So you’re out for drinks, dinner, brunch, whatever, and the check comes. All parties reach for their wallets, but one magnanimous soul says, “I’ve got this.”
Cue the obligatory back and forth:
“No, no, let me.”
“No, no, I insist.”
“At least let me get the tip.”
“No, really. I want to.”
and on and on it goes.
I especially dislike being on the giving end of this merry-go-round because when someone argues against letting me treat them, it dampens the moment. I can’t do it often, and if I’m trying to be nice, who are you to block my mojo? What we all really want is for the receiver to say, “Wow, thanks. What a nice surprise.” Or something to that effect.
But when the shoe is on the other foot, I’m just as guilty as anyone. So, a few years back I decided that I needed to get better about accepting generosity when it comes my way. I adopted a two round rule. When I’m on the receiving end of someone else’s generosity, I give it two solid, back and forths, after which I smile and love them up with a warm and heartfelt thank you.
But I want to know about you. How many rounds do you think is reasonable?
(I know all of us have encountered a special someone who never reaches for his or her wallet—those cads who expect the world to cover their bar tab. Let’s not talk about those people. They’re tools. This is about acknowledging generosity.)6 Comments »
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For 20+ years, Mi Piaci has operated under the banner that, We make it in house or we import it from Italy. Now they’ve added cheese to the “making it themselves” column. Currently hanging out with the bresaola, pancetta, pepperoni, salami is Mi Piaci’s new cheese ricotta salata. Made from whole cow’s milk, curdled, wrapped in cheese cloth overnight, soaked in milk and herbs for twenty-four hours, salt dusted, and hung for two weeks, Mi Piaci’s new ricotta salata is a delicious addition to the meat curing closet.
Last night, Lisa Garza debuted her new vintage-inspired apron line at Neiman Marcus Northpark. Intern Courtney Foreman sent us this post from the field:
As I walked past an array of pricey items at Neiman Marcus Northpark last night, including a pair of “diamond” heels for $6,000, I was welcomed to Lisa Garza’s launch of her new line of vintage aprons.
A champagne bar greeted guests as Garza, chef, designer and Food Network star, proudly presented both casual cotton and silk aprons in multiple colors, modeling one with a strapless red cocktail dress.
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From the press release department:
On April 23, Brackets will host a FREE adult Easter egg hunt and bunny costume contest (6 and 8 pm, respectively). Guests can enjoy drink and shot specials while hunting eggs filled with grown-up prizes such as gift certificates, drink tickets, tokens for free game play, candy, and one golden egg containing a voucher for one lucky participant to throw a keg party for 25 of his or her best buds. Throw on your favorite bunny suit or Easter gear because at 8 pm the best dressed bunny will receive a $100 Brackets gift certificate.
Though the picturesque area of Stellenbausch may be one of the most well know grape growing and wine making regions in the vast country of South Africa, there is a special gem not far outside of Cape Town against the Tygerberg Hills, making expressive, elegant wines from local vines.
Durbanville Hillsis about a 20 minute drive from the heart of Cape Town where acres and acres of luscious Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown. The region has been growing grapes for decades and selling off the juice to other wineries in Stellenbausch (about a 20 minute drive from Durbanville Hills) to be used for blending, though the juice had great character on its own and was destined to be more than a wine used for blending.
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Dishers, please welcome Daniel Walker to SideDish. Dan has a nifty new blog, deepinthegutof texas, and he has agreed to write a segment called “Eat This Now,” a weekly ode to one of his favorite foods or meals in Dallas. Today he makes me hungry by writing about one of my favorite desserts in town. Read it and eat.
Everyone knows that there is nothing more American than apple pie. After one taste of the brown-bag apple pie at The Place at Perry’s, I instantly felt the desire to watch a baseball game, tattoo my arm with a picture of a bald eagle, buy a Ford truck, and run for Senate. Ablaze with patriotism, I quickly realized, this is no ordinary apple pie. While the menu at The Place is chock full of exemplary items, it is this dessert that wins my heart over time and time again.
The set-up: As a culture, we seem to enjoy watching people fail far more than we like to see them succeed. In fact, in my line of work, it’s harder to really like something than it is to dislike or even revile it. The truth is that readers don’t trust a rave unless there’s a catch. Lucky for me, I have a lot of the former and enough of the latter for even the cynics to know I’m telling the truth.
A good number of people I’ve talked to have avoided Malai Kitchen in West Village because of some lingering association with the space’s former tenant, Tom Tom Noodle. Not having to battle against this particular preconception, I visited twice in the last week, once for dinner and once for cocktails.
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This Saturday Inwood Estates Vineyards will release the 2008 Cornelious Reserve at a party at their Dallas Winery near the design district from noon until 5pm. This wine is 100% Tempranillo from the Texas High Plains AVA.
Party Format: You will receive 1 free taste of Cornelious with a light food pairing. All other wine must be purchased whether by tasting pour, glass, or bottle.
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