Monday, July 6, 2009

Strawberry Cake, Hold The Leaves

One of the constant contradictions of New York is that it is simultaneously home to the most ambitious and the most lazy people.

On the one hand you've got the "if you can make it here you can make it anywhere" crowd. No matter how clever or eager you are, there is someone more clever and more eager than you. If you will push by 10 people to squeeze into a rush hour subway seat, the old woman next to you will push by 20 people to get there first - and then she will yell at you for being rude.

On the other hand you've got the "if you can make it here you can do it yourself" crowd. My amazement never ceases at the lack of basic customer service shops provide. A couple months ago I went to a pet store to exchange a bag of cat food. The man at the register didn't say a word to me as I stood at the counter. I finally asked if he worked there. In an annoyed voice he answered, "I'm standing behind the counter, aren't I?"

Strawberry Cake from Financier Patisserie

Ok, maybe I'm confusing someone being an asshole with being lazy, so let me provide another example. If you buy a cake with fresh strawberries in New York, you always need to check the strawberries before you eat them. The person who prepared the cake probably didn't bother removing the leaves before adding the berries to the cake.

Like yesterday's cake from Financier Patisserie on Stone Street.


Thin Crust - TX Chuck said...

First off...if I saw someone behind the counter in a store; there's only two reasons for that Einstein. Either he's robbing the joint or he works there.

I would have thrown a loaf of bread or a pack of Newports at you for asking a such dumb ass question.

We all can't have super high paying fancy pants ass jobs like you, but here you go coming down on the little mexican again.

This time it's the Mexican boy at the bakery who picks strawberries all day for cakes so that you and your fancy software company friends can enjoy.

Would the leaf have killed you?
Was it a poisonous leaf?
Did the leaf have a damn catepillar on it?

Hey Mr. Perfect!

You act like he left some pubic hair in the damn cake...he missed a leaf. One leaf out of the 15 strawberries in the cake.

plumpdumpling said...

Man, I wish TX Chuck left these sorts of badass comments in my blog.

Retail workers not saying hello is one of the craziest things to me, coming from Ohio. Like, seriously, your ONLY job is to say hello to me, take my cash from me, and say goodbye. The $7.50 they're paying these people is $7 too much.

Of course, $7.50 in Ohio is like $70.50 here, so maybe that's why Ohio retail workers are so pleasant.