We had a coupon to the local chocolate factory that said if we purchased a heart of chocolate, we would get six chocolate covered strawberries for free. We had called before leaving to make sure they had enough of the seasonal strawberries and that the Valentines day customers had not wiped out the 3600 they had made for the holiday. The owner assured me he would have them but informed us he was out of the hearts so that meant it would be cheaper for me to buy a pound of homemade chocolates. Well twist my arm! So we swung by Angel and Phelps Chocolate Store [a must stop for anyone visiting Daytona Beach], bought six of the dozen or so remaining strawberries and then headed to Olive Garden. It had been years since I had been to the all-you-can-eat-soup-and-salad Italian Restaurant, not to mention the fact that you get dinner too!
We have a tradition of asking our servers what is their favorite item on the menu. Sometimes we go with their recommendation and sometimes we don't. We told him what we were in the mood for and he recommended the Pear and Gorgonzola Ravioli and Shrimp with Potato Cream Soup for my boyfriend and Capellini di Mare (Shrimp, clams and mussels sautéed in white wine, garlic and a zesty marinara sauce. Served over capellini and topped with fresh basil.) with Chicken Gnocci Soup for me. An appetizer of Caprese Flatbread and all you can eat garlic bread sticks rounded off the meal. It was out of this world.
|Capellini di Mare|
To finish the evening, upon leaving the restaurant, a shabby male teenager entered the restaurant wearing a t-shirt and jeans. He took one look at us, did an about face, and went back to the entrance door to open it for us to walk through. WOW, now that young man was taught some very good manners! I don't know why he did it and I pray to God that it wasn't because we looked old but just because we looked older. There is a difference.
So often I'm quick to fire off e-mails of insufficient or inferior service, it seemed like the right thing to do. It also was a good feeling to be able to do something that may bring this young man some financial reward. He deserves it, for not only doing his job but for creating RAVING FANS in the process. It refreshed and renewed my faith in young adults. Although there wasn't room for the chocolate covered strawberries we bought from the chocolate factory in our stomachs after this superb dinner, we didn't need to eat them. The courtesy of two young men this evening was our dessert without calories!