Car-2-Go’s Epic Customer Service!

This week I got a call out of the blue from Jesse at Car-2-Go, thanking me for being an “awesome member”.
That in and of itself would have been superb! I mean, who doesn’t love getting told they are a great customer/member/team player?

Then the amazing Jesse from car2go Toronto went on to ask if I would be around in the next couple of hours so he could personally deliver a “Thanks for being an awesome member” gift to my door! How cool is that!?

A couple of hours later he showed up with a great little gift pack of G.H. Cretors Popcorn (all natural, non-GMO, gluten Free Caramel Corn to be exact!), Car2Go swag  & a Cineplex gift card!

It’s nice to be appreciated as a customer, without having to jump through hoops, or threaten to quit, or any other number of weird strings attached.

Moments like this are why I will champion a product or service for life.

It’s like the waitress at the restaurant you go to only a handful of times a year, who remembers your food allergy! (Go Il Fornello Danforth!) Or the company who’s product you tried and raved about delivering a box of said product as a thank you! (Go Ely Products – Natural Sins!)
It’s Customer Service, and it’s a lost art. But these three examples give me hope!

A Change of View…

I wonder if anyone else does this?
Just randomly decides to move the furniture around.

I stood in the middle of my livingroom this afternoon and thought. “Nope. This just isn’t working for me” Then I mentally moved things around in my mind and planned the quickest most efficient way to make it happen. It worked remarkably well. And I got a good workout out of it.

I find if I’m mentally or emotionally “stuck”, moving the furniture opens up the flow of energy through the apartment. Since I’ve lived here around 23 years, you can only imagine how many configurations I’ve managed to come up with in my little space! I’ve tried to Feng Shui the place even! *not so successful with that one*

Sometimes the restructuring works. Sometimes is doesn’t. Sometimes it is accompanied by nausea or a headache. (those are the real stuck times) The last one only half worked. I liked one half of the room, but not the other. This time, it feels right. Of course poor Wally is confused as hell by all the commotion.

Now I just have to purge the pieces I no longer have use for, so I can finally get myself a couch. (been a while since I’ve had one) I’ve debated selling cause I could use the money, but I don’t want strangers coming into my home. Especially with all the whacka-do’s on craigslist robbing and murdering people lately.

I’ve looked into donating to the Furniture Bank, but they want $100! LOL! um… I’m GIVING you 3 pieces of furniture, valued at hundreds of dollars, and you’re going to charge me?! No.

There are charities that will pick it up for free (along with other donations) you just have to be flexible and work around their schedule. That works for me.

Worst case, I get my neighbour to help me take it down to the front lawn. Someone will pick it up within an hour of being outside. (our neighbourhood is big on the recycle from the curb!)

Next room? The Kitchen. Not that I have a lot of options in my tiny space. I’ll do some before afters for that one.

Fresh Corn, Tomato, & Avocado Summer Salad!

CornTomatoAvocadoSaladI love to cook, and as you’ve seen, I often post photos of my creations on Instagram But I mostly make it up as I go along. Which is fine, until the shouts of “recipe please!!” show up in the comments. So… in the spirit of sharing, I’m going to attempt to give y’all some recipes to go along with the “food porn” as my friends put it.

Fresh Corn & Avocado Salad

This is one of my go-to summer salads. It’s so easy, and so fresh, and works well as a side dish, a stand alone salad, or a shareable snack with tortilla chips! (gluten free/organic/non-gmo of course ;-) )

Ingredients:
1 large ripe (but not overripe) Haas avocado.
1 ear of fresh peaches & cream corn
10 (ish) ripe grape or cherry tomatoes (halved)
1/2 English cucumber (you can use regular cucumber, I just prefer the seedless ones myself)
(other veggie options I’ve used in the past: fresh diced red peppers, fresh from the pod peas, etc.. as long as they are garden fresh and raw, go for it!)
1 lime (or juice of one lime)
S&P to taste
EVOO to taste (optional)

