Tonawanda News

Opinion

May 15, 2013

DUVALL: Passing on 'pass the salt'

Tonawanda News — In the realm of taste, I’ve always preferred salty to sweet. Asked a preferred not-so-good-for-you indulgence, give me a pile of French fries over a slice of chocolate cake any day.

But oddly enough, I hardly ever add extra salt to things (except, oddly enough considering this example, French fries). 

Despite my off-and-on relationship with salt, I couldn’t help but notice its absence on a restaurant table the other day.

It wasn’t the kind of fancy pants place where the chef presumes to have seasoned every morsel to perfection, precluding the need for additional table-side seasoning.

No, I was at the homestyle-food-on-the-go purveyor Boston Market. There was a metal condiment caddy in the center of the table with a brown pepper shaker and a cardboard cutout of a salt shaker with the words “Where’s the salt?” in large letters. In the fine print the restaurant confessed that, in order to help lower customers’ sodium, salt shakers had been removed from the restaurant’s tables. It was still available back at the drink and condiment counter if you really felt strongly enough to traipse back over there but the implication was clear: You don’t really need it, do you?

Before we move on permit a small detour of a personal nature.

I happen to hold Boston Market in somewhat nostalgic esteem. Their Maple Road location in Amherst is a short walk from where I grew up. I wandered in there one spring afternoon in my junior year of high school looking for my first “real” job — and found it, making a whopping $5.25 an hour.

My tasks? To trim, marinate and spit the raw chicken (about 20 spits of four birds each every day), then wash — by hand — all the metal chaffing dishes and anything else that needed washing. 

Text Only
Opinion
  • DuVall, Eric mug.jpg DUVALL: In defense of the Common Core

    They've become the two dirtiest words in education, but the Common Core is very much worth defending.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • tucker, barb.jpg TUCKER: Bits and pieces from out and about Ever since it was restored and opened, the Hotel @ Lafayette in downtown Buffalo has fascinated me. Last Monday, the Preservation Buffalo Niagara offered a tour of the hotel led by developer Rocco Termini.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug - adamczyk.jpg ADAMCZYK: Kenmore is a village made of bricks Buffalo and surrounding environs have brick buildings galore, often in the process of repurpose. Whole neighborhoods made of brick await development, redevelopment, gentrification, whatever wand will be waved at them to make them function again. Structures here tend not to be razed; they fall down occasionally but typically simply stand and wait.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • leffler, scott.jpg LEFFLER: Justice is blind -- and deaf and dumb I've always been intrigued by the concept of justice. I say concept because it really seems more theoretical to me than practical. One man's justice is another man's nightmare.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: Don't go soft on teenage criminals

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DuVall, Eric mug.jpg For Sabres, more suffering is on tap

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • tucker, barb.jpg TUCKER: Taking down trees 'disheartening' Several readers have questioned the City of Tonawanda's tree removal program. An email to Jenna Koch, who represents the third ward and checks into any query on the city, explained the program.


    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug - adamczyk.jpg [Duplicate] ADAMCZYK: Letterman was on my side The announcement that Mr. Letterman is retiring from his groundbreaking television program, sometime in 2015, is already old news, but it gives opportunity to ponder a few truisms about history and modern life.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Leffler Mug 041114 [Duplicate] LEFFLER: 'Need to know' a double-edged sword Inquisitive doesn't begin to describe me. I must know everything. About everything. I hate being in the dark. I guess that's what makes my career choice so very obvious. I think "must know everything" is at the top of most journalists' trait lists.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wallace, Amy BW mug WALLACE: Airplane coverage has gone awry I don't know about you, but I am so sick of the cable news stations' constant coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo