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An Orange County restaurant is using compressed air instead of water to clean their dishes.
The air blasts away food from dishes before they're placed in the dishwasher.
"We are a large user of water just in our dishwashing practices," said Greg Daniels, executive chef at Haven Gastropub in Orange. "It's like a gallon of water just to wash one glass."
Daniels saw a social media post by another chef, John Cox at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, who wanted to conserve water. Cox started using compressed air last April and the restaurant is saving about 1,000 gallons of water a day.
"My first thought was I have to do it right now," Daniels said.
The air compressor costs about $200 and comes with a learning curve.
"Anything we can do to find unique ways to avoid using water gratuitously sounds great to me. As long as the air actually cleans, I'm pretty happy with that," Fullerton resident Kyle Strobel said.
Daniels says the new washing method meets health code -- all dishes are still being washed the same way, but the food is cleared off the plates with air.
Daniels says he's looking forward to seeing their first water bill since installing the air compressor weeks ago.
"If we were all doing this, just imagine what we could be saving," Daniels said.
Assistant Diva here. Had a lovely day celebrating summer down South, decided to stop at a favored vegetarian Indian location before we headed home.
Food was lovely. Atmosphere was lovely. Wait staff? Absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately for us, this was home to a New Age celebration in a college town. Most of the other diners we're very nice, keeping to themselves.
Then we get these university girls who are speaking louder than the heavenspawn, over the servers, and had at one point while ordering, decided to talk over the waitress explaining the dish with "It WILL taste good this easy, RIGHT?"
The poor waitress just kinda laughed it off and went that it will definitely taste good with her faux chicken mixed with vegetables.
I wanted to turn around and tell this entitled bitch off, but I figured that well, if I did, she would just go cry to Daddy and fail to tip her properly.
Sometimes someone appears on my radar and they trigger some sort of "punch in the face" mechanism.
Here's hoping she isn't getting a Bachelor of the Arts and is earning her grades by merit of assignments,