she never failed to make a huge mess!

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  9. Not a huge Hello kitty fan, and all i can think is "did they really get authorization to use hello kitty on their package?"

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  10. Alien eyeballs is the perfect description. Those are a little over the top for my considerably adventurous palette. Plus, I cannot even imagine how salty that combination is.

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  11. Bleeeeeccccch on the fish paste, that's just all kinds of wrong! Mind you, they used to get Asterix to sell Mustard, that made even less sense... I'm not even going there on the anchovies/olives

    I might be laughing a bit at the serial incident, sorry!

    I do love Fifty's new collar accessory ;o)

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  12. Oh my gosh they're ruining Hello Kitty! Fish paste?! That's crazy!

    Kristin
    crumbsandcurls.blogspot.com

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  13. Suddenly my panini press with Hello Kitty grill marks emblazoned on the grill plates is no longer a bad logo placement when compared to the fish paste placement.

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  14. Morning would be too early for me to do anchovy eyeballs no matter how big my hangover. I would take Heather's approach to cleaning all that cereal on the floor. Unfortunately, my dog would just sniff and walk away. Very funny post.

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  15. Haha, Heather! Absolutely. Fifty is beloved by many of us, but even more so by me now I've seen his wine toting skill!

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  16. It is all very WTF! But especially the creepy anchovy things :p

    the worldling blog

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  17. That could well be the oddest place I've seen kitty. Hilarious. Fifty with barrel has also totally made my day.

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  18. Wow the alien eyeball food pic made me stare at it for a good 30 seconds lol!!! And mad love for hello kitty products! I've just followed you on GFC, looking forward to your next post love!!

    xoxo, Mango ❤
    MangoRabbitRabbit's Blog | 3 Tips: Winter Indoor Shopping!

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  19. haha. the cereal boxes 'f' hits very close to home. why oh why must boys do these things? the other half of the bottle is encouraging him not to go through a box every few days, grabbing another bowl every time he's slightly hungry.

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  20. Haha that picture of Fifty is hilarious! :) Thanks for making me laugh!
    When I saw that Hello Kitty thing I thought it is ice-cream! Weird way to sell fish!
    I got your Christmas card by the way! You are such a sweetheart! :)) Thank you so much, it made my day...although I have not opened it yet, I want to wait until Christmas!

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  21. Fifty is the cutest. #ihearthimandhisphotos

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  22. Those anchovies + olives look like something you'd get in Spain along with a small beer! Funny.

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