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In helpful phrases, helpful words, objects on January 18, 2012 at 12:43 am

Towels are very important for the front of house OR the back of house at a restaurant.  Whether you need to clean something up, wipe off your hands or wipe down a table so you can reseat it.  I personally hang a towel from my belt loop so I can always make sure my hands are dry and clean. THUS today’s Word of the Día is TOALLA. (pronounced TWEYE-ya)

 It means TOWEL.

With your Busser:

“¿Hay mas toallas limpias?”

“Are there anymore towels clean?”

With your guests:

“El baño tiene toallas de papel dentro”

“The bathroom has paper towels inside.”



In objects on May 17, 2010 at 4:27 am

At our restaurant people ALWAYS as for napkins and forks but they usually don’t know that they are already on the table is a container waiting for them to love and use.  SO whenever I run food to my or my co-worker’s tables I always say to the guests (while indicating ala Vanna White, of course,) “Ketchup, Mustard, Napkins and Silverware”.  Which is today’s Word of the Día!

SILVERWARE = CUBIERTOS (pronounced coo-vee-AIRRR-toes)

With your dishwasher:

“Necesito cubiertos limpios, por favor”

“I need clean silverware, please.”

With your guests:

“Salsa de Tomate, Mostaza, servilletas é cubiertos”

“Ketchup, Mustard, Napkins and Silverware”


In objects on May 7, 2010 at 6:03 am

Yesterday I was working the bar and someone ordered a pitcher of beer.  We were busy so I had to ask the busser to get me some clean ones.  So yesterday, I learned the Spanish word for PITCHER. It’s JARRA. (pronounced HARRR-ah!  Like the SAHARA Desert…but roll the “r”!)With your co-workers:

“Necesito más jarras, por favor!”

“I need more pitchers, please!”


In objects on May 4, 2010 at 6:58 pm

You can smoke on our patio, which tourists LOVE, so I am often asked for a pack of MATCHES. The Spanish word for matches is CERILLOS. (say-RRRE-ohs)

From your customers:

¿Tiene cerillos?

“Do you have matches?”

With your co-workers:

¿Hay más cerillos?

Are there anymore matches?


In objects on April 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm

CUCHARA (pronounced: koo-CHA-rrrah), means SPOON!

On the mesas at our restaurant, we only put tenedors, servilletas and knives. There are no spoons.

Knowing the word CUCHARA helps me a lot because I have to ask the bussers if they took it, the runner if they can bring one, the dishwasher if he can get me clean ones and the guests if they would like an extra one to share their dessert.

With your Dishwasher:

“Pedro,  yo necesito más cucharas limpias, por favor.”

“Pedro, I need more clean spoons, please.”

With your guests:

“¿Gusto dos cucharas con el postre?”

“Would you like two spoons with dessert?”


In objects on April 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm

The word MESA (pronounced: MAY-sah) comes up a lot.  It means TABLE.  I’ve used it when seating a tourist, asking for food from the kitchen and telling the busser who needs what where.  It’s one of the basics and you’ll see you will use it more than you think you will!

With your busser:

“La Mesa treinta necesita más agua, por favor.”

“Table 30 needs more water, please.”

With your servers:

“La mesa veintidos, es tuyo!”

“Table 22, is yours!”


In objects on April 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm

This one comes up a lot whether it’s me asking for them to be restocked at the busser station, making sure the jumbo ones are orderer ’cause we’re running low OR telling the table assistant that a guest needs one.

The spanish word for STRAW is POPOTE. (pronounced poe-POE-tay)

From a customer:

“Necesito un popote, por favor.”

“I need a straw, please”

With your co-workers:

“¿Hay más popotes?”

“Are there anymore straws?”


In objects on March 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Napkins, napkins, napkins.  We all want napkins.

On our tables, the napkins are self service BUT sometimes they run low or people want extras because…well…they’re pigs.  So today’s Word of the Diá is: SERVILLETA (pronounced: sir-vee-ET-tah unless you’re in Buenos Aires, then it’s pronounced sir-vee-SHET-tah… and you know what? Don’t start with your sir-vee-SHET-tah shit, okay?) it means NAPKIN.

With your customers:

“¿Gusto más servilletas?”

“Would you like more napkins?”

With an Argentinian customer:

“¿Gusto más serviSHETas?”

“Would you like more napkins?”


In objects on March 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm

People are always asking for forks, knives and spoons.  It’s a fact.  They drop them, we forget to bring them, the ones on the table aren’t clean.  So you should TOTALLY know the words for those.  The one that comes up the most is: TENEDOR (pronounced tin-eh-DOOR).  It means FORK.

From a customer:

“Yo necisito una tenedor, por favor”

(I need a fork, please.)

To your staff:

“¡Necesitamos mas tenedors!”

(We need more forks!)


In Beverages, objects on March 23, 2010 at 2:28 am

I love me some fresh café in the morning, so the after I had finished my opening duties of setting up the restaurant, I went to get a cup of coffee.  We got these new coffee cups at the restaurant that I LOVE. They’re GIANT buckets of morning goodness.

Anyhoo, that’s when I asked if the spanish word for CUP is the same as the spanish word for glass… and it is not.  The spanish word for cup is TAZA (pronounced TAHsah).

With your guests:

Una taza de café con eso?

(A cup of coffee with that?)

With your kitchen:

Necesito las tazas limpias, por favor!

(I need clean cups, please)

*F.Y.Ayeyieyie.: Taza refers to MUG-like cups.  (Coffee, Cappuccino, Espresso, etc.) Copa (pronounced CO-pah) refers to a cup of wine or the Sports Award: World Cup.

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