Zed’s # 19: A Waitress Saves My Night

Last night I’m in Zed’s Ethiopian Cuisine reading the menu. I get to:

19. Flax Seed Telba Watt
Puree or roasted flax seed cooked in spicy sauce (vegetarian)

I’m intrigued. I wonder how they can make a whole meal out of just flax seeds. I think about how healthful flax is, with all its Omega-3’s and whatnot. I figure if I don’t like it that there will be plenty of my friends’ more conventional food to swipe. The waitress arrives and I tell her, “I’d like a number nineteen.”

She gives a lengthy reply and while her accent is lovely I don’t at all follow what she’s saying. I think she says something about it being ok if I would be going straight home. I’m totally confused but I at least knew that I had heard a “lax” sound somewhere in there, so I say, “Yes, the flax seed. Number nineteen.”

I expect her to move on to the other orders but she again goes into some kind of warning.

Still lost, I give her my well-practiced clueless gaze and she slowly says, “It’s bit of a lax … a … tive.”

There’s a surprise. I’ve spent a lot of my life talking to a lot of servers in a lot of restaurants yet I have never before heard the word laxative used in a meal description.

I think about how my night is just getting started. I say, “Oh … yeah. Okay … I think I’ll go with the number one, the fish.”

4 Comments so far

  1. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 11:53 am

    Geez – if you wanted something that would run therough you like a laxative you could have simply gone to Denny’s. Thank goodness for the kindness of servers!


  2. Doug (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 12:31 pm

    Mmmm…flax seed. Maybe wash it down with a big glass of Metamucil? Now that will get you moving. ;-)


  3. Evil Moo (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

    This just in – terror alert for the Washington DC metro area raised to code brown!


  4. sa-ra (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

    what a laughy shock! bye-bye appetie.



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