Monday, 28 July 2014

Pizza from the Wall?

Posted by Rosie

I am quite happy getting money from a "hole in the wall" and (except for the price), sweets vending machine are great when you need an instant snack when travelling or after swimming.  However THIS is something I am not at all sure about:

Pizza from the Wall?

Situated in Vassy, a small town near us, it is a cross between a cash dispenser and a vending machine that promises you a traditional pizza in 3 minutes.  Now call me a cynic, but as far as I am aware a traditional pizza take ever so slightly longer than 3 minutes to prepare and does not arrive via a metallic box that bears more than a passing resemblance to a municipal toilet.

In Normandy the take-away culture is not big.  We do have a very nice Cambodian/Asian take-away in Vire and most towns have a kebab shop and maybe a "proper" pizza take-away.  Perhaps the larger towns like Caen have a better selection but around here you will need to look very hard for a Chinese, Indian or Thai take-away.  

I have never seen anyone get a pizza from the wall but I asked in the bakery opposite and the lady there said it was quite popular, especially in the evenings.  Me?  I think I'd rather get a pizza take-away from our favourite pizzeria, Les Trois Ecus, in Condé-sur-Noireau or maybe make my own with our own fresh tomatoes that we are now harvesting. 

With no take-aways close to Eco-Gites of Lenault we therefore offer a couple of "eat in without cooking options" to our guests:

  • Simple supper prepared for you such as lasagne (meat or veggie), salad and pavlova or crumble.  This is a popular choice for the first night that guests arrive.
  • BBQ pack - you chose the meats you want and cook them on the BBQ and I'll prepare salads of your choice and a pudding.

Supper at Eco-Gites of Lenault

Have you ever eaten a pizza from a vending machine or would you give it a go?  Do let us know.

15 comments :

  1. Hmm, not so sure about that either-pizza in 3 minutes?! I like France for not having the take away option but just occasionally, especially on holiday, it's nice to have a break from cooking isn't it.

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    1. I too miss the convenience of a take-away from time to time, especially when we have been really busy ... but then I would rather pop to the local pizzeria or defrost a frozen home-made meal at such times.

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  2. Naaahhh, I stick to the old ways, pizza in a good pizza restaurant please !!!

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  3. Great info! I have never heard about food vending machine! If you are traveling and want to have some food, nothing would be better than a food vending machine. Instant Pizza in 3 minutes would be very good if you are out!

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    1. I can perhaps see a place for it in a large train station or suchlike but in a small town in rural Normandy it seems very misplaced.

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  4. I haven't heard of a pizza vending machine before how odd.....I would give it a try just to be able to say I have....What a strange thing!

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    1. I like that way of looking at things! Never say never ...

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  5. Hahaha - I think that is kind of awesome. In a grotesque kind of way. I am a nutritionist. AND my husband owns an incredibly delicious, traditional Italian Pizzeria. Yet, he'd be way more likely to try it over me. Wow, I can't honestly say I've ever heard of that. Don't you remember the 5-minute pizzas you used to be able to get at McDonalds? Maybe that was a Canadian thing :)
    (Sara from UBC)

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  6. Guess I am not lucky to grab pizza from a vending machine..would love to experiment it..such a cool idea:)

    http://vishal-newkidontheblock.blogspot.com/2014/07/an-orkut-love-story-chapter-28.html

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  7. hmmm I'd probably give it a try - we've got a pizza oven that cooks a pizza in about 3 minutes - but of course you need to make the toppings first. It can't be worse than a burger or kebab surely?!! #whatsthestory

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  8. I'm intrigued! I'd have to try it once just to satisfy my curiosity x

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  9. I'm slightly stunned by the idea of this, I don't honestly think I'd want to eat a three minute pizza.

    #PoCoLo

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  10. Oh my goodness!!! Pizza from a wall - that is so bizarre! I am loving the look and sound of your beautiful home-cooked food though, and the BBQ pack is a great idea :) Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x

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  11. Great post Rosie. I've never heard of pizza from a wall, not sure about the 3 minutes either - that sounds way too quick. Your food on the other hand...! Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

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