Friday 29 September 2006
This is a quirky little Italian/Argentine tradition - every month on the 29th, people eat ñoquis, a kind of potato pasta. The pasta shops (which are marvelous, offering fresh home-made pasta every day) offer tons of them, as you can see, in all different flavors. Ryan and I went for the spinach ones, with a white sauce, which was quite nice.
Originally, this was because supplies would run low at the end of the month, and ñoquis are easy and cheap to make. But now, it is just an old custom, something for restaurants to put on their specials list on the 29th.
A friend told me that ñoqui is also a derogotory nickname for government workers, because they only come to work at the end of the month, to sign papers and things.