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Dig In: 7 Recommendations for Restaurant Week 2015

Restaurant Week has begun, and with all the amazing choices, it’s no wonder you are confused on where to even start! That’s where I come in! Restaurant Week happens once annually. This year it starts November 13th and ends November 21st. You will have a variety of restaurants to choose from with differing price points. Let’s get into how it works, there are 6 categories:

  • “Nyam and Scram” 30% discounted lunch combos
  • “Morning Bites” 30% discount
  • “Tasty” dinner menus are $1,850
  • “Savoury” are $2,800
  • “Delectable” meals are $3,800
  • “Epicurean” experiences are available for $4,300

Nyam and Scram and Morning Bites differ from the other categories by having discounts on the meal options selected by the restaurants, instead of a three course meal. But, let’s be honest, who can handle that amount of food and still be able to function?! We definitely don’t mind as we can try different places for breakfast and lunch and get us out of our food rut. We are delighted to see they have added the new addition for breakfast- Morning Bites- as that wasn’t included in the previous years of the weeklong event.

To give a well rounded experience we have chosen 7 restaurants from the different categories:

Fromage Gourmet Bistro & Grill takes 1st place for Morning Bites. The prices are good and the options are vast, there is something for everyone with this menu! Fromage has an intimate environment and their staff is known for being friendly and welcoming and the food receives rave reviews!

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Looking to save on Nyam & Scram so you can splurge at dinner? Chilitos Jamexican Restaurant is for you! Enjoy their delicious fish tacos while enjoying their laid back environment and chill vibe.

If you are looking for something a bit more fancy as your lunch option, I would recommend Regency Bar and Lounge. Their lobster mac is divine and with so many options to choose from for $1,100- who can say no?!

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For $1,850 it can be difficult for restaurants to be able to put together a meal with an appetizer, entree, and dessert for that price- and actually have a well rounded menu for patrons to choose from. Lucky Strike Lounge does just that in the Tasty category. The entire family will love this menu, and when you’re done with dinner you can work off those calories by bowling! Talk about win-win ;).

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The choice for the Savory category is for you pasta and Italian lovers- Caffe Da Vinci! This restaurant can do no wrong. There isn’t anything ever tasted from Caffe Da Vinci that wasn’t amazing! This makes the lineup up of their dishes very hard to choose from. 

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Seafood lovers the Delectable choice will be your heaven! Whitebones Seafood has countless options and the menu options seem to go on for days! WOW! Quite impressive indeed! The ambiance is nice and rustic, and it’s the perfect place to bring a friend, date, or the family.

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We are now on to our last category the “big fish” if you will. The choice for epicurean isss… *drum roll* Rojo Restaurant at Spanish Court Hotel! There is something to please everyone here from the carnivores to the vegetarians alike. The menu includes items such as: fish, seafood pasta, and filet mignon. The staff is courteous and helpful but they run out of tables quickly with it being a very popular choice for RW. If Rojo is filled, another wonderful option is Terra Nova All Suite Hotel. Terra Nova’s food is absolutely delicious and will have you coming back long after RW for your food cravings.

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A bonus is Golden Gate Restaurant will be having a 10% off discount all week long during this week. Perfect if you’re not in the mood for a hectic atmosphere! Golden Gate carries a variety of dishes that will make your mouth water. Dine with your family, your significant other, or even for your business lunch, you will be pleased.

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That’s it for our list of restaurants you need to visit for Restaurant week. Make your reservations early, as most of these restaurants fill up quickly! Click: Here For the full list of restaurants and their menus. Where will you be visiting for Restaurant Week? Did we have you considering a new restaurant or two? Let us know, we want to hear from you! 

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Road to Russia: Reggae Boyz World Cup Analysis

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will begin the semi-final round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia this week against Panama (Nov 13) and Haiti (Nov 17). The matches are four days apart and a bad start after next Tuesday could badly derail the Boyz’s campaign to return to football’s biggest stage. The national team seemed to be on the right track when they defeated USA on the way to the Gold Cup final, but losing 3-2 at home to lowly Nicaragua demands a rethink.

Here are 5 things the Reggae Boyz should do in order to take all six points:

  1. The team has to start the game on the front foot. Take the first opportunity at goal and set the Panamanians and Haitians on the back foot. In recent times the team has taken up a habit of trying to feel their way into the football (especially when at home) where laziness, lethargy and loss of concentration can creep in. It was most apparent – when complacency also played a role – in the Boyz disastrous start at home against Nicaragua in September. An early penalty within the first six minutes badly affected any momentum carried over from their phenomenal run in the Gold Cup. It clearly took a long time for the Boyz to settle after that, hence the two late goals. This must not happen again, the opposition won’t be as forgiving this time around.

