crazy day at the vegan cafe

June 18, 2011

Do “day” and “cafe” rhyme? If so — I’m a poet!

I think I’m really pushing it though… I don’t think they rhyme.

Good thing I’m not a kindergarten teacher. Those fifth graders come to school already knowing how to rhyme. Guess they could teach me a thing or two.

Welcome to my town:

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Isn’t it cute? Settled along the I&M Canal, it boasts beautiful old homes and buildings.

It’s got a lot of charm — perfect for a relaxing Saturday afternoon stroll into the Vegan Cafe for my afternoon shift. And by stroll, I mean half mile walk from my car to the cafe. That counts… I think.

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Only… it wasn’t so relaxing. I had to push and shove my way through mobs of people. There were swarms everywhere!

Okay, again — I’m exaggerating. But this is the biggest crowd my town has seen in quite some time on State Street.

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Every June, my town hosts “Canal Days” which is our summer festival. I was hoping to get some relief from the craziness when I walked into the Vegan Cafe.

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Isn’t the outside too cute? The railings, tables, and chairs were just added yesterday during my shift — I love it!

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Relief from the craziness did not appear anytime from 11-3! We were busy busy busy! Look at those worker bees — they’re moving so fast you can’t even see them!

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Canal Days brought a huge influx of customers who have never had Vegan cuisine before. It was interesting to watch and see the different groups come in and try the food. I had time to sit down for five minutes to scarf down some Cole slaw and Italian crisps/spaghetti sauce at one point — we thought the rush had come to a close. Only it hadn’t. Every time we thought we got caught up, another wave of people would come in!

Pure craziness!!!

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I was manning the orders and food prep with Chef Linda today — my favorite part is making the orders! Who would’ve thunk my days of working in the college cafeteria would actually assist me in my every day life? Take that bachelors degree.

Sweet Angela (above and below!) was our main waitress for the day.

Angela is a blog reader turned volunteer turned co-worker! She was working the floor today like you would not believe! Most upbeat waitress if I’ve ever seen one! Great job Angela!

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The most remarkable point about today?

I didn’t get anything on my clothes without an apron. That, my friends — is a miracle. They don’t call me “Messy Chelsey” for nothing.

Question: Does your town have a festival every summer? Have you ever worked in the restaurant industry?

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