Friday, February 5, 2016

Haas

Did you know that the Haas avocado is named after a California mailman who patented his cross pollinated fruit in the 1920s? Haas avocados now account for 80% of global avocado sales. I really love a great Florida avocado for use in salads, but Haas are better for guacamole.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hass_avocado

Thursday, December 31, 2015

McDonald's...Next!

A lot of people "out there" wrote off McDonald's as a dying company over the past year. Well, its stock has surged 27% in that time.

 

Some of the smartest people in the world work at McDonald's. Did these doubters (i.e. haterz) not think the company would adapt? MCD has recently debuted its "McDonald's Next" concept in the appropriately futuristic Hong Kong. Tokyo would have been an acceptable alternative.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Future of Food Delivery

http://www.wired.com/2015/12/ubereats-is-ubers-first-app-thats-not-about-rides/

After conducting more than 50 eater interviews, Uber’s design researchers discovered one of the most challenging aspects to ordering a meal is deciding what to eat. Design Researcher Hilary Hoeber described visiting a family of four at dinner time, as two tired adults and two equally exhausted children scrolled through food options trying to agree on something everyone liked that could arrive quickly. “They said it was sometimes faster and easier not to order,” she said. It’s the Paradox of Choice, made manifest in dinnertime decision-making.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Not Even the Tip

Danny Meyer, purveyor of the overrated burger chain Shake Shack, has announced an end to tipping at his group's restaurants. Probably about time this happened. We'll see if it catches on. In Miami, especially in the most touristy neighborhoods frequented by Europeans unaccustomed to our traditional system of compensating restaurant workers, there is often a gratuity already added to the check. Servers seem to be disappointed when the "additional gratuity" line is left blank, so we'll see if that's the case going forward.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/hospitality-included-danny-meyer-restaurants-eliminate-tipping/

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

RIP Yogi

Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.

-Yogi Berra

RIP to the master of the malapropism. I hope all the people whose funerals he attended go to his.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Parks and Rec

"I think there are no great cities without great public space. Great cities have great parks and museums. In Miami, we are seeing that for the first time." - Marc Sarnoff

Amen!

http://miami.curbed.com/archives/2015/04/09/biscayne-line-update.php

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dolphins in the Shade

'Bout time they got some shade on the seats at Joe Robbie Stadium, I mean Pro Player Park, I mean Pro Player Stadium, I mean Dolphin Stadium, I mean Dolphins Stadium, I mean Land Shark Stadium, I mean Sun Life Stadium.

Of all of the upgrades to Sun Life, the shade is really the only thing that appeals to me, since all of the other stuff is a distraction from the very purpose of the building. Notice the seats that don't even face the field. I just don't get why people do stuff sometimes.

But the shade! In September and October, when I have witnessed players' vomiting on the field from the extreme heat (it can be near 90 degrees in late October here, btw), the shade is indeed a luxury, though, it will ironically be best in the cheaper upper deck seats, and those near the field will be just as sunny as always. D'oh! Good thing those people can retreat to the indoor lounges to watch the game on TV just like most people will be doing on Sundays!

Pretty cool video of the transition here -



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Totally Not Sweet

From the Washington Post

Food in general is tough to make money on. Restaurants have long relied on the mark-up they tack onto drinks, not grub, to boost profits. As food costs soar, that reality has only become more true, because there's a limit to how much people are willing to pay for different parts of their meal. For many mid-scale restaurants, that limit is $30 for entrees, no matter the ingredients, Todd Kliman noted recently in the Washingtonian. For desserts the ceiling is much lower, and much less flexible, says Cowen.

"Dessert needs good ingredients to taste good, but you can't psychologically convince people to pay even $20 for dessert," Cowen said. "You can't really go cheap on it, but you really can't charge extra either."


I was just last night enjoying one of my favorite desserts and thinking to myself "it's probably tough to make money selling desserts." Sure is. I always check the check for errors, whether in my favor or not. That's the right thing to do. I saw that they charged us $8.25 for an item listed on the specials board for $5. Didn't want to beat them up over $3.25 on a night when the restaurant, one of my favorites in Miami, was totally empty aside from us.

Tough business!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Free Froyo Friday!

You may have noticed that there is unlimited demand for nail salons and frozen yogurt places where you put the toppings on yourself (as in, you do it yourself, not that you put the toppings on your head or something) and then get hit with a bill for $8 when they weigh it at the end. It's not like you can put stuff back at that point and now you realize you probably served yourself way too much when you just wanted a snack to tide you over till dinner and now you're either going to stuff yourself till you feel sick or end up throwing $3-4 in the trash. Good times!

Well, dear readers, it's time for some payback.

When we write about stuff over here at EIM, people listen, err, read. To wit -

Hi Colin,

I read your piece on National Hot Sauce Day and thought you might be interested in this awesome deal next week happening on National Frozen Yogurt Day.


Menchie's Frozen Yogurt (www.menchies.com), the fastest growing frozen yogurt brand, is celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day (Friday, February 6) with FREE FROZEN YOGURT!


From 4 to 8 p.m., frozen yogurt fans can visit ANY Miami Menchie's location to claim their free 6 oz. cup* of frozen yogurt with any flavor, any toppings (*one per guest). On top of that, everyone will also get a voucher for 20% off their next visit at any Menchie's. 


Here are a few Miami Locations:


Kendall Market Square
11740 SW 104th Street
Miami, FL 33186
  
Miller Crossing
15798 SW 56th Street
Miami, FL 33185


University Center North
1309 B SW 107th Avenue
Miami, FL 33174


Sunset Drive
5744 Sunset Drive
South Miami, FL 33146


Would you be interested in sharing this tasty deal with your readers?


Best,
Andrew


It appears from my brief googling of the subject of "free froyo," all those other yogurt places are running similar promotions. You know the places: Yogurtland, Yogurpassion, Yogo, YOURgurt, Yogurmerica, No Gurt No Glory, Gurts "R" Us, etc. I just made all of those up.

If I were homeless, I would definitely be checking out free froyo day. I hope y'all have smartphones and subscribe to this incredibly informative blog.

You're welcome!