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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Meso Maya Comida Y Copas Review | Dallas, Texas

Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! I vacationed for a week in Dallas (Uptown), Texas this Summer. I stayed at Hotel ZaZa Dallas (it's a boutique hotel) located in (the uptown area of) Dallas, Texas. During that time, I patronized several restaurants. I would like to review them for you, just in case you're thinking about visiting Dallas, Texas. There are a LOT of restaurants to choose from in the uptown area of Dallas. It's a lovely area. No matter where you stay in the world, I would encourage you to use Google Maps (Google Map your hotel), then click on restaurants to see what restaurants are nearby your hotel (vicinity). Use apps/websites like Yelp, OpenTable, Resy and Tripadvisor to review each restaurant. Using all of these free wonderful tools really helped me :)

My first night in Dallas, I made reservations via Open Table at Meso Maya Comida Y Copas. Meso Maya Comida Y Copas serves authentic Mexican cuisine. I loved the aesthetics of Meso Maya both inside and outside. The architecture of the building has true Spanish style (beautiful ironwork, lanterns etc). The Spanish flooring and table settings inside gave an authentic feel. Although busy, it never gave off a cramped feel. I felt very comfortable and relaxed. Our waiter was very nice and accommodating. The restaurant gives you a complimentary bowl of tortillas and dipping sauce. Our appetizer was Chicharrones (berkshire pork jaw, tomatillo salsa verde, pickled red onions, cilantro, queso de rancho, served in housemade white corn tortillas). It was served piping hot in a Staub cast iron serving dish. We then had Carne Asada (wood fired marinated steak, homemade sweet corn tamal, crema mexicana, queso fresco, black beans) and Chuleta De Cerdo (fire roasted bone-in pork chop, elote con crema, sauteed house vegetables, pipian rojo sauce). BOTH were so delicious. Excellent cuts of meat, excellently prepared, seasoned and delicious. I enjoyed every bite! But if I had to pick a winner, I would HIGHLY SUGGEST you order the Carne Asada. Now for dessert! THIS IS A MUST YOU GUYS! THIS IS A MUST! The cake below is called Pastel de Chocolate (its moist oaxacan dark chocolate cake, with fresh corn ice cream - you don't taste the corn, with warm chocolate rum sauce). It is so good!!! I enjoyed every bite. It was so good, I even ordered a cup of decaf coffee with mine (and their coffee is so smooth and delicious). Meso Maya is fun, relaxing and the food is delicious. The dress is nice casual. You don't have to hassle with parking, because there is a huge parking lot in the rear that allows for 2 hour free parking while you dine. Just park and cross the street. Someone drives around the lot, makes a note of what time you parked and the 2 hour time begins. Two hours gives you ample time to eat. There are 2 other restaurants behind Meso Maya (see my gif below). One is called El Fenix Mexican Restaurant and the other is called Taqueria La Ventana. Both looked FUN. When I go back, I definitely want to revisit this area. Meso Maya has locations throughout Texas. I hope this review helps you in your decision-making :)

Dallas Restaurant Review

Meso Maya Comida Y Copas | Si Tapas | Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery

Fogo de Chao | Pecan Lodge | San Martin Bakery and Restaurant | Yardbird Southern Table

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Monday, July 19, 2021

A Splendid Time Trying Splendid Spoon

Disclosure: I received a box of Splendid Spoon for review. I was not paid. All opinions are honest and 100% my own. 

PR Sample: Hey Everybody! I was asked if I would like to try Splendid Spoon. Of course I said YES, because trying things is what I LOVE to do. Splendid Spoon was founded in 2011. They are out of New York and are a home meal delivery service. You may be asking yourself, how is this home meal delivery service DIFFERENT from others!?! Well, I'll give you several answers to that question! Their meals are VEGAN. They're also PLANT-BASED. They're GLUTEN-FREE. The meals contain NO ADDED SUGARS, are HEART HEALTHY, PROTEIN PACKED and are UNPROCESSED. ALL MEALS ARE READY-TO-EAT (that means NO COOKING)! YOU GET TO PICK WHAT YOU WANT AND HOW OFTEN YOU WANT TO RECEIVE A BOX! Why am I shouting? I'm just a little excited. Let me share my experience!

The first thing I noticed upon receiving Splendid Spoon was the packaging. I'm a detail girl! I notice the details. Packaging and presentation are everything (to me)! The food was packaged so nicely! The box was heavy-duty, sturdy and held all its contents. The box contained dry ice, so the food remained cold. The box contained two layers of food items: soups & shots (top) and then smoothies (bottom). Everything was in tact. Nothing was crushed. Nothing spilled. No disasters! Hallelujah! There was even a typed label that outlined all the contents in the box. I also loved the outside of the box. Each panel displayed the companies name, website, social media handles, and I loved the colorful bowl and spoon. It was just a joy to look at and open. I view everything as an experience. I got excited!!!

