It turns out that many people enjoyed Sambo's restaurants back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, but apparently the real tale
of Sambo and the tigers eventually became so infused with racist overtones that it overwhelmed the dining chain and essentially brought it down. The chain was named, incidentally, after the two men
who opened the first restaurant: Sam
Battistone and Newell Bo
posted by davidmsc
on Mar 7, 2007 -
Bored with that same old business meeting? Why not try a dinner in the sky
? But if it's a view you're after, you could probably take a few of your clients here
for the same price. (flash & sound alert; film clip on main site is slow to load)
posted by madamjujujive
on Aug 15, 2006 -
lets you find restaurants that are centrally located to two or three locations. Just enter at least two addresses and click "Submit." Street address, city and state are required. ZIP Code is optional.
posted by jonson
on Apr 18, 2006 -
The world's oldest family companies
start with a 1,400 year old Japanese family business
that has always built Buddhist temples. On the corporation side, only one of the great chartered companies
survives, Canada's Hudson Bay Company, founded in 1670
, and now a large retailer, though there may be much older
corporations. There is even a club with an interesting web site, Les Hénokien
, for companies that are over 300 years old. If companies aren't your thing, there is always the world's oldest restaurant
posted by blahblahblah
on Sep 28, 2005 -
The Epicurean online.
Charles Ranhofer's 1893 book The Epicurean
is available online from the Michigan State University Library
and the Museum
as part of their Feeding America
digital project. Ranhofer was the head chef at Delmonico's Restaurant
from 1862 to 1894; he popularized the Escoffier version of French cooking to America, modifying it to take advantage of American foods such as turkey, squash, corn, and Pacific salmon. Besides thousands of recipes, The Epicurean
discusses table settings, menus, various methods of presentation, and kitchen management. The book may be downloaded as a PDF in two parts
posted by watsondog
on Sep 11, 2005 -
is a charity training restaurant for street children set up in 1996 in Hanoi
by Vietnamese-Australian Jimmy Pham
Of the more than 100 or so former street kids who have learned cooking, waiting and bar skills, 100% of KOTO graduates have since become employed in hotels and restaurants in Hanoi.
stands for Know One Teach One
provide uniforms, accomodation,
most meals and a small wage during the traineeship.
Even Bill Clinton
number something in the order of 20,000 or more in Vietnam
and most head to the city from poor villages in the countryside, seeking their own slice of the wealth that transition to a market economy is said to generate. Most
make little money shining shoes and selling postcards and many become involved in drugs, crime, prostitution or are harassed and arrested by the Police.
restaurant is another exemplary training enterprise (French affiliation) run along similar lines to KOTO excepting that they also have bakery outlets and embroidery training.
These organizations are hopeful examples of education combatting the cycle of poverty.
: but no contribution
to the Vietnamese economy will be forthcoming
from U.S. chemical companies who supplied agent orange
during the war)
posted by peacay
on Mar 11, 2005 -
Why Are The Six Best Restaurants in New York All French?
Because William Grimes
from the New York Times
is a massive, provincial, toadying snob, that's why
says so. [NYT reg. req.
] With his haughty tone, architectural blatherings and whiney voice
[Real Video link
] he's undoubtedly my pet hate among restaurant critics
, even though he obviously knows his stuff, not to mention a thing or two about cocktails [here is his take on the Martini
]. My favourite critics
are GQ's Alan Richman
and the Anti-Grimes
himself, a man who truly knows his food, Robert Sietsema
of The Village Voice
. What critics get your
goat or vote? Which ones are worth reading and following? More importantly, which ones - or anonymous restaurant guides, like Zagat's
, can you trust, if any
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jun 10, 2003 -
Hooters is coming to San Francisco
Oh My, Hooters
, The ultimate in crass disgusting guy-ness and un-PC-ness is finally coming to San Francisco-the utlimate in PC-ness and "new-age-king-of-guy-ness." Will San Francisco be able to handle it? Granted the self-professed "slightly tacky yet unrefined" Hooters IS going into Fisherman's Wharf, which is tacky tourist-central. But, "it's about so much more than...that..." you know.
posted by aacheson
on May 20, 2003 -
The Most Delicious Food That's Also Very Good For You -
- in fact, to my mind, the best
food in the world
, including all the tastiest unhealthy ones, is sashimi
. And sushi
comes second. But sometimes it's late at night or too early in the morning; you're broke; the restaurants
are closed; you're nowhere near Tokyo's Tsukiji
and all your sushi etiquette
; your favourite sushi websites
; your well-thumbed sushi books
and your fishy wishlists
...are of no darn use to you. Then
you remember it's late or early enough to hit your local fish market... And it's then
that this ideologically incorrect and Hawaii-leaning, California-dreaming, somewhat Englishly-challenged set of video tutorials comes into its own! Truth be told, for the price of one fresh mackerel, one sardine, a slice of salmon... and sashimi is yours! [But who am I kidding? It's just not the same. Oh well, Windows Media required for the vids.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 19, 2003 -
We know that the French take their food seriously, and restaurant ratings are a BIG deal
over there. But here's a sad illustration of that: famed chef Bernard Loiseau was found dead
yesterday of an apparent suicide, and speculation centers
around his downgraded rating from the influential GaultMillau guide. Shades of Vatel
posted by Vidiot
on Feb 26, 2003 -
Ben's Chili Bowl,
a Washington, DC institution if ever there was one, has put up a site. This eatery was opened in the 50's, when U St. NW in DC was the 'Black Broadway', survived the riots (and the ensuing economic disintegration) and is going strong today, still run by the family that opened it.
Next time you're in DC, go in and order a few half-smokes just like Bill Cosby does - he and his wife had their first date there - and say hello to Mrs. Ali. If you already live in DC, rejoice in the new online ordering interface and have your chili cheeseburger waiting for you when you breeze through the door.
posted by GriffX
on May 11, 2002 -
"In a town full of soldiers, on the edge of Fort Bragg, there could be worse names for a restaurant these days than Osama's Place, but it is hard to think of any."
posted by stchang
on Sep 28, 2001 -