Monday, September 29, 2008

Tap Water, Please

I drank water from Norway on Saturday. But I didn't want to.

Paul and I went to a sushi place in our neighborhood for supper. Like I do whenever we go out to eat, I asked for a glass of water.

"Sparkling or still?" the waitress asked.

Still, I responded. Though I obviously should have said "tap."

What I got was a $4 water in a sleek glass bottle. A double whammy-- bad financially and bad for the environment.

Anyone who knows me even slightly knows I hate buying water/pop at restaurants, so it almost killed me when we got the bill

I've found that beverages are an even worse deal in New York than in Ohio. At many restaurants around here, refills are *not* complimentary.

Not everyone realizes this, of course. For example, Paul and a friend from out-of-town went out to dinner several months ago. His friend kept asking for refills and ended up paying something like $8 for tea.


  1. Phil and I went to the beach this weekend and ate at a fancyish Hawaiian restaurant in Dewey Beach, just south of Rehoboth. We ordered adult beverages, but also wanted water, and were told we had three choices: Perrier, Pellegrino and "Dewey's Finest." Aka, tap water. Ha ha. We got the stuff from the tap.

  2. I feel your pain! Free refills don't exist in Japan, either. AND all the drinks are child size. Hell, less than child size. I'd say the standard cup of coke you get with a meal is probably 6 or 8 ounces. It sucks! I almost always drink water now too.



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