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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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7.5 easy ways to improve your instagram

         Instagram is your life through pictures and videos, collated,                                                           stored and shared online.                                                                    Gone are the days of having a physical album.                                      There is no need to print, post or email pictures anymore.            So how can you possibly choose a few memories to potentially share with 150 million active users, when everything in your life seems totally amazing and worth posting?

                                                         *pause*                                                             Don’t be misguided

Not everything in your life is worth posting, nor is it necessary to post the same thing from six different angles.

Knowing how to improve your posts on your instagram profile can increase your followers, likes and comments; build your confidence and allow you to have fun while taking pictures.

Here are 7 easy ways to find your best pictures for Instagram:

1. Selfies

Everybody loves a cute selfie. Take those great selfies by playing dress up and looking pretty.  Or take those shameless selfies with quirky expressions. You could even be creative and take a group selfie like Ellen.

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2. Post your interests

If you are a car junkie, fashionista, designer, makeup artiste, then this is a great way of gaining followers and clients. Post cool pics of your cars, fashion, makeup hauls and outfits of the day/night. You’ll be sure to catch the eye of other junkies like yourself.

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3. Use Filters/Photo Apps

Use 1 of 14 instagram filters to make your pic look more awesome. If you’re not satisfied with the instagram filters then use a photo app such as snapseed to add that extra touch to your photo. To post full length pictures then use instasize and for all your memories in one photo, use instacollage.

4. #Hashtags

Using hashtags are a great way of gaining likes and followers since IG users search for hashtags related to their interests. So for the fashion lovers, try using #ootd (outfit of the day) or give your crush a shoutout with #MCM (Man Crush Mondays) or #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesdays) and don’t forget #TBT (Throwback Thursday/Tuesday).

5. Food!

We all like food, so share your delicious meal from your favourite restaurant with your friends or show off your chef skills while you are home. They’ll probably envy you.


6. Capture Great Moments

Don’t forget to upload pics or videos or both from parties, out and about, award ceremonies, special occasions such as weddings, baby/bridal showers, graduations, etc

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7. Show off your body

Been working out or just naturally hot? Well upload a pic or two to get those likes. Just avoid thirst traps ….. or try to -winks-

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7.5 Bluestacks (Bonus)

For those who don’t own a smartphone or tablet, then you can try BlueStacks App Player for PC/Mac. Bluestacks is an emulator that allows you to run Android apps including Instagram!

2 thing to know about using Instagram on Bluestacks:

  • For Bluestacks to recognize the photos on your PC, download the ES File Explorer
  • Instagram on Bluestacks doesn’t allow you to record videos

We hope our 7.5 easy tips will help you to make better picture posting decisions on Instagram.

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How Restaurants Can Use Social Media To Boosts Business

By Renee Gauntlett

One industry that will never fade away is the food industry. The competition there is the most intense and as a result, marketing and promotions are extremely important to set your brand apart. I’ve said it many times and in many ways that social media is an easy-to-use marketing platform, so why wouldn’t restaurants use it too to help boost business?

Your main purpose of using social media is to interact with existing customers as well as to attract new customers. In doing so, restaurants should promote their products and prove themselves to be better than their competitors. The most popular social media networks for restaurants include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Here are a few tips on how to make the best of your social media marketing efforts.

 

Offer Specials and Discounts

From time to time, restaurants offer special deals and discount on meals. You can use social media to promote these specials.

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Promote Menu Items

Restaurants can post the entire menu, the daily specials or just the most popular items. It would be best to post photos of these items which will generate responses from your fans. These photos could also feature real customers enjoying the meal. Take the photos yourself or have your fans submit them.

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Here is where social proof comes into play… if a certain amount of fans ‘LIKE’ or leave positive comments on a menu items, chances are many more of your fans may be more willing to come in and try it.

 

Use Employees as Brand Ambassadors

Your very own employees can be your best brand ambassadors. People can be very critical of where their food comes from and if an employee doesn’t eat there or at least enjoy working there, its a big turnoff for potential customers. So use your best employees to help promote your restaurant. Remember, using real people as representatives will add personality to your brand.

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Encourage Fan Reviews

Though it may be scary at times to ask for reviews because you might not always get the feedback you hope for, but its something to consider when using social media. Ask questions about your restaurant and embrace the responses. Some responses could even help you improve your business.

Give Peaks of Behind-the-scenes Activities

As I said, people can be picky about their food. Post photos or short videos of the behind-the-scenes processes of food preparation to let fans see that you have a family of employees who take care and pride in preparing and serving their food. many customers will be very happy to see these.

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Monitor Your Reputation Against Your Competitors

Restaurants can use social media to keep an eye out for any warning signs for problems that may arise in business. These problems may arise in the form of reputation or your competition. Once you know your rank, you will know the next step to take to boost your business.

These are just some very basic ways that restaurants can use social media to help boost business. Feel free to add your own spin and techniques to this list. As I always say, creativity is NECESSARY when using social media. Learn about your audience and give them what they want to see and hear.