  1. Retain the shape that gave us such a successful run in the Gold Cup. For the first in over a decade, the Boyz actually looked organized in its shape and that accounted for an impressive defensive record across the Copa America and Gold Cup tournaments.This was because the team positioned two banks of four in front of goal, with players adopting a new found work ethic under coach Winfried Schafer. The experience of Wes Morgan and Adrian Mariappa has been crucial throughout this period while the tactical awareness of Michael Hector has been a welcome addition; Kemar Lawrence’s work-rate on the left side has been a breath of fresh air. In front of that four has been the partnership of Je-Vaughn Watson and Rodolph Austin, which is arguably the roughest central midfield pairing in the region, despite Watson not being a personal favourite of mine. Familiarity among these players is key.

  1. Giles Barnes and Darren Mattocks must start together up front. Despite the addition of two new strikers to the Reggae Boyz squad, including one for the first time, coach Schafer must start with the two most productive players for the Reggae Boyz this year – Barnes and Mattocks. Birmingham City’s Clayton Donaldson is a worthy pointman and should become useful (his stature reminds me of Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson) at some stage in the campaign. But during that 3-2 loss to Nicaragua at home, Mattocks and Barnes were the only two players that showed some fight and were willing to throw the kitchen sink (although Barnes decided to throw his fist into the dugout instead). With Jobi McAnuff, Barnes has proven to be the team’s chief creative force behind the main striker, an element we have been missing for a long time while Mattocks is growing into a reliable goal scorer.

  1. Be prepared to play on the counter-attack against Panama and Haiti. Neither team will be a walkover, this is the ‘group of death’ after all! Judging by their Gold Cup exploits, both teams enjoy having the ball at their feet. The Boyz quarter-final game against Haiti ended in a 1-0 scoreline, with Haiti enjoying the better of the goal-scoring opportunities. Panama is a very aggressive team and will look to give Jamaica a hard time in midfield. Both teams like to attack; Jamaica will have to defend in numbers but the counter-attack will be our best bet with the speed of Gareth McCleary, Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes to bank on. This tactic worked against Haiti in the Gold Cup and I’m backing it to work again versus Panama at the Office and in Port-au-Prince.

  1. Fly to Port-au-Prince as early as possible following the Panama game. It is quite likely that the entire football squad would have never been to or played in Haiti before. Not much is known of the atmosphere or playing conditions that the Jamaicans will have to encounter in Haiti. In the CONCACAF region, countries like Honduras have developed a reputation for being atrocious hosts in an attempt to unsettle visiting teams. In the process, Honduras has become one of the most difficult places to play in during World Cup qualifying. It is not known whether it will be the same in Haiti, but the best bet is to assess conditions quickly and devise a gameplan from there.

Come out and support the Boyz as we take on Panama at the Office on Friday. I’ll be watching keenly to see what plans coach Schafer and his team will implement and which of my suggestions will prove to be crucial or not. Take your seat on the wagon, as we set off for Russia!

IPP Writer: Alexei DaCosta

Snap Chatting: 8 Tips and Tricks for Snapchat (iPhone)

Snapchat is a video messaging application that is quickly growing in popularity in Jamaica and beyond. As long as you know how phone cameras work, the app is pretty easy to use and should be most attractive for persons who enjoy taking selfies and capturing those special moments live. The mobile app is exciting to use particularly so for iPhone users on the unique experience that is iOS. With that said, we want to take that experience an inch further for you.

Many of you already know how to use Snapchat (or think you do) but we’re here to give you those secret tips we bet you didn’t know. Here are some tips and tricks that we believe should bring more fun to your Snapping experience.

Tips

More colours 

Believe it or not, there are more colours that can be used from the colour reel in your snaps. Take a snap and you will see a pencil icon in your top right corner, tap it and you will see a rainbow of colours available for your selection. What you will realize is that black and white are not exactly visible in the reel. If you place your finger in the rainbow of colours and drag it to the top left corner you will get white. If you drag your finger down and across you will get black. You can try to drag your finger elsewhere on the screen to see what new colours you can find. Not many have actually tried using black, grey or white doodles and if you are like me then you are tired of all the other colours; I sense an opportunity to be a trendsetter!

Here is an image from mplatco (makes snaps for GrubHub and NBCTheVoice) on how you find the two colours.SnapchatThis example aptly shows a tutorial on how to get dark red, black, grey and white colours to doodle with (mplatco, 2015)

Third party Snap-apps

One thing about Snapchat is that the snaps you take have to be sent or uploaded within the moment to get the desired effect from your following. This means you are unable to do more editing than what is allowed on the application (filters, doodling, text). However, third party applications have come to the rescue. There are applications such as Snap Upload and Upload’n’Roll that allows the user to take photos already in your camera roll and upload to Snapchat. These applications also come with custom filters for your pleasure.

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Travel-mode

There is no secret about Snapchat’s reputation for eating up our data usage. Of course, this is very disappointing since we always want to catch the most intriguing moments to share with our friends. With that said, there is a hidden setting called ‘Travel-mode’ on the application that regulates the loading of Snap stories every time you open the application on the go. First, open the application and on the home screen (you should see a view of the camera) tap the ghost at the very top. You should then see a gear at the top right corner. Tap the gear then tap ‘Manage’, from here you can switch the Travel-mode on.

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Using back and front camera during recording

The Android users will be very jealous about this one. Using the iPhone, you can take your Snapchat videos and switch between front and back cameras while recording. While recording the video an icon should appear on your screen to swap between front and back camera which gives the option to alternate camera views. Unlike Android users, now you don’t have to twist your wrist in various directions to catch what is front of the phone and behind.

Tricks

Using two filters at once

Only in recent Snapchat updates have Jamaicans had access to additional filters. With more filters available the next step would have been to achieve a double filter in one snap. The developers have now made that possible by simply swiping across your screen (to the left) to navigate through the various filters available. Once you have found the filter you prefer, press and hold the screen with one finger while using another finger to swipe (to the left or right) to choose your second filter. I know, you can finally take a snap of your unique surroundings using our Kingston filter and the black and white theme – that’s the first snap I tried!

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Hands-free recording

Many of us prefer to complete many tasks on Snapchat without holding the screen. Firstly, the developers allowed us to watch snaps without holding the screen. Now you can record all your snaps without touching the screen on the latest iPhone 6 iOS. Go into your phone Settings, tap General and then enter Accessibility then scroll down to Guided Access. You will need to set a passcode which can be any six-digit code. Then re-enter Snapchat app and hold the capture button to start recording, while recording triple tap the Home button after which it asks for your passcode. Hit ‘Cancel’ and you will be able to rest those fingers while recording your videos; tapping the screen will not end the recording, it will end on 10 seconds. Once this is activated, you will be able to record without touching your phone until you disable. To disable this feature, triple tap the Home button and enter your passcode.

Note: This trick may not work on the latest iPhone Operating System.

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Using multiple colours in text

This is a great way to customize your text for emphasis. Just tap on your just-taken snap to add text but tap on the capital T in the top right corner to enable special text. The text will instantly get bigger and you are now able to add colour to these words. Now you can use multiple colours for different parts of the text, whether it be different letters or words. After adding colour to all the text entered, tap and hold the entire text then select the area of the text you want to focus on. Choose the colour you want in that portion of the text and you’re good to go!

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Sometimes it’s not what you say, but how you present it!

Multiple lines of text on Snap

You can type much more on your snap than before – this is probably the most mind-blowing of all the tricks listed here. You can post numerous lines of text in your snap but you will need help from the iPhone notepad. Go into the notepad and press the enter button as much as you want then select (copy) all the space entered. Re-enter Snapchat and paste the empty spaces into the text area. This means you have a large area to type whatever you want. This also means you have defeated those who are attempting to restrict the things you say. #PowertothePeople

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Increasing the lines of text you can type into, automatically means more text.

Chatting Snaps: 8 Tips and Tricks for Snapchat (Android)

Snapchat is more than just taking photos and doing short videos. The app allows you to express yourself creatively through your snapstory which is available for viewing for 24 hours. A SnapStory is a photo or video you post to your very own Stories section (or feed) of your account, which is visible by you and all your friends. Here are a few basic tips and tricks to make your Snapchat experience easier.

Tip #1:Use the volume buttons to take a pic or record a video

Finding it difficult to take photos with the main button on Snapchat especially if you have a large cellphone? No worries, use the volume up or down button to record your videos or take your selfie. No setting change, just one click for your photo and press and hold to record your videos.

Trick #1: The 50/50 Filter Trick

If you want to get creative with your snaps, you can apply two filters at one time. To do so, you pick the filter you want and slide the second filter to split the image.

