After a long hard day at Cross Country race, a group of teammates and I planned to head out for dinner. Mark, Tien, Earl, and I decided to dine at a restaurant called “The Grasshopper Den”. It was the only restaurant in town which served a variety of exotic dishes from countries all over the world. What also appealed to us was the fact that the restaurant was located next to a waterfall and a fabricated jungle like environment. The ride was a short one; it took less than five minutes in total, which made it even more convenient on our appetite to eat.
The parking lot was located a good two minute walk on a dirt path from the actual restaurant. Wild plants and flowers grew on both side of the path and insect and wild animal noises made the change from normal suburbia to something equivalent to the dense jungles in South America. The actual building gave the impression that it was made of ...view middle of the document...
According to Margaret Visser people who eat with their hands believe that eating with hands adds to the experience of eating (Visser 103). Tien ordered Taiwanese Cold Noodle Salad which is exactly what it sounds like; cold egg noodles tossed with dressing, served with Shredded Lettuce. Next Earl ordered Goi Ga which is a Vietnamese marinated Cabbage with Chicken Salad. It is crispy and crunchy salad contains lots of vitamins and proteins for the health conscious. As you can clearly see Earl is one of those health conscience people who always have to know every nutritional fact about everything they eat. I ordered some Tom Yam Samosa. Tom Yam Samosa’s are Deep-fried Tom Yam vegetables wrapped in Samosa dough. Samosa’s are a popular finger food from India and are often served at cocktail parties. Collectively we all ordered one dish called Gado-Gado which as Indonesian bean curd salad served with vegetables and peanut sauce. This dish offered good nutrition at low cost.
fountain to our right to wash our hands. We all washed our hands to clean ourselves from germs and other particles like just. In most countries it is a custom to cleanse ones whole body before eating but we had to settle for just washing our hands (Visser 103). There were no signs outside which identified the restaurant only until we entered the door did we see a sign which said “The Grasshopper Den”. Bamboo was used to create the lettering on the sign. The first major observation we made was that the color green was used for everything, from the carpeting to the ceiling. To me green is a color repeated over and over again in nature so the use of green means that the restaurant is attempting to add a feeling of a natural occurring environment. The color brown also played as a major element of the décor. Like green the color brown too reflects nature. All four of us were seated at a rectangular table which was made out of bamboo and covered with a green tablecloth. The chairs like the table were also erected out of bamboo. Though bamboo is cheap; it is a very strong material used in construction in many countries in Asia.