Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dominic Visits Reds'

It's Thursday evening at Reds' and Dominic Balducci has stopped by because he wanted to show his sister, for whom he purchased entry, the establishment.  She should be arriving any minute now.

In the interim, Dominic is chatting with Azalia, one of the owners.  As a reminder, he has used Reds' for his staff holiday party and as owners of food establishments, they do network with each other.

Dominic:  Where's Gia tonight?  Is she hiding out in the kitchen?  I haven't seen her since I got here.
Azalia:  Yes, you would have seen her by now if she were working, but she has the evening off.  She's spending time with her family this evening.  But we have staff to cover and someone else working the floor with me.  Pretty soon, we may even expand and have more people work the floor.
Dominic:  That's good.  I've been thinking about expansion too.  Not so much with Select Spaces, but another restaurant soon.
Azalia:  That sounds exciting.  Congratulations!
Dominic:  Thank you!

Azalia:  How are you doing with that drink?  Are you ready for another?
Dominic:  In a few minutes.  I'm waiting for someone.
Azalia:  Okay.  Well, let me know when you're ready.
Dominic:  Hey, not to change the subject, but that art work is new.  It's not exactly what I'd expect to see here.  Going in a different direction?
Azalia (laughing):  I know, right?  Dogs.  They remind me of a pool room.
Dominic:  Well, I didn't want to say anything, but, yes, that's what I think too.

Azalia:  Well, we were convinced by a local art dealer to be part of an art rental program.  The way it works is you pay a monthly fee and you try out works of art.  You can either go to the studio and choose what you'd like to use or use their online catalog to select and try out or rent art work.  You have the option to purchase at any time, but you don't have to.
Dominic:  Interesting concept.  So you keep the art work fresh?
Azalia:  Yes, it allows you to keep mixing things up.  You pay a certain amount for a certain amount of selections each month.  We could have paid enough to keep changing every wall, but that's a lot.
Dominic:  So you actually chose the dogs?
Azalia:  No, there's also an option to let them just send over something to try out and they take back the previous artwork.  This is what showed up based on our color palette and other selections.
Dominic:  Hmm...
Azalia:  I know, next time we may not let them pick for us.  We're not making that mistake again.

Azalia looks up as a woman approaches the bar.

Azalia:  Hello and welcome to Reds'.  What can I get for you this evening?
Donatella:  Hello and thank you.  I just need a minute to hug this guy right here.

Dominic recognizes his sister's voice and turns around to greet her.

Dominic: Hey, Donnie!  Glad you made it.
Donatella:  Hey, Dom.  I'm glad I made it too.  Thank you for asking me.  So far I like what I see.
Dominic:  Good.  I thought you would...Oh!  Where are my manners?  Let me introduce you to Azalia, one of the owners.  
Donatella:  Okay.

Dominic:  Azalia, this is my sister, Donatella.
Azalia:  Hello, nice to meet you.  Thank you for coming.
Donatella:  My you are pretty.  I love your hair.
Azalia (blushing):  Thank you!  That's so kind of you.  Please have a seat and let me get you a drink.
Donatella:  I think I'll just have some water, please.  I won't be able to stay long and I'm sure I'll have something during dinner.

Dominic:  That's right.  I forgot you had dinner plans tonight.  I should have checked before purchasing a ticket for this evening.  But I'm glad you could at least take a look at this place.
Donatella:  Me too.  I like it.
Azalia:  I don't mean to be nosey, but I'm glad you like it too.  Are you looking for a venue for an event?
Donatella:  Some of my friends and I get together to enjoy dinner and drinks pretty often and, although I know I can always have my brother host us, we like to switch it up and try new places.  Dom recommended this place and I think we'd have a good time.  It will give a couple of us single ladies a chance to mix and mingle with single men too.
Dominic:  Thank you for that information.  
Azalia:  Good idea.  (looking up) Please excuse me, I have to go check on something and I'll get you that water you requested.
Donatella:  Thank you.

