Posts tagged "restaurant"

Industry Slang

In every field of work, we all have a collection of words or phrases that are used amongst our peers.  These terms are used by those working in the industry to help communicate their needs, desires or to cryptically talk about a guest to a fellow worker. One thing that I have always enjoyed about... Read more »

Bathroom Habits

"Let's all share as a family."  "Mommy, why are your hands still wet from the bathroom?"
So I read on a friend’s Facebook page that she was at Benihana and got completely grossed out.  It wasn’t the food or the service, but the people that were sitting a few feet away.  Here’s how disgusting these women were… My friend was having a wonderful dinner out and rejoiced in being able to... Read more »

It's been a long time...

The girl's voice was this horrid "valley girl" voice that does not belong in Chicago.
Hello fans! I know that I have not posted in quite awhile.  I am very sorry for my absence.  Not that you need to know, but being on vacation (which is nearly impossible for my job), papers for school and having health problems in the family have caused me to take a break from writing. ... Read more »

Weekend Review: March 11th to 13th

Sorry everyone for not putting this up on Monday night.  Lets just say that this weekend took a lot of energy out of my body.  We were slammed, which for this economy, is awesome for the staff because they can pay rent. I think the theme of this weekend was making, or not making, a... Read more »

Weekend Review: March 4th to 6th

The National Restaurant Association did a study a few years back about the the length of time that people think they wait before being greeted at a restaurant.  Do you know what they found?  They found that for every 1.5 mintues a person sat, they reported that they sat for 5 mins.  Moral of the study, calm down and we will get to you.
This weekend wasn’t so bad compared to the last.  Thankfully, we were busy ever night and had many new faces.  The staff were insane like usual and there were only a couple fights that I had to break up.  I swear I run a preschool. Anyways, on with the show…   1. “Where is my... Read more »

"Back in my day..."

This is the wine wheel to help new budding sommeliers study wine.  As a server, we would have to use this to break down what we are smelling in the wine.  And yes, in the blue section it does suggest that the wine smells like "wet dog" and/or "cabbage".
So I was just sitting here watching T.V. when a memory came back to me… I read in the Tribune the other day that there are some restaurants in downtown Chicago that give their tables ipads to help them pick out wine. WHAT THE HELL?! It’s like a I had a “Back in my day”... Read more »

Feb 26th to Feb 28th (A weekend review)

I saw this and it made me laugh.  It made me relax a little from venting about the weekend.  Though I have to say, I would never step foot in there.
I was talking with Jimmy this weekend about my blog.  We were talking about tips to get my blog out in the world and increase the amount of response.  I have a couple fun things planned which you will find out soon but he also gave me some great advice.  Thanks Jimmy! Here’s a little... Read more »

I support illegal workers...

Every restaurant I have worked at in the city of Chicago has had at least one illegal immigrant working for cash by the hour.  I can honestly tell you that they are the most hard working, dedicated and loyal individuals whom I have ever worked with.  There are jobs that they will do that most... Read more »

"Homemade food"....Are you sure?

I always laugh when I walk into restaurants and they tell me that everything is homemade.  In today’s economy it is extremely difficult for restaurants to keep up with the cost of labor required to make everything homemade. What most people don’t understand is that making a menu of homemade food is expensive because you have... Read more »

Taking an IQ test to get a job....

So I’m currently helping one of my busboys to find a second job.  He only works part time at my restaurant and unfortunately, I don’t have any hours to give him.  In the meantime, we have been talking about places where I’ve worked and how silly it is trying to get a job at a restaurant sometimes. Here... Read more »