What to try first? I started with Splendid Spoon's Recovery Shot! Splendid Spoon describes it as "an invigorating juice blend formulated to enhance exercise recovery, promote performance, & alleviate muscle soreness." It's also blood-sugar friendly. It contains a lot of different kind of juices! Watermelon Juice (helps relieve muscle soreness), cherry juice (keeps muscles in fighting condition), beets (improves blood flow and reduces inflammation) and a host of other juices. I've been exercising! I've been on my bike and walking on the treadmill. I'm not going to lie. I often feel depleted upon finishing. I tried a Recovery Shot after working out and I felt a difference (something water wasn't doing). This is not watered down Watermelon juice. This has a KICK! You can taste the ginger, beets, lemon! It's an excellent pick me up! Splendid Spoon also has DIGESTION, DETOX and WELLNESS SHOTS! Shots are also offered in BUNDLES. 

My mom, boyfriend and I got together and had a Splendid Spoon lunch. I wanted to hear their opinions on the different food I received. They started with the Recovery Shot and loved it. My boyfriend even said, they should make them BIGGER. He really enjoyed the Recovery Shot. To test the soups (Green Tomatillo Chili Soup), noodle (Vegan Meatballs and Marinara Noodles) and grain bowls (Kimchi Fried Quinoa Grain Bowl) I received, I prepared a salad to compliment them. Preparation was super-easy. You just keep these in the freezer. I let them defrost for several hours. Plop them in a bowl and either heat them 2-4 minutes in the microwave or heat them in a pot (add a little water). You're literally heating and eating. We all thought everything was so FRESH! They tasted delicious and were enjoyable to eat. Each bowl is 2 servings. TWO! We could only eat 1/2 of what was in our bowl. We were all full. So portion wise, you could eat 1 serving for lunch and save the other serving for dinner or the weekend (just freeze that portion). Our favorites were the Meatballs and Marinara Noodles and Kimchi Fried Quinoa Grain Bowl. Nutritional Facts are available on their website. There are 32 Soup & Grain Bowl options. There are 8 Noodle Bowl options. There are 7 Light Soup options. What's nice is YOU get to choose what you want when putting your box together.

And lastly, SMOOTHIES! Splendid Spoon offers 16 options in Smoothies. These are 16 fl oz and contain 2 servings. My favorites were the POWER GREENS and RASPBERRY CACAO SMOOTHIE! With Power Greens, what an AWESOME way to get your vegetables. It contains Kale (loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C), Banana (packed with potassium to regulate blood sugar), Spirulina (jumpstarts endurance) and other great things. The Raspberry Cacao Smoothie has Raspberry (packs a punch of essential vitamins and minerals), Cacao (improves blood flow to your brain - boy do I need that HaHaHa), Coconut (clears skin and keeps hair shiny) and more great things. I don't always have time to juice, so this is a great way to drink healthy. So you guys, those are my thoughts about Splendid Spoon! I hope my review helps you in your shopping experience.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Boost Your Bakery Business With These Tips

The challenges with baking involve not only the cost of baking materials but also labor and marketing efforts. Therefore, it’s imperative to build a solid customer base to reward your efforts.  While customers may prefer fresh banana pudding candles or cookies, they might not be keen on stale goods, making it imperative to sell your products quickly to avoid loss. That said, here are some tips to boost your bakery business and increase sales.

Get Active On Social Media

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Social media is a cost-effective yet effective method of marketing your products to a vast audience. Therefore, you can leverage this helpful tool by creating social media accounts for your bakery business. You can use some popular social media portals like Snap chat, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the best results.

You can also adopt affiliate marketing strategies by working with individuals and companies with many followers on social media. You may reach millions of new customers depending on which individual or company you work with. Getting active on social media will not only help sell your baked goods, but it may also help sell your bakery brand much further than you can think of.

Give Out Free Samples

Your bakery can make a significant entry into the business market with the free samples strategy. Since you want to make a statement, you will need to invest a lot of skill into your cakes, cookies, or bread. Your packaging should also come with a touch of beauty and detailed information on how your customers can contact you.

You can target locations that are hot zones for your target groups. For example, you could leave some samples at your local parish on Sunday or the community park on Saturdays. Lastly, you may leave some at the supermarkets for shoppers to sample.

Offer Baking And Decorating Lessons At Your Bakery

Baking is more than just a business; it is also a passion for many individuals. Beyond baking and selling, you can serve as a baking mentor for interested individuals. Moreover, you can market your bakery business and boost sales strategically with baking lessons.

You can also schedule baking lessons to suit your students for the best results. As your students visit your bakery, they will start spreading the news about your brand. As a tip, you can charge a small fee to serve as an extra income.

Integrate With Online Delivery Platforms

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In your bid to boost your bakery business, you want to consider adding a delivery service to your business. It makes your business fluid and convenient for many customers since you will save them the hustle of commuting to your bakery for their fresh baked goods. You can thus work with online delivery platforms to meet the needs of your client base.

Moreover, these online delivery platforms already have an established customer base. Once they update their online details and enlist your bakery as their partner, you will gradually increase the number of orders you get in a day.

