Pakistan in Rovereto – Conversation Poem

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Hello sir, you’ve a lovely shop here … does everything come from Pakistan?

No, I’ve food that comes from Turkey too, India, Syria, China and Albania!

I see you’ve ghee, basmati rice and tea … and look at all these spices too!

167 spices from throughout the orient, 6 types of basmati as well as 5 types of patna rice and 7 types of green tea, including Chinese!

And do you have halva, what of baklava?  I’d love some filafel and samosa too!

Alas, the halva is all sold out now and no one in Italy I know can bake baklava.  I have a mix for filafel, and samosa snacks in three flavors as well as frozen to be fresh fried! I’ve coconut milk and tahine …

I have fresh baked goods from Milan, made by a baker friend of mine.  (They’re really very very  good.)  Look at these  5 types of cookies, these pastries and in the fridge I have some special treats …  just like we have in Pakistan.

Oh my! I see you have henna as well … both for my hair or to decorate my hands.

Yes, and kohl for your eyes as well … and tiger balm from China.

As I looked around I saw Quaker oats, peanut butter and bottles of Coke imported from foreign lands.  Special cooking pots, fans as well as vegetables and meat … halal of course! 

I bought some samosa, some cookies, ginger beer and a tube henna, and promised I’d be back!


Inspired by dVerse Poets Pub – Conversation Poem

25 thoughts on “Pakistan in Rovereto – Conversation Poem

  1. oh that sounds like a wonderful place… i would be back quickly i think… love to try new food…and just imagine… 167 spices … wow…. i wanna try them all…smiles

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    • I do so agree! There are very few such shopes up here in Trentino-Alto Adige … for this sort of thing I usually have to go outside of the region, like to Padova! Hmmm … don’t even know what I’d use asafoetida for ;-/. Thanks for dropping by.

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    • Thanks Sumana … I too love spices and after living for a long time in north and east Africa I learned how to use some of them too! This shop just delighted me so much I had to write about the experience!

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  2. What a delightful shop you described! I love spices too, though I’d rather not speak of my (non-existent) culinary skills! :-p

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