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Juniper
03 Dec 2016, 11:45
Hey guys,
I need a bit of help please. I want to do something nice for the folks at my favorite restaurant what hubby and I frequent weekly. I don't really know what to do though. I was thinking of baking cookies for them, and while they don't sell cookies as their location (because why would I make them a food that they sell?) I feel that giving them something to eat at a place where they make food already is a bit weird. The manager I talked to did clear this idea (I wanted to make sure they would accept it; some places around here aren't allowed to accept outside foods) but then I started thinking if there is something else I could do or make that would be useful. I've never worked in the food serving industry though so I'm not sure what would work. They have several managers here and probably at least a couple dozen servers all together. Also bus boys and then the kitchen crew. It's a family dining sort of place. I suppose it could be compared to Denny's, business-environmentally speaking.

Any of you have an idea?

anunitu
03 Dec 2016, 13:03
Perhaps doing a review in the local paper,good recommendations in the Media go a LONG way...get others that frequent the place to jump in also.

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Just one small warning,not to much publicity. In San Francisco there was this great little restaurant. Name was Hamburger Mary's. Place had GREAT food,and a bar. It was a hangout for some VERY interesting people(drag Queens,hookers and Art type folks,some old punk rockers) Problem came when the yuppies "discovered" it They started to go to watch the "Freaks",and the regular crowd stopped going. The yuppies got tired of it fast,and the place almost went under until the old crowd slowly came back.

Not always good when to many people know about your favorite place.

Juniper
03 Dec 2016, 13:15
Well, this place is already popular because they have a great location (near and accessible to freeway and one of the closest diners to the pdx airport). I have left great reviews already for them in the past. It's more like they're my friends now. They know us pretty, well, too. Been going there for the last 9 years when we moved into the neighborhood. Went to their sister store out in the other town we used to live, in prior to moving, for two years.

anunitu
03 Dec 2016, 13:19
I suppose it really depends on the size of the place,sounds really like a family place(Best kind) I had a few favorites in SF that were very family type and special atmosphere.
I am a fan of "Greasy spoons" because my dad ran one when I was a kid.

Medusa
03 Dec 2016, 14:20
As a former waitress...something to pamper myself would be awesome. Maybe a homemade foot rub kit etc? An aromatherapy kit?

kalynraye
03 Dec 2016, 14:56
Um as a cook who has worked in lots of restaurants we LOVE getting food that isn't made by us!!! We also appreciate just being recognized. So cookies would be awesome. Also foot scrub like Duce said.

Juniper
03 Dec 2016, 15:30
Ooh, I like that idea. I could easily make some Epsom salt bath with essential oils, too. I love those ideas. Please keep them coming.

Medusa
03 Dec 2016, 18:17
homemade heating pads in nice material with rice. You heat it up in the microwave for instant heat. hot chocolate or tea stuff in mason jars. Home made lip balms or creams for dry hands etc. Booze. Everyone loves booze :p

anunitu
03 Dec 2016, 22:48
I just got a thermophore(brand) heating pad With a cover that adds moisture to the heating. Works real nice on my back when it acts up.

This is the one I got.
https://www.thermophore.com/collections/thermophore/products/thermophore-heat-pad-large-model-055


A bit expensive,but well worth the expense. Very well made.

kalynraye
04 Dec 2016, 10:13
With the booze you could totally get the little airline bottles and mason jars and put mix drink ingredients in the mason jar(i.e. can of coke, red bull) and tie the airline bottle around the top with a ribbon. Or you could make a salted caramel sauce and put in a small jar and package with apples, christmas bark, vanilla extract( vanilla beans in a bottle with vodka) flavored oils. I think Duce already said sugar scrubs for the ladies but if not there is that.

Juniper
04 Dec 2016, 11:34
I don't think I'll be doing the booze. There are minors working there, too. Interesting idea though. But I really like the homemade hand creme and lip balms. I will add this to my list of things to research on how to do.

