An update…

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Good morning my Dear Readers!

On Monday, I posted about my quest to find a place where everybody knows your name. And I talked about Omar’s, the Cuban restaurant that I want to be my special place.

I have an update. I was thinking maybe I should wait until my weekly wrap-up post. But I can’t. Must share now.

Woke up today to a blizzard. Ugh. Praying TheOtherGirl’s daycare would still be open. (TheOtherGirl is too long to type. She will forever henceforth be known as Tog. Her big sister will be TG. Please make a note of it).

Anyway, I had to drive two miles an hour to work, stopped twice to clean ice of my windshield. Suffice it to say, when I pulled up to Omar’s, I wasn’t thinking about what he may or may not say to me. I just wanted my coffee. Actually, I had decided I was going to have a cappucino instead. I saw him make one for a customer yesterday and it looked awesome. He grated cinnamon on top. By hand. With a grater. Take that Starbucks!

So I go in, walk up to the counter. Omar has his back to me. He turns around and says:

“Coffee?”

I looked around like, oh snap? Is he talking to me?

“Um, no. Cappucino today.”

“Cappucino?”

“Yes.”

He turned around, started making my cappucino. I’m all giddy with excitement. Omar spoke to me! Yay! I’m a regular. That’s right. I’m here, at Omar’s, like I am every day. Chillin’ with the locals.

Then, tragedy strikes.

Omar reaches inside his mini-fridge and takes out a container of whip cream and starts to shake it.

Dear readers, whipped cream is not my friend. I love the taste. Who doesn’t love whipped cream? But it is way too fattening. Take a look at the difference in calories and fat between a Starbucks coffee with whip and without. Here’s my favorite starbucks drink with milk and whipped cream:

with-milk-and-whip1

Thirteen grams of fat! I could have a cookie for that! Three hundred and thirty calories? That’s my caloric budget for lunch!

But if I have soy milk and no whip…

with-soy-no-whip

Much better. Only one problem. Omar’s ain’t Starbucks. And he doesn’t care that I’m trying to keep my weight in check.

How could I possibly interrupt Omar while he was preparing my drink. How could I possibly say, “um, no whip on that.” This is NOT Starbucks. This is NOT how I would endear myself to Omar! He would hate me forever. I’d be outed as one of those people. Not someone who belongs at Omar’s.

“‘Scuse me,” I said. “No whipped cream please.”

Omar looked at me with serious attitude, holding the container upside down in the air. The he rolled his eyes just the tiniest bit and threw it back in the refrigerator.

“Cinnamon?” he asked. I know he was thinking: or is that too fattening you little gringa

“Yes, please.”

Omar shook on cinnamon, put on that flat top lid that I despise. And that was it.

I’ve ruined my chances with Omar. I just know it. I’ve been exposed for the Buppy I really am. Wait til he finds out that I have to chew five Lactaid pills every morning before I drink his coffee because I’m lactose intolerant and I know he doesn’t have soy milk up in there. Wait til he finds out that I fantasize about bringing him a container of soy milk each Monday so he doesn’t have to use whole milk. Wait til he finds out that I once looked closely at the container of milk he uses and was horrified to see that A. It wasn’t organic milk. B. It wasn’t 2% milk and C. I did not recognize the brand name.

Sigh.

Maybe I’ll just go back to Starbucks.

Dear Readers, I’ll be back with my real post in an hour. So check back. Just wanted to give an Omar update…

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8 Responses to “An update…”

  1. Jovi Says:

    Ahhhh. Sorry for your bad experience this morning. You are correct, Omar’s is NOT Starbucks, but it could be your new family. To keep in your budget you will have to sacrifce the fat for the family. Your smile will warm on him real soon. Keep trying.

  2. Katura Says:

    “Wait til he finds out that I have to chew five Lactaid pills every morning before I drink his coffee because I’m lactose intolerant and I know he doesn’t have soy milk up in there.”

    Hilarous. Me too. I used to bring in my own almond milk so the cafeteria at my job could make my smoothies every morning.

  3. Aliya S. King Says:

    @jovi: yes, I will get whipped cream from now on. anything to make Omar like me!
    @ katura: and they would really make your smoothie with almond milk? Did they give you major attitude?

  4. Katura Says:

    No attitude at all. But they were friendly from day one., and that makes a world of difference.

  5. Heather Says:

    You’re better off trying to woo Omar. I hear Starbucks is shutting down 300 stores. So your beloved cafe might not be open tomorrow.

  6. Heather Says:

    Oh. Yea. Link!
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7857316.stm

  7. yes Says:

    you are too much lol
    I’d be like “Look, do you want me to make this or do it yourself?”

  8. Aliya S. King Says:

    @heather: i love your linking. Seriously.
    @yes: that’s exactly how he was looking at me. =(

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