Can I Get A Plain Pie?

I am always willing to try new things. Can’t remember the last time I said no to tasting something new. However, can we stop messing around with pizza. I am pretty sure I have broken down in the past what is ok in terms of pizza toppings, but we are into the realm of ridiculousness now.

There are several different types of specialty pizzas that I am down with. There are also a few that I have asked, “what the hell were you thinking?” What has become a bridge to far for me now is all the stuff crust options.

The first one through the hedge rows was the cheese stuffed crust pizza options. I was ok with that until we had 3 dozen different dipping sauce choices and it ceased to be an additive to the pizza crust. At some point in time they became pull apart cheesy garlic knots and now my pizza slice no longer actually has that crust edge to function as handle.

What I won’t accept is whoever thought putting a hot dog in the crust was an awesome idea. I’m sure it tastes good, but I don’t need a meal to go along with the one I’m already eating. This concept alone I’m pretty sure is one of the reasons that terrorists hate us.

Let me simplify this for everyone. It’s like beer. Don’t fuck with what we know what works. There wasn’t a demand for it before. Fairly certain there isn’t one now.

Orange Juice

On my list of foods that I must always have in the house is orange juice (OJ). I may even go so far as to say that it would be part of my final meal. It is that perfect blend of sweet with a slight bite of bitter taste from the citrus not to mention the health benefits gained by drinking it. However, I can be a bit of snob similar to winos.

I’m not really picky on brand; I have yet to come across a manufacturer that isn’t capable of squeezing oranges into a bottle. What I won’t tolerate is OJ made from concentrate, especially the frozen concentrate. Even when I make it myself I just can’t get the proper mix consistency with water and it normally turns into a slightly flavored orange colored concoction.

In terms of the mixed flavor orange juices let’s not kid ourselves here. It is now a fruit juice mix. I don’t care if the balance is tipped in favor of the OJ, once another fruit juice has been added we have moved away from it being just OJ. I’m by no means knocking them, in fact there are several blended flavors that I enjoy, but once that second ingredient is added we have moved away from the baseline.

I think a lot of people forget about the pulp until they take that first hit off of their orange juice. At that moment they either love it or hate it. In terms of me and the pulp content I prefer the home-style type. I don’t feel like I’m eating the OJ which some of the “lots of pulp” varieties can be like. On the flip side of that is the no pulp OJ. Although the flavor and the taste are there it’s akin to making a really awesome stew tasting it and realizing that something is just missing. Home-style is that happy medium.

Convience Fee’s

These are just an excuse for a business to charge you extra money. You can tell me that its to help cover the cost of insurance for an event or the transportation of an item that isn’t found in the area readily available at the end of the day its still bullshit. I could see charging an extra buck maybe two on top of the normal retail price to help cover some of the extra overhead but some of the prices being charged under the guise of an added convenience fee it bullshit.

My first example is the local outdoor concert venue was charging 11.00 for a domestic can of beer. I’m not talking about the tall boy cans either I am speaking of the standard 12 ounce cans that you can pick a sixer for around 9 dollars. Upon further investigation I found out that part of the 11 dollars was a pouring fee. BULLSHIT! Hand me the can and cup I am a god damn adult I can do it myself. This is just one of many reasons I stopped going to concerts at this particular venue.

Another example of convince fees being charged is the up-pricing of food in transportation centers. Why does anyone think that its ok to charge an extra 3 or more dollars for mediocre fried food in an airport. Your not providing better food or service and in a lot of instances it actually worse. I will happily pack my own food, leave the terminal and find something, or suck it up till I get to my destination. My only exception here is when I am traveling on the company dime then Ill go top shelf everything.

I may just be howling into the wind on this one people, but I hate price gouging. I’ve fought against my own company hierarchy a couple of times.

Can I Get Some Horsey Sauce?

After much internal deliberation I have settled on Horsey Sauce for today’s Blog topic. If you have ever ventured into an Arby’s you know exactly what I am talking about. If you haven’t done so yet, what are you waiting for?

Traditionally from my perspective it is an excellent dipping sauce for the curly fries. However, over the  years of trying it with other things there isn’t much on the menu that it doesn’t go well with. I think Arby’s has recently figured that out and it is the reason that they sell it by the bottle now.

The Cost of Doing Business

With every business there are expenses one incurs. In most instances expenses go up over time occasionally they do go down but on the rare side i would tend to think. This evening I ran head long into an increased expense on a business that was passed directly on to the consumer.

Upon returning to a restaurant that I had been to previously I noticed a sign that stated ” 3% will be charged on every dollar for all credit transactions.” I was then enlightened that this was becoming a common business practice because credit companies were charging more on credit transactions. I get that this cost needs to be set off somehow, but a blatant charge on top of all the other costs and taxes I am already going to pay I don’t find acceptable.

Please don’t tell me that I must pay a fee in order to patronize your business. I literally felt like I was being punished for choosing to use a card to pay. Do what everyone else does. Slightly increase the cost of your goods or if you a large enough bottom line absorb the cost of it.

Updated Menu’s

Once again a national chain with a restaurant in my immediate area has updated their menu. They normally do this right at the beginning of summer and I can appreciate them studying trends and trying to stay current with consumers wants and desires. However, even with this updated menu they always continue to drop the ball.

Every year a few weeks after the new menu starts I decide to give said restaurant another go. Every year I leave the restaurant disappoint in more than one aspect..

There was a point in time where I was a regular due to the trivia they held once a week. I noticed that most servers would not last for more than a month or two. This does impact  a restaurants ability to provide a consistent experience. This revolving door of employees continues today.

With the updated menu there are always lots of excellent food choices which should be of great quantity and quality. On more than one occasion the quantity was zero because they ran out. If something is a brand new item and/or it sells more than other choices carry some extra. I know there is a limit even to that, but when it’s only 5:30 on a Saturday night your inability to order appropriately is not my problem.

Quality is a whole other issue. I have had no problems whatsoever and had a good quality meal, but the last time that has happened at the restaurant in question I can’t remember. The food is either under or over cooked, prepared not as requested, or my favorite not the correct order at all.

I know this sounds like a lot of bitching here, but let me point out a few things. If you work in or operate a service based industry much like myself your ability to provide that service and a good quality product is what the business will live and die by. It is also important to note that there are several competitors in the area that can provide a better quality service and product and sometimes for less money.