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Pretentious food … or who gobbed on my meal?


I don’t get this whole “foam” food thing.  I’m not a fussy eater.  Heck, I’ll try anything that doesn’t have a deceased animal in it.  But when this dish showed up in front of me on our trip to San Francisco last month, it did take me back a second.

On the menu, this was listed as  “vegetarian option upon request” meaning if you were vegetarian, it’s what you got – the other options for vegetarians were to go hungry or go carnivore.

But to me, this doesn’t look appealing.  Does it look appealing to you?

It looks like a) someone forgot to rinse the plates after washing them or b) the chef really took exception to vegetarian diners or c) the server potentially has rabies

The gnocchi, mushrooms and peas would have been perfectly fine sitting on the plate without the bubbles of foam.  The fact that the meal was actually delicious was its saving grace.  It just seems overly pretentious and unnecessary.

If the food is good, it doesn’t need fancy gimmicks.  Hold the foam.


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Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.


17 thoughts on “Pretentious food … or who gobbed on my meal?

  1. Omg actually looks like some one forgot to rinse the plate and platted it with some leaves… Hope you did not pay much 😝😝

    Posted by It's All About Food | August 30, 2015, 2:07 pm
  2. Funny and I agree, hold the foam. I do admit I would enjoy any fancy and even pretentious meal any day, but yes, hold the foam. Your a,b, and c reasons made me laugh. I feel like b is totally plausible!

    Posted by Mani (A New Life Wandering) | August 30, 2015, 2:27 pm
  3. To say the least, the foam is weird.

    Posted by a gray | August 30, 2015, 3:50 pm
  4. Foam is pointless but edible soil garnish is even more ridiculous!

    Posted by Andrew Petcher | August 30, 2015, 6:35 pm
  5. congratulations for trying it! (nice to know it tasted OK!)

    Posted by Gill McGrath | August 30, 2015, 9:17 pm
  6. Yeah that looks pretty friggin gross.

    Posted by The Daily Blabber | August 31, 2015, 3:50 am
  7. Maybe it wasn’t vegetarian. Maybe the foam was what you see with frog spawn. Maybe! But at least you liked it. I think you must be very brave or just a little silly.

    Posted by suchled | August 31, 2015, 10:27 pm
  8. I agree….hold the foam…lol.

    Posted by sewloveable | September 2, 2015, 1:27 am
  9. I may be very wrong but was it a haute cuisine restaurant? If so, foaming is occasionally used to make it look like there’s more food there than there really is…

    Posted by Mustang.Koji | September 7, 2015, 3:14 am

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