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December 11, 2006

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Meg

What a great post. I spent years working as a server and was always in awe of the symphony on the other side of the counter.

Kari Hoffman

"I can't understand your friggin' language!" - I can't even imagine the frustration. I feel like it would be hard enough to do your job if they were all speaking Engish!

Miss you, Kari

Mlle Smith

I can't get over how brave and dedicated you are for hanging in there and doing this. C'est incroyable!

catsfleur

Hi,
I have been reading for some time.
Obviously, one can not keep up this pace forever... What is the shelf date of a chef in training in this kind of environment? How can you sustain a relationship working this many hours?
I guess I am just wondering how you are holding up? Maybe not so well since there hasn't been a post from you for awhile

L'Amerloque

le 25 décembre 2006

Hello Mrs Glaze !

Computers probably won't be used anytime soon in France in many places that are labor intensive. Each order – or each hairdo, at a hairdresser's, for example – leaves a trail which can (and is) used by the taxman to levy taxes.

Frequently, to calculate the "number of setttings served" in a resto, the French taxperson will base his/her calculations on the number of paper napkins purchased, or the number of cloth napkins sent out to the launderer's. (smile)

Merry Christmas to you and yours !

Best,
L'Amerloque

Karen

Hi Amy! Thanks for another insightful post. I never considered all these nuances that keep the kitchen machine oiled. Through your blog I've learned so much about the rich tapestry of restaurant life (warts and all!). Amazing that a thin wall can separate a four star dining experience from the pressure cooker of "the kitchen".

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What is the shelf date of a chef in training in this kind of environment? How can you sustain a relationship working this many hours?

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