Aaron Collins, a computer technician from Lexington, Kentucky, passed away last year at the tragically young age of 30. In his will, he specified a unique last wish he wanted his family to fulfill: “Leave an awesome tip … I mean $500 on a fucking pizza.” His brother Seth took up the challenge, starting a website to raise funds to carry out his brother’s request. And then something crazy happened: instead of $500, he raised $60,000.
Seth decided to use all that money to raise the stakes on his brother’s wish. Instead of leaving just one surprise $500 tip, Seth is embarking on a cross-country road trip with the goal of surprising servers in all 50 states. He has already given out 54 huge tips, and is documenting all the server reactions on a website called Aaron’s Last Wish. Check out the video of the first tip above. I think it’s safe to say that Aaron would be very proud. [YouTube via Daily Mail]
Waiting tables is a tough gig. You have to mentally balance the requests and demands of countless customers at once. You have to physically balance plates of steaming hot food. You have to be on your feet for hours at a time with no breaks. You have to serve people like my great aunt, who have no qualms calling you “the help” to your face. I thought it would be interesting to see what servers had to say about the crazy world of working at a restaurant, so I asked a bunch of them one question: “What would you like to say to every customer who sits down at one of your tables?” I got responses from the people who serve your food at national chain restaurants, quiet cafes, and everything in between. Here are their answers, in their own words….
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At the recently opened Robot Restaurant in Kabukicho, one of Tokyo’s best-known red light districts, diners can watch bikini-clad go-go dancers perform or sit in giant, scantily-clad, custom-made female robot chairs as they enjoy their meals. I’m not sure what’s on the menu. Something that robots like to munch on, I presume. I’m picturing freeze-dried food for some reason. Bikinis and robots — a winning combination? Well, yes, if it’s a more sensual dining experience you’re in search of. [Vancouver Sun]
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An Australian restaurant, Wafu, has started charging diners who don’t finish their meal 30 percent more, after Chef Yukako Ichikawa got tired of her customers’ wastefulness. More accurately, those who clean their plate get a 30 percent discount, but it sounds less shocking to say it that way. Ichikawa’s dishes are all organic and free of gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs. She warns customers with a sign on the door that reads, “Vegetables and salad on the side are NOT decorations; they are part of the meal, too.” Ichikawa works to make everything as sustainable as possible and says that those who don’t finish everything shouldn’t bother returning. [Newser]
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Chef Daniel Angerer once kicked Bobby Flay’s butt on “Iron Chef.” But if you visit his Klee Brasserie in New York City and try one of his signature dishes, you might be a little surprised to hear about one of the ingredients—cheese made from his wife’s breast milk. “I prepared a little canapé of breast-milk cheese with figs and Hungarian pepper,” he told the NY Post. “It tastes like cow’s-milk cheese, kind of sweet.” All I can say is … eww.
In honor of Daniel, let’s take a look at some other truly questionable ingredients that chefs are pulling off as fine dining. Keep reading »
Low-output shower heads kind of suck and fluorescent lighting can make a girl look tragic really fast, so some of us justify our unwillingness to switch over and help the environment out just a little. But when the rare opportunity to stop taking total advantage of the planet while enjoying ourselves comes along, there’s really no reason to say no. On that front, may we present Partnership for the Environment, a website that helps you find environmentally friendly restaurants in your area and even tells you which exact aspects of the restaurants’ practices are treating Mother Earth so well. Given that we’re huge fans both of food and not watching the ecosystem turn into a flaming ball of terribleness all around us, we’ll be visiting often. Keep reading »
When you go on a dinner date, do you eat at a fancy restaurant with cloth napkins, multiple courses, and a sommelier on staff? Or do you stop at a hole-in-the-wall that serves what are supposed to be the best hot dogs in town? According to an article in today’s New York Times, stuffy restaurant dates aren’t the preference these days for many people.
In general, people have gotten a lot more casual over the years; this has certainly been reflected in dating. While I like wearing dresses, I’m definitely of the mindset that going to a cheap, hidden gem is usually much more fun and gives you a better chance to get to know someone than dining at a high-class establishment does (unless you want to evaluate his table manners). How can you even concentrate on getting to know someone when you have to think about which fork to use? Keep reading »
OK, yeah, I know what you’re going to say. Celebs, eat? Whaa? Last time I checked, Jen Aniston was a vegan/vegetarian/all-salad-all-day/raw foodist/no-foodist, that’s how she looks so freakin’ amazing in whatever pencil skirt or jeans-and-belt-combo she’s rocking today. (Or tomorrow, or yesterday…) Well, yeah—many stars have a strict diet they follow as well as an insane personal trainer on call to work off any extra ounce of pudge trying to lay claim to their hips—but I’m talking about what they eat when they make those grand gestures and venture out to the newest hotspot restaurant. You know, the restaurants you and I will never get into without having to eat dinner at 4:30 p.m. or 1 a.m.—places like Wolfgang Puck’s Cut in LA or The Waverly Place (pictured above) in New York City where just last night Sienna Miller, she of the bonkers closet fame, ate. Do you ever wonder what celebs chow on during their dinners out? (Hey, you either do or you don’t.) Here’s a list of celeb haunts and the menu item to order if you ever go on a date with Bradley Cooper and he leaves the “where” part up to you: Keep reading »
Cabbages and Condoms is a chain of restaurants in Thailand that also promotes safe sex, hence the word “condoms” in its name. The “cabbages” part is there because the vegetable is a staple of Northeast Thailand — and as a website about the restaurants says, “Now, if condoms could be as common and used as often, then some of the population and health problems facing Thailand could be overcome!” All the proceeds from the restaurants are used to fund social development programs of the Population and Community Development Association, which promotes family planning. I’m thinking a location in Times Square, right next to the Hawaiian Tropic restaurant/bar would do quite well. [SLI.UniMelb.edu.au via MentalFloss.com] Keep reading »