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Mar 29, 2012 08:36 AM

Bizarre restaurant behavior [moved from General Topics]


A friend told me about a bizarre incident she witnessed at a restaurant.

It was Sunday brunch & the buffet line had just opened. She was near the front but noticed that after several minutes the line wasn’t moving. When she looked ahead to see what the holdup was she couldn’t believe what she saw. The first person in line would take a serving spoonful of a dish, bring it to her nose & take a good long sniff before putting it on her plate. She did this for many items on the line. I don’t know if there were items she put back if she didn’t like the smell but the visual on this is scenario is appalling.

I used to eat at buffets more often but stories like this have “curbed my appetite” for buffets.

Do you have a bizarre story to share?

  1. Not anything as gross as what your friend witnessed. I would have left the premises at that point. People are so clueless. I have witnessed a young girl opening jarred salad dressing in the grocer and sniffing, right in the aisle. This was years ago, and I think jars are generally sealed better than they used to be.

    My bizarre experience happened in a "buffet" line at Sweet Tomatoes a number of years ago. After loading his tray, the fellow ahead of me put his fork, knife and spoon in his shirt pocket, before fumbling around in his pockets, pretending to have lost his coupon. I saw through his stupid deception, as did the cashier, but why would anyone put silverware in one's shirt pocket right before sitting down to a meal? Weird, very weird.

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    1. re: sueatmo

      I sniff soap, deoderant and detergent at the store and melon and pineapple to check for ripeness but never prepared food.

      1. re: melpy

        How do you tell if the soap, deodorant, and detergent are ripe?

        1. re: Just Visiting

          I did some marketing research a few years ago when I was consulting for a beauty-products manufacturer...I don't remember what the exact number is, but it's something like 75 or 80% of us sniff shampoos and detergents before buying -- so smell is absolutely crucial in that industry.

          (as an avid unscented girl, I was pretty amazed at that number)

          1. re: sunshine842

            i'm an unscented girl too, but i do sniff deodorant to make sure the manufacturer's definition of unscented matches with mine.

            i'm with melpy above. i smell pineapple, sometimes melons and other fruits.

            1. re: Emme

              very big difference between smelling fruits to see if theyre ripe at the store and smelling dishes at a buffet line!! IMO you SHOULD smell fruits at the store

        2. re: melpy

          the only ripeness i check in conjunction with deoderant is myself.

        3. re: sueatmo

          I very often put the cutlery & napkin in my pants pocket (or shirt if I'm not wearing pants) in order to be able to hold my plate and serve myself. Not weird at all.

          ETA: Just reread your posts. OK, why anyone would do that AFTER they're done serving themselves..... nope, don't get it either. Perhaps for the 'fumbling around' performance.

          1. re: linguafood

            I probably wasn't clear. At Sweet Tomatoes you choose the ingredients for your salad, going down a "buffet" line, and then you get your cutlery. This guy put his cutlery in his shirt pocket, which I've never seen anyone do. I mean he had a tray, which would have held his cutlery fine. To me it was weird.

            1. re: linguafood

              tray or plate I too put my cutlery in my shirt/jacket pocket (no I'm not swiping it), but how would that change his tab? beats me. I just hate stuff rattling around.

              1. re: hill food

                It didn't change his tab. The only reason I noticed the cutlery in his shirt pocket is because he was trying to convince the check out person that he'd lost his coupon. He never had a coupon. It was a deception. I had plenty of time to note the cutlery in his pocket while he was patting his pockets, and looking around on the floor. If others stick their cutlery in their pockets, then I guess I'm wrong about it being weird. But I've never seen anyone else do this. And if Mr. Sueatmo did it, I'd be embarrassed.

                1. re: sueatmo

                  ahhh gotcha - I used to have to set up office buffets and never understood why some folks put the cutlery at the start (not in this situation I know) but I did get really ticky about it as maybe I don't need a knife until I see what I'm getting, hence my pocket habit. ok I kinda read the coupon thing as a chit situation, you know one from table B and two from table A and tallied accordingly. he was just lame. there are better ways to pull a scam. and over that I'd just honor the non-existent coupon with a caveat for next time.

