Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Favorite T2 Character

DeDe wins by a landslide! Not a surprise that the Bird Killer lost horribly without a single vote.

Since J and B are on vacation, this week's lunches will be filled with exciting options from the LL Lunch selection.

Today I enjoyed Trader Ming's Jasmine Rice with Tom Yum Sauce and Vegetables (the only sign of a vegetable I saw were a couple of sad, chopped up baby corn cobs). Compared with Garlic Water, it wasn't all that bad.

I'm looking forward to lunchtime returning to normal on Thursday... or as normal as it can be without Blue C one a week. Yes, I'm still sore.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Meanwhile...


So, it looks as if DeDe won't be back at Blue C - fine. DeDe: if you're reading this - you have a job at the Compound, if you want it.

The past few days have been messy - B's had other plans, J's in Spain, and I've been eating lunch at my desk. So nothing terribly exciting to report.

We'll be back next week with more exciting adventures from Tukwila.

Friday, March 20, 2009

On the hook

Impressive reach:

The co-founder of Blue C, Steve Rosen wrote us back to say that he loves DeDe too, but in a way that we could never know - she sucked bad enough to can her.

Well, I still find it hard to believe that unless DeDe was embezzling from the company, why management and DeDe couldn't work through their differences, and find a way to retain an experienced, well loved employee. It's a major failing on behalf of the management, and I'll miss DeDe almost as much as I'll miss spending $30 for lunch two times a week.

Here's the email:

Dear R,

Thank you so much for taking the time to email us about your strong affection for DeDe. I completely understand your frustration because she is such an excellent server, and so great with guests--really great. For this reason it was even more frustrating for us to part ways with her.

For obvious reasons I cannot go into any specifics out of respect for DeDe, but it's safe to say that there are two sides to our business as it relates to our employees; the customer facing side and the operations sides. When we have someone who is as strong as Dee Dee is on the guest facing side we always want things to work out because our guests are our lifeline! You are a perfect example of this. Your blog is a real contribution to Tukwila and the fact that you put the energy into it that you do is a real testament to why we wanted to open in Tukwilla in the first place. [well thanks, but you're not off the hook!]

For as much as I wish I could go into details, please know that we never make these decisions casually. In fact we labor over them when it comes to an employee who has many regulars as guests. As a restaurant owner my number one priority is to never alienate our guests. After all, we are trying to provide employment for people, feed our guests at a value during tough economic times, and do our best to make people
happy. So, when a post on a blog goes out without the benefits of all of the facts it can be very damaging. We understand this.

We share in your disappointment. I know without knowing the facts it is hard to get any satisfaction out of this response, but I do really appreciate you taking the time to email us about your feelings. I personally understand where you are coming from and hope you realize that this was an unfortunate loss all the way around. There was not a day when I went to our Southcenter location that I didn't enjoy seeing DeDe. Truly. The fact that you and your colleagues have been such loyal guests makes it all the more tough. If we didn't feel like we could find people who appreciate what we do we would never have opened at Southcenter.

Best regards,

Steve Rosen
Co-Founder, Blue C Sushi

Power Womon dares a little

J is on vacation in Spain, so Power Womon is our guest blogger today. Enjoy:

Thursday was my 1st experience at Blue C Sushi. I have heard so much about this establishment and especially about Dede. I'm a SUPER picky eater and was a little nervous about the type of food they serve and if there would be something on the menu for me. But, from hearing about Dede and how friendly she is and how she takes care of her people, I was a little less "on edge".

To make a long story short, the company was a little slumber when the news was broken. I took that time to use the "facilities" and was highly intrigued by the motion activated hand soap dispenser, water and the highly powered hand dryer (like one I've never seen before)! Needless to say, I washed my hands twice! For a little distraction from the devastating news, we kept an eye on a couple that was about to make a family restaurant turn into an X rated movie! Wow, what entertainment.

After lunch, we headed to the Dragon something or rather [um, PW - it's called Red Mango] for frozen yogurt. Yet another new experience for Power Womon (the stand, not the fro yo). Again, I was on edge because I couldn't figure out what flavors they had! R came to the rescue as always. After that, B thought he needed a little retail therapy (from the devastation), so we headed to Nordstrom's. We all came out empty handed……………..what a day!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sad, so sad



What is this world coming to? First the AIG fools get bonuses, now we have to live without Dede. That's right, we found out that Dede was fired from Blue C today. My heart is heavy. I'm not taking this lying down. I will write, I will call, I will fight for our right to be served by Dede!

