The hotel I am at offers a breakfast buffet that is part of the room tab. It is really quite a lavish spread with a Chinese breakfast, Japanese foods such as sushi and sashimi, and more traditional Western fare such as eggs, meats, cheeses, fruit, bread and rolls, etc. There is also a small area with about half a dozen varieties of cereal. Yesterday I decided to have All Bran and I put some in one of the bowls that I found on a shelf under the cereal with a large serving spoon that was near the cereal area. For some reason the table settings here include forks and knives but no spoons, only a very tiny spoon that is served with coffee to stir in milk or sugar, so I looked near the cereal area for one to eat with. Nothing. I looked by the fruit, some of which is the type that is canned with syrup. No spoons. Finally, I asked a waitress and she disappeared and came back with a Chinese soup spoon (the kind with the big lip around the edge for eating soup, but definitely not appropriate for spearing All Bran, or canned fruit, for that matter). I held the spoon and pointed to the bowl---how was I going to eat cereal with this spoon? She looked flustered. I finally picked up the tiny coffee spoon and started eating the cereal with it---at the rate I was going, this was going to take a while. The waitress went off and got another waitress, who asked me what I needed. A regular spoon, please? So off went the second waitress. When she came back, she had a large serving spoon--no lip, which was good, but three good spoonfuls of cereal and I was able to finish the bowl.
This morning I seriously considered bringing my own spoon--I had one in the room that I had bought when I first came here. I forgot it. Resigned to eating my bowl of cereal with the small coffee spoon, I was surprised when the waitress came over to my table, again bearing the large serving one. But then when I went back to get a little more cereal, I couldn't find anything to dish it up with..... Maybe it's time to switch to an omelette?