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The Kitchen

What are these stainless steel pots to me, these copper pans?  This cast-iron, this aluminum?  What is the whisk to me, the wooden spoon, the knife?  315 more words

An Asian In-bound Traveler's Impressions of Japan

We introduced in a previous post the unique opportunity Japan presents for brands as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approaches.  One facet of the conversation is the still-viable size and relative prosperity of Japan’s urban, cosmopolitan middle class.  479 more words

Restaurant Industry

In Japan, Millenial Brand Appeal, Asian Tourism, 2020 Olympics Present a Unique Opportunity

With the U.S. consumer recovery progressing apace, more and more businesses are looking overseas for growth, and Asia is certainly a primary target.  China and India have gotten most of the press recently due to the “theory of big numbers,”  but Japan is coming back into focus for a new generation of U.S. 313 more words

Restaurant Industry

"Deli Man" is out on DVD

Well–that’s it, really. Need I say more? Actually, yes, there are a few new things to say other than to keep recommending that you see… 545 more words

Eating Out

How to Survive Serving


They can make or break you. The decider of how much you’ll go home with and whether or not you will be needing a drink or a long night sleep after work. 1,071 more words


Minimum-wage offensive could speed loss of jobs, arrival of robot-powered restaurants

By Lydia DePillis
The Washington Post

Crowded. That’s how Ed Rensi remembers what life was like working at McDonald’s back in 1966. There were about double the number of people working in the store — 70 or 80, as opposed to the 30 or 40 there today — because preparing the food just took a lot more doing. 1,311 more words