This isn’t a recipe or a review, just neat-o info.

On the 29th of every month since time immemorial, people have either bought or made ñoquis (gnocchis as they usually appears on English menus, pronounced the same way) for their evening meal. Cheap and relatively easy, the story goes that the end of the month was always a hard time, not a lot of money, and so on, so the ñoquis would get made in order to get by until the end of the month when the paycheck would come in. It’s also tradition to write a wish down on a piece of paper and put it under your plate while you eat in hopes that it will come true. Maybe there’s a ñoqui fairy?

A side story: Due to the fact that this tradition falls at the end of the month, the nickname ‘ñoquis’ has also fallen on lazy government workers who don’t do anything and collect their paychecks at the end of the month, the one day when they ‘work’. They’re also sometimes referred to as ‘ghost ñoquis’, and the new mayor of the city has said he’s going to be ridding the city of many of these non-working workers as soon as he stops being mayor-elect and becomes mayor.

Regardless of all this, it’s a fun little tradition that we’ve tried to stick with. And really, fresh, hand-made pasta for the two of us for a dollar? Hard to go wrong with that!


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