Productivity, etc sites from smart food media people:
+ MacFreedom shut off the internet for specified periods.
+ Asana, a task based web and mobile app. Can help you get organized. Create projects. Create all tasks on that list and you can see priorities. Has tried many apps (perillo). can invite others you work with to be part of the project. Takes a moment to teach yourself but worth it.
+ “If this than that” website — a recipe that if I like something on instagram, it goes to tumblr… others use it to track things that are going viral on social media networks… another use: gets notices if something is getting a lot of comments… if this is getting a lot of comments, then send me an email…IFTTT
+ BUFFER app to manage your social media etc
+ for music: Pond Five — royalty free distribution licenses…dig for the good stuff / DeWolf music, a bit more expensive.
+ oDesk — people who will do freelance projects for you cost effective.
+ Tastemade. Make your own food video, no muss, no fuss — plus site has “discovered” stars from those who use app.
For the full interview, a wonderful 45 minute conversation between Ruth and I, go here: http://newbooksinfood.com/2014/05/06/ruth-reichl-delicious-random-house-2014/
"When I worked for Wolfgang Puck, I would be cooking on the line and he would stick his finger in all of the food and taste it. I remember being a little shocked and saying to him, “Shouldn’t you be doing that with a different spoon each time?” He would look at me and say, “That’s what makes my food taste so good.”
Someone in PR at TGI Fridays sent me a summary of thrillist very fine list of cool things about the chain. Rare public relations feat of smarts I am rewarding by posting it here:
They Made It Fun To Be Single
Believe it or not, before Fridays, groups of women just didn’t go to bars to meet groups of men. Alan Stillman changed all that in 1965, when he opened the first Fridays at 1152 1st Avenue in New York. His modest goal was to provide a public space for the swinging midtown apartment parties he’d been attending — and “to meet Pan Am stewardesses” — but within weeks the country’s first singles bar had lines down the block, and America never looked back.
They Did It Bigger In Texas
Memphis (the first location outside New York) was wild, but Dallas’ Greenville Ave location was wilder — in Texas Monthly’s 20th anniversary piece, the city’s most famous bachelor, Billy Bob Harris, recalls walking in and thinking, “Oh, Lord Almighty, wow, wow, wow!” The place starred in a 1973 Newsweek cover story on the singles explosion, thanks to insanity like two guys in gorilla suits who’d pull up in an ambulance and rush the crowd (inspiring the “Margorilla” margarita), and Cowboys QB Craig Morton escorting pretty ladies out to his Lincoln Mark III to check out his 8-track player. The ultimate compliment: a Morning News columnist proposed time-capsuling the menu, “to show future generations where all the madness began.”
They Were at The Vanguard of Flair
Fridays “World Bartender Championship” has its roots in 1985 Marina Del Rey. Management, noting the singular bottle-flipping talents of bartender John Mescall, held an in-store competition. Mescall was hesitant (some bartenders viewed his acrobatics as a nuisance), but the idea exploded: the now-massive competition involves 10,000 bartenders from around the world. In 2011, they set the Guinness World Record for “most people cocktail flairing simultaneously for two minutes” when 101 of their bartenders filled London’s Covent Garden Piazza, tossing drink tools to a song prominently featured in Cocktail, “Hippy Hippy Shake”.
Their Superstar Taught Cocktail’s Superstars
The winner of Friday’s first national competition (then called the Bartender Olympics) was John “JB” Bandy. Bandy would go on to train Tom Cruise and Bryan “Coughlin’s Laws” Brown for Cocktail, which used the original Fridays location for filming.
Their Jack Partnership Has Aged Way Better Than Robin Williams Did In Jack
When Fridays and Jack Daniel’s® started up their partnership 17 years ago, Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart” ruled the airwaves, E.R. dominated TV ratings, and Titanic owned the silver screen. Of the NBA players taken in the 1997 draft, only Tim Duncan and Chauncey Billups remain active — the rest are free to eat all the Jack Daniel’s® Black Angus Sirloin, Ribs, Chicken, Shrimp, and Salmon they want.
They Parted The Iron Curtain
In 1997, Fridays became the first American casual eatery to open in Moscow, taking up residence on the freshly revitalized Tverskaya Street. The ancient thoroughfare had served as the home of Russia’s finest hotels and shops before Stalin renamed it Gorky Street, turned it into “a living classic of socialist realism” (yay!), and basically issued a decree saying that, on Tverskaya, it was never Friday.
Their Sales Figures Are Even More Impressive Than “Millions Of Peaches”
Amazingly, Fridays didn’t only serve potato skins in 2010. To take care of 191,465,640 guests, they also trotted out 27,016,528 burgers (over 10,584,380 pounds worth), 6,249,467 bowls of Broccoli Cheese Soup, 10,843,964 orders of Buffalo Wings, 41,984,881 pounds of fries, 70,952,650 dozen eggs, and enough Chicken Fingers to stretch from Miami to Seattle — or Seattle to Miami if the Chicken Fingers wanted to go clubbing.
Admittedly, I look tired in these photos — but it was after a long weekend of eating and eating and schmoozing in Miami last month where I helped judge a Munchies contest. And maybe I look ok next to @AndrewZimmern? Although not so good next to Jenn Louis, Arthur Bovine, Ingrid Hoffman and Bill Esparza. They still are allowing voting in the broader #TheMunchies awards here: http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies