What happens during a lunch meeting when you are fasting?
On Tuesday, I welcomed the new chairman of our Tourism Board and two colleagues for lunch at our Pizzeria for a lunch meeting. The guy wanted to learn about the town and how it has evolved in our tourism scheme of things.
When the date was picked I never thought it would fall during Ramadhan.
Yes, I fast. I am a hypocrite! I do it as a kind of detox. No solids or liquids during daylight hours and no wine for a month.
The three guests arrived right on the stroke of midday.
One, in charge of regeneration gave an overall history of how the town got to where it is now, from a dying hub of shipbuilding and heavy industry to a pleasant tourist destination attracting visitors from far and wide.
A waitress took the food order. A healthy choice: two vegetarian pastas and a spicy pizza. I joked that I would have ordered a juicy steak!
I am sure that you'll remember the cartoon image of a hungry character dreaming that a tiny bird is transformed into a juicy Christmas turkey with all its trimmings...
It may have been my hunger but the food, when it arrived, looked delicious and piping hot.
But the pizza, the chairman had ordered was perfect!!!
Every time he sliced a triangle from it, the sound of its crispness turned me in a Pavlovian Dog!
But I resisted and waited till 7.09 pm when I had a bowl of soup and a large glass of plain yogurt mixed with milk. They tasted heavenly!!