How to Mise Tip #4: Lemons.
January 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
This concept totally sprung itself on me this morning – does that ever happen to you? One minute you’re sleepily driving to work, blindly and sadly going to Dunkin’ Donuts because you don’t have enough money for the good coffee shop this week, then BAM! Idea! Observation! Reflection…
We got these amazing little coupons at my house, about 24 of them and half of them reasonably good deals at Dunkin’ Donuts. So, for the last few days, I’ve been throwing my hands up, admitting my fate as a member of the ‘upper-lower class income’ bracket. Man, throwing ‘upper’ in there even sounds snooty…a recent development but I DO miss the street cred being at the poverty line ensures. So I’ve been going to D&D. No worries. We used to go there sometimes when I was a kid and not a total food snob – I got the chocolate frosting-filled powdered sugar pita and Dad always got a small black decaf (ew, gross Dad) and if Dad thinks something’s alright it probably is.
I woke up this morning with a squinty, pinchy, pounding sinus headache. So when I approached the nice lady who has been accepting my little coupons all week I felt like I was in a bubble. I ordered a medium, unsweetened peach iced tea. She’s asking me a question…concentrate…would you….would you like lemon with that? POP! Bubble broken. Yes I would, I would very much.
Let’s be honest – lemon in water might be divisive in some crowds (to wedge, or not to wedge?) but asking customers if they want lemon in their beverage is pretty much the epitome of customer service. Why? Because, first of all, cutting lemons is annoying. Lemon slices are not so bad but wedges are really quite a pain. But we do it because there’s something about it that’s just so right, so refreshing. Secondly, when you are a bartender or a server or working in a coffee shop, in order to add the lemon to the beverage hygienically takes a bit of skill. At the restaurant I worked at we had tongs, but the lemons stick together and can be tricky to extract. Then I worked in a small shop and we kept the rarely-asked-for lemons in a plastic cup and used a fork to get them out. Had to keep them locked away! Otherwise there would be coffee grounds all over them. Very cumbersome. So to ask me if I wanted a lemon, at Dunkin’ Donuts of all places – floored!
I should take this opportunity to mention that I am NOT a huge fan of the lemon-infused water option at restaurants. This is, for lack of a nicer way to say it, the swill that results from a pitcher of water (once cool and icy) with melted, rank ice and marinated lemons that have almost developed a film over them. That kind of water is gross. If you love lemon so much, Restaurant, why don’t you treat it properly and just add a small slice when you pour the glass? Or just leave it out altogether. That would be better than drinking osmosis.
I also hear that lemon is good for your digestion. When I was in my early 20s and had some anxiety/intestinal/embarrassment problems my Dad recommended that I drink a glass of lemon water every morning to even out my system. This is not medical advice, FYI, and the only reason in this world that I very strongly believe lemon water is good for you is because my Dad so. But remember – he’s also the one that shared regular D&D trips with me and, remember, as long as Dad thinks it’s ok, it is? So seriously, people, drink a glass of lemon water in the morning, for God’s sakes, or you’ll die! Or at least poop your pants.
For me, now, sipping on my great big unsweetened tea (D&D has a sugar problem. You ask for ‘1’ and they’ll usually scoop in ’10’…just add a ‘0’ behind the number of sugars you request…) with not one but TWO hunky lemon wedges, I am a happy girl.