Thursday, 26 March 2009

"Blagging, lying and whinging..." Crikey, did I say that?

I have a little mention in this month's Restaurant Magazine. I'm complaining, as usual, about restaurant uniforms this time. The piece by Tony Naylor is about the never ending delight/horror of restaurant work wear and what have you. It's good work and Tony is good people, not just cause he wrote it and name checked Well Done Fillet. I believe the phrase was, "highly amusing". Cheques in the post Tony.



I managed to pick up the last copy in Easons, which was a relief. I like to think my 85 words of wisdom and bitterness helped drive sales for them. I like to think it, it's not true, but I like to think it all the same. That said, picking up the last copy wasn't as easy as it sounds as I ended up doing the magazine stand two-step with, as it turns out, one of Belfast preeminent restrauteurs and chefs. I wanted the last copy of Restaurant magazine and he wanted all the food magazines. All of them!! From Melons Monthly to Cupcakes Digest he scooped the lot. You could have set our dancing to music, probably something jaunty and Gay Gordon like, as we switched sides and crouched and jumped around each other with all the skills of Fred and Ginger. I was Fred before you ask.

Anyhoo, Restaurant Magazine, I'm in it, get it bought. Available from all good magazine stands, dancing chefs not included.

24 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

wendy said...

But don't go getting all big-headed over the fame.

Some of us have been reading your eloquent observations a lot longer than those buzzards.

Cheers.

Manuel said...

wendy: Moi? Big headed.....? Ha! My head is huge.....but not for that reason...

ninetyninewords said...

"Pans - our guide to the best".

Yep, hooking up a subscription right now....

Manuel said...

99 words: That smells like sarcasm to me....I hope your scrambled eggs stick to the bottom of your pan.....ha

ninetyninewords said...

Was it the skinny one with blond hair or the one with no chin and a neck like a hippo?

Medbh said...

Yay for your expert input!

My complaint with the shirts were that the button fronts are made far too large for women. At one place the shirt tails fell to my mid-thigh. so I had to take scissors to them all and cut them down just below the waist. Otherwise it would instantly add the appearance of 5-7 pounds to my mid-section.

Manuel said...

99 words: neither of those actually...but I did enjoy the second description...but this one is a v good chef...

medbh: cheers matey. they never ever consult the staff when it comes uniforms.....and this is why they are always so poor....

sassysundry said...

I have bad memories of my food-service shirts. My bra showed, and all the boys made fun of me. Later, they only wished . . .

sassysundry said...

Hope the mention lead somewhere....

MJ said...

Is there a centrefold?

PRyin said...

Fair play Manuel, must be a pleasant feeling having your expertise quoted. I remember that post and nodding solemnly in a agreement from my own past experience.

And to boot, Tony is a damn wise man. I was out to brunch last weekend and our waiter had a colour-faded, ill fitting shirt, logo of the restaurant stitched in to the pocket, tucked into a long but overly tight apron with the previous eatery's logo on it. I've never felt so confused and alienated!

Just messin'. Good work.
; ]
(Smiley face forgives all!)

Manuel said...

sassy: oooh hows the head today? yes poorly made shirts do tend to expose bras etc......so not cool

mj: yup, big pat.......sorry not pat, Pot.....hahahaha

PRyin: actually that sounds like me....

Conan Drumm said...

I suggest you photocopy "Pork's Potential - Cheap Cuts and
Full Flavour" for your butcher buddies. They could use some alliterative help with their jolly japes.

Manuel said...

conan: bwahahaha...no the less contact the better....in-order-pay-out......no room for jolliness.....

Jill said...

If you don't mind me asking do you get paid for such work? You should get paid.

Manuel said...

Jill: paid....Manuel works for love and free publicity but not for money.....alas....do you want to give me some money? seriously

Jill said...

Money? Me? My dear I probably have less than you.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Next will be a tv appearance. I know it!

Manuel said...

steve: oh crikey no.....I already turned down some radio..twice....

jill: down the back of the sofa.....always cash there....especially bill gates' sofa.....ha

Old Knudsen said...

I don't see a mention of Old Knudsen, remember you'd be a nobody without me.............. er more of a nobody.

I got a mention in 'Guns'n'Hoors weekly' you should check it out I did of course mention you.

Belfast Plate Carrier said...

Sure, Manuel, it's the apron's fault you can't walk at speed or climb stairs...

Sooz said...

Would "Fred and Ginger" be a sneaky wee clue as to who the restauranteur in question was?!

Manuel said...

sooz: no, no it's not at all......but good try.....

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