ZUMBA!

My newest obsession: ZUMBA. I’m a member at the YMCA near my house where they offer free classes daily from zumba to yoga to water aerobics for the old ladies. This past year, I’ve made my peace with going to the gym. You used to have to drag me by my teeth to go and then my attempt at running or lifting weights would be entirely half assed and pathetic. But I spent time investing in my health, especially with the oodles and oodles of pastries that surround me day in and day out.

It wasn’t until recently that I started to take advantage of the classes included in my membership. I had taken one or two classes before in the morning where it was exclusively taught to old ladies and I was the youngest one in there by at least 50 years. My roommate and I even had one lady tell us we were show-offs… as a joke… I think. OOPS.

Since I’m working a new schedule at the Taj, I have a lot more time and flexibility to try out new instructors. I have a dance “background”, if you want to call it that. I danced recreationally for 14 years growing up and have always missed a little piece of me ever since I went to college forcing me to give it up. I think I got my groove back in Zumba! Apologies… bad pun, I know.

HOWEVER. I have a few recurring pet peeves class to class to share…

CHEERLEADER GIRLS

639I mean seriously. Stop putting your hair in a perfectly manicured high pony tail. It swings around too much and your perfect posture and bouncy attitude makes me want to hip check you next time we’re standing by each other.

WOO GIRLS

Trust me, I have lots of fun at Zumba. Especially if I mess up a step, I’m laughing my ass off and smiling between wheezing for breath. I can’t stand when instructors go, “WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” in the middle of a dance and then put their hand up to their ear making us do it back. I CAN’T BREATHE LET ALONE WOO. And those who WOO… we know what you really mean…

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CLOSE DANCERS

637Listen dude, step away from me. Or at the very least have some awareness of the space around you if the class is crowded. I can’t keep dodging punches every time you swing your arms around. There’s a mirror RIGHT in front of your face- USE IT.

BUTT JIGGLERS

Don’t jump down my throat for this just yet, cause I’m the last one to pretend that I don’t have a little extra junk in the trunk. My point isn’t about weight or physical characteristics but rather the clothes used to COVER your butt. Yoga pants/work out shorts are completely acceptable UNTIL they start wiggling up your butt crack one cheek at a time leaving nothing but inches between your butt and my discomfort. ITS LIKE THE BUTT IS JUST STARING AT ME.

640KNOW IT ALL’S

Listen, I don’t care how many classes you’ve been to or how many dances you have memorized, don’t you dare correct the teachers during the class. And stop taking all the front spots! You probably stare at yourself 24/7 so I think you can take your vain, self-absorbed jiggly ass to the back of the class and let other people use the mirror to LEARN the work outs!

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BAD DANCERS

638This can literally mean anything. I commend you if you’re just doing it for fun. That’s the whole point. But if you’re grinding it around acting like hot shit and the rhythm is lacking… JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL

636All in all, I’m really loving these classes and even joke that I’m going to quit my day job and become a certified Zumba instructor so I  have an excuse to buy all the cool clothes and shoes. Sounds good, right? I’m obsessed with Justin Beiber’s song ‘Where Are You Now’ and ‘Back It Up’ by Prince Royce, all thanks to my classes. I’m leaving them below for your listening pleasure!

Does anyone else do Zumba and is obsessed as me? LETS TALK ABOUT OUR FAVORITE SONGS AND SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS!

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Baker Pet Peeves

As a baker, I realize that I work so hard to serve the customers. What the customer wants is what the customer gets. And most of the time, I’m happy to make their day! However, there are moments where my head is about to explode due to specific requests that totally goes against customer etiquette. Here’s a compiled list of my baker pet peeves (because we’re people too, ya know!)
1. If you need to change the serving time of a cake, don’t call 15 minutes before you’re coming to pick it up! Often times the cake isn’t finished because we’re on a very tight time schedule or maybe the cake hasn’t thawed enough to be servable! The earlier you let us know, the better.

2. On another note about time, if you’re making a same day order, you can’t rush the process. Most likely, we’re not going to say no but we can’t always have 100 mini cookies ready for pick up in an hour.

3. I’m on a baking team of 7 and only 4 to 5 of us work at the same time. So basically that’s only 8 to 10 physical hands that produce everything you see on the counter! If I happened to burn the croissants that morning, you can bet I’m more pissed at myself about it. Having a customer be mad because we don’t have them in house isn’t going to help.

4. Insider secret: if you want the mini versions of something, they’re usually 3/4th of the price of a full but only half of the serving. You’re getting jipped. But also, it makes my job a lot more difficult because I don’t make that stuff on the norm.

5. Also along the lines of minis- you can’t eat 7 mini tartlets and feel okay about that because they’re “small” when usually 2-3 minis equals one regular sized tart. EVERYTHING IS A LIE!

6. The mark up on fruit platters is RIDONKULOUS. We hate cutting your fruit for you. Don’t be lazy. (Although it is a good money maker soooo)

7. Don’t buy a single pastry to split with someone and then expect us to cut it in half for you in the back. Will my cutting it make the pieces more even or something? We DO offer utensils out front- you don’t have to eat like a barbarian so use them please!

8. I’ve also encountered orders where people ask for products to be pre-cut in half. Yeah, maybe that makes sharing easier, but it also makes the products look worse. Not to mention that some products aren’t meant to be cut in half which then totally ruins the integrity of the food. I worked hard to make that food so nice; don’t make me mess it up too!

9. Don’t eat 3/4ths of a pastry and then return it because you “didn’t like it”. YOU ATE MOST OF THE GODDAMN PASTRY HOW CAN YOU SAY YOU DIDN’T LIKE IT. Since we’re big on customer service at Flour, we WILL give you another pastry of your choice but we also really hate you big time.

10. Lastly, if you need to cancel your order, call. Don’t not show up and let the product go to waste! Nothing is worse than going into the walk-in and seeing a 14” lemon raspberry cake sitting there from the day before. UGH.

Overall, please please please just remember that food service workers are people too! We work hard to make food that’s both beautiful and delicious and want to make our customers happy. Check back on Tuesday for my review on another awesome Boston find- the SOWA market!