                  1. re: hill food

                    Heck, in somewhat similar situations, I often forget to grab that napkin with the flatware, until I have returned to my table. I just excuse myself, retrieve that material, and then return. That has happened, whether the flatware was at the beginning, or the end "of the line." That is just me, I suppose.


                  2. re: sueatmo

                    i wouldnt be surprised if he had lost a coupon... i get a sheet of sweet tomatoes coupons in the mail every week!

              2. re: sueatmo

                I don't quite understand the scenario you're describing but at buffets where they take to flatware when they clear the dirty plates I frequently put the flatware into my front shirtpocket as I am walking around the buffet lines deciding what to put on my plate. Or if it's a situation where you pick up the flatware yourself at the beginning of the line the flatware always goes into my pocket because it's easier to carry that way.

                1. re: sueatmo

                  Actually, I have dined with men who have put their silverware into their pockets, just to keep their hands free. So I don't think it's uncommon. It wouldn't surprise me at all.

                  1. re: jeanmarieok

                    OK. If you've got a tray of food, and you are about to pay for what you've loaded on your tray, and you put the cutlery you've chosen in you shirt pocket, I capitulate. Its normal. But really, I think its weird.

                  2. re: sueatmo

                    My DH is used to many receptions - you need to hold your plate and your glass of wine with one hand to be able to shake hands with other people or to eat with just a fork in the other hand while standing up and talking to other people. He's so used to that behaviour that when he is at a buffet, even if it's a sit down meal, he just sticks his (clean) silverware into his front jacket pocket to keep one hand free at all times. I've seen many of his colleagues, or government employees and diplomats do the same thing automatically.

                      1. re: sasicka

                        sasicka - that reminded me, the late Italian designer Joe Colombo designed a line of glassware for cocktail parties so that one hand could hold a glass and a small plate so the other was free (granted his idea was so the other was free for a cigarette, not greetings - he died of lung cancer at 41)


                    1. I can't say for sure if it was just bad salad bar behavior or how this guy rolled in general, because it was a first date @ Bad Food Heaven, The Sizzler. (Strike one..)

                      He proceeded onto the salad bar and composed a gorgeous salad. I mean really, really pretty. It was large, but he was selective with an eye to taste and presentation, and then he ladled a good pint of Thousand Island dressing. He proceeded back to the table where he:

                      Took a steak knife and fork and commenced to mince mince mince mince his salad into itty bitty, teeny tiny shreds. Not a leaf left unturned. He minced stuff that was already minced. I mean, that plate was mooshy. (Strike two)

                      And then he picked up the soup spoon....

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                      1. re: mamachef

                        Heheheee. I think strike Two would have been the excess of 1000 Island, tho maybe he had gained back strike one with the pretty arrangement.

                        1. re: mamachef

                          Going OT here, but too many salad preps are just not cut well enough. They often feature half a head of lettuce.

                          Going back many years, I was conversing with a Michelin two-starred chef (Europe), and his comment resonated with me. "If a guest needs to cut his/her salad, then I have not done my job." In the US, I feel that I must cut the salad into bite-sized pieces, though in much of Europe, that is not the case.

                          Every time that I am served a half-head of lettuce, I think back.


                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            my Grandmother of French heritage maintained a salad ought always be able to be folded on the fork with just the one utensil. if additional cutting was required it was made wrong and if a guest (uhh her sons-in-law) decided to do anyway, well, she felt a little insulted.

                            I think there are exceptions, I like the retro wedge of iceberg and bleu. but I'd provide frickin' steak knives to make life easy.

                            1. re: hill food

                              you're *still* supposed to neatly fold your lettuce with a knife and fork.

