Karmic Moments

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal, Restaurant Reviews

On Thursday, Alex and I decided to head to the newest sports bar in Bolton (Brooks) to have a little date night before his surgery. It’s amazing how comforting an evening out with your fiancé, a turkey club sandwich, and a delicious brownie can be.

When we got our bill I realized that our waitress hadn’t included the dessert on our bill. “Babe, this is a karmic moment – what if the outcome of your surgery depends on what we do in this moment!?” I nearly shouted. After almost seven years of being together, he’s used to my dramatic nature, so with a smile and a laugh he agreed.

We not only paid our bill but we made sure that we covered the cost of the dessert. When we let our waitress know about it she became flustered and confused, as they use iPads to take orders she had no idea where she had entered the desert. After a seemingly brief conversation with her manager, she walked back to our table with wet eyes and said that dessert was on them. We thanked her but didn’t change the amount of money we put in the bill folder (is that what it’s called?).

The next day at work, I decided that I needed a coffee break and went to Tim’s for a French Vanilla. Every time the weather gets cold I crave a French Vanilla. I paid for my drink and had to wait nearly fifteen minutes for it (which I didn’t really mind to be honest). Either I had my resting bitch-face on or the woman who served me is super nice because she gave me a few Tim Bits for free.





 Goodbye Gourmet Pizza [ A Letter ]

Bursting the Bubble, Lifestyle/Personal


On Wednesday evening, I got word that Caruso Gourmet Pizza locked its heavy black doors for good. Caruso Gourmet Pizza was many things to many people; an excuse to forgo their diet for one night, a place to relax over a cup of coffee with friends, a Friday lunchtime tradition with coworkers, and even a daily stop on the morning commute for the best cappuccino in town.

To me, Caruso’s was a second home. I first started working there at the age of sixteen, when they were located in a tiny shop on the second floor of a complex. In the ten years I worked there, I learned more about life, responsibility, and customer service than I thought possible. I made incredible friendships with coworkers and lasting relationships with the regulars.

Somewhere a long the line my bosses, Domenic and Dina Caruso, became a third set of grandparents to me. I talked to them openly about my life, my dreams, and my passions. Equally, I complained about my life, my dreams, and my passions. They always listened to me fully and gave me advice without hesitation. Dom and I spoke daily about books, writing, and even current events. He’d tell me story after story and more often than not, I’d leave for the day feeling inspired and ready to write.

In fairness, I’m not THAT special; Domenic and Dina had incredible relationships with every single one of their customers. During a busy lunch or dinner rush, they always made time to chat with a customer, or shake hands with a friend. Not to mention sending me from table to table with complimentary espressos in hand. To many, the building was much more than a place to eat;  it was a place to be among friends.

I am truly saddened by the closure of such a wonderful establishment. Caruso’s is a huge part of Bolton’s history, culture, and identity. I will miss the warmth of the ovens, the delicious pizza, and having a second place to call home.

Here’s is my heartfelt thank you to Domenic and Dina Caruso, for everything you’ve done for me personally, for everything you’ve done for this town, and for keeping the Bolton youth employed and on the right track. I wish you the best of luck and hope you can finally have some time for yourselves, you deserve it.

Love Always,
Vanessa Xo

And then life enchants you…

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal, Restaurant Reviews

Dear Life,

I asked you to enchant me and that you did. Yesterday evening a six-year-old boy and his mother came into my work for dinner. They had just gotten back from Disney World and the boy told me all about his trip – barely stopping to take a breath. I admitted to him that I had never been to Disney World and that if it’s as fun as he says it is, I hope I could go someday soon. When they were about to leave the boy walked up to the register and said, “Hey, I’ve got a present for you.”

I asked him what it was and he handed me an American dollar bill as he said, “Now you can start saving for your trip to Disney World.”

*Cue heart-melting*

Disneyland Resort Paris, Marne la Vallée, France

I know that those kind of things don’t happen everyday but I am thankful that it happened yesterday. I guess all you need to do to get some enchantment in your life is to ask for it and to appreciate it when it comes.

On a side note, I brought in my car this morning and the bf and I stopped in at the new Symposium location in Bolton. I was highly impressed and our impromptu breakfast was wonderful – sometimes a little spontaneity can go a long way ;).

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Life is full of surprises and I am truly thankful for all of them. Although my mood might change when I get the bill for my car or if I don’t get an interview for the internship at my fave publishing house – I’m going to try to stay positive and enjoy this wonderfully magical season.

** 24 days until Christmas Y’all!! **

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo