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...do not want you spewing it all over your computer screen...

50-something male guest who was at the coffee bar this morning was told it looked like his shirt was on inside out. Yup. He whipped it off over his head all over the coffee & juice, turned it right side out and put it on. Like he was in his own house and not in the middle of a room full of strangers.

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Hmm...I'll be the outlier but I think a make-your-own parfait would be great on a continental breakfast buffet.  It will be more waste, but I would prefer it myself over premade.  Choice of two yogurts, homemade granola, a variety of fruits and maybe a fun fruit syrup would be great.  In classy containers, of course, so it doesn't look like your generic XYZ Inn cheap hotel buffet.  Just my opinion.

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Hmm...I'll be the outlier but I think a make-your-own parfait would be great on a continental breakfast buffet.  It will be more waste, but I would prefer it myself over premade.  Choice of two yogurts, homemade granola, a variety of fruits and maybe a fun fruit syrup would be great.  In classy containers, of course, so it doesn't look like your generic XYZ Inn cheap hotel buffet.  Just my opinion.

Sounds like a Sundae Bar

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You could really have fun with it by season.  Strawberries and blueberries in July.  Sunflower seeds in August.  M & Ms in October.  Maybe jellybeans in the spring....

 

Sprinkles, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, raisons....

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muirford wrote:

Hmm...I'll be the outlier but I think a make-your-own parfait would be great on a continental breakfast buffet.  It will be more waste, but I would prefer it myself over premade.  Choice of two yogurts, homemade granola, a variety of fruits and maybe a fun fruit syrup would be great.  In classy containers, of course, so it doesn't look like your generic XYZ Inn cheap hotel buffet.  Just my opinion.

Sounds like a Sundae Bar

I don't know what that is blush, but the concept is just like that of the million fro-yo places that have popped up everywhere.  Minus the gummi bear and sour worm toppings.

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muirford wrote:

Hmm...I'll be the outlier but I think a make-your-own parfait would be great on a continental breakfast buffet.  It will be more waste, but I would prefer it myself over premade.  Choice of two yogurts, homemade granola, a variety of fruits and maybe a fun fruit syrup would be great.  In classy containers, of course, so it doesn't look like your generic XYZ Inn cheap hotel buffet.  Just my opinion.

Sounds like a Sundae Bar

I don't know what that is blush, but the concept is just like that of the million fro-yo places that have popped up everywhere.  Minus the gummi bear and sour worm toppings.

 

Sundae Bar: two different flavor of ice cream, cute little bowls, all the toppings you can think of (and some you wouldn't have thought of), whipped topping, different drizzles (chocolate, hot fudge, caramel, marshmallow), nuts, fruit, small bite-size pieces of brownies and/or cookies...make your own Smiling

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I thought about doing a Sundae bar because I know if I was a guest I'd be completely in heaven!  But - what a mess to deal with!  We already have an ant issue and can't even imagine the mess we'd come in to in the mornings.  Even if we keep the ingredients in the fridge & freezer, we can reasonably expect the guests to clean up after themselves.  After all, that's why they pay us the big bucks, right?

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Sundae Bar: two different flavor of ice cream, cute little bowls, all the toppings you can think of (and some you wouldn't have thought of), whipped topping, different drizzles (chocolate, hot fudge, caramel, marshmallow), nuts, fruit, small bite-size pieces of brownies and/or cookies...make your own Smiling

Ha - yes, like that! I thought you meant there was a specific place or product.

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Ahhh! Okay. I can feel the excitement, have a great great anticipatory 9 days!

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Our first weekend we had a young man come down to breakfast in nothing but his boxer shorts and tattoos.  Part of a group of re-enactors here for a wedding.  And he paid for his room in $5 bills.

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well I suppose its nearly his work uniform so he is used to it

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\Like he was in his own house and not in the middle of a room full of strangers.

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Well, you obviously made him feel very comfortable and right at home wink

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\Like he was in his own house and not in the middle of a room full of strangers.

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Well, you obviously made him feel very comfortable and right at home wink

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I don't think you have told that story before HJ!  We had a member of the old forum, okay, bad term to use, an innmate...who had someone show up for coffee half dressed. Or half missing clothing...

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I might have told this story before on this forum so forgive if I repeat......

A lady down the road who used to B&B had a single man staying, who asked if she would mind if he didn't dress for breakfast, she thinking he meant he'd come down in a drssing gown or PJs said it was fine. When she came through to the dinning room he was sitting at the breakfast table nude. She threw him out!!

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I never thought this forum would resort to hairy men taking clothes off... well...maybe I did. cool

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Had that happen to me once by an ignorant, hairy, 25 year old. He barged into the kitchen as he was whipping his shirt off, looking for scissors to cut a tag off his new shirt. I had all the fruit bowls ready on the counter as he was prancing his hairy self around! I  literally pushed him out of the kitchen and told him to put his shirt back on! 

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I  literally pushed him out of the kitchen and told him to put his shirt back on! 

The old restaurant sign: no shirt, no shoes, no service

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And just to keep the fun going, our German guests, like the Spaniards last week, do not seem to understand that the exterior door does not close by itself. I had to put up a sign. Sigh. EVERY time they have come in or gone out the door has been left wide open with them nowhere in sight.

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I went in to make breakfast this morning and found my blueberry grk yoghurts were gone, and in their place was KEY LIME extra thick and rich greek yog.

I was not happy, I made this monstrously weird parfait, with a variety of fruit and nuts and trying to disguise the key lime yogh.  Using things I had not planned on using!

The guests liked it.

