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Sarcasm nor Humor Translate

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TBG is a huge fan of truly bad puns, quips, sarcasm, and innuendo.  He’s mastered all of these and refined them to a true art form.  Ya gotta have some special qualities to appreciate the depth of his ability in these areas.

However.

When you’re living in a place that is 85% foreigners, and made up of about a brazillion different nationalities, none of those attributes translate well.  Not a bit.  Example – When the server asks at a restaurant if he’d like to try their new chicken supreme pasta  – he’ll ask “Can I get it with just the regular chicken??”  And he’s truly just passing the time, making conversation until he finishes reading the menu and makes a decision.  But the poor server has no clue.  Looks baffled.  Looks around for someone with better English skills.

Or the perfume-sprayers.  I dunno what you call them, the demonstrator people that stand around with bottles of perfume and cologne and want to spritz you with the scent they’re promoting.  “Spray, sir, spray for you??”  they’ll ask in a sing-song cadence.   Frankly, the look on their face is priceless when he pops off something like “Can I get it to go?  Takeaway?”.  No clue.

And, it’s important to confirm things.  Example – we ate at The Cheesecake Factory in Mall of the Emirates – it’s the largest one in the world (of course) and had just recently opened – New Year’s Eve.  When we ordered, TBG asked about the Red Velvet Cheesecake – asked was it good, had the server tried it?  The server said yes he’d tried it and he liked it.  TBG closed his menu and said “great!”  I ordered the Lemon Raspberry Cream cheesecake…….The server asked if I wanted two pieces.  Thinking the question a bit odd, I said “No, thanks though”.

Only one came.  Mine.  No cheesecake for TBG.  I suggested that maybe it would be along shortly.  It wasn’t.  Asked the server “Where is his cheesecake?”  With a shocked look, he said “Madame, I am so sorry!  I asked if you wanted two pieces, and when you said “No” – I assumed you would share.  My apologies.  I will get another immediately!”    It was another “literal” conversation…..(remember when I asked the clerk “So, what brought you here?”  and she led off with “Well, madame, I come from a very small village with no buses, so my uncle who has a car took me to the next town…..”??)   TBG asked if the Red Velvet Cheesecake was good and had the server tried it.  The server answered.  Apparently “great” does not an order indicate…..lol…..We specified to bring a Red Velvet not another Lemon Raspberry (though it was sooo good!).

Yes, I’ve told him that he’s wasting his time, and all that *amazingly* entertaining humor <snort> on folks that simply won’t get it.  He’s convinced he’s providing a public service – Humor Police or something.  Gotta love TheBigGuy and the lack of translation!

Restaurant Review – Tribes African Steakhouse

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We dined at Tribes in the Mall of the Emirates because we’d heard it had fantastic steaks. It’s advertised as an African Steakhouse, and it has the African theming down well – you forget you’re in a mall!  Feels like you’re walking into an African hut of some sort, and you can see the flames of the grill in the back, there are skins and furs on some of the chairs, woven reeds, just a fabulous sense of theming.  Disney would be proud.

Even their menus are beautifully themed, aren't they?

Even their menus are beautifully themed, aren’t they?

Just trying to show you a bit of the atmosphere we experienced.

Just trying to show you a bit of the atmosphere we experienced.

I wanted tile in my house like is on these walls.  Till TBG told me I'd have to keep it dusted.....

I wanted tile in my house like is on these walls. Till TBG told me I’d have to keep it dusted…..

We were happy, had just gotten off one of the Big Bus tours and we were starving!

We were happy, had just gotten off one of the Big Bus tours and we were starving!

This is the bar area.  No, they don't serve real drinks with liquor.

This is the bar area. No, they don’t serve real drinks with liquor.

Pretty dang cool-looking chandeliers, huh?

Pretty dang cool-looking chandeliers, huh?

The seating areas are comfy and cozy, and great for conversations.

The seating areas are comfy and cozy, and great for conversations.

We ordered steaks, and a multi-tribal sausage platter as an appetizer.  The sausages were interesting, the chicken one had little flavor, lamb was a bit more flavorful, the beef yet a bit more, but the camel was *quite* tasty.  The onion and fig jam was gummy and difficult to enjoy.

The bread they brought us I SWEAR I could have eaten nothing but that all night.  It was crusty, warm, and wonderful.

The bread they brought us I SWEAR I could have eaten nothing but that all night. It was crusty, warm, and wonderful.

Appetizer - the sausage platter.

Appetizer – the sausage platter.

TBG's "mocktail" - pronounced yummy as well.

TBG’s “mocktail” – pronounced yummy as well.

Yummm.... one of their "mocktails" - blended fruit juices.

Yummm…. one of their “mocktails” – blended fruit juices.

Our steaks arrived, and be aware that they’re cooked to a textbook level of doneness…… if you order medium, that’s exactly what you’re getting.  The meat was nowhere near as tender as we’d hoped for, and the only flavor in the meat was within the sauce it was served.  We were truly disappointed.  We’ve had better quality meat at a Longhorn Steakhouse chain in the states.  The portions were substantial, though.  And the bread was *quite* delicious – full of grains and all sorts of goodness.  We could have eaten another entire loaf.

The attraction - red meat.  This place is for carnivores, for sure!

The attraction – red meat. This place is for carnivores, for sure!

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TBG's steak.  He loved it.

Again, the atmosphere was quite wonderful, our server knowledgeable and attentive, it was a fun place to eat.  Here are some of the folks hard at work making the food served.

Making that meat magic happen!

Making that meat magic happen!

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Service was exquisite, unobtrusive and professional, with a sense of humor.  It was a nice visit, but not worth a return trip at the

prices they charge – unless you snag a “buy one get one” type voucher from one of the group-selling websites.

Now, even when you're getting your bill, it's presented in a lovely manner, see?

Now, even when you’re getting your bill, it’s presented in a lovely manner, see?

Happy!

Happy!

Here’s a link to my Trip Advisor review