Happy Victoria Day Long Weekend AKA Time and a Half at Work!
I’d like to take this opportunity to point out that today’s ecard image is a little strong, but it made the most sense and was surprisingly the least offensive.
As many of you may know, I am employed at a chain cafe that serves not only high quality coffee, espresso, and alcoholic beverages but also freshly made salads, soups, and sandwiches.
At the cafe, we have a lot of interesting mispronunciation of words, miscommunication between staff members and sometimes customers, misspelled names, broken orders… etc etc.
There’s solemnly a dull moment, and when there is, we make sure to cherish it dearly.
The summer months bring a lot of interesting customers in, as we’re located just off the highway and people travel more frequently during this time of year.
One common thing we like to say around the cafe is – “when in doubt, go with the best deal”!
This can either be a breakfast combo, a drink and pastry combo, or a lunch combo that features a few double ups….
One of the most popular salads we have at the cafe is a quinoa (key-no-a) salad composed of diced tomatoes, cucumbers, quinoa, grilled eggplant slices, red onion, mint leaves and parsley.
Anyways, when I first started at the cafe, I was strictly on cash so as to learn the menu back, front, inside and out. I was not to move from the little cash corner and I was to perfect the art of taking orders.
Seeing as was my life 2-4 days a week for 9 months straight, I got to hear some pretty interesting names, and pronunciations of the menu items.
Quinoa, for example, is a technically a seed… It’s a grain crop grown that is rather enjoyable and good for you. I’ve heard this word pronounced in so many ways it hurts my head to even think about it..
“Can I have the ki-no-ah salad?”
“How’s the quee-noi-ah?”
“Kwi-noa… what’s that?”
“Kee-no-la salad sounds yummy!”
“Qwin-toe-ah salad, no eggplants…”
“Does there have to be onion on the kiwi-nola salad?”
Yes folks, I’ve heard it all… It’s quite a wonder anyone has ever ordered the correct salad before.
Furthermore, some of the drink orders I get are str8 up ridikkulus….
“What’s the cold lemon thingy?”
“What’s the difference between a coffee and a latte?”
“Can I get something without milk, coffee, or sugar?” <<< Water, I can get you water.
“Iced, blended crap you guys have…It’s soooo good but I can never remember the name.”
“Is there really a difference between an iced latte and an iced cappuccino?” <<< nope, there really isn’t seeing as the only difference at our cafe between the two hot versions is the foam. SURPRISE!
“Can I get an iced coffee? But I don’t like it too sweet. I just want some soy milk, sugar free vanilla, and don’t make it too strong but can you add an extra shot? Thanks…” … What? Just.. What?
Despite all this though, I’m fully aware that it’s moments like these that make the job entertaining and worthwhile. If you can teach someone how to pronounce a word properly, or follow their train of thought so that you’re both on the same page? It makes it a day not wasted and who doesn’t love that?
On that note, I’m to get up on the early side tomorrow so I can run some errands before getting to work for 10am. I’ll catch all of you lovely people on the flip side.
The cool side of the pillow.
The sunny side of the street.
Somewhere over the rainbow.
Strawberry fields forever…
Yeah, as usual the last one is a stretch I shouldn’t have risked.
G’night and Sweet Dreams!
– The Great Salad Order Interpreter
P.S. I highly recommend taking a walk after dinner as opposed to having dessert. It’s amaze-balls and effective. Walk on! (Ha, rock on word play…so clever). I seriously have to stop now because my feline child is attempting to derail this blogging process by sitting on my keyboard and pressing random buttons.