Joe Archuleta's Blog (27)

Ready, Willing , and Able....(yes...ready, able,......errrrrrrmmmmmm Willing?) cya......

A $50 Lesson:

I recently asked my friends' little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, 'If you were President, what would be the first thing you would do?' She replied, 'I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people.' Her parents beamed with pride. 'Wow...what a worthy goal.' I told her, 'But you don't have to wait until you're President to do… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 29, 2010 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Hire “significant” people- train them well

Fellow Foodies~ from time to time I am synergized when I get an email from our C.E.O. sharing his experience of what he "got" out of whatever conference he attended! Our staff attends respective confererences tailored for our individual expertise and we also attend together so we can keep the fire burning longer upon returning to our desks. This one however, I missed and I was so charged after reading the email that I wanted to share it with you:

Fellow… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 29, 2010 at 2:47pm — No Comments

The Great American Bail Out

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a 'We Deserve It' Dividend.

To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18 and older.

(Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up.)

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion -- that equals… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on September 25, 2008 at 10:50pm — 4 Comments

"Save Budweiser- Save Our Beer"

Dear Friends,

I have just read and signed the online petition:

"Save Budweiser- Save Our Beer"

hosted on the web by, the free online petition service, at:

I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing yourself.

Best wishes,

Joe Archuleta

Added by Joe Archuleta on June 12, 2008 at 9:50pm — 1 Comment

Eleven things you will not learn in school (Bill Gates High School Speech)

After reading this some time back, I give a copy to young people that approach me with questions about premature raises and advancement: In case some of you have never read this.....take a moment in between sips of your lattee and read it! Jusy sayin'


This should be posted in all schools and work… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on May 4, 2008 at 3:38pm — 6 Comments

Sinco de Mayo

Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was

manufactured in England .

In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled

for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico , which was to be the next port of call

for the great ship after its stop in New York .

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever

delivered to Mexico . But as we know, the great ship did not make it to

New York . The ship hit… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on April 22, 2008 at 8:09pm — 3 Comments

~~Ways To Cut Down On Food Expenses~~

10. Get politician to buy lunch on government credit card.

9. Cruise Costco for food samples.

8. Convince yourself that Ramen is tasty.

7. Pretend growing stomach in the inner you expressing itself.

6. Scrape up yummy road kill.

5. Sell a kidney on black market.

4. Beat rats to food scraps in restaurant dumpsters.

3. Get arrested, and enjoy fine jail cuisine.

2. Invite people to your wedding, but tell them… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on April 20, 2008 at 11:16am — 6 Comments

Legislation Proposed: Menu Labeling, Meal Periods, Paid Sick Leave

This is a quick recap from our CRA Lobby Day, that took place yesterday in Sacramento. The bills that are going up for consideration next week, and are being watched by the CRA (in order of importance) are:

-AB 1420 Menu Labeling

This bill, as it is written right now, will require chain/franchise restaurants of 14 or more to print on all menus and menu boards, nutritional and calories per serving information next to each item. Violations are punishable by fines up to $500 per… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on April 9, 2008 at 8:27pm — 1 Comment

The 48 Laws of Power

Greetings fellow foobahs....after reading the 48 laws of power, I came away with mixed emotions. Are we really made up like this, do we think like this, is it that important to manipulate, engineer, brainstorm our fellow being like this? What are your thoughts?

The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

Law 1

Never Outshine the Master

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 21, 2008 at 12:41pm — 14 Comments

Recall Alerts.........For those that need to know ASAP


Doing my part to serve the community!

For a list of recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts involving FDA-regulated

products from the past 60 days, go to

To access the RSS feed of FDA recalls information, go to

[What is an RSS feed? See… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 18, 2008 at 2:17pm — 1 Comment

Should the Public Airwaves be cleaned Up from Fleeting Expletives?

Attorney predicts Supreme Court will ultimately side with FCC, families

Allie Martin - OneNewsNow - 3/18/2008 11:00:00 AM

Attorney Pat Trueman says a case before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding broadcast indecency will have a far-reaching impact. He is optimistic that the high court will rule the FCC has the authority to protect the public airwaves from profanity.

The high court will review a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policy that calls for broadcasters to be fined… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 18, 2008 at 12:13pm — 12 Comments

Consumers Reacting to Higher Menu Prices

Well folks, according to this article that I read this morning.....forget about the FOB or BOH, or service vs good food! Getting the guests to show up is the main concern at this point:

In a recent national survey by foodservice consultants Technomic, more than half of consumers polled said they have noticed higher menu prices at full-service restaurants. Perhaps a more disconcerting finding for restaurant operators, however, is that consumers have… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 17, 2008 at 8:28am — 1 Comment

Commodity Price Hikes Impact Quick-Serves

I was shocked last week when my increases came. Being involved in purchasing I was expecting the increase...but not this by a long shot. Thanks be to ethanol, oil, the Iowa caucases, and the timing is right....let's raise the

Commodity Price Hikes Impact Quick-Serves

Bakery/cafes, in particular, are being affected by rising grain prices. By Mark A. DeSorbo

Already reeling from rising costs for dairy, fuel, and other commodities, quick-serve… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 16, 2008 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

'Naked sushi' ( Ahhhhh, those Japanese)

'Naked sushi' restaurant fined

The restaurant said it wanted to bring Japanese culture to China

A restaurant in south-west China has been fined for offering to serve sushi on the bodies of nearly-naked women, according to media reports.

