a catflower cocktail;
piscoid and tomato chowder;
beef and shua pie;
clustergrain leaf salad;
coffee spiced with witchroot;
a bottle of vintage dago.
Human beings and Ythrians increasingly eat mixed cuisines.
Tabitha suggests a drink in the Nest, the only public house in Centauri designed for ornithoids, expecting this to be to Arinnian's taste. Instead, he feels that taverns are wrong for Ythrians.
"'Yet you don't mind when humans imitate Ythrians. Uh-uh. Can't have it on both wings, son.'" (p. 504)
Tabitha uses an Ythrian phrase to make her point. Earlier, she had said:
"'...a man or woman who tries to be an Ythrian is a rattlewing.'" (p. 502)
Another Ythrian phrase! - but a valid remark.