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Eating on his own
Issy’s wife is unwell and so Issy is sitting
in a restaurant on his own for a change. He spends a good deal of time
looking at the menu and even when the waiter returns to take his order,
Issy is still poring over the menu. The waiter clears his throat and asks,
"Ahem, excuse me for asking, sir, but is there a problem with the menu?"
"No there isn’t," Issy replies. "It’s
just that my wife Betty usually tells me what I am allowed to eat, and
she’s not here."
"That`s no problem," says the waiter,
"the soup of the day is chicken soup with lokshen and to make it real tasty
we add giblets and chicken fat. But…. I’m sure your wife would want you
to have the tomato juice."
The waiter then continues. "Today’s special
is potted flanken nosh-up. This is made with especially fatty meat to which
we add potatoes and carrots and leave the whole caboodle in the oven for
almost eight hours. We then serve it with home made challah bread for dipping
into the gravy. But….. I’m sure your wife would want you to have the boiled
chicken wings and rice."
On hearing this, Issy puts down the menu
and says, "Nag nag, nag. That`s all Betty ever does. I`m tired of her telling
me what to do. I`ll have the chicken soup and flanken nosh-up."