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customer feed back

I like to give feed back to establishment. But some times I do not send them. I kind of forget to do it. How about you, do you give feed back, in yelp or company’s web page? Do you add some into your Tripadvisor? Or anywhere else? I curious.

“My husband and I decided on an extempore trip to Mystic this morning. After the Seaport visit we stopped at your restaurant for lunch, lured in by the lush gardens.

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No waiting, great! The tables were freely available for late lunch. The window seats were inviting with water views and passing boats. My husband selected the new special, stuffed flounder, I believe. I had the juicy, sweet Mesclun Salad recommended by our waitress, Annie. The blue potato sticks on the top gave a surprising color and texture contrast. Scampi with Risotto, unbelievably tasty, scrimps were huge and succulent, the flavor of the entire meal was rich but not over seasoned. Colors were very pleasing, I also eat with my eyes.

I loved the glasses you have and asked, if some can be bought. Yes, says our waitress, and brings a gift bag, with nicely wrapped glasses. What a great souvenir from the trip!

P.S Before we left I double checked with Annie, that she had packed THE glasses I wanted. At home while unwrapping them, I was so disappointed, I got the OTHER ones. I should have opened it there, but I did not. This is not to say they are not nice at all, they are, but the style of the ones on the left was the one I selected.
A little bit more carefulness from everyone would have been OK. I am not requesting anything more, I’ll have fun with these also, I’m sure.

All and all just wanted to tell you how great your place is and how lovely the service but most of all how great the meal was!”

ravintola. tyhjä, pöytä, tuoli, näköala, irma weisel


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good shopping…

At KOHL’s. Hubby and I went shopping for a vacuum cleaner on Sunday. A large department store was advertising a sale, 20% off. But the store was so messy after the school shopping week end that few things were on their proper places or sold out. The advertised vacuum cleaner was still nowhere to be found. Sales lady, once we found her, recommended that we order on line in the store. Nope, I want it now. Now!

So we lingered in the store for a while. They did have great sales on clothing, due to schools starting this week. Hubby has put on some extra pounds and reluctantly uttered his need for some looser clothing. Fine with me, I did not need anything. I had shopped a day before with my friend Carola at popular ladies’ store, chico’s, where I had to force myself to get more than I needed. There always are good sales to be found. Plus I had a coupon, get $25 off if you spend $100. How could I not pass the chance to save! I really was looking for a pair of pants, came home with two and a t-shirt. Their original prices $79, $89 and $49.99 plus tax. I paid $89.45 tax included.

So to the check out with our finds! There was a lady ahead of us, loading under garments on the table. “Will you be using any coupons today?” asked the elderly sales associate. “No, I don’t have time for that,” she answered him and looking at me as to see if I agreed. True, me neither. Usually. But I was looking for a vacuum cleaner, a pricy acquisition, I had my coupons! “Wait,” I said, I happen to have a coupon for underwear, would you like to use it?”  Yes, she was game for it, the sales person rang the clients clothing, packed it and gave her a $10 store coupon to be used next week as bonus buy. “I don’t have time to shop next week” the lady said. “Could you use my coupon?” she offered me. Sure! Thank you!

We had loaded two set of shorts, three t-shirts and one shirt with collar from our shopping cart. Good brand names even, on sale. Their original price s$20, $24, $44, $36 and $52.  We paid $72.63 with tax. While ready to leave, he said in quiet voice ” I gave you 30% off. Have a nice week end.” The associate gave us also a $10 coupon, which was valid for all sales over $50. So now I have $20 to spend next week, Great! But IF we had spent another 28 dollars, we could have…well, you know, another $10 coupon.

Yesterday we found out that  in BED BATH & BEYOND store, there the same vacuum cleaner was also on sale. Here is a store that discount everything 20%. Always. But do not forget the coupons. This is a store where something always gets into a cart even if you don’t need it. So $159 vacuum, two yankee candles $10 a piece added in the end $143.35 with tax. 

So in end of the day, I rearranged Hubby’s closed, did not vacuum. Yet. And I had $20 free goods burning in my handbag.


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mango(e)s

I love fruits. Especially tropical ones. But I never anticipated how crazy I will become with mango(e)s! We get a great variety in New York thru out the year in the supermarkets and farm stands. After moving to Florida year and half ago I discovered all kind of different mangoes. Grown here in Florida! Size varies, the colors vary, big ones, little ones. Green ones, green with pink cheeks, yellow ones, orange ones, red, green, oblong, flat, round and plump. I am crazy about them! Jellies, preserves… gimme,  gimme…

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Our next door neighbors are from Cuba. “Do you like mangos?”, she asked me the other week. “I sure do!” and so a few days later she came with a big bag of fist size yellow fruits. Her parents have a tree in their yard. This fruit was kidney shape and small, fully sunny yellow in color. It smelled ripe, sweet. It had a huge stone in it compared to its size. They are called Sindhri mangoes. The juice was running down my face and hands. And afterwards it was a must to find dental floss to clear all the fiber that was sticking between the teeth. But who cares, they were delicious. But best thing it my Hubby is ambivalent about them. Good. Great! All mine! I had enough to slice a few into freezer for later use to make smoothies.

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Day before yesterday we visited a mango farm, Hatcher Mango Hill, not too far away from us at all. Sign on the road was inviting. After parking we walked up to the farm tables. Nobody there! Shortly after an exhausted lady ran from the orchard, huffing. A little furry- ball doggie following in her feet. A couple of deep breaths and we stroked up a conversation.  The lady’s name is Tory. It is a family farm and their fruits are “the BEST ON EARTH!” and carry the name Hatcher mango. A gentleman shopping at the same time swore to it. The best!
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The fruit is divided into groups by size, $3, $4, $5 and I believe the large ones were $10 a piece. The variety here is big grapefruit size, maybe even a handball size, green with pink before they are fully ripe. The color turns to yellow, the fruit softens and it reaches the sweet smell. We bought four fruits all together à la $4 each, two for us and two to bring our friends that night.

You can ripen them on the tabletop. The color was green, with pinkish side, still hard to touch. “Put them into a paperbag with an apple or a banana”,  she advised. While were climbing into the  our car she ran to me and gave a perfectly ripe yellow fruit as a gift. How nice! I could barely wait to get home and enjoy it! I let the juice run on my chin and hands. Yummy!

With the other two, luckily I had a banana at home. Maybe banana is faster? When the fruit turns yellow and the color around the stem gets yellow, and one can smell the fragrance and feel the slight softness, its ripe.

We will be back. There was also a rusty white photogenic pick up truck under the mango trees, you know how I love rusty cars!  I am waiting…I love mangoes!