Pet peeve... wasting food

Old Mar 18, 23, 4:42 pm
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Its a 1st World problem, the worst I ever saw was in a Homewood Suites at Albany, They had the typical Homewood Suites breakfast bar including machines to make your own waffles and pancakes. Whilst his parents completely ignored him a boy made 14 pancakes, he took the plate to the table and ate less than one. His parents said nothing.

I've lost count of the number of times I have seen people leave more than half of a main course then order a dessert and leave most of that as well.

As for plane food, the general agreement is that the Club Europe offering out of LCY is fairly good, so why do people take a tray, ignore it for an hour then watch it being thrown away ?
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Old Mar 18, 23, 5:45 pm
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I thought it was just my fellow Americans who don't realize that one can go back to buffet for seconds (and thirds).

One plate per trip. The walk will do you good.
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Old Mar 18, 23, 6:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Ladyfliestheredwhiteandblues View Post
That plate of rice alone would defeat 3 grown men. Something very off there.
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Was thinking the same. Rice is the last food item I'd be filling my boots with in an F lounge.
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Old Mar 18, 23, 7:30 pm
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Sorry for pushing a BA thread slightly sideways, but Sam Chui’s latest video is about EK catering.
Fascinating video for those that are not familiar with aircraft catering.
The flip side of this is that in F I love the variety and the dine on demand and the endless options
But what was horrifying was the cleaning the F carts off EK449 - close to my heart being the AKL to DXB flight - all the unused F meal component trays, the bread, the 1/2 used juice containers, apparently full jars of caviar, the unused boxes of ‘cinema’ snacks - straight into the garbage machine - it was awful to see. I appreciate that food hygiene rules are complicated but surely there must be some programmes for the homeless or hungry in Dubai some of this still sealed stuff could support?
and I’m part of the problem….
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Old Mar 18, 23, 7:47 pm
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Food waste is a part of a bigger problem of societies in decline. One where were so fat and lazy we dont realize the effort required to get that food on the table. I know its fashionable these days to complain about food inflation. If only people knew about cooking properly and using leftovers.
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Old Mar 18, 23, 11:12 pm
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Though I can't speak for this perpetrator, I think people have a psychological inclination to grab what you can, sort of a vestigial instinct from the vast majority of human history in which, for most people, resources were scarce. It's a form of hoarding behavior. And, of course, it's probably much more common among those who grew up hungry and learned to treasure food. I've been at buffets and had to remind myself that it, whatever "it" is, will almost certainly still be there if or when I come back and that, if it isn't, I'll make do.

Then again, there have been numerous recorded incidents of people fighting over crab legs at buffets, so I can almost understand the hoarding tendency. But finger sandwiches?
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Old Mar 18, 23, 11:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam1222 View Post
A passenger selecting *one* dessert on a long flight seems to be quite different from what's posted here. Although you appear to have been watching intently, the passenger may have intended to eat it. And it's not like the passenger could have gone back up to the planes buffet 10 minutes later. While I agree with the OPs post, I think focusing on what other people eat and shaming them for it when they've ordered a single dessert might be taking it a bit far.
I have noticed because she barely touched the food on the previous starter and main courses. The plates/trays were almost full when taken away from the CC.
When it came to dessert time, I remember thinking to myself "Why does she order again if she didn't eat almost anything so far?"

To me this is food waste as well as taking too much in a lounge and leaving it there.
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Old Mar 19, 23, 1:29 am
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I have noticed because she barely touched the food on the previous starter and main courses. The plates/trays were almost full when taken away from the CC. When it came to dessert time, I remember thinking to myself "Why does she order again if she didn't eat almost anything so far?" To me this is food waste as well as taking too much in a lounge and leaving it there.
I tell my patients with social anxiety that just because they believe others are watching them in public does not mean this is actually happening; beliefs do not imply reality. I stand corrected.
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Old Mar 19, 23, 2:11 am
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Using a mobile phone like a loud-hailer ……… feet (often shoeless or even sock-less) on chairs & tables ………and now gluttony and sheer wastefulness : life today in so many lounges (thankfully not all) has become far removed from what decent fair-minded folk would wish it to be. And I see absolutely no likelihood of any improvement in standards, in fact au contraire

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did I mention parents who have no interest in supervising their offspring when using lounges ……..quite happy for the area to be treated like a giant playroom

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Old Mar 19, 23, 2:15 am
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Originally Posted by bon mot View Post
I tell my patients with social anxiety that just because they believe others are watching them in public does not mean this is actually happening; beliefs do not imply reality. I stand corrected.
It was AA transcon J seats, side to side... it can happen to look at the neighbor on a +5h flight, especially if their still full tray passes under your nose when retrieved by the CC (I was in the aisle, she was at the window).
I don't run around with a horse blinders, I can notice things happening around me.
Also, being awfully shy in the real world, and with some dose of social anxiety too, I know I can be seen while going around. It's not like I'm transparent or anyone else just looks at their feet

I really don't understand the issue here. Maybe my head isn't screwed right enough.
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Old Mar 19, 23, 2:30 am
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Originally Posted by Lefly View Post
It was AA transcon J seats, side to side... it can happen to look at the neighbor on a +5h flight, especially if their still full tray passes under your nose when retrieved by the CC (I was in the aisle, she was at the window).
I don't run around with a horse blinders, I can notice things happening around me.
Also, being awfully shy in the real world, and with some dose of social anxiety too, I know I can be seen while going around. It's not like I'm transparent or anyone else just looks at their feet

I really don't understand the issue here. Maybe my head isn't screwed right enough.
perhaps she intended to eat the cheese, but when hearing you be denied it as she had just been given the last one, decided to leave it out of spite!
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Old Mar 19, 23, 3:50 am
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You couldnt crop the photo on your phone?
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Old Mar 19, 23, 5:35 am
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i am sure that airlines could do a better job of ensuring less food waste - how difficult would it be to ask all passengers to order their meal. those who never eat plane food wouldnt order but would have to know that they won't get offered anything. Those at the back of the plane get what they want and not what is left.

buffet - i always take a small amount and go up regularly - the sight of a full plate puts me off eating. i also like to start with a starter and work my way towards a dessert. Sweet and sour has a place and savoury rice and cake is just not it
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Old Mar 19, 23, 5:38 am
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Originally Posted by dayone View Post
I thought it was just my fellow Americans who don't realize that one can go back to buffet for seconds (and thirds).

One plate per trip. The walk will do you good.
There was a time, and I can't recall where or when, but the buffet was meant to be just one course - so one trip to select your salad items. But then I saw where the hot food was also include to the one course trip. Customers were given one plate and staff could tell you hadn't been if your plate was clean. Of course if you licked your plate clean you might get away with it!! Haven't seen these single trip places for a long time now. Decades I'm sure.
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Old Mar 19, 23, 5:45 am
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Originally Posted by ratechaser View Post
I think that largely carried over for a generation as well (myself included) because our parents gave us food and we either ate it or we went hungry.
Several actually - I was also brought up that way

I have suspected for a while that might be why I am awkward in business class lounges
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