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zapper

zapper  n.— «Thanks to a software program called a zapper, even technologically illiterate restaurant and store owners can siphon cash from computer cash registers and cheat tax officials.» —“With Software, Till Tampering Is Hard to...

family meal

family meal  n.— «I had arrived at 4 p.m. to experience a daily ritual that takes place in hundreds of restaurants across the city, and in thousands more across the country: family meal. Chanterelle was the last stop on a month-long, eight...

foo-foo

foo-foo  adj.— «My brother John, ski instructor to Aspen vacationers, has a term for the town’s upscale restaurant food. He calls it “foo-foo food.” Although he appreciates fine cuisine, he’s just as happy with a burger and...

haute barnyard

haute barnyard  n.— «In accordance with prevalent Haute Barnyard motifs, the rooms of this West 69th Street restaurant are colored in hues of mossy green, and the walls decorated with photographs of giant, dewy farmer’s fruit. The menu is...

earn or burn

earn or burn  v. phr.— «Most airlines let you “earn or burn” miles in a variety of ways, such as using a credit card linked to the account or spending money or miles with one of the airline’s retail, restaurant, travel or...

expo

expo  n.— «Expo: expedite or expediter. noun… the kitchen station which dresses the plates and does the final inspection of them before being sent out to the servers. Also, the person doing the expediting. verb… the act of...