Twitter…I was multitasking yesterday (what woman doesn’t) and sent myself a Tweet — not once, not twice but three times from two different Twitter accounts and to each other. Basically, I was having a conversation with myself and did not know it.
Immediately, I had two good friends send me an email to ask what was going on. My response “the only Twit Tweeting was me”. I was slightly embarrassed.
Anyone who knows me knows that I can be a perfectionist in some ways and especially with food and customer service (thank goodness there’s wine). At times, I drive myself crazy.
One of the things that I have not perfected is social media. I get it, the spirit and intent: The opportunities (socializing and communicating information … plus it truly is an economical way to stay competitive, if you’re a business.
Twitter is my necessary evil.
Not unlike Twitter , Yellow Pages Directory (the hard copy) for many years was a necessary evil. You need to have a presence when you’re in retail, especially if you’re a restaurant.
There are few differences between Twitter & what Yellow Pages was…Twitter is not going away any time soon because social media has relatively no barriers to entry EXCEPT not understanding how to use it correctly. It’s fast and you don’t have to wait a year to update your information.
It got me thinking about other necessary evils that have come and gone for me over time.
My list has evolved over decades (the 1960′s to present day)
- Afternoon Naps
- Teller Line Ups
- Yellow Pages Advertising
- Having to be a ‘member’ to get a discount / saving (what major retailer does not have a points reward / member card?)
- My latest – Twitter (joining the 21st Century)
I look forward to overcoming yet another necessary evil with a smile and help from my ‘web guy’ Bill, Fran & Michelle who I love dearly. They’re my social media gurus who get me ‘unstuck’ and are truly creative.
You see that little thing in the upper right? Yes, we received a Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor. And we’re thrilled! Here’s what it means …
“SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA – May 22, 2013 – Urban Deli today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
“To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.”
We want to send out a huge thank you to everyone, the people of Saint John and those who have visited our wonderful city and its Uptown (and our Urban Deli) for all of the kind words you have written about us. You have no idea what it means to us.
Congratulations to Kim Killiam, winner of complimentary Sweeney Todd tickets, donated by the Saint John Theatre Company. It runs tonight through Saturday and if you are not familiar with Sweeney Todd (the Demon Barber of Fleet Street), let’s just say it will give you pause the next time you get a haircut or eat pie.
Congrats again to Kim. And if you’re taking in this wonderful musical, why not plan on having some lovely Italian dining before the show with Italian by Night? Just a thought!
The Uptown is warming things up for February with the 2013 February Fork Off. This year, we’re doing Italian with our Italian by Night menu for this year.
February Food Week
Chop Chop Plate
Antipasti di Casa
house olives/ tomato jam/ mozzarella di bufala/ prosciutto
mussels/ tomato/ white wine/cream/ herbs/ chilli
ricotta/ spinach/ tomato/ mozzarella
Peposo e Fungi
beef/ red wine/ herbs/ freshly ground pepper
Please advise your server of allergies.
Every year, it’s a seeming muddle. To help make it clear, these are our hours for Urban Deli and Italian by Night. We hope to see you over the holidays and hear your Christmas story … and maybe share ours. Here are our hours …
December 24 (Christmas Eve)
Deli open. Italian by Night closed.
December 25 and 26
Deli and Italian by Night closed
Deli closed. Italian by Night open at 5PM.
December 28, 29 & 31 (New Year’s Eve!)
Deli and Italian by Night open
January 1 and 2
Deli and Italian by Night closed
January 3, 2013
Deli and Italian by Night OPEN for a brand new year!