                              Drives me batty, but I do it because when in Rome etc etc etc

                              1. re: sunshine842

                                "supposed to"? I have no choice or she'll haunt my dreams and a knife used at all with a torn (not cut, torn) salad was unspeakable

                              2. re: hill food

                                That was essentially what my Euro-host friend contended. "If a diner needs to cut my salad, then I have done things incorrectly."

                                In too many restaurants, at leas in the US, one must cut, and cut, on any salads. That is not a good thing.


                                1. re: Bill Hunt

                                  I appreciate (or rather am frustrated by) that. I still posit it's OK with a 'wedge' salad but then what Euro-zen would serve one?

                                  1. re: hill food

                                    I agree with both of you. I've had a wedge of iceberg with rich blue cheese dressing, and how else would you eat it? I used a knife and fork. But generally, restaurant salads are tossed together with all sorts of sizes of stuff. Often I think the sloppiness of the salads reflects how the chef really thinks about vegetables--no respect. Occasionally, I have had a salad of mixed greens that the preparer probably poured out of a bag directly onto a salad plate. Sometimes a resto does salads pretty well, though. And I expect much better and really high end places, at which I eat perhaps once a year.

                              3. re: Bill Hunt

                                "Going back many years, I was conversing with a Michelin two-starred chef (Europe), and his comment resonated with me. "If a guest needs to cut his/her salad, then I have not done my job." In the US, I feel that I must cut the salad into bite-sized pieces, though in much of Europe, that is not the case."

                                Then perhaps you should chose to dine in better restaurants while in the USA. I cannot recall the last time I had to chop up my own salad in the USA.

                                1. re: Fowler

                                  oh, I doubt you're going to find many people who dine in higher-tier restaurants than Bill and his bride, at least from what we can gather from his posts.

                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                    ya i was thinking that too....bill seems to be doing ok in the restaurant department

                                    1. re: cookmyassoff

                                      Then he must feel compelled to chop his salads while dining out for other reasons. :-)

                                        1. re: cookmyassoff

                                          Do you typically hack away at your salad while dining out?

                                          1. re: Fowler

                                            I don't know about anyone else but I have occasionally encountered a slice of cucumber that is gargantuan and must be cut in half.

                                            1. re: John E.

                                              i think that a lot of times, even in the "best" restaurants, salad doesnt get the attention that it deserves. i think a lot of chefs maybe just see salad as something to hold diners over until they get their entree. because, contrary to what fowler may think, i have been to some excellent restaurants, with amazing entrees, but the salad was more of an afterthought. i appreciate a good salad, cut properly :) with good, fresh, thoughtful ingredients. the freshly made, table side caesar seems to be disappearing.

                                              1. re: cookmyassoff

                                                I agree -- it's just filler more often than not, and that's too bad. A well-made salad can not only be a meal, but a wonderfully tasty and satisfying meal!

                                            2. re: Fowler

                                              why is the state of Bill's lettuce such a point of contention for you?

                                                1. re: sunshine842

                                                  "why is the state of Bill's lettuce such a point of contention for you?"

                                                  It is not a point of contention. I just thought it rather odd considering he said, "Every time that I am served a half-head of lettuce, I think back."

                                                  I cannot recall the last time I was served a half-head of unchopped lettuce in a salad. How about you?

                                                  1. re: Fowler

                                                    u dont really get the subtleties of sarcasm do u?

                                                    1. re: Fowler

                                                      then you should count yourself fortunate to have found such a state of nirvana that you've never received a single piece of lettuce that was larger than you wanted to try to stuff into your mouth at one time.

                                                      The rest of us can only hope to attain such a level of bliss.

                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                        lololol....thats awesome....state of salad bliss : )

                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                          Please do not diss my bliss. :-)

                                                          You are quite funny, by the way. I always enjoy your posts, sunshine842.

                                                          1. re: Fowler

                                                            A wedge salad (iceberg lettuce) would usually require a knife to slice. If the iceberg's fresh from the field, the sweetness can be a joyful treat.

