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2007 July 4 » Philoxenos

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Good customer service

4th July 2007

Good customer service

After my post about the Sundried Tomato and Olive Chutney earlier today, I decided to send an email to the company to say what a great product it was. After all, they work hard and deserve to know when something is really good. I got a kind email back from someone named Vicki to say that she’d like to send me two jars of some other products they have, just to say thanks for writing to them. And I said - bring it on! I happily sent her my address and she emailed back to say that they were on their way.

And then later this evening I received an email from the managing director of the company to say that my email really made his day. Now, folks, it wasn’t anything fancy. It wasn’t like I sent a video of myself literally doing flips over the chutney. I just said thanks. But it made his day.

So, my question is this: how hard is it to say thanks to someone for their hard work? It’s not really hard. It just takes a few minutes. And it really does make their day. So make that phone call, write a note, send an email, whatever. It’s totally worth it.

I’m thinking of writing to the bank to see if they have any free samples available.

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4th July 2007

Response to Daily Breadcrumbs and food

My comment to Tina in the post “Chicken Enchiladas” has caused a bit of a family feud. Handsome has written a rebuttal to my comment, in defense of his country’s food. And so, in order to maintain family harmony, I will list all the New Zealand foods that I love and will sorely miss.

1. Hundreds and Thousands biscuits (cookies with rainbow sprinkles on them - Handsome sent these to me when we were engaged)

2. Cadbury’s Top Deck icecream

3. Fish n Chip shops (although technically a purveyor of food, rather than a food, I’ve never seen food like this in California)

4. Pavlova (I can make this one myself, so it will follow me to the States)

5. Toffee Pops (a cookie with caramel in the middle)

Have you noticed a trend toward sweet food?

6.  my new favourite, Sundried Tomato and Olive Chutney

7. custard powder. How do I make custard without custard powder??

And there are lots of things that I make regularly that I will have to relearn how to make in America. Custard, for example.

I would also like to point out that New Zealand has come a long way in the nearly eight years that I’ve lived here. I’ve already mentioned the tortillas. The herbs and spices section of the supermarket is a whole new world compared to what it was when I first arrived.

So, Handsome, please accept this as an apology for an unintentional maligning of your country’s food. Because it’s my country, too.

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4th July 2007

Sundried Tomato and Olive Chutney

New Zealand Readers, take note!! Barkers is now making a Sundried Tomato and Olive Chutney that is absolutely worth every penny (about $4 for a jar). I got a sample when we bought some bakery bread from Countdown and I used it on a homemade pizza. When Handsome took a bite, his eyes closed and he started chewing really slowly in order to savour the flavour. It’s delicious. The sample came with a coupon, which I saved, and a couple days ago I bought a jar. I bought it to use on our pizzas, in place of regular pizza sauce, but I’ve spread a bit on an English muffin for morning tea and it’s equally delicious.

Go buy some. You won’t regret it.

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