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Lace Neil Singer
08-20-2006, 05:52 PM
Yesterday afternoon, my boyf and I went out for a meal in this new Beefeaters restaurant. We were seated, ordered our food and were waiting for it when we overheard this exchange between a woman who'd come with her husband and little boy.

She called over a waitress in a very rude way, clicking her fingers and using a very nasty tone of voice, to say that her burger was burnt. The waitress obviously couldn't see anything wrong with it, the woman went, "It's burned all round the edges, are you blind?"

Now, at grill restaurants, it's natural to get a bit of blackness at the edges of meat; it's perfectly harmless and nothing to get your panties in a bunch over. However, Moaning Minnie thought overwise. She demanded to see a manager. The manager went over, MM then went on about her burned meal. The manager offered her a free replacement burger; MM refused it. She then offered her any meal of the same price for free; again, MM refused it. She prefered to sit there in a sulk while her husband and son ate their meals.

We saw the sequel just after our own meals arrived; the manager came with the bill and offered MM her husband's and son's meals free. She asked for vouchers too, ignoring the fact that earlier she'd said she'd never come back to this restaurant. The manager said that she wasn't authorised to give out vouchers in a case like this and the free meals were all she could offer. MM agreed to this grudgingly and they all left.

Btw, mine and my boyf's meals were perfect; cuz we had the same waitress as MM and her family, we left her a big tip to make up.

LostMyMind
08-20-2006, 06:24 PM
:lol: What a nut case. Must have only ate pan fried burgers her entire life. My issue is I don't like alot of "grease" in my burger, so it's hard to get them to cook "well-done but not burnt". I've had "burnt" meat before, there is a big difference from burnt and crispy.

When I saw the title, I don't know why but I thought "Oh great another veggie griping at a steak house."

Bella_Vixen
08-20-2006, 06:36 PM
I can't order hamburgers at sit-down restaurants. No matter how hard I stress "EXTREMELY well done" the middle is always pink. ::gag:: But I don't bitch about it either, I eat around the pinkness and never order that particular item again.

Lace Neil Singer
08-20-2006, 06:48 PM
I always order rare steak by the way, so that issue never comes up for me. :lol: I wanted to tell her to go to Maccy D's if she wants a burger with no edges to it... however, it wouldn't be as nice.

ESS
08-20-2006, 08:04 PM
I can almost guarantee that she acted that way just to get her meal for free and some vouchers.

On a side now, my husband and I love Beefeaters.

Becks
08-21-2006, 03:22 AM
I can't order hamburgers at sit-down restaurants. No matter how hard I stress "EXTREMELY well done" the middle is always pink. ::gag:: But I don't bitch about it either, I eat around the pinkness and never order that particular item again.

Do like I do...put a lot of ketchup on it first. Then if it's still too gross, then eat around it. Ha ha.

Nah, I actually cut it in half, and if it's still pink, I send it back. NICELY.

JustADude
08-22-2006, 08:33 AM
I don't know what everyone's problem is with pink middles. RED is a problem, yeah, but you shouldn't cook good beef much past medium or you start to lose the savory goodness... and if it's not good beef, why are you eating it?

Anyway, back on topic... yeah, I agree it was all a ploy to get free food.

phillippbo
08-22-2006, 06:45 PM
:ot:

Y'all are making me so hungry talking about Beefeaters. When I visited my aunt and uncle in the UK back in the 90's (they lived there for a few years back then), we ate at a Beefeaters and it was great. The waitress even made me a sweet iced tea! (Being from the Southern US, sweet tea is to us what water is to the rest of the world, and we simply ask for it without thinking. Needless to say, we left a big tip.) By the way, what is it with the Brits and lemon in the Coca Cola (thank goodness all the servers we had during our stay would ask if we wanted lemon in it or not)?

:headscratch:

Back on topic: I really wish that companies would be more selective with giving out credits/freebies/etc. When it's the first thing (or nearly the first thing) offered for a simple complaint like this one that doesn't warrant it, all that it teaches the SC is that they need to whine about the tiniest little detail and then never have to pay for food. I wonder if anybody's done a study as to how much complaints went up when freebies are offered...?

Hempress
08-22-2006, 10:56 PM
I don't know what everyone's problem is with pink middles. RED is a problem, yeah, but you shouldn't cook good beef much past medium or you start to lose the savory goodness... and if it's not good beef, why are you eating it?

