Long before she became one of the most influential money experts in America, Suze Orman worked in what she calls an even tougher business—the food service industry. From 1973 to 1980, Suze was a short-order cook and waitress at the Buttercup Bakery in Berkeley, California.

Suze says she loved being the first person many customers saw every morning. "They couldn't wait to come in, see the regulars, have their cup of coffee, say hi to me, sit down. It was like a family," she says. "I felt like I belonged somewhere back then."

Since Buttercup Bakery is now a sushi bar, Suze spent the day at Olympia Flame Diner in Deerfield Beach, Florida, reliving her glory days behind the griddle.

After a few hours of flipping pancakes and scrambling eggs, Suze says she missed it more than ever. "It makes me kind of want to do this again," she says. "I actually want to go back and have what's called 'Suze's Sunday.'"


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