At a time when it's never been more fashionable to express public outrage, even the most benign things can spawn controversies. Case in point: the Caesar salad at 416 Snack Bar.
I was tipped off to the frenetic storm brewing in response to this salad via the @chefgrantsoto paraody Instagram account, which has become more and more entertaining as the Toronto food scene gets ever more ridiculous.
After Toronto journalist Rhiannon Russell posted a photo of the dish on Friday night, social media went into a tizzy about the apparent audacity of the restaurant to serve such athing without a knife and fork.
A very Toronto thing that happened tonight: I ordered a Caesar salad and got this. Was told the restaurant doesn't "do cutlery." http://pic.twitter.com/GDaugBjTlK— Rhiannon Russell (@rhrussell) May 27, 2017
The initial tweet isn't over the top, though it's dubious this particular salad speaks volumes about Toronto or its food scene. In any case, the response it sets off is what's fun to keep tabs on.
@rhrussell You are kidding right? Because I am having a hard time even with that.— Nora Loreto (@NoLore) May 27, 2017
People are really upset about this salad, which is made all the more troubling by the fact that we should all be focusing on one thing: is Jaden Smith okay?
@rhrussell How do these people sleep at night? 😣— Lorraine Murphy (@83LOM) May 28, 2017
The award for most opportunistic response of the affair goes to Baro, who should probably seek out the definition of the word tact.
That eventually met with a response from 416 Snack Bar, who thankfully didn't take the whole thing too seriously.
Meanwhile, plenty of other people weighed in with putatively witty remarks, like this one:
@rhrussell Maybe tell them that you don't 'do payment'.— Moke Lachbat (@leach_leach) May 27, 2017
The requisite fatalism was also handily covered...
But the top tweet surely goes to this person, who wasn't having any of it!
@rhrussell I would've thrown it at them. Especially the bacon bits and parmesan.— whatever sis (@braepau) May 28, 2017
Perhaps instead of railing against a quirky salad sold at a self-advertised snack bar that's always shunned cutlery, we might collectively spend some time wondering where in the world all this anger is coming from.
by Derek Flack via blogTO