                                        2. This one involved my in-laws. They used to frequent a Sunday buffet after church on Sundays.

                                          My MIL would bring a number of plastic containers with her in a tote bag and after they were done with the meal, would go through the line one more time and fill up those containers to take home.

                                          This was before her dementia hit, but she always could play the "little old lady" card like no one else.

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                                          1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                            Back in 1989, ex wife went to a local buffet, and was seated at a table next to one that had 2 women with large shopping bags. Ex observed the women bringing plate after plate of fried chicken wings to their table and dumping the wings into large plastic bags in the shopping bags.

                                            Ex went to the buffet to get wings and there were none. She asked the manager when more wings would be coming out and manager told her the restaurant had gone through the allotted amount for lunch and wouldn't make more until supper hours.

                                            Ex told the manager that he'd better go empty out those shopping bags of stolen wings, AND cook fresh for the other patrons.

                                            The manager actually had some B*LLS, he went to the women with the shopping bags, pulled out the bags of chicken wings, ripped them open and dumped the wings on the women. Manager told them they better start eating all the wings or he'd have them arrested.

                                            The women fled, the manager made fresh wings and refunded my ex's meal.

                                            Unfortunately, they closed the restaurant about six months later, couldn't keep up with the food walking out, lost too much money.

                                              1. re: bagelman01

                                                You get the "Best Buffet Horror Story" Award. No joke

                                                1. re: bagelman01

                                                  Years ago, I used to go to a "Mongolian" barbecue place in LA where they had an all-you-can-eat option for $10 if you ate everything you took, but $20 if you had any left over. And the waitress would walk around eyeing the plates and remarking that we'd better finish everything.

                                                  I never saw anyone charged the higher amount, but I think it did stop people from loading up without knowing that they could eat it all or thinking they could take some home for another meal.

                                                  I thought it was hilarious, but some people were really offended. My thought was that if they didn't like the all-you-can-eat option they should merely order a la carte... or go elsewhere.

                                                  1. re: drongo

                                                    Interesting idea, but I think being charged double if I don't finish everything on my plate might make me want to take a serving spoonful of each dish, bring it to my nose & take a good long sniff before putting it on my plate.

                                                    Just saying....

                                                    1. re: svnirvana

                                                      That is hilarious! I love the reference. This topic has some great humor with the horrors!

                                                      1. re: svnirvana

                                                        Yeah... that's why I think they never charged extra you if you had a little on your plate that you didn't like. But the policy probably prevented people from piling up a plate without knowing that you were likely to eat it.

                                                        1. re: svnirvana

                                                          Lol :P

                                                          I've been to an all-you-can-eat hotpot place that had an "extra charge for leftovers" policy but it was only $5 or something, not double the price. And I never saw them enforce it.

                                                          At the buffets I've been to I don't know if they have such policies in place but I generally take a minuscule spoonful (or 1 single piece of things like dumplings or garlic ribs) of stuff that I've never had before to make sure if I like it or not before I take more. I've yet to find a food at a buffet that I disliked to the point that I'm unable to finish 1 bite. I do understand that other people are pickier though...

                                                        2. re: drongo

                                                          I used to go to a similar place that charged by the bowl, as opposed to by the ounce/pound from the vegetable bar, and you let you take leftovers home. People (myself included) had intricate methods for fitting as much food into a bowl as possible. The most common method was to line the bowl with vertical pieces of broccoli or zucchini to raise the height of the bowl by an inch or two, then start filling with densely packed layers of other vegetables. I'm sure it would look odd to an outside observer, but worked quite well since everyone was doing it.

                                                          1. re: mpjmph

                                                            Hah! The cafeteria at my employer used to have a salad bar charged by the bowl, and there were employees very skilled in the art of basket-weaving using celery and other long thin salad items to get huge salads into the smallest bowl.