Step 1: Take photo

Step 2: Slide to filters – half, quarter (whatever the contrast you many desire)

Step 3: click the pencil (press the undo button to remove any marks)

Step 4: add caption and post to story

Watch the 50/50 Filter video to see this awesomeness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-xzeG9vyJc 

Use of the 50/50 Filter Source: Kadeen Brown
Use of the 50/50 Filter
Source: Kadeen Brown 

 

Tip #2: How to have coloured text

Why have plain boring white captions on your snaps when you can choose from 22 colours available? Having coloured text will definitely make your snaps seem more fun and the text will stand out.

Step 1: Write your caption after taking the photo in the box

Step 2: Hold down on the text button and colours will appear

Step 3: Choose colour of choice

P.S. If you want to use multiple colours, highlight the word or letter and select the colour of your choice.

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Trick #2: Screenshot without notifying the sender

Snapchat typically notifies the sender whenever a user screenshot their snaps, however what if you could screenshot a snap without the sender knowing? Sure there are apps such as SnapSeeker and SaveMySnaps that can do that for you, but you really don’t need an app to do this.

Step 1: Load SnapStory for the person whose snaps you want to watch or screenshot

Step 2: Put phone on airplane mode

Step 3: Play SnapStory

Step 4: Swipe screen from right to left or left to right or press power button + home button to screenshot.

Gotcha! No notification sent 🙂 #Lurking #CreepSquad

Trick #3. Draw with opacity on doodles

This feature is only available on Android and is very easy to use. You can draw in transparent colors by pressing down on the rainbow color bar until it comes up with the full color bar. Then you can simply select transparent and use that to draw.

Still not sure how to use it after reading the above, watch the video How to use Opacity like a Pro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBQbar6s8EE

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Trick #4: Snapchat’s new selfie lenses

Snapchat’s latest update provided 14 selfie lenses which added a creative yet quirky twist to selfies. When you’re using the camera to take a selfie, just press and hold on your face to activate Lenses. You can play with Lenses before taking a Snap — just select one from the row at the bottom and follow the on-screen instructions.

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6 of 14 Snapchat’s Selfie Lenses

Tip #3: How to take a selfie from a distance

Sometimes you want to take a selfie without having that awkward hand in the way. Using your earphones (one with the volume buttons)

Watch the video “Long Distance Snapchat Selfies” for more

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y7ErmZpQZE

Tip #4: How to delete Snapchat Account Permanently

To delete your account , there is only one possible option. You must visit the dedicated section of the official website (www.accounts.snapchat.com) and un-subscribe. Once on the website, you just have to login with your credentials and click on the button “Delete my account.” However, be sure to think twice before you “delete my account.” Once it is deleted, you cannot reactivate it and you will be obliged to create a new account one if you want to reuse the application. 

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Those were 8 tips and tricks to make your Snapchat experience more fun and to make it easier using an Android. Kindly note that most Snapchat Tips and Tricks do not work with the older Android OS. It must have at least Android 5.0. Hope these were helpful..happy Snapping!

P.s We also have a Snapchat, for It’s Pixel Perfect Adventures, follow us on Snapchat @itspixelperfect 

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5 Business Benefits of Blogging

By Glenford Scott – GSCOTTY.COM 

Now I know you’re busing trying to get new leads through knocking on doors and making a bazillion phone calls daily, hitting the pavement and building your brand. Well there’s an easier way that includes a smaller phone bill and equal amount of time, it’s called blogging. Blogging is a low cost marketing tool that brands can use to build their brand’s reputation online and off as an authority and industry thought leader, checkout a few benefits of business blogging below to see what I’m talking about.

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Build a Community

Blogging allows you to directly communicate with your customers and potential customers in a very intimate way that a Facebook or Twitter account won’t allow,Today, brands have become worried about managing their reputation online. If you are facing any kind of negative press, you can counter it with the help of a blog. give consumer an inside look into the ups and downs of your company as well as provide them with valuable content that they can apply in the future to build your community.

 

Position yourself as an Authority

When you’re blogging for your business the key thing to do is to write articles relating directly to your industry and really give valuable information to people that will make them consider you to be a thought leader, eg – if your a social media marketing company you can do a blog on “business benefits of social media” (like we did ^__^). As I said doing this consistently will position you as a thought leader in your industry and keep you top of mind to potential customers.