My mom won't eat meat that has pink in the middle, either. She says that it doesn't taste right to her. I have no room to talk, though. I like burnt everything. :lol:

JustADude
08-22-2006, 11:09 PM
My mom won't eat meat that has pink in the middle, either. She says that it doesn't taste right to her. I have no room to talk, though. I like burnt everything. :lol:

:ot:
Betcha her parents always cooked it well-done when she was a kid. Meat doneness, like your favorite cookie or liquor, is an aquired taste from what I can figure.

And back on topic once more: I doubt anyone here will argue about freebies increasing the number of complaints. Nine out of Ten people are honest, but that tenth'll :censored: you over every time.

Seanette
08-23-2006, 02:32 AM
I don't know what everyone's problem is with pink middles. RED is a problem, yeah, but you shouldn't cook good beef much past medium or you start to lose the savory goodness... and if it's not good beef, why are you eating it?

Anyway, back on topic... yeah, I agree it was all a ploy to get free food.
I like steak medium, but refuse to eat hamburger that's less than well done. Not only is the texture repulsive to me, but there are food safety problems with underdone ground beef.

Knightmare
08-23-2006, 05:10 AM
Ugh... burnt beef.
Sorry, but what's the point in eating "EXTREMELY well done" burgers and beef/steaks?
All the juices (which is NOT blood) are dried out of it, and you are just eating a burned log of what was once prime beef. No flavor, unless you like charcoal. Can't have a rib eye melt in your mouth if it's cooked well-done.

The redder, the better, I say.

Sadly, though, I don't eat as much red meat as I used to. :cry:

Lace Neil Singer
08-23-2006, 08:22 PM
I agree with Knightmare. To me, eating well done steak is like eating shoe leather. My steak's gotta be bloody. :D

Irving Patrick Freleigh
08-23-2006, 09:08 PM
Maybe the issue is e coli or something?

I think I heard someplace that e coli is found only on the outside of a cut of meat. Therefore, it is okay to have pink middles in steak because the outside was cooked long enough to kill the e coli. But with hamburger, the meat is ground up and the e coli can get inside the middle of the meat, and if that isn't cooked enough the e coli isn't killed.

rdp78
08-24-2006, 02:45 AM
Yep, sounds like this woman was trying to get a freebie of something most people wouldn't even think is a problem. Hey, I like my meat well done and even if they little burnt that's okay with me. I'm kind a used to eating burnt meat any way since my dad isn't the greatest griller (sorry, dad) and he does have a tendency to over cook BBQ chicken. The funny thing is he brought a very expensive stove (let just say the amount it's enough to buy a decent kitchen set) with a grill in the middle a couple years ago and so we get grilled meat all year around but hasn't really made him a better griller.:)

ladodger34
08-24-2006, 03:10 AM
Maybe the issue is e coli or something?

I think I heard someplace that e coli is found only on the outside of a cut of meat. Therefore, it is okay to have pink middles in steak because the outside was cooked long enough to kill the e coli. But with hamburger, the meat is ground up and the e coli can get inside the middle of the meat, and if that isn't cooked enough the e coli isn't killed.

What the wiki says about e-coli.. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escherichia_coli_O157:H7)

From the wiki article:

"Cooking all ground beef and hamburger thoroughly, using a digital instant-read meat thermometer, will eliminate the organism. Ground beef should be cooked until a thermometer inserted into several parts of the patty, including the thickest part, reads at least 72C (160F)."

CanadaGirl
08-24-2006, 05:18 AM
Beefeater is a restaurant? We have some... rum I think it is, at work, named Beefeaters.

Rapscallion
08-24-2006, 05:30 AM
There's E.Coli and Clostridium Perfringens, as well as a few other nasties. Those are the most common ones, though.

As to Beefeaters - cool uniforms and all the ravens you could want!

Rapscallion

South Texan
08-24-2006, 08:19 PM
Beefeater is a restaurant? We have some... rum I think it is, at work, named Beefeaters.
I thought it was Gin.

phillippbo
08-24-2006, 11:00 PM
As to Beefeaters - cool uniforms and all the ravens you could want!

:ot:

Speaking of that, when we visited the UK and went to the Tower of London, one of the ravens pooped on my mom's face! (Good thing she was wearing sunglasses or it could have been bad.) Basically, a group of them was flying overhead and mom looked up at the wrong moment. We couldn't help but laugh at her in spite of ourselves.

