Originally Posted by gobblygook
I've considered toying around with a "chef's special" which would be a dish not normally served, with ingredients purchased for that specific purpose. An example would be a lamb dish, in a restaurant that doesn't normally serve lamb. In such instances, it's not "oh crap, I have too much x and need to push it" but rather a true special dish for that day.
Now I, by contrast, would like to see the reverse. A couple of years ago a chef friend and I were drinking and talking (and drinking), and we decided it would be great if in your little local corner restaurant you had two blackboards, one labeled "today's specials" and the other "yesterday's leftovers." The latter board would have what usually appears on specials menus, at really drastically reduced prices: honesty in advertising. The former would be stuff the chef thought of this morning and which he or she cooks with his or her own hands. I've never seen anyone actually do it, of course.
Originally Posted by Ishbel
Yes, it's Barksheer or Barkshah!
A few of the other pitfalls for foreigners include Leicester (pronounced Lester), Beauchamp (Beecham), Leominster (Lemster), Worcester (Wooster) and in surnames: Menzies is pronounced Ming(as in sing)-us, Gilzean is Gillan, Cholmondley is Chumlee and Marjoribanks is Marshbanks!
A few years ago, a local Boston TV news crew put together one of those tedious ads they all do: watch us, we're local, we know what's going on, you trust us, blah blah blah. But these guys were actually funny. They spent weeks filming little snippets of themselves standing in front of signs with place names, pronouncing them. The thing is, we've got a lot of those same ones you've got in the UK, and some of our own: Worcester (wooster), Leominster (lehminster), Quincy (quinzee), Gloucester (gloster), Billerica (bil'rika)....
So the commercial goes, "Watch channel X news --- we're local!" And then quick shots of the reporters standing there in front of the signs, saying things like, "wor-ses-ter," "lee-oh-minster," "quin'see," "glao-ses-ter," "bill-EH-rika".... Great ad. If you're not from around here, you'd never know anything was odd about it, but if you are (and have half a brain) it's hysterical.
Oh -- a note on "fresh frozen." Presumably the other possibility is that they waited until it was getting a little dubious, then froze it. Yum-O!