I keep seeing “communal” or “family style” seating popping up as a selling point for restaurants. Why is that a desirable feature?
Do I really want to spend my evening of communing with fire roasted meats in the company of strangers? My relationship to meat is sacred. I don’t want my time with it sullied by random people’s riveting conversations about beard etiquette or skee ball.
Not only did I get my own table, I got my own French press, too. THAT’S what I’m talking about.
No offense, Unless we’re at a private dinner party, I don’t want to sit *with* you. You don’t want to be that close to me chewing with my mouth open. And I don’t want to be all up in your business, even though you are VERY open about what you discuss over insalata tri-colore. That doesn’t go well with my…anything.
I know I should probably let go of some of my eating hang-ups. I appreciate that food is more than sustenance, it can truly be an experience. And maybe I should be more open to breaking bread with strangers. Maybe I should be more open to strange…