I’m at Table 128, a semi-fancy restaurant in West Des Moines celebrating my 46th birthday with my mum and step-father. The server approaches the table to take our order. My mum orders first, and the server says, what would you like to pair with that?
I like that question: what would you like to pair with that? Instead of the tried and true, what would you like for a side? It’s more upscale, and appealing. I don’t think you’re going to be at a Perkins, and the server is going to say, what would you like to pair with your burger? I think I’ll try it out next time I’m taking someone’s food order. A good poet borrows…a great poet steals.
I’m at the hotel bar last night, a guy approaches the bar, says, can I put in an order for some food? I say, absolutely! What would you like? He looks at the menu, says, I’ll take the tenderloin sandwich.
Here’s my chance:
Sounds great! What would you like to pair with that?
He looks up quizzically, says, huh?
I repeat, what would you like to pair with that?
He says, um…what do you mean?
Giving up, I blurt, what would you like for a side?
Oh, he says, I’ll take the fries.
So much for me being fancy.