Tuesday, September 23, 2014
On the patio
The first time all summer we've sat on the outside deck/patio at our neighborhood Vietnamese restaurant, and what did we find but more than a dozen huge Asian gourds growing from the roof trellis!
Most of them were about a yard long. We were discussing how strong the stems would have to be to support the weight (they had also been tied up with string) and the waiter, overhearing, showed us how you could use them as punching bags without breaking them loose.
He said the gourds often appeared in the employee meals and didn't taste like anything. He also volunteered that he wasn't fond of the fish heads that also are prominent on the employee menu.
Neither item was on the customer menu.