 

Market Research

Your blog can play as a form of market research as you’ll have analytics available to you that will let you know what your readers are gravitating towards the most and while learning what your readership is most interested in, you can develop new products and services or adapt existing ones to that interest. You can also improve the effectiveness of your marketing messages, knowing what your readers like to view and share the most.

 

Boosts Traffic To Website

Having a blog gives you the chance to have fresh content on your website all the time. Search engines like Google and Bing love websites with regularly updated content. Consistent updating of content would bring search engine spiders to your website frequently, resulting in an increased number of crawls. If you are wise with the selection of keywords, blogging can bring a huge amount of traffic to your website and also if you are consistent with promoting your blog across the different social networks you’ll have a fury of traffic in due time.

 

Low Cost Marketing

In essence blogging is a low-cost, high-return tool that can handle marketing and public relations, raise the company profile and build the brand. There is always a trade off though, low cost means plenty time and strategy has to go into your blogging/content marketing efforts for it to flourish properly.

Below are a few stats taken from Hubspot 2013 Inbound Marketing Report on Business Blogging

  • 62% of marketers surveyed will blog in 2013.

  • 82% of marketers who blog daily acquired a customer using their blog, as opposed to 57% of marketers who blog monthly — which, by itself, is still an impressive result.

  • 79% of companies that have a blog report a positive ROI for inbound marketing this year.

  • Blogs produced a new customer for 43% of marketers last year.

  • Just 20% of companies without a blog reported ROI from inbound marketing in 2013.

  • Blogging has enjoyed strong annual budget growth — 23% of marketers invested in blogs for 2013, a 9% increase from 2012.

  • 9% of companies employ a full-time blogger.

  • 43% of marketers generated a customer via their blog this year, and blogging requires roughly 9% of marketers’ total full-time staff dedications and 7% of their total budget.

  • Blogs produce low-cost leads for 24% of the marketing community.

  • While blogs require roughly 9% of marketers’ total full-time staff dedications, they also demand just 7% of marketers’ total budget outlay this year.

  • 43% of marketers generated a customer via their blog with less than 10% of total time allocation.

8 Ways To Promote Your Facebook Contest

By Glenford Scott – GSCOTTY.COM 

When you’ve finished setting your goals, choosing the type of contest and prize as well as the 3rd party app you’ll use to run it with, the next step is to launch and promote it. When promoting your Facebook competition you’re going to want to invest in some ads, one thing to take into consideration before you do this is Facebook’s 20% text rule, whatever design you choose to represent your competition it must contain 20% text or less in order to be eligible to be promoted via ads. The following is an excerpt from Facebook regarding the 20% text rule and how you can check to see if you comply with the rule.

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“To see if your ad meets the limit of 20% of text for an ad image, use our grid tool. This tool is a 5×5 grid with a total of 25 boxes (see below). To meet the 20% text, text may appear in a maximum of 5 boxes (5/25=25).

To use the grid tool:

  1. Go to the grid tool.

  2. Click Browse to upload an image you want to use in your ad.

  3. Click Show grid to display the image within the 5×5 grid.

Click on the boxes that contain text. If text is present in 6 or more boxes, then the image has more than 20% text and is not eligible to be used in an ad in News Feed.”

  • Run Ads: Invest in some Facebook ads and spread the word about your contest to whatever target market you’re looking to participate, Facebook ads give you a high and targeted reach that will surely bring you the results wanted.

  • Send out to mailing list: If you have a mailing list send out an email blast and let them know you have a contest going on and they should enter if interested for a chance to win a cool prize.

  • Blog about it: Whatever campaign you’re running it never hurts to let the blogosphere know what you’re up to, so write a blog about why you started the contests, the rules and prizes and what you hope to gain from it.

  • Add button: Another way to promote your contests is to add a button on your website that will play as a hyperlink to the contest tab on your Facebook page, make sure the button stands out so visitors to your site will be attracted to click on it.

  • Brochures: Going a bit old school here, simply print out around 500 or so small cards o detailing your Facebook contest and leave them on the counter for the cashier to give to customers as they purchase. It’s an easy and cheap way to get the word around.

  • Twitter Auto-DM: Setup or change the auto-direct message you send out to a new follower so that they know you have a contest going on Facebook that they may wanna check out.

  • Change Email Signature: Every little detail counts, so update your email signature so that it displays your latest blog posts, you can use wisestamp for this one.

  • Do some PR: Reach out to a few people you know in the industry, bloggers, journalists, other page admins and ask for a helping hand so they can help spread the word about your contests.