It’s Not the Pistachios – #1LinerWeds

Last week, I was attending a dinner with some coworkers and a few guests, in advance of an important meeting the next day. One of my coworkers identified as having a nut-allergy, so the waiter was careful to point out which items had nuts, which didn’t, and which could be ordered without them. The person who made the dinner reservations, had ordered some appetizers for the group. The waiter brought out two of them and announced:

“We have some fried Calamari with cherry peppers and some braised Brussels Sprouts. The problem with the Brussels Sprouts is that they include pistachios.”

To which one of the guests responded:

“No, the problem with the Brussels Sprouts is that they include Brussels Sprouts.”


This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.

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  1. I have heard that Brussels Sprouts can be tasty if they are prepared right, but there are so many other things from which to choose that I doubt I will ever voluntarily order Brussels Sprouts. When I read the title of the posting, Dan, I had no idea what the subject would be and smiled when I got to the final line–“No, the problem with the Brussels Sprouts is that they include Brussels Sprouts.”

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    1. Thanks Mike. As soon as he said that, I knew I had this post written. The local place we go to used to have a Brussels Sprouts appetizer that was very good. They were broiled with a little oil and coarse sea salt. We ordered them a couple of times, but, like you say, there were better choices.

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      1. Of course, tastes change. I remember my first encounters with broccoli and was happy that it was served with lots of cheese sauce. Over time I have learned to like broccoli a lot, both raw and cooked. Perhaps there is hope yet for Brussels Sprouts. :)

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  2. LOL – very clever one-liner! But Brussel sprouts are so yummy (if cooked right that is!). Your photos with calm water and reflections of the building are stunning. I can see why you’ll miss that view. Maddie with the side-line squirrel amaze me – why doesn’t she take off and chase it?

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  3. Poor Brussels Sprouts….I do like them, though. Panning….isn’t that a fun thing to do. “it’s all blurry.” “No, it’s not. I was panning.” My explanation always. Great shot of the bees. And the 3 Ms–always adorable.

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    1. Thanks Lois. I do like Brussels Sprouts. Attempting to pan is better than my other option witch was yelling, “could you guys slow down!” I always like it when I can include MuMu (even though she was yelling at me).

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  4. Great one liner!! The best Brussel Sprouts are none at all!! 🤗

    Great shots of ducks and gulls. Love the bees on the goldenrod.

    MiMi and MuMu are so darn cute. Maddie and Sammy are becoming BFF! I swear, one day you may be taking a photo of these two curled up together on the cot!! Wouldn’t that be something?!!

    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Thanks Ginger. I do like Brussels Sprouts, but this was just too funny not to use.

      Lately, my camera seems to have issues focusing. I think I’m getting to the park at a point where the sensors don’t like the light.

      I like it when I can include MuMu. She doesn’t stand still very often, even while being brushed.

      Maddie doesn’t seem to mind the squirrel coming up on the deck, but she got pretty uptight when a chipmunk tried. They move too fast. This squirrel likes to make sure I know he/she is there.

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      1. There is silly walking and silly asking. I have heard that the silly walking comes after one too many breakfast beers. I have also heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Hmmm time for some thinking fluid and pondering…

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  5. Bwahahahaha!!! That is the best quote. I held this philosophy for years but recently found two (TWO!!) restaurants that make fabulous Brussels Sprouts. We ate at one this week and it wasn’t listed on the menu – shortage, missing shipment, change in veggie sides, I dunno – and I was actually SAD. Life is strange. 😆

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  6. I happen to like brussels sprouts, but I’m aware that I’m in the minority. Good job with the bees and goldenrod. My goldenrod photos always come out just a week bit fuzzy, even on the macro setting, and the bees just won’t stay still for me.

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  7. Comical! I love Brussels Sprouts, but only roasted, so I probably would not eat them in a restaurant. But One, why did a waiter bring up “a problem” with the menu? Two, what’s the problem with the pistachios he did not say. Are people allergic to them, are they choking on them?
    What was your reaction Dan?

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    1. We had a person in our party who had mentioned a nut allergy. I like Brussels Sprouts. These were pretty good. The pistachios were ok, but I wouldn’t have missed them if they left them out.

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  8. I used to hate brussel sprouts, but I think that’s because they were served to me boiled when I was a kid. When I tasted them roasted as an adult, it was a different story, I’m glad to say. More good pics, Dan!

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  9. A young American male recently celebrated his 18th birthday at a restaurant. He (strongly) told staff that he was violently allergic to milk products, and was assured that all his choices did not include dairy. He was served a broiled chicken breast, which had been marinated in buttermilk. He used his Epi-pen, but his throat swelled and he died. 8O
    You, and CM, and Marilyn take such nice photos. Me?? Thank God for Shutterstock. :oops:

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