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Daily Archives: November 21, 2009

New milestone (with some edits)

I am now officially ahead of Waiter Rant in the Technorati rankings! Technorati is one of the most influential blog tracking sites.

I used to be ranked about 110,000 1,110,000th overall while Waiter Rant was ranked about 40,000th. Now I’m at 25924th and Waiter Rant is  52836th. Plus, my authority has jumped from around 7 all the way to 134 whereas Waiter Rant’s authority has sunk from over 400 down to 116th.

Woot!

HOWEVER…

Let me say that Technorati has recently revamped both their rankings and their authority. I’m absolutely sure that this is a totally artificial change in status for both of us. I’m also quite sure that this doesn’t accurately reflect the popularity of our respective blogs, the universe will soon compensate for it and Waiter Rant will soon leave me in the dust.

So, I guess I have to get it while the gettin’s good.

I’m glad to have the Technorati green arrow up rather than the red arrow down. The former means that the blog is on the ascent, while the latter means that the blog is in decline.

I have to say that Waiter Rant is the gold standard in waiter blogs and Steve deserves all of the acclaim that he can get.

I am grateful for the continued support of the blog and I appreciate all of the readers who come here. I have 46,422 hits since the inception of the blog back in April. I’m hovering around 4,000 hits a week, hitting a tick over 3900 two weeks ago. Last month, the blog went over 12,000 hits per month for the first time.

I hope that you will continue to visit and hopefully, you’ll continue to find this a helpful resource, whether you’re a waiter, a guest or someone simply interested in cuisine in general.

Thanks everyone.

The Wicked Wok Chinese Restaurant has NOT seen your cat

But how about my dog?

(the fact that the sign isn’t real doesn’t make it any less funny)

Judge strikes down guns in bars and restaurant law in Tennessee

Nashville judge strikes down TN guns-in-bars law

Sponsor says next bill won’t be vague

By Clay Carey and Michael Cass • THE TENNESSEAN • November 21, 2009

“A Davidson County judge ruled Tennessee’s controversial guns-in-bars law unconstitutional at a Friday hearing, prompting the state senator who sponsored the legislation to say he will push the issue again when lawmakers return in a few months.

Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman said the law, enacted earlier this year over the veto of Gov. Phil Bredesen is “fraught with ambiguity.”

She ruled after an hour of arguments in a lawsuit brought by a group of plaintiffs, many of them restaurant owners. More than 257,000 people have handgun carry permits in Tennessee”.

Read the rest of the article here:

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20091121/NEWS0201/911210330/Nashville+judge+strikes+down+TN+guns-in-bars+law

Randy Rayburn, owner of Sunset Grill, right, reads a news report about Friday’s court ruling to his staff, including Steven Newvahner, left, during a staff meeting. Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ruled a law that allows handguns in restaurants is unconstitutional.
JAE S. LEE / THE TENNESSEAN

I’m glad that this ruling has taken place, mainly because I don’t think that guns and alcohol mix well. And, as I’ve said before, if this were really more about public safety and the ability of a guest to defend himself against the bad guys, and less about ramming a pro-gun agenda down the throats of the public, they wouldn’t have written the law to demand that restaurants post a no-guns policy instead of posting a “guns allowed here” sign. Instead of advertising to the bad guys that no guns could be concealed carry and thereby potentially targeting that restaurant for bad deeds, they should have let restaurants advertise that “guns are allowed here”. this would give the public the choice to go to a restaurant where their right to carry a handgun was honored where they could feel safe (since apparently lots of handgun owners feel like they’re constantly under threat). I think the writers of the law thought that a restaurant would be insane to post a no-guns sign because it would make them a target, but restaurant owners and GMs (including the one that I work for) showed far more courage than lawmakers ever gave them credit for and a majority of restaurants have posted such signs.

I’m sure they will go back and tighten up this law (and frankly, I hope it fails again, but that’s just my personal opinion). but if they do, I hope that lawmakers will reconsider the insane backwards logic of making restaurants opt-out instead of opting-in.

Cookbook of the day – Cooking Under Cover

Cooking Under Cover: One Pot Wonders — A Treasury of Soups, Stews, Braises, and Casseroles

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (September 21, 1998)

ISBN-10: 0395935210

ISBN-13: 978-0395935217

This book is exactly what it pretends to be – a compendium of soups, stews, braises and casseroles. It’s nice to have all of those categories in one place instead of having to plow through many different cookbooks to find what you need.

You won’t find cutting edge cuisine here. There is some variety with different cuisines, but most of the recipes are what you’d expect – stick-to-the-rib savory dishes that even your grandmother would enjoy. You have dishes like Chinese style Tea Smoked Scallops as well as Nana’s Chicken Fricassee. But you also have some semi-exotic dishes such as Choueroute Garni (Braised Alsatian Sauerkraut & Pork) and Pot Stickers with Cabbage, Scallions & Carrots.

I really like this volume because it’s well-spoken and well-thought out. It will help you expand your thinking when you need to deliver a family-style one pot meal (it would be particularly useful for offering an addition to either the Thanksgiving or holiday table).

As this book might be difficult to find locally, I’ve included a link where multiple copies can be bought (I have no connection to the vendor).

http://tinyurl.com/ya64bnl

Amazon also has it as well.

BTW, Amazon is selling the paperback edition printed by Houghton Mifflin but I have the original hardback edition published by Chapters Publishing Ltd, a small Vermont publisher. If you can get the hardback for a price similar to the softback, I’d spring for it. It’s got a good heft and feel to it.

Photo courtesy of Bed, Bath and Beyond.