Be Kind When You Dine

Be Kind When You Dine

There is a lesson to be learned from observing other customers in a restaurant.

A little while ago, my dad and I would go out to lunch every week or so at a place called GK’s Red Dog Tavern in Morristown, New Jersey. The tavern, connected to Rod’s Steak & Seafood Grille, is a great place to go for either lunch or dinner. The food tastes good, the service is great, and the atmosphere is fantastic.

My dad and I were at one of our weekly lunches when we heard some customers behind us rudely telling their waiter that his lunch had been brought out “too early.” The waiter, who just so happened to be our waiter as well, told the customer that he would take it back to the kitchen. The customer, who was visibly irritated at this point, claimed that the waiter would just bring it out cold later and wanted the kitchen to make a completely new one. My dad and I didn’t pay enough attention to them to see what happened later on, but we did make sure to thank our waiter and tell him how good of a job he was doing for us.

The point of my telling this story is that customers need to take more care to be respectful and kind to waiters and waitresses. It isn’t that difficult to do. Sometimes a waiter’s pay is mainly from tips, so with that in mind, he or she could already be having a bad day. Making their day worse by telling them they brought your food out “too early” (a very rare complaint, I would think) and berating them for it is completely unnecessary. Even if you feel the need to complain, and you know that you are completely justified in doing so, you should do so politely. However, that doesn’t mean you should be passive and afraid to speak up. Don’t be afraid to be assertive, but also remember not to be a flat out jerk.

It never hurts to be friendly with waiters and waitresses at the restaurant in which you’re dining. My dad does it all the time, no matter where we go to eat. As a result, he ends up making friends with those people working at the restaurants. It’s always good to have more friends, or even just connections in general. So please, the next time you feel the need to be rude towards your waiter, remember to be kind when you dine.

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13 Snacks That Take Us Back To The Early 2000s, AKA The Lunchbox Days

Childhood snacks that we all remember.

The lunchbox days: ya know, the times in which you packed your pail to the brim for school lunch, field trips, summer camp, road trips, and other similar endeavors. The lunchbox days were the good 'ol days.

But, as you got older, and as yummy childhood snacks came and went, you forgot about the foods you once loved. Maybe you find yourself munching on your childhood favorites every now and then? Maybe it takes you back to the glorious lunchbox days?

Check out these 13 early 2000, childhood snacks and see if they were once your favorites:

1. Ice Pops

Usually enjoyed after a long day at the pool. It was so much fun pushing the melted juice up.

2. Fun Dip

Maybe you won these at an arcade?

3. Lunchables

Yes. Just yes.

Remember the hot dog ones?

4. Dunk-a-Roos

One of the greatest childhood desserts EVER.

5. Trix Yogurt

"Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!"

6. Fruit Roll-Ups (preferably the ones that left tattoos)

The super long ones were fabulous, too.

7. Gushers

Still eat these today?

8. Kid's Cuisine

I always ate the pudding first.

9. GoGurt

All of the cool kids ate these at lunchtime.

10. Capri Sun


11. Cheese Puffs

A childhood, go-to snack.

12. Crackers dipped in cheese

Pretty sure I ate these every day.

13. Uncrustables

Did anyone else peel the crinkly part?

Most of these snacks are still around! Go buy them and enjoy!

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Frozen Pizzas Review Pt.2

" 'Now the party don't start 'til I walk in'...with the pizza," (from the song Tik Tok by Kesha)

Birthdays? Parties? Friday night Netflix Movie Night?

Pizza is mostly likely going to be there to get the party started. A few weeks ago I reviewed three frozen pizzas and scoring them on a 1-10 scale based on taste and texture (1 being the worst, 10 being the best). This week I'm back reviewing another 3 frozen pizzas on a 1-10 scale to help you pick out a pizza next time you're at the grocery store in the pizza aisle.

***Disclaimer: Toppings might influence the taste of pizza, and I did not stick with one topping for each pizza, the list will include the brand of pizza and the topping that I tried it with***

****The order the pizzas appear are not influenced by my scoring of the pizzas****

1. Jack's Original Thin Crust (Pepperoni)

It's been a while since I tried this pizza, but I decided to include it anyway. Every time I see this pizza, I get a flashback of seven year old me walking through a grocery store with my mother and asking her if we can buy it. This was my go-to after-school snack, and I would eat the whole pizza without even thinking twice. I didn't mind that the crust was thin, and unlike some pizzas where the crust is inedible, this crust didn't taste that bad. If my seven-year-old self was to rate this pizza, I would give it a 9/10.

2. Red Baron (Classic Crust Pepperoni)

Red Baron is the type of pizza that is your back-up, if you are unwilling to get any other pizza this is the safety net of pizzas. The cheese is not stringy, the sauce is not spicy or overpowering, and the crust is crunchy. The pepperoni adds the savory taste to the pizza. It's the type of pizza that won't blow you away with its taste, but won't make you avoid it either, I score it a 6.5/10.

3. Totino's Pizza Rolls (Pepperoni)

Totino's Pizza Rolls is not exactly a stereotypically pizza, it might be argued that it considered a snack, but contains similar ingredients that belong on a pizza. It's a pizza bite packed into a..bite.

For the most part, I tend to burn myself after taking the first bite. Totino's Pizza Rolls doesn't leave you with a long satisfying taste after eating it. Although the best part is the inside (the pepperoni), the outer layer could be better by not being so dry, I give it a 6/10.

These are my opinions when it comes to reviewing pizzas, obviously personal preference has to be factored in when trying these pizzas. However, next time you are in a grocery store, try out different pizza brands and topping combinations.

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