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What did officers eat for lunch?

Old 13th Jul 2022, 23:33
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At least at breakfast, you might avoid "Sweet or unsweet" (which starts not too many miles south of here).
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Old 14th Jul 2022, 05:39
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Originally Posted by BEagle View Post
As any AT/AAR world traveller who has visited the USofA will know, ordering breakfast in the US is a good grounding in resistance to interrogation. The aim of the game is to avoid being asked any questions:

"Good morning (name), it's a very nice day and we're ready to order!" Use of her name always invites a friendly smile!

"Two fried eggs please" positively invites questioning as the Americans seemingly have a vast number of ways of cooking the simple fried egg. So "Two eggs over easy" is the way of avoiding that.

The next question to pre-empt is "Ham, bacon or sausage?" Beware if you ask for sausage though - that might prompt the supplementary "Links or patties?" question.

Next comes toast. "White or brown" offends woke sensitivities, so it's best to go for "Rye toast please" - but we're not finished there, because you'll need to specify if you want buttered toast. That can prompt a "Regular butter?" supplementary - for the uninitiated, the alternative to 'regular' isn't low alcohol, lead free, low fat or somesuch, it's 'melted'....

Don't think you've aced it yet, because then comes orange juice, or rather 'OJ' - and that can be 'regular or large'...

Finally, don't forget "That's everything, thanks - and we'd like seperate checks please".

A silly crew game played in many a Holiday Inn or the like - but the delightful waitresses were always willing participants.
The easy way to win the game is :

"I'll have what he's having."


I won many beers with that line.
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Old 14th Jul 2022, 12:22
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Beags is losing. his mind it would appear.

No mention of Grits, Scrapple, Country Ham, Steak, Pork Loins, Pork Chop, Home Fries, Hash Browns, Biscuits, Gravy (Country, Pepper, or Red Eye), Hot Cakes, Waffles, Omelets (at least nine distinct choices by name alone), Corn Beef Hash, Apple Butter, Fried Bologna, Milk and Cereal. and then there is Coffee, Decaf, Tea (hot, Iced either Sweet (standard) or Un-Sweet)

You will not be offered Pork and Beans (Baked Beans as you Brits call them) nor will you hear mention of Kippers.

Watching a young Geordie Lady asking about Grits from a young Southern Waitress was entertaining as neither of them ever understood what the other was saying...much less were talking about!

Do keep up will you Beags....if you are going to play a game you should know the bits and pieces of it.

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Old 14th Jul 2022, 13:35
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Ah, US Fine Dining. I had managed to erase the memories of the All-Ranks Mess Hall at Camp Robinson, North Little Rock, where I was forced by circumstance to dine on many stressful occasions. Indeed, my first encounter with Grits and my last! Identifying some of the offer was challenging enough!
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You suppose it was the All Ranks thing that killed your appetite rather than the Chow on offer?

No Cloth Serviettes...or White Tea Towel over an extended arm of som enlisted swine perhaps....and no China but a plastic or metal tray for the contents?

Please tell me you did not cut in line as our tradition is the Officer eats last or at least in turn if it is cafeteria style.

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Originally Posted by SASless View Post
You suppose it was the All Ranks thing that killed your appetite rather than the Chow on offer?
No Cloth Serviettes...or White Tea Towel over an extended arm of som enlisted swine perhaps....and no China but a plastic or metal tray for the contents?
Please tell me you did not cut in line as our tradition is the Officer eats last or at least in turn if it is cafeteria style.
It was 'basic' ... but it was a multi-National clientele, so we all stood patiently in line! OF5 to OR1.
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Old 14th Jul 2022, 18:01
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As a lesd of a "support" entity In the field , I always ate the same food as and with my guys.. I trust others did the same ..
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Old 14th Jul 2022, 19:13
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Originally Posted by BEagle View Post
As any AT/AAR world traveller who has visited the USofA will know, ordering breakfast in the US is a good grounding in resistance to interrogation. The aim of the game is to avoid being asked any questions:
We have exactly the same game at our USA office, which has a perfectly straightforward and simplistic sandwich shop, made to order, across the street. Enter two Brits.

"Right, I'll have a large wholemeal sub, with York ham, cheese - er, Monterey Jack cheese, tom-a-ter [pronounced correctly], iceberg lettuce, and mayo, All in a paper bag, not plastic."

Smiles to colleague.

"Yep. Regular or low-cal for the mayo ... ?"

(Sigh).
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Old 14th Jul 2022, 19:35
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Originally Posted by SASless View Post
You suppose it was the All Ranks thing that killed your appetite rather than the Chow on offer?

No Cloth Serviettes...or White Tea Towel over an extended arm of som enlisted swine perhaps....and no China but a plastic or metal tray for the contents?

Please tell me you did not cut in line as our tradition is the Officer eats last or at least in turn if it is cafeteria style.
Yes, a good tradition copied from the British.

Horses, men's feet, men, eat.
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Old 15th Jul 2022, 03:14
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"Serviettes" says it all.
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Old 15th Jul 2022, 07:16
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Originally Posted by Barksdale Boy View Post
"Serviettes" says it all.
precisely. Very second eleven
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Originally Posted by MG View Post
precisely. Very second eleven
I thought it was a bit "lower deck" too,
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So much for the old adage of ' ultimately the officer is the servant of his men' then......
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When I vistied South Cerney (Army) once, breakfast was a large vat of scalding fat in which you dipped bread or eggs as you wished,.
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