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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by chiefline, Feb 18, 2017.
I ensure more of my favourites are ordered and I raid 'em first
In social situations, be social.
If you ain't social, don't try.
Stay home, do what you want.
Personally, I am social when it's called for.
Yup, order two...
And I also pay for everyone myself, and tip over 20℅, if others in the group leave their own tip, better yet for the server!
Would you like that with feathers on or off, sir?
I guess I'm just not seeing how it's fun watching other people eat the food you ordered. I thought the fun came from the conversation.
Well I suppose you should know the people with whom you're sharing dinner with and agree before hand on the appetizer arrangements. To me, it's just courteous to share or at least offer for people to share. I think of appetizers as food for the party at my table unless someone says hey, My lovely wife Ludmilla and I are going to share some fried garbanza beans. Maybe it's just different in different regions. Typically when I go out with friends, we collectively agree on appetizers for the table.
If this is a SOCIAL event with friends, the point of the get together is the gathering, the restaurant/meal is just the setting.
If these were complete strangers joining you for dinner, like at a business conference, or a similar situation where you were grouped together by chance, then no, you don't need to share or participate.
If you want calamari all to yourself, go out with just your wife, or by yourself.
When you are placing your order simply tell the server to hold your calamari back and bring it with your entré. Just don't eat from your companions' appetizer plates before the entrés are served.
Order more food!
If I wanted what you ordered, I would order what you ordered.
Now leave me alone and let me enjoy my meal in peace.
I think you're focusing too much on the primal instinct of "EAT EAT EAT!"
Ya gotta appreciate the social aspect that makes meals what they are.
If anything, it's more enjoyable than the food
I didnt ask its price .
simple solution: Order two servings of your favorite appetizer so there's enough for you and sharing.
I think it also depends on the restaurant. If they have appetizers that can be shared, then I think the group should decide first if they are going to share. "Hey, should we get some appetizers for the table?" Admittedly, it's hard to be the one guy who says no in that situation.
However, there are many restaurants that have appetizers that are not really meant to be shared. For example, our favourite Italian restaurant has a multi-course menu, and some of the antipasti items are clearly meant for one person.
AGLIO ARROSTO e CAMBOZOLA
Fire roasted garlic bulb served with fresh baked rosemary flatbread and a wedge of cambozola cheese
Thinly sliced raw beef tenderloin, arugula, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic reduction and garlic toast
COSTOLETTE di AGNELLO
Two char grilled lamb chops on soft polenta with a tomato, cucumber, olive, goat cheese salad
It's pretty hard to reach over and take some of that. "Mind if I take some of that arugula?" "Here, have a bite of my lamb chop, and then pass it over to Steve."
If you're at a place that has deep-fried zucchini sticks or potato skins, then it's a different matter.
Be nice - enjoy life . . . dine alone .
Yes, it might just be a cultural thing.
I reckon here in Southern California, there's plenty of diversity
and people can be just different or they can be just weird, depending
on the situation.
In the Hispanic culture, food is not only shared, but usually comes with
giant dishes or trays so everyone can fill their plates with comfort.
Yes, there are chips and salsa that clearly is for sharing around the table.
You grab your portion and someone else grabs theirs. No worries.
I would share Pizza but never eat Pizza with a fork and I would not burp at the
restaurant dining table after my meal. But, some people do freaky crap like that.
One of the solutions to not sharing your appetizer is to let it be known
how much you want to enjoy the entire plate yourself and that another
separate plate(s) are on their way.
Life is way too short to be trippin' over fricken appetizers!
Stab them with your steely knives and say 'just don't touch my feast'!