Sunday, November 6, 2011

Kitchen Nightmares Episodes

Ever since I saw an episode of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, I got hooked. This US edition is an intensified version of the original British show Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. World-class chef Gordon Ramsay spends one week in the featured restaurant and identifies its problems. He talks to the owners, watches executive chefs and sous chefs, and makes necessary changes, may it be the food, the menu, the decor, or the people. The extent of the makeover extends to changing the names of the dining place. 

Kitchen Nightmares does not only tackle problems with restaurant food, but also with how the business is being run by  its owners. Chef Ramsay imparts his keen business sense to the owners and makes sure they implement it. Chef Gordon Ramsay relaunches the restaurant in his last day, and gives his conclusion at the end of the dinner service.

At some point in the following season, Chef Ramsay revisits some of the restaurants he helped and checks if the changes he has done are being maintained. Some businesses are lucky to survive, and some are just too deep in the hole to make it.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Textile Industry

Guest post of the week by Deangelo Spencer

Having a hand in the textile industry for so many years was really inspiring for me…I knew after only a few years in my old job that I eventually wanted to do something on my own but I just wasn’t sure how to go about it. I finally felt after about 15 years I knew what I wanted to do: open my own fabric store, so I got to work hiring people and working with vendors to get it all set up. I found a great space to rent near downtown and looked into small business xo and even made up business cards. By the time opening day hit I was READY and you know, though people didn’t come in droves business is really better than I imagined. We’ve got a lot of loyal customers and I’m really making a mark with interior decorators, which is a crucial industry to be in cahoots with. I know that in only a few years my little fabric store is going to grow into something amazing!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

First roommate fight

Post contributed by Hilton Miranda

I just moved in with my best friend. She has a crappy apartment with no amenities, but the location is great. I am so excited to live with her, but not excited about the place. So far we agree on everything. It has been a great roommate match. However, she is a big reader and before I moved in didn’t even have basic cable. I can’t imagine living without cable.

This has become our first disagreement.

I looked up all the options at and presented them to her in a very professional way. I was trying my hardest to avoid an argument. What it came down to was that she didn’t want to spend the money. I understand everyone has a different budget and different priorities. Honest, I get it. However, this is a priority to me. So the end result was me paying for it all. I am fine with that. She doesn’t use it and I am the one that wanted it. All-in-all, we made it past our first fight and we are still doing great. I am still excited about our living situation and I am excited about all the fun we are going to have as best friends and roomies!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Quick meal prep that pays off

Guest post written by Clara David

When I get home from work, a lot of the time I feel like it's way too much trouble to even pop a frozen pizza into the oven for dinner. Plus, I don't really want to put much trouble into meals because I'm only cooking for myself. But I realize that a woman can not survive on frozen pizza and Lean Cuisines alone, so I've decided to start making more of an effort by grocery shopping wisely and getting things that can be thrown together to make good meals in just a few minutes.

But I also want to eat something more than just grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, so I went online to find some quick and easy recipes. When I was online looking for that, I found some information about and after I looked through it a little bit, I decided to change over my home internet service.

One recipe that I found was for a turkey wrap. It sounded easy enough and you can also change it a bit by the dressing, hummus or even vegetables that you can include. Plus this takes less time to make than waiting around for a frozen pizza to cook.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jollibee in JC!

Finally I will be able to eat a burger steak! A Jollibee restaurant will open here in JC, NJ. It's the 2nd Jollibee restaurant here in the East Coast, USA. (The 1st one is in NY). A lot of people here will be very happy about this news. We don't have to travel for hours and fall in line just to get a chicken joy! :D