Happy Friday! TGIF. So, I was debating all week whether I should put this place on blast, and you know what? I decided I will, because I was so horrified by my experience. Yes, this is not a nail related post, and possibly in the future there will be more reviews similar to this, but hopefully for places I love and want to share with you all. Alright here’s my story. Cafe Verona is a quaint little Italian cafe/ restaurant, located at 201 S. La Brea in Los Angeles. A girlfriend and I went to grab some lunch and she suggested the place so we went to check it out. I arrive and park in the back (which is usually a rare find in LA these days) so I was already happy. We proceeded to the front of the restaurant where there was a sign that said “Please wait to be seated.” So, we waited, and waited for at least 3-4 minutes, I saw two waiters walk by and neither of them even acknowledged our presence. I walked maybe 3 feet into the restaurant and flagged down a waiter and he stuck out his index finger and said, “Wait, I will get someone.” Two minutes of us standing outside, he comes back and ushers us to a table on the patio, we sit and he brings us two menus and glasses of water. We decided pretty quickly what we wanted and we waited for a good 10-15 minutes because no one came to take our order. We finished our glasses of water so the water boy came and refilled our glasses. Our waiter never came so we flagged down the water server and asked if we could order. He said that he would go and grab the waiter. He returned 2 minutes later and said, “the waiter is busy and can’t come, so I will just go ahead and place your order for you.” Fabulous. I had the prosciutto panini, and my friend ordered an eggs benedict. So meanwhile my friend and I chatted and caught up with our lives and the food eventually came out (I’m not going to lie, the food came out in decent time, and was absolutely delicious). After we cleared our plates, we sat there with empty plates for another 10-15 minutes as we waited for anyone to come and ask to clear our table/ present us with the check. No one came. The water server came by to refill our water again, and asked if we wanted our table cleared. We said, “yes please, and could we get the check as well?”. The water server returned with the bill for the amount of $28.83, my friend and I put down $40.00 in cash and gave it to the water server. He returns with change of 11 dollars in singles. At this point, I asked my friend, where is the change? He owed us $11.17. He only brought us $11.00. This is the point where my friend and I had already decided how much tip we were going to leave, and we hung on to it as I went to go find the manager. I found a lady by the register and showed her the bill and said, “The bill was for $28.83, we paid $40. The change we received was $11.00 where is the $0.17?” Another waiter (not ours, since we didn’t even know who our waiter was), digs his hands into his pocket and pulls out a handful of change and says, “Here, take all of this then!”, and pushed his hand out towards me. This is when I lost it. I said, “I don’t want your money, that’s not the issue, the issue is the principle of the matter! Why would you not give someone the proper amount of change? That makes no sense to me.” The lady then proceeded to tell me that the change was in the pocket of the bill holder, and that coins fall out into the apron of the people who carry the bill, which made no sense because the water server brought us our bill and he wasn’t wearing an apron. I just didn’t appreciate her making excuses and the rude behavior of the waiter I know nothing about. She then said, “Here’s your change, you can have $.20.” I was furious at this point. I didn’t ask for my change because I’m poor and I want your 3 cents, it’s the principle of business and the manner in which the business is being conducted that I wanted my situation rectified. All of this could have been avoided, if she had just said, “oh I’m so sorry! Here’s your change, I apologize.” But, shoulda woulda coulda, and she didn’t do that. (Now, at this point you can think I’m cheap, or that I made a big deal about nothing, but in my opinion, it’s the principle of the matter. As a business or a restaurant it’s a presumption that you made thinking that no one cares about their change. Incorrect. If the bill was for $19.99, and I paid $20.00, I expect a penny back, because that is still technically my money. Yes, it’s not a large amount, but it’s the principle