Sunday, August 25, 2013

My week

The Bombay Sapphire completion that I won last year was this week. I lost. My friend won. I thought I had a pretty kick ass drink. I was told by trusted associates that it was good. The judges just liked what some other people did better than mine. I worked last Wednesday and Thursday at Curio. I worked Friday through Monday night at Bodega. I worked Wednesday through Friday at Curio and tonight at Bodega. I closed with Adrianna last Friday. That was cool. I saw Zak and Sarai on Thursday as well as Adrianna and Sandy. I got my shift covered tomorrow so I can tour Brothers Drake Meadery with the USBG. That should be fun. I am the most boring person alive. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Books and movies and Vice Versa

I watch a lot of movies and read a lot of books. Sometimes they collide, sometimes they don't. They are right now with the movie "Beautiful Creatures". I've been doing that with  many things lately. Peter Mayle's books and the movie "A Perfect Year". J.K. Rowling's book "A Cuckoo's Calling". I get on kicks where I have to read and watch a bunch of stuff. I have a very odd brain.


I'm going to give this brewpub another chance. I had to stop across the street at fedex office to scan and print some new insurance documents. It's between services so I should be okay. My last couple of experiences here have been just okay. Nothing great. Nothing horrible. There is a bike share station right outside it. That's a plus since I don't have a working bike right now. I only really like one of their beers. 

Day off

I'm going to try out the Columbus Zoo today. I can take the bus out there and get half off admission and not have to pay for parking. I love animals. If I had more time and was allowed, I would get a dog. A little one.

Food isn't as good for you as you think; or, this isn't food.

I'm watching a show on the History Channel called "Food Tech". This episode is about hamburgers and french fries. It's interesting, but its also weird. I think it was sponsored by McDonalds and large agricultural conglomerates. It extols the virtues of feedlots for cattle, white flour for buns, processed cheese, and burgers made from whatever is lying around at the processing plant. He makes mention of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" and how that influenced the modern, safer changes in modern food processing plants. That's not true. Have you read "Fast Food Nation" or watched "Super Size Me"? Modern food production is disgusting. It's not food. I'm not sure what it is. I'm not so much worried about what is and is not good for me, I just want to eat real food.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Drunkeness is...

I work in a bar. I live down the street from where I work. The district I live in has a number of bars close to each other. I know bartenders, servers, managers and bouncers at all these bars. This can be awesome. It can also be disastrous.
Yesterday I attended a local beer festival. I had a great time. I tried a number of beer that I hadn't tries before. I spent time with people with from other bars and reps from beer companies and local distributors. After that was over I caught a ride with one of the bar owners. We stopped at a cool pizza place that carries a great list of craft beer. We then went to his bar and drank beers on his private rooftop patio. I then went down the street to watch some of my friends bands play. Hot mess at this point. I remember doing one shot of Wild Turkey. (I love bourbon!) I remember leaving. When I woke up this morning I had three texts waiting for me. They asked me where I went and that I forgot to pay my tab. I never walk on a tab. It's the first time I've done it at this bar. I've been spending time here a few days a week for over two years. I felt like an idiot this morning. Drunkeness is fun and costly. More cost to my dignity than to my wallet.

Monday, February 1, 2010

More work woes

So we are going to start serving dinner next week; after 10 months of only serving lunch and Sunday brunch. The menu looks good. The wine list looks good. The FOH staff is coming together. The major problems are the BOH staff and the owners. For the most part, the cooks suck. The owners are nice, bit clueless. We have an experienced chef who is helping us plan the menu, but he is not able to work the line like he should because of his age. Today the owners decided to sit down and rework the menu. I fear that they are going to mess it up and make it something that only appeals to the lower class of customers. I don't want this to happen. I want to appeal to a higher class of paying customers so tips will be higher. It's impossable to explain this to he owners because of their lack o restaurant experience. I'm scared for the future of this place. I need to make more money and they're not helping by dumbing down the menu. Any thoughts?

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