Note: This post also appears in Floored!, the official blog of NRA Show 2009.
You know that song "Hot N Cold" by Katy Perry? That really catchy number that's always on the radio? We can't get it out of our heads. This is a problem since the last time this blogger rocked out to the tune on the…
There's a new search engine on the 'net that supposedly is the best one available now. It's called DeepDyve, and it claims to gather 99 percent of information that Google misses. It's only in beta mode right now, but it's already receiving a ton of buzz.
According to its Web site, the company deploying this new app was founded… Continue
I think the story goes that President-Elect Barack Obama stated he wanted to be the leader of the United States when he was five. (His former Democratic Party opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton, would have you believe that this meant he was ‘ambitious,’ but that’s a topic for another time.) When I was five, I wanted to be a cashier because ‘I like money.’ I'm not kidding. My mom still has the picture that I drew of myself at a cashier stand along with the description I wrote.
My mother, a native of the Philippines, makes the best eggrolls ever. Or, so says anyone who has ever tried them. My vegetarian cousin even makes an exception for them. Now, that either shows how good they are... or how uncommitted my cuz is to her dietary regimen.
Nonetheless, people loved them so much that people asked her to make them for their events. You know, birthday parties, picnics and other similar important events. (My aunt also makes wedding cakes for non-banquet-hall… Continue
The graphical World Wide Web originated in the early 1990s. Since then, it’s changed the way we all do business and connect with friends and family — basically changed our lives. Y’all know this. Now we are smack in the middle of the Web 2.0 era, otherwise known as the second decade of the Internet.
Some applications and ideas have skyrocketed, while others have only achieved mild success. Everyday people ask me to do things or launch projects simply because they read or heard about… Continue
According to the event Web site, ‘World Food Day, October 16th, is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger.’ This year’s… Continue
On my last job search I came across the following position: Court Jester. You read that right. This particular company was hiring someone to liven up the office through his or her antics. At the time it was the only company I saw that had a position like that.
How times have changed... Just when you thought you had seen everything, here comes the humor consultant. We now seek advice from folks who claim to know how to keep workplaces fun and frivolous.
Tomorrow NRA Conserve hosts a free online seminar, 'Go Green to Save Green,' tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET. Vaughan Lazar of Eric Haley of Pizza Fusion and Matthew McLaughlin from The Rockfish will share their stories about how they made their restaurants more sustainable. Conserve project manager Chris Moyer will also chime in with some of the latest… Continue
It’s how many dedicated restaurant workers here in this country make a living. Now it’s under siege. Are we at a place in our history where tipping is an anachronism? Should we make all waiters salaried employees? Or is applying service charges to all checks the answer? So many questions, so little time to answer them.
But let’s try.
Several events have triggered this issue. The recent influx of foreign travelers and their… Continue
I harbor mixed feelings about Gwyneth Paltrow. On one hand, she's a terrible actress. Her it-girl status back in the '90s was unwarranted. She doesn't have much to offer the world other than her faux British accent. On the other hand, she's moved on to better things like reproducing and minding her own business — for the most part.
Now she's back, but this time she's less offensive... maybe even a little more interesting. She played a bit part in the summer smash hit Iron Man…Continue
Let’s talk about the economy. You may not want to because of all the doom and gloom attached to the subject. But there is some good news on the front, and it’s good in more ways than one.
We’ve all read about sustainability (I myself have blogged a lot about sustainable practices) and what it means for restaurants and other businesses. But just what exactly does all this mean? More jobs? Lower costs? Increased sales? Better results? In the end, these are the metrics that… Continue
There are all sort of labels given to meats that are presumably sustainable: 'all-natural,' 'free-range' and 'organic' are the main ones. Frankly, I didn't know what these terms meant until I read 'Checkout Line: Meat of the Matter' on Grist.org.
Here's what I learned:
• 'All-natural' really means 'all-BS.' According to the article, all-natural meat 'is merely marketing frou-frou, with no… Continue
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, which was recently acquired by Border Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Argonne Capital Group, today announced the appointment of Ward Whitworth as President of On The Border.
Restaurants, Inc. announced today that it is actively seeking franchisees to expand its presence throughout the Lone Star State, naming El Paso and Houston as target markets for future franchise development.
Encore Restaurants, LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Encore Enterprises, Inc., has announced the purchase of eight existing Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants across central California including Elk Grove, Fresno, Lodi, Natomas, Roseville, Stockton, Tracy, and West Sacramento.
For many Americans, hotel room service is considered a travel luxury; however, data from PFK Hospitality Research1 suggests that room service revenues fell 9.5 percent from 2007 to 2012, with some hotels shuttering unprofitable operations altogether.
Yesterday the National Restaurant Association (NRA) praised the House passage and Senate Commerce Committee markup of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement and Modernization Act of 2014. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes Brand USA, the nation’s first global marketing campaign, to promote the United States as a destination for international travelers.
If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.
Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out.
When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures.
Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.