Nice video about the staff meal of world’s best restaurant, Noma in Kopenhagen
One of my favorite brands is Illy caffè! I love the promotion of their quality and sustainability, it was a big inspiration for me when I was working as QESH-engineer for a local coffeeroaster. In this interesting documentary you see the fascinating world of Illy Caffè
And if you understand Italian or just want to see some nice images of Florence, Illy has made this movie to promote their ‘artists of taste’ with the beautiful barista Paula of Odeon Bistro
Blogpost NOT endorsed by Illy
Always difficult, pairing food and wine. But Winefolly has a nice infographic!
I read this in a book and I wanted to share it with you!
Over the last few years I have insisted that my students spend one minute in silence after they swallow the wine. I use a “60-second wine expert” tasting sheet in my classes for students to record their impressions. The minute is divided into four sections: 0 to 15 seconds, 15 to 30 seconds, 30 to 45 seconds, and the final 45 to 60 seconds. Try this with your next glass of wine.Please note that the first taste of wine is a shock to your taste buds. This is due to the alcohol content and acidity of wine. The higher the alcohol or acidity, the more of a shock. For the first wine in any tasting, it is probably best to take a sip and swirl it around in your mouth, but dont evaluate it. Wait another thirty seconds, try it again and then begin the sixty-second wine expert
Wow!!! This is cool! The Food Timeline:A-Z. A lot of information about food and the history of food. Stuff every waiter should know !
This weekend the CrazyWaiter spent his time spending assisting a friend who threw a party. Of course I concentrated myself on the food and beverage with serving his guests and friends. When J. asked some weeks ago for help to plan how many drinks he should buy for his party, I made a calculator. I’m happy to share it with you. You enter the values in the yellow and the blue cells, and the list to buy will be visible in the pink cells.
As always with calculatingmodels, the quality of the output depends strongly on the input. If you enter 40 guests during 6 hours, don’t be surprised that you can bring back 75% of the stock to the shop when there are only 25 guests during 3 hours. Luckily we could get the money back, but what a pity that we had to spent this money on a parking fine – never felt so stupid BTW, when I entered the right data, the shopping list was very close to what the people had consumed in reality :proud:
The party was nice, but it is over now, so here it is…
(Disclaimer: use it wisely and at own risk. CrazyWaiter is not responsible etc. etc. etc.)
Once I was a food technologist with specialisation quality management. I’m still fascinated by the term quality: what is quality really. And what distinguishes top quality (the best of the best) from good quality and bad quality. And how to see, feel or taste those differences.
Not only of services, but also of products and food. Now I’m into olive oil. It’s triggered by an episode about Ollive Oil from a Dutch Television programme ‘Keuringsdienst van Waarde’ (it’s in Dutch, from 13:50 they are going to taste in an Italian sensory lab where things are explained by a very cute Italian lady – maybe she was the real trigger;)).
It’s a huge business and there’s a lot of marketing involved and also real scam. They show beautiful Italian pictures in the publicity while the oil is relative cheap Spanish oil. (in fact the marketing-’lies’ is what the program tries to uncover)
The first info to start with is Wikipedia. Good portals are olives101.com, oliveoiltimes.com and all-about-olive-oil.com. Here you find tips and tricks how to taste and how to set up a test. It continues with a description of the tastes and flavors in olive oil. I’ve put some other intersting links about this topic at delicious (and it will grow the following days)
The best way is of course to go to a shop where they sell a lot of olive oils like I did yesterday (without the knowledge I found today). You’ll find a lot of things in common in the different oils but also a lot of differences which makes it cool and really nice to discover. I’m going to Sicily in 4 weeks (yes!) and of course I try to do a olive oil tasting under the Sicilian sun!
Normally you’d describe a wine by his taste or terms on a flavour wheel. Peter Klose, a luxury restaurant owner and founder of the Academy for Gastronomy has desscribed a new flavour theory to describe wines and match them with food. In this blogpost I describe this system very briefly. Maybe too briefly, so when you’re interested, I advice you to read the extensive English summary which can be found here or even better the original thesis (which can’t be found online, but maybe in the university library nearby).
The central part is mouthfeel. There are three parameters to describe food and beverages in this system
Foods and drinks can be classified with the three above-mentioned parameters. Contracting mouthfeel, coating mouthfeel and flavour richness can all be scaled from low to high. Combining these parameters give 8 combinations, which is visualized in the three-dimensional model below: the flavour styles cube
|flavour style||primary flavour factors|
|contracting mouthfeel||coating mouthfeel||flavour richness|
|3. balance fresh||High||High||Low|
|7. balance ripe||High||High||High|
Flavour is what wines and food have in common. Thus, the same descriptors can be used. This leads to new guidelines for the paring of food and wine. Basically, good combinations are found if the flavour profile of wines and foods resemble one another. In other words:
Culinary success factors
The research of mr. Klosse also showed that there are six characteristics for a successful combination of product characteristics of a restaurant dish. (‘palatability’). When applied to the recipes in a hospital in Danmark, the patient satisfaction with regard to food has risen very much.
