Monday, June 16, 2008

Tipping is not a city in China

Rachel Ray’s $40 a day (and all you have to do is stiff your wait staff)
I just caught an old episode of Rachel Ray’s show, “$40 a day” and I remembered why I have such distain for this woman. It’s not just her forced excitement (you might actually try chewing your food before saying, “Yummo”), but the fact that her dalliances through each city only allows for a 10 percent tip to servers (even my grandparents tip more than that!)

This is not the way to travel. If you don’t have money to tip properly, then you don’t have enough money to eat out. Tip needs to be factored into the price before ordering. Why should the server suffer just because Wretched Ray decided to splurge on the red snapper?

I'm sure she imagines the peons fetching her food are lucky just to bask in her Ray rays, but I'm sure the short straw ends up waiting her table (worst sentence in restaurant rhetoric- “I’ll just have some water”). Not only is she stiffing the staff, but she is encouraging other travelers to do the same. It makes for an unappreciative way to see the country.


Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more! It's just terrible that she is schooling Ma And Pa Middle America on how to short change your server and be a complete pain in the ass in the process.

Just the other day I saw a bottle of Olive Oil (Um, why in the hell call it EVOO if you're going to say Extra Virgin Olive Oil anyway?) on the store shelf with her ugly mug and joker smile on it. I had to resist the incredibly strong urge to knock it on to the floor and say with a smirk, "Whoopsie, my bad".

She, to me, repersents everything that is wrong with the Food Network these days. She neither enjoys cooking, nor is she a chef or even a good cook. I just can't, for the life of me, understand why in the hell she is instructing the masses (with her "cook" books, television shows, and even a magazine for crying outloud!) on how to "cook", all the while only *very* thinly veiling (oh, the transparency!) her contempt for the process itself.

Lauren C said...

Thanks so much for your comments yeufie- I saw the same bottle and had to turn away in disgust!