Thursday, September 17, 2009
vamos a la bodega
The first time I heard the word 'bodega' I was in the Dominican Republic. I studied there for a semester and one of the key vocabulary words that I learned was bodega. A bodega is a little store...like a convenience store. Think of a very, very small (sometimes dirty) 7-Eleven with no slurpie machine.
Bodegas are all over New York. And a lot of New Yorkers call them bodegas. Sometimes people call them deli's...though not all bodegas are delis (though all delis are bodegas). Some people call them Green Grocers (though they don't always have good/any produce), or the corner store (though, again, they are not always on the corner...though they often are!). I call them bodegas. I like saying bodega and calling them bodegas makes me feel in the loop. A member of the secret New York society (with its 8 million members).
So, I made a bodega for my quilt. There is a bodega on our block that we frequent for seltzer and ice cream. I embroidered little ice cream containers in the window...though they sort of look like flower pots. ;)
Also on exhibit today: our Chinese take out place, a pizza joint and the UPS truck!