Primi: pasta in a white sauce. Secondi: sausages and salad. Dessert: local prickly pear. The pears had been blanched, peeled, presented in their own split skins. The plated fruits resembled tiny human hearts in green shells. From afar, they could’ve been actual flowers, but up close, they were disturbingly anatomical.
At the end of the meal, the woman at the end of the table discovered that the wine taken in conjunction with the pear produced a certain fizzle on the tongue that echoed into the throat. She passed the remaining Shiraz and coaxed her many lunch mates into trying the experiment.