Forgive us, but the only hunger games we’ve ever heard of come with tossing small, round foods into someone’s open mouth when bored. Or that one where we work out extra hard at the gym just to feel less guilty about the burrito we shove in after. To each his own, right? Play with us as we recap this week’s food blogs:
You know the people we’re talking about, those entitled, rude and almost unbearable personalities that can always be found in a restaurant yelling at a server, complaining loudly to their party and scoffing at the food in a haughty and ultimately embarrassing way. Frankly, these people shouldn’t go to restaurants, but rather therapy. Annie Lemon writes “Lemon’s Law” for Pen & Fork and this week has asked the tough question: Should a chef fire a customer? Granted, this is a little different than a server, but if a customer is constantly complaining about the food and sending it back, does the chef have the right to excuse them from the restaurant for good? There are two sides to the coin. On the one, a customer is paying for food as has a certain right to get what they want (and they are always right, aren’t they?), while on the other, a chef is control of the food on the menu, they planned it carefully and everything down to the last shallot is there for a palate pleasing reason. If you don’t like the clothing in a store, you wouldn’t continue to go there and buy it only to return in later, would you? Let us know your thoughts on the matter and read what others had to say here.
On a lighter note, let’s talk sushi. Perhaps the 11 favorite places in the Valley to get it courtesy of Chow Bella? We love their lists and we love sushi so let’s call it the best of both worlds. From Fresh Wasabi in Glendale, Sakebomber in ASU’s backyard to Hiro Sushi (a personal fave) and Sakana in Scottsdale, the list counts down places all over this wide metropolitan area and points out the best rolls to try when you get there. Why do we love Hiro so much? The same reasons Chow Bella highlighted, there are no frills and it’s family owned, you go there for quality food and not to be seen.
We already blogged about the addition of a new restaurant next to Grazie Pizzerria in Old Town called The House (squeal!), but that was months ago and more finite plans have come into play. EaterAZ has all the details on the drinks. Mixology has recently become a trend in the restaurant world and, as barman Kevin Olbricht of The Mission put it (pictured above), customers come in knowing more and so the bartenders have to step up their game. What does this mean for The House? Only that you can expect the best when it comes to your spirits when the place is finally open for business. Read more here.
Until next week, save the games for the children, my friends.