Denver is a really hot city right now. The population is booming. That can be a good thing, but it can be bad as well. There are some good places to eat here, but some of them can get so popular that one might as well not go. Sometimes it’s because you just can’t get in. Other times it impacts quality. Devil’s Food Bakery & Cookery is a perfect example.
My wife and I went there for Sunday brunch recently. We’ve been before and like it a great deal. The food is well made, made using good food, and is definitely a chef type creation as opposed to just using cooks. We knew it was going to be crowded and that the crowd would impact service. Still, I think the crowd has gotten to the point that quality was impacted and we might not eat there again. It just isn’t working.
For example, my wife got chicken and waffles and I got a pancake as part of our order. It took a long time to be seated and to get food, but that was all cool. We expected that. What I didn’t expect was that the crowds impacted the service to the point that the gravy on my wife’s waffles had turned them completely soggy and my pancake was ice cold. Due to the crowds, they just couldn’t get the food to us in a timely enough fashion that it was still good.
I still ate my pancake, but it wasn’t very good. My wife skipped the waffles entirely.
Do I think they did something wrong? No. It was just that crowded and they couldn’t help it. However, the time it took between cooking and when they could get the food to us really ruined those items of the meal. It just isn’t worth going when those are the circumstances. It’s no good trying for food that good when the situation makes it so that the food isn’t as good any more.
It isn’t their fault, but it just isn’t worth it. I would rather have gotten a breakfast sandwich at McDonald’s.
I found myself wondering what a google images search for “burger animated gif” would turn up. It’s not like burgers are animated. Would it be time lapse of a rotting burger? Would it be a dancing burger? I decided to check and see what the first result was that struck me as interesting.
Yup, it’s an animated gif of a cat chasing a burger.
My wife is clever. Recently, we decided to visit a museum in NYC. We showed up, and saw an endless line to buy tickets. It was a crowded museum. There were even different queues to wait in to get in depending on when your ticket was for. However, the queues to get in were empty. Only the line to buy tickets was long. It looked like an hour at least.
“I wonder if they sell tickets on their web site,” my wife commented. She pulled out her phone and checked. Moments later, we’d bought tickets. All we had to do was wait the minute or two before they showed up in her email. I don’t know what time set they were supposed to be for, but when we went up to a guard to ask which queue to wait in based on the tickets we had, he waved us right inside the museum.
I think some of the same people were still waiting in line to buy tickets by the time we had explored the entire museum and left. I’m really grateful we didn’t try to buy tickets on site.
My wife is clever.
I would think that I would have been most concerned about travel time on the subway in the recent trip the wife and I took to NYC. After all, the longer the subway takes to arrive, the longer it takes us to travel where we were going. However, though I was concerned about how long it was taking subways to arrive, temperature was a bigger concern.
To explain, NYC was pretty warm while we were there. The subways are air conditioned. The subway stations are not. Thus, it could get pretty stifling while waiting for the subway. The longer the subway took to arrive, the more stifling it became.
Honestly, some times I didn’t even care about how long it was going to take me to get where I was going. I just wanted to get back into the air conditioning. I almost started getting on other subways, ones going other places.
It was hot.
Maybe they do that on purpose. You’re so grateful to get into the cool once the subway arrives that you completely forget about any subway delays.
I bet that’s a strategy.
My wife and I were in NYC recently and we stopped at a pizza place for lunch. It was rated highly, but I didn’t end up being able to try any. They actually portioned me out.
Pizzas were only $23. That felt really fair, particularly for something that could be split between two people. That seemed the intention, given that most of their tables were set up for two. However, the pizza was sized for four or five.
Seriously, this thing was an entire baking pan. Full sized. Home as opposed to restaurant grade baking pan, but still. It was huge. That was the smallest pizza you could get.
I had a soda.
The pizza was so immense, I just couldn’t order. This was lunch, and I wouldn’t be where I could refrigerate any leftovers for at least 10 hours. What was I supposed to do? My wife and I could have eaten a fifth, maybe a fourth of it. That amount would have still felt fair for $23, but I couldn’t stomach the idea of wasting that much food. Since I couldn’t order less, I passed. My wife ordered a sandwich instead, the only other offering they had. It was still at least a two person sandwich. Their prices were reasonable, but their portions were way over huge.
Why do that? Sure, some people may be impressed by portion size, but some people like me would actually end up getting driven off by it. This was lunch, I didn’t see anyone managing to eat the whole thing. Is that perceived as value for them? I seriously think they could have served a pizza the fraction of the size at the same price and still have been perceived to be offering the same value.
It was just too much. So much that they actually lost a sale over it.
I’m always hearing something about Uber. I certainly recognize the name, but is it a good one? I know the word “uber” is supposed to have certain connotations (denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing), which Uber is hoping to associate with itself. However, this is what I always think of whenever I hear them mentioned:
Yeah, I know his name is Üter Zörker (from The Simpsons), not Uber, but still. It’s what I think of. I always think: “Don’t make me run. I’m full of chocolate.”
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