DH was lucky he was not around this morning, or I would have worn him out! He said on I.M. "Um, maybe I took them..."

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Way to use what's on hand!  

Question regarding parfaits - do you find the guest prefer a premade parfait over a buffet style with yogurt, fruit and granola all available?

I was actually wondering this morning if people would like parfaits and then I saw your post.  (9 days until we take ownership!)

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Make the parfait, guests won't even think of doing it unless it's premade.

Either in a champagne flute or you can also use a stemless martini cup for it, whichever is cheaper at the dollar store... because they will break.... the problem with the flute is that if it's too large, they may need a longer spoon.

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So they get iced tea spoons

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So funny!   I had my stemless martini glasses in the yard sale pile and decided I should keep them.  Now I am glad I did!

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So funny!   I had my stemless martini glasses in the yard sale pile and decided I should keep them.  Now I am glad I did!

Good heavens yes! Don't get rid of any glassware or plates or anything like that until you've been there awhile!

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TheBeachHouse wrote:

Way to use what's on hand!  

Question regarding parfaits - do you find the guest prefer a premade parfait over a buffet style with yogurt, fruit and granola all available?

I was actually wondering this morning if people would like parfaits and then I saw your post.  (9 days until we take ownership!)

We make and serve everything, no buffet. A buffet is too much work to set up and keep stocked. Of course, it depends on how many rooms you have and what the style of the inn is.

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6 rooms.  Continetal breakfast only.  (no restaurant license.)

The Current owner does a buffet with bread or muffins, fruit, yogurt and cereal.  We are going to expand a little with granola.  I thought parfaits might be fun on a Sunday or holiday to make it look special, but wondered if people prefer to make their own.  

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Make them up and set them out on the buffet, if possible. See how it goes.

Here's a tip if the buffet has a 'start' area (like where you pick up the plates) - put the cheap items first and the expensive items last. (ie- bread first, fruit last).

I have been using dessert cups from Libbey called Just Desserts. http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=17095790 12 to a box, they come with their own spoon. (kinda cheapo spoons but they work with these cups) The cups hold about 5.3 ozs so a big savings over using big bowls. I didn't get the flared ones, I got the straight sided ones because they have to fit in the dishwasher.

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Madeleine wrote:

I have been using dessert cups from Libbey called Just Desserts. http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=17095790 12 to a box, they come with their own spoon. (kinda cheapo spoons but they work with these cups) The cups hold about 5.3 ozs so a big savings over using big bowls. I didn't get the flared ones, I got the straight sided ones because they have to fit in the dishwasher.

Those aren't cups, they are verrines. About 5 years behind the time... but still, verrines. I have a bunch of these glassware in different sizes, very useful for breakfast. (Look up verrine for more examples in images.)

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Thanks for that link Maddie! I've been looking for some small fruit/dessert cups and these look great. I also like the small trifle glasses they have!

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6 rooms.  Continetal breakfast only.  (no restaurant license.)

The Current owner does a buffet with bread or muffins, fruit, yogurt and cereal.  We are going to expand a little with granola.  I thought parfaits might be fun on a Sunday or holiday to make it look special, but wondered if people prefer to make their own.  

Beach house, are you a beach house? I ask as if it were me, and I was on the beach I would want continental serve myself and go...maybe a morning sunrise walk with a coffee in hand, come back for the muffin, etc. Smiling  Remember you can always use the POLL feature on this forum to get an abundance of answers collectively without the chit chat. 

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we are not on a beach, but are by the ocean with plenty of nice spots for a morning walk.  (I figure, for someone in Ohio, it is close enough to a beach house.  And we are decorating in a casual beach house theme.) 

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we are not on a beach, but are by the ocean with plenty of nice spots for a morning walk.  (I figure, for someone in Ohio, it is close enough to a beach house.  And we are decorating in a casual beach house theme.) 

Beachhouse would you mind sending me your link again...you can email it to me. I think you already did and I forgot. It is helpful from the outside looking in, plus having guests for 9+ years... THANKS!

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Thanks, Joey.  I will but I want to wait until it is actually ours.  We still have 9 days before we own the place.  Smiling

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The drum roll is starting to build! It has been 18 years but I remember the excitement and the scariness of getting our house. It was 600 miles from where DH grew up (and from the kids) and 120 miles from where I grew up. We knew no one. The ONLY thing we had going for us was that I WAS from WV (ain't from here are ya is an instant hurdle but from WV gave points). There was the will the dream be better than the reality question also. Answer - we could not have dreamed as wonderful a reality as it has been.

May yours be as good or better than our reality.

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Thank you!! What a sweet and wonderful post!!

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I double posted.  How do you delete a post?  blush

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You may want to toy around a little once you are settled in and feel comfortable.  You will see soon what 'sells' and what doesn't wink

So excited for you, beginning this adventure is so much fun.  I still love it 15 yrs in, though at times I sure could use an extended vacation! 

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Thanks!!  We are pretty excited.  I have worked as a chamber maid and a waitress and he has worked in retail store management, so we think we know what we are getting into. 

 

I guess y'all will be the first to know !

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we have our fingers crossed!

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I'm so glad he didn't have his pants on inside out!

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 surprise

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

I'm so glad he didn't have his pants on inside out!

You beat me to it,....cheeky

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My guess he did not look like Sylvester - link

Or there would be no complaints!

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It's official, you win! You have the "best" guests!

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

It's official, you win! You have the "best" guests!

I second it! 

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My sympathy. It could not have been a pretty sight. Is he affiliated with one of those "you guys" restaurants you've been mentioning?

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