'I have been a restaurant critic for over a decade, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing I have learnt it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. No, scratch that. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush.
Dining Roulette: The Truth about Restaurants from the Inside Out is essential reading for every foodie, restaurant goer, and restaurant owner and manager. It reveals the secrets, tips, and industry information needed to establish and maintain a successful business, and gives practical, prescriptive advice to restaurant patrons about what they should look for to determine which restaurants are worth their patronage. Filled with real-life, jaw-dropping stories from the culinary industry, this book is a wake-up call. Did you know that restaurant chains may become a site for the next generation of terror threats? What should you avoid at your favorite restaurant that will make you sick? With authentic, definitive, and often humorous real-life experiences, author John Brown's work is an industry insider's take on the restaurant industry. Brown offers prescriptive advice for restaurant owners, including: ten suggestions to stay in business, how to beat the industry employee turnover rate, and how to avoid common mistakes. For restaurant patrons, Brown gives advice on: evaluating the cleanliness of a restaurant, restaurant vocabulary and phrases, and fine eating establishments that every foodie should visit. Dining Roulette shows why health departments struggle to cope with the everyday challenges of maintaining proper health and safety standards, and why so many people die every year after being served in our restaurants. If you've ever eaten in a restaurant or have upcoming reservations, you must read this book.
My Masks Don't Define Me: Finding Me Under the Disguises is for the every day person feeling lost is some manner of their lives. If you are getting caught in the rat race, other expectations put upon yourself or dealing with past voices... this journal helps define what masks you use to hide who you are. In this fast paced world we all get lost within the mad rushing to get everything done. The 24 hour clock just does not seem to be enough. So it makes sense that finding time, or making time for ourselves is mostly non-existent. In the first section there are exercises to assist you in finding your own voice among the ones that gathered through life, then take control of this inner critic to make it start working with you as a friend. They consist of affirmations, information about some aspect of the inner critic (pleaser, pusher, rule maker, and perfectionist), how the critic is your friend, and how to start having conversations with the critic to overcome confrontation with its enthusiasm. The second section is the journal pages to go with the exercises. It is asks questions of your work of the day and assists in making a "Self-Care Resume." I am not a doctor or phychiatrist... just a person who has seen my own and used these techniques to assist myself. Please seek assistance from a professional if you feel a greater need. When you talk things over with them, you will feel more strength to conquer the world and gather who you are. Good luck with your journey. May you find the peace within yourself to control who you are.
An easy to produce play about the death of a family patriarch in a small town reveals secrets and reinvents a family. This wry and witty play is perfect for production companies and reparatory theaters looking for a cost effective, meaningful, and entertaining project to share with their community. Synopsis The death of an philandering family patriarch in a small town reveals secrets and reinvents a family in this wry and witty drama. Joe and Tina are on the brink of divorce when they are summoned home to bury Joe's Dad, Jerry. The old man has died in the arms of a woman who is not his wife, Margaret, and no one is sure how she or the town will handle the scandal. David and Jane, Joe and Tina's teens, have a ring side seat at their parent's first attempt to run a funeral, their grandmother's disgrace, and the evolving battleground that is their parent's marriage. Growing up sure isn't looking easy. Ker, Joe's brother, returns home to bury his homophobic father with his gay lover in tow. This is his family's last chance to accept him for who he is or say goodbye forever. Leslie, scarred by her father's infidelity, had expected to feel nothing but relief at his demise. Instead her grief and rage know no limits. Margaret, ailing matriarch of a dysfunctional family, has lost her husband and any shred of privacy she had left. Drawing her family together will require pulling back the curtain on the life she shared with her husband in this deceptively "Norman Rockwell" small town.
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