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Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

So? And there are those with both medical license and bar admission. There are many people who are ABD, and many people who embarrass their professions, etc.

People who tolerate poor service are masochists.

Just got back from a modestly priced restaurant where the service was observant but unobtrusive, tables spaced well, servers who didn't reach in front of diners, etc.

Real issue is that too many want to rationalize their own inaction and unwillingness to insist on better.

Oh Well!

about 21 hours ago
law_doc89 in Not About Food

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

Fortunately, your experience isn't universal, and there are people who rise to the top of more than one profession.

1 day ago
law_doc89 in Not About Food

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

Nah you just made the anti intellectual case. One has to know something to be "classisist. Progress is directionless, what is today, is simply later in time. But the real issue is there are always winners and always losers, but all too many fear being losers, so they pretend the game doesn't exist.

Why go out to eat if not for an experience?

Further, it is unhygienic to place a used utensil on the table then re-use it. However...

And tolerating poor service isn't any kind of progress, and flaunting wealth is certainly always poor form, an old idea and value.

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

I will wager that more Jews eat McD's hamburgers than pastrami sandwiches, some would say that is an evolution of Jewish deli, I guess. There is a tendency by lazy people to designate whatever it is they happen to like as "authentic" when they don't know what authentic is. No prob;e, with saying something is inspired by, or fusion.

I loved Duddy Kravitz.

Dec 15, 2014
law_doc89 in Manhattan

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

The real problem is that customers tolerate such practices. If they complained and didn't return, such practices would stop. Americans seem to have a bizarre notion that one goes out to eat so one can scarf a meal as quickly as possible, the restaurants are happy to oblige.

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

Sigh!

Dec 14, 2014
law_doc89 in Not About Food

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

Or a Lapp

Dec 14, 2014
law_doc89 in Manhattan

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

Goodness, but you do presume.

I have never had anyone unhappy with anything I have done professionally.

But we get to a much more important point: should anyone, no matter how menial their jobs, ever strive for anything less that doing the absolute best?

In serving, the server makes a substantial portion of income by PLEASING the customer. If the server cannot please the customer, and the customer rationalizes that poor service is really good service, well then we are in Orwellian territory, or Denny's.

Dec 14, 2014
law_doc89 in Not About Food

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

Wrong question. Americans, as a general rule, confuse anti-intellectualism with some form of equality. As a result, general standards of service are very, very poor. all one has to do is think of word association and ask: "American waiter" versus "French waiter."

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

Good observation. All too many have no sense of history, tradition, and don't respect either. NY Times had an article a while back about how the hipsters don't care that they have no idea what they are talking about when it comes to NY deli. If I find the link, I will post it.

Dec 14, 2014
law_doc89 in Manhattan

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

One shouldn't have to. I lower the tip in direct proportion to the number of times I have to direct the servers.

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

Price is not the same as quality, and many high priced restaurants prey on the insecurity and poor level of sophistication of their patrons.

Dec 14, 2014
law_doc89 in Not About Food

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

Not at all, but when I go out, I do so for a favorable experience. So I expect good service that means the wait staff is conscientious and aware. I do insist on fresh flatware at each course, and I also insist that the kitchen begin the next course only after I have finished the current one.

I suspect that we inhabit very different worlds.

Dec 14, 2014
law_doc89 in Not About Food
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Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

When tables are too close together, and the server is waiting on the table next to yours. Of course, some people are oblivious, which is why poor service propagates.

Dec 14, 2014
law_doc89 in Not About Food

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

Even in high priced restaurant, American servers are incompetent. They do not know to give fresh flatware, they reach in front, and worst, stick their butts in the faces of other diners when serving. Since we live in a culture where "adult" "men" wear baseball caps and shorts to restaurants, why quibble about substandard service?

Dec 13, 2014
law_doc89 in Not About Food

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

Don't forget that Katz's is just down the block from Russ & Daughters and Yonah Schimmel’s. It is a preservation of a by gone era.

Dec 10, 2014
law_doc89 in Manhattan
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Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

Contemporary Jewish Food? AKA CJF.

