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Graven Image
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Last night Mr Image and I were out for a romantic evening. All was well. It was a nice restaurant, we were enjoying a good bottle of wine, fresh salad with interesting bits, lovely warm bread. Then our main course arrived. "Fresh ground pepper?" the sweet young waiter asked.
"Yes please," Mr Image replied. Then in what seemed like slow motion, somehow the waiter extended the large pepper mill toward Mr Image's plate hitting his wine glass which exploded into what seemed a million pieces throwing glass into both of our plates of food and spilling wine all over the table and down on the floor. I felt so sorry for the poor waiter. We kept saying ,'it is alright no one is bleeding." We moved tables, were given new plates of food and received a new bottle of wine and dessert on the house. I am sure this will go down as a meal to remember and will fade into family lore. By the end of the evening the poor waiter now seemed like an old friend, and no doubt will have his own story to tell. What dining disasters have you experienced?

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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When I lived in Brooklyn, I used to dine often at a certain neighborhood Italian restaurant. The owner was the son of a renowned family of restaurateurs (with Mafia connections, I understand, but that's another story). I was always greeted warmly and treated cordially both by the owner and the wait staff. I always tipped well.

One night they had a special of pepper and garlic encrusted filet mignon. I ordered it; it was delicious and I told them so.

On another visit I noticed they had the same special. I ordered it again. It was the most grisly cut of meat I had ever eaten. Again, I told them so.

"Keep your voice down!" the owner said to me.

I sent it back and ordered a plate of spaghetti instead. The waiter looked very apologetic and even somewhat embarrassed.

I never set foot in the place again.

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Sipech
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We were a couple of weeks from going away on our first overseas holiday as a family. I was 7 years old at the time. In order to prepare us for a fortnight in Crete, my Dad found a local Greek restaurant and booked us in for a Saturday night.

On the table next to us, was a Hen Do. They were a bit raucous, as I recall, more than a quarter of a century later. But what really stuck in my memory was when the stripper turned up.

Call me a conservative fuddy-duddy, but I do think there are some sights a 7 year old ought to be spared from. I still wonder whether it was the oily body and squeals of delight that really put me off taramasalata, or whether I just don't like the taste. Either way, it's an association that is likely to stay with me forever.

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Baptist Trainfan
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Not a disaster but ... When our son was about 11 we went to a local Chinese restaurant. We were offered chopsticks; I declined, but my wife accepted and took a set for our son. However he couldn't manage them.

A little later on, he somehow contrived to fall off his chair (I don't remember why). When he picked himself up from the floor he found himself totally undamaged, but now able to eat with chopsticks!

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cattyish

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We planned a very genteel hen night with our ladylike friend. We did have a few silly presents but a feather fan was about as kinky as it got.. We were looking forward to dancing on the tables as is tradition in that restaurant.

This was in the late 90s and the film The Full Monty had just come out. At the next table a group of lads were drinking the good health of their departing friend (he was off to Canada). After they got a bit fu' they joined us dancing on the tables.

Then the juke box played, "You Can Keep Your Hat On." The lads did what we had not planned.

There is one particular photo of the blushing bride which makes things look a lot more intimate than they really were. I understand that her husband was horrified.

Cattyish, quite enjoyed the nonsense really.

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Lothlorien
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Something to boast of to her grandchildren, perhaps?

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Pangolin Guerre
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A friend of mine told me a story. In high school he was working in the restaurant of a yacht club. He and a green horn colleague were assigned to serve a large group who were celebrating some event (mostly family, with pater familias, as a member of the club). They had a lavish meal, bottles of wine. The father ordered a bottle of vintage port at the end. To make sure that the member got full value, the green horn upended the last of the port into pater's glass, sending what was essentially a dusty cruddy cloud into a glass of previously fine port. Pater was visibly horrified. Cheers.
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wild haggis
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A number of years ago, spending the summer working at a conference centre, I was clearing tables after morning tea, and dropped a whole tray-load of china cups and saucers ...............right in front of the manger!

I stood rooted to the spot, horrified. He looked at me with a frown. Oh,no! Now I would get the sack.

Then he lifted a piece of broken china and smiling opened my hand.

"Take this home and put it in a box as a memento. Don't worry it happens to everyone at least once. You've lasted this long without dropping anything, so well done."

