Yesterday was my 19th Wedding Anniversary. To celebrate, Mr. Lorna and I went out to lunch at the wonderful little restaurant around the corner from us. (They make a pretty mean martini there, too.)
Anyway, I've been hankering for a piece of quiche for quite some time and thought -- that's what I'll have. Mr. Lorna warned me that the quiche of the day would be broccoli and cheddar. Why? Because whenever there's a quiche of the day, no matter WHERE we go for lunch, it's ALWAYS broccoli and cheddar.
Now, I happen to be very fond of both broccoli AND cheddar, but for some reason, not in the same dish. Why or WHY do restaurants insist that this is the only quiche that people want to eat?
Is there a glut of broccoli? If so, I hadn't heard about it (or seen it in the supermarket). Has something happened to the cheese industry and now they're ONLY making cheddar? (Hmm...maybe I should warn my friend Avery Aames, who writes the Cheese Shop Mysteries -- maybe her character can solve this mystery.)
As it happens, I had my back-up choice all picked out. Mediterranean pasta, with artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and a bunch of other good stuff.
Eventually our waitress asked the dreaded question: "Ready to order?"
"What's the quiche of the day?"
"Broccoli and cheddar. And it comes with a wonderful salad all studded with strawberries and melon."
(Did I mention that I absolutely LOATHE strawberries and melon?)
Then she paused and added as an afterthought, and in a much more quiet voice, like it was an embarrassment. "Oh, and we also have quiche Lorraine."
It was de-lish!
Is there something you like to order at restaurants but they never seem to have?