A storm's a'comin. I'm sure it will happen--snow storm on top of snow storm--the storm of the ages--stock up on water and all of that. But, for the last time (that's a lie!), I wish the weather people would STOP using "100%."
Years ago (3), Cobblestones enjoyed its biggest Folk Festival Saturday in our then 16-year history. We got pounded from noon until midnight--non stop--it was amayyyyzing! And, as we do every year at Folk Festival, late Saturday night, as/before we drink our exhaustion away, we inventory for Sunday. (In our business, pre ordering product is a crap shoot--folks decide what they want when they arrive. So, our routine?
1. Count what we have left
2. Decide what to buy 1st thing Sunday morning (i.e. 50lbs more sausage, 10 dozen more sausage rolls, etc)
3. Check the weather report.
We calculated that we needed $500.00 worth of re-up for the following day, BASED UPON #1 and #3. The weather report stated 0% chance of rain. 0. Zero. Nil. Cero. None. We were dancing all the way to the store--WHAT A WEEKEND IT WILL BE!!!
The rain started right at noon, right at the beginning of our sales day. Then it rained harder. Then it poured. For hours. So, clearly, my question is...HOW COULD THEY POSSIBLEY QUOTE 0%?!!! Zero means zero folks. If the folks who write the weather report had said 1%, the "out" exists. The response to rain? "Whoa...who knew the 1% would come true. Mr. Plath, you were warned there was a 1% chance of rain." But zero. That's one stupid-ass forecast. And they STILL have not learned, no matter how many times I have told this story! I need my own channel.
**WINTERFEST; Cancelling on account of a blizzardy-double-icey mix-storm of the century, is, a very good idea. Two weeks later, we will all have fun, after arriving SAFELY dowtown.
Ya gotta love the art of food marketing.
Like, announcing on packaging, in large letters, "NO CHOLESTEROL" on food that never had any to begin with. Or, "All natural", as though that makes it good for you. My favorite of late? Pepperidge Farm has a FARMHOUSE bread line, as though it were baked in, well, a Farmhouse. Even better, they figured out that "wheat" bread makes people say "Eew", so they changed the name to "Whole Grain White." It is still made from wheat. Still smells like wheat. Still has that wheat-beige color. But, hey, "farm" and "white?" Hot concepts!
Cancelling Lowell's Winterfest because of snow. That's about as counter-intuitive as believing what a weather report says! Stay tuned....
We come across people along the way, day to day, close friends, aquaintances and strangers--generally, pleasantries are exchanged, smiles shared, and appropriate conversation often ensues; "How are you?", "How you doin'?", "What's up?" and "What's new?"
But I am fairly certain, that in my life, I rarely came across anyone unexpectedly, that projected such a FEELING of warmth, and that he was genuinely as happy to see you, as Ned Sheehy. Not oddly, that feeling was always returned--as I am not sure there was anyone I FELT more pleased about seeing, than Ned Sheehy. He had that kind of magic--whether the eyes, the smile or the heart--and I am very sad that I will not have that same feeling again. I LOVED seeing Ned. My thoughts are with Ned's beautiful family and his many, many friends.
Rest in peace brother.
Being from NYC, and after years ofvisiting as frequently as I am able, I have become fairly comfortable offerring suggestions when friends often ask "Where should we go?"
If asked for "the biggest", "the fanciest", "the funkiest", "best pizza", "best falaffel", "best bagel", "most overrated", etc, etc, I would ask further..."East Side or West Side?" Of course, being the greatest city in the world, there are generally, many possible answers to just about any query.
But, if you told me, that you had only one visit--and you wanted something that was delicious, unique, affordable, fun and funky (but not too-much-so), a truly memorable visit..today, after hiking south of Houston for lunch, I would send you without hesitation straight to The Meatball Shop--a gem of a concept, in a neighborhood with a tradition of culinary originality and excellence!
Remember the name. Better yet, get ballin'.
I would like to share a guest letter with you, our favorite kind of course. Besides Sunday Brunch, receiving emails like this one is another great way to begin my Sunday morning--ongoing reinforcement of what an amazing job our staff does! (Thank you all!)
On Saturday night we arrived at Cobblestones around 6 pm for dinner, we were in between events at the Tsongas Arena and we needed to be back for the UMass Lowell hockey game at 7pm. Our party of 7 were told that it would be at least 1/2 hour wait for a table. Since we didn't have that much time to wait, we asked the hostess if she knew of any other restaurant in the area that we could get burgers. She made a few phone calls to local establishments and they too were very crowded and could not accommodate us in such a short time frame. She went out back and then came back and said she could sit us in the private dinning area right behind the hostess desk. We were extremely pleased and thankful. Our waitress took our drink and food orders right away and the food was out on our table within 15 minutes. The waitress was very attentive and automatically had fresh refills of soda for the kids. She was very pleasant. Everything was hot, fresh and very tasty.
Just wanted to let you know that your staff tonight was outstanding and catered to our needs. We are extremely happy customers and will share our story. Great service, great staff, great atmosphere and great food. Well done Cobblestones.
Thank you very very much. We will be back.