While we were in Napa at a very cool, farm-chic restaurant, Farmstead, the server suggested the artichoke to start, and I love artichokes, so we ordered the appetizer.
When it arrived, I was surprised my husband would try something so exotic (he is a southern boy, and likes his meat + threes, but in California is surprisingly adventurous when it comes to dining) – so he said, “eat it like a chip?”
And I said, “I think so.”
We chewed on the artichoke… and chewed… and chewed… and chewed… and chewed… until I remembered HOW to eat an artichoke: Don’t eat the leaves. You kind of scrape off the “meat” and eat the artichoke heart. Delicious!
We should have watched the informative “How to eat an artichoke” Food Network video first:
Not that it would have been possible, but if we’d chewed all of those leaves, our server’s reaction would have been priceless!