Okay, here's the deal. Every time my sister orders a martini, she has to go into all the details about how it is to be made -- and is very serious that she imparts the details so there is NO room for an error. Here we go: "in and out" martini with Grey Goose vodka, two olives, straight up. If the server is not familiar with the "in and out" part, then she explains that technique to the server after expressing incredulity that the server doesn't know THAT. If I order a martini, it is simply, "Please bring me a "Sapphire martini on the rocks with a twist."
Now I love my sister an an awful lot, but her little cocktail ordering routine always makes me just sort of shake my head (invisibly, because she is very nice and I don't want to offend her). I mean, she likes it a certain way, alright?!
To be brutally honest, though, I have to admit that I am very picky when it comes to ordering Pad Kee Mao, because I need to make sure they are using fresh rice noodles ("River Noodles") -- and not dried rice noodles. Then I have to have minced chicken, and I like the noodles with good wok char (wok hai is a different thing, I think). Then I must have as condiment prik naam som (just the sliced chilies in vinegar). It's a bonus and I'm very happy if they have the ground red garlic chilie paste. (Can you tell I like the vinegar?).
What about you? Does any of this ring a bell?