20 Ridiculous Comments Ever Server Is Tired Of Hearing

20 Ridiculous Comments Ever Server Is Tired Of Hearing

No, we don't have free wifi and no one has a hot spot you can use.

I just recently got back to town for college and started back up at work. I love my job I truly do; however, sometimes you just hear the most ludicrous things. I believe it takes a special person to be a waiter or waitress because most of the questions we get asked on a day-to-day basis would drive most people nuts. For us though, it's just another day at work. Now, I used to be this person. I asked annoying favors from my servers and would over explain my meal to make it more complicated than it needed to be. Now, being in the food industry for the last four years, I've learned how to handle these situations. No matter who you are, you or someone you know has probably said one of these insane sentences before.

1. "Can I get a Bacon Cheeseburger no bacon?"

2. "I want my burger well done but juicy."

3. "I'll take the Guacamole Burger hold the guacamole."

4. "It's not on the menu but can I get..."

5. "Water no ice but really cold."

6. "Can I do the Chicken Caesar Wrap but on a bun instead?"

7. "Can you cut my burger into 6 pieces?"

8. "What's not too fattening?"

9. "Does the lettuce wrap still have a bun?"

10. "Can I replace my fries with an appetizer?"

11. "I want 2 inches of sweet tea and the rest unsweetened."

12. "Can I get all your dipping sauces" *only touches one*

13. "Can you give me 10ish more minutes, I can't decide on a drink."

14. "Can you add more alcohol less ice to my drink?"

15. "Cookie milkshake no milk please."

16. *Doesn't open menu* "What's on the menu for tonight?"

17. "Why are the fried pickles hot?"

18. "Just put everything on the side that way it won't come out wrong."

19. "Do you actually like the food here?"

20. "Can I get an older waitress?"

Yes, some of these are insane to imagine and somewhat distasteful but we manage. I love my job and the people I work with. While some days I may want to rip my hair out becomes of the absurd comments I get, I enjoy getting the chance to meet new people. It's a constant showcase of new faces and new opportunities.

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Thinking Of Food As Art Is Good For Your Soul

The human soul craves sustenance in the form of art.

Everyone eats. Whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or any other -ian you can think of, everyone consumes food and in doing so, tells the story of their life. Food connects us to other people, cultures, organisms and even the universe itself because by simply ingesting food, we each participate in our own conversation with the universe through existing. I consider food to be art, but I also love to eat it. Not only do I love to eat good food, but I am also slowly becoming aware of all of the conversations that surround food; whether it be political, social, cultural or simply foodies talking to one another about the taco stand they went to this weekend. Regardless, each morsel of food that you consume becomes a part of you and the story of how that food came to be, becomes part of you as well.

Now I don't simply mean that food is and can be beautiful, colorful works of art simply because of how they look; they are works of art apart from appearances because of all of the connotation that comes behind it. What I mean to say, is that just like art, food makes you think and encourages you to be aware and admire the surrounding story. For most of this article, I want to share with you images of food that speaks, sometimes all by itself, sometimes more subtly. In addition, I want to share with you the stories behind some of the images. The most important thing I can do is get you to think about what you are eating and how it connects you to every other thing between yourself and experiences and the food itself; to say that all food has a story is just as truthful as the story of all art and how it came to be.

We use food in many ways. One way that a North Carolina baker uses it, is to inform communities and to create ways that food is a major part of the conversation when it comes to politics, social justice movements, and just about in any way you can think to use food. By creating this wonderful stencil on the bread, this baker challenges the audience and eaters to think about the ways in which food itself is a major cause for political reform; food justice has become a major section of the food system that demands reform for those areas that are food poor or experience an over-abundance of foods lacking in nutritional value, called food deserts. The delicious jams that are displayed with the bread function as a way for a local artisan and preserve-maker to fight back against industrial farming and demonstrates the niche that she found in the Chapel-Hill Carborro marketplace. She found inspiration for her homegrown, local and sustainable preserves when her family suffered from enormous amounts of farming debt. She ultimately found a way to speak out against modernized and industrialized wholesale products and has found success in each of her small, delectable batches. Any way you use food allows for the inspiration of food as a vessel for the human condition.

Even exploring the NC State Farmers Market itself, one can see rows and rows of fresh vegetables and other products that all come from North Carolina and sustainable or locally grown and raised farms. The prices are worth the taste and the peace of mind that one gets when picking fresh produce from a wooden far stand. These markets occur every weekend and also function as a way to raise awareness about alternative forms of produce, rather than simply stock-piling from local grocery stores.

