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Watching an adjacent diner's meal in disbelief and envy

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Watching an adjacent diner's meal in disbelief and envy

Jase | Jun 22, 2011 05:12 PM

This isn't meant to be a judgmental post, everyone likes and eats things their own way. But have you ever noticed a nearby table order the same dish and they leave what you consider the best parts? Then you just pine and wish you could have all they set aside?

What triggered this post for me was a recent visit to Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas. One of our favorite dishes there is the garlic fried prawns. They take these big prawns peel them partially away from the shells so it's still attached at the tail. Battered lightly and then fried along with bits of garlic. The frying process fans out the prawn in this beautiful V shape. It's absolutely decadent. The prawn meat is so juicy and succulent. The shell crisp and light, it's like eating a prawn flavored cracker. No greasiness or heaviness to anything. I've been known to kill an entire plate by myself.

This past visit as my friend and I were savoring each piece slowly, I noticed the next table over a single diner had also ordered the same dish. My happy feelings of empathy towards being a glutton and having the dish to myself quickly turned to horror and envy when I saw how he was eating the dish. He was separating the meat from all the shell, discarding them into a pile and just eating the meat.

I swear I felt physical pain seeing all that delicious shell piled up untouched and being whisked away to the trash by the waiter. Meanwhile, my friend and I were being extremely polite with each other dividing the single plate and eating up every last bit of shell and garlic. I so wished there was a way we could have all the shell the other diner didn't want. I gladly would have asked for a clean plate and silverware and separated out all the meat for him, haha!

Again, this isn't a judgment on a right or wrong way of eating something. More of an envy of not being able to eat something I consider delectable and something that was going to be thrown away anyway. Anyone have similar stories?

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