I recently downloaded the UberEats app on my phone. I’ve only used it once so far, partly out of laziness on a particular day, partly out of curiosity. All I knew about UberEats was that it works pretty much the same way as a regular Uber but with food instead of people. I use Lyft and have never used Uber. I opted for Lyft because people were saying that it was cheaper. But I guess I should also download Uber to compare for myself some time.
I have only taken Lyft once in my life. Fortunately, the driver seemed nice, professional, and normal. But boy, have I heard some horror stories?!! I mean, pretty much anyone can drive for Uber or Lyft, right? I am particular about who I get in the car with even if it’s with friends and family. Like, I’ll think twice about getting in the car with my cousin who has never been in any car accidents but drives as he wants to be in the ass of the car ahead of him. I’d never go fetch a ride with my friend who likes to burn the gas pedal to the floor when he knows no one is looking. With strangers from Uber and Lyft, I’ll never know what I’ll be getting. Their ratings can only say so much about them. What might bother me might not have even been an issue with others or vice versa. Even with all that said, they’re quite convenient. And I’m sure I’ll be using it/them more often in the near future.
So the day after Christmas, I lacked the motivation to do anything. I just wanted to lounge around all day. I had an exhausting week that had me feeling drained and I just wanted to live in bed that day.
I needed food. Around Catboy’s area, finding parking can make one suicidal. He has a parking spot in a closed parking lot. But I need to street park. It’s at an area with those annoying “one hour parking only at certain times”, “two hour parking only”, “street cleaning day” on yada yada day, etc. I gotta park and walk blocks and blocks away at times. But on this particular morning, I managed to find an excellent parking spot….like right in front of the place. Score.
I didn’t want to move my car and lose my spot, knowing there’d be a possibility of having to find parking that’d end up with a hefty amount of calories being burned from all the walking back. Okay, maybe the parking situation is good for calorie burning purposes, but not on one of my lazy, want to live in PJ days. Catboy was at work at this time, btw. So I was on my own to tackle my own foodie ventures.
I thought about calling a Lyft to transport me to Langer’s. But then, I thought, although I am craving the #19, I have zero desire to step out. Hmm…..I’ve never tried UberEats. Why don’t I give that a try?
UberEats showed Langer’s as closed until 11 a.m. that day, even though they open at 8:00 a.m. I guess the UberEats delivery from there doesn’t start until then. The time was around 9ish and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to last that long without behgorage kickin’ in. I browed for other options and came across Madame Monsieur.
Avocado toast sounded good. But so did Croque Monsieur and Salmon Toast. Items on the toasted baguette sandwich side also sounded good. As I was debating, I also glanced at the coffee section. It was still pre-coffee and If I ordered coffee from them, I wouldn’t need to step out to go get some. Picking the coffee was easy. I preferred a cold coffee drink. I wished they had iced latte. Cold brew was one of their few options for cold drinks. I didn’t feel like a cold brew, so I went with a regular hot latte.
I kind of wanted to get the avocado toast plus one of the other items I was considering. But okay, typically, I wouldn’t want to spend more than $10 to eat sandwiches/toasts. On a good day, I may splurge to $15. But shiet!! If I were to get more than one of the items I was considering, it’d end up being an estimated $20+ on the sandwiches/toasts alone! Plus the coffee and the booking fee, I’d be looking at close to $30 just to eat bread food.
Okay, I continued to try to make up my effing mind. I wanted an avocado toast to Instagram. ButI also missed smoked salmon and was craving it, as I hadn’t had it in a while. After a couple more minutes of debating, I finally made up my mind to go with the salmon toast. This is what the damage came out to…
Lavell was on his way and I was to meet him outside. As you can see here, the ETA here was 14 minutes away when I got the notification to meet him outside. But he must either be a fast driver or there was no traffic since his speedy delivery made it within what seemed like way less than 14 minutes, which was nice.
I met Lavell out front. He greeted me with a warm, “Hello, how are you?” He grabbed a brown paper bag with my name on it from the backseat, along with the cup of latte. Quick and painless.
The salmon toast alone was enough for a snack nibble.
I got reacquainted with smoked salmon, first time in forever! Back at my last job, we carried smoked salmon and it was part of the brunch/lunch menu. So I’d casually munch on them when they were in front of me. I’d peel off slices from the cardboard that the smoked salmon laid on, shoving the pieces into my mouth to fight off hunger pain, quickly, rushing to beat the sound of the ticket printer. Sometimes when I had time, I’d even find some brioche to slice up and toast or even spread on some housemade cream cheese spread to go with it. So I did get sick of smoked salmon for a while and associated it with work hunger pain food. That’s why I hadn’t really craved it in a while. This time, I got to enjoy it in a less savage way, like a regular human.
It was nice to be able to enjoy smoked salmon again, in a more humane way. And it was good. But eh, I wasn’t filled up and the coffee wasn’t hot. I had a feeling there might have been a chance that my latte would come lukewarm. I was right. It was one of the reasons I preferred ordering a cold coffee drink, but I think I am over cold brew coffee drinks.
So in this case, do I blame the restaurant or do I blame the Uber driver? I could be wrong, but I am leaning towards blaming the restaurant. I realized that either or could be easily wrongly (or sometimes accurately) blamed for issues with orders. Someone would have had to fucked up, right?
With my situation, it seemed like the restaurant probably prepared it as soon as they received the order instead of waiting until the driver got there to minimize the cooling off time. The tepidity of the latte felt more like it had sat around for 30-40 minute, rather than closer to the time the Uber driver was to go pick up the order (just like a regular Uber, you can track location of the Uber). The distance and the time my driver picked it up wasn’t more than 15 minutes. It couldn’t have cooled off that much within that time frame.
The latte came double-lidded, I guess for extra protection.
My overall first experience with Ubereats sums up to about a C-. I would give Madame Monsieur another try, but maybe I will dine there next time so that I can get my coffee hot and order as much food as I’d like until my belly is happy. Had I had my first experience with this place while dining in, I would’ve totally ordered something else after nibbling on the salmon toast. That’s not a full meal!
I was tempted to also get a cannele. But I thought, eh….it’s too much carbs already, so next time.
So my first experience with Ubereats wasn’t out of this world and it kind of feels like it can be a waste of money. But, even so, I think I’d totally use it again. It’s so convenient. I have my moments or my lazy days when I just want to decompress, do absolutely nothing, and live in PJ’s all day. For those type of days, Ubereats will make life easier. It can be a little treat for myself after them exhausting work weeks. It’s definitely not something I’d be using regularly, or I’d go broke.
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