You know what we find funny? When you go to a restaurant and something like this happens.
Yes, today we're talking about customizing your order. It's amazing how some of the most simple requests can become difficult if they're not on the menu. How it's so easy to think inside the box - the box, in this case, being a laminated menu.
Now, don't get me wrong. We're not talking about being Mr. Pickypants. We don't mean to be this guy.
But really, asking a restaurant to make a simple substitution with materials they already have always seems like pulling teeth. It's as if you're demanding they concoct some kind of science experiment, the likes of which humanity has never seen.
Ah, those magic words. Let me ask the chef if he can do that. Like she's going to go have a conversation with this man and ask him if it's physically possible for him to only put one ingredient on a meal instead of two.
We want to know - what goes on back there when a server has to ask a chef if it's possible for him to do that?
And then your server returns, and you get the oh so sad, "I'm sorry sir (or madam), but we can't do that," leaving you to pick something else off of the menu. Something that's already written in stone like the chef's personal cooking bible.
Maybe there's an explanation for this. Neither of us know; we're not in the restaurant business. But it just seems silly that requests can become so complicated, even if we're willing to tack on an extra few bucks just to get what we truly want.
It's moments like that that I just wish I could do this...
So, does anyone in the restaurant industry know why these kinds of things can end up being so difficult and often require divine (or I guess the chef's) intervention? Is it because ingredients need to be accounted for, or are some chefs really that stubborn, or--God forbid--are some just that dumb? Let us know in the comments.
And before we go, rather than give you our usual Bonehead of the Week we wanted to instead give some much needed shameless promotion to a good friend of ours, Adam Lloyd aka Addman aka Muppets for Justice aka Rubbertits McClanahan Jr, Esquire. In addition to running a very funny blog, he just released an e-book this week and you should check it out.
Muppets For Justice - The Book
You should also stop by his blog and say hi. Tell him we sent you and give him the password 'put the pussy on the chainwax' and you'll be entitled to a free angry handjob.* **
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Also, if you're not yet sick of us, go check out Pat Hatt's blog today where he honored us by stuffing our heads in jars and questioning our sexuality (so, basically just another day over here at ABftS).
Cheers and stay picky, friends,
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