Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
As we talked, Mark told me that they had gotten married at sunset this evening, out on Smather's Beach! They had gone out the night before for a very romantic dinner at "Latitudes" Restaurant (http://www.sunsetkeyhomes.com/lattitudessunsetkey.htm), and so decided that today they would let their wedding be the highlight of the day and not try to top that romantic dinner from the night before. No bridal party with 16 attendants, no tuxedos in the humid Key West evening, no big frilly wedding reception. Just a nice walk around town, and a cup of coffee in their favorite local spot, a little of the beaten trail.
So instead, they came and spent a piece of their wedding night with me, drinking coffee, chatting, and watching the fascinating parade of characters that comes through our door every night.
I feel blessed and honored to have played a role in their wedding night, a night they will remember and talk about forever!!!
It's kind of neat to think of all the different things that Damn Good Food is to people. We are their morning coffee spot, their place to pick up lunches to take fishing, their room service. We are their place for bar snacks as they sit at The White Tarpon (bar, directly next door to Damn Good Food To-Go), their place for desserts after walking off a big dinner....
And we are the place to spend a quiet, memorable evening after a beautiful, private, sunset wedding in Key West.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
So, here's the latest (sunday 9/7, 7:45am). Hurricane Ike is currently a Category 3 hurricane. All tracking models show the storm going over Cuba. After that, they divererge a bit in their predictions but all models show the storm riding south of us as a Category 1 or 2 storm, passing us sometime around Tuesday evening. It looks, at the moment, like we are most definitely going to experience what we like to refer to as "A Significant Weather Event", but that's as much as I feel comfortable predicting at the moment.
Damn Good Food To-Go is currently open for business, and we intend to stay that way, as always, until the power goes out or until there is simply no more demand for our services. Over the years, I've watched the pattern of behavior as a Hurricane approaches, and it looks like this:
When the visitor evacuation is declared (and that went into effect this morning - Sat - at 9am.... FAR too early, but that will take me down a whole different ranting path!!!), the departing visitors as well as our locals start to "nest". They order food like it's the last time they'll be able to eat, and they gather to talk about the storm.
- When the storm is within 24 hours of passing us or hitting us, people stop eating and begin drinking....Hurricane Party!!!! Woohoo!!!! This involves excessive drinking, purely as a way to show respect to Mother Nature, of course. You see by getting completely hammered, people are saying to Mother Nature, "I acknowledge that I am completely powerless against you. Do with me what you will. I will not put up a fight oh Great One!"
- When the storm has passed, and people awaken from their alcohol-induced stupors, they realize that they have not eaten in days.... and they call Damn Good Food To-Go!!!
We have been lucky over the past 10 years, and we have not been without power after a storm for too very long. Damn Good Food To-Go is in a very storm power grid so when we do lose power, it's only for a short time. We will hope for the same this time around.My current plan is to stay and ride out the storm. I feel as safe as I can be in my condo, and I need to be able to evaluate damage, if any, in the business as quickly as possible.
I will keep you posted as things change. Thanks for checking in!!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
....just another bad hair day in paradise!!
(Just so you know, we stayed open until anbout 2pm the day of the storm, let it pass and then reopened at 6am, for business as usual. For any of these storms, we stay open as long as we can - as long as we have power and as long as it's safe to get home - and will always reopen as quickly as possible. We didn't even lose power this time around, although I have reports from some friends who tell me that parts of the island were out for a few hours).
Thanks for checking in. Have a Damn Good Day.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Recently, a couple of Italian men came in to Damn Goood Food To-Go for lunch. They were reading the menu and asked the girl working at the counter (who is relatively new at Damn Good Food and has had little exposure to people from other countries):
"What is this 'toorkey', and he pointed to the turkey build-your-own deli sandwich that is on the menu. Well, at first she couldn't understand what he was saying, but after a bit of pointing, she kind of figured it out, and replied:
"It's a sandwich. You pick your bread and whatever you would like on the sandwich."
"No, no, no," he said. "I don't know thees toorkey. What is this?"
She looked at me for help, but I was on the phone with another customer (and because she is it the later stages of her training, I wanted her to come up with an answer on her own). She finally came up with an excellent answer.
"It's like a big chicken."
"Oh, no thank you. Do you have dog?"
Well, she was completely horrified, and I was, much to her frustration, laughing so hard I could barely complete the order I was taking on the phone. At this point, I DID have to jump in and help.
I pointed to the two different hot dogs that we have on the menu, and the young men were very pleased. They ordered their dogs, paid and went outside to wait for their lunch. When I got off the phone, tears streaming down my face from laughing so hard, the poor girl was nearly hysterical.
"I THOUGHT THEY WANTED TO EAT DOG!!! I DON'T KNOW! I KNOW THEY EAT DOGS IN SOME COUNTRIES! AND THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TURKEY WAS! AND YOU WERE JUST LAUGHING! I MEAN, I THOUGHT THEY WERE GONNA GO OUTSIDE AND MAYBE PICKUP SOMEONE'S DOG AND TRY TO EAT IT! OH MY GOD!"
After a while, things returned to our version of "normal", and one girl's cultural horizons were broadened... just a bit.