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I love good food, it’s one of my “happy places.” One of my most favorite things to do in life is going out to a nice restaurant and enjoying a nice meal. I don’t get to do it very often (since I can’t afford it), but when I do, it makes me very happy, happy, happy!  😉

Recently we went to one of my favorite places and I had this amazing dish (pictured below), and I’m not going to lie, for several days after this meal when I’d think of how wonderful it was, I would get a big smile on my face…yep, it was a “happy place.”

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White Fish, Sea Scallops, Shrimp, Mussels, Clams, in a Savory Tomato Sauce!!!
from Liberty Market in downtown Gilbert, AZ
Absolutely AMAZING Dish!

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This past Monday, Star, the girls and I had dinner with a great old friend who was in town from Michigan. We met at an Olive Garden in Queen Creek.

Star and I got to the restaurant first, and we got a table.

Our friend (and her daughter) arrived, it was so great to see them and to reconnect after many years of not seeing each other.

We sat at our table for literally 25 minutes, while multiple servers took care of tables all around us … yet, not one of them greeted us, or took our drink order. At the 25 minute mark, I finally flagged down one of the servers and asked to speak with a manager…

The manager did not make it to our table for 15 minutes. And yes, I timed it.

By the time the manager did make it to our table, (thankfully) we had placed our drink orders, and even our food order.

I mentioned to the manager about how long we waited, even to the point of flagging down a server to ask to speak with a manager (and the fact that it took him 15 minutes to make it to our table).

The manager did what managers do, he apologized for the delay, asked if we had ordered any appetizers (which we had not), and he offered to get us a free appetizer.

I thanked him for the offer, and let him know that I was not looking for a “freebie” and declined the free appetizer. I told him I just wanted him to know what had happened.

The manager let me now that he’d expedite our salad & bread sticks, and again apologized.

Fifteen minutes later (and yes, I was still timing – this was turning into fun for me), we still did not have our salad or bread sticks. At this point, the manager walked out of the kitchen and just happen to look over at our table to realize we still had no salad, he stopped in his tracks, turned around and a few short moments later came to our table himself with salad & bread sticks in hand.

Later, when our entrées were ready, the manager himself brought them to our table.

Our food was absolutely amazing!

I had the Eggplant Parmesan, and it was delightful!

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And to be fair, once we started getting our food, we had great food and great service!

When our meal was finally finished (we even ordered dessert for the girls), the manager stopped back by our table and asked how the meal and our service ended after such a rough start. I let him know that given the rough start, we actually had great service and great food!

He once again apologized for how things got started, he then informed us that he was taking care of our entire bill.

WOW!

I thanked him, and once again let him know that we, in no way, were looking for anything free and that I just wanted him to know what had happened. He insisted that we allow him to comp our meal and give them a second chance (at some other time) to prove they are a great place to have a meal.

So, I’m writing this post to say thanks to one of our favorite places to eat, Olive Garden, for doing us so right, for going above and beyond what needed to be done. We’ll be back…that is for sure!

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This past Sunday after church we went to lunch at Souper Salad. We actually chuckled a bit as we walked in the door, because we were the only ones in the restaurant not in our 60’s or older.

We get our food, we’re sitting having a nice lunch when this man, who was probably in his 70’s, comes up and taps my daughter Lexi on the shoulder and says, “I haven’t done this since I was little, but can I pull your pigtail?” Lexi was a little freaked out by it, but said yes. The gentleman proceeds to gently pull her pigtail, smiles real big, then gives Lexi a dollar, says thank you and walks out of the restaurant.

We all proceed to laugh very hard and decide that moment just made our day.

Here’s a picture of her holding her dollar…

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I love to cook!

I do most of our cooking here at the house, not because my wife can’t cook—she’s actually a great cook—I just happen to love to cook.

Tonight I made Spinach Ravioli with Alfredo sauce…we love it!

As I was draining the water off the pasta, I dropped the strainer and about half of the pasta went down the kitchen sink.

BUMMER!

After I dished up everyone’s plates, there was only one (1) piece of ravioli left for my plate…

Great dinner, huh?!?

However, my sweet daughters each gave me one of their ravioli to eat.

Aren’t my girls sweet!!!!