The Upside of Going Local

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in News | 5 comments

The Upside of Going Local

The health revolution has prompted a lot of chefs to make better choices about the food that they make. The back to the basics movement is definitely on and the support that it’s getting from a lot of people is a sign that it is here to stay. There’s a lot to be said for patronizing local food products – it contributes to a better economic scenario, it is a positive point for the environment and the green revolution and fresh local produce definitely tastes a whole lot better than canned or processed foods.

The concept of bringing food straight from the farm to your table is nothing new. But the convenience of instant fare has always prevented its success. Now, a lot of restaurants are supporting the idea and some have even taken the initiative a step further by investing in their own farm, growing their own produce and raising livestock.

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What are the Benefits of Growing Your Own Food?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Country Life, Slow Food, Sustainable Farming | 5 comments

What are the Benefits of Growing Your Own Food?

What are the Benefits of Growing Your Own Food?

With every passing year, we are seeing an increasing concern with being environmentally friendly.  And this has only added to the benefits of growing your own food. This has become a practice that more and more people are getting into. This may seem like a long process at first, but growing your own fruits and vegetables is not as hard as it seems, and it is very rewarding. Once you have established a system and schedule, it is pretty much smooth sailing from there. Below are its most significant benefits.

1) Healthier. Food in stores is increasingly getting filled with chemicals that we once thought were organic. By growing your own food, you are in control of its environment so you are sure that what you are consuming is safe. In turn, your family is able to pick up the habit of eating healthier fruits and vegetables.

2) Save money. Because of the economic slump, families are now getting into ways to reduce their consumption and save money. With a farming system at home, you can save money on your grocery bill in the long run, especially that most fruits and vegetables seeds will not cost you more than a dollar.

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Deal with Your Restaurant’s Mortgage Problem Through Village Capital’s Refinance Service

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Running a restaurant is one of the tasks I enjoy the most in life. It isn’t always easy, but the fruits of my labor keep me going. I don’t think I’ll ever close down my restaurant. Still, even though my restaurant business is running smoothly now, there was a time when I was always at the brink of closing it down. There are many factors that contributed to my restaurant being in a horrible situation. Luckily, though, I have been able to deal with them successfully.

One of the problems I faced when I was starting out in the restaurant business was the mortgage for my restaurant. It got to a point where a really huge part of my restaurant’s earnings went into paying the mortgage. This problem almost convinced me that running a restaurant wasn’t worth it. Luckily, I was able to successfully deal with it. This is because I got help from Village Capital & Investment, LLC. Through their FHA Streamline Refinance service, my monthly mortgage payments became significantly lower. In addition, even though I was able to pay my loan early, I didn’t end up having to pay penalty fees. This is because Village Captial & Investment, LLC really cares for its clients.

After I was able to solve my mortgage problem, I realized that running a restaurant is indeed a worthwhile endeavour. Since then, I have never thought of closing down my restaurant. Of course, another thing that contributes to my satisfaction is the fact that my restaurant is now considered one of the best restaurants in the city. It’s really amazing. When I opened up my restaurant, I had low expectations since it mainly served health food. At the time, health food wasn’t something most people actively sought. Times have changed, though. People are now willing to go out of their way now just to eat the tastiest health food.

Hopefully, this post of mine will prove helpful to everyone who wants to get into the restaurant business. The restaurant business might be tough, but so long as you have a clear plan and do your research, your business will definitely thrive. Trust me on this.

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Food Safety Guidelines for Restaurants

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Food Safety Guidelines for Restaurants

Keeping your customers happy with the quality of your food and service is a crucial part of keeping them happy. When it comes to regulating the restaurants, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is responsible for distributing the guidelines for safe food storage and preparation and ensuring that the rules are followed. The recent version of the food code put forward by FDA updates a number of requirements. Also, it applies to above 1 million restaurants, retail institutions and food outlets.

Food Safety Management

The FDA normally recommends a reliable safety system for operators, referred to as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, which normally entails 7 basic principles that help manage each step of food preparation and storage. It is particularly designed to assist restaurant staff eliminate the possibility of food borne illnesses and guarantee safe food preparation. If you, accidently, break a rule and face a law suit, you need to consult a reliable attorney. Whether it is a commercial law problem or a family law problem, M & M Law is the best firm for family law in Edmonton!  