Here's the letter I sent to Blue C today:

I am really unhappy. My colleagues and I love Blue C at South Center and visit weekly, if not twice a week. We like the food, but the real reason we go is for the service. Specifically, the service provided by our favorite server Dede.

Today I found out that Dede was terminated by a new manager, apparently over a personality conflict. Are you kidding me? I don't expect you to comment on personnel issues, however this is one of the most ignorant, arrogant and quite frankly, stupidest business decisions I've heard.

I am not related to Dede, but her bubbly personality, attention to detail, flawless service and welcoming smile make her feel like family. Dede made the sushi taste better. Without her today, it tasted sub-par and sad. Shame on Blue C management! I am boycotting Blue C and so are my colleagues.

Food: 1/5 ( I was too sad to eat and a -4 point deduction for no Dede)
Atmosphere: 0/5
Blue C without Dede: 0/5 If this were a song, it would be the saddest song I've got.

the saddest lunch... ever


DeDe, our favorite server has been terminated from Blue C.

In protest, T2 is boycotting Blue C, and asks that you join us. You can also write an email in support of DeDe and send it to: feedback@bluecsushi.com.

Here is what we sent to Blue C:

Over the past year, my colleagues and I have frequented the Tukwila Blue C Sushi once, sometimes twice a week. We also run a blog about our lunchtime adventures in Tukwila and have written many times about Blue C - maybe even to the exhaustion of our readers (http://tummytukwila.blogspot.com/).

One draw was definitely the good food, but one of the best things about the Tukwila
location was DeDe... Today we were shocked to learn that DeDe had been terminated last week by a new (possibly clueless) manager.

I am very unhappy to learn this, especially since DeDe consistently gave me the best restaurant service I'd ever experienced - she was fun, energetic, knew our names and our orders by heart, and always had a smile on her face, even when she was overwhelmingly busy.

DeDe was an excellent server, and I don't understand why she would have been terminated. It's a travesty, and is upsetting enough to make my colleagues and I boycott Blue C until this situation has been made right.

Blue C always tasted better with DeDe there - today we may as well have gone to Sushi Land.

Sincerely,
R.



Atmosphere: -5/5
Food: -5/5
Goodtimes: -10/5 (extra -5 for having to drown my sorrows in a cup of fro yo with Lucky Charms, when I'm trying to avoid sugar)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday the 13th


Tummy Tukwila is on vacation today. Check back next week for all new adventures. B is committed to trying one never before visited lunch location next week. Any suggestions?

We love you all.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Our latest addition



You know we love nicknames at Tummy Tukwila (the only person we call by their real name is DeDe). I'm proud to introduce the latest addition to our nickname family....Pita Don Juan.

Pita Don Juan works at the Pita Pit (shocker) and likes to wear his official pita visor just barely cocked to the side and his official pita t-shirt one size too small. While R was struggling with the bathroom, I observed Pita Don Juan welcoming two Joeys-esque ladies into his eating establishment. Pita Don Juan has never welcomed R or I in the same hyper-friendly manner...go figure.

Watch out Frau, you've got some competition. Maybe Pita Don Juan can hook up with Taco Lolita...hmmmmmm...

Food: 4.5/5 Minus.5 for the ongoing lettuce issue.
Atmosphere: 4/5 The Frau was not wearing her African peace hat this visit.
Good Times: 3/5 Minus 2 for missing R's X rated bathroom visit.
Pita Don Juan's actual Don Juan appeal: 3/5 He's slightly above average.

ceFiore Wins

In our poll: Who has better for yo, ceFiore wins by one point.

Stay tuned next week when we ask: Who is the best character on Tummy Tukwila.

A Fondlin' Frau

B and I visited the Pita Pit today. The scene there was the everyday usual: Frau Farbissina yelling back meat orders, line cooks scurrying around fulfilling requests, brown lettuce.

At the register, Frau asked if we'd ever been to the Pit before. How long will it take until she recognized us? I mean, really - how many times do you need to patronize a place before the people who work there recognize you?

