While I don't consider myself a foodie, I enjoy foods and flavors and I eat out a lot! I usually don't post my experiences here, but you can find my favorite places, check-ins and reviews at kristenMwaddell.yelp.com. I'm very fair and I always give a new restaurant a second chance, but realize too that sometimes you are just WOWed on your first visit and other times you just expect too much out of others.
My go-to restaurants in Memphis are Bluff City COFFEE in the morning; Mosa Asian Bistro, Holiday Deli, Lenny's, Soul Fish, Swanky's, Ciao Bella, Las Delicious and Amerigo for lunch or dinner and Cooper Street 20/20 for "take home and cook" prepared meals. I also love Bosco's, Cafe Ole, El Porton and Spindini for their patios in the summer. And when I want a change or date night, we may go to Houston's, Elfo's or Grove Grill. I still have not eaten at Acre, Sweet Grass, Iris, or probably anything that has opened since. Although I have been to Hog & Hominy twice.
I have come to realize that, while I usually frequent the same establishments, I also don't change up my order very often. For example, I have probably eaten the Combo Fried Rice and potstickers at Mosa the last 6-7 I've been (and sushi on Thursday nights) although everything on the menu is great. And at Ciao Bella, I have eaten bolagnese with italian spinach so much that the sous chef came out the other night and said "I thought that was your order." Yikes.
I remember that the Commercial Appeal came out with a list of 100 Things to Eat in Memphis before You Die last summer and I never gave it a second glance. I think that I may start making my way through that list. I claim to support local, but I'm not really sharing the love. I'll post back my experiences as I work my way through. Let's just hope this doesn't sabotage my other challenge of losing my baby weight. Hmmm.
Getting people to your site is just the beginning. Keep an eye out for these three visitor behaviors to see whether people stay engaged once they arrive:
How often they hit the Back buttonYour bounce rate shows you how many people click theBack button on your site. Aim for lower bounce rates on your most important pages.
How long they stick aroundKeep an eye on visit duration to know how long visitors stay on your site.
Whether they’re coming back for moreOffer updated content based on how many new vs. returning visitors you see coming to your site.
Know how your customers, and potential customers are using your website. If they are leaving quickly and not coming back, consider changing your strategy (or content).
25 Things That Make You Look Dumb on Facebook
BY DAVE CHAREST
No one wants to look dumb.
Especially when it comes to Facebook, where there’s the potential for thousands of people to see it.
And when you’re first getting started, it’s easy to make some rookie mistakes. Many of these mistakes happen simply because newbies don’t know any better.
So in an effort to help you avoid any embarrassing moments, I asked our resident experts here at Constant Contact what they thought were some of the things that can make a business look dumb on Facebook.
Are you doing any of these things?
According to a Southern Living press release and online listing, Memphis was named runner-up to Durham, North Carolina in the "Tastiest Towns" contest and will be announced officially in the May issue. The magazine specifically calls out Memphis for its Barbecue (Rendezvous and Cozy Corner) but includes local chefs and restaurants like Restaurant Iris, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Hog and Hominy, Muddy's Bake Shop and the emerging mobile food truck community as headlining the current success of Memphis' culinary scene.
According to SL, Durham has received four James Beard Award semi-finalist nominations, including one for Scott Howell at Nana's for best Chef in the Southeast. Durham is known for its commitment to the local trend and emerging casual fare dining.
Source: Southern Living
According to Constant Contact, 43% of email is now opened on a mobile device. That number is up 138% from 2010 and I think it's a pretty safe bet that it's going to continue to grow.
2013 BEST NEW CHEF AWARD PROFILE: Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman
Photo courtesy of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Source: Food & Wine
WON BEST NEW CHEF AT Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis, TN
WHY THEY’RE AMAZING Because they’re successfully putting their hometown of Memphis on the culinary map with daring nose-to-tail dinners and classic Italian recipes.