Heka
04 Dec 2016, 13:23
I don't think I'll be doing the booze. There are minors working there, too. Interesting idea though. But I really like the homemade hand creme and lip balms. I will add this to my list of things to research on how to do.

I make my own lip balm. I'll try and find the recipe for you if you like. I need to make more anyway.

Heka
04 Dec 2016, 21:49
http://galiaplace.blogspot.com.au/2009/11/homemade-winter-lip-balm.html
(http://galiaplace.blogspot.com.au/2009/11/homemade-winter-lip-balm.html)
I've used other essential oils besides tangerine too, but I like tangerine.

Juniper
05 Dec 2016, 10:56
Thank you Heka! The link: is that the recipe you use or do you also have a different one? I know there's more than one way to make lip balms so I'm just checking what your preference is.

I gotta say, I'm totally in love with the lip balm and hand creme idea. I think I'll make a shit ton of cookies and a smaller batch of the balm so there's a bit of variety.

You guys are awesome! Depending on how well this goes, I wouldn't mind sharing the end result with you guys... If you want.

kalynraye
05 Dec 2016, 13:17
I would love to know how it all goes!!! Also post some pics. I like to see all the beautiful packaging!

Heka
05 Dec 2016, 15:19
Thank you Heka! The link: is that the recipe you use or do you also have a different one? I know there's more than one way to make lip balms so I'm just checking what your preference is.

I gotta say, I'm totally in love with the lip balm and hand creme idea. I think I'll make a shit ton of cookies and a smaller batch of the balm so there's a bit of variety.

You guys are awesome! Depending on how well this goes, I wouldn't mind sharing the end result with you guys... If you want.

Nah thats the one I use. Modified for ingredients once or twice. Like I used grapeseed oil instead of olive oil last time because I used too much and the smell was overpowering, but that recipe.

I buy little metal tubs off eBay too. 15ml metal lip balm tubs. Just paid 23AUD including postage for 50 I think.

Medusa
05 Dec 2016, 22:17
You can get those tins and other small jars etc at Michael's too.

Heka
06 Dec 2016, 00:24
What is a Michael's?

anunitu
06 Dec 2016, 00:42
I think they might be craft stores.

Yeh.
Here (http://www.michaels.com/home?&mkwid=sxQfbNK40|pcrid|164625634718|pkw|michaels|pm t|e|pdv|c|&cm_mmc=zadv_Search-_-google-_-B+-+Brand+Trademark+-+Head+%28E%29-_-Michaels&gclid=CLnm7fKV39ACFceFswodR0wHag).

I think they are only in the States,not down under.

Heka
06 Dec 2016, 03:20
I think they might be craft stores.

Yeh.
Here (http://www.michaels.com/home?&mkwid=sxQfbNK40|pcrid|164625634718|pkw|michaels|pm t|e|pdv|c|&cm_mmc=zadv_Search-_-google-_-B+-+Brand+Trademark+-+Head+%28E%29-_-Michaels&gclid=CLnm7fKV39ACFceFswodR0wHag).

I think they are only in the States,not down under.

Looks like our equivalent is Spotlight. But I've never seen these tubs there, and it's known for being expensive.

EBAY IS LIFE.

kalynraye
07 Dec 2016, 11:56
Michael's is generally pretty cheap.

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And will be easier to get in a hurry over ebay. Shipping will take forever with Christmas so close.

m00nst0ne
01 Jun 2017, 19:30
I would like to know how this one turned out. You see, I would like to do the same. There's this man in our neighborhood that my family talks to, and he's in his 50's. His daughter stays in Minnesota with her husband and they seldom visit the man. We saw her family visited last January. Well, you see, this man is a blue-collar worker, he owns a truck but never got the chance to replace his tires since March and till now he's enduring the commute. I'm currently browsing for replacement truck wheels (http://4wheelonline.com/TruckWheels.1180) for him since I got to make some of my friends and family to pitch in, but not yet enough. Would it be good to give it as soon as we can pay for it or we should just give it as a gift on his birthday this coming July? http://www.paganforum.com/images/smilies/Soft%20Smilies/shy.png