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Oct 27, 2009 09:08 AM

Beliefs Challenged By a Restaurant


I thought that after I had decided to omit foie gras but to continue with the rest of my omni eating ways I was immune from thought provoking challenges in diet and restaurants. The occasional sudden walk out when I saw a staff member hurt or humiliated followed from long held views on the general subject of abuse of power and bullying not anything new in my world. Recently I received a blow to this self image, of what (?)moral invincibility, from a strange quarter, and this has caused me some time to assimilate. I am wondering if any other of you have had restaurant experiences that have caused fundamental changes in your view of the world.
What happened to was reading a post in which a beverage was recommended who's name was Car Bomb. I, in the past, would never have believed that the name of a offering in a restaurant would effect me so that I would refuse to eat it or even eat at the naming establishment, but this is very much the case. After the first rush from reading the above I thought of possible props for allowing the name of a object of pleasure to be a currently used instrument of pain. I dismissed several - the owners of the restaurant advocate the ends and means of the users of autos in this manner and are directly using this offering as a way to glorify car bombs - ignorance of what a car bomb is and how it effects, changes, ones life - theses came and were rejected. There is a tradition of naming and referencing terrible events to make a bitter, satiric point, in literature from Swift to the Dead Kennedies, but where is the desire to make a legit point here? What is left?
(A second idea of some note occurred to me. If I were to set up rules for discussing food I would hope to avoid many difficult issues by asking that the talk stay on the food itself. This I have found from this example also has a limit for me that I never expected to reach that is a person could honestly recommends a dish who's name causes the first discussion to prompt non food thought. Here I think it is simply a matter of the a mistaken assumption of good faith on all parties violated by the restaurant.)
So what is your situation? Have you found yourself challenged by a restaurant?

  1. I have not found myself challenged by any restaurants I can think of. Just wanted to let you know that a Car Bomb is an extremely popular drink (at least in my part of the US). I'd have to cut out almost every restaurant/bar/club serving Guinness if I was taking a stand.

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      1. You are way over thinking this. I agree that real car bombs have destroyed many lives, but if you walk into any bar and ask a bartender to make you an Irish Car Bomb, 99% will know exactly what you are asking for and most (maybe not fine dining establishments) will make you one. This drink has been around for a very long time and I seriously doubt any restaurant or bartender is advocating terrorism by making one. Maybe it was a poor naming choice by the originator of the drink, but how can you honestly believe that an establishment would want to glorify car bombs by selling the drink?

        There is a history of making offensive cocktail names in the hopes that it will stick in your head and you will continue to order them. Maybe Sex On The Beach advocates public fornication. Maybe we should avoid bars that sell those as well?

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        1. re: Ali G

          Agree with most of the posters here. Back in the day it was something of a tradition to drink a Rusty Nail or three on the friday before Easter I always preferred to down a jelly bean.

        2. I think you can only answer what you consider a "challenge" by taking your business to another restaurant.

          As to the names of drinks, there are a lot of drinks with names that are offensive. Pearl Harbor as the name of a drink comes to mind.

          Ali G, I LOVE the name Sex On The Beach, hehe.

          1. The Bloody Mary is probably named after Queen Mary 1, who was called that because she had a mess of heretics burned at the stake. I am generally against the burning of heretics, but I've got to drink SOMETHING with my brunch, and I don't like mimosas. So what's a girl to do?

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            1. re: small h

              lol small h! I'd be happy to share my pitcher of Sangria with you.

              1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                Oh, that's very kind. But doesn't the word Sangria have something to do with BLOOD? We're right back where we started!