Dominic:  So, dinner, huh?
Donatella:  Yes, because my son is such a sweetheart.  I'm looking forward to it.
Dominic:  What's going on with my niece?  I haven't seen her since the Memorial Day picnic.
Donatella:  Rachel's doing well.  She should be here for Thanksgiving. She's still loving her job.
Dominic:  Good, good.

Donatella:  I really need to get going.  I need to make another stop at the store before getting to dinner.  I'm so sorry I can't stay longer, but I will definitely make sure the ladies and I come here next month.  I like it!
Dominic:  Well, that's all I wanted was for you to see this place and try it out.  The owners are wonderful and so are their staff.  You'll have a good time here.
Donatella:  I'll see you later, Dom.
Dominic:  Have a good time at dinner.  

Just as Donatella is leaving, Azalia returns with her water.

Donatella:  Oh, Honey, I'm so sorry.  I appreciate your getting the water for me, but I really need to go.  But I'll be back.
Azalia:  That's quite alright.  I'm sure someone will want water and I'll have it handy.  Thank you for stopping by and please do come back.
Donatella:  I sure will be back.  Thank you again.  Good night.
Azalia:  Good night.

Donatella heads off to dinner and Dominic stays for a while to eat what's on the menu.

Thank you for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Can We Call it Official?

It's Sunday early afternoon and Brett has plans to go to the park with Marlin.  They have been spending quite a bit of time together doing fun things, like bowling, playing pool, going to the park.  Today they plan to spend time relaxing and enjoying each other's company before the weather gets cooler and the summer officially ends. Before he picks her up, Brett is stopping by Select Spaces, where they both work.  He's stopping to talk to Dominic Balducci, the owner.

Brett:  Hi.
Dominic:  Hi.  I thought you were off today.
Brett:  I am, but I got the message that you wanted to talk to me, so I thought I'd stop by for a few minutes.  Are you too busy to talk right now?
Dominic:  No.  I'm only inspecting the spaces and this won't take long.  Would you like to have a seat?
Brett:  No, thank you.
Dominic:  Well, I will.  I need a break anyway.

Dominic:  So I wanted to talk to you about you moving into the manager position, like we planned.  I think you have done as I asked and started in an entry level position to really understand operations and customer service first hand.  What are your thoughts?
Brett (smiling):  This is great.  I know I still have a lot to learn.
Dominic:  It won't be hard with the time I've spent showing you about the finances, ordering, scheduling and other things.  Now you'll be able to focus on daily operations in the manager role.  It's just another step.
Brett:  Okay.  I'm looking forward to it.  When do we start?
Dominic:  Well, we need to be sure your shifts are filled, so I'd like to have you help me interview a new employee.  We can't be short-handed with the staff.  

Brett:  Okay.  That sounds good.
Dominic:  We'll talk about it the next time you work.  You should be enjoying your day off.  Do you have any plans?
Brett: Yes, I'm going to the park with Marlin.
Dominic (smiling):  I like her. She's a great server.  Does she know?
Brett:  No, I haven't told her.  I wanted to see how things go with us first.
Dominic:  And?
Brett:  And they are going very well.  I can see myself being with her long-term.
Dominic:  Good. I'm very happy for you both.  But you'll need to tell her eventually.  Probably sooner, rather than later.  

Brett:  I know. I'll tell her when the time is right.
Dominic:  Well, do what works for you.  But remember, a good way to ruin a relationship is by not being honest.
Brett:  I know.  I appreciate the advice and everything you've done for me.  You know that, right?
Dominic:  Of course.
Brett:  Well, I should get going.  I wouldn't want to keep Marlin waiting.
Dominic:  Then that means my break is over.  Have a good time and we'll talk during your next shift.
Brett:  Okay.  Bye.

