Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Speaking of Food

Do you suffer from order envy?

You and a companion are sitting in a restaurant, the wait staff delivers the waters (no ice for me please) and the menus. You sip from the glass of water, spread a little chit, sprinkled with a little chat whilst checking out the menu selections. If you’re anything like me, you have a general idea of what you’ll be having before digging into the variety, you’re simply narrowing down to, “the one.”

Selections made, menus taken away, a few more sips and a little more chatter and before you know it, the food is arriving.

Once the plates are settled, all requests for condiments, extra napkins and what have you honored, you begin the process of digging in when you notice you’re not the only one who takes note of the delicious look of your selection.

Your companion is salivating over your dish “oooh that looks goooood”, they swoon.
And then, your companion asks, “may I have a little piece?”

Your companion suffers from order envy.

I had brunch with Michael on Sunday and we talked about (among other things) the various order envious folks we’ve dined with recently. I discovered, or rather re-discovered just how much he and I have in common.


  1. I had a comment about the order envy, but now I'm distracted. Holy shit, your son is handsome.

  2. I agree w/ Syd, vis. your son. Damn.

    I'm not sure that I'd call it order envy, but when MV and I dine out, we eat off of each others plates freely -- yeah, we're obnoxious. That said, I don't try that with anyone else. It's not like it's envy, really. It's more ... experiential. Or something ... LOL.

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  4. Came here to say the same thing about that well-turned-out young fella in the picture. Well done!

    Also, the first time I had a meal with a now-wonderful friend, she speared a choice piece of chicken right off my plate before I'd even had a bite. that's pretty much when I knew we'd be friends.

  5. Always for me. Always.

  6. I must say that I agree with Syd on this one!!! Young Michael is quite the handsome lad!

  7. Yes, your son is quite handsome!

    Fran's stuff is always better than mine. I've reached the point where there are times I just tell her to order for me.

  8. Order envy...Sara and I usually order two things and share them...unless I already know I won't be sharing because I love something too much.

  9. I'm usually the one who wants to try the other's plate....Bing is always willing to share, but it isn't usually her plate that I am staring at. She eats healthy...I stare at the diners next to us with the lamb medallions.

    And yes, what a doll that boy is.


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