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after meal etiquette

P.S. A good host or waitress never points to a table and says "it's late". Why would you deliberately pin customers against each other?!

May 25, 2011
deroumanie in Not About Food

after meal etiquette

Actually one of the easiest way to determine how long a table will take is simply asking them while they are making the reservation, or walking into the restaurant, if it is a special occasion. Based on their answer take a quick glance at your scheduler and see if there is enough time to begin with. Many restaurants have tables designated for this purpose alone. And usually tables for parties of 6 or more are reserved AN HOUR to AN HOUR and a HALF in advance of when their supposed to come in. (That literally means the slot is left open for 3 hours.) If there isn't--explain to them that if they really wish to eat there at that specific hour that their time at the table will be limited due to overlaps. Most people when they are aware of the situation BEFORE hand are courteous enough to keep the situation in mind. Restaurant have been made famous due to their tight reservations and great food. If your not trying to run a fast food join then it shouldn't be a problem to begin with. When it comes down to it what happened is the hosts and restaurants fault. They should have a system in place for dealing with a crowded night when they only have 12 tables! Do they accept walk-ins? What if someone is over 10 minutes late on a busy night, big parties always receive a little courtesy. They should have a full kitchen staff to make sure that food is prepared quickly as well. Plainly put this isn't the diners' fault regardless of what angle you wish to see it from.

May 25, 2011
deroumanie in Not About Food

after meal etiquette

All people have a right to go to a restaurant and fully enjoy their meal, desserts, and coffee at their leisure. Since we have no idea what the situation was, and why they decided to stay longer into the night we should not judge them. Like I said before, it is the responsibility of the host to make sure that the a reservation is seated within an appropriate time frame. Having worked as one, I know how easy it can be to coordinate a busy night if extra effort and time is given when seating patrons. There is no need to be in a constant rush. Food is meant to be enjoyed. It isn't a marathon.

May 25, 2011
deroumanie in Not About Food

Dining in Newport beach

Try 3 Thirty 3! http://www.yelp.com/biz/3-thirty-3-ne...

Also if you wish to venture a little out of Newport Beach, try Fashion Island. Gulfstream there is delicious! I forgot to mention Habana ( http://www.yelp.com/biz/habana-costa-... ) restaurant in Costa Mesa.

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3 Thirty 3
333 Bayside Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Gulfstream
850 Avocado Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660

May 25, 2011
deroumanie in Los Angeles Area

after meal etiquette

I think it is the responsibility of the restaurant to make sure that a table is free for reservations when they are made. It is in no way the obligation of the diners to finish before they are ready simply because the host didn't fulfill their job requirement. It's also childish and selfish to want someone to move just because it's "your turn". They are your equal patrons and you would feel absolutely disappointed if the situation was reversed, to be sushed away.

May 25, 2011
deroumanie in Not About Food

I'm 49 and have NEVER tasted a Chef Boyardee product

Consider yourself lucky! Chef Boyardee is disgusting. Especially the ravioli. I don't know why any parent would buy such crap for their children. The meat literally taste like cardboard... I only tried it out of curiosity. My nephew was eating some and had the happiest look on his face, I had to find out why...let's just say that a little of me died that day.

May 25, 2011
deroumanie in General Topics

Your recommendations for an excellent, reliable Toaster Oven

I love love love my Hamilton Beach one! You can find it at Amazon for $80. Works great, and makes amazing rotisserie style chicken. Mmmmmmmm....I now use it daily, for anything that doesn't require the extra space of a conventional oven. I highly recommend it. And by the way don't bother with the reviews that say it sucks because you can't "toast bread". It may not have a button for it, but it doesn't take much effort to stick the bread in and wait for it to brown perfectly on both sides.

Link...

http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-...

May 25, 2011
deroumanie in Cookware

What's the best thing to put ketchup on?

Well first off, I joined Chow simply due to this post! And despite it being 2 years overdue...I do love ketchup. Heinz Organic to be specific. I love it on my fries, burgers, hot dogs, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Anything else though...kinda grosses me out. I think it's a staple of all American food...except I can't understand for the life of me why anyone would put it on their steak.

May 25, 2011
deroumanie in General Topics