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Took young children to a local Italian restaurant for one of their birthday celebrations. Tealights lit on the table. Paper serviettes ( you can probably guess where this going!) Youngest son asks for help to cut up his pizza, I get up and move round to do so, dropping my serviette onto the table- it caught light, middle son picked it up and wafted it around, I grabbed it from him and dropped it onto the floor stamped on it and left a melted mark on the carpet. Didn't dare show our faces there for some years!

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quote:
Originally posted by Graven Image:
... "Fresh ground pepper?" ...

This isn't really on the same scale as Mr. Image's disaster, but ...

We were trying out a new, quite upmarket (and also rather up-itself) restaurant in St. John's some years ago and after an inordinate wait*, our starters arrived. D's was "a duo of soups" - two little bowls with different soups in them. The waiter (without giving him a chance to try it) asked if he'd like fresh ground pepper, and he replied, "No thanks, but I'd quite like a spoon".

* during which a group of diners came in and were fawned over by what appeared to be all the staff, while we thought, "should we remove our Invisibility Cloaks now?" We assumed one of them must have been a restaurant critic. [Roll Eyes]

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Piglet
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quote:
Originally posted by Graven Image:
... "Fresh ground pepper?" ...

This isn't really on the same scale as Mr. Image's disaster, but ...

We were trying out a new, quite upmarket (and also rather up-itself) restaurant in St. John's some years ago and after an inordinate wait*, our starters arrived. D's was "a duo of soups" - two little bowls with different soups in them. The waiter asked if he'd like fresh ground pepper, and he replied, "No thanks, but I'd quite like a spoon".

We always take a couple of points off restaurants for pepper being offered before you've had a chance to try the food, but without a spoon ... [Big Grin]

* during which a group of diners came in and were fawned over by what appeared to be all the staff, while we thought, "should we remove our Invisibility Cloaks now?" We assumed one of them must have been a restaurant critic. [Roll Eyes]

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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Not exactly dining out but a disaster nonetheless.

A friend once gave a party at which he set out a sumptuous buffet spread. On the buffet was a large bowl of strawberries. I love strawberries.

I was just about to help myself to some when the little daughter of another guest came running up to the table and dug deep into the bowl with her hands. Her mother either did not see her or did not think it was wrong.

Needless to say, I went without strawberries.

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Lothlorien
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Along similar lines. At a birthday party, the two year old celebrating his birthday , found a large bowl of jelly snakes. Actually more like jubes. He bit the head off each one and placed the body back in the bowl. I was glad that lollies are not a temptation for me.

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My spouse and I went out to eat at a swanky sushi/martini bar in the university tolwn next to us. I was intimidated not only by the stylishly industrial interior but by the high chairs -- both of us,are short, and getting seated felt like rock climbing. But, once we'd gotten settled and I'd started on a cucumber martini, I relaxed and enjoyed our meal. Another martini later, as we were getting ready to leave, as I struggled to get down from my chair I somehow caught my purseztrap on the back and -- WHOMP -- the chair fell o er with an echoing thud, almost taking me along with it. We have never been back.

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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
Not exactly dining out but a disaster nonetheless.

A friend once gave a party at which he set out a sumptuous buffet spread. On the buffet was a large bowl of strawberries. I love strawberries.

I was just about to help myself to some when the little daughter of another guest came running up to the table and dug deep into the bowl with her hands. Her mother either did not see her or did not think it was wrong.

Needless to say, I went without strawberries.

Wouldn't have put me off, unless I'd actually seen her picking her arse.

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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Children's hands have, by definition, gone into places where adult hands wouldn't even dream of going. [Ultra confused]

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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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What they eye don't see...

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Lamb Chopped
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Karl, you've been a missionary, right? Because you have the eating habits of one. (They're the only friends I have who will go out to eat with me, discover steel wool in the taco salad, pick it out, and continue eating. We all basically looked at one another, shrugged, and kept on.)

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balaam

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High iron diet LC?

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Lamb Chopped
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[Snigger]

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Er, this is what I've been up to (book).
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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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quote:
Originally posted by Lamb Chopped:
Karl, you've been a missionary, right? Because you have the eating habits of one. (They're the only friends I have who will go out to eat with me, discover steel wool in the taco salad, pick it out, and continue eating. We all basically looked at one another, shrugged, and kept on.)

Missionary? [Killing me] no, but I've done plenty of basic camping, and when you realise that you can't vouch for how sterile the cutlery is nor do much to wash your hands properly between putting sausages on the grid and putting them in the rolls, and no-one died, you realise it's just a numbers game and while making a habit of ignoring hygeine will make you ill sooner or later, an isolated incident is rather unlikely to be an issue.

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