Brett leaves, happy about the news that he'll be in a manager role.  That means a lot, like he's ready for the responsibility and that he'll get a significant raise.  He picks up Marlin and they go to the park.  They go to a park which has a family area with play areas and picnic benches and separate couples and adults only area with smaller tables and some benches with two seats. It's a very popular park and people love that they can enjoy it for different reasons.

They're sitting in the couples and adults area enjoying food they bought from a vendor at the park.  They've been talking about their week and general things as they come up during the conversation.

Marlin:  This is such a beautiful day, the last of them before the beautiful fall days.  I guess it's time to start bringing out the warmer clothes.
Brett:  Yes, and it will also soon be time for cozy fires and beautiful leaves falling.  Then Christmas right after Thanksgiving.  There are so many things to enjoy with each season.
Marlin:  Yes, those are good things to look forward to soon.  So what's going with you.  Not that you aren't always, but you seem happier today.

Brett considers telling her about the manager position, but then decides to wait.  Instead, he feels there's something more pressing for him to discuss.

Brett:  I'm just happy to spend time with you today.  I feel like we've gotten closer and I...I just look forward to seeing you.  Plus, you look so good today.
Marlin (blushing):  I love spending time with you too, Brett.  I'm so glad we get along so well.  You're so nice to me and so thoughtful.
Brett:  Well, you deserve it.

Brett looks at Marlin, just smiling for a few seconds.

Marlin:  What?  What is it?  What are you thinking?

Brett takes a breath.  He wants to be sure about what he wants to say.

Brett:  Marlin, I have feelings for you and I want to keep getting to know you better.  I feel like we make a great couple and I, well, I want to make it clear that you're my lady.  My only lady.
Marlin (feeling surprised, but excited about what Brett is saying):  Uh..
Brett:  I want to be in a committed relationship with you.  Can we call it official?

Marlin looks at Brett.  Her head is swirling with thoughts like: I can't believe it.  This man wants to be with me.  I have to stay calm.  Stay calm, but happy.  I'm not asking him, he's asking me. He's so sweet.  He's actually asking me to be with a relationship.  A committed relationship.  I can't believe we went from friends to this.  Wow!  I'm so happy right now.

After gathering her thoughts and realizing Brett is still waiting patiently for an answer and looking hopeful, Marlin finds the words to respond.

Marlin:  Yes!  Yes, Brett, we can call it official.

Brett doesn't say anything.  He simply gets up, reaches for Marlin and pulls her up from her seat.  He pulls her in quickly and kisses her like they have never kissed before.  

It's a passionate kiss, longer and more deeply than the prior quick pecks on the lips they had exchanged each time before.

They both feel something stir inside.  When they finally stop, they take a moment to look at each other.

Brett:  I'm a very happy man right now and I promise I'll keep working to make you happy.
Marlin (grinning):  I'm happy too and, I don't want to get ahead of myself.
Brett:  You're not.
Marlin:  I want to make you happy too.

Awww!!  It looks like Marlin has a man in her life now for sure who wants her as much (maybe more) as she wants him.  Good for her.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Monday, September 4, 2017

Spending Time

It's Saturday, early evening, and Parker, Ember and Erwyn are at a restaurant enjoying dinner.  They stopped to eat after having spent most of the day at the zoo.

Parker:  So, I know you had fun watching the monkeys play.  But what was your favorite animal today?
Erwyn:  I don't know.  I like them all.  Ummm.  I have to think.
Ember:  That would be hard choice for me too.  While we think, let's see if Mr. Parker has a favorite.
Parker:  I have one.  It's the giraffe.

Erwyn:  Why the giraffe?
Parker:  Because they are so tall and they walk so elegantly with their long legs, one long stride at a time.  Plus, I know they won't eat me.
Erwyn (laughing):  They want leaves.  I like giraffes.
Ember (laughing): I like giraffes too, but I think my favorite is the gorilla.  They have lots of strength, but can actually be very nice and gentle.  You have to admire that.

