Found in my email-box today:
"I feel that this blog is very misleading. Here I sit, needing to express my displeasure with a recent visit to Popeyes Chicken, searching for a chicken blog and this is what I find. The meal was filling but did not please my senses to the point of satisfaction. The mash potato container was only 1/3 full and I was only allowed 2 half full sauce containers for dipping. The sweet unsweetened sweet tea was very good. The lady taking orders was very pleasant. All in all not a very good trip but I would try again in the next year or two, with less pretense. I don't know what that means but it sounds good. I love cats. BT"
~From Tina The Lama
Well, dear The Lama, or may I call you Tina?
I am not sure why you feel misled by Chickenblog, except that I do not have a complaint board, or a chatroom for discussing take-out chicken experiences. But, I am here, and I am interested, and you are more than welcome to express yourself, to describe the disappointing lunch.
I have never been to a Popeye's Chicken, and your review gives me pause about ever planning a visit. I have been to Pollo Campero, in Guatemala, and I miss it, or at least the memory of it. I enjoy a filling meal, but I do prefer meals that please my senses to a point of satisfaction... in other words: it better be really tasty. When I read that your mashed potato container was practically empty, I felt a wave of aggravation. Was it too late to go back? I speak up... when servers forget an order, or when something falls far short of what I paid for, I let it be known that I want things righted.
Is "unsweetened sweet tea" a kind of iced tea? I have heard of "sweet tea" and I have assumed it is a regional version of iced tea. I don't drink iced tea. If soda is the only option, then I like to grab a lemon slice, squeeze it over ice, and then add some lime soda, and some soda water. The soda water cuts the sweetness of the lime drink, and the fresh lemon just improves the drink over-all. If I could get Mexican Coke at a take-out restaurant, then I would be sorely tempted, because Mexican Coca-Cola is the best.
Sauce shortage. Was the sauce for the chicken? I loathe sauce shortage. If it's a good sauce, then please let me have enough. Do not be stingy with the sauce, right? So, was the chicken kind of flavorless? Did it need sauce to make it appetizing? I find a well seasoned, nicely cooked chicken doesn't need extra sauce... but, of course sometimes the sauce is the thing.
Good service. I am glad you found that to be pleasant. I've worked many service jobs, in retail and food service, and I always took satisfaction in being pleasant, courteous, and well informed. It seemed to make my job more interesting to be helpful and friendly.
You never know. Someone in the kitchen could have been having an off day, and if you had some favorable moments in your visit to the Popeye's, then maybe they do merit a second chance. Less pretense? I think I can see what you mean... you are not going to have big expectations, since your last visit was "not a very good trip."
Perhaps you will feel differently toward Chickenblog, now that you have found that you were able to express your displeasure, and perhaps you will drop by again, and we can chat about cats, robotics, gardens, deep thoughts, and other musings, or perhaps you will have another chicken meal critique to share. Chickenblog covers a lot of topics, we welcome visitors, but I must protest the suggestion that I have ever misled anyone.
Have a nice day.
Natalie, The Chickenblogger