Have YOU ever had an unpleasant alfresco dining experience?
Last year, I managed a calculated getaway from domestic life. My escape was to a delicious, decidedly Southern restaurant near Long Beach, California. I was seated outside beneath ample trees next to a Koi pond and a quaint wooden bridge.
I ordered the Bacon and Hazelnut Crusted Alaskan Halibut with Hot Apple Fritters, Shenandoah Rolls, and Miss Pearl's Pinto Beans. The meal arrived picturesque and smelling divine!
Within minutes, flies began to crowd my solace. I was protecting my food with a vengeance while other customers continued to dine casually. I asked the waitress for citronella candles and she provided me with more regular candlelight. The flies, however, would not retreat! So, there I was hyper-illuminated and swatting like a mad woman!
Finally, with no win in sight, a couple of food servers moved me and my meal inside. (I'm sure many were curious about my hygiene.) I was able to eat in peace, but alfresco had become a FIASCO!