A couple of days ago Jim and I went to eat at Souplantation, one of our favorite restaurants for when I don’t want to cook (and Jim’s NOT a cook), we want lots of food, and we want food inexpensively. An all-you-can-eat lunch buffet is $8.99 and the dinner buffet is $10.99. And yet I remember when I first at a Souplantation back in 1993. Lunch buffet was $2.49 and dinner buffet was $3.99. Oh, well, at least their employees tend to stick around for a long time, probably because they make a decent wage and perhaps even have health insurance, a 401(k), etc.
This past Sunday Jim and I got ambitious and decided to go to a Souplantation that is about ten miles from us (the one we normally go to is just two miles from us). When we parked, I was able to get this picture:
One would think that a place with such a name is obviously a seafood restaurant.
Not so fast there, Tonto.
However, I’m not going to tell you what it is, either.
I’ll let you guess.
Once you’ve registered your guess, you can…..
to find this:
It’s a paper, card, and gift store!
They apparently don’t have a web site, which I find somewhat surprising but, considering what they sell, not totally surprising. While searching for that web site, though, I came upon some reviews at Yelp and Yellowpages. I thought this one was the best:
“This is a darling store that has the cutest stuff in it. They are things that we totally don’t need, but want to buy because it’s too cute. It reminds me of a gift store you’d find in Monterrey [sic], CA.”
Having been to Monterey (only one “R”), I completely understand. I love little gift shops that have the cutest stuff in them that I totally don’t need but buy anyway because they are too cute. I can also say that cute stuff makes nice little gifts for family, friends, and co-workers, especially for that awkward moment when you become the Secret Santa to a co-worker whom you don’t particularly care for………..lol
I suppose you’re wondering what kind of too cute things I bought. Well, I got two piggy banks.
Have you tried finding nice piggy banks in today’s world? I used to give piggy banks to people who recently had a baby but two things happened: (1) Piggy banks became scarce, and (2) friends having babies became scarce. Nonetheless, now I have two piggy banks for those unexpected moments when a neighbor or a Client has a baby!
Just for the Halibut (and Souplantation) are located at 3960 West Point Loma Boulevard:
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