Hubs and I decided to go against the flow and celebrate Valentines Day on Sunday instead of Tuesday this year. We are so cutting edge. Outsmarting people across the country. That’s us. Deal.
Paul is pretty cautious when it comes to planning “celebrations” mostly b/c I am crazy planner girl who thinks of everything and plans stuff out like six months in advance. Also because of this.
So to compromise, we made a deal that we would switch off years. I would plan V-day one year, he would plan the next. We didn’t remember who planned last year
me so I took the reigns and planned this year again.
In addition to being crazy planner girl, I am crazy Groupon girl, so our afternoon/evening out was planned around next to expire Groupons that we had. So romantic right?
First up. The Vow. I originally asked him if he wanted to see this or Safe House and then immediately realized how stupid that sounded coming out of my mouth. Then we had the opportunity to see a movie on Friday night and it was actually HIS idea to see Safe House Friday instead of Sunday since Sunday was our V-Day date and The Vow would be more appropriate. Swoon. Back off girls, hes mine!!
I will save you details of the movie, movie review soon to follow. Needless to say we had a good make-out session in the car afterward. What? We are married and fully allowed to kiss in public.
Then on to dinner. Oh boy, here we go.
So I will start out by saying we have been to this restaurant plenty of times and this experience is pretty a-typical. So much so that I don’t even want to say the name of the place b/c I don’t want it to tarnish anyone’s opinion or prevent them from going there. I’m sure it was a one off experience but an experience nonetheless.
We sat at the table for a good 15 min before anyone even came over and acknowledged us or took a drink order. IMO that is just WAAAY to long to wait. By the time the waiter came over we had decided what we wanted to eat like 12 min ago and luckily he didnt run away after taking our drink order so we were able to get it all done right away.
We had decided to get a salad and pasta and share both. I ordered the special “baked Alfredo” and Paul got the chopped salad. When I said “baked Alfredo” the waiter looked at me strange and said “baked chicken?” So I pointed to it on the menu and he then he seemed to understand.
When the waiter brought our drinks, (Iced -T) he said to me, “you had the baked chicken right?” I said, “no the baked alfredo” and he was like, “oh right! ok got it”
Then we asked for sweetener and were lucky enough to get the pre-opened stuff. Thank goodness b/c we all know that opening sweetener is really just time-consuming and tiresome and any good restaurant will make sure all your sweetener is opened beforehand so you just don’t have to worry about it!
Then about halfway through the meal, we had to deal with this.
We were trying to
subtly send a message that we were dying of thirst. Didn’t work. When he came to take our plates (b/c by this time we were done with dinner) he asked, “can I get you anything else?” Didn’t even acknowledge the (by then) FOUR empty glasses on the table.
We asked for more tea and water and its a good thing, b/c we ended up staying at the restaurant for another 45 min or so.
He brought the bill and I told him I had a coupon. He wrote the number down and off he went and we thought everything would be dandy. We are obvs not that smrt.
He dropped the bill back off about 5 min later and when I opened it, it said we still owed $45. This seemed odd since our dinner only totaled probably less than $40 and that was the amount my coupon was for anyway. I then realized that none of the food on the bill was ours and he gave us the wrong bill. And applied our coupon to it. Lovely. It also had baked chicken on it. What is it with this guy and the baked chicken?
He came back and I told him it wasn’t our bill and he scurried away to take care of it.
About 15 min later he came back and said, “Ok all taken care of now” and left. I reopened the bill and it was the EXACT SAME one he had left me 20 min earlier.
We flagged him down again and he mumbled something about how Steve the manager was supposed to take care of it and mumble mumble mumble and off he went again.
He came back about 10 min later and said your coupon is more than your meal and we can’t give you the money back so do you want to order something else? We were highly
annoyed amused at this point so we just said, no we are good.
He came back about 5 min later with a fresh new bill and what do you know? It wasn’t the one before, but it was still wrong. It had Paul’s salad, some other random dish (surprisingly NOT baked chicken) and no drinks. And we owed $2 in tax. I was not willing to wait around for receipt attempt #4 so we just said forget it, lets just pay the tax and go.
I went to the bathroom while Paul took care of the $2. I came back to the table and Paul tells me that while I was gone the guy told him that he was sorry and that it was his first night. WHAT? Now he tells us? Plus I think I have seen him there before, but that could be just my imagination.
Afterward, we had a long intellectual conversation about tipping for something like this and should we accept the fact the he said it was his first night and tip big b/c we knew he was struggling? Or do we not reward his obviously terrible service? Stew on that one for a while.
Finally we left. On to a much happier experience.
Always a good time.
All in all, it was a great V-Day celebration. My cheeks hurt so bad at the end of the night from all the laughing, smiling
and kissing. #marriedpeopleproblems.
If you have a sweetie, who plans your celebrations?
Have you ever had a waiter get your bill wrong 4 times?
Do you kiss in public?