Nothing causes more behind-the-back bitching in friendship groups than awkward shared eating scenarios.
Don’t deny it. Don’t pretent you haven’t walked away from a supposedly lovely night out and immediately turned to Friend #1 and said “Can you believe Friend #2 got her calculator out?!?” And guaranteed Miss Calculator is bitching to her car-pool friend at that very moment about how many cocktails you ordered and how rude it was that you expected the bill to then be evenly split.
There’s just so much room for disaster.
Well, guess what? I’m here to help, friends. The shared eating experience should be a time of peace and bonding, so I’ve decided to document the most annoying parts of this culinary minefield so we all know what should be avoided. The ‘Absolute, Ultimate and Official Guide’, if you will.
Bookmark this list. Share it. Passive aggressively tag people. Let me say the things that you don’t feel you can:
1. When nobody takes charge of the ordering.
It’s important in these complex situations that an experienced and confident individual takes the reins. It’s a fact of life that when left without a sufficient leader, a table of diners will be physically incapable of making any kind of concrete ordering decisions. They need a hero; a ‘saviour’ if you will. Someone who takes charge and says “Yes. We will go with Banquet Option C and that’s with fried rice not steamed.”