You Really Are What You Eat

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Published on: February 18, 2014

Le Papillon on the Park is proud to celebrate its 40th year catering to the City of Toronto. Whether you are a local or from out of town, we always seek on how to improve the client experience. As such, we are constantly tweaking our menu to excite the senses.

Throughout the month of February, you can enjoy the finest traditional fondue for less than you’d get anywhere else. There is no better way to escape the stress and blistering cold of a work week than enjoying our savoury fondue with that special someone in our fireplace seating. During the summer month nothing beats enjoying a crepe and cocktail on our rooftop patio. It’s truly a special place where you can relax amongst a lush lime green canopy of mature growth trees.

French cooking is a savoury experience like no other. If you don’t know what the fuss is about just try one of our famous Tourtiere pies.  We combine exciting gourmet delights with the satisfying foundation of a home cooked meal. Le Papillon on the Park has built its reputation on reinventing the idea of French comfort food.

Our rooftop patio is one of the most memorable parts of the store. Where else can one indulge in the refined yet unpretentious ambience of the French countryside in the heart of a bustling metropolis of over six million people?

Regardless of your knowledge of French cuisine, le papilion on the park is a Toronto landmark that will excite all of the senses and keep you coming back for more!

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Wait List Management

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Published on: October 15, 2013

Wait List Management

Smartlineapp is proud to be the leading innovator in food industry business solutions. Our success is rooted in our passion, creativity, and business experience. We understand that restaurant owners dont have the time to worry about technological problems. We believe that everyone will be richer and happier if we all focus on perfecting what we do best. There’s a reason you’ll never find a talented and successful executive chef who works a second job as a rockstar javascript coder! As such, we’re dedicated in developing the world’s best wait list management solutions.

We’ve developed a groundbreaking wait list management solution that will phase out the conventional front-of-house systems. By streamlining the flow of business, it will make it easier for restaurants to efficiently wait tables and handle both reservations and cancellations.

We are anticipating that the increase in efficiency will lower the restaurants requirement for waiting staff. In addition to our world class business solutions we have designed apps for consumers that allow them to place meal orders using their smartphone. This will dramatically lower business expenditure in the restaurant industry. Without the need to manually take orders, restaurants will easily save thousands on employee salaries even if it only results in laying off a couple people. Not only does the app notify kitchen staff on the details of orders but it further enhances the customer experience by enabling them to order their food ahead of time.

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Best Food Magazines

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Published on: October 5, 2013

There’s a lot to keep track in the food industry. Actually, that’s more than a little understatement. In fact, there is a ton to keep track of in the food industry. Food and cooking are a huge part of everyday life for people across all continents. So, the question is: how to keep up with it all?

One easy way to stay on top of current food and cooking trends is to subscribe to one or more of the best food and cooking magazines out there right now. But does a casual observer pick the “best” food magazine or the “best” cooking magazine? The answer is obvious: It depends on exactly what you’re hoping to get out of it and where your taste buds stand in the argument.

Are you looking for easy 20-minute recipes? Or are you looking to cook more gourmet meals for you and your family that take a lot of care and preparation? Or are you less of a cook and more of a consumer? Any way you spin it, there’s a food and/or cooking publication that will suit your needs.

Yes, it’s a virtual guarantee that a food magazine already exists that will fit your needs. Don’t waste your money buying one issue at a time. Don’t waste your hard-earned dollars purchasing one issue at a time. Take a little to time to research and find the right publication ahead of time and you’ll end up thanking yourself in the end.

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Six reasons clean water is essential to your restaurants success

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Published on: September 9, 2013

When trying to create a successful restaurant, people often think that it can come down to the food, or staff, or location. But all of that can be perfect, and the restaurant can still sadly stay unsuccessful, if one absolutely essential feature isn’t taken care of: clean water.

Providing your restaurant with clean water is 100% completely essential to giving your restaurant its best chance at success. If you need more convincing, here are six reasons why you need to reconsider how water quality effects your environment today.

1. The Taste

Clean water tastes better. It’s as simple as that. But a few of the purified water solutions that are available in today’s market can make it taste even better. With added essential minerals, and inorganic materials removed, clean water will taste better than that out of plastic bottles. If you really want to go above and beyond, get one of the new substitutes for a bottled water dispenser by buying directly for a purified water company.

2. It’s More Cost-Effective

First off, if you have unclean water, customers will always be sending it back and demanding cleaner and colder water. At this point, many restaurants turn to the traditional bottled water delivery service. But this is highly expensive, and really not worth your while. It will eventually drive your restuarant out of business. Instead, turn to one of the newer, environmentally friendly companies, like Pure Water Technology, for your water delivery needs.

3. Cleaner dishes

Providing your kitchen with cleaner water means cleaner dishes and less spots. This means less dishes returned to the kitchen, and less work for your staff.

4. Longer Lasting Appliances

Many applicances run on water, and the cleaner the water, the less residue they’ll leave in your appliances pipes and other hardware. By making the water clean, you’re healthy keep those machines “healthy,” and you’ll be able to go longer without calling up a repairman for an expensive switch.

