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Pet Peeves - The Elixir of LIfe

sophocles | Jul 28, 201707:22 AM

There hasn't been a post with pet peeves in title for maybe 9 years, so here goes. All the pet peeves on my mind involve water.

1) Would you like still, sparkling...or tap? I would like tap. Always tap. What is still water? Do you have any moving water? I'll take whatever is free. I assume that the sparkling is not free, though I think it is at Contra. I know for sure that any bottled water is not free.

I realize water has become a profit center. This probably started years and years ago when Perrier came on the scene. But I don't go out to eat to buy water. I do love seltzer, but not enough to pay $5 or $7 for a bottle, plus tax and tip. At Kyo Ya they recently caught me with my defenses down, and I did just that. The wife gave me look but it was too late. Better to spend my money on their pressed sushi, which I decidedly cannot get at home. I also realize there's no stopping this. It's no longer a trend but a custom. I suppose it's too enticing to add $100 or $200 to the till every night by instructing your servers to ask one annoying question.

At Case Adela in the EV they start you off with a large carafe of water, usually brimming with ice. Bliss. Which brings me to my next pet peeve.

2) Once we've established that I want free water, it should be served cold, and on hot day, very cold. This usually means you have to add ice. Places that wouldn't think of serving a soda without ice will blithely serve me a glass of water without ice when its 90 degrees out. At Mamouns, when you ask for water, they serve you a dentist's cup of water from the tap. If you ask for ice then you get you a nice icy full sized cup. I know, they are not making money on tap water, but they're not making money on the bathroom either. It's one of the costs of doing business.

To solve this problem, I've taken to asking for ice water, or even better, water with ice. Sometimes I forget, and that leads to trouble.

3) My last pet peeve is servers who don't take my request for ice water seriously. I don't want to have to ask two or three times for water or ice, from servers who I suspect would bring me a cold beer promptly. It's as if they have a mental compartment for requests that are not so important, and water goes right into it. I was recently at a restaurant that I won't name, and I had to ask two servers a total of three times for ice, and when the waitress finally brought a glass, she plopped it on the table with a look of contempt. We actually complained to the manager, who was very nice about it...

At Divya's Kitchen, also in the EV, they won't serve ice as part of their Ayurvedic principles. I can accept that.

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