Being an OG Cheeser

Today is National Cheesecake Day! You may be wondering, “is this a real thing?” Yes, it’s a real thing. And what place honors this very holiday? You guessed it: the Cheesecake Factory.

In honor of this foodie holiday, I wanted to take a trip down memory lane from when I was working at the Cheesecake Factory.

By far, National Cheesecake Day next to Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, is the busiest day for the Cheesecake Factory. By the way, this is not a sponsor by any means; I am just sharing my personal experience from working there. I’m not sure but I believe Cheesecake Factory is only celebrating National Cheesecake Day for one day this year. It used to be celebrated for two days in a row.

I worked nearly four years at the Cheesecake Factory and celebrated/worked on National Cheesecake Day for three years in row. I can recall times where I posted on Facebook, trolls and memes encouraging people not to come in because it was going to be jam-packed. It’s funny to reflect on it now because I was so dead serious back then.

I experienced a lot of ups and downs during my time at the Cheese. Despite the dysfunction of any sort, I am thankful for the opportunity I was given because my experience there has taken me very far in my working career. The hospitality industry is challenging. As soon as those doors open, for twelve hours straight, you are putting on the biggest showcase with hopes that everything runs smoothly and all your customers leave satisfied.

Any of my colleagues can attest to some of the struggles we’ve had to endure and overcome and of course, there’s not a doubt in mind there are still struggles my former colleagues are experiencing now.

I worked Front Desk for those three and half years I was there and I built extremely close bonds with all these girls and guys I worked with: Nicole, Jane, Rudes, Bianca, Lisa, Melinda, Gina, Karen, Chandler, Jon Carr, Michael Huey, Chels, just many of them, on and on.

I built a special bond with most of my managers. I hope all the best to them: Erika, Steven, Alicia, Gil, Jeremy, Shawn, Mikes Jones, Medhi, Luis; just all of them.

I’ll be honest: there were moments throughout my working career post-Cheesecake that I considered even coming back to work part-time. I have face more challenges throughout my working career that made me appreciate the Cheesecake Factory even more especially the people I got to work with.

I recently had a conversation with my former colleague and my forever long-distance Bestie/Twin in the Bay, Nicole about how Cheesecake Factory Family is forever family. Despite whether we stayed there or moved on, these are people I still watch grow as individuals.

Like I said, Nicole is my long-distance Bestie/Twin. She was accepted into SDSU down here and transferred from Cheesecake Factory Pleasanton. I can even recall when she walked in and asked for Chris, my manager at the time. Sweet girl, super quiet. We got close and I feel like we’ve held each other down from the get-go. We actually had similar situations going on at the time and we were able to get through it together which made us even closer.

And even after we both left the Cheese, we still made it a point to grab lunches/dinners, go on hikes, sleepovers, etc.

It just goes to show that my colleagues at the Cheese were not just my colleagues and we had such a close bond. We’re still supportive of one another even from a distance just watching.

I still eat at the Cheesecake Factory till this day and I still walk in and see familiar faces. What a joy.

What’s your favorite dessert? Do you like cheesecake? If so, what is your favorite kind?

My Top 3 Favorite Cheesecakes from the Cheesecake Factory:
3. Adam’s Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple Cheesecake
2. Fresh Banana Cream Cheese with a side of Hot Fudge
1. 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake

My Holiday Favorite: Peppermint Bark Cheesecake during Christmas Time!

I used to be regular at the Cheese. I mean in some ways, I think I still am. I’ve been told by my friends that they only ever go to Cheesecake Factory with me. Whatever. I love Cheesecake Factory.

I hope you all have an amazing Tuesday! Again, Happy National Cheesecake Day! Happy Taco Tuesday! If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the new episode of Nothing to Lose Podcast featuring Tamarindo, go check it out @

Until the next post,

Happy Tuesday!


Relatable + Empathetic (2019)

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