Is my glass filthy? Absolutely. Let's just move on past that fact without ceremony or further comment. I made the excellent decision to pop this at 2am while watching that heartwarming romcom, ROOM, so strap in. You guys are sick of hearing praise for these god damn cellar beers and I'm sick of praising @rusticales it is lose/lose for everyone. I will say a few things about this frustrating phenomenal beer: this is Shasta Ann. That's not to say it is EXACTLY like the inimitable @hillfarmstead crown jewel, but it's the closest thing I have ever tasted. In the way that it has that exceedingly delicate honeycomb linen mouthfeel, that faintly sweet and lemon verbena taste that mixes classic Blaugies with a tinyyyy smackerel of acidity like a jazz apple. If you don't have a midwest mortgage payment kicking around to try Ann, this is the bag cereal equivalent, marshmallow mateys AF. Don't share this. I dare you to have a single filthy glass of this and nod in cool repose like you don't want an entire magnum to sate that thirst. I thank god that I have never seen a single ISO for this, time to poach and exploit my fellow Sara cellar members for more bottles of this furtive masterpiece.
Bai Nian Niang Yong Tau Fu Albert Centre Market & Food Centre Singapore There is always the debate that which country offers the better same food, Singapore or Malaysia? Coming from Malaysia, we always feel that Singapore food is overrated. However, on our recent trip to the Lion City we found quite a number of good food in food centres (we called it food court in Malaysia).
Bai Nian Niang Yong Tau Fu in Albert Centre Market & Food Centre is one of them. We were in Bugis walking around and we stumbled upon Albert Centre Market & Food Centre. We took a walk and we found Bai Nian Niang Yong Tau Fu. How to spot good food in food centres in Singapore? There are always one or two good food stalls in any food centres in Singapore. It is easy to find them. The stall with long queues are the better ones. The longer the queue, the better is their food. Singaporeans are popular in queuing for good food even though it took them a long time.
That is how we found Bai Nian Niang. We also found some newspaper write ups on their walls.
For small set is $4.50 and large set is $5.50. We ordered the huge set. Their version of yong tau fu comes everything in the soup. To be honest, the yong tau fu here is very tasty.
What we like is the taste of the meat. It is well marinated and the taste is really good. Same goes to the prawn paste, each and every bite can taste the freshness of the prawn. It complements well with the sweet and chili sauce (not in the pictures). Thus, the soup is tasty too. This version of yong tau fu is not as greasy as the ones in Malaysia. The taste is different (due to the mixture of the meat paste) but it has its own charms. This is simple and good food. Address is as below. Opening Hours: 07:30am – 09:00pm
Bai Nian Niang Yong Tau Fu Address: 270 Queen Street #01-106 Albert Centre Market & Food Centre Singapore 180270 Phone: +65 82688883
Creating Social Media Buzz For Your Restaurant Looking to improve your restaurant's social media presence? Start by encouraging your guests to take more photos of your location. When guests share their in-location experiences on social media it acts as a positive referral from that person about your business. It's essentially digital word of mouth, and it can make a world of difference when trying to drive more foot traffic to your location. Why Create Photo Opportunities? Social media is an important instrument for growth and awareness for bars and restaurants. Being present and engaged on networks like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook helps new patrons discover your place and enables loyal guests to interact with your business in new ways. Additionally, it aids awareness for your business to new audiences. Each of these new exposures creates a positive new endorsement for your location and it gives you more content for future promotions! Learn More: The Importance of Social Media for Small Business Purposefully creating a photo opportunity-rich environment will engage your guests while they're in-location as well as increase your discoverability online! Here are a few ways to encourage image sharing at your establishment. How to Encourage Your Guests to Take More Pictures We've touched on why more photos from guests online can help your business' social media marketing efforts; let's now understand how we can encourage our guests to take more pictures by creating products and an environment that is more photo worthy. We'll discuss tricks for beverage presentation, food plating, interior atmosphere, and creating unique photo opportunities for your bar or restaurant. Photo Friendly Beverages [list] [*]Include beautifully crafted cocktails – consider glassware, color, liquid layering, and don't forget those garnishes! Check out this mouthwateringly presented cocktail from D.C.'s Jack Rose Dining Saloon, notice the elaborate garnishes & amazing color! [/list]
