Originally Posted by CTGuy
From your comments I think we can suppose you are a dowdy old man with little style and an unpleasant attitude. What value should we hope to gain in your insights?
An accurate description. How did you know?
My wineglasses (Rosenthal Divino) are really quite inexpensive, but large (10 1/2" high) and very thin and light. I think that they make fairly inexpensive wines taste much better. Maybe it is because they get more air into the wine. I do not take them to the two places here that have equal or better glasses.
As to the tie with no coat look: You do often see this being worn by managers in fast food restaurants, managers of other small business such as auto repair shops, low to middle level bureaucrats, etc. I think it is because it is an "authority" symbol to blue-collar fast food workers, auto mechanics and other lower middle class people downward.
As to the coat with no tie look: I find this often worn by dowdy old men with little style and an unpleasant attitude like myself. I think that many of us old farts deep down feel that we should wear a coat and tie to an expensive restaurant, but we also want to conform and be "modern." We also have to listen to the wife. I think that there is nothing more out-of-style, non-conformist and despised in America today, from a satorical standpoint, than wearing a necktie.
I think the food in London is now wonderful. I went there regularly from 1971-1991, then a big gap until 2003. What an improvement!
Atlanta does have, IMO, one of the world's greatest restaurants, Seeger's. This will get me into trouble, but I find most of NY's supposedly finest to be mediocre or worse. Comparing NY's finest, except for a handful of places (such as Jean-Georges or the Modern), to those of France, is like comparing Des Moines dinner theater to Broadway or London theater.
Pouring from the winebasket is easy. Just pick it up by the handle and pour. On the other hand, there are numerous ways to hold a wine bottle and books could be written debating the correct way.
PS. I would love to live in a city with more really fine restaurants than here in Atlanta, but I am only a member of the Georgia Bar and moving would be difficult. I am not a food fanatic to that extent.