CULINARY SCHOOL Both: Johnson & Wales University (Charleston, SC), the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary and Pastry Arts (Calabria, Italy)
BACKGROUND Both: Chez Philippe, Frank Grisanti’s (Memphis)
QUINTESSENTIAL DISH Corn tortellini with duck confit and chanterelle mushrooms
HOW THEY MET Ticer and Hudman went to rival Catholic high schools and bad-mouthed each other during sporting events.
HOW THEY GOT INTO THE FOOD BUSINESS They both came from large Italian-American families with strong food traditions, and decided to open a restaurant way back in 1994.
NO-MENU MONDAYS The chefs serve dinner without menus on the last Monday of each month; customers are welcome to guess the components of dishes, which aren’t shared until the meal is over.
Andrew Michaels Italian Kitchen
712 W. Brookhaven Cir. Memphis, TN, United States
Do you have problems with any of these words? The meaning behinds several of the most misunderstood and mis-used words...
Source: PR Daily
Do you remember being an adolescent and feeling like no one understood you?
Well, this column is about words with definitions that are continually misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misconstrued. They are the middle schoolers of our lexicon.
Arbitration means a third party listens to evidence from all parties and hands down a decision. Example: “The contract called for arbitration by a federal judge.”
Mediation means a third party listens to the evidence from all parties and brings them to an agreement. Example: “The plaintiff agreed to try mediation one last time.”
Carat, caret, karat
Carat is a unit of weight for precious stones, equal to 200 milligrams. Example: “Can you measure rhinestones in carats?”
A caret is a V-shape proofreader’s symbol indicating something is to be inserted. Example: “Carets should be placed within the text, not in the margin.”
Karat is the proportion of gold used with an alloy. Example: “Pure gold is 24 karat.”
Capital is the city where the seat of government is located; also money, equipment, or property. Examples: “Austin is the capital of Texas,” or, “To start our own communications firm, we need to raise capital.”
Capitol refers to the building in which a legislative body meets. Example: “The Texas Capitol is in Austin.”
Use disc for terms related to recordings, such as Blu-ray Disc or disc jockey. Also, disc brakes. Example: “The disc had a scratch on it.”
Use disk for computer-related and medical references, such as hard disk and slipped disk. Example: “My laptop needs a new hard disk.”
To leave the country is to emigrate, also to be an emigrant. Example: “My mother’s family emigrated from Germany after the war.”
To enter a country is to immigrate, also to be an immigrant. Example: “Laurel immigrated to the United Kingdom.”
To faze means to embarrass or disturb. Example: “The typo in the headline did not seem to faze her.”
Phase means a stage of development or an aspect or part. Example: “There are three editing phases: macro-editing, micro-editing, and proofreading.”
According to the AP Stylebook, flier is the preferred term for a handbill or leaflet. Example: “We need to create a flier explaining our new bundled pricing.”
Flyer is the proper name of some trains or buses. Example: “We rode the San Antonio Flyer.”
To forbear means to resist, avoid, or shun. Example: “I will forbear and stop editing your document.”
Forebear is an ancestor. Example: “I am not sure where my forebears came from.”
A lectern is a stand that serves as a support for the notes or books of a speaker. Example: “I feel more comfortable standing at the lectern when I speak.”
A podium is an elevated platform to stand on when speaking. Example: “A speaker stands behind a lectern but on a podium.”
A mantel is a shelf. Example: “Amy kept her writing award on the mantelpiece.”
A mantle is a cloak or something that conceals. Example: “A mantle of dust hung over the furniture.”
Premier means first in importance; principal or chief. Example: “Our company offers premier writing and editing services.”
Premiere means a first performance. Example: “We attended the premiere of ‘Spamalot.’”
The verb form of rack means to arrange on a rack, to torture, or torment. Example: “I racked my brain, but still could not think of a headline.”
The noun form of wrack means ruins or destruction. Example: “Under his leadership, the company will come to wrack and ruin.”
Reluctant means unwilling to act. Example: “I was reluctant to correct the CEO’s grammar.”
Reticent means unwilling to speak; reserved, restrained. Example: “I am often reticent around people I don’t know very well.”
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