I was having dinner with 2 of my friends at Karam in Downtown the other night, when we decided to order fruit for dessert. This is what was brought to our table..
Now, I know that in Lebanese culture having a lot of food on the table is a sign of generosity, hospitality, abundance, and prosperity..etc etc.. but really..is it necessary to bring out 6 plates with a total of 30+ fruits on them for a table of only 3 people?
You see..the reason I find this slightly upsetting is that I happen to be one of those people who finds a lot of food on a table very unappetizing (not to mention wasteful). Weird, I know. I chalk it up to cultural differences I guess..
My friends (one Englishman, one Lebanese Canadian) and I tried to figure out amongst ourselves what happens with the left over fruits. We refused to believe that they are all thrown out if not eaten..but..does that mean that the fruits are passed around from table to table like nuts at a bar? And if that is the case..shouldn’t they be complimentary? 😉
We finally settled on the conclusion that the fruits with skins that cannot be eaten (oranges, bananas, and kiwis) are sent from table to table..and the fruits with skins that can be eaten (apples, pears, and strawberries) are thrown out.
What’s your take?