My ReaLIZation

Observations of life for those with the occasional need for expressions of randomness

When and if the fast food apocalypse occurs, I shall be prepared.



They’re calling to me… They should have a good home and I know just the place.

I am sure that it is somehow an indication of my mental malfunction, but I steal condiments. I can’t seem to help myself. You know the fast food condiment buffets where they display an array of sauces, spices, and paper products to enhance your dining experience? I love those. I stuff my purse full of napkins, ketchup, and salt and pepper. You never know when you will need a single serving of convenience or flavor. My purse, my car, and my home are stocked with wet wipes, straws, sauce and spices. When and if the fast food apocalypse occurs, I shall be prepared.


As long as we are discussing spices, did you know that if someone asks you to pass the salt, you should always pass the salt and the pepper? Etiquette dictates that the salt and pepper are “married” and should remain together, even if someone only wants one or the other. It may seem strange, but I also kind of think its sweet and comforting. Think about it – if Mr. & Mrs. Salt and Pepper can stay together after all this time, we all have a fighting chance.


One last spice related tangent – have you ever heard that you have to taste your food before you add salt? I have frequently been criticized for spicing before sampling. I say, spice according to your preference.  While, I understand the argument that you cannot possibly know if the food needs salt if you haven’t tasted it, I do not agree!  I believe that I know myself better than anyone and I know I like a lot of salt. I like more salt than a “normal” person. Therefore, when I pick up the salt shaker before I pick up my fork, I know what I am doing. I am a professional. Don’t get me wrong, there will be times that I enhance a dish beyond even my own salty predilection. It happens. But if that does happen, I suck it up and eat it anyway.


I think there are several lessons to take away from dining with me.


  1.  Always be prepared (and steal as many condiments as you can).
  2. If you’re in a partnership- be all in! Make the commitment and stick together no matter what.
  3. Know what you like. Know what you want.
  4. Don’t let someone else tell you what you do or should like/want.
  5. If you make a mistake, own it. See it through even if it makes you cringe n(and it will most likely make you cringe!)

Leave me a comment letting me know what I’d learn if I was dining with you.


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