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Why do waiters wait behind you while you're paying the bill?

I've personally never had a waiter stand by the table while I pay the bill. They've always dropped the bill folder and then walked away to give me time to look at it and pay.

Jul 20, 2012
john333 in Not About Food

Should there be a cash-only line at the supermarket?

Here's an example of something that drives me nuts: the twit in front of me at the grocery store paid for her purchase - $1.63 in total - with a VISA credit card. So you know the drill: you have to wait before inserting your card into the machine, then you wait before entering your password, then you wait again for it to be processed....

This got me thinking, a cash-only checkout line would be much appreciated. Agreed?

Jul 20, 2012
john333 in Not About Food

How do you like to be addressed by your server?

I eat out alone alot. I'm a middle aged male. The waiters have over time addressed me by various nicknames: "Sir", "Boss", "Buddy" etc. I don't really like any of these particular nicknames.

Do you ever tell them to just call you by your first name? I never have because it just seems unimportant/inappropriate somehow.

But on the other hand, being addressed as "Boss", I don't know.....

Jul 20, 2012
john333 in Not About Food

Where's my change!?!

I remember reading about the giving out of candies in place of small change years ago. If I remember correctly it was because the coins were made out of aluminum and people were removing them from circulation and melting them down and selling the aluminum.

Jun 16, 2012
john333 in Not About Food

A few questions about home bread making machines

A few questions about those bread-making machines you could (still can?) buy for home use:

1. Does anyone still use them? I know they were a fad some time ago but I never hear about them anymore. I don't know ANYONE who bothers. Did people finally wake up to the fact that bread is just a commodity and you may as well just buy it at the grocery store?

2. I remember this old rumor, that in Canada all-purpose flour worked in bread making machines but in the US all-purpose flour didn't work. In the US you needed to buy sprecial bread making flour to get your bread making machine to work. Presumably because US all purpose flour is crappy compared with Canadian and doesn't have enough gluten in it (or something). Is that true?

Thanks everyone in advance for responding!

Oct 19, 2011
john333 in General Topics

Canadian Thanksgiving

My family had turkey on on Sunday Oct. 9th like you did. I prefer that because the roads are probably less busy.

Oct 10, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

Who else prefers to eat ground beef (hamburger) vs. steak?

I've felt this way ever since I was a kid. I love eating ground beef, whether hamburgers, meatloaf, or spaghetti sauce, but I dislike eating steak of any kind. Both are beef, but I enjoy eating ground beef more because I like the texture and flavor better. Maybe it's because the fibres are already broken up in the grinding process so I don't have to do as much work chewing.

In any case, I've always felt my preference for ground beef might be unusual because steak is considered to be somehow superior to hamburger.

Does anyone else feel like I do?

Jul 17, 2011
john333 in General Topics

How long should dinner guests have to wait for dessert and coffee after they finish their meal?

I've been to a couple of different people's house for dinner with a gathering of people and in both cases when we finished the meal instead of having the dessert and coffee right away we had to wait at least an hour in the living room while the hosts tidied up in the kitchen and dining room and then go back to the dining room table for the dessert and coffee.

Is this the usual custom? I was surpised at having to wait so long. I personally would prefer to have the dessert and coffee served to me while I am still seated at the dinner table (that is, right after finishing the meal).

Jun 19, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

What are the rules for how long I am allowed to camp out at the table after paying?

I assume so, I've done that before and had no complaints! Although normally there's enough light in the dining room to read. It is usually the bar where I've had to use my book light.

Jun 18, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

What are the rules for how long I am allowed to camp out at the table after paying?

When I eat dinner solo with my book when I'm finished eating the waiter(ress) will bring the bill folder and leave it on the table. I put the money in the bill folder and continue reading. At some point the waiter(ress) will return and take the bill folder with the money away. 90% of the time they don't have to bring me change because I leave cash equal to the bill plus a tip.

