I want to start a discussion about the service in FG. Let’s see if I can do this without being whiny cuz it’s actually kind of funny now: service in FG is a beast of its own. There is not one food or beverage establishment that doesn’t exude the malaise. Sometimes it’s charming, like we live in a small town. Other times it’s just baffling: the crew at lil pig would always forget me within the five minutes I’d be waiting in front of them for my food. At Pequena one night, I tested them: I called them to order and they put me on hold, which I’ve noticed is their thing. While I was on hold, I walked over there. I walked inside, still on hold and noticed the phone hanging off the hook. The waitress approached me instantly and asked what I’d like and I said, ‘I’d like to order a salad but so you know, you still have me on hold.'” She said, ‘hold on a minute,’ and went and took drink orders from a table in there. I walked out. One morning, I needed a packet of rice cakes. Plain, salty rice cakes: I went to Provisions, Fresh Garden and the evil deli (the older one on Fulton, which is far less evil since Fresh Garden opened): Not a salty rice cake on the shelf. There were garlic rice cakes and seaweed rice cakes at Fresh Garden and Provisions have stocked them since I erupted in my morning rush: “someone needs to have rice cakes in the neighborhood.” But the point is, I rushed from here to there to no avail, despite there being all these gourmelis in the ‘hood. What’s it gonna be, FG: small town or yuppyville. I’ll settle with one or the other but not middle ground.