Friday, January 06, 2006

the pop science of ordering food at a restaurant

Blogger Jason Kottke has a funny posting about ordering food at a restaurant, or at least it's funny if you've been paying attention to some recent pop-psychology and pop-economics books. Here's my favorite:
Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson
Order anything made with lots of butter, sugar, etc. Avoid salad or anything organic. A meal of all desserts may be appropriate. Or see if you can get the chef to make you a special dish like foie gras and bacon covered with butterscotch and hot fudge. Ideally, you will have brought a Super Sized McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese Meal into the restaurant with you. Smoke and drink liberally.
His posting also makes one useful tip, which is that the second-cheapest bottle of wine on the menu usually has the highest mark-up. Restaurant owners are cleverer than you think...

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