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EAT AT JOE'S
The Applebee's Service Button
Applebee's restaurant on McMullen Booth Road has stepped into the 21st Century with the addition of call boxes at each table. The idea is if you need service, just push the button (the button is the large circle with the beer bottles on it).
There have been a few problems with the use of the new technology. First, there are no instructions and no label saying "push here." This has put those still living in the Twentieth Century at somewhat of a disadvantage. Others have assumed the box was a sort of electronic cooling coaster and put their bottle of beer on it, thus calling the waitress. But the biggest problem has been with the children.
Kids love to push buttons and they enjoy creating an effect. It was inevitable. You push the button three times or more and it goes into panic mode, alerting the manager who immediately comes to your table. Otherwise, it works great. If you're ready to order, need a refill or dump your tea in your lap, push it and a smiling face appears, ready to serve. That face often belongs to Mary (below). The local Applebee's is a testing restaurant where new ideas and new dishes are auditioned.
Opinion: Music Affects the Way Wine Tastes
Dr. Adrian North of Heriot Watt University has determined that music will influence how a person feels about a particular wine. Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes commissioned the study. (Señor Montes plays plainsong for his grapes). 250 college students who did the testing were given free wine. Critics have pointed out numerous flaws in the testing. The testing found that the music set up the brain to respond to the wine in a certain way. The process was called "cognitive priming theory."
There is a correlation between wine and music, but the study did not take aesthetics, opinion and comparative cultural control tempered with a propensity for debauchery and bacchanalia into consideration. Return to Front Page
Target used live music to enhance sales in food & wine during the holiday season.
Dr.North came up with a list of music as follows:
seven layer cake of the tsars!!
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Cut two slices of Russian rye bread . Smear the bread with honey mustard. Cover with Jarlsberg cheese. Put it into the oven at a high heat to warm it up and melt the cheese.
To make the salsa, dice a tomato or two or three, depending on how big the tomatoes are. Drain off the tomato juice by tilting the board over the sink and pressing down a bit on the tomatoes. Dice about an eighth of a red bell pepper. Grind sea salt over the red pepper and tomato. Give the mixture two quick splashes of hot sauce. Then toss the whole thing a bit with your hands.
When the cheese is melted, remove the sandwich from the oven and cover with it with salsa. Eat your meal with a knife and fork.
Photo tip: If you plan to photograph your food, spill a little of the salsa off the sandwich to make the photo presentation more interesting. Consider using some ground black pepper too, dusting the outer ridge of the plate.
What if I don't have Jarlsberg cheese?
Our philosophy is if you don't have it, don't use it.
Use whatever cheese you have. If you don't have red bell pepper, use orange, yellow or green. No sea salt, use regular salt. Hate hot sauce? Don't use it. No honey mustard, use what you do have.
What kind of a recipe is this?
Recipe? Recipe? We don't use no stinkin' recipes. If you don't have it, don't use it. That's our philosophy!
Where can I get Russian rye bread?
Everything here can be purchased at US 19 and Gulf-to-Bay. Target has the basics. Costco sells red peppers cheaper; cheese cheaper; has sea salt grinders filled with sea salt and lets you graze on a lot of nice snacks if you get there at the right time (mid-afternoon), with no limits on seconds or thirds.
Notice - The Tiki Culture Duo is no longer accepting engagements due to the recent death of Flautist - Composer Claude Kennedy (Master of Arts in Composition USF).
His bassist is in the Master of Fine Arts in Music and Sound Design program at San Francisco's Academy of Arts U.
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