Food for Thought

Dinner and a Movie? Great Service Means….

Editor's Bite
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One of the keys to great service in any restaurant is the time invested in staff training. Training is that magical word that brings preparation and passion together to make the elusive magic known as excellent or even five star service. Whether you are opening a new restaurant or trying to fix your existing one, start from scratch and take the time to train your staff thoroughly with great attention to detail. Read more...

ChaChaCha – Not the Dance, the Restaurant! Havana, Cuba

Editor's Bite
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Two of our starters soon followed. The Fish Doughnut was more accurately 5 fish beignets, featuring flakey fish inside, and banana chips on the crispy exterior. This was served with a ramekin of sweet garlic chili sauce, which greatly enhanced the “doughnut”. They were tasty enough, but not anywhere as interesting as the menu description. Read more...

HABANA 61 in Old Havana, Cuba

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Nestled on one of the tiny cross streets at the edge of Old Havana, is a tiny storefront, which has only recently been converted to a charming eatery, known simply as HABANA 61! Despite the fact that the restaurant is named for its address, it can be a bit troublesome to locate, as not all the streets and tiny avenues that criss-cross Old Havana are found to have proper signage. Now…LET’s EAT! Read more...

Scotchies, Montego Bay Jamaica – Yeah Mon!!

Channel 7 News Feature Stories
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Jamaican cuisine is unique in the world. It utilizes ingredients, flavors and especially cooking techniques given to extinction in other cultures. Created largely from a melting pot of origins, cultures and histories, Jamaican cuisine represents its people, and their motto “Out of many, one people!” Let’s visit Scotchies in Montego Bay! Read more...

Good Habits are Hard to Break

Back of House
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I have come to realize that to be a server or a bartender in a busy restaurant…especially a fine dining restaurant…you must have the gift of gab as well as the patience of a saint. Everything depends on your ability to withstand and survive in the vortex of the organized chaos of your very busy surroundings. Creating good habits and sticking with them while you work is the key! Read more...

Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar – Delray Beach, Florida

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Our starters were promptly delivered… we shared and enjoyed thoroughly! The ceviche was a perfectly sized portion, both beautiful and delicious! When our server returned for his obligatory check back, I ordered a second glass of wine which sadly never arrived. I had to ask another server to help out, and it was then delivered almost immediately. Ouch! Read more...

Yakuza Modern Japanese & Thai Restaurant, Pompano Beach, Fla.

Broward
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Yakuza Modern Japanese and Thai Restaurant opened January 18th, 2016, and has already made an indelible impression on the Pompano Beach restaurant scene. Chef Jay and Mini Areechot, are the young, energetic owners of this new hot spot. Their hands-on approach and dedication to high quality food and comfortable service is made their restaurant an early success. Read more...

Dinosaur of the Restaurant Business

Editor's Bite
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Training is what is missing today, as well as personal pride and interest in becoming highly skilled at handling people…a powerful skill that is used throughout our lives and in all the business endeavors we do. I cannot teach someone to have pride or not be lazy…but I can inspire them to be better. That is why I started restaurant consulting. It works! Read more...

La Sirène French Restaurant – New York City

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The starters reflect the French dining experience, and one of the standouts is the Foie Gras Au Torchon, served with toasted baguette and homemade apple sauce, that is like butter melting on the tongue. The creaminess and salt of this duck liver would make a convert out of anyone hesitant to try. Well known Chef Didier Pawlicki does it all so well. Read more...

CAFE EL MERCURIO – (Old Havana) Cuba

Features
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This charming locale offers breakfast, lunch and dinner service, indoor and patio seating, welcoming decor, ample window seating (for people watching), a well selected menu, generous portions, reasonable prices, attentive service and good food! At this restaurant you are surrounded by so much history and great people watching too! Read more...