Matt Pearce, a journalist for the Los Angeles Times, has been publicly humiliated after neglecting the banana that came with his Somali food, which is a cardinal sin while consuming the cuisine. Pearce, who admits that he is "a food idiot," sat down for a meal at Maashaa'alla Restaurant, an authentic Somali restaurant in Cedar-Riverside, Minnesota.
Pearce was confused when the server brought out a banana alongside his enormous entree, and he called it an appetizer in a tweet.
That is when the Internet stepped in to correct him.
Turns out, you eat the banana with the rice.
Of course, it seems almost counterintuitive to mix fruits into your entree for most westerners, so if you're one of them, just be glad that Pearce made this mistake before you could. He said failing to mix the banana into his food was like if he "walked into a burger joint, tweeted a photo of a ketchup bottle and said the server had brought me a fancy drink."
In an article for the LA Times with a thorough headline—"Eating Somali food? Don't forget the banana, or you might get humiliated online"—he wrote:
Somali millennials around the world were laughing at me (definitely not with me) for failing Somali Cuisine 101. I received a steady stream of replies about the banana for the next couple of days. Humbling as it was, it taught me about how food — and the Internet — bring people in the Somali diaspora together.
Apparently, Pearce really missed out on a euphoric combination of rice and banana, and someone even sent him this video with the caption, "When you eat a banana and turn in to a Somali."
Of course, there were no real hard feelings over Pearce's faux pas, and he did say that banana or no banana, the rice and lamb were delicious. Maybe the bigger lesson here is that instead of tweeting about your food, you should just eat it.