Quantity Counts

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2003/10/02 10:27:21 (permalink)

Quantity Counts

Interesting article from the Weekly Standard re quantity of food in fancy pancy eateries.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/179ypjzg.asp
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    scbuzz
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    RE: Quantity Counts 2003/10/02 11:04:11 (permalink)
    Some of the best food I have ever eaten was served on paper and/or plastic plates !!


    Give me down home, common folk food anyday .... and serve it on anything you want as long as you just don't try to impress me with the plates !!!! I'm too smart for that !!!
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    RE: Quantity Counts 2003/10/02 11:17:19 (permalink)
    scbuzz - or just wrapped in paper! The best barbeque in the world at the City Market in Luling is served to you on a piece of butcher paper.
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    RE: Quantity Counts 2003/10/02 12:47:21 (permalink)
    OMG, that article is absolutely hilarious! But soooooooo true, as a French-trained exec. chef I sometimes look at menus and say,"wattle? foam? on a bed of what?" In my restaurant, a 14 oz. filet mignon and an 18 oz. NY steak (Black Angus of course) more than covered the plates. Nothing fancy-schmancy, just good food, thoughtfully prepared.
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    RE: Quantity Counts 2003/10/02 14:26:35 (permalink)
    Well, I for one, don't feel bad for the Amish ducks. It's too hard for ducks to fasten buttons anyways.
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    lleechef
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    RE: Quantity Counts 2003/10/02 15:11:11 (permalink)
    And they hate the bonnets!!" />" />
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    scbuzz
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    RE: Quantity Counts 2003/10/02 15:26:10 (permalink)
    But it says that they were "Seared" .... So, at least they got to go shopping first !!!
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    EliseT
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    RE: Quantity Counts 2003/10/02 16:54:44 (permalink)
    To buy Seareducker suits?
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    Howard Baratz
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    RE: Quantity Counts 2003/10/02 18:24:12 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by EliseT

    To buy Seareducker suits?


    Elise:

    You never fail to quack me up!
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    RE: Quantity Counts 2003/10/02 19:31:56 (permalink)
    Interesting article.............but can you go to Five Feet if you're not? And is it ok if you show up there with two left feet?
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    RE: Quantity Counts 2003/10/03 09:42:52 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by EdSails

    Interesting article.............but can you go to Five Feet if you're not? And is it ok if you show up there with two left feet?


    I suppose you could but you might get the boot.
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    EliseT
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    RE: Quantity Counts 2003/10/03 19:41:41 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Howard Baratz

    quote:
    Originally posted by EliseT

    To buy Seareducker suits?


    Elise:

    You never fail to quack me up!


    It doesn't come cheap...I'll send you a bill!
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    seafarer john
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    RE: Quantity Counts 2003/10/04 16:15:53 (permalink)
    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.
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