Or like the woman who was watching a lush imbibing dry martinis at a Third Avenue bar in New York City. The drunk downed the contents of each cocktail glass at one gulp, daintily nibbled and swallowed the bowl, then finally turned the glass over and ate the base.
I can't get the meaning of the expression highlighted in bold.
I understand the words separately.
- to swallow - to move food into your stomach by the muscles of your throat
- a bowl - a round container for food.
I thought whether it could mean that he consumed the drink wholly. But I am doubting that martini is served in bowls.
Could you help me out?