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The Eatsdropper will have another chai

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 fran├žais) 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?"

– Eatsdropped by students of Shuna Lydon at her seasonal desserts class

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)

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