Monthly Archives: September 2014

A San Francisco Restaurant Has Stepped Up To The Plate To Wage War On Yelp

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According to Uproxx:

I personally like Yelp. Over the past few years, the only poor dining experiences I’ve had were a result of not consulting with the user-generated review site, usually decisions made not of my own volition. Business owners, on the other hand, have long-since had a tumultuous relationship with Yelp since reviews cannot be altered or deleted and disgruntled customers often leave unfair reviews — but I feel like most informed consumers can effectively weed through the BS.

One Italian restaurant in the San Francisco area, however, has revealed what may be a much more insidious side to Yelp, and — if true — this could potentially mean that Yelp is basically the equivalent of the online mafia. Botto Bistro co-owner Davide Cerretini claims that at one time he was getting as many as 15-20 calls a week from Yelp asking them to advertise. Eventually they did, spending approximately $270 for a six month time period — but once the restaurant stopped, the positive reviews turned negative and a positive review even vanished.

As such, Cerretini decided to give the middle finger to Yelp and aspire to be the worst reviewed restaurant on the site, offering 25% off to customers who left a one-star review — which in turn prompted a threatening email from Yelp due to offering incentives in exchange for reviews.

Cerretini spoke with SF Gate on the controversy:

“I don’t have anything against Yelp. The idea is fantastic, but the blackmailing thing is ferocious,” says Cerretini. “I think I should be the one deciding if I’m on the site or not. At least I can be there on my terms. The only power they have is they make you reliable to them. So, I’m going to be one of the most unreliable restaurants.”

“I want to be the worst restaurant there is in the Bay Area,” he says. “I think this is the best business move I have made in years.”

If nothing else, the whole thing has made for some pretty entertaining Yelp reviews. Here’s a few examples:

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Here Are 21 Food Hacks That’ll Make You Run For The Kitchen. #8 Changes EVERYTHING… OMG.

Here Are 21 Food Hacks That’ll Make You Run For The Kitchen. #8 Changes EVERYTHING… OMG. Being an adult and preparing food for yourself can be a boring, tiresome business. Fear no more. We have some tips to help you out. We found 21 awesome food hacks that’ll make eating so much better, you won’t know how you even lived before. Preparing for cookouts and parties is easy when you know these ridiculously simple tips. Summer 2014, we’re ready for you.

1.) Make easy cheesy bread with an already-baked loaf.
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2.) Breakfast just got interesting.
3.) Use a peeler to create pretty lemon flowers.
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4.) Melted banana split? Yes please.
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5.) Use an apple corer on potatoes for quick wedges.
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6.) No more sticky popsicle hands.
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7.) Making ice cream sandwiches is easy, if you have a hot, sharp knife.
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8.) Put the egg in the burger. You’ll thank us later.Here Are 21 Food Hacks Thatll Make You Run For The Kitchen 8 Changes EVERYTHING OMG

9.) Taco holders!Here Are 21 Food Hacks Thatll Make You Run For The Kitchen 8 Changes EVERYTHING OMG

10.) Swirly cake is actually easier than it looks.Here Are 21 Food Hacks Thatll Make You Run For The Kitchen 8 Changes EVERYTHING OMG

11.) Bacon. Pancakes.Here Are 21 Food Hacks Thatll Make You Run For The Kitchen 8 Changes EVERYTHING OMG

12.) Use a clothespin to make chopsticks foolproof.Here Are 21 Food Hacks Thatll Make You Run For The Kitchen 8 Changes EVERYTHING OMG

13.) Cheap hangers… or chip clips?
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14.) Bye-bye, strawberry stems.Here Are 21 Food Hacks Thatll Make You Run For The Kitchen 8 Changes EVERYTHING OMG

15.) Bees think they own your drinks. Use muffin/cupcake liners to stop them.
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16.) Carefully use a balloon and melted chocolate for a fancy, edible bowl.
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17.) Electric carving knife + bundt cake pan = easy corn on the cob obliteration.Here Are 21 Food Hacks Thatll Make You Run For The Kitchen 8 Changes EVERYTHING OMG

18.) There’s a new way to peel oranges.Here Are 21 Food Hacks Thatll Make You Run For The Kitchen 8 Changes EVERYTHING OMG

19.) Wet your fingers. Get the shell out.
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20.) AKA, heaven on earth.Here Are 21 Food Hacks Thatll Make You Run For The Kitchen 8 Changes EVERYTHING OMG

21.) Snacking just got awesome…ly unhealthy.Here Are 21 Food Hacks Thatll Make You Run For The Kitchen 8 Changes EVERYTHING OMG

(H/T Pemzo) You’re welcome. Eating food will never be the same. Share these awesome tips with others by clicking on the button below. Happy snacking!

18 Of The Most Magnificent Table Designs Ever

We just can’t get over the fact that creative designers are still able to find ingenious new ways to turn tables into works of art. You’d think there’s only so many different ways to reinvent a board with 4 legs, but these 18 examples of brilliant and artistic table design will prove you wrong.

What makes these tables so awesome is their effortless fusion of function and artistic form. Each is a piece of art meant to be used, not just admired.

If you’re looking for interior design inspiration, be sure to also check out ourchair design and kids’ room design posts!

Wood Log Table

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Designed by John Houshmand

Glass River Tables

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Amethyst Table

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Designed by Crystal Works

Citrine Tables

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Designed by Empressive Geo Designs

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Designed by Touchstone Galleries

Sparkling Table

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Designed by John Foster

Branch And Tree End Tables

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Designed by Bleu Nature

Abyss Table

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Designed by Duffy London

Recycled Jet Engine Table

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Designed by MotoArt

Swing Set Table

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Designed by Duffy London

Bubbling Table

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Designed by Liana Yaroslavsky

Picnyc Table

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Designed by Haiko Cosnelissen

Wood And Aluminum Tables

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Designed by Hilla Shamia

Petrified Wood Accent Table

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Image credits: Touchstone Galleries

Leaf Table

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Source: reddit

Dripping Chocolate Table

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Designed by Matthew Robinson

Moon Table

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Designed by Liana Yaroslavsky

Ghost Table

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Designed by Essey

Lake Table

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Designed by David Gill

 

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5-Year-Old With Autism Paints Stunning Masterpieces

Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.

Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when they discovered her amazing talent.

We have been encouraging Iris to paint to help with speech therapy, joint attention and turn taking,” her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, explains on her website. “Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints. Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age, she has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other.

More info: irisgracepainting | Facebook (h/t: aplus)

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