Well didn't really save a life but... While I was waiting tables on Thursday a girl forgot her iPhone on the table when she left the restaurant. I ran out to her, and fortunately was able to catch her as she was about to drive away. What would a person do without their iPhone? Most people are helpless without their devices. Anyways, back on topic... I did get a job though.
Monday was off because of memorial day, so I started work on Tuesday.
This week I did a variety of jobs around the restaurant (Tomo Sushi) and was able to help wherever they needed me. I got to make and eat more sushi, which was really fun, and also got to meet the new waitress, Eunji. On Wednesday I made myself a Vegas Roll, which is cucumber, cream cheese, salmon, and avocado packed into a roll, deep fried.
I have seen the preparation, cooking, presentation, serving, and cleaning up of food, but this week on Thursday I got to go along with Sam (the owner and manager) to buy the ingredients for the wonderful food Tomo Sushi makes. Sam goes every morning around 8:00AM to visit a variety of stores across the Portland Metro area that sell several fresh ingredients. Sam could be like one of those other restaurant owners that has food delivered every morning in bulk to their doorstep, but he says he wants to see the food that he is purchasing with his own eyes. Sam also likes getting the best deals, that means going a bit out of the way, but it's worth it.
I met Sam at 8:00 on Thursday at Tomo Sushi, where he picked me up in his Prius and we had some Starbucks. We then went all the way across town to Restaurant Depot (pictured below) in North Portland, where Sam picked up some fresh vegetables. Sam said that Restaurant Depot is a place where many small restaurants go to shop for their ingredients. The place was huge, and it had a giant freezer. In the freezer there were whole lambs in a bag, which I thought was kind of gruesome. We also bought a spiky thing to punch receipts with. The next place we visited was Cash and Carry (pictured below), right across the street from Restaurant Depot. I knew there was a Cash and Carry in Beaverton, which is closer to Tomo Sushi, because my grandparents shop there so I asked Sam why he went so far for food. He said that the rates there were much lower than the Cash and Carry in Beaverton. Interesting. At Cash and Carry, we bought some more frying oil, which was super expensive surprisingly: 25$ a bottle. We then went to Columbia Distribution, which is some kind of beverage distribution company. At first I thought he was talking about the Columbia Sportswear Store (they don't sell food!), but we were going there to buy some more alcohol from Columbia. I haven't really talked much about the alcohol sales in my blog, because I'm not really allowed to handle it. Whenever someone orders it, I ask one of the other wait staff to serve it. Most of the alcohol Tomo sells is Asian in origin like Sake or Asahi. Sam called ahead, so they had the order waiting for us, some Japanese alcohol, Asahi. The trunk of Sam's little Prius was starting to get pretty full so we started moving things around to fit more stuff in. We still had two more stops. I can't believe that Sam does that almost every day. We then stopped at a Chinese food distributor in South Beaverton where we picked up tempura batter and noodles for udon. We then went on our way to G-Mart, a Korean store / restaurant in Beaverton. I got to practice some of my Korean saying goodbye, however, the lady and Sam laughed jokingly at me. Chinese is better haha. I couldn't believe that Sam made that journey every morning and still worked most of the day at the restaurant. It seems really crazy to me. He has invested himself in this restaurant.
When we got back to Tomo's, Sam found out that Cassandra, the waitress on duty, couldn't make it to work because her car broke down, so Sam asked me to cover the position for the lunch hour. I didn't expect it would be too much problem for me, but the lunch hour was busier than I expected. I got a bit stressed out and dropped some dishes I was cleaning off the tables. That was probably the low point of my week. But working with customers was really fun, and I enjoyed making sure that each customer was properly taken care of. Serving people yummy food, and seeing them satisfied makes me really happy. I went home and fell asleep on the couch. That had been a pretty crazy day.
On Friday I worked both the morning and evening shift at Tomo's. In the lunch hour, Ramon had me help him make some sushi. I made some sushi for Evan and my mom when they came to eat. The dinner hour was pretty busy, so I helped wait tables. we had four wait staff including me so it was a bit of overkill. Last Friday we had quite a few customers, so Sam expected there to be more customers this Friday but there was not. Sam like to call this phenomenon "Murphy's Law." I had a little surprise visit from the Junn family as well that night. They came and ordered some sushi and yakisoba. It is really fun serving people you know. After things started dying down I had some tasty sushi for dinner. I am certainly not tired of sushi yet. I then spoke with Sam and he offered me a job as a waiter for the summer I will probably start in two weeks after graduation. I left Friday night feeling extremely satisfied, my senior project had been a major success. I have learned so much about the restaurant industry as well as myself