More food for thought, including a missive from the City of Light. I’d love to hear more snippets from places far and wide, so send yours in to eatsdropper-at-seantimberlake-dot-com and S.W.A.K.
Woman with british accent: "Ugh, eating American pancakes is like eating a big giant sponge, isn’t it?"
– Eatsdropped by Anita in the jury room
Customer: "What kind of chocolates should I get?"
Salesclerk: "I don’t know. What kind do you like?"
Customer: "I don’t know. Which are the best?"
Clerk: "I don’t know what you’ll think are the best. Do you like nuts?"
Customer: "What kind of nuts?"
Clerk: "Well…how many do you want?"
Customer: "I don’t know. How many do you think I should get?"
– Eatsdropped (presumably en français) by David
Thomas Keller, explaining to new line cooks why he forbids tongs in the French Laundry kitchen:
"If you were a fish, would you want someone using tongs on YOU?"
Server: "Another chai?"
Female customer: "See, when you say it that way it sounds like I’m getting more chai. But I’ll have another chai."
– Eatsdropped by yours truly at Samovar (Yerba Buena this time)