Parker: That's a good pick.  Ms. Erwyn, you have to stop stalling.  We've given our favorites, but we need yours.
Erwyn:  Okay.  I like theeeee lion.
Parker:  Nice pick.  Why the lion?
Erwyn:  Because he's a king and everyone knows it.  He mostly lays around doing what he wants, but no one will bother him because he's the king.  Oh! And if they try, he just gives a loud roar and warns them.  Lions are cool.

Ember:  You got that right.  They know it.
Parker:  Yep!  They are the kings alright.  So did you like going to the zoo as much as you liked when we went to the aquarium?
Erwyn:  Yeah.
Ember:  Excuse me, is that how we respond?
Parker (to Ember): It's okay.
Ember:  No, it's not.  Erwyn?
Erwyn:  Yes, I like them both.

Parker:  I'm glad.  Now, we have to figure out what we should do next.  We've been to the aquarium, the zoo, the museum of natural science.  We did all the fun stuff.  What else is fun to do?
Ember:  We haven't been to the beach this summer.  Maybe we could take a day trip there before we lose the heat.
Erwyn:  I like the beach.  We don't go a lot.
Parker:  Well, that settles it. If you ladies would like to be on a beach, we'll head there next.

Erwyn:  Yay!  Mommy, can Brenna come too?
Ember:  Sure, if Parker's okay with it.
Parker:  Of course.  We need to be sure we do all the important beach things while we're there.
Erwyn:  What are important beach things?

Parker:  They are the things you have to do when you're on a beach, like building something with the sand, looking for seashells, and basking in the sun to get a tan.
Ember (smirking):  Maybe you bask.  We rub a lot of sunblock on and only leave the shade of the umbrella when necessary.
Parker (laughing):  I think we can compromise.  

Parker:  Erwyn, thank you for spending time with me.  I like getting to know you.
Erwyn:  I like spending time with you.  You are nice and you always tell me I'm pretty.
Parker:  Well, that's because you are pretty.  So, when are we heading to the beach?
Ember:  Next weekend or the following is good for us, if that works for you.
Parker:  Next weekend works for me.  I'm visiting my father the following weekend.  I need to help him with a few things around his house, plus I just want to see him.
Ember:  That's nice.  Enjoy it.

Parker:  At some point, I think it would be nice to take you both to visit and see where I grew up.
Ember:  That would be very nice.  It's not a long drive, right?
Parker:  No, not long a little less than two hours.  It's a day trip.
Ember:  Sure.  We can set that up later.  I'd like that.
Parker:  Good.  So, Erwyn, I know we're not filling up on real food are we?  We need some room for dessert.
Erwyn:  I have room for dessert.
Parker:  So do I.

After finishing their real food, Erwyn and Parker find dessert to split.  Then they head home.

It's so nice they are all spending time together.  We totally missed out on seeing the trip to the aquarium, museum of natural science and the zoo.  Unfortunately, we'll miss out on seeing the trip the beach too (this girl doesn't do sand well).  But at least we know they're moving along.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

We're Live!

Marisol and Rowan are at their first live appearance on Good Morning, Good People.  Of course they are very excited and nervous.  They know the products and items they will be covering and have been rehearsing for close to a week.  There are cue cards to help them along, but, mostly they will have to work through some key points.  The segment is 15 minutes, and they have a lot to cover in that time period, but they are confident they can do it.

Because they have not yet hired a new employee, but have a position posted, they posted a sign for days before the segment that they would open later.  There is a sign on the door right now stating the opening time for the day.  While they know it is a loss of revenue for The Flavor Café for the day, they are getting paid for segment and getting free advertising, which will more than make up for the loss.

As soon as they hire at least one part-time employee and, possibly, an employee just to help cover that morning, they will be okay.  More employees may even mean keeping the café open longer hours and on through the weekend.  They aren't sure yet, but they are hopeful.

