In this unexpectedly dramatic narrative, the Original Poster (OP) hosts an extravagant Friendsgiving dinner, showcasing an exquisite A5 Wagyu steak, only for the evening to devolve into culinary conflict when a new addition to the group vehemently opposes the preferred medium-rare preparation of the steak. A heated confrontation ensues, ending in a shocking escalation that fractures long-standing friendships and pushes OP into a corner. As tensions rise and social media blockades are erected, a tantalizing mystery involving an unexpected invoice for a dress’s dry cleaning unfurls, leaving the readers yearning to uncover how this feast-turned-fiasco concludes.
The Unorthodox Feast
OP plans an elaborate Friendsgiving meal after acquiring an A5 Wagyu strip loin at a surprisingly low price, thanks to his friend’s connection in the high-end meat industry. Besides this prized steak, OP also prepares an array of gourmet dishes, with each delicacy given careful thought and painstaking preparation. Among the guests, there’s a new face – OP’s friend’s new girlfriend.
The Arrival of the Newcomer
The small, intimate gathering takes an unexpected turn when the new girlfriend exhibits an aversion towards the medium-rare Wagyu steak. Horrified at the sight of pink meat, she proclaims it to be raw and dangerous. Unaware of the ideal temperature and preparation for such a delicate piece of beef, she insists it should be cooked until brown throughout.
The Heated Confrontation
Refusing to compromise on the culinary perfection of the A5 Wagyu, OP firmly denies the new girlfriend’s request to overcook her steak. Tensions flare as she insists it’s her right to have the steak cooked to her preference. Despite offering other well-cooked options from the feast, OP’s refusal leads to a heated argument.
The Unforgivable Act
In a bold, shocking move, the new girlfriend takes matters into her own hands, attempting to microwave the gourmet steak. OP, shocked and indignant, snatches the steak from her, accidentally dropping a portion on the floor. The dogs get to the fallen piece, leading OP to remark that at least it went to someone who could appreciate it.
The rest of the Friendsgiving dinner is fraught with tension, eventually leading to the early departure of the meat distributor friend and his new girlfriend. In an unexpected aftermath, OP finds himself blocked on social media by his long-time friend.
The Final Straw
Further complicating matters, OP receives a PayPal invoice from his friend, demanding $25 for dry-cleaning the girlfriend’s dress. Despite no recollection of any spills during the dramatic dinner, OP is left to ponder this surprising demand.
The Dry-Cleaning Bill
Despite being cut off from his long-time friend, OP decides to investigate the $25 invoice. Contacting other guests from the Friendsgiving event, he tries to determine if anyone else recalls a spill on the new girlfriend’s dress. The investigation uncovers no recollection of such an incident, intensifying the mystery.
The Uncovered Betrayal
While digging into the dry-cleaning bill, OP learns from another friend that the new girlfriend had been disparaging him behind his back. She had exaggerated the Friendsgiving incident, blaming OP entirely and painting him in a bad light to their mutual friends. This newfound betrayal adds fuel to the already tense situation.
The Culinary Defense
In a bid to clear his reputation, OP leverages his culinary expertise to explain the specifics of preparing Wagyu steak to his friends. He validates his original stance on not overcooking the steak with detailed explanations and sources. His culinary defense, however, is met with mixed reactions from the group.
The Unexpected Ally
To OP’s surprise, one of the more silent guests at Friendsgiving comes to his aid. This friend, who had quietly observed the entire drama unfold, vouches for OP’s version of events and validates his culinary arguments.
The Distributor’s Dilemma
OP’s meat distributor friend, caught between his old friendship and his new relationship, grapples with the mounting drama. He confronts the new girlfriend about the inconsistencies in her version of the Friendsgiving incident. A heated argument ensues between them, exposing further cracks in their relationship.
The Overcooked Apology
After the confrontation with her boyfriend, the new girlfriend reaches out to OP with an apology, claiming her lack of knowledge about gourmet meat led to her harsh reactions. She offers to pay for the ruined steak and withdraws the dry-cleaning invoice. However, OP is skeptical of her sudden change of heart.
The Alliance Reformed
After learning about the apology, the meat distributor friend reconnects with OP, apologizing for the abrupt cutoff and the unnecessary drama. A mutual understanding helps them patch up their strained friendship, though it remains to be seen how things will fare in the future.
Was The Host’s Behavior Appropriate?
OP posts his story online for feedback. The readers in the community forum had a lot to say on the matter. Here are some of their responses:
One reader said, “She was a terrible guest, and you were an obnoxious host. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t even eat meat above a medium rare temp, but when you choose to cook for someone, you don’t get to dictate how they eat it.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “Your job is to be a gracious host, not a pretentious a******. You don’t like well-done meat? Fine, don’t eat well-done meat. But it’s unbearably rude to deny a guest food because they won’t eat it how you like it.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “There are some people out there who have a problem with meat that isn’t brown through and through. Why do you take it upon yourself to demand they eat it your way or not at all?”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader commented, “It was one thing to refuse to be the one to cook it well done. It was another to physically intervene when she went to microwave the steak.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.