Monday 26 February 2007

Oriental Underworld?

1st Oriental Supermarket
5132 W Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL USA

Where is it?

Behind the registers, in between the holistic medicine counter and the orchid display. Just look for the restroom signs and then the doors for the men's and women's toilets.

What's it like?

This is a mammoth oriental supermarket filled with all sorts of odd, and occassionally off-putting, smells -- primarily that of over-ripe seafood (if you catch my drift) --
and sights. It's an impressive grocery, don't get me wrong of that, but it's certainly not going to give the area Publix a run for its money in terms of cleanliness.

Also, the bathrooms don't diffuse those odors much, nor do they offer visual respite. They are dark, danky, and a bit grimy, with a faint air of mildew circling about in them. Not really the place you want to visit unless you're in dire need.

Though having said that, there are worse toilets in the area, and it is an oriental supermarket, after all, and it's not like you're coming here to NOT explore the cultural possibilities around you. So perhaps, in that light, the loo offers an appropriate extension of the cultures represented there?

Marks out of 10:

2. Pretty icky no matter what.

Comments to the Management:

A little light might do wonders here, as would some air fresheners. But then, having said that, one has to wonder what lurking horror might be illuminated by that light.

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