Safe Food Preparation

The Food and Drug Administration recognizes that restaurants throughout the country have specific challenges, like varied menus and staff turnover, which makes it very tricky to monitor every food item precisely. The agency normally recommends the restaurant operators to focus on three basic food preparation procedures: same service foods, no-cook food items, and foods with complex cooking. Every process has a customary flow that basically controls the food’s temperature at each step along the way – from the time the items are received until the final dish is prepared and served. Food in each and every course has to pass through the specified danger zone a different number of times. Temperature between 41 F and 135 F is considered danger zone, since the foods are subject to pathogens at these temperatures.

Safe Food Storage

The only way to help get rid of biological hazards, such as viral, parasitic, and bacterial microorganisms, is to store food at a proper temperature. Restaurant kitchen staff needs to be well versed in all sorts of safe practices, and your kitchen ought to have signs posted everywhere that list safe storage temperatures and procedures for every type of food.

 

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How Choosing a Memory Foam Mattress will Help You Sleep Better at Night

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in News | 0 comments

How Choosing a Memory Foam Mattress will Help You Sleep Better at Night

There are a lot of factors that could possibly affect your sleep at night. This includes temperature, room size, activities you have made prior to sleep and most of all, the type of bed that you use. Though it is quite difficult to control all these factors for you to sleep well, you can at least choose what type of bed is suitable for you. Therefore, if you are searching for the best possible choice, you might want to go for a memory foam mattress. This article will provide you with some benefits that you can get out of using this type of mattress.

1. Memory foam is made up of layers of foams piled on top of each other. Thus, it provides you with a much better back support. When you sleep at night, you will like something is pressing on your back as if you are being massaged. When your stress points are hit, then it becomes easier for you to fall asleep.

2. During cold winter nights, this type of mattress provides more warmth. It makes you feel a lot better. However, you just need to be careful during summer since it can be very hot. The best part is that this type of mattress adjusts to your body temperature easily.

3. This mattress remembers the shape of your body. When you sleep, it provides total support. It is not like other mattresses that pushes your back upwards. It makes you feel more stressed. However, with a memory foam mattress, you can totally relax as if you are floating on your own bed.

4. This mattress absorbs movements. Therefore, when you have a drastic shift in your bed position, you won’t be tossed up and eventually your sleep is disrupted. Instead, you won’t feel anything at all.

In short, you have to give this type of mattress a try. Once you have started feeling the changes in the quality of your sleep, then you can safely say that you have made the right decision. If you wish to bring home the best memory foam mattress, you can visit here.

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Opening Up a New Restaurant

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Opening Up a New Restaurant

I have some great news for you guys! I have recently decided to open up a new restaurant. I have added up the cost and I decided it would be worth the risk to open up a second location. My restaurant is finally under control and running smoothly, which allows the time and energy to open up a second location. The new place has a great downtown location and I get to design it from the ground up!

New Location

The new location was previously a bar. It has been out of business for about 5 years and is a little run down. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to it but I am up for the challenge. Plus since it is beaten up and has been out of business for a while, I got a steal on the price on Realty.com. I am going to have to have to gut the inside, renovate and rebuild. I am lucky enough to have some helpers (children/husband), so I plan to clean out everything myself and hire an interior designer and contractor to build it back up. I have already started to clear out all the old junk. I rented a dumpster to dispose of all the material. I found a good deal on Pro Dumpster Rental. The thing with renting a dumpster is it really motivates you to get the job done. Depending on who you rent your dumpster through, you are paying by day, week or month. So the longer you sit on your project, the more money you are forking out.

My Ideas for the New Restaurant

I have some big plans for my new location. The food and layout will be similar to the old location and I will get my liquor license for the new place as well. The big plan for the new place is that I will be incorporating a stage to have live music a few nights a week. The location is perfect, it is downtown, so people will be walking by and hopefully decides to come in to eat, drink and listen to some music. I know many great local musicians that would love the gig, so everything should work out great! I might even get on stage every once in a while. When I first checked out the building, I imagined a stage and the layout of the restaurant. I think this motivated me enough to actually put in an offer.