When the bill folder is taken away presumabley I'm "done". But if it's after the dinner rush and there's empty tables around can I stay a while reading? How long? Assume I don't want to "transfer to the bar" because I don't want to buy any more drinks.

I assume if there's other tables empty I'm not using "valuable real estate". On the other hand I've read that each server is only allowed to have a certain number of customers at a given time so even if other tables are empty I'm depriving my waiter(ress) of a new customer by camping out and continuing to read.

So do I always have to skedaddle after the bill folder with the money is taken away? Or if I can stay and read for awhile, under what circumstances and for how long? I'd appreciate hearing from some servers too. Thanks!

Jun 11, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

Who eats using sterling silver flatware at home each and every day?

The people I know (relatives) who have sterling silver flatware never seem to use it, saving it for "special" occasions. My brother in law also bragged about his mother's sterling silver flatware set that she inherited and "never uses".

Do any chowhounders eat with sterling silver knives forks etc. on a daily basis?

Mar 23, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

What food do you love on its own but detest when mixed with something else?

The interesting thing though is I like peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches even though the peanut butter is salty and the jelly is sweet.

But it has to be on plain white "wonder" bread.

On the other hand, the smell of peanut butter on hot toasted bread makes me feel nauseous!

Mar 21, 2011
john333 in General Topics

What food do you love on its own but detest when mixed with something else?

Thanks pine time! I forgot about chocolate with orange. Revolting! Have you ever had those chocolate "Terry" oranges? (chocolate shaped like an orange with separate slices etc.). Bleccchhh! as they say in Mad magazine.

Mar 21, 2011
john333 in General Topics

What food do you love on its own but detest when mixed with something else?

The top two on my list:

1. Coconut: I love raw coconut right out of the shell, but I find the taste of coconut sickening when mixed in with something else like cake or cookies.

2. Peanut butter: Love it straight out of the jar, but can't eat it when baked into a cookie for example.

What are your "favorite" foods which cannot be mixed with other foods?

Mar 17, 2011
john333 in General Topics

Anyone on these boards ever had surstromming (fermented fish) before?

I've always wondered how it tasted. Did you like it/dislike it?

Mar 05, 2011
john333 in General Topics

Michael Mina staff unresponsive to foul-mouthed, loud drunk [moved from SF board]

That's a good point, if foodlover is a man. On the other hand if foodlover is a lady it might have been safe since most men wouldn't hit a girl.

Mar 05, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

How do you eat out often and maintain your weight?

Bravo! I was asking a friend a while back..."what do you think would be easier to do, keep your mouth closed and not eat that cookie, or go out jogging for 20 minutes? I'll take not eating the cookie!"

Mar 05, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

Michael Mina staff unresponsive to foul-mouthed, loud drunk [moved from SF board]

Why didn't you go over to the table yourself and ask the guy to tone it down? :)

Mar 05, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

Packing leftovers at the table - Is it just me?

I've had this happen to me. I didn't mind it.

I would have preferred thought that the person had let ME put the food into the container, but it wasn't a big deal.

Mar 05, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

Is this some new type of cheesecake?

I guess I could have asked, I will next time. I didn't ask this time because up until now whenever I've ordered cheesecake it's always been the way I imagined it would be (graham cracker crust, thick layer of cheese filling etc.).

Feb 27, 2011
john333 in General Topics

So what would be the point of "green bananas"?

Thanks! I think I'll try boiling them.

Feb 27, 2011
john333 in General Topics

Why must all restaurant entrees have meat in them?

Yes, I eat meat and I like to have meat whenever I eat out. I'm a carnivore, after all (note the two incisor teeth in my upper jaw for example; great for tearing apart animal flesh).

I can't stand it when I'm forced to eat vegetarian food like when someone else orders food at the office and they order too many vegetarian sandwhiches and all the meat ones are gone. Then I still feel hungry.

Feb 27, 2011
john333 in General Topics

Is this some new type of cheesecake?

