Saturday, March 1, 2008

Day 20 (March 1). Giorgio

Another lazy day. I did manage to make some of the car rental arrangements for South Africa, Madagascar, and Botswana.

In the evening we met our friends, Gaby and Dieter, for dinner at the local Greek restaurant. The owner is a very friendly Greek, Giorgio, who immediately recognized me from a previous visit. Giorgio is the ultimate host, who will come to each table, greet everyone of his guests personally, and relentlessly guide them through the intricacies of the menu. For example:

Gustav (to me): "You should try the steak. It is very good here."
Giorgio (to me): "You like lamb?"
Me: "Uh . . . yes"
Giorgio (to me): "You eat the lamb. Nicely baked in the oven".
Dieter (to Giorgio): "I would like the fried calamari."
Giorgio (to Dieter): "You like fish?"
Dieter: "Uh . . . yes."
Giorgio (to Dieter): "You eat the fish. It is very fresh."

The end result? Gaby and I had lamb, and Chrissy, Dieter, and Gustav had the fish.

And so it went for the rest of the evening, with Giorgio asking politely whether we would like cheese, or uzo, or more wine; we saying "no, thank you"; and Giorgio promptly serving the cheese he had just received from Creta, his personal reserve of uzo, and some very fine Greek wine.

Overall a delightful evening!

1 comment:

Fabs said...

hahahahaha! I love it! Ooopa!