I ordered the tuna pita because I wanted to hear Frau yell it back to the line: bringoutthe tu-NAH!, but instead, she whispered it to a passing line employee: bringoutthetuna. We should have known right then that today was going to be different.

The visit went from annoying to awkward when I went to use the restroom. Frau gave me a key to the bathroom door which was shaped more like a swizzle stick than a door key. She warned me that it sometimes gets stuck, but I figured, how hard could it be?

I pushed the stick into the hole (this is where it starts) and Frau began to shout instructions over the cash register:


You have to stick it in deeper! Deeper! That's it. Okay, push it in further. Right... now wiggle it around. Deeper! Keep pushing! You got it!!



I thought: Am I at Joey's, or the Pita Pit? Was she trying to be dirty? Probably not. But with the way this performance was headed, and everyone in line at the register now looking at me... I felt like I was on the set of "Where the Boys Aren't".

It took some poking and wiggling around (sorry), but the lock eventually gave way and let me in. When I came back out and handed the key to Frau, she grabbed my hand and gave it a reassuring squeeze, and said "You did great!"

That's what she said.

Anyway.. we had to leave immediately afterwards so I could go look for my dignity.

Atmosphere: 3/5 (lose 2 points for dirty key work)
Food: 5/5
Good times: 3/5 (see Atmosphere score)


Friday, March 6, 2009

Chart your feelings....


Most Fridays, the T2 authors, no matter what we're busy doing - take time to venture out together for a Friday executive lunch. This Friday was different.

B was missing today. J and I met in front of his office, but his chair was empty. We stuck around for a bit, poked around on his iPhone, snooped through his snack drawer, and J even had time to fill out B's Assertive Communication model on his white board.

After waiting a good 10 minutes for B to return to his office, J and I gave up and headed out to meet the Chef for lunch. We decided that since B was MIA, we could hit up the Red Robin for some "gourmet" burgers.

The Chef, instead of ordering her usual Bonzai Boca Burger, got experimental and ordered a Burning Love burger. It came chock-full of spicy items: deep-fried jalapenos, spicy Chipotle mayo, and a chili roasted Boca patty. It was so chock-full that she had to dismantle it to fit it in her face.

J and I were boring and had the usual Clucks 'n Fries for him, and the Whiskey River Veggie Burger for me. Just like last time, J had trouble getting his fries made crispy. Apparently it takes the kitchen too much effort to get fries right, maybe the kitchen robots aren't programmed to let fries cook longer than 2 minutes.

Anyway, after lunch, we headed to the mall so J could drop his paycheck on a wide-angle lens for his camera. For J, his lunchtime went like this:

Clucks 'n Flaccid fries at Red Robin: $9.79
Diet Coke or Pepsi: $2.39
Trip to the mall for a super faboo, high tech lens: If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

When J heads to the other side of the globe in a few weeks, we'll be expecting some amazing, wide shots from the tops of churches.

Good times: 5/5 (minus one for a missing B, plus one for getting to scavenge through his snack drawer)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic


DeDe is back! R, the Chef and I went to Blue C today and spotted our favorite Southside server, Dede. (Yes, we were spying though the outside windows. If DeDe wasn't there we were going to the food court). Great food, great company, great miso. R commented that "everything tastes better with DeDe".

I think the "fat girl" could learn a thing or two (or ten dozen things from Dede). Now if only the Taco Queen would return.

It's a good day. My heart is full.

Food 5/5
Atmosphere 5/5
Dining with DeDe: priceless

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apperatus

I went to Simply Thai today with a new T2 character - AquaMan. He and I go way back in Compound days, and it was great to catch up with him, and the fact that he likes to SCUBA during his off hours makes for interesting conversation (trying not to think of drowning while eating curry is a hard thing to do).

When we walked in, I saw The Fat Girl and got an automatic knee-jerk reaction that I should run, but it quickly passed since B was no where in sight, and The Fat Girl (whose not all that fat) was actually pretty nice today.

I had the red curry, 2-stars. It was just okay. The peas in the dish were really dried out, like any day they would morph into marbles, so that was kind of different for Simply Thai since their fresh vegetables have always been my favorite thing about them.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5 (minus one point for eating nearly-marbles)
Good times: 5/5 (extra points for catching up with old friends)