Pet Peeve (noun) A minor annoyance that can instill great frustration in an individual.
Food Peeve (noun) An avoidable annoyance that creates unnecessary angst for the diner at a restaurant.
When I decide to spend my hard-earned cash and dine out, there are certain things that I REALLY don’t want to deal with. Strike that…shouldn’t HAVE to deal with.
Giant Roll, Tiny Filling
It happened tonight: I ordered a sandwich and the roll was twice the size of the crabcake. I felt like Clara Peller of the “Where’s the beef?” commercials as I examined the excessively large and doughy bun versus the minuscule cake/burger/chicken breast. For shame!
Extra Side Trickery
I love me some quesadillas, and a side of guacamole is a must. When my server asks me, “Would you like a side of guacamole with that?” my ears perk up. “Why, yes I would!” I reply with glee. But when that little green side appears on my bill, I turn green like the Incredible Hulk. Guacamole is a given side for quesadillas. Like salsa and sour cream. Jamie. Angry.
Fans of “Sex and the City” may recall the fight between Carrie Bradshaw and boyfriend Jack Berger. Carrie made a persistent request that the waiter not include parsley on her plate—neither in the dish nor as a garnish. I couldn’t agree with her more. I have nothing against the herb, but when sprinkled amongst my food, I see it as just one more thing to get caught in my teeth.
Please share your food peeves. Let’s live in this misery together.