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Old 07-06-2014, 10:41 PM   #11
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I made some balsamic chicken and a corn, garbanzo bean and cherry tomato salad with a vinegrette dressing on a bed of greens. More cherry cobbler.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:32 PM   #12
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The Pirate tossed together a macaroni salad and we have a bag of chicken wings in the freezer. Too late for today, but definitely on for tomorrow. Crank up the AC, and turn the oven on for the wings.

Just took a look at tomorrow's forecast. It is supposed to go up to 90F. I might just have to wait on those chicken wings.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:35 PM   #13
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Sorry, Cheryl. Last night we finished the birthday key lime pie and, tonight, we were just too full to consider dessert, plus I hadn't made any.

However, you can look forward to Boston creme pie in our future.
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:09 AM   #14
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We just had grilled veggies on a kabob, some cantaloupe and potato salad.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:28 AM   #15
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We went out to our favourite family restaurant. It has been about two weeks since we were last there. In that time it changed ownership and the food was not great. We wondered what was up when the parking lot was empty. Yes, we went a bit late, but on Sunday evenings many of the regulars would be there. There is new staff. Unfortunately we may not be going there either. I like to give a second try so we will do that in a few weeks time, trying to give them time to get going.

This was a favourite place to take Dad and they would accomodate his food needs (soft foods or pureed). Also a dear elderly friend and I would meet there once in awhile and treat each other to lunch. She passed away last month.

I have a feeling that restaurant is going to be a closed chapter.

Anyway, I had fish and chips (which are usually the best around but they weren't) and TB had a steak, but it was not an 8 ounce steak by any means.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:44 AM   #16
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The fact that the wait staff had completely changed, speaks loudly.

My granddaughter worked for an upscale Italian Restaurant. One day she went in to work and was told because she couldn't speak a certain language fluently, her services were no longer needed. The manager on down to the bus boy had been replaced and the menu had changed from Italian to another Ethnic group. No more tablecloths with cloth napkins. Too bad. It was a lovely place to go to. The last we heard, it is not doing very well.

Today, my granddaughter has a job in a really not just upscale, but high class restaurant. First the sommelier will approach the table and make the recommendations according to what food they ordered. Then she steps in. All she has to do is bring the bottle of wine to your table and remove the cork. Then she places the bottle in the bucket after she pours your drink into your glass. Of course she allows them to smell and take a tiny sip first to make sure they approve. She makes more money in tips in one night, than she did at the upscale restaurant in one week. And no, she doesn't have to split her tips with the sommelier. He makes his own tips.

This is the kind of restaurant you would find at the Ritz. Not a bad job.
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:10 AM   #17
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I trained in a restaurant much like the one your granddaughter is in now. It was attached to the school, but a fine dining restaurant in it's own right. Once we graduated from the training kitchen to the restaurant we were chefs and doing all the jobs we would do in the "real world". Once a week we would have to serve in the dining room. This included setting tables, waiting on customers, bringing the wine ordered through the sommelier, serving the food, cleaning tables and even working the till. This was to give us a rounded education in case we ran our own place some day. We had celebrities, politicians and members of the Vancouver Canucks (hockey) and BC Lions (Canadian Football League) dining there.

I am glad your granddaughter has found a good solid job. It will help her to go places in the future. She may even find she wants to be a sommelier!
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I trained in a restaurant much like the one your granddaughter is in now. It was attached to the school, but a fine dining restaurant in it's own right. Once we graduated from the training kitchen to the restaurant we were chefs and doing all the jobs we would do in the "real world". Once a week we would have to serve in the dining room. This included setting tables, waiting on customers, bringing the wine ordered through the sommelier, serving the food, cleaning tables and even working the till. This was to give us a rounded education in case we ran our own place some day. We had celebrities, politicians and members of the Vancouver Canucks (hockey) and BC Lions (Canadian Football League) dining there.

I am glad your granddaughter has found a good solid job. It will help her to go places in the future. She may even find she wants to be a sommelier!
During her first two years of nursing school, her parents paid for her tuition. And that was all. She had to earn the money for her books and any other expenses. So she has worked in a lot of diners, drive-ins and dives. She got her experience in the real world, but the worst job was at Hooters. This present restaurant is where all the stars dine when they come to Boston. And she has to wear a gown. Thankfully, she has a closet full of them as she entered tons on pageants. A new gown for each one. My granddaughter is stunningly beautiful. And I don't say that because of our relationship. Sometimes I find myself staring at her in wonder. Right now she is working and saving her money so she can finish school. She dropped out because she found her then boyfriend more interesting. That is when her parents pulled the plug on her financially. Good for them. Smart parents.
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