Restaurant Story

I’m a little embarrassed to put up this post, but it’s okay because 90% of my friends probably don’t read this space anyway (Oh, wait.  What’s that sudden increase of views from Canada lately even though I haven’t put up new posts since last week?  Whatever.)  My revelation: I’VE BEEN PLAYING RESTAURANT STORY for the last two days!  Like an addicted nitwit   It’s pretty funny because the first time that a friend of mine said she had to pause our face-to-face conversation due to the fact that she had to “collect” tips or “serve” food so that it wouldn’t spoil, I was all are-you-f’ing-kidding-me face.  I’ve never been into this kind of game — the ones that millions of people play on facebook and where they constantly send you requests for stuff like “do you have a pitcher of milk” because I think it’s a huge waste of time.  Why would I play on some pre-created fantasy world that has no benefit to my real world?! (And yes, I’m fully aware that the world has moved onto the next craze of Candy Crush instead.)

Sadly, the other day, I was thinking about this game, and because I recently acquired an ipad bought my mom an ipad, I searched up the game and downloaded it and within seconds had my own restaurant set up with selling fruit salads and omelettes and whatnot.  I was hooked.  The point of the game is so fun, yet so tedious and TIME-CONSUMING.  Time that I actually don’t have.  I ended up playing the entire night.  The worst thing about the game is that when you cook certain objects, you have to wait for it to be “done”.  Once it’s cooked, then you have to “serve” it, otherwise it’ll spoil and then you would have wasted your fake money and your fake customers would be all sad-faced in this fantasy world.  So it’s not just a simple game where you can play for a few minutes and then quit.  You have to go back constantly and check up on your food and clear the tips that your neighbours leave you — and that’s another thing, you have to go out into your virtual community to make neighbours so that you can later ask them for essential items to move up in levels.  Whoever thought of this game is a genius.  Because then you’re glued to your game all day long because if your stew is going to be ready in 1 hour and 5 minutes, and your salad will have to be tossed in 22 minutes, of course you’re going to want to stay on that game until your salad is done so that you can toss it.  But once you’ve waited for the salad to be ready, wouldn’t you want to wait for the stew to be done too so that you can serve it to your customers immediately without wasting time?  Not to mention that pot of spaghetti that takes 24 hours to cook because surely you don’t want to have wasted 24 hours of your life if you leave it for too long and it spoils.  Anyway, long story short because I know most of you really don’t care about all of the amazing food options they have in the game, I had established a pretty nice restaurant and customer rating by the time I spent my whole night playing on it.  (Oh, and I started playing Bakery Story too.  It’s the same idea except that you sell bakery items.  Duh.  So then I had two restaurants under my thumb.  Pretty fun.)  Anyway, as of right now, which is probably 40 hours after I started the whole time-wasting thing, I can say I’m done.  Seriously.  This has no benefit to my career — other than learning the existence of food items that I have not heard of so that if I ever steno a case/show that has lots of food names like Yorkshire pudding and red velvet cookies, I would be prepared.  I would rather have my fingers tapping at my steno keyboard than at a flat screen constantly to “prepare”, “collect tips”, etc.

And, because I have allll the time in the world — no really, I actually don’t — here are some screenshots of my amazing restaurant(s).  May these never reach level 99 because then I would probably be out of a real job.

For every dish that you make, the portions decrease as more customers eat it, so you constantly have to go back to refill your restaurant. Arghhhh

The moment when the restaurant became specialized in grilled cheese sandwiches because that was the only thing available — the rest of the dishes were still cooking.

Look at how pretty the foods all are! As a food-lover, it’s easy to understand why this game was so hard to resist.  In this picture, you can see the seafood paella, fruit salad, cheeseburgers, stew, eggs on a basket (?!), and boiled lobster. SOOO cool right!!

Here’s a shot of my bakery. You can see all of the items I had in here. The bakery actually was better to play because the items didn’t take as long to make and they’re SO pretty too! Here you can see my expresso cups, red velvet cookies, chocolate cherry trifle cake, brownies, chocolate tarts, and sparkling cider in progress. Oh, and those chocolate cookies are ready for my last ingredient to be added — love (aww!).

How my bakery looks <3. Look at my efficient way of organizing all of the tables and chairs to maximize both seating and aesthetics! In the middle of the room, I also have hot chocolate, chocolate cake, and croissants for sale.

The ridiculousness of the game — having to wait for your food to cook. Here you can see the curry pomme frites taking 9 hours and 52 minutes to cook. Also on the wait is the stew (which takes 2 days!), the chocolate fondue (16 hours), and the heart steaks (2 hours).

Last shot of my restaurant in full swing. So many customers! Haha.  In this shot you can also see spaghetti, lovey pancakes, and macaroni and cheese.

About stenoodie

I'm a stenographer, foodie, avid traveller, and new mom who loves to share her experiences with the world.
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