I have a question for the foodies out there. Let me preface this by saying I like good food, appreciate the art that it is, but I in no way consider myself a "foodie", or have much interest in cooking myself. I just want to know whether it is me that is being obtuse, or this girl being a bitch, or both.
So, yesterday I was at my local cafe and to my delight this one particular "barista" was working who (just to give you some backup) claims that I am the embodiment of everything that is wrong with society today, (read: she's a huge hipster and I wear a suit and work for a corporation). Anyway, she was saying that there is this new Ethiopian sandwich shop that opened that everybody must go to. It is the best sandwich around, so new and interesting amidst all of the New York restaurants and yadda yadda yadda. She also said that they will not under any circumstances allow any modifcations to their sandwich menu. I responded with that it sounds like a bunch of bullshit. She went on about how the chef has curated specific things together to taste a certain way and he doesn't have to change it if he doesn't want to. If you don't like it than leave.
Ok, now I would usually agree with this, if I am say dining at 11 Madison Park, Daniel, Per Se, but a fucking sandwich shop? That is utterly pretentious. If I don't like raw tomatoes and I know this, I have to pick them out and wing them. This dick won't just omit them for me because it is a part of the collection of flavors. I say if you want to woo people with your culinary skills, then do that at L'Ecole and cook for other chef's, or Cook at Daniel, where that type of appreciation for curation exists. Let me be the judge at the $6 sandwich shop whether I find tomatoes appaling or not, let me decide whether I want to experience your art, you tight T-shirt wearing fuck. Sounds like bad business to me.
P.S. I happened to offend a chef who was waiting on line for coffee as well. I asked her where she is a chef. A pastry chef at a bakery. She was a bitch too.