's monthly interview series, 'The Gatekeepers
' talks to the hosts and hostesses at some of the city's most prestigious restaurants, discussing hard-hitting topics such as securing lucrative reservations, choosing the best table, and the favorite dishes of the famous dignitaries that pass through Washington. Their most recent interview
, however, went a bit differently, perhaps revealing a bit more than intended about the world of fine dining -- a world where bribes are de rigeur
, black customers are not seated next to each other, and well-dressed patrons are given preferential service. Though few in the industry will admit to it, bribing the host appears to be the fastest way to get a table
(unless you're a tourist, or the Maitre d' happens to be the CEO of Groupon
and the City Paper
posted by schmod
on Jul 23, 2012 -
Following this 2005 post
, this documentary on Osaka "Host Clubs", "The Great Happiness Space"
[Google vid 1:15; misleading preview here
] is like nothing I've ever seen. Dark and light and wrenching and weird and funny. And dark. Kafka comes to mind for a lot of viewers, but this would fail as fiction. A midpoint shift forces you to confront a reality that is staggeringly complex. It's a kaleidescope of self-awareness and -delusion; compassion and manipulation; candor and deception. Layered, nuanced, and self-referential. The chief host's blog
translated somewhat idiosyncratically by google, gives you another perspective [note: not included in the spirit of "LOL Engrish"]. This insider's account
of a hostess club, written by a Duke University sociologist, is a lot more predictable and straightforward.
posted by Phred182
on Jul 28, 2007 -
Why straights shouldn't marry.
"Phil and Pam both loved to eat Twinkies and Cup Cakes as children. On their first date, Phil ended a day of golf with a bottle of champagne and Cup Cakes to munch on as they watched the sun set over the Hudson." (via
posted by adrober
on Sep 25, 2004 -