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21 June 2004 @ 04:30 pm
Bad Filker. No Biscuit. Maybe Tea.  
This has likely been done before, as it seems so obvious. Then again, as the UK has no tradition of bowser bags ...

(after Carrion by Talis Kimberley)

I had some lunch out on the diningfield
Where I ordered too much but I'll make a new meal
And I don't much enjoy pulling leftovers out,
But I try to eat cheap and that's what this stuff is all about


Put it in a bag, won't you, put it in a bag,
Put it in a bag and save the meat for carryout.
Current Mood: sillyNot silly. Never silly.
Current Music: Talis Kimberley, Archetype Cafe
'bertarms_butterfly on June 21st, 2004 08:50 pm (UTC)
Great, thanks! Now *I* have your filk running through my mind. I didn't know that there wasn't a tradition of doggie bags in the UK, though.
Keriskeristor on June 21st, 2004 09:15 pm (UTC)
We have doggie bags!

I've done "Pack up all the bags ... and take the rest as carry-on", and the bells ("... hear them as a carillon"). I also think of an early form of life as "Canadian take-away" ("You carry ote")...
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on June 21st, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC)
I was told on one of my earliest trips (I suspect the first one, almost 30 years ago) that only a few restaurants would understand what you meant by a "doggie bag" and that it was definitely an American thing to take uneaten food home. Apparently, restaurants in the UK charged for the amount of food you were likely to eat and served you that amount of food, rather than charging a few quid more and serving you more than you could possibly eat. Possibly a carryover from post-war sensibilities.

On more recent trips, I've seen more and more UK eateries that pile on the food and charge more that one would really want to pay given one's druthers. Another one of those cultural imperialist things, I suspect.
Keriskeristor on June 22nd, 2004 08:53 am (UTC)
Post-war shortages, and then it became custom (and it's more efficient to serve a small amount and then have 'seconds' than to serve a large amount and have it wasted). People had become used to eating less during rationing (which stopped in the UK just before I was born), and it took most of a generation for people to get used to larger meals. And of course food like everything else is more expensive here...
Princess Cinnamonlittle_cinnamon on June 22nd, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
Damn. You've done that one already, have you? I thought that someone probably had... Oh well :)
Keriskeristor on June 22nd, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
Which one? I haven't finished either (and I'm not sure I remember the verses I had to go with the punchlines, I almost certainly didn't write them down) so if you have a more complete version you're welcome...
Oreoukoreouk on June 22nd, 2004 08:23 am (UTC)
There's two aspects to that, and to an extent it depends on what kind of restaurant you are in. Pizza places and other comparatively downmarket places are more likely to have doggie bags than posher ones. The other aspect is that many Brits would rather die than ask for a doggie bag. I once horrendously embarrassed a friend by asking for a bag for my steak in a nice restaurant in Banff, because she thought it a terribly gauche thing to do and that of course a 'nice' restaurant like that wouldn't do such a thing. Of course they did, without blinking twice, but I suspect I wouldn't make the same request in a restaurant of similar calibre in the UK.

As with many things American, I suspect it's creeping into our culture slowly, but it will take a while to overcome our personal reaction to it. And the fact that we tend to get given smaller portions to begin with has to be a contributing factor.
Keriskeristor on June 22nd, 2004 08:45 am (UTC)
Yes, pizza is what I've seen do it most often, some pizza places ask if you want it boxed to take away if you have some left at the end of the meal, and I haven't seen any which are surprised. But then pizza is one of the few things where there is likely to be too much (half of a 'medium' pizza is normally enough for me, and I frequently leave a couple of slices of a 'small' one for breakfast).

Where's Banff, apart from somewhere Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) visits a lot?