Entertaining Mistakes

It's your worst nightmare: intimate dinner or big splashy event, and something goes horribly wrong. The causes can be legion. The only known antidote: humor & quick thinking.

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250 shrimp do a disappearing act (part 2)
Illustration: Barry Blitt

250 shrimp do a disappearing act (part 2)

Turns out I had underestimated the power of bromelain, the pineapple enzyme that’s so powerful it can digest protein. (It’s often used as a meat tenderizer.) But here’s the worst part: I was writing about the power of the pineapple enzyme at the time!

What now? On a dime, I had to replan the entire meal. But I dined out on the story for years.

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