Sunday, July 27, 2008

India Fest

This weekend I went to yet another festivel. I must say I really love this city for that. During the summer there is always something to see or do on the weekends. Of course, nothing even remotely close to Toronto, but still nice.

Anyway, this weekend it was the India Fest. It was the first time that they held it outside, instead of inside the Covent Market, and it was nice. Not as many booths as I would have liked, but the entertainment was good, as was the food! Especially the Mango Lassi. I don't know if any of you have tried it, but if you haven't please do! It's simply delicious! I found a recipe on the foodnetwork so that you could try it too. If you don't have access to fresh mango, you can use mango pulp instead.

Mango Lassi by Jamie Oliver
Yield: 4

This Indian drink is like a mango milkshake and is delicious.

Mango Lassi

* 255 ml plain yogurt
* 130 ml milk
* 3 mango, stone removed, sliced
* 4 tsp sugar, to taste
* salt, (optional)
* cardamom, seeds, (optional)

Mango Lassi

1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 2 minutes, then pour into individual glasses, and serve.
2. Feel free to try salt and cardamom seeds.
3. The lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours.

© Jamie Oliver 2002

Please try!!

On a different note, I have a friend who recently found out I do a bit of sewing on the side, and said she would love something that I've sewn. That's all fine and good, but I have no idea what to make! I know I want to sew something easy, quick and something that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Any ideas? All would be very welcome :)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Retail Experiences

So I think the time has come to say a few things about retail and customers. I don't know if any of you have read the comic strip Retail but it is exactly what we associates go through day in and day out. I love that comic strip! But what I really wish is that people would read that strip and take it as a hint of how NOT to act.

Case in point, the place where I work, which shall remain nameless, to protect the guilty...has a print centre and all the services that that entails. And so I have the "pleasure" of meeting all sorts of people. The one day a lady and her daughter come in to fax some documents, I direct them to the appropriate machine, point out the instructions and let them know that if they still need help just to call me over.

Let me take a moment to just say how ridicously busy this particular print centre is, so busy in fact that sometimes I'm at the counter for one hour before I can even begin producing any orders. Oh and did I forget to mention the fact that there is only ONE person working there at a time. That would be taking orders, producing them, helping people who just want to chat, others who have an insane amount of questions and then don't want to actually buy anything, those who yell at me cause I can't run their order THIS second, even though there are, literally 20 people, lined up behind them waiting to place an order and I have at least 15 orders on que.....phew!

Anyway, back to my story...the mother calls me over, no wait I mean, yells "HEY YOU!! I NEED HELP"....ummm..thanks...last time I checked I have a name, and unless we were born on different planets, there is such a thing as being polite. Anyway, so I walk over, and she immediately begins yelling at me, because of course, it's MY fault that, number one she doesn't know how to use a fax, number two the receiving end is busy and three one of her pages is double sided so she needs to make a copy of it...umm did I miss something. Anyway, I stand there as she yells at me for 5 minutes straight.

I guess what I'm trying to convey is one simple, simple, simple message: EVERYONE'S LIFE SUCKS! DON'T TAKE OUT YOUR SHITTY DAY ON ME.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Eat Pray Love

So I thought that maybe today's blog was going to be about the Latin/Italian fest that happened yesterday at the local market, but since that never ended up happening, (that is a whole story on it's own, all I have to say is: oh, the joys that come along with relationships) I thought I would write about a novel I just recently finished reading.

Eat, Pray, Love: So this was a completely unplanned read, it was actually left behind at work and never claimed so I thought I would put it to good use. So basically this book is about a woman, Elizabeth Gilbert, who has had a really crappy time lately and is trying to find herself again. It's divided into 3 parts, one for each location she visits and spends 4 months in, Italy, India and Indonesia.

For the first third of the book, I was actually interested, well, mainly cause all she talked about was food...yummie! But then it slowly went down hill. I mean it was an alright book overall, but meh....I'm glad I didn't spend my money on it, I'll just say that. It's basically her going on and on and on about how crappy her life is....but really who doesn't? jaja...anyway...If anyone wants the book, they are welcome to it, cause it'll just collect dust on my shelf.