There are arguments that a reviewer should give a restaurant a few weeks or more before doing a review. I believe that if a restaurant opens its doors and does business at full price to the public, then it is fair game for a professional reviewer.
All the restaurant-chain CEOs who have blamed disappointing sales on soft consumer spending have been telling it true. Data from The NPD Group show that restaurant visits using a deal or discount increased across all segments during the first nine months of 2013.
To make sure that uneaten food that is packed to go winds up being eaten not tossed, up-to-date doggie bags should accommodate in-home use concerns like microwave-ability and freshness, even including directions for reheating or serving suggestions.
Just 24 hours after getting married, my husband and I jetted off to Maui to start our honeymoon. Life was crazy busy leading up to our wedding, so we didn't have much planned for our Hawaii trip other than flights and hotels.
His two-part exhibit focused on his affinity for love, featuring 12 iconic renditions of pop super star Lady Gaga -- including one piece that even made her cry upon seeing it -- as well as 42 "love" mandalas, a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hindu and Buddhist cultures.
Nope, I'm not writing about military service. I have come to strongly believe that we would, in fact, live in a better, kinder world if every teenager took a job in the service industry before entering adulthood.
The problem with the concept of farm to table is that it leaves out a major ingredient: the chef. I interviewed chef Jason Vincent of Pilsen's Nightwood Restaurant and it was quickly apparent that he was included in the Food and Wine list of "Best New Chefs in America" of 2013 for a reason.
Coqueta inhabits the new futuristic realm in which restaurants are designed to be more than just places where we eat. This new culinary realm, chef Chiarello explains, "fills an experiential void" for urban Americans who are drained by stress and boredom.
Its owners call it a free style restaurant. Mixing avant garde cuisine with recipes passed down from generations of cooking ancestors, they claim to cook meals for everyone. A family restaurant of another kind.
If we really wanted restaurants to pay their workers fairly, we would require them to pay their own workers and factor that expense into their prices -- much like every other business has ever had to do.
It's so important in business to be constantly on the prowl, talking to customers and team members, cultivating an active and engaged management style. There is no substitute for paying attention to operations and how you can improve them.