NOW WE PAUSE FOR STATION IDENTIFICATION – – –

THE STEVE FROM SCRATCH BLOG HAS BEEN MALFUNCTIONING FOR SEVERAL DAYS DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES. DURING THE PAST WEEK OR SO, MY WEB HOSTING COMPANY HAS BEEN CARRYING OUT SOME UPGRADING TASKS, INCLUDING MIGRATION OF SERVERS TO ANOTHER SITE, FOR LARGER CAPACITY, SUPPORT AND POWER. MY IT STAFF HAS WORKED DILIGENTLY TO GET IT BACK UP. I APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE AND FRUSTRATION THAT ALL OF YOU MUST HAVE EXPERIENCED BY NOT GETTING THE LATEST POSTING NOTIFICATIONS AND RECIPES. I AM NOW WORKING TO POST MY MORE RECENT ADVENTURES ONLINE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOYALTY, DEDICATION, AND PATIENCE. PLEASE ENJOY THE BLOG AND DON’T FORGET TO LOOK BACK FOR THE LAST POSTS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED.

JUST A QUICK REMINDER, I AM NOT THE FOOD NETWORK, THEY ARE GOOD, JUST NOT UP TO MY LEVEL YET. MY RECIPES ARE SIMPLE BUT ELEGANT, MY MOTTO. THE OVEN TEMPERATURES IN MY RECIPES ARE FOR CONVECTION OVENS; IF YOU ARE USING A STANDARD OVEN ADD 20 DEGREES AND ABOUT 20% MORE COOKING TIME. MY PHOTOGRAPHY ISN’T PROFESSIONAL, STAGED, OR PHOTOSHOPPED. EVERYTHING IS REAL TIME RIGHT AS IT IS MADE. ALMOST LIVE. ALMOST LIKE YOU CAN SMELL WHAT I’M COOKING.

ANYWAY – – –
WE ALL GO OUT TO EAT AT SOME POINT, RIGHT ? WELL HERE ARE JUST A FEW THINGS THAT ANNOY ME WHEN I DINE OUT, AND THEY ALL FALL UNDER THE CATEGORY OF ANNOYING RESTAURANT TALK.
SCREAMING KIDS, MOBILE PHONES, LOUD MUSIC, PEOPLE WHO TALK AND CAN BE HEARD BY EVERYONE.
HOT FOOD SERVED ON COLD PLATES AND COLD FOOD SERVED ON HOT PLATES.
SERVERS THAT ARE UNWELCOMING AND MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I’M IMPOSING ON THEIR TIME.
WOBBLY TABLES OR CHAIRS.
SERVERS WITH POOR PERSONAL SANITATION PRACTICES AND ARE CONSTANTLY TOUCHING THEIR HAIR OR SCRATCHING THEMSELVES.
WHEN A SERVER BRINGS YOUR ORDER AND IT IS DISCOVERED THAT YOU RECEIVED THE WRONG FOOD – IT REALLY PAINS ME WHEN SAID SERVER PROCEEDS TO ARGUE WITH YOU AND TELL YOU “NO, YOU ORDERED BLAH BLAH BLAH” – DON’T ARGUE WITH THE CUSTOMER, JUST MAKE IT RIGHT !
DIRTY MENUS WITH DISCONTINUED ITEMS AND / OR MISSPELLINGS.
AND PERHAPS MY LARGEST ANNOYANCE – – – WHEN A SERVER ASKS “ARE YOU FINISHED OR ARE YOU STILL WORKING ON THAT” ? WORKING ON THAT ? SERIOUSLY, I AM NOT AT WORK WHEN I’M DINING OUT, I AM TRYING TO ENJOY A MEAL. I LEFT WORK AT WORK.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING. ENJOY YOUR MEALS.

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