The menu said, "Spicy, ice-cold Gazpacho served with traditional accompaniments"
It sounded straight-forward but this menu was on a cruise ship where surprises are likely to happen.
I ordered the Gazpacho and expected a cold, rosy concoction served in a normal soup-bowl. I expected a small side plate with croutons and finely chopped onion, tomato and cucumber. What I received more closely resembled a Bloody Mary.
My soup was served in the kind of glass that usually serves drinks with names like 'Bahama Mama' or 'Wahini's Downfall' You know the kind of glass I mean.
The glass has a foot and a stem. The bottom of the vessel is bulbous and closes into a narrow 'waist'. Above the 'waist' the glass opens out into a trumpet shape at the rim. The vessel in question was about eight inches tall. The soup was garnished with a celery stalk and a hollowed-out cucumber slice that looked for all the world like a life-preserver. The concoction was served with a round soup spoon that was too large to get through the waist. How can you eat this thing?
Here's the method I adopted.
I used the soup spoon to gather as much solid matter as I could from the upper portion of the glass. Next, I used the celery stalk as a stirrer to scoop and coax solid matter from the bottom of the glass into the top. Once I figured I'd found all I could with the spoon, I put the celery on a side plate and drank the rest of the gazpacho liquid. I simply couldn't think of any other way to eat this soup.
BTW, the Gazpacho was wonderful. The soup was almost as good as I make at home.