Service charge for no service

Sometimes it’s hard to decide what to eat when you’re out on a weekend. There are so many things to distract you from your decision. And that’s what happened to me. So when we were walking past a cafe with tables outside, we just conveniently made our way over and sat down without much thought.

But then this turned out to be one of those restaurants where it says loud and clear on the banner outside that you will be charged a 10% service charge. When we were ready to order, we were expecting a waiter to come up to our table but none came.

We waited a while before we noticed there were pencils and order form slips at the table where WE were expected to write down our own orders. And when the waiter came up to collect the slip, he coolly informed us that one of our items was “out of stock”!!!!!!!!!!!!!! at which point we got up and left.

And why ever not?? We’d be fools to pay 10% service charge and have to fill out our own order and can’t have what we want to eat!! lulz this restaurant must take its customers for idiots!

Saved by a cafe

As someone who knows next to nothing about musical instruments, that little cafe tucked in a corner of a music store is a savior. That’s where I went to enjoy a small cup of coffee while waiting for my kids to shop for their musical stuff.

Otherwise I’d be making a fuss and telling my kids they should shop online at akg microphones at instead of making me wait. Now they can browse while I rest my tired legs.

And is it any good?

Cafes are a dime a dozen these days. A couple nights ago, Friend B suggested going to a cafe he went to the night before with another group of friends. “They have cheesecakes at 13 bucks a slice,” sings Friend B excitedly.

“Oh really? And is it any good?” was my sarcastic response. “On second thought, at 13 bucks a slice, it’d BETTER be good!”

Personally I’m not keen on cafes and cakes simply because I’m someone who can bake my own cheesecake. It takes a bit of work, sure but it’s so worth it.

Thankfully when we got to the cafe, it was closed. Woohoo, I just saved myself 13 bucks!

Chatting over cheesecakes

I’m always hesitant about new recipes because I want to be able to eat good food at the end of the day and succeed in following the recipe but that doesn’t always happen. I have a friend who loves trying out new recipes. She made New York cheesecake when I was over at her place. We talked about the latest food trends and somehow ended up talking about how she was going to surprise her husband with guitar center fort myers. We talked until she almost forgot to turn off the stove for the blueberry syrup she was making. Thank goodness for her daughter who asked what the awful smell was!

Experimenting with ingredients

The other day we went to a Thai restaurant and ordered papaya salad after a long discussion about whether we should get papaya or mango salad. We usually eat mango salad, but one of my friends said that the papaya salad was known for its rich taste and wonderful colors. And she was right. Even though both papayas and mangoes are almost similar in their sourness, there is a slight variation that gives each salad its unique flavor.

I was inspired to make lasagna yesterday, but this time I made it with ground turkey. I’ve always made it with ground beef because everyone loves how well it goes with tomatoes. I was surprised to learn that the turkey went just as well as the beef. It brought out a lot of flavors in the cheese that was usually bland. There was also a lot more sauce for the noodles to absorb.

Have you ever tried substituting one of your favorite ingredients with something else and realized that it was way better than you thought?

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