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Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Ask Tom chat recap: Water, water everywhere

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace was one suggestion for a place to splurge on oysters. (Matt McClain/For The Washington Post)
In Wednesday’s Ask Tom chat, Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema covered a number of topics, including the emergence of a new space at the Caucus Room offering small plates and sandwiches, a discussion about untouched plates and how restaurants should handle them, where to splurge on oysters and a list of must-try places in Miami. But the discussion eventually became dominated by a question from a local server: Why do his boorish customers insist on drinking so much water?

This is a real question. I am not asking to be snarky, argumentative, or to be taken in a negative manner. Why and how can people consume such astronomical amounts of water while dining out at a restaurant? I don't mind refilling even several times because it is my job, but I am just curious. It seems that sometimes people drink more water when they are nervous or bored, i.e.; out with in-laws, first date, proposing, with coworkers rather than a more desired companion. I love Europeans for one reason. They do not overconsume just for the sake of doing it. That goes for water, food, drinks, and whatever else you can think of. Moderation my fellow Americans. Moderation. Help me to help you.

As you can imagine, the general response was fierce.

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