Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jim's Place

Breakfast joints in Alameda are plenty.  Jim's Place is one of the top hot spots on the Island and has long lines and huge portions.    The menu is vast and there are too many choices for such an early meal.  The old standbys of pancakes, waffles and eggs are always a safe bet and you cannot go wrong with these orders.  This is the type of food that customers wait for in line.

I got adventurous the last time I ate there and ordered the chili and cheese omelet.  The portion could feed two, but the flavors were absent.  I did not enjoy the food.  I chewed my food and fed my body, but did not receive any pleasure from the meal.

Of course I would return to Jim's Place, but I would keep my order to what I like.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Extreme Coupons

The idea of on-line coupons has been around for at least a decade, but people have short memories. Groupon, LivingSocial and Buy Me Now all doing local daily coupons are making bank utilizing an old idea. The purchasing of on-line coupons is good and bad, just as long the buyer actually utilizes it. Business owners can jeopardize themselves if they don't cap out the number of sold coupons in the distribution chain. I know businesses are struggling all over the Bay Area and not just Alameda, but the idea of mass distribution of coupons also leads to non loyal customers. I wouldn't want my customer base to go to a competitor solely because their products happen to be 50% off for a day.
The bottom line is cheaper is not always better.