9 Words We All Really Need to Stop Using When Talking About Food and Drinks. Please.
When you spend as much time as I do reading restaurant menus and websites and press releases, you start to notice that certain words get used quite a bit with regard to food and drink.
theimpulsivebuy/Flickr Artisan Tostitos? Really?
And then you start to look closer at those words and you realize that in many cases they're being used incorrectly or out of context. It's a shame, too, because sometimes we're talking about really good words that used to have important meaning. Then over time they've been bastardized and have come to mean nothing at all. There are also a few words that should just never, ever be used when talking about food. So read them here and them please erase them from your memory forever.
Thanks, on behalf of literate people everywhere.
You buy artisan Tostitos at the grocery store and Artisan Breakfast Sandwiches at Starbucks. Need I say more?
I'm not sure if/when this was ever an acceptable word to use (Editor's Note: NEVER), but for the umpteenth time I'd like to reiterate that it's not to be used anymore. If you want to describe how a dish or drink feels in your mouth then just use the the word "texture." There really isn't a situation in which you can't substitute one word for the other, so just stop.
Once upon a time this phrase used to be reserved to describe restaurants that put extra care into simplifying the process of attaining local, fresh produce and getting it onto your plate. It meant cutting out the middlemen and going directly to the food producers, which is a great thing. Unfortunately, these days the phrase has become little more than a tired cliche. Any restaurant can claim it's sourcing produce from local farms by slapping the words "farm-to-table" on a menu or website, but a better way to tell if a chef or restaurant is actually using local produce is to ask your server, or better yet, the chef.