Feed Us Back: Comments of the Week
SO TRUE. if you get a bagel at my local cafe (which I otherwise love), they put a scoop of cream cheese on a giant piece of wilty lettuce on your plate w/ your toasted bagel. It annoys me every time because it makes the bagel seem less appetizing when I have to scrape cream cheese off of a lettuce leaf to put it on my bagel. I’m kind of a regular there, I think I might tell them to cut it out already.
JoeHoya offers a defense of the practice:
Bar food like wings and skins are usually messy and/or greasy when they’re served. The lettuce addresses both the aesthetic problems (check out those blobs of grease and sauce on the stark white plate in your photos and tell me that’s more appealing) and the functional issues (greasy food items are a lot less likely to slide right off a lettuce leaf’s irregular surface than a smooth, flat plate).
In Kansas City Barbecue Society competitions, several kinds of lettuce are approved as acceptable garnishes. They serve the same purposes – covering up the spots and splatters and allowing the contestants to turn in an aesthetically pleasing plate of food.
But Alex is having none of it:
The lettuce is always SO GROSS!! It’s all wilty and disgusting! Give me wings in a freaking basket, if you’re so worried about them sliding off the plate! I am staunchly anti-lettuce and no one is going to convince me otherwise. Hear, hear, Britannia!
– Hope none of you missed Bliz‘ great piece on making the transition from food blogger to real world food maker. LC adds some more tips:
It reminds me of the speech my mom gives at her cooking school about how everyone has a baby. She says,”Your baby might be your crappy transportation situation, your other job, your coke addiction, or your actual baby. Chef does not care about your baby. BE.ON.TIME.” It’s awesome. But there are always those who don’t believe how friggin hard it is.
My iPhone can do all that, plus make phone calls, surf the net, play mafia wars, poach eggs, torch creme brulee & make green shamrock shaped pancakes.