Would You Eat It?

At bars in Siena (which, you may recall, are really half American bar and half cafe), in the afternoon, they put out bowls of chips, popcorn, nuts, etc in the afternoon. From then until closing, pretty much everyone who comes in dips their hand in the bowl and extracts what they wish to consume.

Would you eat from these bowls?


  1. Anonymous8:58 AM

    Considering that I drank kava from a communal bowl in Fiji, yes, I probably would. Bula!

  2. I sure do. Some salty snacks while having a drink? Yum!

  3. Anonymous5:13 PM

    Especially when a good buzz kicks in. Haha.

  4. I guess I haven't been to a bar in America in too long. Do they not do that any more here?

  5. Absolutely. I rely on a mixture of stomach acid and alcohol to kill any nasties, and my immune system to take care of any that make it through.

  6. Tom, I don't think you can do that legally in NYC -- a bar near me had a barrel of peanuts for a while, and the Health Department made them get rid of it. But health laws are mostly local, so there may be plenty of places that still do this.


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