Monthly Archives: February 2007

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The Hurting Folk

The lunch rush has come and gone. I’m sitting in the back sipping espresso and reading the newspaper when Rolando, our fabulous Chileno busboy, interrupts me. “You got a table up front,” he says, unenthusiastically. “How many?” I ask, looking over the top of my

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The Waiter Speaketh!

I was a guest on Evan Kleiman’s radio show Good Food, hosted by Southern California’s own 89.9FM KCRW. The link to the show is here. I’m on the later part of the program but please listen to all the guests, it’s a great program. My

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Tipping the Bus

Rolando, our fabulous Chileno busboy, is so busy acting fabulous that he’s neglecting my tables. I’ve been fetching bread and butter, refilling waters, and clearing my tables all though lunch. I’m not above doing grunt work, but Rolando’s getting a healthy chunk of my tips

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Counting Coup

“Hey maricon,” the sous chef yells. “You gonna pick up your food or what?” “Where”s the food runner?” I reply. “He’s sick.” “Goddammit,” I mutter. “I still don’t know what the food looks like.” “You better learn,” the sous chef grumbles. “I got no time

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Valentine’s Day Disaster

For restaurants, Valentine’s Day ranks with New Year’s Eve as one of the busiest night of the year. The horrible weather the Northeast and Midwest experienced today meant many couples stayed home and had candlelight dinners and thats because they’re snowbound and without power! I’m

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Diadem

I’m walking down Eighth Avenue. Its freezing out. I should get a cab but I feel like walking. I’ve been preoccupied lately. Cold weather always clears my mind. I pull the black watch cap I’m wearing down over my ears and push towards my destination.

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Equal Time

One of my readers emailed Joe Badali’s about the paycheck withholding imbroglio and received this response via email The reader posted the email in the comments section but I’m reposting it here. I can’t vouch for it’s genuineness but I think it’s only fair to

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Diner

My Dad came up from Pennsylvania to see a basketball game. He has season tickets. I go with him. After the game we stop at a diner alongside a busy highway for a bite to eat. My father orders chicken soup and a triple-decker sandwich.

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Comrades Eh?

A reader sent me an interesting article from the Toronto Star. It seems the minimum wage in Canada went up 25 cents to $8 an hour. For tipped workers, like waiters, the minimum increased 20 cents to $6.95. One Toronto restaurant, Joe Badalis, seemed to