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Stevens Jul 20, 2001 09:40 AM

A trivial matter maybe, but I noticed when I dined in several nice restaurants around Montreal and Quebec, that every time I ordered a cold drink, whether it was iced tea or lemonade or a soft drink, it came with two straws. I was alone, so it wasn't meant to be shared. I thought I'd mention it and comment that it seems like a quirky custom. Just in case you dropped one straw?

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    mrranchcuisine RE: Stevens Jul 20, 2001 10:56 AM

    what was the diameter of the individual straws?, perhaps if the diameter was insufficient to allow adequate flow, two straws were needed to ensure proper rate of fluid delivery.
    oh the french oah oah oah.

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      Stevens RE: mrranchcuisine Jul 20, 2001 11:22 AM

      They were fairly standard, maybe a little on the thinner side, 1/8". But I could have easily made do with one straw. Using two straws only makes you draw up air in between. Maybe they like it that way!

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        Amod Lele RE: Stevens Jul 20, 2001 04:23 PM

        My impression was always that with two straws you simply get more liquid in a single sip. I kind of like it that way.

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      K. McB. RE: Stevens Jul 20, 2001 11:07 AM

      On the straw subject, is there ANYWHERE you can buy paper straws? I searched the net aad found nuthin'.

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        mrranchcuisine RE: K. McB. Jul 20, 2001 11:12 AM

        you can order them from your local restaurant supply house. or food supply wholesaler. they are cheap but you will have to buy at least 1000

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          zora RE: K. McB. Jul 20, 2001 09:54 PM

          I'd love to find paper straws. In the school cafeteria, I used to make "oboe reeds" out of them. You flatten the top and cut off the corners of the flat edge, forming it into a point. Then blow the "double reed" and honk away. If I punched little tiny holes in the body of the straw, it was possible to change the pitch and play annoyingly nasal little tunes. Really annoyed the teachers...

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            Pat Hammond RE: zora Jul 20, 2001 10:09 PM

            oh my god, I used to do that too, and I was a percussionist! Thanks for the (in my case, ancient) memory. pat

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          Shmingrid RE: Stevens Jul 20, 2001 11:42 AM

          They do this because in english-speaking Canada only one straw is used. Have to be different.

          This reminds me of my utter confusion regarding straws when I moved from Ohio to Maryland. In Ohio, straws are always "served" either completetly "naked", tucked in the drink, or completely "clothed", served on the side. Here in Maryland, they insist on having the best of both worlds. Straw is served already tucked in the beverege, but the portion of the straw above the water-line still wears it's paper. Is this to insure that nobody has taken a sip from that straw previously? Is straw re-use such a problem on the east coast that it justifies such paranoia?!?! Nonetheless, I found it a cute and quaint custom. Then I started waiting tables. I got yelled at six or seven times on my first day for not leaving the paper on the top portion of the straw. It took a few days to learn just the right way to rip it, and in that time I managed to provide many a chuckle to the locals - who seemingly come out of the womb with this skill.

          This is quickly moving into "NAF" territory...

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            rossi RE: Shmingrid Jul 20, 2001 12:16 PM

            Leaving the tip of paper on the inserted straw is to give the illusion that it is more hygenic -- didn't touch the mouthpiece with yer fingers

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              AliceJ RE: Shmingrid Jul 20, 2001 12:22 PM

              "...but the portion above the straw's water-line still wears its paper."

              NYC's eateries do that, too. Probably done for the same reason every motel has a strip over the toilet - "Sanitized for your Protection." lol!

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