                                                              1. re: Quine

                                                                Heheh. Very good. Some of what's in that video is more like bricklaying using salad pieces rather than basket-weaving.

                                                                Rather ghastly mixture -- peaches, salad dressing, peas, lettuce...

                                                                Some of those people are absolutely shameless about using their hands and cross-contaminating the serving spoons.

                                                          2. re: drongo

                                                            They solve that problem at the local Mongolian BBQ place here by allowing customers to fill only one bowl of stir fry stuff. Sauce is a second bowl. Interesting to wasn't until an American restaurateur opened up a Mongolian BBQ that they had such food actually IN Mongolia. That whole thing about Mongolian warriors cooking food on their shields is complete B.S.

                                                          3. re: bagelman01

                                                            That is just bad form.

                                                            It is akin to attending an "All You Can Eat" event, and then"stealing" many, many servings.

                                                            Sorry to hear that such goes on, but am not surprised. One family member, who could have well afforded it, would steal tissue paper from the bathroom, and place it into her purse. Again, bad form.

                                                            Still, that is apparently how some were raised?


                                                            1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                              Now I'm starting to feel guilty for swiping Fritos from the college cafeteria by having a plastic bag in our backpacks.

                                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                A server told us a funny story about the customer -lone female- who ordered her 3 course early bird special from him and asked for it to all come at once (salad, entree and cake). She had a couple bites, then when he was distracted at other tables got busy. She called the server over after a few minutes and told him when she had gone to the bathroom everything was taken off the table by the busboys and her dinner was gone.

                                                                The server was horrified and immediately ordered her a new meal. But her neighboring table ratted her out and told them to look in her shopping bags. In there was the whole meal, plates, silverware, napkins and all.
                                                                It could be a South Fl legend but on the other hand it's likely based on truth!

                                                                1. re: smartie

                                                                  In South FL, I'd take it as the god's-honest.

                                                                  1. re: smartie

                                                                    Oh, bad, bad form.

                                                                    There is just no accounting for some folk's actions.

                                                                    At least I seldom have to deal with them.


                                                                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                      Well yes, bad form, Dishonest is the work that comes to my mind. But I have to say that this story sounds like urban folklore to me. Perhaps someone with direct experience will correct my impression.

                                                                      1. re: sueatmo

                                                                        well the server told me it had happened where we were eating that night (Jewish deli) and my daughter used to work there as a server and she told us some hilarious stories, so it may well be true. The server knew me as his ex co-worker's mum so it didn't feel like a made up story.

                                                              2. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                This was not at a restaurant, but earlier this year, we went to a crab feed. For those that have never heard of them, they're very common fundraisers in parts of Northern CA that usually feature salad, bread, some kind of pasta or starch, and all you can eat Dungeness crab, usually for $35-45 (2012 prices) per person. Tables were set family-style, and at our table, there were these two little old ladies who, after filling themselves with the offerings, continued to crack crab, accumulating a couple of mounds of crab on their plates that probably weighed a couple of pounds each. When all the crab was gone, they produced zippered baggies from their voluminous purses, and stuffed them full of the crab to take home.

                                                                What really frosted my cookies was that neither one of these women is exactly hurting for money. One is the wife of one of the most prominent businessmen in the community. The other is my daughter's orthodontist's mother. I don't think either one of them thought what they were doing amounted to theft from the church (the fundraiser's beneficiary).

                                                                1. re: ricepad

                                                                  Well, at least they'll be going to hell for stealing from the church :-D

                                                                  1. re: ricepad

                                                                    I have seen similar, at my country club's "Lobster Fest," where lined purses were used for lobster tails and claws.

                                                                    Going back, we hosted an event at our home. The caterer had 400 lobsters, and we only had 275 guests. Almost immediately, the lobsters were all gone, and many of the guests had not been served! We did not frisk the guests, as they were leaving, but I would guess that some had lobsters stuffed into their underwear.


