Menu Etiquette—or lack thereof

Have you ever gone out with friends, chatted up the table and realized that the waiter is taking their sweet time to get to you? You must be thinking, “Man, this server stinks!” Little do you know, that just like bad breath wards out potential suitors, your menu etiquette, or lack thereof may be to blame. It’s funny, even as an American, I too have to learn certain acceptable behaviors. I remember being at a restaurant with one of my best friends. We sat there, took our time randomly glancing at the menu and kept swapping stories about the horrors of high school. As I kept yapping about a cute guy named Conor May, I saw my friend giving me the stink eye. I quickly quipped, “Oh my gosh, this waiter is taking forever, right?” As I was looking for a signal of approval, she asks, “Are you ready?” I quickly responded, “yeah?!” then she annoyingly says, “then close your menu!” Baffled by her odd request I asked, “why?” Well, with that question I opened the door for a very unwelcome lecture on how for the most part, waiters will not approach a table until all menus are closed. Apparently, this is the universal signal in the food world for “Hey, I’m hungry and I’m sooo ready to order.” Much to my dismay—but proving her point—the waiter rushed to our table and said, “Well, it looks like you’re ready to order!” See? We can all learn something about this little anecdote, are you hungry and want to be waited on? Then close your menu and stop hating on the poor server! Your friends and tummy will thank you!

Downtown Art Walk

Do you love art? Do you love food? Then join us every 2nd Thursday of the month to visit the Art Walk in Downtown LA! Downtown Art Walk is a monthly showcase and celebration of galleries, artists, restaurants, shops and small businesses. It is a self-guided tour located between intersections of 4th and 7th Street and Spring and Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles. The tour started in 2004 and now has over 50 galleries with over 25,000 people visiting every month! In comparison to Museums, the Downtown Art Walk is much more interactive and allows visitors to view art and art exhibits at their own pace while exploring the heart of LA. But wait! There’s more! The Downtown Art Walk also has FOOD TRUCKS! Food trucks are restaurants-on-wheels! It is a great way to explore the variety of ethnic food that LA offers with Angelinos’ flare and style! Sign up at the front desk today to visit this exciting event! Check out this picture from the Downtown Art Walk website!   http://downtownartwalk.org/downtown-artwalk/

Student Blog: Restaurant Reviews!

Today, the Advanced class wrote reviews for restaurants they have visited. Great job, Andrea and Silke! Kentucky Fried Chicken by: Andrea Everyone who watches Southpark loves KFC or at least they think they will. So did I even I hadn`t tried it ever before. I was superexcited when I found out there was a KFC right next to my motel. On my first evening I forced my roommate to go there. She was trying to convince me not to go because she didn`t like it at all…I should have listened. After we arrived I asked the guy at the counter what he would recommend (shouldn`t have done that but at least he was friendly). I can`t remember exactly what I was eating but I guess it doesn`t really matter because everything was the same except they looked different. I love chicken, I relly do, but after I took the first bite this changed immediately. Ican`t describe the taste but it was just DISGUSTING. Greasy, not cripy at all, dry…just everything you don`t want your food to be. After, half the plate we left and went back home and now the best part of the story. Back at home I still had this smell all over me. Sleeping was not possible that night. My stomach was going crazyand I had to throw up all night long. That has happened only once before because of an McRaclette but at least that one was good when I ate it.     Panera Bread, Santa Monica By: Silke If you like to eat healthy but also fast food go to Panera Bread. Try their fresh salads, if you prefer with some meat as a toppin, their soups or choose one of their tasty sandwiches. Order one of Banera Breads Iced Green Tea as a … Read more

Food Blog: Bay Cities Deli

Bay Cities (http://www.baycitiesitaliandeli.com/door/) makes some of the best Italian sandwiches in town! I didn’t discover it until recently and I am still mourning all the years that I lived without this deli in my life. Plus, you can eat there for under $10! How can you beat that? Read below some great advice by Elina Shatkin from the LA Weekly Blogs about what and how to order. “Bay Cities Deli makes two dozen sandwiches but the one for which they’re most famous, and justifiably so, is The Godmother. Stacked with no less than five kinds of cold cuts — that’d be Genoa salami, mortadella, coppacola, ham and prosciutto — and a slice of Provolone, the sandwich comes on dense, chewy, wonderful Italian bread. Should you get mustard and mayo on your sub? Purists will tell you — and we agree — NO! All it really needs is a dash of oil and vinegar. At Bay Cities, that means: order it with the works but ask for them to leave off the mayostard. You can get it small ($6.25) or large ($8.15), but even the “small” Godmother is a mother. It’s cool and salty, dense and filling, and definitely one of the better Italian subs in town.” (Psst… The Godmother is my favorite too!)