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Earliest Roman Restaurant Found in France: Night Life Featured Heavy Drinking
Haaretz ^ | February 23, 2016 | Philippe Bohstrom

Posted on 07/03/2016 8:14:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

An ancient tavern believed to be more then 2,100 years old has been found in the town of Lattes, southern France, making it the oldest Roman restaurant found in the Mediterranean. They also found evidence that while Romanization changed the locals' dining habits, it didn't do much for the cuisine.

Evidently some things never change, though. The excavators in the town of Lattes found indoor gristmills and ovens for baking pita, each about one meter across. This oven, called a tabouna or taboon, is still used throughout the Middle East and Israel.

In another room, across the courtyard from the taboon, benches had been placed against the walls and a charcoal-burning hearth in the floor, suggesting that the dining hall was a sit-in restaurant, not a place for take-out...

The floors of the diner were covered in debris from broken ceramics. This pottery was garbage to the Romans, but a gold mine for the excavators, yielding new understanding about how the Romans feasted in the Celtic town of Lattara.

Much alcohol seems to have been involved. Remains of large platters and bowls for cooking, eating and serving were found. However, the type of ware found in the largest quantity was drinking bowls.

(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; dietandcuisine; gaul; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; huntergatherers; oenology; romanempire; zymurgy
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Site of the 2,100-year old Roman tavern, featuring the pits of taboon ovens for bread, a huge dining section to the right, a drainage system and millstones. Courtesy of the Lattes Excavation

Site of the 2,100-year old Roman tavern, featuring the pits of taboon ovens for bread, a huge dining section to the right, a drainage system and millstones. Courtesy of the Lattes Excavation

1 posted on 07/03/2016 8:14:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 07/03/2016 8:17:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I'll tell you what's wrong with society -- no one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Makes sense. I think it would take plenty of alcohol to away the taste of one snail pita.


3 posted on 07/03/2016 8:20:07 PM PDT by disndat
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To: disndat

Snail isn’t that bad! I find I cannot eat it if it still has the eyes, though.


4 posted on 07/03/2016 8:24:15 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Well, the Romans too were known for their propensity for party life and all the “trimmings”.


5 posted on 07/03/2016 8:26:07 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: disndat

Add lots of butter and garlic. But it still chews like an eraser.


6 posted on 07/03/2016 8:26:58 PM PDT by bgill (From the CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola")
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To: SunkenCiv

Who are unable to be with us tonight on account of bein’ rubbed out.


7 posted on 07/03/2016 8:31:18 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: exDemMom

I can deal with the eyes, but I can’t chew if it still has the shell.


8 posted on 07/03/2016 8:31:46 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secIt's ularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: exDemMom; bgill

Sure. Now.

What would you feed foreign invaders 2,000 years ago in France?


9 posted on 07/03/2016 8:32:23 PM PDT by disndat
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To: disndat

Today’s foreign invaders get EBT cards so they can buy steak and lobster. We’ve dumbed down the last 2000 years.


10 posted on 07/03/2016 8:52:13 PM PDT by bgill (From the CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola")
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To: SunkenCiv

“Evidently some things never change, though. The excavators in the town of Lattes found indoor gristmills and ovens for baking pita, each about one meter across.”

Apparently some things do change; these days pita bread is much smaller.


11 posted on 07/03/2016 8:57:13 PM PDT by edwinland
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting article, thanks for posting it.


12 posted on 07/03/2016 9:00:00 PM PDT by BloodScarletMinnesota
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To: SunkenCiv

They are all dead.
So there.


13 posted on 07/03/2016 9:00:08 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Hillary: "Weapons of war have no place on our streets."... Laz: "Muslims are weapons of war.")
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To: Lazamataz
They are all dead.
So there.

In time, we all will be.

14 posted on 07/03/2016 9:08:38 PM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: SunkenCiv; Gamecock; SaveFerris; FredZarguna; PROCON; Lil Flower

The name was Original Famous Ray’s.


15 posted on 07/03/2016 9:11:57 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Jonty30

In France, they remove the snail from the shell, clean it, and cook it with herbs and butter. They serve it in the clean shell, and you dig it out with a little fork and dip bread in the melted herb butter.

In Spain, I saw snail served once—cooked in the shell. They looked exactly like snails you might pick up in your yard, except they were cooked. I couldn’t handle those.

Snails are very close cousins to clams, but do not taste the same.


16 posted on 07/03/2016 9:35:18 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: disndat

I wouldn’t feed invaders. They can find their own food.


17 posted on 07/03/2016 9:38:10 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: SunkenCiv

No past yet from Asia, and no potatoes or tomatoes from the new world.

Pretty dull menu, therefore.


18 posted on 07/03/2016 9:45:03 PM PDT by truth_seeker (#NeverHillary#NeeverBernie)
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To: exDemMom
I cannot eat it if it still has the eyes, though.

That's the best part!

19 posted on 07/03/2016 10:14:13 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Everywhere is freaks and hairies Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity?)
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To: exDemMom

They are exactly the same varity of snails we find in American gardens.

They were imported by a frenchman homesick for a taste of home.


20 posted on 07/03/2016 10:47:48 PM PDT by null and void (Has there ever been a death associated with the Clintons that *wasn't* beneficial to them?)
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