Wednesday, March 21, 2012

relaxed housewife: rice and beans

I went out to lunch the other day.  One of my favorite Mexican restaurants.  The food is fantastic and the service is always great.  I had a bit of a glitch ordering that day though.  It felt like an Abbott and Costello skit by the time the server and I understood each other.  The confusion had nothing to do with a language barrier either.  I think it was just that I was trying to talk with a friend and place my order at the same time.  It went something like this:

Me: I'd like two enchiladas please.  With ground beef.  (I felt it was important to make sure he understood the  ground beef part.  I soon found out that was the easy part.)
Server: You want two enchiladas with ground beef.
Me: Yes.
Server: Would you like rice and beans with that?
Me: No rice and beans.
Server: You don't want rice and beans.
Me: Yes.
Server: You do want rice and beans?
Me: No, I don't want rice and beans.
Server: You don't want rice and beans?
Me: Yes.
Server: Yes you do want rice and beans?
Me: No, I do not want rice and beans.
Server: You do not want rice and beans.
Me: (By now I realized if I answered yes we'd be off on another round of rice and beans.) Yes, I do not want any rice and beans.  No rice and beans.  None.  Just the enchiladas.  Two.  Ground beef.  On a plate.
Server: Ok, I got it.  (But at this point when he read back our order, he had gotten so confused he had to retake the other orders because he wasn't sure he had gotten any of it right.)

I made sure to tip him well.  He earned it.  And I got my enchiladas without rice and beans.


~cath xo
Twitter @jonesbabie

27 comments:

  1. That s the funniest exchange I've seen in a while. Our favorite Mexican restaurant gets confused when I order 2 Mexican tacos withblack beans, no meat. It hasn't gotten that funny though.

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    1. I don't know how I missed these comments, but thanks! I haven't had any more problems with that particular waiter. :D

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  2. LOL! So you did make yourself clear till the end! And he got tipped well..happy ending it is! :)

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    1. I was determined I was going to have those enchiladas my way. :D

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  3. Oh TOO funny! That's like saying "right" when giving directions when you really mean "correct". I don't want to get someone lost, like ME! ha ha.

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    1. Exactly Pamela! I felt like I was stuck in a Hispanic Abbott and Costello skit for a bit. :D

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  4. Made me giggle. LOL. It reminds me of driving with my cousin. She was visiting from a remote northern location and it didn't even occur to me she would be nervous driving in the small city where I lived at the time. She definitely was freaked out though because at an intersection when she asked, in a slightly panicked voice I later realized, "Turn left?" and I answered, "Right" (meaning turn right, she thought I meant she was CORRECT to turn left. So she turned left onto a one-way street and oncoming traffic. Do you want she did? Instead of at least pulling over to the side of the road, she slammed on the brakes and jumped out of the car right there in the middle of the street with vehicles coming straight for us and screamed, "YOU DRIVE!!"

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    1. I am laughing at this Rachel, what a funny story! Sounds like something that could have happened to me!

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  5. Awww the poor confused waiter lol

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    1. I began to feel sorry for him at one point. :D

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  6. Poor confused waiter! That said, it happens to me all the time, especially with the kids: yes, coffee please, but no, stop this, with milk please. half of the time they don't get it...

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    1. I have been having trouble at Starbucks lately, but that is another blog post...

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  7. I'm actually surprised he got the order right :)

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    1. I was very patient. :D Because I was starved and determined to eat.

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  8. I always just ask for a'la carte. it usually works for me. but i might try this other if i'm feeling ornery next time. -- xoxo jules

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    1. I thought that was what I was doing lol...but he thought I was ordering a whole lunch... :D

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  9. Ah I'm glad he finally got it right, I was getting worried for you ;)

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    1. Thanks Corinne I was getting worried for me too. :D

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  10. Wow, that conversation got me so tired that if I were in your shoes, at the end of it, I'd have ended up opting for the rice and beans too just to replenish lost energy! LOL!

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    1. I was close but I am my mum and she never gives up or gives in... :D

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  11. Haha, that's a funny experience. I'm glad you did not get frustrated ;)

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    1. We were all laughing too hard for me to get frustrated. :D

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  12. Wow! Hilarious! Glad you got what you wanted... and tipped well. It is really confusing when answering in the affirmative to some questions that people don't expect to be answered that way. I think it is all in the way people use language.

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    1. Yes you are right and we had a little hiccup in communication there for a few minutes. :D

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  13. Were the enchiladas tasty? lol love you

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    1. Yes they were as tasty as they always are. :D love you too sissy... xo

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