One of those eye-rolling moments came into my life when I read a Bob Evans menu the other night. Hubby wanted the apple dumpling dish ala mode. Simple.
After twenty minutes of waiting for a waitress to recognize we were waiting, we were waited on. This is beyond acceptable for Bob Evans high standards of service. I know. We should have stock in the company, as often as we frequent the restaurants in our region. The section we were seated in was with a waitress who was finishing up four tables of a high school gathering with one adult supervisor present. Need I say more, except she did not deserve any of it and especially not a table of five coming in fifteen minutes before closing.
All we want are coffee, a dessert for Hubby, an appetizer for me and soup for our granddaughter. But this is beside the point.
We are now seated for one-half hour. Ten minutes after waiting for warm cheesy potato soup for our granddaughter with an appetite, I ask again. It comes with attitude, five minutes later, microwaved too hot to touch the bowl.
Twenty minutes after ordering the apple dumpling dish, Hubby is told there is none. It is suggested he order the natural apple pie but cautioned that it is sugar-free.
The dessert menu reads that it is sweetened with natural juices. Two sentences later, “Sweetened with aspartame.” Eyeroll. Mine.
I make the mistake of saying it aloud. “That is not naturally sweetened.” Suggesting an ice cream sundae to Hubby. Our waitress makes a definite point to tell me it is naturally sweetened.
Waitress, dear, please don’t argue with me. After such a physically and emotionally exhausting day for you, you are so tired and crabby. I’m just crabby.
In my opinion, after all I have read in this life, aspartame is evil stuff. Can cause, no, I will not get debate this one. And please, do not refer me to snopes.com because in this case, I don’t buy it.
My reference is here — a webpage with links to books and sites that anyone can use to reconsider their opinion. If someone or their loved ones are using this ingredient / product more than once a month, they owe this information to their health.
Back to Bob Evans. We left the aspartame issue as quickly as we faced it and Hubby ordered a dessert with real sugar. My appetizer snack of their new Buttermilk Shrimp was delicious. And yes, I do know what sugar does to a body. And I know what is sprayed on shrimp during processing and I realize the contaminants in seafood. But I only eat something like this a few times a year since the rest of the time we pay for the deepest-sea seafood we can afford and never eat shrimp, well, never hardly ever….
All I hope is our waitress went home very soon after because she had wringer washer lines down her face, she could not even smile. My other hope is we tip all our waitresses well, we know not what they have been through or where they are going next.