Food Snobbery

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at
Thu Mar 23 22:41:32 EST 2000

On Fri, 24 Mar 2000 12:08:48 +1100, Sally Odgers wrote:

>> Oh, that reminds me, what exactly does a milk-bar serve?  I remember the
>> first time I read the word, I thought it was some kind of candy bar
>> (obviously I was corrected immediately by context, but I'm still not sure
>> what it is).

>It's a shop. It sells milk, bread, lemonade, fruit juice, packets of
>biscuits, shampoo, icecreams (in a cone or prepackaged), fish and chips,
>chips, packet chips, burger-rings, chocolate, sandwiches, lollies and
>(growl) cigarettes.
>That sort of thing. You don't do a full-scale supermarket shop there, but
>you buy the odd snack or chocolate bar. Sometimes they have a couple of
>tables and chairs, in which case you can have coffee or tea or a small
>"sit-down" meal.

It sounds a little like an American "convenience store."  Thanks for the
clarification.  (I was thinking--milk "bar", people settling down for their
nightly slug of half-and-half or a shot of skim milk, possibly with
chocolate syrup.... :)

Melissa Proffitt
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