I probably shouldn’t write about pet peeves, I mean who really cares? But, I need a minute to rant. Is it just me, or have people in the U.S. forgotten how to eat with utensils? And, I’m not talking about sushi, cous-cous, Ethiopian cuisine, or other ethnic foods. I’m also not talking about young people who lack proper dining etiquette. I’m talking about patronizing a fairly nice restaurant and noticing a very well dressed women in her 50s, shoveling pieces of omelette onto her fork with her fingers.
As a result of that episode, all I do now in restaurants is stare at customers while they eat. Only it’s worse. I play this little game when someone sits down – I look them over, and based on their appearance and manner, I make a decision about whether or not they will use a knife and fork properly. And, guess what? My diners do not disappoint. Many eat in a way that grosses me out. I want to run over to their table and say, “Can you please use a knife and fork when you eat.” After all, there are still knives on the table when you sit down in a restaurant, so obviously they are there for a reason. Frankly, I don’t care what people do in the privacy of their home, but in public, use a knife and fork P-L-E-A-S-E.