Hello, guys! It's been a while, but I'm back with another episode of the Inglês Favorito podcast. Today, we are going to talk about restaurants and food. I've collected a few of the most common words and expressions associated with that category and I hope you enjoy it. Let's get started!
If you go to a restaurant, the man whose job is to bring the food to customers at the table is called waiter. But if it's a girl, we call her waitress. Now, if you want to know how to call the person who prepares and cooks food at a restaurant, here's something curious: we have two words for that person, which are cook and chef. In order to know which one is the most appropriate, you need to consider the place and the professional. If it's a cheap restaurant, you might want to call them cook, as in "she's a wonderful cook". But if it's a fancy restaurant or maybe a hotel and there's a specific skilled and trained cook, especially the most important one of them, you should call him or her a chef, as in "He is one of the top chefs in Britain."
Among the people that work at a restaurant, we also have the dishwasher, who is the person whose duty is to wash the dishes. A dishwasher can also be a machine that washes dirty plates, cups, forks, etc. Something important to know about restaurant customs is that in many places, especially in North America, it's very common for people to leave a small amount of money to the waiter for the service he's provided you with, in addition to the official payment. That small amount of money, which can actually be a big amount sometimes depending on how generous you are, is called tip. In some places, you don't need to leave a tip for the waiter, because there's a service charge included in the bill. And speaking of bill, this is how we call a request for payment of money owed, which is the total amount that you have to pay for a meal.
And since we're talking about food, it's important to name all the meals people usually have in a day. There's breakfast, which is eaten in the morning; lunch, which is eaten in the middle of the day; snack, which is a small amount of food that is eaten between meals, or a very small meal; and finally dinner, which is usually the meal you eat in the evening but sometimes, like in Britain, dinner is the meal eaten in the middle of the day. But there's a meal you may have never heard of before: brunch. Do you have any idea of what that is? That's a meal eaten in the late morning that is a combination of breakfast and lunch, because it's right in the middle of them. That's the perfect meal for people who just can't wake up early enough for breakfast, but it's very usual for anybody on Sundays, since it's the day of the weekend when people sleep in.
Now, before we wrap this up, we should talk a little bit more about types of restaurants. For example, if you go to a buffet restaurant, you'll be able to serve yourself different types of food and drinks. You're supposed to take a plate up to a table loaded with food and you can usually put as much food as you want on your plate. If you're in a hurry and don't have time for fancy restaurants or full meals, you can go to a fast food restaurant. That's the place where you'll find food that can be prepared easily and quickly, such as hamburgers. But if you have time to go to a restaurant and want a place where you can sit around and drink alcoholic beverages, you can go to the bar. That's where drinks are sold. By the way, I just used the word beverages as a synonym for drinks. And speaking of drinking, if you want to smoke, you need to ask for a smoking section; but if you don't and don't want to be bothered by the smell or smoke of a cigarette, you might want to go to a non-smoking section. Okay, that's all for today, guys. I hope you enjoyed today's inglês favorito podcast. Talk to you next time!