Eric Cheng

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Swiss repellent

(Written on 08 May 2007 - M/V Sea Hunter, Cocos) What is the most effective way to drive the affluent Swiss away from the dinner table? Serve hamburgers. René was appalled when he saw burgers on the dinner menu. “Are we at MacDonald’s? Are we eating Big Macs?” I tried to explain (futilely) that a Big Mac was a specific product, and that not all hamburgers are Big Macs. He said that if the boat was serving “American” food, they should also serve fondue to appease the Swiss. I wish I had known what the equivalent of Big Macs are in the world of fondue... or in the world of wines.