Food also functions as a way to form connections and bonds. Here at a local Asian cuisine restaurant called "Spring Roll" in North Hills Shopping area, one can experience truly good food. As it is myself and my boyfriend's go-to restaurant no matter what the occasion, we spend time sampling many different dishes and can honestly say, it is the best Chinese food that I have ever had. An upscale take on traditional take-out, the cuisine offers the classic dishes such as sesame chicken, to a more high-end sushi experience that is fully worth the money. And yet, the price is reasonable, even for two college students, and offers the kind of classy going-out experience that makes you feel special. the staff are extremely friendly and helpful, some of which my boyfriend and I have made friends with and who we love to see every time we return. The point of this image is to truly see the beauty in the appetizer that promises an even more delicious main course. While the look of the food is flawless, the food also speaks to the way in which some families subsist off of the restaurant business. These spring rolls do not only mean the chef who cooked them, but they speak for the waiters and waitresses, the owner, the atmosphere and all of the people and ingredients that went into making them.

Those are cakes. Yes, I promise they are cakes and not a dish from the restaurant aforementioned or a bucket of live crabs. But isn't crazy how realistic they are? These cakes are on display at a bakery inside Crabtree Valley Mall that represent how food is always near us. While shopping among the racks of Abercrombie and the Apple store, you stumble upon this unassuming bakery in the middle of the mall. It truly is a sight for sore eyes, as you would never expect to see anything of this stature in the mall where capitalism is king, but these individualized cakes represent all of the perfect formation and art that fights the power of a consumer environment. The cakes are a perfect example of how art can be found in the most unbelievable things and places.

Finally, we come to a piece of food that is near and dear to my heart: my 20th birthday cake. Beautifully decorated with my favorite colors, the cake boasts the best of what a grocery store cake can buy. And I mean that sincerely. I love grocery store stuff and I think that speaks to the lifestyle of most people. No matter how many beautiful markets and pictures of organic food are thrown at you, it can be hard to break away from the grocery store or to honestly even think about your food before you put it in your mouth. Food often times represent the ceremonies that mark important times in each of our lives. In all cultures throughout the world, ceremonies of all kinds are marked by the involvement of food in some way. And this is crucial to our existence as human beings. It speaks of our connection to food as a mode of human experience and in turn, can be a vessel that carries us on through the rest of our lives. So next time you eat that birthday cake or buy that organic salsa from the market, slow down and take a minute to absorb how beautiful that piece of art is in front of you.

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What's The Worst Part About Grocery Shopping In New York?

Trying to carry all your food home.

So apparently I am an adult. I am able to comprehend this fact logically, though not emotionally. I understand that as an almost 21-year-old, the state considers me to be an adult and has considered me to be one since I the day turned 18.

However, I do not feel like an adult. I feel like a 4-year-old, trapped in what appears to be a 14-year-old's body. I’ve always looked young for my age, so perhaps that factor's into my childlike persona.

To be honest I have no idea what I’m doing or how I got to be this old. There are people my age who are engaged, buying house’s and thriving in their work field. While I’m over here trying to figure out how to make this one package of pasta last me a whole week's worth of meals.

I could go on endlessly explaining all the red-flags to why I shouldn’t be an adult, but that would be very long and a much different article. I’ve accepted that somehow I've made it to this point in life and now I’m just trying to figure all this weird stuff out like everybody else. I wanted to start writing about specific experiences I've had that have been particularly “adultish” or difficult for me to complete on my own, especially while living in New York City. The first of which is grocery shopping.

Not gonna lie, one of the best things about adulting is being able to eat what you want without anyone saying you can’t. Wanna chug a liter of Coke Zero at 10 am? Go for it! Wanna eat Cheese-It’s as a full three-course meal? Yes, do it! Being able to consume mass amounts of junk food whenever you want is a large perk of adulthood, but after a while, you start missing the taste and feeling of a home-cooked meal.

The first time this urge struck me I made my way over to the store and attempted to go grocery shopping for wholesome ingredients, in an effort sooth my home hunger. I say attempted because as a 5’ 4” girl with limited upper body strength, actual grocery shopping in lower Manhattan is nearly impossible. I walk everywhere which means that I walk twenty minutes to the store and I walk twenty minutes home with whatever I bought in hand. What usually happens is I am able to fill each arm with a grocery bag that contains about five products each. It’s less than that if I decide to purchase milk or some other large beverage that day.

To make this process a bit easier I’ll bring a backpack with me to the store and fill that up instead with my purchases to give my arms a break. Even with a backpack, I’m still only able to carry a limited amount of food because my body physically cannot support any more weight. I have thought about purchasing a rolling cart to bring with me when I go shopping, but I decided against it.

I go to the store on the way back home from class, so in order to use the cart, I would first have to go back to my dorm and grab it, which is more of a hassle than it’s worth.

After much trial and error, I've learned that the best thing for me to do is to just go to the store every few days and pick up what I need in small quantities. I'm only cooking for myself, so I just use a few simple ingredients for each dish and it does the job.

My meals are still nowhere near what a home cooked meal should be, but I'm doing the best I can with what I've got. When in doubt, I pop in some good old-fashioned Top Ramen and call it a night.

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