Etiquette Tuesday

I couldn’t think of a snappy word to stand in for ‘Etiquette.’ The articles are sorta foodie, but I think ‘Foodie’ works better on Friday. So without a cleverly titled hook, here are some articles that popped up on various RSS feeds today:

Lemon DropFive drinks that bartenders just hate to make | SF Gate

  • The Lemon Drop
  • The Manhattan
  • The Cosmopolitan
  • The Mojito
  • The Designer Drink

Seems like the Cosmo and the Manhattan are more from people being picky about how they’re made (and there are too many variations and deviations from the original recipe) and the Designer drink I’ve seen many times before. People know the name, but not the ingredients, or some of the ingredients. Absolut Vodka tried to solve this by creating an online drink generator that would allow you to print a business-card sized recipe to show or recite to a bartender. Even so, I’d only do this when the place is extremely empty and you’re already somewhat a regular. Also I wonder if they asked the bartenders at Halo what their 5 hated drinks to make were, what they’d say, since most of their special menu is extremely complicated. And mojitos seem to be their specialty.

CEOs say how you treat a waiter can predict a lot about character | USA Today

“Watch out for people who have a situational value system, who can turn the charm on and off depending on the status of the person they are interacting with,” Raytheon CEO Bill Swanson writes. “Be especially wary of those who are rude to people perceived to be in subordinate roles.”

I’m not naming any names, but one of my friends used to be told by more than one of his friends and acquaintances that he can be “scary” in restaurants when dealing with staff. He has since improved in his behavior and it’s much appreciated. Yes, you know who you are.

All I know is after thinking about movies like Waiting and of my own time working in service industries, you always want to respect the people handling your food, dealing with your finances and getting you from point A to B.

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