A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Diamonds are forever but roses last only but a day...

Valentine's Day! Ahhhh....
It is truly the most popular day in a restaurant's year! This is a day when, if a restaurant isn't fully booked, it might as well be turned into a newsagent's or a laundrette.
The scramble for tables is such that telephones are like the X-Factor or Strictly Come Dancing hotlines on finals night.

Yesterday, while trying to catch up with my paperwork, the phone rang at least 20 times an hour. And it will have been the same in our other restaurants. The fact that they are all closed on Mondays with no one to answer the frantic calls must have been really frustrating to all those desperate young lovers trying at the last minute to impress their sweethearts!

I say: "Forward planning!"
But then, in this day and age, who can be that certain to be with the same person long enough to be able to plan a celebration meal more than four weeks ahead?

I remember about fifteen years ago, I placed this advert in September!! "Valentine's Day is only 19 weeks away! Do not disappoint your sweetheart! Book now!"
Honestly, February 14th was booked up the day the ad appeared!

That proved two things! That my ads were definitely being read and that Romance was definitely alive and kicking up in the North East!

Anyway, I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day! Red Roses to Everyone!


Blogger Caroline said...

Wow and to think I've always preferred the romantic dinner for two - at home!

14/2/06 5:47 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Happy Day to you and your sweetheart, Cream!

14/2/06 6:47 PM  
Blogger annie said...

You realise that restaurant folk are the only truly happy people on Valentine's Day? Couples are under pressure and singles are feeling left out, bah...

Having said that, Happy Valentine's Day to you two!

14/2/06 7:07 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

A happy, happy day to you too, Cream. I like Annie's bah-humbug attitude, hee hee.

14/2/06 7:50 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Caroline, if I didn't work in the restaurant business, that's what I would do! Cook Karen a nice meal with champagne and chocolates!

To you too, Penny! Hope you had a great day!

Annie, there was a time when Mother's Day was the most popular but romantic pressure has pushed that to second place.

Gigi, but she's right! Couples are always under pressure to dish out all the love they've saved all year instead of giving it by lovely instalments every day!

Or if they give their partner a great Valentine's then they think that's it for the rest of the year!

14/2/06 11:09 PM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

I hope you and Karen still had some time for romance ;)

15/2/06 3:11 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Did you do a special VDay menu??

15/2/06 3:03 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Viking, what's romance? Karen was in bed when I got in from work!

Yes, Wendy. But food is not really important for all those hungry for love!

15/2/06 3:35 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I think couples put themselves under pressure, and they have these really unrealistic expectations about relationships.

15/2/06 8:55 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Just catching up on all of your posts! Seems like you all had a great time (post below). I'm in that go home early age group, too.Gosh! I hate being old! I will be 50 in May. ugh!

15/2/06 9:00 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Janet, life begins at 50 nowadays! I am 53 at the end of the month and I honestly don't think that I have ever felt younger!

Gigi, as I commented above people shouldn't wait for Valentine's to dust their relationships with a dozen roses or a card! Mind you, I am not a-dozen-roses style of romantic guy. More like a vocal type of guy... A few good words every now and then!

15/2/06 9:12 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

It is funny, how popular certain days are, the restaurant I worked in the most made heart shaped pizzas on Valentines Day! It was sweet. Some of the more popular places here, on these busy nights it is hard to get good service, so I wait another day.Glad you were busy!

16/2/06 4:33 AM  
Blogger hobbes said...

I'd like to make a reservation for 2 for next valentines please...

17/2/06 12:04 AM  
Blogger carla said...

I'm stopping in to hello...I have not been very good at keeping up with blog visits. So much has happened here! The tapas bar looks awesome! I am truly impressed by the beautiful mosaics you created...such a labor of love. I'm glad you've been so busy, but I hope you found a little time on Valentine's Day for some romance of your own:>

17/2/06 12:08 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Val, we did once try heart-shaped pizzas! They turned out too cheesy!

Hobbes, how about a Valentine party on your beautiful island?

Carla, nice to see you again! Thanks very much for your compliments! I am still enjoying it even though I am on my last legs!

17/2/06 1:19 AM  
Blogger Chill Daddy said...

Cream, have you ever heard of a book called 'The Five Love Languages'? You are a 'words of affirmation guy - one most women appreciate.

The other four are: acts of service, gift-giving, physical touch, and quality time.

You can probably guess which 'love language' most men speak.

17/2/06 2:01 PM  
Blogger cream said...

CD, No I haven't heard of this book but I agree I am a "words of affirmation" guy.
But also Service:DIY around the house, gift-giving: a new food processor, (for me), Physical touch, a good slap on the bum! Yes and a lot of quality time.
Thanks for your enlightning comment!

17/2/06 2:36 PM  
Blogger Ale said...

thats super smart- but i think Vday sucks!

17/2/06 4:18 PM  
Blogger iluvnyc said...

i'm glad that the restaurant is running well! :) happy v-day, man... even tho i don't really celebrate it :D

17/2/06 5:49 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

It seems blogger has eaten my comment.
I've never booked a restaurant more than a few days earlier. People stress too much, planning too far ahead. They create big expectations and then can't fully taste the moments when they come.
Even our wedding was planned only three monthes ahead.

17/2/06 6:43 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

The idea of heart-shaped pizzas being too cheesy has just got me chortling... but some people are very found of cheese...

18/2/06 2:18 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I meant fond... of course...

18/2/06 2:19 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Ale, did Nico send you a dozen roses?

DC, I have two couples who've been to our restaurants every fortnight for the last twenty years! Now that's a bit beyond the joke! I am happy they are faithful but I'm like you. I always leave it to the last minute to book!

Caro, heart-shaped pizzas are full of cholesterol!)

19/2/06 11:02 AM  

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