I know I’m a bit slow to the news but I heard that Wendy’s infamous salad bar has returned. Yeah that was a relic of the 1990s reincarnated! I remember as high school kids pigging on that and the occasional all-you-can-eat offering Pizza Hut would come out with every now and then. Unfortunately I wasn’t as successful as my friend was at stacking up a hearty helping to the salad as high as she could. There was a technique and an architecture to be followed and she had it down to a science!Well, those were fun times. We were kids then and, as far as I recall, we usually made good on the implicit deal Wendy’s makes with its salad bar customers — that they help themselves to whatever they could finish. I could hear my mom talking when I think of that deal. When I was growing up, we were not allowed to leave the table until we cleaned out our plates — that taught us to ensure that we took from the common dishes on the table only what we think we could finish. The lesson sunk in deep.
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Just observing even back then how other Wendy’s salad bar customers behaved, I can’t really say the same for a lot of Filipinos. You’d think that in a country where hunger is a way of life, wasting food would be a deeply-ingrained taboo. Unfortunately it seems to work the other way. Perhaps because Filipinos are so short of affordable food all the time, they tend to maximize every opportunity to stock up on chow. A catchy phrase in the vernacular encapsulates that tradition:
Makarami tuwing may palamon.
Literally translated, it means “stretch every opportunity to eat” (or something like that). Hey, on a side note, this is kind of like that old 30-word challenge, but in reverse. Maybe we can have a contest here to come up with as short an English translation to the above as possible!
Sorry I digress.
Yeah, so much of the time, I see a shameful amount of of those painstakingly-constructed salad bar edifices sitting as leftovers on tables. As if it weren’t enough that these customers could not even be bothered to clean after themselves after their piggish meal!
Evidently when it comes to buffet-type food serving, seeing the point takes a backseat to Filipinos’ lamon galore mentality. There’s a silver lining to all this, of course. Wendy’s salad bar together with the Pinoy Condition will be a boon to the pagpag industry. Yay!
Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.