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Two Clever Ideas in a Mexican Restaurant

I’m in Mexico this week, in the charming colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. We’re eating out all week, of course, and I discovered two small ideas courtesy of a Mexican restaurant.

Julie was skimming TripAdvisor, looking for a place for us to have dinner. The top-rated restaurant, of about fifty, was called La Crepe. I later tried to google the place, to look about the address, and bemoaned the fact that they didn’t have a restaurant of their own, just presence on TripAdvisor.

We went to La Crepe that evening. It was a fairly posh place with tasty food and a delightful little courtyard. On the table, in a tasteful sleeve, were the daily specials and a request that diners leave a comment on TripAdvisor. This was, I think, the first time I’d seen a request like this in the real world. It’s obviously working, as they’re ranking at the top of the TripAdvisor list. A website of their own certainly couldn’t hurt, but obviously they’re doing okay without one.

At La Crepe and another restaurant, the waiter brought a kind of miniature coat rack at the start of the meal. It was about as high as the table, and was meant to hold purses. I was, unusually, without a camera, or else I would have snapped a photo. I tried to search for a photo online of something similar, but couldn’t find one.

The rack at a nearby table, home to four women, was festooned with purses and hand bags. This seemed like a very clever idea. Not only is it convenient for diners, but it keeps your expensive hand bag off the ground and safely in view. It also helps the staff by keeping purses off the table or out from under foot.

I’m not a big user of purses, but I’ve never seen this idea anywhere else in the world. Have you?