The “Thank You” …

So this morning i went to Bread & Co … i think thats what its called… the one is shatti next costa at the Oasis by the Sea … i thought i would try the place one more time … its supposed to have fresh bread and pastries … sandwiches… and other stuff … ive been there once before and bought some mini croissants … they were pretty good!!

The first thing i noticed … is that the whole JAS area place was packed with people … i didnt realize how buzzing the place can be on a Friday morning … The majority of the people were western expats … hardly any locals or asians except the ones working which were a local and asian combo … Costa was packed … there were people all over the place … kids running around … parents running behind them … food everywhere … it was really nice … its funny coz at night the crowd is totally different … you can hardly see the westerners and the place is swamped with locals and arab expats (the lebs !! … there’s more of them these days) … i must say … its much more organized in the morning …

Side note: I cant wait to see the day that all the asians will be replaced by competent Omanis … that will be a proud momenti remember going to the Al Bustan Palace beach restaurant on a Friday before the Bustan closed down a couple of years ago … i was the only local being served while the whole service crew were locals … from the manager to the waiters to the chefs … they were all local … and all the people eating there were westerners … it felt odd at first but I remember feeling proud of my fellow countrymen … they were doing their jobs proudly …  if we are going to be become an economy based on service (tourism) then this was truly the way forward …

So the whole place is buzzing except for B&C … its empty … completely empty … why is that? i thought to myself … but i was just about to find out … i walk in and there are two people working int he shop … the music is loud and they are both singing to the sad ballad (can you guess where they are from?) …i look around at the stuff in the display … it all looks fresh and smells really good … one of the guys went into the back room and the other is totally ignoring me … it must be this loud music …

OM: Hello ?

OM: Do you have anything for breakfast or is it the same menu?

OM: Hello? HEllo? HELLo? HELLO???

BCF looks up almost surprised that i am speaking to him, he still doesnt say anything.

OM: Do you serve anything special for breakfast?

BCF: breakfast sir ?

OM: Yes, breakfast … you know … pastries, eggs, sandwiches …. breakfast

BCF shakes his head… i noticed that he had enough time to put on his earrings and wear that chef hat in a way that accentuates his ultra funk rocker hair style … this guy cares more about looking good then serving his customers … its really too early in the morning for me to get upset and i was not going to ruin my morning over this …. thankfully Oman has options these days … so i just walk out … as i leave the store i hear this extremely happy and enthusiastic “THANQYOO SURRRRR” (thank you sir in Filipini) … the guys was sooo happy that i decided to leave that he is thanking me for it … or is he trying to offer good service? i dont care … i am taking my business elsewhere ….

I get into my car and go to the other bread store … the one in Barreq Al Shatti (Shinning Shatti or Shinning Beach) … Bread Talk … The first think i notice is the smell of the bread … its REALLY good … as i walk towards the shop i notice some Omani girls in school uniforms in the shop … what Omani schools is open on a friday?? and why do they bring the students to a bakery so early in the morning??  what i realized when i entered the store was that these girls worked here … they are not school girls … ahaaaaaaaaaa … another realization came when i found out how to select the stuff that i want … the school girl hands me a tray and and tweezers and i am supposed to choose what i want … put it in the tray and take it to the counter… it would have helped if all the pastries had a description of what they were … at least one wold know what they are buying … i see this bun type thing with something sticking out of it … it looks good

OM: whats in this?

BTSG: This is tuna…

OM: Are you sure? coz there is a bun there that is shaped like a fish .. i think that one is tune …

BTSG: no no .. that one is for the kids … this is tuna ..

No it was time to pay … a piece of advice here … when its time to pay at bread talk … dont panic when they tell you how much you have to pay … take a deep breath … ask ” how much is that again?” … think about it and remember that its ok to return the stuff back … there is no shame is deciding that you wont pay that much for bread…

if you are not willing to pay 1.5 Rials for 8 slices of bread … then dont bother going … but … believe me … its best bread i have HAD in my entire life … its fluffy and crunchy at the same time … i never even thought that this could be possible …

As i was leaving a i saw this grown man walk in with a cycling suit on … if you havnt seen this before … let me tell you … its not a pretty site … especially if its a hairy cyclist … the suit is made out of this extremely thin nylon stretch type material with a zipper on the chest and pads around the areas that touch the bicycle seat … i almost told him to leave … there were children in the shop…

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