Cut in half, remove the pit, peel skin, slice into cube size pieces. (so like, 4-5 slices lengthwise, then 5-7 sliced widthwise)
Gently place in med-large bowl. (avocado tends to be fragile the more ripe it is, so the more gentle the handling, the more it will hold up and hold it’s shape in your salad)

With a sharp knife, cut the cob of corn in half (easier to handle) then shave the kernels off of each half (as close to the cob as possible)  *corn can be grilled as well to add a nice depth of flavour*
Add to bowl

Wash and halve tomatoes.
Add to bowl

Halve cucumber half and then slice lengthwise and widthwise (like you did with the avocado) and dice into cube size pieces.
Add to bowl

You can add other fresh, raw veggies at this point too. (cubed to the same size as other ingredients)

Roll lime on counter (really give it some pressure/weight when you do this) to breakdown the fiber and ensure the most juice release. Cut in half and squeeze juice of whole lime over veggies. (I like a really citrusy flavour, but you can use half if you’d like less)

A couple of cranks of fresh ground salt and pepper to taste.

CornTomatoAvocadoSalad
Same salad with the addition of fresh peas and red pepper!
If you’d like a bit of a creamier texture/mouth feel, you can add a wee drizzle of EVOO. (or if you have a decadent pantry, Avocado oil) If you want to punch it up a bit, add a few shakes of Green or Red Tabasco, or your favourite spicy add on. You are only limited by your taste buds and your imagination!

GENTLY, with a large spoon or spatula, in more of a fold motion, mix the ingredients to incorporate together and coat with lime/evoo and s&p.

Serve asap to ensure maximum freshness.

Let me know if you try it!

Website Re-Vamp

I am building/designing my website… eventually…
but in the meantime I decided to play around a little with this one to get a sense of what I want out of my site, what my readers want out of my site, and just freshen it up a little. So if you stumbled upon the link and panicked thinking “where the heck am I?!” don’t worry, you’re in the right place! I just wanted to branch out from the “dear diary” type vibe, to something more reflective of me and my lifestyle! So now there are more succinct categories and sub-categories, there will be more variety, and reviews, and stories, and less “woe is me”, which will hopefully lead to a more enjoyable reading experience for everyone! Anyway.. thanks for reading and for sticking around! (assuming you even read this far! lol)

“Chef”

CHEF_OSYou know how sometimes you just want to escape real life for a couple of hours and lose yourself in a movie? Those days that you don’t want a deep, heavy plot that requires you to analyze every frame and piece of dialogue? That was me tonight. But thankfully I chose just the right movie to take in: Jon Favreau’s – Chef

I didn’t know anything about it going in, other than it was written/directed by Favreau, (that was really all I needed to know) some of the cast, and a teeny bit of the plot that I saw in the first teaser trailer.

I. Loved. it. LOVED!
Did I mention I loved it?

First, the cast. It is stellar. Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr (swoon) John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, and on and on… They all played off of each other perfectly. Not a weak link in the bunch.

Second, the story. It’s funny, and a little “real” at times, and sweet, and mostly just fun. I would say I was sitting in the dark with a huge grin on my face for about 90% of the movie.

Third, the soundtrack. It is kickass! Filled with Cuban rhythms and N’awlins jazz. (by the third tune I was thinking… “I really need to own this soundtrack”)

And then there is the food. O.M.G. I can’t count the number of times I gasped and/or moaned at the screen. I may have sworn a couple of times actually. Multiple foodgasms …

I walked out of the theatre wanting to A) find/make/eat the perfect cuban sandwich B) Go salsa dancing C) drive across the country in a food truck D) Watch the movie again.

This will definitely be added to my “food porn” collection as soon as it’s released on DVD.

If you’re looking for a fun, sweet, feel good movie. This is it. Go see it.

Here are a few bonus items for you to peruse:
Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. Prep for SXSE promo tourInterview with Jon Favreau on Eater.com

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