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Would You Eat This Rice?

Last week I was invited to an arroz, a Spanish lunch where a huge cazuela of rice was on the menu. It is made in the traditional Spanish style, and the rice has no out-of-the-ordinary ingredients. The unusual part is the way in which it is eaten. Instead of using plates, everyone stands around the rice and digs in with a spoon. The rice is filled with both chicken and beef making it super flavorful, and needless to say, not vegetarian friendly.

Two of the girls at the party were vegetarians. Understanding that the Spanish culture does not readily support their dietary needs, they picked around the meat and ate the rice and veggies. While they had no problem eating this rice, would you? If you're squeamish about sharing food or a die-hard vegetarian, would you eat this rice?

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-Maryan- -Maryan- 8 years
Yeah, it looks good :)
Ultress Ultress 8 years
looks so f#$^%^&g good. buck up people. you got bigger things to worry about than a few germs from eating family style (like where the food came from). tasty and not gonna kill ya. sounds good.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i would be nice about it and say no - that's just not my type of eating.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
I've never understood why family style is the way it is in China. It's so easy to flip your chopsticks around and use the back end to grab from communal dishes. :?
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I love rice, and would probably love this, but the double dipping has to stop! :) If I was only with close friends or family, I might be able to handle the idea that everyone's saliva is getting all in it. Okay, now I'm grossing myself out. :sick:
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 8 years
Mmmm, looks so good! I've never thought twice about eating family style while in China and that's essentially the same thing...but with chopsticks instead of spoons.
ElissaM ElissaM 8 years
I've never known a vegetarian to "pick around" the meat. When you don't eat meat you aren't supposed to just pick around the meat in a dish.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
I'm not comfortable w/ buffets, let alone a huge pot of stuff that everyone breathes over. No thanks.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
looks great!
rickimc rickimc 8 years
I have too many food allergies to communally share food.
tanyaferrell tanyaferrell 8 years
When in Rome... It sounds like the eating was part of the experience. You can't not do it.
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
I agree. I'd eat out of that if I was with friends or family. It looks great!
lms lms 8 years
I don't think I would be eating from that with strangers. It would have to be a very select group of people for me to dig in. I recently tried Ethiopian food, but it was only with my husband. I asked for a fork too, b/c I didn't like the Njara(spelling) so I wasn't eating the bread. Loved everything else though.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Yes, a 100 times yes, if you eat at restaurants you can eat at a community pan. I'm with you verily - not a germophobe. I come from a large family where communal eating is not uncommon. And I'm still here to tell you all about it. Worry about the price of gas not the food.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I wouldn't mind eating that way, especially if I were in a situation where tradition and culture come into play.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
I'm too much of a mess to eat without a plate
verily verily 8 years
Absolutely would eat it. I'm no germophobe. I've eaten Chinese family style many times.
Marci Marci 8 years
I think I must be getting old because I wouldn't be into everyone eating and putting their forks back into the food, spreading any germs they have. I wouldn't have given this a thought at one point in time, but now? No can do.
kvitter kvitter 8 years
No, I'm a vegetarian and I have an issue with eating food which has been prepared with meat. That being said I wouldn't make an issue of it and just politely pass. I have no problem with the way it's served/eaten otherwise.
looseseal looseseal 8 years
Ah, reminds me of how we dip our used chopsticks into the big dishes in the middle of the table in China. And that was part of why that SARS outbreak way back when spread so quickly and killed so many people. Did you know a virus can be contagious 24 hours before the person starts showing symptoms? A person can be a carrier without even knowing it. Now people are more careful about having separate "public" utensils for the dishes in the middle, but since it's been years since the last outbreak, people are lapsing into old habits and digging their used utensils right back in. Feels kinda bad to diss my own culture, but seriously, there's a reason cultures that do double dipping is such a hotbed for exciting new pandemics. And the fact that these cultures don't get wiped off the face of the earth by said pandemics doesn't prove eating this way is harmless - it just proves that people continue to get busy and replace the dead people. Of course, if wackdoodle is right and people don't actually eat this rice off their spoons and dip used spoons back in, then I just went way off topic. Haha.
haute77 haute77 8 years
it looks delicious, but i would just get a plate and eat off that.
SweetFirefly SweetFirefly 8 years
First, I'm a vegetarian. Second, um, no way am I eating out of a pan that a bunch of people are double dipping their spoons into!
piraterie piraterie 8 years
That looks amazing. I'd pick around the bits I don't eat, and I have no qualms about food sharing.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
Yes, I totally would. It looks delicious!
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Only with friends!
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