A tweet by New York Times bestselling author Celeste Ng went viral when she posted a photo of an underwhelming salad that she was served at a hotel in New Orleans.
Ng, the author of “Everything I Never Told You,” accompanied the picture with the caption, “This is not what I expected when I ordered a Caesar salad.”
The tweet shows a head of lettuce held together by what appears to be a circular crouton reminiscent of a napkin ring, one Twitter user pointed out.
There was no cheese, but salad dressing in a ramekin was placed on the side.
This is not what I expected when I ordered a Caesar salad pic.twitter.com/yv9161wG7W
— Celeste Ng (@pronounced_ing) December 11, 2016
The Massachusetts writer was on vacation in the Big Easy over the weekend with her two friends, according to BuzzFeed News.
That’s when the group decided to order some room service and it was all downhill from there.
The hotel they were staying at did not provide them with knives, so the group was forced to eat the sad looking salad using only forks and spoons.
“My friend who opened it was like ‘was it supposed to look like this?’” Ng told BuzzFeed.
She added: “Maybe they were trying to be fancy. Maybe the foodie culture has gone too far.”
Ng and her friends thought the salads were hilarious, but they decided to rip into it anyway. While Ng did not reveal where she was staying, she said the hotel was “very old school and established.”
The bizarre Caesar salad amused the Twitterverse:
@pronounced_ing That new chef was like, “This is my moment.”
— Nicole Blades (@NicoleBlades) December 11, 2016
@pronounced_ing is it one of those deconstructed restaurants?? 😂
— Zoraida 🌬🎄✨ (@zlikeinzorro) December 11, 2016
— Iris McCarthy (@PalatePrincess) December 11, 2016
@pronounced_ing Basically: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha no.
— Benjamin Dreyer ✏️ (@BCDreyer) December 11, 2016
@pronounced_ing You should check the room for cameras and make sure you’re not part of some kind of performance art piece.
— P van Arsdale (@peternelleva) December 11, 2016
Some were just angry at the salad while other people had a more “WTF” response:
@pronounced_ing oh my god I am instantly furious
— Sarah Gailey (@gaileyfrey) December 11, 2016
@pronounced_ing DIY Caeser? The fuck?
— Calvin Starnes (@CalvinStarnesOG) December 11, 2016
— AimeeNezhukumatathil (@aimeenez) December 11, 2016
While Ng is glad that her order has received so much attention and made Twitter users laugh, she encouraged people to donate to “Cambridge Weekend Backpack,” a Boston program that gives public school students, who rely on school lunches, bags of food on the weekends.