Last night we rotated stations, so I left entremetier for garde manger.
Garde manger is basically the appetizer station, so we’re in charge of getting the first course cooked, plated, and out to the diners. At the restaurant there are four appetizers on the menu but, as level five students, we are responsible for only two of them: quail tempura with grilled pineapple and port wine demi-glace as well as tandoori octopus with squash curry and dahl vierge.
I have to say, the garde manger station is much more fun than entremetier. Plus, I feel like I’m learning more and getting a better experience. It’s just so much more action-packed since every diner gets an appetizer (as opposed to veg, where we’d send out maybe seven plates on a good night!), so I’m learning speed, timing, and finesse under pressure. The time also goes by so much faster when you’re busy. I’ll take busy over slow and dull any day!
My head is spinning a little today, because we just got word that our rent was raised by $150 each (there’s five of us, so that’s…$750!). CRAZY! I guess we’ve got a great apartment in a great location, our landlord knows it, and he thinks he can make more money (he’s probably right). Unfortunately, this has left us a little panicked trying to figure out if we can afford to stay or if we’ve gotta move on. Let me tell you, it’ll be quite the hassle if we have to move. The NYC rental market is no joke. Broker fees, application fees…basically red tape galore.
So, tonight I’m off to cure my pounding head with a nice meal. I’m meeting my best friend and her dad for dinner out.