Tuesday. I’m helping a woman pick chocolate bars to make a gift box. She takes her six choices and fans them out across the counter like swatches from a Pantone book.
“Pretty, prettier, prettiest”, she says.
It appears she’s making her selections based on the color of each package.
“Funny names for soap”, she says, picking up one of the bars and holding it to her nose to smell.
I didn’t realize while I was out for lunch my chocolate shop morphed into a Bed, Bath & Beyond. I call a staffer over and extricate myself from a situation that’s one comment away from giving me apoplexy.
Wednesday. I answer the Café phone. A woman is inquiring about a lost bag. I stretch the phone cord around the wall and peer into the lost and found area.
“What color is the bag in question?” I ask.
“Coach”, she replies.
Realizing that to some people, Coach is indeed a color, I tell her there are lots of umbrellas and a nice pair of sunglasses, but no bags.
“What brand are the shades?” she asks.
“Black”, I answer.
She hangs up.
Thursday. A gentleman orders a skim cappuccino to stay. We put it up for him on bar in a thermal double wall glass cup with a complimentary piece of dark chocolate, like we’ve always done.
He studies the drink intently, then flicks the chocolate back at the barista like he’s playing table hockey with a quarter and demands his drink not be served in plastic.
“The cup really is glass”, the barista says, unfazed, having met such skepticism before.
“Highly doubt it”, he replies, annoyed, then reaches over the bar, takes a paper go cup, pours his drink into it, turns and walks out.
“I’m willing to bet the glove box of his leased Porsche is full of worthless lottery tickets”, she quips.
Friday. Shecky texts me to say she’s eating panko encrusted dark chocolate with sea salt. I reply that I like saying the word panko. She asks if I’m cranko. After this week, I just may be.
Mink Chocolates Inc.,
Mink A Chocolate Cafe Ltd.
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Nine out of every ten persons say they love chocolate. The tenth lies.
– Anthelme Brillat-Savarin