Thursday, July 07, 2005

A polyglot world - but lust and food universal

So more about the pictures now. And the mood enhancing lighting, which of course is a major incentive to suck face, which is what a couple proceeded to do at the bar of the restaurant. E-M almost shrieked out, "Oh my God, they are nearly having sex!". Well not quite, but some heavy duty making out was going on, with a middle-age going on old, not so attractive man and a fairly good looking, much younger blonde. What gives, you wonder. Well, in a Malibu restaurant, you wonder again and again, as many such sugar daddies walk in with gorgeous trophy women, and women with bodies to give Barbie a run for her money strut their stuff.

I always wondered where the stereotypical big-breasted blonde hung out, and I found them by the dozen in Taverna Tony. One had perfect shiny blonde hair, massive silicone infused breasts, the flattest stomach ever, and a tanned near anorexic body (the rest of it, that is, not the breasts). And then there were gorgeous boys as well. After we came home, I wondered why a restaurant served less than mediocre food had managed to build up such a reputation and popularity. S had an answer: "Blondes, blondes, blondes."

The reason for us being there was to grab a bite before seeing the 4th of July fireworks on the Malibu beach, something that we'd always managed ot miss on past years. By the time we arrived (S, I and E-M), the rest of the table had already ordered. And the food started arriving. And arriving. And arriving. Feeling a bit concerned, S and I turned to Mox and asked him how much food he had ordered. He reassured us: "Oh, don't worry, this is all part of the Greek feast order, we ordered one per person". Hmmm......well hon, that happens to be the most expensive thing you can order off the menu. Adding three bottles of wine, and this proved to be the most expensive meal S and I had ever had. Who says voyeuristic blonde-watching comes cheap. After the shock of the eventual bill settled, I decided to dig in, polishing off half a plate of calamari and two glasses of wine. I would have consumed more, but the food was pathetic. The pastitsio had a burnt top, the lamb was overcooked and stringy, the chicken kebabs flavourless and E-M declared that the rizogalo was the worst she'd ever had. Even if I take the expense in my stride (and it's hard to do so), the fact that I was paying so much for bad food really rankled.

But the ambience was great, and we talked and talked and the waiters left us alone. On one side was a Russian girl (the friend of the other Russian girl in the last post) who had just joined our university and had presumably just started going out with an old neighbour of mine (also present). At some point, E-M turned to me, all excited and said in Greek that she saw the man grabbing the hand of the girl under the table. S and I told her that we think they might be dating. E-M, shocked that she thought otherwise, turned to the girl and apologized for not knowing that they were in a relationship! The Russian girl, didn't know what hit her first, and then became very flustered and embarassed, denying that they were together and said she had hardly met him two weeks ago. Now E-M has either done my neighbour a favour by saying what he was probably too shy to bring up, or destroyed his chances by speaking too soon of possibilities.

After we left the restaurant (and by the time we left the fireworks were over, so none this year as well), we continued talking in the parking lot. We discovered that two of the guests at the table, Mox, an Egyptian and a Russian-American had been learning Chinese. And that most were polyglot and knew a diverse range of languages. And poor Vincent had to answer for the unfriendliness of French towards tourists and his argument was that the French really do not know English and are indeed quite bad at learning other languages. And we all agreed that the Germans were the most talented when it comes to picking up languages. And it struck home again that we Indians are still to come to terms with the multilingual global world, stuck as we are with paranoia over the dominance of English and need to preserve the "pristine purity" of our languages (were they ever in this state).

7 Comments:

Blogger Vishnupriya said...

omg! i really want to go to one of these places, just to see if the stuff you described REALLY goes on. but then again, i guess im too much of a foodie to value the ambience of nay place that serves bad grub. food before all else. and stringy lamb is just YUCK!!

oh, and i think indians have a great capacity for language. most of us can speak at least 3 which is 3 more than the average american :)

6:33 PM  
Blogger Vishnupriya said...

oh and about the things you said on my blog. firstly about the nationality, i agree with yoiu completely. a friend asked me today whether i thought being tied down to a nationality is as fake as being tied down to a religion. i couldnt answer that. but i also dont see sexual awareness happenign in india anytime soon. did you see the post on indiauncut (i cant find it now) about mulayam opposing sex-ed.

ye and congratulations on breaking the mental barrier. im working on it too. but only last week i went out for coffee with this american guy (not a date, there were many of us) and i used the word googly, only to have to explain cricket from scratch to him and i dont know much about the details of offspin-legspin. your bf is greek right? does he follow cricket? :)

6:40 PM  
Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

I think we are the rare breed who value food over ambience. Most of my friends studiously avoid hole in the wall places with great food. But when you come over to LA, we should definitely take you to this place and you can see that this REALLY does go on :)!!

And of course Indians have a capacity for language, but they don't tend to use it for languages outside national borders, except English of course.

11:42 AM  
Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

I think both nationality and religion are rather irrelevant when it comes to relationships, perhaps just as absurd as saying that accountants should only date accountants. There's enough variance and heterogeneity within nationalities and religions, just as there are surprising commonalities between people with different nationalities and religions.

My boyfriend is Greek and he doesn't follow cricket. But then, he doesn't follow much of football and basketball, the two most popular sports in Greece. He does a lot of taekwondo, windsurfing and sailing. Honestly though, I'm not much of a cricket fan as well. But that's probably half the fun, to share your interests and know what the other values as well.

As for commonalities, my parents come from villages in Bengal that are 100 km. apart, and they still have discussions and arguments about how "this is not how it was done in my village"!!

The funniest was when my boyfriend was eating gulabjamun for the first time and started merrily sipping on the syrup that it was dunked in!! Just goes to show how someone can show you unexpected aspected of utterly familiar things.

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As I write this post—longhandOffice 2010in a spiral notebook—I’m 20,000 feet above eastern Washington, having Microsoft Office 2010just crossed above the Cascades on my return flight Microsoft wordto Chicago. I visited Seattle for the weekend to Office 2007and I have known each other for 20 years now. They Microsoft Officehad a lovely ceremony, and the trip in general was fantastic.Microsoft Office 2007In the 13 years since I left Seattle, I’ve Office 2007 keyvisited six or seven times, and I always return to wherever has Office 2007 downloadOffice 2007 Professionalbecome home with mixed feelings about the place. It Outlook 2010both alarms and pleases me to see howMicrosoft outlookthat once-familiar areas seem almost foreign. ForMicrosoft outlook 2010neighborhoods have changed, to the point Windows 7 as have cookie-cutter, here-today-and-gone-tomorrow nightclubs that cater to the shiny shirt crowd.

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