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Old 02-01-2007, 11:53 AM   #1
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Question Cooks/chefs Nosiness

how Nosey are you when it comes to cooking or things being cooked?

I was reminded of the times I go into a Take-away joint and rather than sit down and read the news paper or whatever they provide, I`m up there at the counter trying to catch a glimpse of what they`re actualy Doing in the kitcken (where`s that Embarased Smiley gone?).
I`ll stand there waiting for the next customer to walk in so the Kitchen door swings open again so I can catch a peek.

is anyone Else this bad?

please don`t say it`s just me

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Old 02-01-2007, 12:01 PM   #2
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(<--here's your little blushy)

Me too! I love going to take-aways where the kitchen is completely open so you can watch your meal, start to finish!

There's one little hole-in-the-wall mexican place nearby that has an open kitchen. I took my mom there and was trying to explain how much better their food was than the big places and mom looked over and said "that's why - the guy just put about a cup of cheese in my burrito!" Exactly.
I also check out the kitchens for cleanliness. If they are willing to keep it where the customer can see it, they're not able to hide anything.
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Old 02-01-2007, 12:02 PM   #3
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i do the same with kitchens, especially in diners and smaller take outs. you get to see how clean the place is, and who's doing the cooking, which isn't always a good thing. plus i try to analyze technique.
i don't mind being seated near a kitchen in a nicer place for these same reasons.

but i'm also bad at trying to catch glimpses of the dishes on other tables as we are being escorted thru a restaurant to our table. if you ask for a booth in the back (in order to trap our son inside the booth by sitting on the outside ends), you get to peek at a lot of dishes.

i'm especially bad on korean restaurants. the food on some tables is so strange looking that i'm compelled to ask the waitress what it is, and usually if i could have it.

lol, a few times the waitress responded that she didn't know the word for it in american, and that i didn't want it. when i persisted, she called over another waitress to explain in slightly less broken english that i would not like it.

one of these days i'm going back with a korean co-worker/friend and i'm gonna get some, whatever it was.
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Old 02-01-2007, 12:09 PM   #4
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LOL, That`s the Spirit!

go back, eat it, grit your teeth and say how lovely it was, just to prove a point :))

11 outa 10 for Style BT :))
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Old 02-01-2007, 12:09 PM   #5
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Oh most definetely but unfortunetly there aren't many around here where I get an opportunity.....unless you count the hamburger or other fastfood joints.....and that does nothing for me.

I think it stems from when I was a kid and there was this amazing pizza place where they actually prepared the pizzas right there in front where you placed your order......it was mezmerizing watching them toss the pizza dough up in the air.
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Old 02-01-2007, 12:12 PM   #6
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i do the same with kitchens, especially in diners and smaller take outs. you get to see how clean the place is, and who's doing the cooking, which isn't always a good thing. plus i try to analyze technique.
i don't mind being seated near a kitchen in a nicer place for these same reasons.

but i'm also bad at trying to catch glimpses of the dishes on other tables as we are being escorted thru a restaurant to our table. if you ask for a booth in the back (in order to trap our son inside the booth by sitting on the outside ends), you get to peek at a lot of dishes.

i'm especially bad on korean restaurants. the food on some tables is so strange looking that i'm compelled to ask the waitress what it is, and usually if i could have it.

lol, a few times the waitress responded that she didn't know the word for it in american, and that i didn't want it. when i persisted, she called over another waitress to explain in slightly less broken english that i would not like it.

one of these days i'm going back with a korean co-worker/friend and i'm gonna get some, whatever it was.
LOL! It was probably road kill and she was right you really didn't want it ....sorry couldn't resist.
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Old 02-01-2007, 12:25 PM   #7
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I certainly look at other people's food going to their tables...I thought everybody did! And yes, I ask waitresses what it is. I had a similar experience to Sizzlinin's at and Italian Chinese restaurant recently....never found out what it is....maybe I don't want it?!
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Old 02-01-2007, 01:13 PM   #8
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We had a wonderful Indian restaurant that had a huge window that overlooked their tandoori oven and you could see them making your fresh naan bread and skewered meat and veggies. Wonderful especially for the children.
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I've always been fascinated by the workings of a kitchen, so, I'd be right there, next to you. Hey, I'd even try to walk in if I thought I could get away with it.

And I'm not embarrassed by that, at all!

I love places that actually have the kitchen right in the dining room. There is a restaurant called Penne in Philly at the Hilton like that. We've gone so often that the manager and pasta chef know us now.
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