                                                                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                      "...some had lobsters stuffed into their underwear."

                                                                      No, they were just happy to see you.

                                                                      (cue rimshot)

                                                                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                        Ya know, I'm tempted to say that if you're willing to smuggle a cooked lobster in your undies, just keep it...and if you've smuggled a LIVE lobster in your undies, you've earned the right to eat it!

                                                                        1. re: ricepad

                                                                          You make a great point - I certainly do NOT want it back on the platter, no matter how clean the undies!

                                                                          Stuff it in your shorts, and it is definitely yours - no questions asked.


                                                                    2. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                      Recently at a Chinese buffet I watched a woman take about two dozen almond cookies and load them into a bag in her purse. I wondered if they were that good, but of course there weren't any left to try!

                                                                      1. re: AmyH

                                                                        Having been to many Chinese buffets (mostly when visiting the folks in Arizona) I can almost assure you those almond cookies were not worth the effort that lady made to steal them. Thankfully, due to heart conditions by the old folks down there we no longer go to said buffets.

                                                                        1. re: AmyH

                                                                          The most disgusting buffet behavior I ever saw with my own eyes; An older woman in her 60s-70s I would guess took a small teaspoon out of a small dish of coconut sauce that was there to spoon the sauce over some small tempura shrimp… she then proceeded to stick the entire spoon in her mouth, go mmm… put it back into the dish, grab another spoonful, pop it her mouth, then picked up the entire dish of sauce, poured it all over everything on her plate, rice, shrimp, etc. then put the freshly licked spoon back into the sauce, and went to the next item in line. I grabbed the dish, and called the man behind the counter over and told him what I witnessed. He then took the dish away, brought out a fresh one. As soon as I saw that woman head back to the buffet I immediately told the man behind the counter, he then intercepted her just as she was going for round 2 of the sauce. So gross, people that do that should be banned from buffets.

                                                                            1. re: cookmyassoff

                                                                              If you are ever in Fort Lauderdale, be very careful at the Makino Japanese Buffet, Be on the lookout for spoon lickers.

                                                                              1. re: gryphonskeeper

                                                                                i dont get it, who the HELL thinks its ok to lick a spoon at a buffet? what in the world is wrong with people?

                                                                                1. re: cookmyassoff

                                                                                  The woman in gryphonskeeper's story might have been older than in her sixties, and she might have had dementia. Even if she didn't have full blown dementia, she could have had the severely impaired judgement that often precedes dementia. Her companions should have been monitoring her behavior. Its really too bad about stuff like this. It was right for GK to alert the restaurant staff, I think.

                                                                            2. re: gryphonskeeper

                                                                              And here, I thought that the "Double-Dipping" Seinfeld episode was somewhat gross.

                                                                              Luckily, I have never observed such behavior, but maybe I was too far back in line... [Oh No!]


                                                                            3. re: AmyH

                                                                              Not in a buffet, though in a Chinese restaurant in New Orleans, we were the honored guests for several friends' weddings. These were "traditional" Chinese events, in a family member's very large and wonderful restaurant - 600 seated on three floors.

                                                                              We were seated at a 10-top, and one of the attendees was a wonderful, older family member. She took us (my wife and me) under her wing, as we were a tad lost in this very long, large and involved meal. We had also expressed our desire to "go beyond" the restaurant's normal Westernized fare (great, but now we had stuff, that we had never heard of, nor experienced).

                                                                              The first three, or so dishes, were rather "Westernized," and three couples at the table grabbed the platters, and emptied them onto their plates.

                                                                              <<of course there weren't any left to try!>>

                                                                              On about the fourth, this elderly family (family of the bride) member leaned over, and whispered to my wife, "let them take it all. You will not like this dish." They did take it all, and we sat, with still empty plates. They were not empty, because of the portions, as each platter was more than enough to feed our entire table.

