Monthly Archives: January 2013

January Viral Videos

Every month, we take a look at the best viral videos we’ve found online, and compile them for you. Got a lunch break to kill? Press play.

We’re the Mario Brothers, and plumbing’s our game… actually, no, it’s bento boxes, apparently. This quick guide shows you how to make a bento lunch stylized after Nintendo’s iconic character.

Need a quick primer on the best drinks to make in college?

What happens when an invisible driver orders drive-thru?

The Knife Guys take over Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Is it real or fake? Can you inhale a water bottle that quick?

Eric Ripert easts his first Chicken McNugget.

This new way to use ketchup is brilliant and safer than before.

The Swedish Chef is hired by ESPN…

… and to wrap things up, a hockey player finds something unexpected in his beer.

Drink Beer To Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims

Hurricane Sandy victims can still use a bit of help. Flying Fish Brewing Company hopes to benefit $50,000 to a charity with the profits from a new drink, a mix of a pale and a wheat ale. The drink will include “experimental hop ADHA 483″, Eater reports.

The drink’s name? Forever Unloved Sandy, although they prefer the shorthanded name of “FU Sandy”.

The beer will only be available in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area in draught form, and will include “beautiful, tropical nose of mangoes and guavas.” All costs of producing the beer were donated, and all proceeds will go to the charity.

Forever Unloved Sandy is not the only beer on our radar recently, with Budweiser Black Crown, Dayman Coffee IPA, and Iron Throne Blonde Ale all garnering attention. None of these are for charity purposes, though.

It would be nice to get a bottle of the stuff, but given it’s limited time and region, it looks unlikely. Still, if it’s a success, there’s always a chance it could go national.

Tech Tuesday: What's A QR Code?

You’ve seen them everywhere, the squares of black and white dots that say something like “scan me!” below it. What are they, and how can you use them? We want to bring your restaurant into the 21st century kicking and screaming, if necessary.

Background

That square is a QR code, short for “Quick Response” code. QR codes were developed for the Japanese automotive industry and were originally copyrighted, but the creator has allowed the copyright to expire. Computer generated, their purpose is shown once scanned with an appropriate application, usually on a smartphone. Android and Apple devices all have multiple applications to scan these codes.

Common Usages Outside Of Restaurants

QR codes are commonly seen on advertising and packaging. On movie posters, the QR code might bring up the movie trailer. On a band’s webpage, it could bring up a site to order tickets or a free download. Packaging could bring up information so people would be able to do more research on the product before purchasing. They’re ubiquitous in 2013 marketing, and most modern phones can decipher them

How To

There are many websites and programs that will create QR codes for you. A suggestion, but not an endorsement or an end of your search, is a site like Qurify that will let you turn simple text into a QR code for printing. Naturally, just print the QR code on whatever you’d like it on (such as menus), or print and cut out the code to apply it wherever you would like (windows, registers, etc.)

Suggested Usage

  • Particularly proud of a certain review from a newspaper? Include a link to the review.
  • Do you have some take-out that might require reheating instructions? Put the instructions in the QR code, or include a link to it.
  • Exclusive coupons. Promote the usage of QR codes with a special coupon, such as a $1 off drinks. Hiding a coupon in your QR code will encourage customers to check out what it is, involving them in more than a glance.
  • Menus to go. If you don’t want to print menus to take home, a QR code can link to a digital copy of the menu. Save some trees!
  • Nutritional facts might be a burden to put next to every item on the menu, but a QR code linking to them all would be a great idea; not everyone needs to know the caloric count of their dishes. This is how McDonalds started using them.