I’m a fan of Kate Takes 5’s Listography, but I’m not a frequent contributor, as I can’t always find a food angle to squeeze into the topics. This one was easy peasy: Bad Combinations. There are plenty of those in the food industry, so here goes…
1. Good Food / Bad Service
Don’t do it, people. If you’ve taken all that trouble to come up with a good product, don’t go and kill it by p!ssing your customers off. It’s more irritating than split infinitives to a grammarian, and it leaves a bad taste in the mouth. (And if you’re a customer who has experienced bad service, please tell the restaurant. Otherwise it just encourages the b@stards to keep going.)
NB: Sorry, I realise I sound a bit grumpy today! Wonder why that is. Anyhoo, back to the list…
2. Blonde hair in your food / Black hair on your head
It ain’t mine, and I ain’t touching it.
3. Chocolate / Peppermint
I remember a wonderful evening that Frangelico and I had with Cinnamon and Prince Charming. They had recently moved to North Carolina, and as we were visiting, took us out to a fabulous dinner. Everything was going swimmingly, until a beautiful warm chocolate soufflé appeared. Before I knew what was happening, the waiter had fished out a teaspoon, drilled a hole in the middle of the soufflé, and poured a cold peppermint cream into the centre. Nooooooooooo…..! Cue Truffle carrying out an operation to rescue the luscious chocolate from the icy throes of the peppermint.
4. Queuing for a table at a rated dim sum restaurant / Seeing the waiters walking in from the street, carrying M&S carrier bags with microwaveable dim sum packets visible within
Yes, I saw it. Yes, I still remember where it was. Unfortunately, since I didn’t snap a photo as evidence, I don't think I ought to risk a defamation suit by telling you who the perp was.
And finally, if I might take some liberty with Kate’s rules, I’m going to finish with a good combination.
5. Good Food / People You Love / Everyone Having a Fabulous Time (and Not Fighting!)
Because, in truth, that’s what some of the best and most memorable food experiences are about.