So they are about to start and I don't want to miss a thing. So let's see what's happening.

Peyton (speaking into her headset):  Is the crew ready?  We'll need them to move fast to change out the items on this table during the close shots?  Make sure they follow the line up correctly.  We don't need any mistakes throwing off the segment....Okay.  Just check.  I don't see anyone headed out here yet.  I need to see bodies right now, please.  Thank you.

Peyton:  Are you ready, Ladies.  I'm sure you'll be fine.  Just think like you're talking to your family and friends or just one customer at a time.  Don't worry about the cameraman as he moves around, sometimes we need closer shots.  Pretend he's not there.
Rowan:  Okay.  I'll try to do that.
Marisol:  I'm a little nervous, but I'm sure we'll get through it.
Peyton:  The camera will get close during the table updates so the team isn't caught on camera.  So those are your extra chat moments like we discussed. Relax, breathe, pace yourself and have fun with it.  Okay?
Rowan and Marisol:  Okay.

Peyton backs away using her fingers for countdown based on the countdown she's getting in her headphones.  Now they are live!

Rowan:  Good morning, good people.  I'm Rowan and this is Marisol from The Flavor Café and we're happy to be here with you this morning.  
Marisol:  Yes, good morning.
Rowan:  We have lots to show you today with a mix of foods and kitchen items to help you serve yourself, family and friends some delicious food.

 Rowan:  Summer's coming to an end, but there's still plenty of time to enjoy being in your backyard while cooking a delicious and satisfying meal for your family.  Here are a couple of quick ideas.  Oven fried chicken and easy mac and cheese.  Prep time is 20 minutes. While you're boiling the macaroni, you simply coat the chicken with flour and bread crumbs, seasoned to taste, spray oil on the pan and the top of the chicken and into the oven it goes. 
Marisol:  That does sound easy.  Is the mac and cheese that simple too?
Rowan:  Absolutely.  Simply mix flour, milk and melted butter, pour and mix in the macaroni, pour the macaroni in the pan in layer, adding macaroni and then the cheese, with cheese as the last layer and put it in the oven with the chicken.  Then you just go play while you wait to enjoy your meal

Marisol:  What about that other plate of deliciousness?  It looks simple.
Rowan:  It is.  Veggies and roughage along with protein.  An egg fried sunny side up, some Canadian bacon, or turkey bacon if that's your preference, or even pork roll with broccoli or another green veggie.  You're ready to enjoy in just 15 minutes, which includes 5 minutes of prep time. Oh, and some people really like the extra flavor ketchup brings to their eggs.  Add a little to enhance the flavor.
Marisol:  That sounds convenient and delicious.  But I also think if you have time, you can include some warm bread with it.  Maybe some easy to bake rolls.
Rowan:  That sounds great.  Do we have some and how did you make them?
Marisol:  As a matter of fact I do.  Let me show you.

Marisol:  You wouldn't believe how easy it is to bake these rolls in the convenient little oven.  It works great for smaller items you want to bake, cook or heat up without turning on your larger oven.  It saves energy too.
Rowan:  That does sound convenient all around.  Where can I get one?
Marisol: It's made TRe-mentous and it is just perfect.  Lots of heating and temperature option.  It's available at most major stores.  To find out where, check online or call your local store.
Rowan:  I'll have to do that.

Marisol:  Look at how fresh they look.  I even added little faces.  The children will get a kick out of that.  I know my boys do.
Rowan:  I think it's so cute and creative.  Let's show how this all looks together on a plate for serving.

Rowan:  Now that's a meal that hard to turn down.
Marisol:  It sure is.  So, Rowan.  Now that we've had dinner, what's next?

 Rowan:  You know, Marisol, I was just thinking about that.  Every is usually looking forward to dessert.  I'm thinking we should talk about that next.
Marisol:  Are there easy options?
Rowan:  I think we can show some easy options, but I can't help but throw in one option that may take a little work, but is a classic favorite.  I do recommend getting a recipe that you like, a there are several available.
Marisol:  I can hardly wait.  You're building up suspense here.  What's classic, needs a recipe, takes work and I'm hoping is worth it.

