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post #481 of 2865
1. Customers that quote Alton Brown as I'm running them their food.

2. People quitting in the middle of shifts. I've lost two waitresses and a dishwasher in the past week.

3. Broken wine keys.

4. Splitting plates.

Sorry, I know this isn't the "bitch about foodservice" thread, but it's food-related.
post #482 of 2865
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
We are going next weekend, or next next weekend, I can't remember. We had Amex get us a res, and they got the first day we asked for.

I'm not going to ask the color of that card.
post #483 of 2865
Amex platinum = desired.

However, I can buy shit like cologne with my rewards points. Take that.
post #484 of 2865
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post
I somehow forgot that UK time is a few hours ahead of Eastern US time, so when I called the Fat Duck to change/cancel a reservation (something unfortunate came up for a friend who was coming along), the reservation line was closed for the day.

since it's now just past their change/cancellation window, they'll either switch me to a party of 2 and charge me $150 for the empty, or they'll cancel me all together and perhaps charge me $450 for the 3. Fuck.

update: I'll have to eat the $150, but whatever. I've certainly wasted more money on far worse things in the past.
post #485 of 2865
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Originally Posted by Strombollii View Post
1. Customers that quote Alton Brown as I'm running them their food.

Please elaborate on this one
post #486 of 2865
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post
I'm not going to ask the color of that card.
Surely a baller like Matt has a super-secret card that all the Centurion customers wish they had.
post #487 of 2865
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post
Surely a baller like Matt has a super-secret card that all the Centurion customers wish they had.

Centurion isn't that easy to get from a logistical level. I don't know that I would be able to charge that much money per month even if I could afford to pay for it. I guess I'd need to travel more...

Platinum concierge is good enough to get reservation almost anywhere. Great for flights too, especially in inclement weather when seats on departing flights are scarce.
post #488 of 2865
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Originally Posted by ama View Post
Centurion isn't that easy to get from a logistical level. I don't know that I would be able to charge that much money per month even if I could afford to pay for it. I guess I'd need to travel more... Platinum concierge is good enough to get reservation almost anywhere. Great for flights too, especially in inclement weather when seats on departing flights are scarce.
Platinum does FL and Per Se, but you need to give more than a few weeks notice, usually... especially for a weekend.
post #489 of 2865
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Originally Posted by KenN View Post
Please elaborate on this one

Haha well, I work on the coast, at a little family restaurant that's, well, homey, but the food is actually ... gasp... fresh/not chain inspired/local/etc etc. Essentially, we're not very expensive, but we have a talented chef, and a kitchen staff that's worth their salt. I wait tables. I moved out of the kitchen after realizing I could make more money.

I had this couple come in from Atlanta (I live in North Carolina, on the coast: they were vacationing). And they (especially the woman) decided they were going to flaunt their "knowledge" for the entire meal. So I was treated to quotes such as, "Oh, the tomatoes must be local -- they're so ripe, it's July!" (No shit...), "The beurre blanc is good, but one time I whipped one up..." and my personal favorite (the owner's a pastry chef_, "We'd love to try your cheesecake, but we're meeting some friends at Dairy Queen in a bit."

They were pricks, kept me running the entire dinner, and didn't really spend much. While dropping their salads ("It's so nice to see fresh cracked pepper.") I had mistakenly mentioned that I had worked the line/enjoyed cooking, so they decided to talk Italian cooking with me. I mistakenly voiced my vehement hatred for all things alfredo (not the black pepper/parm/butter sauce, but the heavy cream/butter/olive garden bullshit that everyone assumes is "correct"). The woman flipped her shit and kept ranting about how I didn't know anything about Italian cooking, and that "traditional" alfredo is almost pure heavy cream ("Whipping cream if you must!").

I needed to do sidework and salvage some sort of tip, so I backtracked, insisting that cream is fine, and she retorted with, "Well, of course. As my favorite chef, Alton Brown, always says, a little fat goes a long way!" and pranced out of the door.

Sorry for the long story. I also replaced my wine key with one from my house, whose lever broke while I was opening a bottle for a table. I hate foodservice.
post #490 of 2865
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Originally Posted by Strombollii View Post
1. Customers that quote Alton Brown as I'm running them their food.

2. People quitting in the middle of shifts. I've lost two waitresses and a dishwasher in the past week.

3. Broken wine keys.

4. Splitting plates.

Sorry, I know this isn't the "bitch about foodservice" thread, but it's food-related.

Speaking of food service, I used to do 5 star and I hated when my co-workers (servers) bitched about not getting enough tip from certain people when they usually end up getting insane amounts by the end of the night anyways. To me, I never cared about the tip, I put my effort into my service and the tips reflective my work for me.
post #491 of 2865
Sick and tired of seeing people taking pictures of their food at restaurants. I can see them composing self-congratulatory yelp reviews while they're chewing.
post #492 of 2865
Meh... I"ve been known to snap an iPhone shot if I'm at a really special place... but flash in a restaurant is a no-no. Sometimes, I just want something to remember it by... and other times I want to brag on the "What I ate last night" thread... Anyway.. if no flash, mind your own damn business and stop judging people. THey may have had to save up for years to eat at a restaurant you go to a few times a month... if taking a few photos makes their experience better, and it doesn't infringe on yours... live and let live.
post #493 of 2865
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Originally Posted by airportlobby View Post
Sick and tired of seeing people taking pictures of their food at restaurants. I can see them composing self-congratulatory yelp reviews while they're chewing.

this...god this...
post #494 of 2865
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post
Meh... I"ve been known to snap an iPhone shot if I'm at a really special place... but flash in a restaurant is a no-no. Sometimes, I just want something to remember it by... and other times I want to brag on the "What I ate last night" thread... Anyway.. if no flash, mind your own damn business and stop judging people. THey may have had to save up for years to eat at a restaurant you go to a few times a month... if taking a few photos makes their experience better, and it doesn't infringe on yours... live and let live.
Of course an iPhone pic isn't an irritant. I'm talking about people who seem more intent on documenting their consumption in detail than eating. Their is a weird public/private, instant/future gratification thing at work that is bothersome to me. Food is one of those things that we can enjoy immensely in the moment, and the cameras sometimes seem to betray this. But of course, to each his own.
post #495 of 2865
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post
Meh... I"ve been known to snap an iPhone shot if I'm at a really special place... but flash in a restaurant is a no-no.

Sometimes, I just want something to remember it by... and other times I want to brag on the "What I ate last night" thread... Anyway.. if no flash, mind your own damn business and stop judging people. THey may have had to save up for years to eat at a restaurant you go to a few times a month... if taking a few photos makes their experience better, and it doesn't infringe on yours... live and let live.

Need to snap the camera phone pic so you can text it to Kyle.
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