One of my favourite things to do on a Saturday morning is to visit the Italian Centre Shop in Edmonton's Little Italy. A beautifully refreshing change from Save-On or Safeway. Also, no one seems to mind if you take photos. (The big stores worry that you're photographing price stickers, I guess). There were two other people taking photos in the store when we were there - a couple posing in the pasta row and a woman taking shots of people in the café/bakery.
The light in the store is great, as the entire front is windows. All the big box stores around here feel like warehouses, dungeons, and the natural light is part of the store's beauty.
I've quoted before from a conversation with Li-Young Lee - his thoughts on inhabiting an "aesthetic consciousness" when you're engaged with the more mundane daily tasks, looking after kids, grocery shopping, cooking. Carrying a camera with you when you're grocery shopping, anyway, is one way to stay in this realm, to stay in a state where you're conscious of light, colour, shapes, forms.
But okay mainly - we're there for the pasta. Which is gloriously abundant. You name the shape, they have it. So, yes, I took a lot of photos of pasta. What can I say - I love the stuff.
I can't say why looking at rows and stacks of pasta makes me so happy. But it does.
But there is more:
The produce section was packed full of people and I haven't graduated to that point where I feel like I can snap pictures of people without their permission. Feels a bit weird to me. But I did get a shot of the oranges - which are so much prettier with the leaves attached somehow.
The row of olive oil is also quite gorgeous in my opinion. So many choices.
There's something so nice about shopping in a store with natural light. The lovely worn floors. You can hear Italian being spoken down every row. Honestly, I could spend all day in this store.
And what's more lovely than a row of canned tomatoes?? Seriously.
And here's Rob, deciding which espresso to buy.
When you leave the store you can't help but glance across the street at the statue of Mr. Spinelli, who founded the store in 1959. We've been enduring a bit of a cold snap these past weeks - around -20 c or lower until yesterday. Definitely toque weather.