Incidentally, the Beefeater there told us that it was good luck to be pooped on by the ravens. Is that really true or is it a load of... well... raven manure?

(In fact, I'm giggling now just thinking about it... and it was over 10 years ago...)

:lol: :roll: :lol:

Becks
08-24-2006, 11:49 PM
Incidentally, the Beefeater there told us that it was good luck to be pooped on by the ravens. Is that really true or is it a load of... well... raven manure?


I've always thought of it and treated it as a superstition. However, sometimes it seems to be true...

Rapscallion
08-25-2006, 06:11 AM
Well, I suspect that the Beefeater was full of crap, and the raven wasn't.

Rapscallion

Der Cute
08-25-2006, 06:26 AM
Bird shite is bird shite imo.

I will always hold a grudge against seagulls, cuz they crapped on a buddy of mine.
He was driving in the UK in a convertible, top down, in a nice Armani suit.
Mr. Seagull took aim & fired, and N was covered in BirdPoo.

Almost crashed. Almost.

I told him it was Karma- he'd yanked enough chains on his own!

Cute

CanadaGirl
08-25-2006, 07:05 AM
I thought it was Gin.

Yeah, gin. Rum/gin/vodka, it's all clear! :lol:

JustADude
08-25-2006, 09:53 AM
Yeah, gin. Rum/gin/vodka, it's all clear! :lol:

Bah, not GOOD rum.

Lace Neil Singer
08-25-2006, 02:29 PM
This Beefeaters is in fact a very nice grill restaurant. I've heard of the gin tho; never tried it cuz I love Bombay Sapphire.

LostMyMind
08-25-2006, 03:42 PM
I will always hold a grudge against seagulls, cuz they crapped on a buddy of mine.
:lol: I love seagulls. Had a "northerner" family come down to visit. (they lived nowhere near bodies of water). One of the girls was a religious tanner and couldn't wait to go to the beach and get "real tan". She never expected that seagulls would have the balls to fly near you (down here they'll take food right out of your hands). Poor girl panic like they were bats that would get stuck in her hair. But the seagulls kept flying around her, landing near her. She kept panicking more and more. I couldn't stop laughing.

Lace Neil Singer
08-26-2006, 02:50 PM
They can smell fear.

Primer
08-27-2006, 01:31 AM
I'm kind a used to eating burnt meat any way since my dad isn't the greatest griller (sorry, dad) and he does have a tendency to over cook BBQ chicken. The funny thing is he brought a very expensive stove (let just say the amount it's enough to buy a decent kitchen set) with a grill in the middle a couple years ago and so we get grilled meat all year around but hasn't really made him a better griller.:)

He's probably grilling right over the hottest part of the coals (or gas flame). Move the meat to the side of the heat source, and it won't be able to burn as fast, giving it a chance to cook before it burns. Yes, you need to move it around a few times to keep the closest edge from getting too hot too fast.

Now I need to go put some steak in the fridge to thaw for supper day after tomorrow.

Qwakkeddup
09-06-2006, 09:39 PM
At the company picnic my Grandmother dragged us to every year,
I did enjoy myself, but the year when I was around 15 or so.
She gave me my own steak to cook. It was definetly pink, not red.
She saw it, and ripped it off of my plate. I almost cried at the lump of charcoal I got back. Then she heckled me for 30 minuts because I would NOTeat it.

ditchdj
09-06-2006, 11:27 PM
As for the meat being red, a doctor told me that most nutritious part of meat is the blood because of its high iron content.

Dreamstalker
09-08-2006, 10:10 PM
At the company picnic my Grandmother dragged us to every year,
I did enjoy myself, but the year when I was around 15 or so.
She gave me my own steak to cook. It was definetly pink, not red.
She saw it, and ripped it off of my plate. I almost cried at the lump of charcoal I got back. Then she heckled me for 30 minuts because I would NOT eat it.
That sounds like something my grandmother would have done. As it is, she has some odd food ideas such as drinking cold drinks in summer will make you sick (eh?). Forget about bringing sushi into the house...she'll go off on a tangent about how 'that stuff is diseased" etc etc.

When we're there, my mom always does the cooking as my grandmother usually cooks everything to death, and then asks why nobody but her is eating it (um, the only reason that has any flavor is due to the 1,395 gallons of "Zesty Italiano" dressing you drown it in).