As you can probably tell, I am super excited to get this project going. I want to research a few interior designers this week and get everything planned out. I just need to finish clearing out all the old stuff before I have him/her out. My husband knows a few contractors, so finding someone to build it up should be pretty easy. All in all, I plan to have everything up and going hopefully by April, 2015. This is an exciting and nerve racking time for my family and I but I have a good feeling that everything will work out!

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Restaurant Repairs & Being Blocked By A Boom Lift

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Restaurant Repairs & Being Blocked By A Boom Lift

Have you ever been in a situation where you have asked and asked and asked repeatedly for something to be done only to be really annoyed with the way it panned out? If you have, then I can certainly empathize with you and can attest to feeling your pain this week as a particular item on the outside of my restaurant finally got some long awaited repairs.

Our restaurant has a sign above the building that is very large and visible and is also supposed to light up at night. I say “supposed to light up” because for the past few months it has been out of order and in need of repairs. The sign sits about 25 feet above the sidewalk level on a fairly busy street.

Come 11am on Saturday morning a massive boom lift appears right outside the door on the sidewalk to lift some workers up so they could get up close and take a look at the broken sign. Due to the fact that the street is fairly busy, the boom lift had to be parked right in front of the door and due to the public safety regulations, the area around the lift had to be blocked off to protect people from any possible falling objects. This resulted in the front entrance to my restaurant being blocked off just as the lunch rush was about to begin.

At first I was very annoyed, as you can imagine, and I stormed out ready to give them a piece of my mind but I soon realized that these guys were just doing their job and having an irate crazy lady screaming at them would not help at all.

In the end the guys that brought the boom lift base from http://www.boomliftbase.com were very kind and helpful and they even offered to come back a few hours later in the afternoon if it meant that I would not lose too much business, however I decided to just let them get their job done. The young man standing at the base of the boom lift was actually even kind enough to not only stop work and let people through when they were headed to my restaurant, but to also encourage random passersby to come in and try the menu!

In the end I was glad I simply let them work and did not get verbally angry with them, as I know from having my own teenage children that showing aggression towards them would have only made them resent me and take longer to do their job.

In total, it took them a little over two hours to work their magic on the sign and now it lights up as good as new. So the moral of the story here is that whenever you start to feel angry at someone that really does not deserve to be abused you should just take a deep breath, suck it up and look at the big picture. And of course, be nice to people!

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Common Challenges Faced By a Restaurant Owner

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Starting a restaurant is a career dream for many people out there. Independent restaurant owners design their own menu, run their own business, and plan their décor, all while being a part of the industry that they are devoted to and love. Unfortunately, the restaurant business comes with a number of problems, and owners face quite a few challenges.

Planning

In order to be successful, a restaurant ought to be at a good location with a style or theme that attracts a broad range of clientele. It should have a solid menu that appeals to everyone. If you are planning on opening a restaurant, you need to understand that an eating-place needs to stand out from the crowd in order to be successful, particularly if it is in an urban area where the competition is high. Moreover, a restaurant owner needs to review the menu time and again to ensure customers are receiving what they want. If your customers do not like the food your serve them, you are going to lose business and positive work-of-mouth advertising. Also, if there are other structural problems, such as broken locks, damaged doors and windows, etc., you need to fix them immediately. You don’t want your customers to be locked in the restrooms, do you? A company I highly recommend for the ultimate solution to all your lock problems is Locksmith Winchester – http://www.toplocklocksmiths.co.uk/winchester. All you need to do is give them a call.

Financial

Most of the new restaurant owners seem to underestimate the start-up capital they are going to need to run a new restaurant. Generally, large sums of money is required to cover hiring a new hostess and wait staff, leasing a building, stocking the bar and kitchen areas, buying decorations and furniture. You need to realize that most restaurants do not turn adequate profit for numerous months or sometimes years after opening. Reputable, establish restaurant owners can also sometimes go through financial difficulties, particularly during recessions when there is very little turn out of customers.

Managerial

A considerable part of the success of a restaurant depends on hostess, wait and bar staff. Therefore, when running a restaurant, you need to make certain that best, affordable staff is hired. Moreover, you need to know the best way to handle disciplinary problems and train your personnel well.

 

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Succeeding in the Restaurant Business

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in News | 0 comments

If food is your passion, then maybe owning a restaurant is dream you would want to achieve in the near future. Sure, it can be very rewarding to earn while doing something you are passionate about; but, like any worthwhile endeavor, running a restaurant is not a walk in the park. It is not impossible either. Here are a few suggestions that you might consider.