5. Cold when you need it, and hot when you need it

The perfect water dispenser will provide you with water at the exact temperature you require. If it’s 90 degrees out, not only will customers be happier when they receive water just above frozen, but it’ll lead to better tips which will keep your servers happy as well.

6. A reason to come back

Having the best water in town will always give your customers an additional reason to come back to your restaurant.

Have you made the change to healthier and cleaner water today? It can be the difference between bankruptcy and success!

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Salamander Hot Sauces Launches KickStarter Crowdfunding Campaign

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Published on: July 25, 2013

Salamander hot sauces, billed as the world’s most unique hot sauces that combine delicious depth and complexity while balancing tantalizing flavor and fire, launched its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. “I love hot spicy food but I just can’t find commercial hot sauces that I enjoy, so to solve this problem I decided to create my own. Rather than creating yet another vinegar-based concoction or one of those flavorless sauces whose only claim to greatness is their searing heat, I have taken hot sauces in a new direction,” stated Tim Kavarnos, Salamander Sauces Creator.

Kavarnos’ philosophy is simple – hot sauces should be hot, but the heat should be matched by the flavor, the sauces should be made with the freshest locally sourced ingredients possible, and the sauces should be all natural. Following these principles Tim has created sauces which tantalize the palate with depth of flavor while still delivering a good hearty kick – sauces which compliment a wide variety of foods – sauces that balance flavor and fire.

The Salamander Hot Sauce campaign can be seen on Kickstarter.

Tim’s fascination of peppers began years ago, while living in Rhode Island. In Tim’s garden there were sixteen different types of hot peppers being grown. “I would make fresh salsas, chili and even dry them for my own crushed pepper. In 2001 I decided it was time for a change. I moved to Brooklyn NY and picked up jobs in restaurants while trying to figure out what to do next. After settling in a Park Slope restaurant I began making hot sauce for fun and bringing it to work. My coworkers began to ask me when I was going to bring in more. A short time later my good friend Jeff announced he was opening a restaurant and wanted the hot sauce in his kitchen, and so it began. Jeff’s restaurant, Backyard, opened on Fifth Ave in Park Slope, Brooklyn in the spring of 2012. The sauce was a hit. Shortly thereafter I teamed up Jeff and offered a hot sauce tasting featuring five unique sauces and the people went crazy. The next step was to follow my passion and start The Salamander Sauce Company,” concluded Kavarnos.

Salamander Original sauce was just awarded 4.5 out of 5 stars by Billy Delaney of Tasty Sauces. Tasty Sauces was created to address the lack of consistency and objectivity in sauce reviews The video review can be seen here on YouTube.

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Last-minute gifts that impress

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Published on: July 16, 2013

Last-minute gifts that impress

For those of us that oftentimes find ourselves being in a predicament where we need to buy a gift that would impress yet were running low on time and possibly money, will certainly fall in love with the website we are looking at today. Oftentimes scheduling conflicts occur or just a bout of laziness happens which keeps you from attending a certain event. With not wanting to be perceived as totally disrespectful, you at least want to be able to provide a gift that will put a smile on your friends’ faces while saving yours. It is for reasons like this, that we have found sending a magnum of champagne to be a class act for individuals that cannot or simply do not want to attend that certain event. The company that we found is able to provide a selection of different liquors as well as provide next-day shipping also included in one price. As a result you are able to simply get on your computer and make a few clicks and even then the personal message with your champagne that will be sure to impress any individual that you send it to. If you like to find out more information about sending a magnum of champagne then click on the link provided to learn more information.

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My Three Favorite Chain Italian Restaurants

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Published on: July 4, 2013

My Three Favorite Chain Italian Restaurants:

When you’re in the mood for a nice bowl of pasta any of these three big Italian restaurants can typically be counted on to serve you a nice meal.  It’s impossible to beat the quality and authenticity of small locally owned Italian places and these are certainly not comparable but sometimes when cost is an option or you’re in an unfamiliar town these are great standbys.

The Olive Garden:

Probably the biggest of the three The Olive Garden is well known for it’s bottomless salad and always warm breadsticks.  One of my favorite things about the Olive Garden is that they are always adding limited time offerings to their menu so I feel like there is always something new to choose from.  The other great thing about the Olive Garden is the cost.  Not only are they always offering coupons like the ones found here but they are constantly running specials like their current offering 2 for $25 lunch deal which can’t be beat.  So the next time you’re in the mood for some pasta primavera get into The Olive Garden as they no doubt have a location near you.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Carrabba’s is always a solid choice. However they are not as prevalent across the United states as The Olive Garden.  Their menu does seem to have some extremely fresh offerings though like the Pollo Caprese which is one of my personal favorites.  Another thing they do well is flatbreads.  The shrimp & tomato flatbread they make while not low in calories and bad for my waistline is really wonderful.  Prices vary by location but in my personal experience they tend to be a little bit more expensive here than at the Olive Garden.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

This article wouldn’t be complete without tipping our hat to Romano’s! I always feel like I’m at home when dining here. The on your honor wine system where you pour your own wine family style is a nice touch. I’m sure they have a way to make sure you’re not taking more than your fair share without paying for it but it’ seems like authentic Italy.  One of the things I enjoy about Romano’s is their twists on classic Italian dishes.  Especially in their Antipasti section of the menu things like Italian Nachos and Pomodorina Soup are great dishes that you should try.  Pricing here is comparable with Carrabba’s and seems just slightly more expensive to me than the Olive Garden.

