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    PET PEEVES Dinner at Friends or Restaurant!

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    Chef #925206
    Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:42 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My personal peeve is when I am at someones house and they bring out the raw chicken and beef on a platter for the BBQ. Cook the food and then place it on the same platter without washing it. Yuck
    bluezircon68
    Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:06 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    you could kill someone doing that.
    Chef #648391
    Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:12 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    We used to have friends who brought their own steak for the grill and a side dish and we played poker until midnight. Great fun. That settles the meat thingy. icon_smile.gif
    Ethnae
    Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:34 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My pet peeve about dinner at friends is they NEVER invite me. They are perfectly happy to come to my house for dinner on a regular basis, but never reciprocate.
    Chef #648391
    Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:41 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    How?
    MA's home
    Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:01 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Pet Peeve? When people don't ask if there are food allergies. Since I've not been able to eat a lot of what others offer, I've begun saying with a chuckle that I do a gluten-free, no dairy, beef and almonds diet now and am not much fun to cook for. Works!
    jdanger
    Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:30 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    As a former waitress, I'd like to weigh in on "the question." At all of the restaurants I've worked at, I've been expected to serve the food, wait about 5 minutes (until everybody has tried their meal!) and then ask them if everything is alright. This is a courtesy check to ensure that all of their meals came correctly, with the necessary dressings, steaks cooked to their liking etc. Sometimes customers have special requests for additional cutlery or sauces.

    This is the time to address these needs so that they can enjoy their meal with their friends. The reasons that we don't simply wait to be called over by customers is that often people become upset when they have to catch the eye of waitstaff in a restaurant, or don't even try and will wait until the next time you come to the table to tell you that something wasn't alright. Then you're left to try to deal with their needs after the entire table has mostly eaten, dragging out the amount of time that the rest of the table must wait before that person will have finished their meal.

    As far as clearing the dishes, some customers call you over to do it, or get angry when left with plates in front of them and others want to work longer or not be interrupted. Since there's a roughly 50-50 split, I just do what's most convenient for me, which is to clear dishes as customers finish (never when there's still food on the plate!). That way, there's less cleaning to do to get the table ready for the next customers to sit there, and you can make wait times shorter.
    (/end waitress explanations)


    My personal pet peeve at restaurants is unruly children. I've been to a restaurant and asked to be seated as far away from noisy children as possible, only to have those same children come up and ask to try the food on my plate! I used to live in Toronto and many nicer restaurants had time limits after which no children were accepted. If it's after 7pm (perfectly normal time to be enjoying an adult dinner), no children are allowed in. I'm of the personal opinion that children should be taken to family restaurants anyway, since they don't appreciate gourmet food in general and just want chicken fingers! There are plenty of diners, etc that cater to children as well, providing coloring papers or toys. Those are the places you should take your kids!
    SushiKite
    Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:48 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Pet Peeve--you are invited to a friends and everything is perfect except the food! Place table music hosts nice and then she thinks she can cook! They have money and you get cheap old on sale food. Well at least the company is nice. But how do you eat it graciously? How do you refuse to come back?
    Spikeygrrl
    Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:29 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    How? By counting your freakin' blessings to even HAVE friends/family you can break bread with. Grow up already.
    junehj46
    Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:56 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    When People think they have to "SWEEP" or "VACCUUM" the floors at the time your eating!!!
    pumpkinsam
    Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:25 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I have 2 of 'em. Too much salt (and how do you get out of eating it at a friend's house?), and noisy, ill-mannered kids. It's impossible to have a relaxing, peaceful dinner when someone's kid(s) are shrieking, banging their utensils on the table, and rolling around on the floor or running all over the place or jumping up and down in the booth right behind you. There's only 1 restaurant that I know of in my area that has the good sense (and separate rooms) to put the people with kids in one room and the kid-less adults in another.
    snowflurree
    Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:13 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Sounds like your friends are a bunch of hicks. BTW, who cooks a round steak on the grill anyway, so tough. Next time have them over and cook you and your hubby filet mignon and then cook hot dogs for them. That is so unacceptable, and they sure are cheap friends.
    snowflurree
    Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:32 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Pet Peeve is when I'm invited to this friends house and the food is cooked and then just left to sit around to get very cold while this unorganized cook just flounders around till everything is done. I have cooked for my family and friends plenty of times and I am always sure to have hot things served hot and cold things, such as salads served cold. If you ask me, it's just laziness on this persons part. Not worth the trouble to go there again. If you can't get it right, then don't do it in the first place.
    Chef #1309252
    Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:59 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Other restaurant tables so close you could take food off of them without getting up from your chair.
    Parents who don't control their children.
    Constantly hovering wait staff.
    Browser
    Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:10 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    "Snowfluree" Wow! Kudos to you for being the "perfect" host.
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