I’m glad I’m not the only one who believes food doesn’t always have to be taken so seriously. I was literally laughing out loud while reading Yoni Brenner’s list of "Fourteen Passive-Aggressive Appetizers," and I work in one of the quietest offices in Manhattan. They probably think I’m crazy. While I may be a little off-kilter at times, I don’t know if I would have the guts to do this:
"2. Vegetarian friends? Try veggie rumaki: wrap a strip of imitation bacon around a water chestnut, spear with a toothpick, and broil—but instead of imitation bacon use real bacon, and instead of a water chestnut use veal. "
"9. Tempura makes great finger food, and the batter locks the flavor of just about anything in a savory, opaque crust. Impress your friends with creative choices, from squash blossoms to mislaid car keys to the two-carat engagement ring that Cheryl gave back to you after she “reassessed things.” Surprise!"
Love it. If you ever imagined what you would say or do to your ex’s new love, Mr. Brenner comes up with some good ideas (see # 5 and 6). Check out the actual article on The New Yorker’s "Shouts and Murmur’s" page for a good laugh…and good ideas for your next dinner party.