Why the diner is the ultimate symbol of America
"With its chrome counter and cherry pie, the diner is an icon of American culture.
What's the global appeal of this humble eatery, asks the BBC's Stephen Smith..." + Five typical diner dishes (BBC)
America on a plate : The story of the diner "Whether Edward Hopper's Nighthawks or the infamous encounter between Pacino and de Niro in Heat, these gleaming, gawdy shacks are at the absolute heart of the American vision..." (BBC)
Vocabulary for the hotel and catering industry
vocabulaire de la spécialité
les herbes et épices
tout le vocabulaire (danzcontrib.free.fr)
A sucker table
"Every restaurant has a sucker table. It is the worst table in the house, the one where the all the suckers sit...
it is next to the loos, on a flight path of waiter traffic or has a bucket placed in the centre collecting brackish fluid dripping from the ceiling..." (guardian.co.uk)
'Happy Meals' banned in California
"McDonald's "Happy Meals" and other fast food snacks that come with toys are to be banned in part of California in an attempt to wean children off unhealthy, high-calorie diets...
One quarter of children in the area are overweight or obese and officials say they are tackling an "obesity epidemic". " (telegraph.co.uk)
'Greaseless Spoon' café serves low-fat fry-up in Holborn, London
"Britain's first "Greaseless Spoon" café has opened offering customers a "healthy" fry-up with 70 per cent less fat than the traditional dish...
If it proves popular with customers, the Greaseless Spoon could soon become a permanent feature in towns and cities across the UK.
To celebrate the launch this week, all the food will be served up for free..." (telegraph.co.uk)
Service at sword point at "Ninja" restaurant "Waitresses wield swords and flare flames at diners, who have to get past a moat before sitting at their table in the dimly lit dining hall...
Ninjas were mercenaries who resorted to unusual warfare strategies such as espionage, sabotage and assassination from as far back as 700 years ago in feudal Japan. They remain a common, enduring theme in Japanese folklore...
Ninja competes with restaurants that specialize in airliner, dinosaur and toilet decor in a city teeming with theme diners. " (reuters.com)
American restaurant menu - Sample menu from a typical American restaurant that serves everything (modified from a Coney Island menu) (ielanguages.com)
Rise of the all-you-can-eat restaurant Pay at the door. Then, "grab a plate, help yourself, help yourself again" "In just 12 months the all-you-can-eat restaurant chain Taybarns has taken the catering industry by storm - and there are plans to open 30 new branches. But does it encourage unhealthy eating?...
The all-you-can-eat concept originated in the US's working areas in the 1930s. Golden Corral has capitalised on that trend, focusing on small-town America, it now has more than 450 restaurants across 41 states. But with warnings that the UK is following the US with rising levels of obesity, isn't this sort of dining experience a cause for concern?" + a VIDEO (BBC)
Ordering food in a café
"Listen to the conversation and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills." (learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org)
"Listen carefully to the conversation in a restaurant and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills." (learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org)
Hamburger Restaurant- "A man is in for a
surprise when ordering a meal at a local restaurant." I. Pre-Listening Exercises II. Listening Exercises III. Post-Listening
Exercises Level: Medium
to Restaurant: Ordering Food - A Simulation Role-play
"Students are divided into two groups: waiters and customers.
Customers go around from restaurant to restaurant and order food.
The lesson includes eight menus, role-play prompts and worksheets for
customers and waiters."
Restaurants- "Choose the right word to go into the drop-down box."
"fast food, cookbook, recipe, dish, menu, take-away, bill, ingredients,
service, wait person, tip, dessert, bar, lounge, restaurant, order"
Food in the USA - What can you order
in the following fast
food restaurants ?
" Match the items on the right with the items on the left."
Better tables for beautiful people in Paris restaurants (November 10, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Two trendy restaurants in Paris give good-looking people better tables than not-so-good-looking people. This is according to staff who used to work at the two eateries." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Menu shows exercise needed to lose weight- a lesson plan with AUDIO(April 30, 2013)
"New research reveals that restaurant menus showing how much exercise is needed to burn off calories could be good for losing weight." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
-with Teachers'Notes - Site
devenu payant Level: 2 Language function: discussing issues; reading comprehension;
restaurant communication Topic: eating out; food and drink; restaurants Word focus: food; restaurant language
Creation Cards- (englishraven.com)
"On the front of each card is an "everyday destination"
(ex : a fast food restaurant), where a variety of activities
typically take place and various nouns can be found.
On the back is a grid with tips on grammar and sentence building,
a list of suggested verbs to use and some images of a
variety of nouns."
Ladies Lunch :
"A group of girlfriends, all age 40, discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the waiters there were handsome, with tight pants and nice bums.
Ten years later, at age 50, the friends once again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the food was good and the wine selection was excellent.
Ten years later, at age 60, the friends again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they could dine in peace and quiet and the restaurant had a beautiful view of the ocean.
Ten years later, at age 70, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the restaurant was wheelchair accessible and had an elevator.
Ten years later, at age 80, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they had never been there before."
Voici un jeu sur le principe de « The Big Wheel »
pour travailler en 4ème les expressions à connaître sur une séquence « aller au restaurant » basée sur la méthode « Enjoy 4 ».
Créé par Dulce Araujo (Ac. Nancy-Metz)
- Hangman - "Try your hand at this vocabulary
of common restaurant terms." (quia.com)
From An Italian Restaurantby Billy Joel :
"We'll get a table near the street
In our old familiar place...
Whatever kind of mood you're in tonight
I'll meet you anytime you want
In our Italian Restaurant" (sing365.com)
Meby Barenaked Ladies : "There's a restaurant down the street
Where hungry people like to eat..." (lyrics007.com)
Movies / Videos :
John Cleese: how to write the perfect farce-17 February 2017
"From the runaway rat in Fawlty Towers to Monty Python’s cheese shop, John Cleese has clocked up 50 years of sublime silliness.
As his new comedy Bang Bang hits the stage, he talks about fear, Feydeau and his love of farce." (theguardian.com)
Animated English - Restaurant Meal "Animated English is a series of animated video lessons for learners of English.
Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text, and some personal questions. The accompanying PDF files contain transcripts, language notes, worksheets, crosswords and word search puzzles..." (englishblog.com)
ESL Conversation: Restaurant Phrases and Vocabulary
"Does the thought of ordering food at a restaurant in English make you nervous?
Learn common vocabulary and phrases used in restaurants and on menus to make the experience even easier for you." (video.about.com)
Deer dives through diner window
"CCTV captures the moment when a deer dived through the window of an American restaurant in Livonia, Michigan.
Restaurant owner Gjon Mahilli expressed his relief that staff and customers at the Coney Island restaurant were left startled, but unhurt." (BBC)
Restaurant turns to monkey business "A Japanese tavern has turned to two monkeys for help with its table service...
The monkeys work in shifts of up to two hours a day due to Japanese animal rights regulations." (abc.net.au)