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Kusadasi Turkey

When I was on the cruise ship one of the ports I would love the most is Kusadasi Turkey. Every time we would stop there I would get a haircut and the barber would then do something that would make me feel great all over. He would crack my neck! Yes he would make sure […]

I Served 108 People Tonight

Today my shift was from 11:30 to 8 in the evening. I didn’t lift my head to look at the clock till it reached 7:00PM. A full 7.5 hours after I started. Now there was a reason. It was real busy. My read showed that I served 108 people but really it was more like […]

Happy New Year Everyone!

Hope all your wishes come true for 2011! I am going to blog more this year. There will be a lot happening in 2011.

Job History Update

For the last couple of months now I have been trying to document my job history on Mondays so I just wanted to update what I have done now between the time I took the bartending course in 1979 to the end of 1989. Hey that is 10 years! A good time to just note […]


To continue from last week on Madeira and on fortified wines that were pretty popular in the past but not so much now , we are going to talk a bit about Marsala. Marsala comes from the island of Sicily and it’s name derives from the port of the same name located at the northwest […]

Answers to the Quiz Earlier Today

Okay here it goes. The answers from the quiz earlier today. 1. What also goes into the glass shaker for a Black and Tan cocktail that was not mentioned is 2 measures of Irish Whiskey. 2. Denmark is where Peter invented Cherry Heering. 3. Kummel’s main flavour comes from the caraway seed. 4. For a […]

It Is That Time Again – The Quiz

Okay here we go with the Tuesday quiz. The quiz that is both interesting and useless at the same time because most of these questions however interesting they may be , offer no real help in the day to day service we provide to the patron who comes for food and drink in our establishment. […]

Montreux Switzerland 1988-89

Now we are up to this point in my hospitality career when things are really beginning to get adventurous. After a short stint on the SS Norway and then going to French school , I heard of an exchange opportunity that existed for hospitality students between Canada and Switzerland. Signing up for it and later […]

A Good Night Tonight

Tonight was a good night. I opened at 3 PM and had a 4 table section. Three deuces and a four top. My sales were $1490 and I did 38 covers over 17 tables.My tip out was $52 and I walked out with $247 at 9:15. What am I nuts to change jobs!!! I am […]


Today’s wine post is about a fortified wine that comes from the island of Madeira which belongs to Portugal in the Atlantic. I have had the opportunity of stopping for a day at the port of Funchal doing a crossing of the Atlantic while working on a cruiseship. What a beautiful island it is too! […]