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

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Tasty leftovers...

Ah, Christmas, bloody Merry Christmas....

I always promise myself that the next one will be perfect.
This one was perfect...
Well, nearly... That is until one of our head-chefs was diagnosed with severe angina! The poor guy, a loyal employee of over 12 years, is now awaiting a triple-heart bypass operation.

As a result, the run-up to the Christmas was a very busy and stressful period for the rest of his team who had to work twice as hard to make up for his absence. I tried to help a little in the middle of dashing between three restaurants tweaking, smiling, shaking hands, kissing, troubleshooting, shooting troublemakers...

And you know, when chefs get stressed out and tired they suddenly turn into Prima Donnas in need of love, reassurance and motivation!
Motivation in the form of a bloody kick up the arse and a pat on the back.
Every Christmas I could write a tragicomedy!
In actual fact I could commit a tragedy.
Such as shooting half a dozen chefs, two or three customers before riding away into the sunset!

But Christmas being the season to be merry, I have decided to bite on a few chocolates and my tongue while letting the New Year begin in bloodless harmony.

Ahhhh... That was therapeutic. Thanks for listening.

Happy New Year to you all great listeners.

I took this photo in a Brussels Square after that famous November wedding.
For this contented dog, "Happiness is a bowl of tasty leftovers."


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Blogger Akelamalu said...

All's well now though eh? Just the New Years Eve calamities to contend with now! :)

Hope it all goes well and Happy New Year m'deario. x

29/12/07 5:55 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Thanks, Akela and the best to you too for the New Year.

29/12/07 6:30 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

eiii! Holiday season and restaurants - tough duty! And one chef down? That's miserable! Sorry to hear, for both of your sakes. Hope he's well soon, and you're back at full staffing.

Hang in there - it's almost over!

29/12/07 7:26 PM  
Blogger cave renovator said...

All the best Cream for 2008 and an Andalucian get well for the chef, have a good one!


30/12/07 3:54 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

Happy New Year, is it Butch or Sundance Kid I am sending my heartfelt wishers?

31/12/07 1:33 PM  
Blogger PI said...

I got no kiss! I missed this lovely music. Calmez vous and a very happy happy!

31/12/07 1:58 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

haha i secretly knew that you're a cowboy! Aaah stress isn't it loverly? Glad you clung in and didn't create a mass murder that i had to read about in the papers! Have a beautiful and peaceful New Year my friend! The world would be boring without you!!!

31/12/07 7:20 PM  
Blogger zooms said...

Happy New Year Cream, and wishing the chef a swift recovery.
Love the photo with the dog, it looks like a surrealist movie.
I like tasty leftovers too.

31/12/07 7:37 PM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

Good wishes to your chef, and a Happy & Prosperous 2008 to you.

1/1/08 10:37 PM  
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