monkey dishesI've always wondered wether our name "monkey dishes" was a regional or universal thing -- you know those little bowls that hold a single portion of coleslaw or sauce when served on the side? I was suprised to learn that "in the weeds" was universal.
I also submit:
dish monkey -- dish washer
schwag -- all things vile
daycare -- server coping with unruly children
big red -- unruly server, often related to daycare
yo' mamma -- trash room
"breakfast" or "that time of the morning" -- drinking at or after work, regardless of the hour.
car payment -- take a five dollar salad, add a half-portion (3 oz. or so?) of grilled fish or chicken and voila! a twelve dollar salad (and several other instances of outrageous markup)
special of the day -- managerial aproval to throw spoiled food/broken equipment away, as in "what should I do with this expired fish?" -- "Make it the special of the day."
"Wake Up!" -- the practice of one crazed kitchen manager who, when he thought the line was slacking, would throw a handful of Ice in the fryer.
I hope most of you don't identify with this list. These examples are taken mostly from my first job in a kitchen. The rest of the staff was so bad that I went from dishwasher to line cook in two weeks -- and I was sixteen. Very illigal and very improper. Truely a horrible kitchen -- I'm amazed nobody was, to the best of my knowledge, killed. Often a whole lot of fun, though.