It’s OK to do nothing

nthgI came home from work on a Friday afternoon.  As usual, tired yet so many thing to do.

Common people might not have this issue but then I’m not common people.  I feel that I am wasting time if I am not doing something constructive.

I suddenly realized that I don’t have to do anything.  All those things I need to do can wait for another time.  There are plenty of years left to do stuff.  Why rush it?  It could be that life is better if you relax and just let it happen as it will.

Yes.  Readers of this blog will know that I already learned this lesson many times over yet I am doomed to forget all the great things that I have learned.  At least I know it right now and maybe I will learn it again in the future.

Hooray for nothing!  Nothing is awesome!

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R.I.P. Quiznos

qznsIt is most unfortunate that one of my favorite restaurants is slowly passing away.  Quiznos sub shops are slowly going out of business due to bad corporate management and lack of advertising not to mention a reputation problem.

I eat at Subway at least once a week.  There are four of them to choose from within a few miles of my house and my work.  They have great tasting sandwiches for a fair price.  You can’t beat picking up a 6 inch sub on the way home for around $3.00.

Subway is great but it gets old after a while and I like to go to Quiznos when it is convenient.  Unfortunately, even when they were all open, finding one meant a long drive.  If I was in that particular area I would stop in and get one of the new sandwiches.

For a long time I avoided Quiznos because their prices were just too high.   It was like that for a long time and acquired a reputation for being more expensive than Subway with fewer choices.  Sure the food was a little better but price rules.  After their first financial breakdown they revamped their lineup adding the Torpedo and the Bullet.  Great priced sandwiches that brought me back. I totally enjoyed the torpedoes.

Eventually they dropped the Torpedo and Bullet for a new lineup of breads.  I was disappointed but quickly became a fan of the focaccia bread which soon disappeared leaving me unhappy again.  Still one of the other breads sufficed for the occasional visit.  I liked being able to add my own jalapenos and banana peppers from the bar.   It was still a good sandwich and the new prices were fair.  You could even design your own just like Subway.

Slowly the stores around me started going out of business.  Surprising me with locked doors when I was in the mood for one of their subs.  It turns out part of the corporate business model was to charge too much for the supplies so the franchises couldn’t compete.  They had no choice but to give it up.  It was possibly the last desperate gasp from a dying corporate entity to try to raise their income at the cost of destroying their source.

According to Google Maps, there are eight Quiznos shops left in San Antonio assuming that they are not already closed.  All the stores on my side of town are gone and I will not be driving 14 miles for a sandwich with the possibility of finding locked doors.

What could they have done?  From a consumer’s point of view, they should have kept prices low, quality high and advertize, advertize, advertize.  Ads must be on TV and radio.  Nobody reads newspapers any more. That’s so last century. A good internet campaign could have been very effective to reach today’s Attention Deficit Eater.

Success is something that takes time.  Making a change and immediately seeing results is not realistic in the restaurant business.  Word of mouth is extremely important and takes a long time to disseminate through the population.  It can take many years to change your image.  Look at McDonald’s.  Nothing they can ever do will change their image from being crappy fast food for screaming children.  Their only choice would be to open a whole new franchise with a different name and menu.

I will miss Quiznos and will possibly stop in if I happen to be somewhere unusual around lunchtime and see a rogue store with its lights still on.  If you are a fan, now would be a good time to go get a sandwich and spread the word before it is too late.

 

Quick Restaurant Review – Fuddruckers

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Fuddruckers is a burger place located in most of the US states.  I haven’t been to one in at least ten years because I felt it was overpriced back then.  Today I was out getting some sand for my new pool filter and as I was leaving the parking lot I smelled the food cooking at Fuddruckers.

I decided to go ahead and give it another go.  The burger was relatively good but it costs $12.00 for a burger, fries and drink.  There wasn’t even any gold lief on the wrapping and the napkins are a roll of paper towel on the table.  I don’t know about you but $12.00 is far too much for something I can get at half the price somewhere else.

I can easily say that it will probably be at least another ten years before I eat at Fuddruckers again.  Just not worth it.  Sorry guys.  I just don’t get it.

 

Is a home made sub better than a Subway sandwich?

sbwysndwchI had the crazy idea that I would buy the makings to fix sub sandwiches at home and save money.  In short: bad idea.

In long:  I bought some 6 inch baguettes, spinach, onions, jalapenos, green peppers, cheese, turkey, mushrooms and some balsamic vinaigrette.  I was looking forward to getting home and having a great “subway” sandwich.

Without going into too much detail, it was basically a disaster.  I spent around $14.00 on stuff which would make five sandwiches at $3.50 each.  The price is fine but the satisfaction was minimal.  I made two lame sandwiches and now I have bags of extra stuff and a mess in the kitchen.  Unless you are some kind of sandwich master-chef, it’s totally not worth it.  There’s also the factor that a sandwich made by someone else is ALWAYS better than one you make for yourself.  It’s a scientific fact.

In conclusion, I would much rather spend more and gave a guaranteed good meal and no mess.  I’ll probably end up throwing away most of what I bought. FAIL!  Live and learn.

For the record, Quiznos is a great sandwich too.  I like their new style.

Quick Fast Food Review – Domino’s Oven Baked Sandwiches

 I’ve seen the commercials on TV for Domino’s new Oven Baked Sandwiches but I keep forgetting about them.  Today I remembered.  I ordered a Chicken Habanero sub on the Dominoes website and picked it up on the way home from work.

I have to tell you that I am impressed.  When I got it home, it was piping hot and Oh! Soo good.   Surely it’s not the world’s healthiest sandwich but if being bad is this good then its good to be bad.

The Chicken Habanero sandwich is a sweet and spicy medley, made with all white meat chicken breast, pineapple, jalapenos, sweet mango Habanero sauce, provolone & cheddar cheese. On artisan Italian bread & baked to a golden brown.

Personally I would not call it spicy but still, you could taste the flavor of the Habanero sauce and jalapeno peppers even if they aren’t hot.  The pineapple was a nice touch.

I’m going to try all the other sandwiches.  I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them.

I’m glad to see Domino’s making something of themselves.  They’ve turned a plain old cardboard pizza delivery chain into something special.  I have two suggestions to make the business even better.  1.  Have a dining room so I can eat there for lunch from work.  2. Have ready-made pepperoni pizzas so I can just pick one up on the way home.

Great work Dominos!