forum: Food, Wine and Gardening
- Member Occupation Chief cook and bottle-washer
- From Scotland
- Member since Mon 12 Sep 11
Re: Irresponsible restaurant shock
A lot of places won't heat up baby food for you because of safety policy - more to do with burning than food poisoning, I think, and it's not necessarily silly because catering microwaves can be very powerful! However, anywhere I've gone with a baby will provide a pot of hot water - just sit the jar or bottle in it for a while and it takes the chill off.
I rarely ask for a doggy bag - as someone else said, I guess it just isn't part of the culture here. However, on one occasion I did, and the only problem I encountered was that their safety policy didn't let them take the food back into the kitchen and package it, so they brought foil out to the table and let me do it myself.
I think theissue with huge portions in restaurants is quite a complicated one. Yes, we all bear responsibility for what we eat, but it's surprisingly hard to assess portion sizes when all the plates in the place are enormous. Even if you try to only eat what you need, it's very easy to overestimate. Also, if all the restaurants serve huge portions, it starts to shape your assumptions about what is a reasonable portion.
This isn't only the case in the USA - if you look up what recommended portion sizes actually are for different types of food, they seem shockingly small. That's because we've all been brought up in a big-plates culture. Our expectations of food are for large amounts, and our stomachs are stretched accordingly!
So it's less a question of an individual restaurant somehow inflicting obesity on its innocent customers, and more a subtle question about unhealthy cultural norms and how they get perpetuated.