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Benefits Of Hiring An IT Consulting Team For Your Business

Most companies rely on IT to run their services. Needless to say, a wrinkle in the service delivery can lead to major losses. This is why many businesses seek IT support to keep things flowing smoothly.

If a business does not have an external IT company on board, it's time to hire one now. If you prefer to work remotely or run your business remotely, you should definitely check out the outsourced IT services. After all, doing so comes with these 4 key benefits:

Expertise

Much like hiring the best staff for a company, people will want IT experts who have years of professional experience. People  don't want to be stuck with neophytes who don't know what they're doing.

By hiring an established IT company, people will have professionals under their employ. Since they're the best at what they do, the owner can expect them to provide top-tier IT support for the company.

Due to the Covid 19 situation, lots of local businesses migrate their services or products online to attract more customers. That being said, e-commerce has become popular. To efficiently maintain an e-commerce site requires constant monitoring and maintenance. For example, if you are selling building supplies online, you will need to make sure that your customers can checkout products smoothly to ensure the sales.

On the other hand, if you are a house painting contractor, you used to rely on word of mouth to get a new job. However, when the Covid hits, your usual customers might stop home projects, so you will need a website to advertise yourself. A professional IT team will be affordable for you to maintain your business website. Moreover, you might also need to consider getting professional SEO Toronto services to help rank your business on the first page of Google search to maximize your marketing effort.

Access to the Latest Technologies

IT is an ever-changing field. What's good today may not be usable tomorrow. This is why people need to hire a professional IT team to help the company with day-to-day operations.

With the aid of experts, a company can easily gain access to the latest business technologies. Being at the forefront of IT, after all, puts the business a step ahead of other competitors.

Risk Reduction

Cybercrime is prevalent. Without extensive IT support, people stand to lose sensitive data through hacking. Worse, people can put the customers at risk of identity fraud.

That said, it's essential to get an IT company to help people reduce this risk. As seasoned experts, they can help a company enforce preventive measures, such as firewalls, encryptions, and anti-virus programs.

In today’s business world, data breach has become a serious issue for companies. For example, if you sell modern furniture online and have a valued database of valued customers, you really don’t want any hackers to get the hold of your customers’ data to cause you to lose trust from your customers.

Value for Money

Hiring an on-site IT staff will cost a lot of money. So if an owner wants to cut back on the finances, then the best thing to do is to hire IT support consultants instead.

For a fraction of the price, people get to enjoy services they can expect from an in-house team. These include setting up computer structures or installing upgrades - and providing maintenance services as needed.

There's also a lot of packages to choose from, so people only spend money on something they need. With external support, an owner gets the same degree of in-house services for a price he can easily afford.

Obviously, hiring a consulting IT company comes with a lot of perks. That said, it's time for a business owner  to hire these professionals right away!

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

The Importance Of Having A Family Dentist

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Let’s face it, our teeth are very important. When you consider the punishment our molars receive during a lifetime, it is no surprise that dental issues occur. Dentists recommend that you have an oral examination twice a year, which gives the medical professional an opportunity to check that all is well. Our dental history should be stored by our family dentist and as time passes, the dentist would build up a detailed history and that helps them with diagnosis. 

Relocating

If you recently arrived at your current home, one of the first things to do is register the family with a local dentist. Much like a doctor, the dentist will not treat someone who is not registered at their clinic. There are obvious benefits to having all the family registered at the same clinic. You can all have a check-up on the same day, perhaps Saturday or Sunday. Most family dentists also have very child-friendly amenities, making it a fun day out! Some people are so connected with their dentist that they stay even when relocating to another area, preferring to drive a couple of hours rather than changing dentist.

Patient History

The more a dentist knows about their patient, the more effective the treatment will be. The sooner you register the family with an established dentist Robina, Gold Coast or your city has available, the better. From that day on, the clinic will build up dental data of your family history. This is especially important for your children and if they require any treatment, the dentist has all the dental records and can make an informed decision about the best treatment.

Role Model

If you ask the adult who always has regular dental examinations, they will probably tell you the routine began when they were a child, which is why you should make sure that your family follows an oral examination schedule every 3-6 months. If you and your partner are good role models, this will reflect on the kids. They will automatically visit their dentist at least twice a year. Children pay more attention to what adults do than what they say and when they experience a child-friendly dentist, any fears are soon dissolved.

Dental Education

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If your family dentist is friendly, he or she will be happy to educate you and your family about good oral hygiene and how to minimize risk of tooth decay. If your kids enjoy their time at the dental clinic, they will never have any issues about having dental treatment and this life-long feeling will ensure that their children will also develop good oral hygiene habits.

In conclusion, registering your family with a child-friendly dental clinic is a very good idea. With one dental practice taking care of all the family, good oral health is assured. If you would like to find a family dentist in your area, search with Google and make an appointment to register the whole family and you can look forward to many fun visits while everyone has their dental check-up.

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