What do you mean “out of bacon”???

I went to a local Mexican restaurant at lunch today, and there was a problem.  One of the guys with me ordered fajitas with steak, chicken, shrimp, and bacon, which is an excellent combination.  Sometimes I order that dish, but today I changed it up.  I ordered a dish called pollo zapata, which is like pollo asado (grilled chicken breast covered with cheese dip) but with mushrooms and bacon.

When the waiter (who I know) brought my food, he said, “Sorry, we’re out of bacon.”  That’s it.  The rest of the food arrived, but to me it was incomplete.  The bacon from this place has a good smoky flavor, which is most excellent.  (Of course, it’s good regardless, because it is bacon, after all.)  He didn’t inform me until my food was delivered, then nothing extra was done about it.  That’s disappointing.

I asked my friend if his fajitas had bacon, and they did not, but the waiter didn’t even say anything to him about it.  Needless to say, he was disappointed also.

So what should they do when bacon is missing?  I’m sure there’s varied opinions here, but they could at least let us know before they fix the food, in case we want something else.  Or they could offer a discount.  Or they could include extra cheese dip.  But nothing was done.  That’s also disappointing.

Maybe this is just another sign that the Buffet o’ Blog staff should open our own restaurant.  If we had the required funding, I have no doubt that we could create one of the most awesome restaurants ever.  We have so many great ideas.  Plus, we’d make sure we didn’t run out of bacon!  If our stockpile was ever in danger of reaching its expiration date, we’d cook it up and give extra bacon to the customers.  Or we could put up a sign outside that said “FREE BACON!”.  I guarantee that would bring in some extra customers!

See, why don’t other restaurants think of stuff like this?  Obviously we must have a dizzying intellect, or have boundless inspiration and creativity, or think so far out of the box that we’re like, “What box?”  Or maybe all of the above.  Either way, we have a copious abundance of epiphanies when it comes to designing the ultimate restaurant.

We would like to see this come to pass, for a few reasons — it would be exciting; we’d want to eat there a lot; it would make lots of money.  So if you’re an investor type person with lots of extra money, have your people contact our people.  We’ve been documenting our restaurant ideas for a while now, and we’d like to see this come to pass.

the Royal Wedding needed more bacon

I’ve tried my best to not hear about the whole Royal Wedding celebrity real-life soap opera.  I really do not care, and I figure many of my regular readers don’t either.  I wasn’t planning to write anything about it, even if it might bring in more traffic.  (I’m not selling-out, if you’re wondering.)  But I did happen across an angle to the story that includes bacon, which does interest my readers.  Curious?  Read on.

Pippa Middleton, sister of Princess Kate Middleton, has created controversy by wanting to change the royal wedding reception traditions.  They normally serve champagne and some dish that I don’t know how to spell, but she wants to have a disco ball and serve bacon sandwiches.  She is a part-time party planner, so she does have some experience.  Plus, how can you go wrong with bacon sandwiches?  (I should’ve had those at my wedding!*)  I don’t know if she was successful on her quest — I’d guess not, since they probably serve only fancy food with foreign names.  I’m sure I could find it online, but again, I don’t care enough to look.  What they ate is their business, though it could’ve been even better with bacon.

* So why did I not have a buffet of bacon at my wedding?  It would’ve been one of the best wedding receptions ever!  (If you’re married you may already know the answer.)  Well, it wasn’t my day, and I didn’t plan that stuff, nor would it have been “appropriate” — there’s something about traditions and what’s normal.  I don’t know about all that stuff… Being the guy, I just put on a tux and showed up.  It is her day, after all.  I have lots of ideas to make a wedding ceremony and reception much more awesome, but they’re not “storybook” type things.  They would be worth writing a story about, perhaps, but they didn’t fit into my wife’s storybook.  I let her have her day.  It’s one of those compromises you make in a relationship.  Since, I’ve hosted numerous “Buffet o’ Bacon” outings, and there are more to come.  (They are all documented on this blog, if you want to search for them.)  My wife had her day, so I’m having mine.  And to be “fair”, I figure I can have a few hundred of my outings before I catch up with the cost of her very special day.  🙂

voting should be more fun

This is the day that most of the nation goes to the polls to vote.  Not only is it the Presidential election, but various other political offices, too.  So obviously it’s important.  Every citizen should vote.  And it stands to reason that if you don’t vote, you shouldn’t have the right to complain about who gets elected.

But just because something is important, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t also be fun!  Either some people don’t see it that way, or they haven’t realized how much better it would be if it were also fun.  (If they don’t believe me, then they’re just wrong.)

People would be more likely to vote if it didn’t involve hours and hours of standing in line with absolutely nothing going on.  I’ve been through this, and it gets boring FAST!  You have thousands of bored people standing around, the smell of body odor accumulating in the place (because there’s never a fresh breeze, for whatever reason), and the boringness of it just multiplies and spreads.

So here’s some ideas:

  • Have a talent competition, with the judges being people waiting in line.  Contestants in the competition have to be people who are there to vote.
  • Have a cell phone ringtone competition.  (I would win that one, but I wouldn’t always be there, so other people will get to win some, too.)
  • Have a concession stand (that doesn’t charge rip-off prices).  Have a drawing for free nachos every hour.
  • Have arcade machines that can be played for free, where you play for a minute then the next person in line continues the game.

I could go on, but you get the idea.  If you have any ideas, put it in the comments section.