I wondered about that, too. It seems strange to hear "beefsteak" without some reference to either "tomato" or "salad", but the image of a "ripe" steak is repugnant. I hope it's "tomato" and not actually a steak.However, there is also a variety of tomato called beefsteak - and that could well be overripe.
I'm a food lover and an amateur chef, so I suppose it's something at the front of my vocabulary. I'd have the same reaction if I read something like "the heirloom was served with a splash of balsamic" - I'd know it was a tomato sprinkled with vinegar.I am really surprised that there are people that automatically think of a tomato when they hear the word "beefsteak". Is this a California thing, I wonder (given the names of the two contributors). I don't think the rest of us have gotten that far yet.
Do you really think that a student who wrote condemned instead of complained/criticised would make such subtle connections as you have?Amy suddenly condemned the waiter because her beefsteak was too ripe.