[list] [*]Carry a thick dark beer on draft? Don't miss the opportunity to serve it with a small head design. A little clover, heart, or infinity symbol can go along way to creating precious moments with your guests. [*]Any baristas in-house? Coffee drinkers love to snap photos of their hot beverages with decorated foam. Consider serving coffee with the delightful pattern or other garnishes to make a lovely morning photo! [/list] Additional Tips: 5 Ways to Make Your Drinks Look as Great as it Tastes Pic Worthy Plates [list] [*]Take pride in your plated food, let your 'foodie' guests share it online. Use sauces and sides to make your dishes more visually pleasing and your food-loving guests will repay you with lots of endorsements via social media photos. Check out The Neighborhood's beautifully plated chilaquiles special! [/list]
[list] [*]An elaborately sized or decorated dish makes guests want to show their friends where they went that day! Think of the large meal challenges – there are always friends there to encourage and take photos of the guest. [/list] Instagrammable Atmosphere [list] [*]Be thoughtful about the elements of your location that are more prone to guests' photo shoots. Create these environments near the entrance to encourage photography and to eliminate the disruption near other guests. [*]Consider the lighting in your business. Low lighting is great for ambiance but perhaps not for capturing the moment in a photo. If you are able, keep the lighting low in the areas with deuces and 4 tops and make it a bit brighter in the larger tables for groups, parties, and events (when photos are most likely to be taken). [/list] Unique Photo Experiences [list] [*]Holding unique events can help encourage photos, especially when they are one-off occasions. Guests are likely to capture your event with images and share with their friends who are missing out on the fun. Event types could include holiday-themed visitors (leprechauns, Easter bunny, Uncle Sam etc), animal charities, or themed staff dress up days. [*]In-house signage that encourages your guests to take photos of each other (neon signs, posters, sculptures, etc) are excellent for business promotion. A great example is this bright pink neon sign from Modern Times! Guests are likely to snap a picture of this sign and post to Instagram because it's visually and emotionally appealing. [/list]
[list] [*]TVs with picture provoking slides enable photo sharing online. Fun quotes or phrases that encourage guests to share pictures of themselves and their friends. Ones that we've seen include “You wish you were here” and an arrow with “I love this girl”. These types of slides make it feel natural for your guests to brag about your location to their connections on social media. [/list] Now that we've got a handle on how to get more of your customers to take photos at your bar, now we need to help them share! Remember to encourage guests to tag your business in their pictures (staff members can be instrumental with this because they're often the ones being asked to take the photos). Make sure that your social media profiles are easy to find and ready for guests to tag in their photos. You can also utilize a branded hashtag! Post the hashtag around your business to make guests aware of it and run specials based on hashtag participation. Want to improve your bar's social media marketing? Provide more reasons and opportunities for your guests to take photos of your location, products, and even your staff! When shared, these photos will translate to a broader digital presence for your business and have new customers become loyal customers. Have more fun examples or something to add? Join the conversation on Facebook! The post 4 Tips to Encourage Guest Content appeared first on TapHunter For Business.
Sadao Custom Immigration Procedure for Driving to Thailand We read a lot of mixed reviews on the new Sadao Custom and Immigration Check Point procedure for driving to Thailand. The new Immigration Complex is recently opened since October 2017. This is the new complex after you drive past Malaysia Bukit Kayu Hitam new Immigration Complex. The new Sadao Custom and Immigration Check Point Since we haven't been driving to Thailand for years, we decided to self drive to Hatyai and check out the new Sadao Custom Immigration procedure. December is the busiest month for Southern Thailand and most Malaysians will spend the weekend there for holiday, food, massage, shopping and more. They prefer to drive there on Fridays and Saturdays and there are often long queues on the border. To avoid the traffic jam on the border, we go on Sunday or weekdays (Monday to Thursday). So, what do you need to prepare to self drive to Thailand? [list=1] [*]Original Car Registration Card (Grant) [*]Thailand Insurance Form [*]Information of Conveyance Forms (Inbound and Outbound) [*]Passport [*]Copy of Company Form 24 & 49 if the vehicle is registered under company name [*]Authorisation Letter of Company if the vehicle is registered under company name [*]Malaysian Driving License Changloon Mini Tour [/list] You can get the forms at the Sadao Immigration Complex or you can get it done by tour companies in Changloon, Kedah. We usually get our forms done at Changloon Mini Tour. You can spot the tour agencies in Changloon before you reach Bukit Kayu Hitam Custom and Immigration Check Point. You can get Thai SIM card from the travel agents too. The 4G Unlimited SIM Card is only for RM 15 and it is fast and good coverage based on our own experience. Bukit Kayu Hitam Custom and Immigration Check Point Bukit Kayu Hitam Custom and Immigration Check Point After you get the forms done with your Passport and also Arrival Cards filled up, drive past Bukit Kayu Hitam Custom and Immigration Check Point (passports stamped), you will drive to the new Sadao Custom and Immigration Check Point.
