Last Friday a friend of mine and I visited this supermarket, which I think is being used as a pilot program and training ground for future management trainees. It is an older chain that has been upgraded. Oh mine, what an upgrade. From the moment you step inside, it is overwhelming with the sights, colors, aromas, and so much to choose from what to eat. Yes, they do have all kinds of hot meals and cold salads, so much that there I was salivating and didn’t know where to start. Then, to put the icing on the cake, the management is all over you, trying to make you very happy. They make you feel important. The state of our national economy is really working on people’s brains, and pocketbooks.
Meats looked so appealing, breads that tempt you to have a bite, and oh, forget about desserts. After finally deciding on barbecued pulled pork, some red potatoes baked in lots of herbs, then right there together with these two sides, I scooped some bread pudding and put some banana custard right on top of it. I started eating a little bit of everything at the same time. No waiting on my account to follow the routine of waiting to the end to have dessert. Oh, no! This is the first time I have ever done this, and really…it felt pretty good.
Oh, I forgot. My friend and I were fussing as to whom was going to pay for lunch. In the meantime, one of the managers came by and used her card and paid for both of us, while we were still arguing. We didn’t realize what had happened, until she told us to enjoy our lunch on her account. Now, wait a minute. Where are we? Visiting another planet? Yes…it happened and then there was free coffee. So we went into this supermarket, had a free meal, and drink , and walked out without spending one cent.
On the way out, I tried to find some filters for my a/c unit, because I felt kind of guilty of not spending any money, but at $10 a piece, my generous spirit said that I should wait, and maybe in the future reciprocate the favor.
So…it was today…16 August, 2011…a day of describing another day in my life of unexpected blessings and having my dessert and eating it first too.
Your Happy Contessa
“If you are afraid of butter, use cream.” Julia Childs, an American chef, author and television personality. 15 August, 1912 – 13 August, 2004.