This was a big week in Food News. First off we had Queen Danaerys Targaryen celebrating the defeat of the army of the dead with a Pumpkin Spice Latte. In a scene where every major character is celebrating their victory and drinking yards of ale, a coffee cup is seen in front of The Mother of Dragons herself. So even though you probably thought that the first Starbucks opened in Seattle, you were wrong. The first Starbucks opened in Winterfell.
According to Chef Massimo Donato, the customer is not always right. When a customer asked for “Parmesan” cheese on his Crab Ravioli in a Salmon Cream Sauce, he was refused. When he went to TripAdvisor to complain about it the chef responded and told him he should put the cheese on cow dung and that they will never allow cheese on seafood pasta. As someone who has worked extensively in Italian restaurants, the protocol is usually to advise the guest not to put cheese on it but if they want to, they are the ones paying for it. If someone wants their $120 Porterhouse Well Done, you give it to them, if they want grated cheese all over their $25 Pasta, you give it to them as well. It’s not so much that the customer is always right(because in both cases, they’re wrong) but that the customer is paying and if that’s what will make them happy, then so be it. Just know if you do order something like this, the entire restaurant staff will be making fun of your awful palate behind your back.
In this weeks edition of “First World Problems” Wine Professionals are complaining that they simply cannot live in a world without a white wine emoji. Taking such stances as “How can I Instagram my Domaine LeFlaive??? How will people ever know what I am drinking without the proper emoji” to “Lady Gaga has a song Grigio Girls, do you think she texts red wine bottles when she talks about it” One wine auctioneer has even called it “The Mueller Report of the Wine Business”.
Finally, The Serious Eats Staff published an article of their most unpopular food opinions. Tom and I discussed which ones we agreed with and which we didn’t. Check out the segment for all of our answers, and the original article here