Thursday, April 15, 2010

mid august lunch

I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex.
Erma Bombeck (1927-1996) writer and humorist

One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends.
from Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin (1944-1992)

Universal Chopstick Etiquette
  • Chopsticks are not used to make noise, to draw attention, or to gesticulate. Playing with chopsticks is considered bad mannered and vulgar (just as playing with cutlery in a Western environment would be deemed crass).
  • Chopsticks are not used to move bowls or plates.
  • Chopsticks are not used to toy with one's food or with dishes in common.
  • Chopsticks are not used to pierce food, save in rare instances. Exceptions include tearing larger items apart such as vegetables and kimchi. In informal use, small, difficult-to-pick-up items such as cherry tomatoes or fishballs may be stabbed, but this use is frowned upon by traditionalists.
  • Chopsticks should not be left standing vertically in a bowl of rice or other food. Any stick-like object pointed upward resembles the incense sticks that some Asians use as offerings to deceased family members; certain funerary rites designate offerings of food to the dead using standing chopsticks.
from the portal of all knowledge, by the way, there are more pointers on chopstick etiquette for specific cultures

To be tempted and indulged by the city's most brilliant chefs. It's the dream of every one of us in love with food.
Gael Greene (b. 1935) food writer and food advocate

Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax.*
Mike Royko (1932-1997) columnist, winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) writer

Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
Charles de Montesquieu (1689-1755) writer and philosopher

Seating themselves on the greensward, they eat while the corks fly and there is talk, laughter and merriment, and perfect freedom, for the universe is their drawing room and the sun their lamp. Besides, they have appetite, Nature's special gift, which lends to such a meal a vivacity unknown indoors, however beautiful the surroundings.

Hunger is the best sauce in the world.

Cervantes (1547-1616) poet and novelist

notes on photos:
  1. my favorite on the go lunch in cleveland is to pick up a falafel from maha's at the west side market. they recently opened a sit down cafe which I still need to check out but reports are the falafels are just as good. without a doubt maha's makes the best falafels in town and I am not alone in making this claim. july 2008
  2. another favorite lunch is going to cap'n taco with the fam - especially on tuesdays when the tacos are discounted from their already bargain price! cleveland, june 2009
  3. however, aside from #7 and #8 below, my all time favorite "special" lunch is sushi - well actually sashimi. locally, ohashi in north olmsted is my destination of choice. in case you are curious, hashi is japanese for chopstick and ohashi is the honorific. december 2008
  4. in new york city there is an explosion of food trucks that serve up almost every conceivable type of cuisine. in fact, the food that food trucks are serving up is gaining increasing favor among foodies (and I expect nyc is not alone with gourmet level food trucks). there is a website where you can go to locate just the perfect lunch (or breakfast, dinner, snack, etc) - not surprisingly, the site is called find nyc food trucks fancy that! this particular truck was seen in washington heights and specializes in dominican cuisine. yum!! september 2008
  5. ms t enjoying one of her favorite types of food -- pepperoni pizza from guys pizza on coventry in cleveland heights. although not as good as our homemade saturday night specials, the pizza at guys was pretty darned good! looks as if ms t and I weren't alone in thinking this just look at the celebrity endorsements on the wall. one could consider pizza is the perfect food, when done right it does contain all the major food groups! april 2010
  6. lunch counter at john's diner. last week I posted a better picture of the counter on the lakewood daily snap, this one isn't as hopperesque as the one on the snap, but we can see the guy eating his lunch a bit better. april 2010
  7. people enjoying lunch on a sidewalk cafe in paris. at the time I took this photo I had just finished my own al fresco lunch at le caveau du palais, . october 2005
  8. if you are in paris and don't have the time or want to spend the euros at some fancy cafe sipping on red wine and eating escargot, you can always pick up some food to go on the street or at a market. the paella at bob's at the richard lenoir market has always been particularly scrumptious. october 2005.
  9. detail of a mural in new york city. for some folks you can't have lunch without catsup! september 2008
instead of a song, I'll continue with the recent film theme and post the trailer from a delightful film shown at this year's cleveland international film festival. mid-august lunch (pranzo di ferragosto) is downright delicious!

*afterall, today is april 15th - how could I possibly pass up this royko quote!


Merle Sneed said...

I like my food hot and plenty of it. Eating has never been an experience for me, just something to keep me alive.

Brian Miller said...

fab going out with friends to lunch, esp to a pub style, the atmosphere adds an extra layer of flavor...

Tess Kincaid said...

The Bombeck quote is perfect!! Now I'm drooling and craving pizza.

Betsy Brock said...

Next time I'm in the Cleveland area, I'll know all the best spots for lunch! :)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

betsy - should you get up here, give me a head's up and the falafel is on me!!

Roy said...

Mmmmmm! Pizza!

ArtSparker said...

Makes me hungry. It's hard to beat the classic American Diner.

Eberle said...

Wonderful pictures of people eating and cooking together- the social food energy is a bit like love, but so particular because it can be genuinely shared by strangers - enjoyment shared because of a commonly acknowledged need - can't have too much of this! Thanks.

Tom said...

not sure i understand that last quote, but ketchup is my favorite food group.

Baino said...

Haha I love that first quote. I'd have to think twice depending on the lunch! Love the Bento box too and my little Japanese bowls have indents in the side to rest one's chopsticks and ensure good etiquette. I'll have to come back to watch the video and the American 'diner' experience is definitely on my travel cards. Lovley lunch!

Unknown said...

That Huxley quote is priceless! I especially loved the sushi photo & the Dominican food truck--wish we had one of those around here!

Alan Burnett said...

Fantastic set of images. There is such a sense of movement in those first two pictures.

tony said...

Ive put on 3 pounds just reading your post!

Steve Reed said...

Your pics are always so lively and full of people. I love that Bombeck quote and the Royko too. :)

PattiKen said...

What marvelous pictures! I love the quotes and snippets of information you paired with them. It was a yummy lunch! Thanks.