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ladyknight1

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3615 on: May 15, 2013, 11:01:16 AM »
Samy also made the front and back of the house staff wash his car on the clock.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3616 on: May 15, 2013, 11:03:43 AM »
My favorite was the fact that the husband wouldn't allow the servers to do anything but take orders and carry food - they weren't even allowed to enter the orders into the POS system.  He did the order entry (badly), poured wine, etc, then used this as justification for keeping the wait staff's tips.  He was very open about it: 'I do all the work, so I keep the tips'.

Am I the only one who suspected that the restaurant was a front for something shady?

Hillia

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3617 on: May 15, 2013, 11:12:22 AM »
Comments in a local independent paper are hinting that.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3618 on: May 15, 2013, 11:35:57 AM »
My favorite was the fact that the husband wouldn't allow the servers to do anything but take orders and carry food - they weren't even allowed to enter the orders into the POS system.  He did the order entry (badly), poured wine, etc, then used this as justification for keeping the wait staff's tips.  He was very open about it: 'I do all the work, so I keep the tips'.

Am I the only one who suspected that the restaurant was a front for something shady?

you mean someone w/ a record for embezzelment may not have learned her lesson?  say it ain't so!  ;)

Hillia

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3619 on: May 15, 2013, 11:47:55 AM »
Embezzlement also?  I read about the identity theft conviction, but not embezzlement.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3620 on: May 15, 2013, 11:51:51 AM »
d'oh, I think you're right--sorry!
Meant ID theft.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3621 on: May 15, 2013, 12:40:29 PM »
The "home-made" thing reminds me of when the restaurant critic in our local paper visited a new place and asked if their pasta sauce was home-made.  The waitress answered confidently that it was.  Critic tasted it and said "Huh - tastes a lot like canned sauce to me."  The waitress said, puzzled, "Well, yes - but we open the cans ourselves on-site." 

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3622 on: May 15, 2013, 03:32:58 PM »
The "home-made" thing reminds me of when the restaurant critic in our local paper visited a new place and asked if their pasta sauce was home-made.  The waitress answered confidently that it was.  Critic tasted it and said "Huh - tastes a lot like canned sauce to me."  The waitress said, puzzled, "Well, yes - but we open the cans ourselves on-site."
I once critiqued a Chinese restaurant by saying that at most of them, if you went into the kitchen, you'd see Asian people chopping up raw veggies, but at this place, you'd find Caucasians opening cans of Chun King.

But from the above, are they suggesting that any food prep makes it 'home-made'? I am imagining a restaurant that has microwave ovens on a buffet table, and the waiters just bring you the cans and frozen dinners...

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3623 on: May 15, 2013, 04:04:21 PM »
I'm kind of wondering if the waitress I described had no idea what "home-made" really means.  If she grew up in a household where cookies always come from a box, for example, she might consider Pillsbury Dough to be home-made cookies - after all, you cut up the dough and bake it yourself.

I must admit, I got a bit of an eye-opener when my husband and I took an Italian cooking class and we made pasta sauce completely from scratch.  I'd had no idea that starting with actual whole tomatoes was even a possibility.  :)

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3624 on: May 15, 2013, 04:06:05 PM »
A local grocery store where I grew up had "ho-made" baked goods for a long time (to avoid legal troubles for false advertising, I assume) before someone thought better of that title and changed it.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3625 on: May 15, 2013, 04:20:01 PM »
The "home-made" thing reminds me of when the restaurant critic in our local paper visited a new place and asked if their pasta sauce was home-made.  The waitress answered confidently that it was.  Critic tasted it and said "Huh - tastes a lot like canned sauce to me."  The waitress said, puzzled, "Well, yes - but we open the cans ourselves on-site."
I once critiqued a Chinese restaurant by saying that at most of them, if you went into the kitchen, you'd see Asian people chopping up raw veggies, but at this place, you'd find Caucasians opening cans of Chun King.

But from the above, are they suggesting that any food prep makes it 'home-made'? I am imagining a restaurant that has microwave ovens on a buffet table, and the waiters just bring you the cans and frozen dinners...
Due to my work I eat at a lot of restaurants. I ask a lot of questions and have gone into a lot of restaurant kitchens. In my experience, most mom and pop restaurants get the bulk of their food pre-prepared and heat it on site. The owners often truly believe heating a meal = homemade and cutting a pie and putting a slice on a plate = homemade.  It always makes me laugh when certain foodies I know decry eating at Olive Garden because their food is pre-prepared and heated onsite while lauding the local diner, which -- unbenownst to them --  is doing the exact same thing.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3626 on: May 15, 2013, 05:01:23 PM »
I used to work in a take away shop when my parents owned it but there was never really an confusion over whether something was home made or not.

Cakes were pre-made, and people knew it as the cakes were also sold elsewhere but we did make lasagne ourselves as well as soup and casseroles. But home made stuff was in the minority, as it had to be done during opening hours on site.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3627 on: May 15, 2013, 05:02:25 PM »
DH once worked in the kitchen of a restaurant that made him sign a confidentiality agreement with regards to their BBQ sauce (they were afraid people would take their recipe and use it elsewhere). It didn't come directly from a can - it was the contents of a few different cans mixed together. Nothing fresh in it at all, just open cans and mix in the right proportion.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3628 on: May 15, 2013, 08:38:22 PM »
A local grocery store where I grew up had "ho-made" baked goods for a long time (to avoid legal troubles for false advertising, I assume) before someone thought better of that title and changed it.

Women might not object to "Home Aid" baked goods and dinners!
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3629 on: May 15, 2013, 09:24:16 PM »
Just watched the episode... :O


Ramsey was probably the nicest I've seen him. He genuinely wanted to help, but they wouldn't take it. I'm betting they'll be closing their doors in six months.

Or hoping.