Owning a restaurant is not only about food and customers. Businesses are governed by laws and it would be very useful to familiarize yourself with these regulations. There are licenses to acquire and standards to adhere to. Failing to comply with these can result in penalties or even close your business down. Hence, be diligent in doing your homework.

A good location, a good concept and a good chef are the three essentials which could determine whether or not your business will succeed. In order to serve good food that people come back for, you need a chef who knows what he is doing. The food that he prepares must fit your concept as well, to establish the brand of your restaurant and make it distinct from the others. Further, location is very important. The more accessible your location is, the more customers it will attract.

Don’t scrimp. Certainly, you would want to economical and manage your business expenses and that is understandable. However, never sacrifice quality specifically as far as your customers are concerned. Also, don’t be cheap in ensuring good service. This means treating your staff well and using the appropriate furniture and décor, equipment and other wares that are needed for a restaurant. Further, be sure to keep all your assets safe by using the right security equipment. A British restaurateur friend of mine made the mistake of being careless about security and ended up losing valuable cooking equipment to thieves. Luckily, he found the local Locksmith Bromley here: http://www.local-bromley-locksmith.co.uk, who were able to quickly resolve his restaurant’s security issues.

Learn to adapt and innovate. The restaurant business is like a trend that constantly changes. People’s tastes and preferences evolve and so should your business. Create a new concept and the dishes that go with it. Be creative while maintaining quality food and service.

Being successful in the restaurant business requires a lot of hard work and commitment. If you really have the passion, then you will be more than willing to do all these to attain your dream.

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4 Ways to Keep Your Restaurant Secure and Your Business Running Smoothly

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in News | 0 comments

In running a restaurant, I've come to find out just how big a role security plays in daily operations and in making the business successful.

What's the point of spectacular marketing if you can't assure your customers of their safety and the protection of their possessions? What's the sense of making a large profit if the cash ends up getting stolen by your very own employees?

Indeed there are plenty of security concerns involved in running a restaurant. Don't ignore them and just hope for the best. You must take the necessary steps to keep your restaurant secure at all times.

Set Up a Good Security System

Security is undoubtedly a good investment. No matter what size your restaurant is, it pays to have a good security system in place. This may entail the use of security cameras, hiring of security guards, and/or installing efficient locks and alarm systems.

Maintain Well-Functioning Locks

It's not enough to simply keep your cash and valuables under lock and key. You need to ensure regular maintenance of the locks because some of them may already be old or broken. If you're wondering where to contact a good locksmith in London, you can head over to Toplock Locksmiths for round-the-clock services and even in times of emergency lockouts.

Establish a Remarkable Inventory Routine

Of course it's also important for you to establish a remarkable and reliable inventory routine. How can you keep track of all the ingredients and other supplies? How do you monitor different equipment inside your restaurant, including utensils and the like? Who's in charge of inventory? These are just some of the questions you have to take note of to further ensure security.

Be Careful in Choosing Your Employees

External theft may not be as common as internal theft. This is why I make sure to do a thorough background check on my employees and the people I intend to hire. Of course other than confirming that they've got clean records, it's also good to actually get to know them better on a personal basis. This way, you don't only gain insight regarding their personalities and characters but being friends with them will make it more difficult to break your trust or damage the company.

Security is a non-negotiable matter when it comes to running a restaurant or any business establishment for that matter. Make sure you're on top of things in this aspect.  

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How Better Nutrition Leads to a Better Appearance

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in News | 0 comments

How Better Nutrition Leads to a Better Appearance

We hear it all the time that the consumer culture combined with the celebrity craze that have become a fact of daily  life around the globe have both contributed to people adopting unrealistic expectations of themselves in terms of appearance and sophistication. But is this necessarily true? Is it possible to cultivate a great appearance merely by the choices you make in life? We believe the answer is an unequivocal YES!

If it were possible for you to travel back in time, say two centuries back, you would not just be shocked by the culture of the time. You would notice that our ancestors looked remarkably different from the people you meet every day in the street. For one, the average height would be much lower than is the case with modern humans. The people you would meet would also look much fitter. The differences in appearance can be explained in a single word: nutrition!

