I have been to Gothenburg, my favorite city in Sweden. I’ve been working for a client, but I did get some time to see parts of the city that I haven’t seen before. And, I had an awesome experience visiting one of the restaurants that will be attending the Vegetarian festival.
I am a vegetarian, and every time I visit Gothenburg, I visit Jonsborg at Avenyen. This is a fast food restaurant serving Vegan and vegetarian food. I don’t think that we have anything similar to Jonsborg in Norway. The food tastes great, and they have many alternatives; like many types of hot dogs, burgers, kebab and more.
It’s hard to explain my reaction when they said yes to the Vegetarian festival. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I jumped higher than I have ever jumped, and, I shouted a big YES! I just couldn’t believe it.
I’m finally in Gothenburg, and I just had to visit them, mostly for the food, because I was really hungry, and like I said, the food is awesome.
I’m standing in line, and I’m thinking that I should ask the woman making the food, if I can talk to the owner. I’m not sure how he looks, or if he is even there. I’m thinking about it. It’s hard to decide. There are people behind me in the line, and I’m actually a bit shy. But, I decide to do it. I’m going to meet him in about a week anyway, and it would be great to talk to him and ask him if he has any questions about the festival.
I did it.
What happened next is what I just can’t stop thinking about.
The owner runs outside, and is greeting me, like we’ve been friends for a very long time. He asks me if I’ve tasted their vegan kebab. I told him no, and that I’ve just ordered a burger. He said that I just have to try the kebab too. He tells the woman that he want her to make a kebab to me as well, no extra charge. Then, when I get the food, he wants me to come with him.
I’m holding the food with both hands, and a coca-cola. I’m trying to eat, while he is talking constantly, showing me all of his different food in a storage a few hundred meters away. I’m listening, and I’m so excited that he’ll be part of the festival. I’m standing there, like I’ve met some kind of a super hero. He’s holding vegan burgers, smiling, and telling me stories about how and why he started his business.
Later, as I’ve just finished eating my food (and I’m really full), we walk back to his restaurant and into the kitchen. He is still not finished showing me everything. I’m smiling, and the customers standing in line outside, are smiling. They’re looking at me, and I have no idea what they’re thinking, but I’m guessing that they’re understanding how important being friendly is.
I’m a customer for life. That’s how important friendly is.