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    PET PEEVES Dinner at Friends or Restaurant!

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    Secret Agent
    Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:24 pm Groupie
    We took some guests to a restaurant the DH L O V E S and I don't. But they make really good mussels, pizza and bread.

    Pet Peeve: The walls were very splashed with sauces and the paneling was loaded with dust. I figure if that is what they are showing what is it like where we can't see? icon_eek.gif

    What is your pet peeve about dinner at a friends or a restaurant?

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    Marie Nixon
    Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:29 pm Groupie
    My pet peeve about going to someone's house for a meal is when they do a buffet but there are not enough chairs or table space for people to eat their meals at. I can't eat a meal trying to balance a plate of food on my lap.
    Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:28 am Groupie
    Visiting BIL and SIL. They got two thick, juicy steaks, and two thinly sliced round steaks--all to be cooked together. So BIL tells DH and me, "Pick out which one you want," then says, "That one's mine, " poking his finger into the biggest one.

    Now, what do you do in that situation?

    The steaks were all broiled at the same temperature for the same length of time, so the two thick ones were rare, and the other two--the less said about those the better.

    I was always taught that if you have a guest, the guest gets first choice. You don't stick your finger in the food and say, "That's mine." I was also taught that you serve everybody the same thing (barring allergies and such).
    Secret Agent
    Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:47 pm Groupie
    I have a wedding video where an elderly lady was trying to eat and carry her beverage while standing up right next to a row of chairs filled with teenage boys! I asked one to get up for her but he didn't. Another youngster popped up and asked her to take his seat. We don't train kids to be thoughtful any longer.

    If it was a relative serving shoe leather steaks I would have speared his claim and shared it with DH or invited him over for dinner and served all the foods he hated. I am so mean,..

    Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:27 am Groupie
    Well, as it happened, DH and I shared one of the round steaks and one of the thick ones.
    But I don't think we've had BIL over since. . .
    Secret Agent
    Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:10 pm Groupie
    Can't say that I blame you Choc! icon_cool.gif
    Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:16 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My pet peeve when going to a restaurant is when my companions get their food way before I do (or vice versa). Believe it or not, it happens a lot in my neck of the woods. Two options: the people who have their food wait till the others get theirs or they go ahead and eat. Either way, it kind of ruins the meal.
    Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:32 am
    Forum Host
    Mine is when they (in restaurant situation) where you have just started to eat a course (maybe a couple of mouthfuls) and they are out with the next - last time it happened I looked and told them to take it back and come back with a FRESH plate in 15 to 20 minutes by which time we would have finished the present course and enjoyed it, they bought it out 15 minutes later but it was cold (a steak with a mushroom sauce) and we sent it back and waited another 20 minutes for a fresh meal - they made dessert complimentary which suited the DH, DS, DD and her partner (I don't eat it so asked for an Irish Coffee in lieu and got it) - LESSON - stand up for good service.

    When going to friends or relatives homes my pet peeve is when they know there is a medical, dietary or allergy issue and don't allow for it icon_twisted.gif - what are they trying to do put you in hospital? LESSON - next time I went I took my own and when I saw there was near nothing suitable for me to eat I bought my own out and ate that and when asked well my answer "I had to eat but not end up in hospital" - if you don't wish to hear the answer don't ask the question! I may add I had been there on several occassions and it was always the same even though at the time of invitation I had talked to her about dietary needs but they lean towards a lot of sweet dishes and pasta loaded dishes (high carb and high sugar and no no for a diabetic) even their marinated meats for the barbie were marinated in high sugar marinades - in that case I tooked some foil wrapped fish and steamed in on the barbie. Sorry but when I entertain usually one of my first questions is if they have any medical or allergy issues or particular hate something or is there something they really love if I don't really know them - sometimes the DH invite workmates and their families over for a barbie and I have had to harp him for the phone number to ring them to check on these matters so I can provide appropriately for me it is not like someone dropping in and taking pot luck as to what is being served.


    Last edited by I'mPat on Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:46 am, edited 1 time in total
    Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:45 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    That reminded me of an experience I had a couple of weeks ago. We ordered crostini with spinach-gorgonzola dip for the appetizer, but we didn't get it till after the pasta and pizza, which were the main dishes! It was irritating, especially since I had always gotten acceptable service at that restaurant.
    Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:55 am
    Forum Host
    I think I am getting grumpy in my old age and I would be sending it back and asking for MY FIRST COURSE FIRST - sorry want value for money and if they can't deliver what they describe and what is considered acceptable in restaurant service it goes back - wouldn't have done 10 to 15 years ago but do now - something really happened when I turned 50 and I became a little selfish and want things my way when I am paying for them.

    Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:21 pm Groupie
    I've never had the first course arrive after the entree, but I have gotten it at the same time. Didn't want it then, of course.
    Marie Nixon
    Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:06 pm Groupie
    I'mPat wrote:
    I think I am getting grumpy in my old age and I would be sending it back and asking for MY FIRST COURSE FIRST - sorry want value for money and if they can't deliver what they describe and what is considered acceptable in restaurant service it goes back - wouldn't have done 10 to 15 years ago but do now - something really happened when I turned 50 and I became a little selfish and want things my way when I am paying for them.


    I am so with you on that, Pat! : ) It's not being selfish, however, it's something we should have always insisted on.
    Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:39 am
    Forum Host
    What I'mPat told, and NoemiRuth too, is simply completely unacceptable -- even in a casual family restaurant. Goodness no -- you pay good money for your meal, and things should be done right.

    I would have thrown one of my famous tantrums icon_wink.gif You should have demanded to see the manager, and complained.

    (In your cases he would probably have been "unavailable ... icon_evil.gif )
    Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:47 am
    Forum Host
    My pet peeve is this ... and it happened again last night.

    I'm not sure whether this is a purely South African habit, but when the group is happily eating and chatting the waiter interrupts to ask: "Is everything all right here?"

    Can't he SEE it's all right?? I always feel like answering: "If it wasn't okay, I'd have been standing on the table yelling for you."

    Last night DH, my sister and I enjoyed a perfectly lovely seafood plate at a popular restaurant. Of course we were interrupted during a serious conversation by the waiter, to ask That Question.

    Worse is ... a little later a really serious discussion was under way. I actually had (typically) both arms up to make a point. It was just soooo clear we should not be disturbed.

    So, of course, the duty manager pops up and without a by-your-way interrupted with that question: "Is everything okay?"

    Being the person making a rather "deep" point, I said irritably: "YESSSS!!!" (To the embarrassment of my DH and sister! icon_cool.gif )

    But that habit is seriously annoying. icon_evil.gif
    Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:57 am
    Forum Host
    I think it is universal Zurie though we only usually have it happen once during a meal and my usual reply is if it is not I WILL let you know, most of the time that gets the message across but well if it isn't they get a heap more constructive critasisme - since I turned 50 I have said stuff it and give it to them as is and I want the service and the meal I pay for nothing short of that thank you and no apologies given but if everything is good I will give praise or at least praise for those part of the meal/service I thought was right after all fair is fair and I try not to take it on a particular person as I fell sometimes owners or senious within the business really need to take a hand in training their staff and well I know that is not happening here and really feel that is where a lot of the disfactisaction comes from.

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