Nashvegas, Postmates & Thai
I'm in the big city of Nashville tonight!
I know there are a million people who would kill for the work opportunities I sometimes have, but for me ... a whole 'trip into the city' is so anxiety inducing! I get so very upset with myself, because with all the paralyzing worry that has plagued me this week, fretting about people and situations and driving, it has really not been bad at all so far! I made it in one piece, and now I'm just chilling in the hotel, like it's no big deal. Go figure.
The one thing that I do enjoy about being in big cities is the energy that they radiate. There's something about having an infinite number of things to explore, people walking everywhere, the active traffic, and the overall momentum that really stirs something inside me. The energy is unmatched. I can tell that it would wear me out quickly, but it's different, so unique than the vibe of small town Kentucky. Sometimes a change of pace is good to feel.
Having said that, I am completely alone and I do not have the guts to go out by myself. I hope someday that I am mentally able to just be by myself and safely explore a city. But that day is not today - this is not the trip!
Having known that going out was not an option for me, I was excited to try Postmates!
Of course, I happened upon Postmates, because obviously nothing this fancy is available in rural areas.. Thataylaa is constantly mentioning Postmates in her youtube videos and her Seattle food always looks so awesome. Tonight was the PERFECT time to try it out for myself.
If you have never heard of it, Postmates is a delivery service where a courier will pick items or food up for you and deliver them to your door. Of course there are fees (they vary), and taxes, and a recommended tip, but they will do the work and bring it to your door. It's worth its weight in gold to an introvert like me! [Also, #slothlife]
I downloaded the app the other night while I was doing extensive research on the service, like I do with every new thing that I attempt [personality quirk!]. I registered, added my credit card for payment, and it was all very easy to set up and get ready.
Today, after I checked in to the hotel, found my room, called the hubs and addressed a few messages, I went to ordering. The app used the GPS on my phone to show my location and let me know what restaurants were in ordering area of my hotel. Being directly in downtown, there were so many choices! Even better, Postmates has a special section called "Postmates Plus", where they contract with certain restaurants and businesses for a flat delivery fee of $3.99. From what I understand, under the "normal" selection area, fees can go much higher.
Of course I chose from the Postmates Plus section, and the options for food were very pleasantly varied. Classic American food, chinese, thai, bbq, etc. I had about 20 places to choose from within my location. It also gives you an approximate delivery time for each restaurant, so you can know how long it will be before you receive the food/item. I chose Thai! I had never had authentic Thai and I really wanted to try it. Why not?
This was the place that I ordered from - Satay Thai. When you choose the restaurant on the app, it gives you a menu with some options, and a place for specific instructions, in case you have preferences. Then you add items to a cart, like online shopping. The only criticism I have is that there is not a ton of explanation on all the menu items. The restaurant I chose had pretty good summaries of their dishes, but some that I saw did not.
You check out when you are finished, and once a "postmate" [aka, courier] selects your order, they are responsible for ordering, picking up and delivering your goodies.
My total wait time was only about 30 minutes, although it had given me an original estimation of 50 minutes. But never fear, there is plenty of warning! Once your courier claims your order, within a few minutes, it will give you the name of your courier, a picture, and a map to track their car from the place of order to where you are. It was quite accurate!
When the courier reaches you, you get a text also.
And voila, there was delicious food!
It was so good! It reminded me a lot of lo mien noodles, and other Chinese and Japanese food flavors. I had to really warm up to the spicy peanut sauce. Luckily it was served on the side and I could measure out what I wanted. I only used a little, but it made it distinctly "Thai" in my eyes. I also tried a kiwi smoothie, and while I'm not exactly sure what was in it, it was really good. Not too sweet, refreshing, and I opted for boba, which was also a first time try. I would 100% eat that food again!
Here is a breakdown of the cost of my meal:
I also tipped the driver. Considering the traffic outside and the fast response, it was well earned. The whole thing was a little pricey, but well worth it in my book!
All in all, Postmates service was great, I'm glad I found it and decided to try it. I plan on using it tomorrow night too, and trying a different place. If I have any thoughts on the service tomorrow, I will update!
I'm praying my training goes well tomorrow. I have to go into the federal building, with metal detectors and all that jazz, and then see people and extrovert ... but I will get through it. I always dread it, but my rate of getting through these things is 100% so far, so I'm sure I will survive :)