Source and copyright: Peter Klosse: Food and wine matching – a new approach, 15 Oct 2008, retrieved at http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a200810141.html at 11 March 2011. Outline by the CrazyWaiter
As a Dutchman, I always to try sell Heineken if guests want a bottle of beer. Now I know how to serve it.
(this post is not endorsed by Heineken)
Nowadays, as waiter (esp. when working in a buffetrestaurant like me) you don’t do a lot of preparations at the table. However, one that I like to do when I have time is making the classic vinaigrette for the salad. It’s easy, you can make some show and above all delicious! Gordon explains how to do it…
Read also this highly informative weblogpost about Olive Oil and Balsemic vinegar!
As restaurantworkers we are partly and indirect responsible for what people eat. And although we (especially as waiter) have a little bit influence, I think it’s good to be aware that there’s a new health problem. The next generation (read the kids who are eating in MY restaurant are expected to live 10 years less than me.
Jamie Oliver, an English chef made me aware of this. I don’t know how I’ll put his words in practice, but I’ll keep it in mind. His wish:
I wish for your help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.
You can support his wish here http://www.tedprize.org/jamie-oliver
A Mojito is traditionally made of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime, sparkling water and mint. The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint or “Yerba buena”, a much lighter mint variety very popular in the island. Its combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus and mint flavors are intended to complement the potent kick of the rum, and have made this clear highball a popular summer drink.
When preparing a Mojito, lime juice is added to sugar (or syrup) and mint leaves. The mixture is then gently mashed with a muddler. The mint leaves should only be bruised to release the essential oils and should not be shredded. Then rum is added and the mixture is briefly stirred to dissolve the sugar and to lift the mint sprigs up from the bottom for better presentation. Finally, the drink is topped with ice cubes and sparkling water. Mint leaves and lime wedges are used to garnish the glass.
When I’m on holiday I never take breakfast in the hotel when possible. It’s always to expensive for what you get, in comparison with taking a coffee and sandwich in the city (I only do city trips). But this breakfast buffet in the Intercontinental in Vienna is amazing!
PS Und herzlichen Dank IC Vienna fur ihnen Link nach mein Site in ihren Facebookgruppe!!!!
Although I worked for a coffeeroaster, I can’t make a decent cappuccino. (luckily for this we have a full automatic machine at work) Those who are able to do it, can find a new challenge in their life. See this video!
You can also find a lot of inspiration at Art in My Coffee. Here you’ll find hundreds of photos of Latte Art!
If you have to do someting, then do it with flair. I posted earlier some flair bartending from TGI Friday’s, and above is a video made in a bar at Piazza Baberini in Rome. It seems difficult to master, (and I bet it is) but bartender Chris made an impressive weblog full of instruction video’s how to do flair bartending. Worth taking a look at it!
Now I’m going to share you my frustration of the day: guests who are eating in your restaurant and when you’re ready to take the drink orders (all the food is on a buffet in ‘my’ restaurant) the *only* thing they are asking is a jug of tapwater. No wine, no sodas, not a bottle of water but only a jug of tapwater. Aarrghh!!! I hate this phrase! Sometimes I feel my eyes rolling and my chest moving of stress and in my mind are always some horrible scenarios uprising I’ll never do with the water but really want to do. (Use your fantasy ;)) Sometimes it has to be visible to the clients but it’s just a reflex, can do nothing about it.
My micros and later the bill shows CARAF D’EAU EUR 0.00 and that hurts because I have to polish the glasses, I have to walk to the bar and back, I have to smile and I have to pour the water in the glasses.. all for nothing! I know, they pay a lot for the food, tapwater is better for the environment and the water quality is average to good (I’m used to Dutch water which is far better than in the place where I live and work, especially in summertime) but it still drives me nuts working for nothing. (read: earning nothing for the boss – yes, I do care about his earnings)
Maybe I shouldn’t put ice in it (the cold masks the bad taste) or ask the clients “you’re really sure you want to take this?” with a face like they are going to be very sick. But I’m afraid it won’t help and hey, it’s just my job. I have to deal with it, frustration or not. And tomorrow it will be:”Can I have a jug of water”? “Yes, of course sir”. But you’ll know better
Today I had to make a Margarita cocktail and I have to admit that I didn’t know how to do it. (I said to my colleagues “I’m a stupid crazy waiter, not a smart barman” – but this is nonsense of course I really believe you should have knowledge of everything).
Rub the rim of the glass with the lime slice to make the salt stick to it. Shake the other ingredients with ice, then carefully pour into the glass (taking care not to dislodge any salt). Garnish and serve over ice.
Foto: Akke Monasso, CC BY SA3.0
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