Private vehicles and vans stick to the left lane and van and motorcycle on the right lane. Here are the new procedures. Private vehicle driver and passengers please remained in the car and wait for your turn to reach one of the three checkpoint counters. The new Sadao Custom and Immigration Check Point At the checkpoint counter, driver is required to leave the vehicle and submit the passports with the Arrival Cards filled up and the Information of Conveyance Forms (Inbound & Outbound). Information of Conveyance Forms (Inbound & Outbound) The officer will identify the driver and passengers from her counter and stamped the passport. The officer will stamp on both the Information of Conveyance Forms and keep the Inbound form. You will need to keep the Outbound form and return it back when you go back to Malaysia. Don't lose the Outbound form. Overtime Fees There is Overtime Fees charges. For Driver is 25 Thai Baht and each Passenger 5 Thai Baht. Pay the officer the fees and you need to park your car next to the new complex to get your Custom Form. After you parked your car (on the left of the picture), walk to the counter with your Original Car Registration Card (Grant), Passport (stamped) and Copy of Company Form 24 & 49 and Authorization Letter of Company if the vehicle is registered under company name. Go to the counter, you need to show your Original Car Registration Card (Grant), Passport (stamped) and Copy of Company Form 24 & 49 and Authorization Letter of Company if the vehicle is registered under company name. The officer will generate two Custom Forms and you need to get it stamped. They will keep one Custom Form and you will keep one. Don't lose the Custom Form as you need to return it back when you drive back to Malaysia. Many people call this Custom Form as Computer Form. The Custom Form will allow you to drive within Thailand for 30 days. Original Car Registration Card (Grant) After going through the new Sadao Custom and Immigration Checkpoint, here are our thoughts. The new procedure is systematic but the issue is many people are not aware of it. It took us 45 min to clear the custom and it is not as long as many claimed. We believe the change to this new procedure is good. We hope this will help you in self drive in Thailand from Malaysia.
“In the U.S., many low-income communities have as few as 1 book per 300 children. We as an organization would like to help change this,” she said. “With our initiative, we can advance our organization's mission as children's book creators and literacy advocates, and help increase access to books for kids in desperate need of them. It's a natural fit!”
Recently, the two organizations selected by a sub-committee of the SCBWI Board of Advisors received the first donation of new books: the Refugee Dream Center in Providence, Rhode Island and the Kinship House in Portland, Oregon.
At both celebrations, authors and illustrators took part in demonstrations, storytimes, crafts, refreshments and book distribution. Books were donated for each organization's lending library and one book was given to every child to take home. "We hope that by giving books to these children we can help build their dreams," Lin said. "Every child deserves books and dreams!” Illustrator Jannie Ho assists at the illustration station.The Refugee Dream Center is a post-resettlement refugee agency. It offers referrals, social level assistance, and skills development such as English language education for adults, health promotion and cultural orientation, youth mentoring, and case management.
In addition, the Refugee Dream Center is a strong advocacy agency for the rights of refugees.
Books received by the Refugee Dream Center will outfit a classroom library for its ESL program and promote the center's goal to help refugees work towards self-sufficiency and integration.
In addition, each child in attendance got their own book to take home.
“Unlike most book-to-reader relationships, these books will be the first books that our children will read in their new language, that will assist them with their English mastery, and that will help them become part of their new culture-and feel part of it, too!” said Kara Skaling, Program Coordinator of the Refugee Dream Center.
The Kinship House provides outpatient mental health services to foster and adopted children and their families. The books gave a boost to Kinship's lending library and became the first books to keep for many of the children they serve.
“Many of our children have lived lives most of us can't imagine. These books will bring light, restore a piece of their childhood, and offer them the joy many families take for granted!" said Melissa Smith-Hohnstein, LCSW and Clinical Director of Kinship House.
SCBWI members and staff gathered to celebrate the Books for Readers donation to the Refugee Dream Center. The Books for Readers celebration also included dinner.