I went out for dinner the Friday before last and for dessert I had the "cheesecake". It consisted of:
a bottom layer of regular "cake" cake about an inch thick (that is, not a graham cracker crust); in the middle a thin 1/2 inch dense layer of the "usual" cheesecake filling; and on top of that a kind of mousse topping (strawberry or something).

So the "real" cheesecake was just a thin layer embedded inside the whole structure. I feel like I got ripped off.

Anyone else seen cheesecake like this?

Feb 27, 2011
john333 in General Topics

So what would be the point of "green bananas"?

I went to the grocery store to pick up bananas and I saw a bin full of what was called on the sign "green bananas" which they were indeed.

I bought a bunch of these green bananas thinking that if I left them out in the kitchen they would ripen and become yellow bananas (and edible).

It's been days now and the bananas are still green and inedible. Obviously I misunderstood what these "green bananas' are and how they are used in cooking. Can anyone explain? Thanks.

Feb 27, 2011
john333 in General Topics

Finally...I asked for my favorite waiter and got him....

In my previous thread I didn't say I didn't like being recognzed per se, I said I would feel funny being recognized if I weren't dining alone. This came up because I was having lunch with a former coworker and the waiter we got was one I had had a few times before and I thought I would feel funny if the waiter acknowledged that he remembered me because my dining companion would think I must eat there too much or something.

But in any case, I think I've gotten over that. I don't think I'd really care anymore if I were "recognized" when dining with a companion. Who knows... they might even be impressed.

Feb 26, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

Finally...I asked for my favorite waiter and got him....

On the other hand...today I went back there for lunch again.

The good news: as soon as I walked up to the front desk the hostess recognized me and also remembered (without me telling her) who my favorite waiter is. (I have to admit I'm impressed that she remembered this, since this is a chain restaurant, not one that you would call a "fine dining" establishment).

The bad news: before I could even ask to be seated in "Steve's" section, she said "Steve's not working today". Oh well. But the substitute server was still pretty good.

Feb 24, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

Finally...I asked for my favorite waiter and got him....

Today at lunch I asked to be seated in a particular waiter's section, and unlike previous instances where I had made this request (at other restaurants) they didn't say "he's not working today" or "his section is full". (Due to my lack of success I had begun to think that asking for a particular server worked in theory but not in practice).

So today they seated me in his section as per my request and when he came he was delighted and thanked me for asking for him.

Lunch of course went perfectly this time as I figured it would. This waiter had of course waited on me a couple of times in the past and the experience was enjoyable each time. That's why I asked for him.

What made me decide to try again and ask for a particular waiter was that lunch last week was a nightmare of poorly timed food delivery (see one of my other posts) and I didn't want to take a chance again. So I thought why not try making a special request again?

So I guess sometimes it really does work.

Feb 17, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

What is the best way to order food/drinks that keeps the bartender happy?

Hmmmmm.....could be! Maybe if I'm extra nice to him he'll give me 20% of the price of my order for being such a good customer. LOL!

Feb 15, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

What is the best way to order food/drinks that keeps the bartender happy?

Thanks...I will continue ordering as I have been doing it. Sounds like I'm doing it right.

Feb 13, 2011
john333 in Not About Food

What is the best way to order food/drinks that keeps the bartender happy?

When I eat out alone and eat at the bar what I've been doing is usually ordering a drink first then drinking while I look through the menu and then I order food. While I'm eating I might order a second drink. Then after dinner I might order dessert. Then after that coffee. Each time I will wait for the bartender to come by and then I'll ask him for the next item.

I was reading an article that said bartenders much prefer if you order everything you're going to have that evening all at once right when he first talks to you because that saves him trouble of constantly asking you if you would like anything else. It emphasised that the bartender will be able to remember everything with no problem.

I never thought of that...is that valid? Is ordering everything all at once the preferred way to go when eating at the bar?

Feb 12, 2011
john333 in Not About Food