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!