I was at a birthday night out last night which took place in Cafe Andaluz, a Spanish tapas bar in the west end. Now, I LOVE tapas food generally - there are so many yummy options - but the whole CONCEPT of tapas is one I tend to shy away from . . . because I am WEIRD about sharing food. The episode of "Friends" where Joey gets upset about his date trying to share his food? I am Joey. Totally.
When I'm out for dinner and somehow suggests we have a main course each but just share a starter, I get a bit upset. The starter is usually my favourite bit - why are they trying to take that away from me by making me SHARE??? Never mind the fact that the starter will fill me up so much I will struggle to eat more than a few bites of my main - I WANT A WHOLE STARTER TO MYSELF AND THAT'S FINAL!!!
So you can probably see why tapas poses somewhat of a problem for me. It's one thing if you have sorted with your dining partner beforehand that you are each going to choose your own dishes and eat them BY YOURSELF. But it's quite another if you go with a few people and one of them says "Oh why don't we get a few dishes each and just share?" My heart sinks everytime this is said because I don't WANT to have to explain how anally retentive I am about sharing food - it means I end up not wanting to be greedy and eating much of the dishes I have chosen, and in the same vein, I don't feel comfortable eating too much of the dishes anyone else has selected. So I end up going hungry, and what's the point in that?
Thank god for the bread plates, that's all I can say! :-)
Do YOU like to share food???