                                                                              On the next dish, she again leaned over, and said, "you will like this dish." She proceeded to call the server in Chinese, and she, my wife and I, got first dibs. The other guests got a share, but not like what they had been dumping onto their plates.

                                                                              That scenario played out again, and again. If the dish was much more "traditional," she let them go at it first, but if not, she got it, and had us served. IIRC, we had 15 courses, prior to desserts.

                                                                              I would NEVER take all of a dish, unless a server was standing there, with a new bowl, for those behind me, or around my table. However, others could seem to care less.

                                                                              For the next two family weddings, we were seated with that same lady, and she continued to work with us. Bless her!


                                                                          1. My mom was going through the line at a salad bar and had loaded up her plate with a pretty tasty combination of salad ingredients. As she was nearing the end of the bar, she took a baby carrot from her plate and dunked it into a salad dressing crock. As she brought it to her mouth, the carrot hit an obstruction: the clear plexiglass sneeze guard! What was particularly funny was that after my mom left the initial salad dressing smear on the sneeze guard, she tried AGAIN, and left a second smear! My brother's then-GF, who was right behind Mom, nearly wet her pants laughing.

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                                                                            1. re: ricepad

                                                                              I can just picture it - I don't know if I would have been able to compose myself for the rest of the day from laughing. Great image.

                                                                            2. I was working at a Mr. Gatti's Pizza back in the mid/late 80s and saw a little boy get a spoonful of chocolate pudding from the salad bar, wolf it down directly from the spoon, and place the spoon back in the pudding. I haven't eaten from a buffet since.

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                                                                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                Was there not a Seinfeld episode, involving "double-dipping?"


                                                                                1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                  a renowned one (and I didn't even watch the show while it aired)

                                                                                2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                  When we were little, my brother got excited by a bowl of pastel mints at the hostess table at a restaurant and immediately dove his hand into the candy bowl. My father, slightly mortified, sternly hissed "Daniel! Use the spoon!" My brother turned around, shrugged his shoulders, dipped the spoon into the bowl and ladeled it directly into his mouth.

                                                                                  1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                    That's classic. But you gotta' admit, Daniel did what his father told him to ;)

                                                                                    1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                      Ah, the "mint bowl." I am old enough to recall those.

                                                                                      We had to use the spoon, and then ladle out, maybe five, into our hand, and be satisfied with those. Nothing more, or less, was allowed.


                                                                                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                        the powdery pillow shape ones or the swirly "creamy" ones?
                                                                                        doesn't matter - both speak of an era that i can picture as i read the spoon-mint story above - very funny

                                                                                        1. re: Georgia Strait

                                                                                          By my memory, they were the... wait for it... "pillow shaped" ones.

                                                                                          Some years later, those were often replaced by the mint + chocolate ones, in foil. Cannot recall the name now, but they had two versions. Both were rectangles, and one was mint on top & bottom, with chocolate in the middle, while more often, they were chocolate top & bottom, with the mint in the middle.



                                                                                              1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                Yes! At my age, memories seem to blur.

                                                                                                There were two versions: on with two chocolate and one mint, and then two mint, and one chocolate.

                                                                                                Thank you,


                                                                                            1. re: Georgia Strait

                                                                                              Ours were the pillow ones as well. I miss those mints!

                                                                                              1. re: Georgia Strait

                                                                                                ya werent those pastel pillow shaped mints called butter mints?

                                                                                              2. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                There is a fish house near me that still has a bowl of these on a table as you exit. I can never resist:-)

                                                                                              3. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                ahhh the pastel butter mints... mmmm. i used to watch my grandfather pocket nearly the whole bowl into his pocket with one grab of the fist. This is, of course, the man who made a 4 hour 8-9 course meal out of a trip to the Souplantation (the salad course, the bread course, the baked potato course, the pizza course, the muffin course, the fruit course, the soft-serve course, the dessert course, and the after dinner mint course he deftly pocketed for later...)

                                                                                              4. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                uh, hello parents? control ur kid. geez.