Peculiar descriptions on café / restaurant menus


#1

Went to Zizzi for a work leaving thing on Friday. There were at least two references on the menu to “Isle of Wight” tomatoes. Is this a post-Brexit thing? wtf? Is the Isle of Wight known for its tomatoes? @plasticniki ?

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Feel free to add your own examples.


#2

yes it is

also garlic


#3

obviously not very well


#4

shut the thread down, mods


#5

‘isle of wight tomatoes’ sounds like one of those euphemistic descriptions of something horrible like rocky mountain oysters


#6

#7

there’s a whole bloody festival dedicated to it m76

http://www.garlicfestival.co.uk/


#8

you ever seen a vampire on the isle of wight? well there you go


#9

Went to a pizza place in Quebec where the Quebecois menu had “brick” as a topping on one of the pizzas. Looked at the English equivalent and it was translated as… brick.

I did not order it.


#10


#11

:smiley:

Nadiya doesn’t look convinced

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#12

tbh the tomato thing isn’t really a “thing” on the isle of wight. the garlic thing definitely is though.


#13

are there chilli farms there too or have i imagined that?


#14

yep there’s a chili farm, it’s pretty good

https://www.houseofchilli.com/


#15

absolutely can’t stand this sort of thing. I’d have already gone postal if I worked a @Epimer 's East Anglian place.


#16

this is now the isle of wight facts thread

apparently david icke lives there


#17

I can see the point of it if, for example, you’re on holiday in north Norfolk and the steak you’re eating is from beef reared in a farm just down the road, or something. It might not add anything to the flavour but it makes it feel local somehow. But this particular example is bizarre.


#18

I literally could not give a fuck where the food comes from as long as it tastes good.

I realize i’m in the minority here though.


#19

For me, Clive:

  • food that’s local: it’s quite a nice thing to know about, but it’s not a major selling factor. I can see why others would be into it
  • food that’s been subjected to thousands of food miles: doesn’t bother me as much as maybe it bothers others
  • Isle of Wight tomatoes: wtf

#20

Until this thread Had you heard of Isle of Wight tomatoes or garlic

  • Yes I am from the isle of wight
  • obviously not

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