Sunday, 5 July 2009

Buffet bafflement

Over the years I’ve enjoyed numerous buffets in pubs at various events. But a perennial problem is that plates of mixed sandwiches are put out without any indication of what the sandwiches are. Now, I don’t eat egg, and so am constantly worried I might pick up what I think is a cheese sandwich but turns out to be egg. But if you’re a vegetarian the problem is far worse. Especially in poor light it can be very hard to determine exactly what is on a sandwich, and you could even miss out on something appetising because you didn’t know what it was. So surely it would make sense to put out all the same type of sandwich on each plate, and if possible even to attach little signs saying what they are. The principle that “not everyone eats everything” could also usefully be adopted by those who put together pub menus.


  1. Very insightful post. This has puzzled/annoyed me for years-I am that vegetarian who picks up egg, wanting cheese. And while I'm at it, why is it people think vegetarians want cheese on white bread?

  2. Why do people think that anyone in there right mind would want white bread?

    I agree. I was a vegetarian for 15 years and yes it is a struggle, especially when the meat eaters eat the veggie option first. Now as a meat eater I wonder why everything has to be chicken. I hate fucking chicken, and it's not the healthy option most people believe it to be!

  3. So it’s you lot is it, at the front of the queue, pawing the butties and putting them back and then taking an age to faff about. Get your arses in gear, make you choice, and shift so the rest of us can hoover the lot up in our own inimitable but undiscerning fashion.

  4. It would be a lot easier to get a move on if we knew what was on the bleeding things in the first place!

  5. I can't stand seafood ~ even the sight of it makes me go green (literally so, according to one friend). Recently I found myself accidentally munching an egg mayonnaise and prawn sandwich; I nearly threw up on the spot.


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