Monthly Archives: April 2013

April Viral Videos

How much food adds up to 2000 calories?

Tacos: An Anti-Depressant

Do you ever want to scramble an egg in it’s shell?

Scope Bacon Mouthwash was one of the April Fool’s Day highlights.

How much sugar’s in what you consume?

Black or Pinto: the musical question for the ages.

Friendship spawns purely from morels.

Andrew WK tells you a bit of info about Taco Bell.

The “Headless Drive-Thru Prank” is worth the possible car accident.

Quentin Tarintino talks about the power of food.

The Living Coffee Chair will scare people.

How awkward is it when you Instagram stranger’s food?

“How Animal’s Eat Their Food” has made the entire Internet laugh.

See how far $5 goes around the world.

“How Pokemon Eat Their Food” follows how animals eat their food with an oddly-specific niche.

Dinner And Dessert With Monin

The day is almost over, and you’re having yourself a nice dinner. You could start mixing drinks, but you want to keep it light, as you want to enjoy dessert and friends later in the evening. How does Monin make dinner, dessert, and drinks?

With dinner, you may have enjoyed a variety of tea, possibly Lemon, Mango, Peach, Raspberry, or even Chai. Any of theses mixes can add a bit of flavor and make a fruity tea drink that will fit anywhere across America. Any of these drinks pair well with most dinner dishes, from traditional southern-fried chicken and hearty meatloaf to a classier raspberry-vinagerette salmon or even a quickie leftover pizza.

For simple ice cream and more, you’ve got to add a sauce. White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate (and Sugar Free), and Caramel sauce would all pour nicely over a bowl of ice cream, or directly into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s (or for the real classy, right into your mouth). These sauces can go on cold, but if you want a good pairing, heat them up slightly to have warm caramel or chocolate sauce drizzle over mountains of vanilla ice cream. It’s simple, but effective (and don’t forget the ice cream scoop).

And, if you have an abnormal eating schedule (or if you just like breakfast for dinner, or enjoy a good shake post-workout), don’t forget that Monin products work great for all alternative types of meals, traditionally suited for the morning crew.

Del Taco Taking The Dollar Challenge, Focusing On Fresh Ingredients

Del Taco has faced a tough battle against Taco Bell; while they have less locations and haven’t succeeded against the one-two punch of Doritos Locos Tacos and Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos, they have expanded back into the Atlanta area, and have not given up any sort of fight.

Nation’s Restaurant News reports that they’re trying a host of new items and price-points to find themselves more competitive. Additionally, they’ll continue to highlight their fresh ingredients, especially in the face of the “Cantina Bell” menu at Taco Bell that prides itself on being fresh and healthier.

Their new Buck & Under menu will offer

  • Mini Cheese Quesadilla
  • Value Bean-and-Cheese Burrito
  • Bacon Quesadilla
  • Crunchy Chipotle Beef Taco
  • Half-Pound Bean-and-Cheese Burrito
  • Double Beef Classic Taco
  • Real Strawberry Lemonade

The “New Tastes” menu ranges from $1.29 to $1.59, and will rotate

  • Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Taco
  • Chili Cheese Fry Burrito
  • Fiery Six-Layer Burrito

While these offer great values for the consumer, they really hedge Del Taco’s popularity with those focused on money; by offering a rare, sub-$1 item on their menu, they’ll definitely be a budget-conscious destination for many dinners and diners in this tough economy.

Could your restaurant use a bit of a budget-tightening maneuver to stay relevant? It may be a good idea to look at some of your more profitable dishes and sell “snack size” ones where you reduce ingredient usage for a reduced cost. These smaller portions can also work for a kid’s menu, in many situations, or as a lower-calorie item, depending on the ingredients and construction.