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Donald Trump Served Prince Charles Tomatoes, Burrata, and Beef

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Donald Trump’s UK state visit continued at dinner with Prince Charles
“I said well done, not rare!”
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Donald Trump is on the burrata bandwagon

Donald Trump’s U.K. state visit has been a tour de force of gourmet state dinners, royal family politic, and, obviously steak. A state banquet with the Queen; a lunch with Theresa May cooked by a British celebrity chef; Trump had been a guest. Last night, though, was the reciprocation: the opportunity for the president of the United States to prove his credentials of taste, decorum, and service to the world at a dinner with Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and various other dignitaries.

And so, a menu written in nauseatingly filigree cursive, a menu of fresh burrata, heritage tomatoes, basil, and Maldon sea salt; grilled beef, natch, as a main, and a dessert of fruit, ice cream, and a muscovado tuile. The takeaways? British state occasions remain bizarrely wedded to French food; burrata’s implacable rise has reached the highest echelons of diplomacy; Donald Trump can’t get seasonal produce for even his most important dinners; Donald Trump really can’t go very long without sinking his teeth into some once-bloody flesh.

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