So there you have it. My favorite three big  box Italian restaurants.  I don’t know if I could pick an absolute favorite as they all have some great things to offer.  So the next time you’re looking for a nice meal and dining at your favorite local spot isn’t an option consider trying of these very satisfying options.  It’s always a good idea to keep your eyes out for Olive Garden coupons and current specials the other places are running!

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Grandma Knows Best- Favorite Family Restaurants in Canmore

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Published on: June 8, 2013

As a sister, daughter, aunt, niece, mother and grandmother- I know how hard it can be to find a good restaurant that feel good family ambience. It’s my duty in life to make my family feel loved, and that’s why I always like to pick out the best family restaurants- where we can chat, laugh, eat, and bond. There’s an old saying which says, “A family that prays together, stays together”. I also believe, “A family that dines together, shines together”. That’s why we love going to canmore canada vacation rentals

 

My favorite family restaurant in Canmore is Craigs’ Way Station. It’s been running strong for the past 30 years- so they must be doing something right! The atmosphere is welcoming and loving- equipped with comfy booth seats, a cobble stone fireplace, and a timber post and beam interior.

The menu is vast- featuring a lot of AAA Alberta beef, but also chicken dishes, sandwiches, pastas and Canadian favorites. They also have vegetarian options (although not too many), if there are any rabbit munchers in your family. Craigs’ Way Station is known for their All-Day breakfasts- great for a lazy day or before a strenuous hike in the mountains. You must try it- they won “Best Breakfast” in the Canmore Leader Reader’s Choice Awards.

Below are my family and my favorite dishes:

They have a large selection of different breakfast options. The Chicken or Mushroom Eggs Benedict is super hearty and perfect if you are craving something heavy. The fluffy eggs, paired with the fixings and creamy Benedict Sauce will cut any hunger pains right in the belly. They have over 10 omelet choices- our favorites are the Smoked Salmon & Chives with goat cheese, and the Chicken Sausage & Mushrroom with fried capers. The blueberry pancakes are fluffy, with the perfect amount of large juicy berries, drizzled with maple syrup and a dollop of butter.

There are also many choices for lunch and dinner. We love the hearty baked lasagna with sharp cheddar cheese, and the Homemade Beef Burgers loaded with toppings.

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A New Brilliant App for the Restaurant Industry

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Published on: April 18, 2013

A New Brilliant App for the Restaurant Industry

Imagine wanting to go to your favorite restaurant for a special occasion so you and your date get ready and show up to the restaurant just to find out that they are all booked up for the evening.  This is one of the most frustrating things that can quickly ruin a perfect night.  There are many great restaurants that have issues with reservations and wait lists.  There is a new brilliant app coming out on the market called SmartLine that will help solve many of these types of problems in the restaurant industry.

SmartLine is a wait list management solution for restaurants.  Many customers that encounter a waitlist automatically get frustrated and go on to the next restaurant.  SmartLine works by replacing traditional front-of-house restaurant seating systems with a more efficient system to help streamline the flow of business.  It also helps to increase seating efficiencies for your restaurant.  The system is very complex and can use and show dinner demographics and much more as well.

If you wish to increase the business of your restaurant with a much more efficient system, look into SmartLine today.  Any type of restaurant from formal to casual dining restaurants can benefit from SmartLine.  SmartLine will also increase the overall customer experience of all diners going out to eat.

 

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Mobile Social Marketing for Restaurants & Bars

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Published on: April 12, 2013

Mobile Social Marketing for Restaurants & Bars

Almost every type of business is getting into social marketing because of its effectiveness and low costs.  Mobile devices are quickly becoming the most popular and easy way to use the internet anywhere which is why many applications and software are being produced to quickly and easily find anything.

If you are an owner of a bar or restaurant, it is extremely important to bring in new customers as frequently as possible.  These new customers are the ones that will recommend them to their friends.  With mobile social marketing for restaurants & bars, you can easily find restaurants in your area with just a few touches on your phone.

Imagine traveling to a new area that you know nothing about.  You get out your phone, look up restaurants or bars in your area.  With the mobile social marketing available these days, you can be the top rated restaurant in your area in no time.  These recommendations and are generally what people go on when trying to decide a great restaurant in the area.

The future of mobile social marketing for restaurants & bars will probably start to include different promotions offered by the business which will bring in even more customers and regulars to your business.  Get on top of the mobile social marketing for your business today and get an edge on your competition.

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