After giving it lots of thought (untold nights tossing and turning), I have decided I fall firmly into the “cross knife and fork” camp when it comes to removing empty plates. Here’s my logic:
I tend to eat fast, though I have slowed down as I’ve entered my er… waning years. Most of my dining companions eat much more slowly. If the server whooshes away my plate, I’m afraid everyone else will feel the need to rush. I know – I should slow down, but the food just seems to vanish.
On the other hand, there are those people who take an incredibly long time to finish anything. You all probably know someone who picks up individual peas, and then chews each 30 times? By the time they are finished, I’m asleep, face down in my empty plate. It’s not pretty.
So here’s my proposal: leave the plate until everyone is done, OR until I cross my knife and fork. That way, I can send a secret signal to the waiter, and pressure someone who won’t shut up long enough to eat. It’s my first step towards world domination, and you all can be part of it. Here are the final results:
- Wait till everyone finished
- Remove when empty
- Look for crossed fork/knife
- Who cares
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