Anyone here remember Buddy Hackett on Jewish cooking? "I had to go into the Army for the fire to go out."

Buddy Hackett used to say that he never knew what heartburn was until the day he didn't have it. Joining the army took him away from home -- and for the first time in his life, away from his mother's cooking. The end result was a terrified young recruit sprinting into the medical tent screaming "Help me, help me, I'm dying! The fire went out!"

Dec 10, 2014
law_doc89 in Manhattan

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

Neighborhood delis are a thing of the past. There is no better than Katz's today. Where do you go to find a neighborhood Italian bakery selling fresh pizza for 10 cents a slice? Those days are gone. Hipsters do ruin everything, but you should see the "hot" "deli" in DC where I live now. It serves garbage, but the low sophisticates of DC call it "authentic"

Dec 07, 2014
law_doc89 in Manhattan

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

This isn't even a valid question. Katz's is the place and has been forever. I think I ate there in 1955 for the first time and have never been able to understand the tourist delis.

Dec 07, 2014
law_doc89 in Manhattan

Gluten Free Diet - Legitimate Concern or Marketing Fad

How do I spell "whackadoodle?" Let me count he ways.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/ma...

Dec 06, 2014
law_doc89 in General Topics

Beets Left Out Over Night?

More often than not you can get away with poor food handling, but do it often enough, and the odds will catch up with you. When in doubt, throw it out.

Dec 06, 2014
law_doc89 in Home Cooking

Dutch ovens: enameled cast iron vs stainless steel

Before I bought LC, I had Farberware SS non-stick. It worked fine. I replaced that with Cuisinart SSNS, and it works fine. I have LC, and it works fine. The weight of the lids in LC and retention of heat when out of oven or when flame off make a difference, but marginal, and easily compensated by technique. Have fun and get what gives you pleasure.

Dec 05, 2014
law_doc89 in Cookware
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Best bouche de Noel recipe

Watching the video again, I had forgotten how much fun Julia Child was.

Dec 03, 2014
law_doc89 in Home Cooking

Best bouche de Noel recipe

There is an episode of Julia Child where she makes the whole thing from scratch. Great video if I recall correctly. Should be available on Netflix.

In fact, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiOIdX...

Dec 01, 2014
law_doc89 in Home Cooking
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George Washington Cake?

Dec 01, 2014
law_doc89 in Philadelphia

hmm...first turkey, I guess a roasting pan would be helpful

I love the varied creativity we see on this thread.

Here is another way to cook a turkey I just tried for the first time:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/997327

Dec 01, 2014
law_doc89 in Cookware

Chef Tony TV Turbo Roaster

Always the skeptic about TV appliances, I couldn't resist my local super market's dumping of these for $1.50 each. Woe unto me for not buying all as gifts. While not shortening the cooking time too much, my 17 lb fresh turkey, cooked with stuffing, came out with the best skin I have ever cooked over many decades, and every bit of meat skwished with juice. I have never eaten turkey so succulent.

Rubbed with salt, paprika, pepper, poultry spices and stuffed with ground bread heel cooked with onion, celery, sausage, walnuts, coated with butter, and cooked at 500 degrees for 15 minutes, then 330 degrees till done; yielded a PERFECT brown, crisp skin. Cooking time was shortened about 45 minutes, but the meat was flowing with juice. This sucker works, and it works well.

Anyone else ever use it?

Nov 29, 2014
law_doc89 in Cookware

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

After the fall of the Spanish Republic, a bunch opened on 14th and 23rd streets with the influx of refugees in the late 1930's. 2 are left on 23rd.

Nov 18, 2014
law_doc89 in Manhattan

Le Creuset Curved Oven or Smaller French Oven?

Buy what you think is fun to own. Beyond that, a pot with no holes is usually good for soup, curved, straight, slanted sides, etc., whatever.

Nov 17, 2014
law_doc89 in Cookware

Well pluck my chicken!

Nov 16, 2014
law_doc89 in Food Media & News