Entertainment.com Coupon Savings Book: How Much Can I Save?

I got myself an entertainment.com Coupon Savings Book the other day at Costco. The book’s got a lot of coupons for a lot of restaurants that I have never been to or even heard of. I thought I would use the coupons as an opportunity to visit some new restaurants while saving myself a bit of money. I also thought it might be fun to … Continue reading Entertainment.com Coupon Savings Book: How Much Can I Save?

At The Movies Or With Unsweetened Iced Tea

Chipotle – I don’t remember Chipotle’s logo looking like this. The burgundy/red background with the scribbled chili and rather ordinary font…is this the same sanitized-Mexican-ish chain that I used to visit so that I could sneak a burrito into the cineplex? Apparently it is. I can’t say that I am as passionate about the food at Chipotle  as a lot of the people eating there. … Continue reading At The Movies Or With Unsweetened Iced Tea

A Great Experience Without The Need For Great Food

Oru – How can you complain about a meal at a nice restaurant in one of the more exclusive hotels in the city? You can’t. It was sunny, and the second floor restaurant had wraparound wall-to-ceiling windows that allowed bright, warm sunlight to penetrate through them without allowing any of the frigid outside air to seep in. The windows –  besides allowing us patrons of … Continue reading A Great Experience Without The Need For Great Food

When In Doubt…Choose The Casual and Inexpensive Option

Michigan Noodle Shop – Our original plan was to first take the kids to the Disney video-game themed animated/CGI feature at Silvercity Riverport in Richmond and then drive over to Big Chef for our dinner after we were done watching the movie. But when we arrived at the plaza where Big Chef was located after the movie, we were greeted unexpectly by the restaurant’s sign; … Continue reading When In Doubt…Choose The Casual and Inexpensive Option

Barcelona: El Corte Ingles Cafeteria

El Corte Ingles is probably as close to a department store monopoly as I’ve seen anywhere. Try as I might, I was not able to spot a department store not branded “El Corte Ingles” during my trip to Spain. It seemed like it was everywhere, covered every market segment, and catered to every demographic. Because it was so all-encompassing and so omnipresent, it became a … Continue reading Barcelona: El Corte Ingles Cafeteria

London: Wagamama

I first heard about Wagamama ramen in the mid-to-late 90’s, when it was a rapidly expanding chain of Japanese-themed restaurants in London. It was sort of a cutting edge concept back then. It served ramen, which was a much lesser-known genre of Japanese cuisine when compared to either sushi sushi or teriyaki. The restaurant also popularized a few concepts that at the time were virtually … Continue reading London: Wagamama

A Meal With No Memory Card

Nook – I knew it was bound to happen. I visited a new restaurant with my camera sans memory card. Just my luck. I finally paid my first visit to  a restaurant that I’ve always wanted to visit but never could because of the lineup and I FORGET TO PUT THE MEMORY CARD BACK INTO THE CAMERA!!! The only consolation was that all modern smartphones … Continue reading A Meal With No Memory Card