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Culinary no-no #19

Culinary no-no's

Want to go out to eat on a Monday night? 

Not a bad idea because the restaurant won’t be crowded, right? True, the restaurant won’t be as crowded as Friday or Saturday. But think again before you set foot out the door to eat out. 

Peter Francis has co-authored, “How to Burn Down the House.” The book is a tell-all about the schemes restaurants pull. One of them takes place on Monday nights. The restaurants simply serve up all the leftovers from the weekend. 

SmartMoney.com says, “Kitchens prepare food on a first-in, first-out basis, meaning whatever is oldest gets served first. It's a way to ensure that everything on the menu is as fresh as possible. The system works great most days, but it can run into a little glitch over the weekend. Distributors typically take Sunday off and make their last deliveries Saturday morning — which means that by Monday any food not used over the weekend is at least three to four days old. And it will be served before the same ingredients arriving in Monday's delivery.” 

OK, but you say your wedding anniversary falls on a Monday and you’ve just got to go out that night. What then? 

Then the best recommendation is to use reverse logic. Pick a restaurant that is always, always, always crowded. A busy restaurant that’s always open will have fresh ingredients all the time. 

PREVIOUS CULINARY NO-NO’S

1) Ketchup on a brat
2) Green peppers on pizza
3) The dirty martini
4) Fruity brats
5) A Bloody Mary after dinner
6) Women “manning” the grill
7) Eating pizza at Festa Italiana, brats at German Fest, or tacos at Fiesta Mexicana. (Be adventurous. You can have those items anytime).
8) Eating a cream puff as though it was a hamburger.
9) Taking your own bottle of sauce when invited to a barbecue.
10) Touching the grill if you’re a guest at an outdoor barbecue.
11) Coaching the host on how to grill.
12) Some regional flavored ice cream…..like black licorice.
13) Taking the husks off before you grill corn on the cob
14) Being afraid to chill red wine
15) Pizza on the grill
16) When serving exotic or strange dishes to guests, do not tell them exactly what it is. Instead, use a more inviting term (caviar) rather than being blunt (fish eggs).
17) In late summer and early fall, this time of year, don’t buy zucchini. Somehow, someway, you will find zucchini or zucchini will find you.

18) Showing disrespect to your restaurant server.

 

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