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Old 04-28-2007, 01:10 PM   #11
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Depends on where we go. We have a few favorties we go to on fridays with friends and again on sunday for our date..These places know us so the minute they seat us, they are right back with large glasses of icy water with lemon. Places we are trying for the first time, we usually have to ak for water.

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Old 04-28-2007, 01:54 PM   #12
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Ok a little further investigating here revealed...If you order food, water must be served if no beverage is ordered, tea coke etc. However most establishments here bring water as a courtesy as a matter of course. A lot of the time when/as the menu is presented. It seems the health issue is if a patron is eating and chokes and there is no water on the table..the restaurant could face legal issues...So a glass of water is cheap insurance!
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Old 04-28-2007, 01:56 PM   #13
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Interesting. I'll have to test that the next time I'm out.
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Old 04-28-2007, 02:22 PM   #14
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Good grief Katie! I hope you're not planning on choking the next time we go out!
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Old 04-28-2007, 02:24 PM   #15
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Good grief Katie! I hope you're not planning on choking the next time we go out!
Buck, am I going to have to send you to the naughty corner?
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Old 04-28-2007, 02:36 PM   #16
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There's no room in the naughty corner. YT is hogging it all.
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Old 04-28-2007, 03:07 PM   #17
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In UK, its true, water has to be asked for. I've never been pressured to buy water, if I want tap water I ask for a jug of tap water. Quite often I want mineral water though.

In Italy its expected you'll have bottled water, the question is always only whether it should be still or sparkling. It is obviously extra on the bill too. Its ok. Tap water here has been....variable. At the last house our tap water was fine, I liked it, here its not so good, I drink bottled.
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Old 04-28-2007, 04:07 PM   #18
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I always buy the bottled water at restaurants here, the tap water is awful!
Bristol water is very hard, making it good for your heart, teeth and bones. I love it, but that's where I grew up and I'm used to it. My gran used to live in Plymouth, where the water is soft. To my palate, it tasted like it had soap in it.

As for serving water, it comes if you order it here in Spain. And if you order it, you pay for it.
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Old 04-29-2007, 12:34 AM   #19
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Katie Have you forgotten about the woodshed???
Buck, You better behave and treat her right.

They always come to the table and ask what we would like to drink. I always ask for water and no other drink.
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Old 04-29-2007, 09:06 AM   #20
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Where I live in Kazakhstan if you don't "specify" the brand of water they will bring you bottled water that costs nearly $8 dollars for a SMALL bottle of approx. 12 oz. We found that out the hard way when we got the bill one night for a group of 10 and the water cost more than the alcohol. In Houston, most well-known places are happy to bring you water with lemon or lime if you ask and are diligent in keeping them refilled. At least that's been my experience so far.
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