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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Working at the Host Stand

Restaurant Host Life

This is that moment when you’re at work and there’s nothing to do, but your manager hasn’t cut you yet because they might need you. You sit there at the host stand waiting for a cue from your manager and servers. You see guests leave and you assume there’s a table to be bussed (that means cleaned off, for you non-restaurant folk). You go clean it, while narrowly escaping the throng that has formed around the bar. You remember that you’re slightly claustrophobic and definitely hate big groups of people. “Why am I working in a restaurant with a bar?”  Check that, two bars.

It’s ok, really

Now, I’m not complaining; I love my job. I just realized that I prefer brunch, when people are getting tipsy on mimosas and not milling around getting in my way of seating diners at tables. The challenge of my job could be restricted to strategy and a game of Tetris. If we didn’t have a full bar with a small amount of standing room I’d be happier here at night. But the restaurant usually isn’t this crowded. Private events made it so that more bar guests have crowded into the front bar, which is waaaaay smaller than the one in our lounge.

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Whining About Wine

Bye Bye, Whiskey

I really just want to learn about wine, but I can’t do that if I’m not drinking it with at least a little bit of frequency. My local bars don’t serve the best cuvees, but I have access to all the restaurants, wine bars, etc a girl could desire. Not to mention, all the wine stores, like Blackwell’s down the street from my home. San Francisco practically spoils me with the plethora of options and I need to take advantage.

It may be time for me to drop whiskey and Magner’s–my favorite cider–in favor of oenology. Drinking the same shit every day, just because it’s deemed “cool” and masculine is pretty lame. But I do it, even though I barely like whiskey. For some reason, people are impressed when a “little” girl like me can knock back a full shot, no chaser. Country songs have popularized the consumption of whiskey and tequila. And hip-hop and rap have popularized Chandon and other fancy drinks.

Hellooooooooooooooooooooo Wine

It’s utterly confusing when you have no idea what is going on with wine. I don’t know anything, except that I don’t like the tannic quality of Cabernet and that I do like Pinot Noir and Rose. I’m getting used to the flavors of a few different white wines as well, but I don’t know which ones I like, yet. Part of my problem is that the minutiae are a little lost on me. I used to think I was pretty good at recognizing different flavors and scents. Apparently, I’ve lost that talent… Or never had it in the first place. I know it’s a build-able aspect in my repertoire. Especially since I’m in love with a bartender and I work with some of the most knowledgeable winos in the business. Oh wait, I also harbor an affection for wine, same as most people who drink.

(I want these socks!)

 

Oenophilia

For the love of Wine

I was reminiscing today about the first glass of wine I ordered in a restaurant. I remember it had a strawberry scent and tasted so pretty, slightly floral and gently fruity. It was so perfect for a beginner’s first taste of wine that my boyfriend at the time took a sip and ordered a glass for himself. We felt so fancy that we even took pictures! All thanks to Beringer’s White Zinfandel…

I have been reading about wine a lot lately, specifically a book called The Juice: Vinous Veritas by Jay McInerney. It is a collection of his essays on wine and I have to say, it is really one of those collections I would actually read again. Most of the essays are articles he wrote for House & Garden and The Wall Street Journal. If you are a budding, or long-time oenophile, or if you just like to read about wine, this is a great book. I don’t recognize most of the wine varietals or winemakers he talks about, but reading his essays is making me want to learn more about them. I’ve never read a book like this before. I’m into it!

I have always had an affinity for Pinot Noir and Rose, but I find myself intrigued by all the different varietals right now, especially working in restaurants as a member of the front of house team now, being exposed to all the crazy options I never knew were available. Wine is the most, to say the least. I’ve never been a big beer or cocktail enthusiast, although I do love a basic whiskey or tequila at a dive bar. But wine has always had an appeal for me. My next step may be to actually take a wine class this year. I want to learn more and more, make it so that nobody could refuse me in their restaurant. I don’t need to become a sommelier or anything fancy, although it would be cool. Does anyone else have books on wine they would recommend to a budding oenophile?

Slainte–I’m off to Ireland!

First big trip

The boyfriend and I have been together for about two and a half years now, although it seems like forever already. I really can’t believe we’ve lived together for so long either. It’s been over a year that we have shared accommodations. It was unofficially at first, when he left his last apartment, but was still looking for his own spot. Then we decided to cast off our last attempts at maintaining sanity and get an apartment together, officially co-habitating. We’ve lived in our own place together since…March or something.

We’re finally going on a big trip together, after all that time! We’ve been on a couple of little trips together, mostly to visit my family. None of these trips were longer than few days at most. I think only one of them was longer than a day trip because we both work so dang much. But, we’re going on a big trip. This isn’t really an announcement, but I’ve been thinking about it pretty nonstop since we bought the tickets back in June.

We’re going to Ireland!!!

It’s offical, I’m finally meeting his whole clan. I’m so scared that I won’t be able to understand that many Irish people speaking with each other… I can barely understand a few at a time, but hopefully they will go easy on me and speak a little more slowly so I can keep up. Irish accents are super sexy to most of the world. When there is more than one Irish person in a conversation, I have occasionally gotten a little lost even though it IS English.

I’m also more than a little nervous about packing for this trip as I’ve never been before and I don’t want to HAVE to buy clothing in Ireland just because I was unprepared. I want to shop because I love shopping. Haha! In all seriousness though, I haven’t gone on a long vacation in years. I haven’t been out of the country in 10 years! If anyone has any tips for packing for this trip, all ideas are welcome. I’ve been scouring Pinterest for weeks, trying to get a sense of what other people would pack for this trip, but I just gather that everyone packs the same crap they’d put in a capsule wardrobe, which I suppose makes sense. It just seems like it’s gonna be a little colder in Ireland and none of the pinners have included any thick jackets or sweaters.
Does anyone have tips for me???

Annoying little urges

I’m not entirely sure why, but I always have this urge to start a blog post with the word “So.” And it totally annoys the crap out of me because I know better. I have a bachelors in English lit with a minor in writing. I KNOW BETTER. It’s just filler…but I don’t actually start a paragraph or blog post that way very often, I just have the urge to do it a lot.

Sooooooooooooooooooo………..

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