Ali or Tyson…it is the one question that every fan of the sweet science asks. If memory serves this was one of the questions that was debated by the folks in the barbershop in Coming to America. Really it is a question that can’t be answered. You can’t deny that brilliant way in which Ali rewrote the book on the definition of the Heavyweight. Then there was the ferocious force of nature known as Iron Mike. He single handedly rewrote expectations for a power puncher.
As a fan of pugilism – side note, my family has a history in the sport – I appreciate this question and debate. There are many other venues where we have the same debate: Jordan or Kobe (Round ball), Smith or Sanders (greatest Running backs), Federer or Nadal (Tennis), and Mantle or Mays (Baseball). I would like to submit for your consideration…Rod Serling voice and cue the dramatic music…Sweet Potato Pie Waffle or the Peach Cobbler Waffle a la Mode.
Keep in mind for Chef and myself when someone asks us which one we like better it’s like asking us to choose which of our children (Benjamin Button or the Government Twins) we like better. We love them all. And that isn’t just parent speak. So in the case of the waffles – our babies – we definitely can’t make a
difference. The Sweet Potato Pie Waffle born from…you know, I can’t even remember how we got that idea. Chef is a Culinary Savant. However the Peach Cobbler Waffle was born after we had this whole southern gourmet eat your dessert first thing. So we also came up with the Bananas Foster Waffle, Red
Velvet Pancakes, Strawberry Shortcake French Toast, and our latest mad scientist creation the Brownie Obsession Waffle (more to come later). Again I digress; I was talking about Ali v. Tyson.
These two waffles are now engaged in a slugfest in the Wafflecrest as they battle and from here to there all that can be heard are the cries of the masses as they root for their favorites. Some folks are even cheering against and fighting with themselves as they are torn between their own two favorite waffle flavors.
I believe heard somewhere that the most interesting man in the world (you know…stay thirsty my friends) tried the two waffles and could only shake his head as he said, “WOW, I didn’t think it was possible”. I’m just saying. If you haven’t taken the time or had the occasion, I recommend that you make room because the champs are battling for your taste buds.
Life is short…eat something memorable.
Today was an absolutely HISTORIC day! Historic, you query? Yes, historic. January 18,
2012 was the single greatest culinary marketing day Pinx has ever known. Do keep
in mind that we have had the rare privilege of attending an absolute feast
inFortMasonfor the 2011 SF Street Food Festival. We have enjoyed the opportunity
to dine in Napa and inSeattle. We have noshed on some wonderful morsels in San
Francisco in restaurants and on the streets. And never, ever, in the history of
ever have I seen or enjoyed what I had today.
So what had happened was…(don’t you love it when your children start a tale with
that, you know it is going to end with some colorful revisionist history). No
really what transpired was Chef spent the day with one of our collaborators:
Divine Flower Design and Spoken Wordsmith. They came up from San Jose to sample
many dishes and provide some EXCEPTIONAL photos of the creations. The
conversations included web pages, printing sources, the next sampling/photo op
and day trips to Napa.
By the time I arrived at the Waffle Cave from my time at “Bugle Enterprises” I saw
food and dirty dishes as far as the eye could see. There were familiar creations
and some new things as well. Dishes ranged in 5 courses: appetizers, breakfast,
lunch, dinner, and dessert. Best believe that I partook in the goodies myself.
Let me say the Lion King Salmon was CRAZY!!!! I have to warn you the images you
are about to see are graphic in nature, and will cause your tongue to leak
Shout out and request for Divine Flower Design and Spoken Wordsmith; PLEASE COME BACK
TO THE CAVE! I hear rumors of Chocolate Turkey Chili, Stuffed Peppers, and
Lobster Avocado Salad.
Life is short…eat something memorable.
It pays to have friends. Through our various associations – and you shall remain nameless – we have contacts in just about every profession in the bay area that can help us move our business. Mover and Shaker for example, through her multiple associations and boards and splinters and such, was one of the primary catalysts to push us into this world. Logistics Prime, through his Kaizen training provided from NUUMI – how we miss thee – brings to our operation incredible fluidity and smooth functionality. Well this morning during my volunteer work at my favorite life changing nonprofit, I was working with and talking to SEO Brain. SEO Brain is a dignified, well mannered, well educated, even tempered fellow who actually works in a high level for a search engine optimization firm. His “consultation” alone is worth 5 figures. Fast forward to the conversation…so he takes a look at our website and helps us with some of the particulars in how we can utilize our web presence to grow where we want to go. And if you hadn’t heard, we want to go far.
Today we had a conversation about the long lost art of common sense. It appears that many companies and organizations establish operating procedures and whenever a wrinkle or adjustment comes, the operators are unable to adjust. In my day job (let’s just call it the Bugle Enterprises) I often see the same thing. The name of the game (monopoly) is to establish and maintain customers and ideally return customers. The efforts then are focused on making the customer happy and ultimately keeping the customers and their referrals. Last time I checked, unhappy customers do not make referrals for a business and the certainly do not continue to spend their money with a company. Translation and interpretation…keep ‘em happy! So we are all committed to our customer commitment. Yes we have our operating standards and guidelines, but when we need to adapt to make it happen we can and will.
So why the random diatribe…we have learned that our industry is affected like many others at the end/beginning of the year, and with the downtime, we have had time to plan and build infrastructure: equipment, the waffle mobile, IT stuff et al. We have begun booking jobs in February and March. We heard from our friends at the JSY Golf Classic and we are on the books for July. We are in negotiations to provide our Waffle creations on a regular basis to our greatest supporters. We are in negotiations with a local food chain to provide our desserts. We are developing our own twist on a Latin menu for our next bridal shower.
So what does all this mean to you? It’s the beginning of the year, companies are planning their events. Is it time to look at new vendors for lunch and breakfast? Surely you know someone who is having a bridal or baby shower. Perhaps there is a food festival you heard of where you are looking to attend, let us know. We have worked out the Peach Cobbler Waffle (imagine if you will a deconstructed Peach Cobbler), the Sweet Potato Pie Waffle with Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce, the Strawberry Shortcake French Toast, Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze, German Chocolate Pancakes, Maple Glazed Candied Bacon – are you drooling yet? I am.
Life is short...eat something memorable.