RE: Quantity Counts
Be kind to your web-footed friends... and stick to the subject. Dammit!
I love a mess of crabs dumped on the kraft paper on the table, and a beat up bucket of shrimp, and a hot dog or hamburger served in paper
and a big bowl of chile or chowder or soup, But:
I also like small portions on great big artsy plates - what I dont like is the price I usually have to pay for a seven course meal of a little of this and that served on expensive china. A few days ago I had three delicious freshly shucked oyster with mignonette sauce on a beautiful old fashioned oyster plate, a small salad of crispy mixed greens ( no iceburg) with a delicate vinegrette served in a very unusual bowl, a creamy corn chowder in a tiny little teacup, a veal scallop surounded by a rich sauce, a tablespoon of creamy mashed potatoes , some carrot curls, and a few peas - all on a huge plate. Dessert was a kind of flan with an edible orchid on top, and coffee was in delicate cups with a china pot on the table for seconds. And, some ices were served in tiny portions somewhere in there. I was fully satisfied and happy with my small portions of a variety of very good food.
Sometimes, in a place like that , the staff attempts to be intimidating, and years ago I was easily intimidated and hated those places. But someplace along the line i've learned to gently ridicule their pretentions and they usually ease off and provide decent courteous service. Also, I'm not hesitant to ask if I dont understand something on the menu, and I've learned long since to ask about portions - I dont want my meal ruined by an enormous appetizer that leaves me too stuffed to enjoy the rest of the meal, and my Scottish soul will not allow me to waste food.
Let's face it: I love being spoiled and pampered - trouble is, we cant afford it all that often.