It’s the little things that make all the difference in life.
While none of us can know “the secret of life,” when you’ve been around as long as I have, you discover some of life’s little secrets. Here are some of the more practical ones I’ learned from working behind the scenes in food service - the industry I started out in:
- Dont eat ballpark food during the first quarter or first three innings of a game; it’s usually left over from the game before.
- Don’t eat airport food or airplane food; most of it is cheaply and poorly-prepared. Bring your own food on flights.
- Don’t eat fish or sushi on a Sunday; it’s likely a few days old, as the last delivery was probably Friday, and maybe even Thursday.
- Never order a special when a similar item is on the menu and don’t go for the similar dish, either. Don’t get the salmon francese, nor the grilled salmon, when they’re both on the menu. That might well mean the chef is trying to move all the salmon since it’s getting old.
- When you walk in a restaurant and they tell you you’re going to have to wait, walk around the joint and see what stage of the meal most of the tables are up to. Dessert? Getting the check? Do most of them not even have food yet? That’s the way to tell the real waiting time.
- Tip the valet or parking lot attendant on the way in rather than on the way out on way out - you’ll be rewared with a great spot, and maybe even your car waiting for you when you come back.
I’ll be back with more Little Life Secrets in upcoming posts.