The Yamato Wind Village restaurant in Kunming city attempted to launch its "body sushi" dinner earlier this month, provoking lively local debate.

But health authorities banned it before the dinner could even take… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 16, 2008 at 10:46am — 5 Comments

Texas Chili Cook-Off (funny story)

If you can read this whole story without laughing, then there's no hope for you. I was crying by the end. This is an actual account as relayed to paramedics at a chili cook-off in Texas

Note: Please take time to read this slowly. If you pay attention to the first two judges, the reaction of the third judge is even better. For those of you who have lived in Texas , you know how true this is. They actually have a Chili Cook-off about the time Halloween comes around. It takes up a major… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 16, 2008 at 12:24am — 1 Comment

Ten questions to ask before starting a franchise

Final Answer

Take the guesswork out of franchising with answers to these top 10 franchise questions--guaranteed to put you in the know.

By Sara W

Final Answer

Take the guesswork out of franchising with answers to these top 10 franchise questions--guaranteed to put you in the know.

Final Answer

Questions To Ask The Franchisees

As much as a franchise might help ease you into business, choosing which one to buy is a major… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 15, 2008 at 12:41pm — 1 Comment

Top 10 Growth Chains show strong fast-casual representation

POWERFUL: Top 10 Growth Chains pictured above are (from upper top) Famous Dave's, Pot Belly, Qdoba and Cheeseburger in Paradise.

ANTIQUATED?: Hardly! Potbelly may have that old neighborhood feel, but its sandwiches connect with today's customers.

MEX RULES: Qdoba is one of three Mexican fast casual concepts to make this year's list. Fresh, fast and spicy is a winner.

FAMOUS DAVE'S: Barbecue may be one of the hardest concept to grow,… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 15, 2008 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment

Restaurants Feel the Bite Of Stay-at-Home Moms


March 14, 2008; Page B1

Restaurants, which have been slumping for two years because of a slew of short-term factors, are waking up to a worrisome long-term trend: The number of harried working moms isn't growing the way it was.

For decades, the steady increase of working women was a boon to restaurants. The combination of women having less time to cook and households having a second income led families to eat at restaurants more frequently. From 1948 to… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 14, 2008 at 10:52am — 6 Comments

Baby boomers are seeking foods that can help them stay young, or at least feel young.

Chicago attorney Ray Gordon looks at food in a whole new way.

At 59, he has taken over the responsibility of grocery shopping and cooking, a role his wife had for 30 years.

"The kitchen is now my domain," he said. "I enjoy cooking. It's like a hobby."

This transformation was spurred by rising blood pressure and cholesterol levels that landed Gordon at Northwestern Memorial Wellness Institute. After identifying his "food personality," working with a… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 14, 2008 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

The Menu Labeling Law (Calif)

The menu labeling law is creeping in on us here in CA.

Just this week, the law in San Francisco passed that if you have more than 20 units in CA, you must list nutritional info on your menu.

The CRA is trying to support another bill that would provide menu labeling to customers, in a format that the restaurant feels is in their best interest.

I am sure everyone is aware of this, but below there is a brief article, along with a letter (see attached) that can be signed, and sent to… Continue

Added by Joe Archuleta on March 14, 2008 at 9:32am — 2 Comments




Social Wine Club for Craft Wineries


Kids LiveWell atwitter over Twitter party

In its continuing effort to promote more nutritious and flavorful children's menu options, the NRA will hold a Twitter party  -More

Starbucks could become top on-premise wine seller in U.S.

Starbucks is planning to slowly expand its evening sales of wine, beer and small plates to thousands of selected stores throu -More

The evolving nature of snacks

Snacks have shifted from an after-school treat to a meal alternative as meal times become more fragmented.  -More


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National News

Wahlburgers Announces Expansion Plans Including Franchise Agreement in Philadelphia

Wahlburgers has signed a franchise agreement with Hingham Associates, LLC that will bring five Wahlburgers to the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. The franchise group is actively looking at sites and is targeting a late 2014-early 2015 opening for its first restaurant.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. First Quarter 2014 Revenue Up 24.4%

Comparable restaurant sales increased 13.4% - Restaurant level operating margin was 25.9%, a decrease of 40 basis points

Jamba Juice Announces Grand Opening of New St. Louis, MO Location

Jamba Juice Company announced the brand’s continued expansion in the St. Louis market with the opening of a Jamba Juice® store at 11477 Olive Blvd. on April 16, 2014.

Expert in Real Estate Analytics Joins Luna Grill

Luna Grill, the San Diego-based Mediterranean restaurant chain, is welcoming retail real estate industry veteran Greg Thorburn to its leadership team. Thorburn has been brought on board to fill the newly created position of Vice-President of Real Estate.

Rita's Italian Ice Awards Area Development Agreement for Kansas

Rita's Italian Ice has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Kansas and the Kansas City area, which extends to the Missouri side of the city, to franchisees and local residents Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Pat Reilly.


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TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."

TED: Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - Norman Spack (2013)

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

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