Ode to the Tomato

September 25, 2010

Bunny loves tomatoes.

Seriously.

She won’t eat a sandwich without one. (The single exception is pastrami. Pastrami and tomatoes just don’t go together.)

She insists on their inclusion in salads, as well. (Except Caesar salad. Caesar is the pastrami sandwich of salads.)

In restaurants, when ordering burgers or sandwiches, Bunny always says, “no lettuce, LOTS of tomatoes.”  This normally results in the addition of one, possibly two, extra slices to her plate. This, in turn, results in a raised eyebrow. A good waiter will catch this and ask Bunny if she’d like more tomatoes, which results in a happy “that would be GREAT!” A not-so-great waiter will miss the signal entirely, which may possibly result in a slight gratuity diminishment. Especially if they’re squishy.

Why do restaurants serve squishy tomatoes? Ew.

Here is a photographic representation of what Bunny means by “LOTS of tomatoes.

LOTS of tomatoes

LBS. (the best burger restaurant on Earth) at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas got it right.

IVillage.com calls tomatoes a summer superfood, and says that Early New England colonists believed tomatoes were poisonous.

It makes us wonder about the first person to taste-test any food. Milk, in particular. How on earth did THAT happen? Would you EVER have CONSIDERED taste-testing that? (ewwww…)

Thank goodness some brave soul did the dirty work for us.

Back to tomatoes. Tomatoes are nutritious. An excellent source of lycopene, a phytochemical that helps reduce the risk of prostate cancer. (Bunny isn’t too worried about prostate cancer, but what the heck.) They are also chock full of Vitamin C and potassium.

And let’s not forget the undeniable fact that tomatoes are pretty cute.

These versatile fruits disguised as veggies come in all kinds of shapes and colors. Big ones can be sliced and put on a burger, little round ones can be tossed into a salad. They are fruits, even though they act more like a veggie. Bunny wouldn’t toss a tomato in her morning breakfast shake, but she would have it as a side dish with dinner. Sounds pretty veggie to us.

Many of Bunny’s favorite dishes involve tomatoes:

  • Sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil and olive oil. Insalata caprese!
  • Tomatoes with a dollop of bleu cheese dressing and a sprinkling of pepper!
  • Tomatoes, cottage cheese, flaxseed, and Kashi GoLean cereal!
  • Or, they’re just fine and dandy all by themselves.

Their versatility expands significantly with the application of heat, but Bunny’s not a fan of cooked tomatoes. Sure, tomato sauce has its uses, as does ketchup, but in general, she prefers her tomatoes raw and cool.

Speaking of cool, Bunny has read that tomatoes should not be refrigerated. Bull-hockey! she replies as she gently places her 8-lb./$18 bag of tomatoes in the crisper compartment of her GE Profile. She can eat them cold if she wants. Just try and stop her.

Bunny’s best friend was viciously attacked by a tomato seed as a child, resulting in a horrific trip to the emergency room to extract it from his eye. Consequently, whenever they’re at a restaurant, he immediately scoops his tomatoes onto her plate. This is one good reason why he is her best friend. Buff doesn’t do that. He asks the waiter not to bring the tomatoes. Can you imagine? What’s WRONG with him?? NEVER hold the tomatoes! Give them to Bunny!

Bunny has tried repeatedly to grow her favorite little treats, but her efforts always fail. We suspect another attempt is in the offing, though.

All hail the humble tomato!

3 Responses to “Ode to the Tomato”

  1. Monica Says:

    Hi There, I am putting together an LA HLB bloggies meet-up for a 1:00 p.m. lunch on Saturday, October 23.

    If you are interested in joining us please email me at yellowbrickbeauty@gmail.com and let me know.

    Thanks!

    • bmarisol Says:

      How nice of you to ask. Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to make it. Thanks so much for reading our Bunny Blog, though. Have a great time.
      Team Bunny


  2. […] may recall that tomatoes are Bunny’s favorite food. […]


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