and the attitude of business that troubles me, I work retail, there are times when the customer received a penny for change, but I always GIVE the customer the penny, unless the customer says, “I don’t want the pennies,” OR they will just leave it by the checkout, but that’s up to THEM and not predetermined by me, because that is NOT my money.) My girlfriend and I proceed to the exit, I’m furious at this point and the lady runs out and says, “can you come here I want to talk to you.” I said, “what more could you possibly have left to say to me?” and she said, “you didn’t tip.” and I said, “I don’t feel the service we received today deserves a tip.” and she said, “didn’t someone bring you water? your food? cleared your table?” and I said, “isn’t that your job?” At this point another waiter I don’t know anything about, comes up to me and says, it is mandatory in the state of California that you leave a tip. It’s a law. I looked at him and said, “I disagree, a tip is voluntary, if it was mandatory shouldn’t it be included in the bill then?” (By the way Cafe Verona a tip is NOT mandatory, here is a website for you to check out that clearly defines what a tip is. Tips and Gratuities pay careful attention to Number 6.) The lady growing increasingly frustrated then flicks her wrist at me and says, “Okay goodbye then!” as though she was dismissing me from her presence. My girlfriend and I left, and honestly we will not be going back. I was absolutely appalled at how the situation escalated and how all the waiters were chiming in with their sub par level of knowledge regarding customer service. I hate doing this. I really do, the food was excellent and honestly I’m sometimes willing to overlook crappy service if the food was so amazing, but alas, the service was SO bad, that the food could have been the best thing I’ve tasted in my entire life, I still would not go back.
Happy Tuesday! I still can’t get over the fact that it’s the middle of January. The holidays are now over, and it’s slowly time to get back into the swing of things. I received this box of goodies from Influenster to try, and although I haven’t tried everything just yet, I’ve tried enough of the things to write a decent post! Onwards!
Here’s what I got in my Holiday Voxbox 2012!
Goody Quikstyle Brush @goodyhair ($11.99)- I wanted to love this, I really did, but with my straight Asian hair, this made my hair ridiculously frizzy and I didn’t really notice “faster drying” with this. Boo hoo =[ It might work great for someone with finer hair though!
Quaker Real Medley Oatmeal @quaker ($1.79 per cup)- The flavor I got to try was Peach Almond. I'm usually not a huge fan of "sweet" oatmeal, I like my oatmeal with salt and pepper to taste and sometimes a little milk or butter. Don't judge me. This was a delightful change! I loved the crunch of the almond and I super loved how convenient it was in its own little container!
NYC New York Liquid Color Lipshine @nycnewyorkcolor ($2.49) - Wowzers, what a long product name. No matter. I absolutely loved my tube in Nude York City. This is in my purse right now! I really liked how subtle the color was, and it's not too sticky to be obnoxious and I didn't find the smell to be overly powerful which is a gold star in my book!
Kiss Nail Dress @kissproducts ($6.99) - I received a studded glittery design in KDS17, I have yet to try it, so a more detailed review to follow!
Montagne Jeunesse @MontagneJeuness (Under $2) - I received the chocolate masque and I'm so incredibly excited to try this! Hopefully I'll get a chance to try this tonight, so a more detailed review of this coming soon!
SoleSociety @solesociety- A coupon code for Influenster members and friends! $25 off your first pair of shoes! Just enter the code: INFLUENSTER25 The code is good until January 31,2013 so don't wait!
Eboost @eboost ($28 for box of 20 effervescent powders, $39 for box of 30 effervescent powders, $39 for box of 12 shots)- I received this in Acai Pomegranate for energy and immunity. The concept is similar to that of Airborne/Alka Seltzer, where you pop/ pour it into 12 oz. of water and let it fizz. This turned a raspberry color after putting it in water and it tasted okay too. I can't speak for the immunity or energy part because well, I tried it once. But other than that I think it was okay.
All in all, I think the box was a really cute mix of goodies that ranged from satisfying my tummy to beauty products. Check out Influenster to find out how you can sign up!
