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Doughnuts and doggy bags

I'm still day-dreaming about the snack I had yesterday afternoon: cool, smooth bitter-sweet blood orange juice with a plain sugar doughnut, the sugary crunch of the crystals and lovely contrast to the gentle tartness of the juice.

The other week, the BBC had an article on how British people do not take away their leftovers when they've ordered too much food in a restaurant. Choice quote:
Even a swanky restaurant like the three-Michelin star Waterside Inn in Bray would give you a bag, although it admits it has never actually had such a request.

"If they did ask, the customer comes first so we would do it," says Gina Curtis, secretary to chef Alain Roux.

"I don't think they will ever ask, they have too much money to ask."
I keep thinking about this. Surely it would be more likely that their patrons just wouldn't expect a place which doesn't do takeaway to have takeaway containers? I would think people with "too much money" would be much more likely to ask to takeaway their leftovers at the same sorts of places everyone else would expect to be able to, at least in the US.

I would be rather surprised if many three-Michelin star restaurants in the US stocked takeaway containers for those who over-ordered, frankly. But do enlighten me if otherwise!

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ms_cataclysm
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Some of my favourite restaurants offer a small plate /large plate choice of portion sizes or sharer plates so you don't end up with unwanted food in the first place.

The place where we had our wedding lets you choose your steak size before it gets cooked and the home made pies come in child, mini and standard sizes. They're also cool about sharing puds and starters or having starters as main courses.

I'm not sure how practical doggy bags are if you're not going straight home to a fridge -say if you're away for the weekend or on holiday which is when we do most of our eating out. There's also the doggybags themselves which will end up in landfill.

owlfish
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
I feel certain I have been offered takeaway containers of the rest of my meal in this country in situations where I had no fridge or freezer to store them in.