June 2014 - Julie Green and Keen
I LOVE MY NEW JOB!  Sorry it has been such a long time since the last post, I have been consumed by my new passion... working at a wonderful vegetarian restaurant as manager.  The past month at the restaurant has been such a learning and growing experience.  I have reignited my love for the restaurant industry and can’t wait to continue learning and growing. 

Starting work at a new restaurant is always exciting and a little bit nerve-wracking.  I had to get used to the way things are done and get the flow of the restaurant down.  It feels so great being back in the industry.  I love that I am constantly around new interesting people excited to be at a wonderful restaurant.   

Each day is a new adventure.  Working at a vegetarian restaurant is very different from when I was working at a chain restaurant during my college years.  The people coming into my new restaurant have an idea of what they are going to get food wise, and are excited to chat with others that have similar views.  It is also refreshing seeing people come in that are not vegetarians that are eager to try something new.  When I make my rounds through the dining room making sure everyone’s meals are good, it never fails, someone stops me and wants to share their story.  It is rewarding know that this restaurant does not only have good food, but also good company.

Since I started, my family and a few friends have been able to stop for dinner and, from what they tell me, had an unexpected wonderful vegetarian experience.  Like I´ve wrote before, people often underestimate how much variety vegetarians have to eat.  I love seeing the amazement on the face on non-vegetarians when they see how many options there are and how delicious and fulfilling the food is.  I try to make sure everybody leaves the restaurant happy, pleased with the service, and with a full belly of course.

One of the wonderful sandwiches at the restaurant

I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to work with.  I love asking questions and learning about the herbs and spices the chef uses to add a different zest to each dish.  I have taken quite a few notes… I want to pretend I’m Chef Julie at home. :)

If you would have asked me 3 years ago where I saw myself today, I would have never imagined I would be living out a lifelong dream working at a great vegetarian restaurant.

Go Green and Stay Keen,