[Products in post were provided by Influenster for review purposes]
Happy Friday night everyone! Yes, this is me not going out, and staying home and writing this post. I’m physically exhausted today. I left the house at 8:10am, and I got home maybe around 8:10pm so a full 12 hours running errands really does take a toll on ones feet. Anyway, one of the stops I made was at Costco. Yes, this is a picture from what I saw. I was appalled. I can’t believe someone decided they didn’t need the water bottles and placed the product on a trash can! That is SO unbelievably rude, I couldn’t stand it. I actually went over there and moved it off the trash can. Sigh. Maybe it’s because I work retail, and I know all about shop and drops and what not, but man. Putting something you don’t want on top of a trash can and have people throwing away their trash around the product is just so wrong. Anyway, I hope you are all enjoying your Fridays! I’m currently lying in bed, and looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow! =]
HAPPY FRIDAY! Today, I don’t have nail polish to review, but a manicure tool that helps achieve that “shapely nails” look prior to the polish! I would say I’ve reached for this a couple times, and it’s pretty awesome! It seriously has pretty much everything you need in one little compact tool! It’s the Swiss Army knife of nail polish tools. So this tool comes with “a dual-sided cuticle pusher and cleaning stick, nail brush, nail clippers and a dual-sided nail buffer and nail file.” Yup, everything you need! I’ve used every single part of this tool and I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the cuticle pusher and the cleaning stick the most. It’s not your typical flimsy orange stick that sometimes frays at the ends. The cuticle pusher and cleaning stick that come with this tool is a piece of sturdy plastic or plastic like material that works awesomely! I really liked that the nail clippers were sharp enough that you didn’t have to go back and reclip your nails. The only qualm I had with the clippers were that it was a little awkwardly large that it was hard to cut my toe nails with it. But, in a pinch this multi tool is really great! I would suggest this for traveling/ carrying in your purse. This tool can be purchased at your local CVS right now! It does what it’s supposed to do, and I would say this is pretty compact. I hope you are all enjoying your summers, and it’s not too ridiculously hot where you are. It’s been pretty darn warm here in sunny socal, and I’m really looking forward to going to the beach so my casper like legs can know what warm sun feel like. Enjoy your weekends!
[Product in post provided by Health Enterprises Inc. for review purposes]
Good morning lovelies! I hope you had a great weekend! I had a restful weekend, because, well… I hurt my back again. Great…. So, I was pretty much bed ridden on Saturday and pretty much most of Sunday. I think this just confirms that I need to get in shape again. Fast. *sigh* Anyway, I’ve been having sort of a nailtastrophe lately. One of my nails broke yesterday and I had to file it down all the way to the quick, so I’m pretty unhappy about that. I wasn’t really in a nail polish mood seeing how you sorta need to be able to sit to paint your nails. BOO! So, here’s a non polish post! YAY! Last week the bf and I made a trip down to Orange County to go to the OC Fair! The last time I’ve been to a fair was when I was in 7th grade which was ages ago. The bf and I have been saying since we first started dating that we would go to the OC fair, and well… we FINALLY made it out there this year! I was totally blown away by all the foods that are SO BAD FOR YOU!. Oh my goodness. Batter covered deep fried onion with ranch. Deep fried butter. Deep fried snickers bar. Deep fried twinkie. Deep fried EVERYTHING or covered with bacon. Yikes. My heart be still. I didn’t try any of the “desserts.” I went “healthier” and had ceviche for lunch, and a fruit salad for dessert. HAHA The little quote about chocolate was from one of the exhibits I walked through, and we all know how much I love chocolate. I had a great time, and I’m really looking forward to going back! I’m going this coming Wednesday again! For the soCal people who are interested, apparently on Wednesday if you bring a new school supply worth $5.00 you can get free admission from 12-4! =] Alright, that’s it from me today, I will leave you with a little pic collage of the cutest little farm animals I saw at the exhibits, and the snake (in a glass cage) that nearly gave me a heart attack. Happy Monday!