Food & Drink 101 – Choosing

In the previous Food & Drink 101 article, we reviewed two practical ways to serve beverages. Today, we focus on a few time-honored tricks to choose like a pro when ordering at the deli counter, and also to help little children make their selection.

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Ordering sandwiches, wraps and salads for several people at the deli counter can be a challenge. The sight of fresh-made food immediately makes the mind jump from one favorite to another. Whether you are ordering with young children or with a group of friends, if you are on your way to a picnic or gathering you might feel like you just want to get it done and get on the road. And who could blame you?

Here is a simple strategy to turn your stop at the deli into a breeze, as much as possible. Not only this, but if you happen to stop during a busy time, this simple strategy can help the counter crew deliver your order in less time than you’d expect. One note: Wherever you shop for your deli food and baked goods, if there is a line, that is often a sign that this place is worth the wait. Now, here are a few tricks.

1 – Review the menu ahead of time – It helps to have a printed menu on hand, specifically for these occasions. Keep a few in the car and the kitchen.

2 – Decide – Have each person decide on a couple of selections. Having actually looked at the menu will help you recall what you wanted once you get to the counter, so you can shoot straight for the goal, so to speak.

3 –  And Children – For young children who might have a hard time making up their minds, verbally give them 2 choices for 2 different scenarios. Do this before entering the deli and place their order for them. For example: Do you like a chicken sandwich, or ham? (choice #1) and do you like a tuna sandwich or cheese? (choice #2). When  you get there, order choice #1. If the deli is out of certain ingredients, go for #2. And you already have enough info to improvise if need be.

Trick: When helping children make a selection, ask, do you LIKE…? Not do you WANT…? For many children, “wanting” does not connect well with envisioning a food experience. “Liking,” however, immediately awakens the senses.

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The Daily Cup – I’ll Have What She’s Having

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We all have our favorite spots where we eat and hang out with friends. We all have favorite go-to foods, the tastes and aromas that just mix perfectly with the spirit of the gang. This is our traditional food when Friday night comes, or the weekend, or the 4th of July. Here is what we suggest, just for fun. This week, if you plan on dining with friends, each order your food as you normally would. Get what you like. If you are ordering at a deli counter, you’ll want to keep each order separate for this exercise. Then, when the food arrives or when you get to your party venue with it, randomly switch plates or bags with someone else in the group. Even if you get something you’re already familiar with, this simple switching game has a significant impact. It creates a situation where you must make do with sudden change, but it also throws you a curve. We usually resist change. In this situation, since you are among friends, and you probably share similar tastes, change becomes an easy challenge to face, and enjoyable too. You never know, it could make you feel uncommonly daring the next time you face a real, sudden change of plans.

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