Friday, September 16, 2011

Never use the wrong bread plate again

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting at a full, round table, and all of a sudden, you can’t find your bread plate. Some people have used the one on the left and others the one on the right. Which is yours? Come to think of it, which is your water glass? The table is loaded with multiple plates for each person (entree, salad, bread, etc.), a starter plate or two is crowding the center, causing everyone to shuffle things around to make room. Plus you’ve got wine, water and maybe even coffee mugs on the table. Things are hectic

Fear not, fellow diner! I’m about to blow your mind with a simple solution. I can’t remember who taught me this trick, but it is one of the most useful little tidbits I’ve added to my collection of somewhat random facts. Without fail, I use this trick at nearly every group restaurant outing I attend.

Enter the b-d trick. First, make your left hand into a lowercase “b,” like so:

b = bread


Next, make your right hand into a “d,” like so:


Am I cut out to be a hand model or what? Now, it’s possible you see where I’m going with this, but in case not, I’m going to drag it out a bit more. You may ask, how will I know to make by left hand the “b” and my right hand the “d”? What if I switch them? Unless you have an extra thumb on the back of your hand, you can’t. With that, voila:

The b-d trick, revealed!

As you can see, the “b” on the left indicates you should use the bread/appetizer plate on that side. The “d” to the right indicates that’s the water/wine glass you should go for. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled out this trick, covertly under the table. I’ve also met very few people who have heard this before. You’ll have to show off your new skills to your friends.

Were you in-the-know about this little trick before? Think it’s smart? Dumb? So awesome you’re at a loss about where to begin? Leave a comment and let me know! You can thank me later. 🙂



6 Responses to “Never use the wrong bread plate again”

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    Beth — September 16, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    You’re funny. Never heard that before but I think it’s an awesome trick! Thanks for sharing 😉

    • Annakate replied: — September 17th, 2011 @ 2:09 am

      Thanks! I LOVE this trick. I wish I could remember who told me! Enjoy. 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying the West Coast!

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    Chris Chamberlain — September 17, 2011 @ 3:08 am

    I learned it as BMW. Bread-Meal-Water from left to right.

    I can always remember that one, but this one is even better.

    • Annakate replied: — September 17th, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

      BMW is awesome! Who comes up with this stuff?! Thanks for the comment, Chris.

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    Hadley — September 18, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

    love it. and that artichoke looks delicious too 🙂

    • Annakate replied: — September 19th, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

      oh jeez that was good. What a treat that dinner was. And I’m not just talking food…was so so SO nice to catch up with you girls.

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