The Importance of Nutrition to your Skin’s Health

The skin is a very remarkable organ even though it does not always get as much attention compared to other “vital” organs. The skin perpetually regenerates new cells to remain healthy and supple and it is therefore important to keep it nourished with important nutritional elements such as vitamins and minerals which serve to keep the skin supple, moist and taut. Without proper nutrition, the skin is likely to develop such defects as:

  • Wrinkles
  • Spots and blemishes
  • Stretch marks
  • Varicose veins and spider veins

Proper nutrition is essential in preventing the appearance of varicose veins as well as managing the adverse effects of the veins if and when they appear on the skin. Studies have shown that venous valves responsible for ensuring that veins continue performing normally (as opposed to getting transformed to varicose and spider veins) require nourishment from nutrients such as bioflavanoids, vitamin K and vitamin C.  While lack of exercise and poor circulation are also important to the development of varicose veins, deficiency in these key nutrients plays a big part as well.

Clinical Treatment for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

While nutritional intervention will suffice to prevent the appearance of varicose and spider veins as well as managing mild cases of such defects, this is not true when it comes to acute cases. When the veins become too pronounced, there is little choice but to go for clinical treatment in a medical facility. There are two options options in this instance:

  1. Radio frequency therapy
  2. Sclerotherapy

Radio Frequency Therapy

Radio frequency therapy is a non invasive procedure for treating spider veins and mild cases of varicose veins. The method makes use of a tiny catheter used to direct thermal energy directly to the offending veins. When this is repeated several times, the veins gradually die and the normal appearance of the skin is restored. The Heart and Vein Center is a vein center southfield residents have come to trust for solutions to different venous disease complications. They offer radio frequency therapy among a host of other alternatives for people with varicose and spider veins.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy represents the most common treatment for stubborn varicose veins. The phlebologist treating you will inject a substance known as a sclerosing agent into the engorged veins which then die off and gradually disappear. The Optima vein care clinic is a vein center phoenix facility where people with acute cases of varicose veins can be assured of top-of-the-range sclerotherapy treatment.

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Affording A Healthy Diet for Your Kids

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in News | 0 comments

As a mother, I always make sure that my kids are eating healthy. By doing this, I have been able to raise them into really healthy teenagers. However, making my kids eat healthy food used to not be easy. This wasn’t because my kids didn’t like healthy food; rather, it was because I used to find organic food really expensive. This isn’t the case anymore, though. No, I didn’t get a new, high-paying job or anything. The reason why I am able to afford having my kids on healthy diet now is because I now do binary options trading with Banc de Binary. Because the Banc de Binary personal broker account enables me to make very profitable trades easily, I am able to earn thousands of dollars a month through it.

Trading with Banc de Binary is very profitable for so many reasons. One of these reasons happens to be the fact that anyone can create a personal broker account with them. What exactly is a personal broker account? In Banc de Binary’s case, it is an account where people can get help from an expert broker any time they need to. Whenever one has a hard time making trading decisions, they can just contact an expert broker through Banc de Binary’s trading platform to get help from them.

Another thing that makes trading with Banc de Binary so profitable is that virtually every Banc de Binary bonus nets people so many financial rewards. The best part is that it is easy to avail of these bonuses. Signing up for an account at Banc de Binary’s website, for one, immediately nets new clients a bonus.

Because of the profitability of doing binary options trading with Banc de Binary, many of their clients have actually left their day jobs just to be able to solely focus on doing trading with Banc de Binary.

Thanks to Banc de Binary, I was able to buy a patch of farmland where I can plant all the vegetables and fruits my family eats in an organic manner. I don’t have to buy expensive organic food anymore because of this, all I need to do now is tend to my farm. Still, tending my farm costs a lot of money. Luckily, binary options trading still helps with this. Through binary options trading, anyone can now have a healthy diet. In fact, because of it, I can go as far as say that no mom has an excuse not to have their kids on a healthy diet anymore.

Hopefully, what I have written here will get more moms to do binary options trading. If not for the purpose of having their kids on a healthy diet, they should do it for the purpose of providing their kids all of the things they need. With the help of Banc de Binary’s brokers, any mom won’t have to worry about their finances that much anymore. So long as they take the time to learn binary options trading’s ins and outs and listen to their brokers/advisors, they are going to do fine.

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