Friday, December 24, 2010

Wish people working on Christmas a Merry Christmas

There are lots of people who have today and tomorrow off and can enjoy Christmas with family and friends. There are some that are still working, today and Christmas Day. The world of customer service people seem to always be there on a holiday.

This is the time to hold in any urge to complain about something and give a smile and a greeting to that clerk or person working these two days. Remember they are working perhaps not by choice, but they may need the money or because someone has to do the work to serve you.

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale

* If you are on a bus or BART, smile and wish the driver and passengers a Merry Christmas.
* If you order coffee at a cafe, smile and wish them Merry Christmas.
* If you order a meal at a restaurant, give a smile and wish them Merry Christmas.
* If you are standing in line in a store, an airport or a theater show some patience when you are finally at the cashier, smile and wish them Merry Christmas.
* If you pull into a gas station, smile and wave to the person inside as you leave.
* If you happen to be at a sporting event, smile and wish a Merry Christmas to the people working the ticket lines or the concession stands.
* If you pass any security guards anywhere give them a smile and a wave.
* If you pass a homeless person on the street, or someone collecting for a charity give them some spare change and say Merry Christmas.
* If you have to make a telephone call because of some type of service problem, keep any frustration in check and be sure to say Merry Christmas to the agent at the end of the call.

Remember Santa is not the only one working on Christmas.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Maggiano's Little Italy in San Jose

Massiano's Little Italy is in twenty states, but their only Bay Area location is in San Jose. Located in Santana Row, among all the shops this cozy restaurant seats 220 people, but their is enough room between tables to give it an intimate feeling.

They specialize in serving generous portions of Southern Italian cuisine served family style. The menu is large and varied, offering a fine selection of many homemade pastas, salads, prime steaks, fresh fish and home made desserts.

Lots of restaurants let you take your unfinished meal home after you dine there. Maggiano's in San Jose however, offers you more than a bang for your buck. You order one of their eleven classic pasta dishes for today, then you can take another home for tomorrow, at no charge, compliments of your chef.

With a reservation we were seated quickly after we arrived. There was a brief waiter transition after the Calamari Appetizer without a hitch. Both were pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu.

Our group tried three dishes. First was the Coach Joey Z's Angel Hair Pasta with Sausage. Angel Hair tossed with their homemade pomodoro sauce. This was an excellent sauce with a tasty sausage.

Next was the Mom's Lasagna - Marinara. Pasta sheets layered with Ricotta cheese, crumbled meatballs, Italian sausage and marinara and topped with Provolone cheese and marinara. Just like Mom used to make.

The Taylor Street Baked Ziti was the third. Similar to lasagna but different with Italian sausage, pomodoro sauce and ziti topped with a layer of melted Provolone and Parmesan. This was a dish you would want to try again.

The two desserts we shared were Nonna's Toasted Pound Cake with Caramelized Bananas. Toasted pound cake with caramelized bananas, hot fudge and vanilla bean ice cream . You made need help to finish this.

We also munched on Vera's Lemon Cookies, crescent shaped lemon cookies glazed with lemon frosting. Very tasty with a sweet lemon taste.

Their motto is "Our passion is making people feel special." You do feel special there. For the price, quality of food and the great service.

Their address is:

3055 Olin Avenue, Suite 1000
San Jose, CA 95128


Mon-Thu: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM
Fri-Sat: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM-10:00 PM


They also offer lunch, a take out service and delivery menu. You can also order online.