Husband and I recently drove to Denver for his father’s funeral. Denver is a 10 hour drive for us, so we stopped in Newcastle, WY as a half-way point there and back. Newcastle is an old mining town, and still is dominated by extraction industries. It has some beautiful scenery, and lots of wildlife. Mule deer wander around on Main Street. There are elk nearby.
We ate at a pizza and steak house the first night we stayed in Newcastle. I ordered a sirloin with mashed potatoes. The waitress asked me “white or brown?” I was a little puzzled by the question, but assumed that she was referring to the type of potato I wanted my mashed potatoes made from. It made me think that I was dining in a pretty fancy establishment that took such care with mashed potatoes. I said “white”. Imagine my surprise when my meal arrived with a nice steak and a lofty pile of mashed potatoes smothered in gloppy white gravy. White and brown in this restaurant refer to gravy, not potato varieties! I want only butter on my mashed potatoes, and I left the potatoes untouched and concentrated on my steak.
I talked with relatives at the funeral about my gravy debacle, and the only one who had experience with “white or brown” was a step-nephew by marriage from Texas. Something was lost in translation for me in Newcastle, but now that I know what the code means, I can order mashed potatoes with confidence!
When have things been lost in translation for you? How do you like your mashed potatoes? How do you make mashed potatoes?