For about 12 years, my favorite restaurant in the whole world was a Little place called Kamin. It had the best beef stroganoff. With pickles.
Who’d have thought that beef stroganoff would be good with pickles?
The owners were secular. The cooks were Arab. The waitresses were students. The atmosphere green and quiet. A great place.
My sister even worked there for a couple years before it closed its door, and she had a chance to talk to one of the cooks. Abu, I think his name was.
When they were both taking a break, my sis asked Abu, “So, how many kids do you have?”
“Three,” he said.
Later she discovered that he actually had five. That was when she discovered that when you ask an Arab (even a Muslim) how many children they have, they only count the boys.
Because women don’t count.