Rowan:  Apples, baked in a crust, also known as apple pie.  A classic favorite.
Marisol:  I love it!  I'm sure with a paring tool, it will take no time at tall to prepare your apples.  That large knife looks a little intimidating.
Rowan (laughing):  What can I say?  I'm daring with time on my hands.  What about you, Marisol?

Marisol:  You know I have three boys, so my time is limited.  I'm sure several of you out there know what I'm talking about.  So I need some quick dessert options.  I recommend one of these delicious jelly filled pastries.  The packaging keeps them fresh, just be sure to check the date before purchasing.  Let's cut one open to see all of that fruit tucked inside.

Marisol:  I think my stomach is starting to growl over this.
Rowan:  It does look delicious, but I think I have a competitor over here.

 Rowan:  Although I would definitely opt for your cake Marisol, I think this delicious loaf cake is an easy dessert option.  It may not be oozing with fruit, but it is exuding flavor.
Marisol:  I love loaf cake.
Rowan:  You would enjoy this one.  Baked and packaged fresh and great for freezing.
Marisol:  Yes.  Speaking of which, let's talk about how to best store your food for later consumption.

 Marisol:  Here are some great storage options, plastic wrap which works well for individually wrapping food. That way you can pull out portions as needed.  You can also use parchment paper to wrap, which works well for freezer to over reheating.  It also helps keep your pans cleaner, longer.

 Marisol:  There are several brands on the market, but it's best if you do your research to see what consumers are saying.  These two are among the highest rated brands.  You know, Rowan, I think we covered some good options.  But I'm thinking something is missing that we don't want to forget about.

Rowan:  I'm right with you on that, Marisol.  We need something to wash our food down with.  While water is always a good healthy option, I think we can find some other options.  We have a nice light iced tea option or, if you'd prefer, some nice hot tea.
Marisol:  Is that a pot for the hot water?
Rowan:  It sure is.  It's another TRe-mentous product.  Once you've used the ac/dc cord to heat up your water, you unplug it and leave it on this heating element which keeps it hot up to an hour.
Marisol:  No reheating necessary if I'd like another cup?  I love that.
Rowan:  Me too.  It looks like you also have another classic drink to suggest.

Marisol:  I sure do.  There's nothing like a glass of milk, especially for the little ones and with your dessert.  Let me pour a glass to remind you of how good a glass can be.

Marisol:  Doesn't that look delicious.  Don't forget, it's great for bones and growth.
Rowan:  It's great with chocolate in it too.
Marisol (laughing):  I've heard it's good that way.  I think we have covered everything.  What do you think, Rowan?
Rowan: I'm thinking that although we're trying to keep our time in the kitchen quick and short, we are still alone and it's quiet.  It would be nice to have some company.
Marisol: You are so right, what do you suggest?

Rowan:  I'm glad you asked.  I think a small, portable and easy to move television will do the trick.  It doesn't matter which counter I'm using to cook, I can move it with me.  I can use it plugged in or on the battery life as long as I've charged it.

Marisol:  That's a great idea.  I could use the company.
Rowan:  Me too.  Can you believe this is yet another TRe-mentous product?  They make some awesome kitchen items.

Marisol: Yes, and we appreciate TRe-mentous sponsoring our time on the show today.
Rowan:  We hope you have picked up some good tips today. We are looking forward to showing some more related items in the future.  If you have a chance, stop by and see us at The Flavor Café.
Marisol:  We'll see you next week, but most of all we want to say...
Marisol and Rowan:  Have a good morning, good people.

Well, that went off without a hitch.  I guess Rowan and Marisol got over being nervous.  We'll see how the business is affected and we'll see if they hire anyone so they can handle any increases.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye