Thai Food – Joy Peppers http://joypeppers.com/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 03:43:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://joypeppers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/joy-peppers-icon-150x150.png Thai Food – Joy Peppers http://joypeppers.com/ 32 32 ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Shay Mitchell Reveals Her 3 Favorite Toronto Restaurants http://joypeppers.com/pretty-little-liars-star-shay-mitchell-reveals-her-3-favorite-toronto-restaurants/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 23:43:15 +0000 http://joypeppers.com/pretty-little-liars-star-shay-mitchell-reveals-her-3-favorite-toronto-restaurants/

Pretty little Liars Star Shay Mitchell doesn’t keep her favorite restaurants in Toronto secret. The celeb was hanging out in 6ix last weekend, and she recently spilled the tea on the best places to eat in town.

During an Instagram Q&A, Mitchell was asked what her three best restaurants in town were. She posted her responses to her story on August 3, and here’s where she likes to eat while visiting Toronto.

Mitchell dubbed PAI Northern Thai Kitchen the best place for Thai food. The place has several locations and is known for its Pad Thai.

When it comes to pizza, Mitchell’s go-to spot is Bitondo Pizzeria. The iconic restaurant has been serving slices in the Little Italy area for years, and you can also find sandwiches and panzerotti here.

But her favorite restaurant overall? The star revealed that Joso’s, a seafood restaurant in Yorkville, was her favorite restaurant. The upscale restaurant has decor inspired by the Dalmatian coast, and you can enjoy risotto, pasta, salads, and more.

Screenshot of Shay Mitchell’s Instagram story.@shaymitchell | instagram

She also mentioned that her most missed restaurant is Island Foods, a Caribbean eatery that closed its King Street location in 2019. However, you can still visit its location in Don Mills, and a location in Markham is expected to open soon.

Mitchell documented her trip to 6ix in a TikTok, where she can be seen living at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, shopping and more.

Several other restaurants in town have won celebrity acclaim, including Sotto Sotto and Ruby Soho.

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Thai restaurant brand announces seven-figure investment starting next week http://joypeppers.com/thai-restaurant-brand-announces-seven-figure-investment-starting-next-week/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 10:15:32 +0000 http://joypeppers.com/thai-restaurant-brand-announces-seven-figure-investment-starting-next-week/

THAI Leisure Group, the UK’s largest Thai restaurant chain, has pledged to invest £1million in its most popular Chaophraya and Thaikhun restaurants, starting with Chaophraya Newcastle and Chaophaya Glasgow, which will be completed before Christmas.

The renovations will see the existing Chaophraya and Thaikhun restaurants being revamped over the next few months, with plans to upgrade the interior and exterior of at least five of its restaurants. The local contractor, JMDA, has been appointed to work on the renovation of five sites.

This significant investment is being made to enable the brand to meet the needs of its existing customers, as well as support its ambitious growth plans. Major changes will include redesigning and modernizing the house facade and entrances, as well as the dining areas and bars of several key restaurants.

Thai Leisure Group Managing Director, Ian Leigh, said: “At Thai Leisure Group, we pride ourselves on constantly innovating and developing our offering, which is why we have remained the largest Thai restaurant chain in the UK. United. This significant investment will elevate the dining experience for customers even further, allowing customers to enjoy a greater range of Thai cuisine in a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing environment.

“We are delighted to unveil renovations underway at several of our key restaurants, and look forward to welcoming new and returning customers over the coming months.”

Each Chaophraya site will be renovated over the next 3 years, with renovations expected to begin in the coming months.

While the main priority of the company has always been to invest in its team to guarantee impeccable service and quality, the renovation of its sites is now a priority. Thai Leisure Group recently expanded its portfolio with its first Thaikhun street food buffet restaurant, Thaikhun Buffet, located at the Trafford Centre, Manchester. Additionally, the brand plans to open more Chaophraya locations over the next 5 years.

The group also has a growing presence in the delivery space, with Chaophraya and Thaikhun now on Deliveroo. This has proven to be a key revenue stream and is one of the main focuses of the company’s marketing strategy for the next 12 months.

For more information, please visit: https://www.thaileisuregroup.co.uk/

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A house in central Thailand collapses and kills an 88-year-old woman http://joypeppers.com/a-house-in-central-thailand-collapses-and-kills-an-88-year-old-woman/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 10:33:40 +0000 http://joypeppers.com/a-house-in-central-thailand-collapses-and-kills-an-88-year-old-woman/

An 88-year-old woman died yesterday after her home in Ang Thong province, central Thailand, collapsed on top of her.

The heavy rains were too heavy for the 100-year-old building, located in Bang Chak Subdistrict, Wiset Chai Chan District, Ang Thong, and the roof literally collapsed.

The house was built in traditional Thai style stylish, made on stilts with terracotta tiles.

A monk who went out this morning to receive food offerings noticed the destruction of the building and reported it to the provincial officers.

The elderly woman, Lynchee, was found dead under a wooden post about 6 inches in diameter.

The Meteorological Service announced today that most parts of Thailand will experience heavy rain for four days from tomorrow, especially in the north, northeast and central parts of Thailand. The department urged residents to be aware of the dangers of thunderstorms and high winds. They added that there is also a high possibility of flash floods in different areas.

Media reported this afternoon that some roads in Bangkok were flooded due to a thunderstorm around 11 a.m..

Small cars should avoid using Petch Buri Road, Sri Ayutthaya Road, Itsara Parp Road, Nawamin Road, Rama 6 Road, Pracha Songkhro Road and Borommaratchachonnani Road.

THE SOURCE: khaosod | Thansettakij | TNN

]]> A model of religious harmony, Thailand still attracts tourists http://joypeppers.com/a-model-of-religious-harmony-thailand-still-attracts-tourists/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 13:13:46 +0000 http://joypeppers.com/a-model-of-religious-harmony-thailand-still-attracts-tourists/

Damnoen Saduak floating market – BENEDICT LOPEZ

Before the pandemic, Thailand was a tourist paradise.

In 2019, some 40 million tourists visited the country, captivated by the scenic tourist spots and pristine beaches.

In 2019, Thailand ranked eighth in the world, with 40 million international tourist arrivals. Tourism accounted for 11% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), valued at two trillion baht in 2019. Thailand’s tourism sector created 36 million jobs between 2014 and 2019.

As in most other countries, the pandemic plagued Thailand’s tourism sector in 2020 and 2021. By September 2021, tourist arrivals had plunged and international flights to Thailand were down 95% year-on-year. former. Hotel occupancy has dropped to just 9%.

Tourists flock to the country

Thailand’s tourism industry is rebounding from a disastrous phase. Since July 1, 2022, Thailand has fully reopened to foreign tourists.

In addition to presenting a passport or border pass on entry, vaccinated persons must present a vaccination certificate (taken at least 14 days before travel) on arrival, while unvaccinated travelers or partially vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative PCR test result or occupational antigen. test kit result taken within 72 hours of travel. Those arriving overland using a border pass will be allowed to stay for up to three days in specified areas only.

With relatively low airfares and reasonable hotel rates in Bangkok, I decided to spend five days in the “Land of Smiles”.

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Bangkok is now a hive of activity and tourists are flocking to the country in droves: similar to pre-pandemic days.

Floating markets

Floating markets are a popular attraction in Thailand, and I visited the one in Damnoen Saduak, over an hour’s drive from Bangkok.

On a motorboat, travelers experience daily life on the backwaters of Bangkok’s canals up close (see photo above).

Outlet vendors here sell fresh produce and other foodstuffs, souvenirs, handicrafts and handmade sweets. Floating markets offer tourists a taste of popular Thai culture.

The pandemic has affected the livelihoods of many of these vendors, who depend on tourists for a stable monthly income. Fortunately, as tourists flock to the country again, their incomes will increase.

Bridge over the River Kwai

Bridge over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi – BENEDICT LOPEZ

Another attraction I always wanted to visit in Thailand was the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, about two hours drive from the capital.

Built during the Japanese occupation, this railway was built to cross Burma to aid the Japanese invasion of India. I noticed the dexterity of execution as I walked along the stretch of railway crossing the River Kwai.

Stretching for 400 km, it was once called the Thailand-Burma Railway and earned the nickname “Death Railway” because more than one hundred thousand workers died during its 16-year construction period. month.

Some 13,000 POWs died and were buried along the railway. Around 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died during the construction of the railway, including Malays, Indians and Malaysian Chinese.

Right next to the bridge is the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, which was the main POW cemetery for victims of Japanese imprisonment.

Fallen Soldiers: The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery – BENEDICT LOPEZ

The cemetery contains 6,982 graves, mostly of British, Australian and Dutch prisoners – of which 6,858 have been identified.

As I walked along this well-maintained cemetery, I noticed that most of the fallen soldiers were between 20 and 30 years old. Words inscribed on the headstones paid somber homage to these fallen heroes.

It must have been heartbreaking for the families of these soldiers to know that their sons and brothers gave their lives for their country under such circumstances.

Exemplary religious harmony

Most Thais are Buddhists and some of the most renowned Buddhist temples are found throughout the country.

In Bangkok, I visited the Traimit Witthayaram temple, where I saw the largest golden Buddha image in the world (made of pure gold). I noticed that even Hindu tourists from India were praying in this temple in front of the Buddha statue.

Later, as I passed the Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple, I observed that it was filled with Thai Buddhists making offerings and praying.

Crossing the religious divide: Thai Buddhists pray and make offerings at the Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple in Bangkok – BENEDICT LOPEZ

Upon entering the temple, I inquired with a Thai woman about these devotees.

She replied that it was quite common to see Thai Buddhists praying in this Hindu temple.

Even for a Catholic like me, the sight of faithful Buddhists and Hindus worshiping each other’s religions was moving, as it reflected the exemplary religious harmony that reigned there. Such types of worship bring out the best in humanity, and these believers dominate those who are narrow-minded and bigoted.

Despite being a predominantly Buddhist nation, Thailand is steeped in Hindu influence and many Thais have names of Indian origin. Their kings were called Rama IV, Rama XI, Prem, Anand and Supatra. In 2019, the coronation ceremony of King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand was punctuated by Hindu and Buddhist rituals.

Apart from its scenic sights and delicious cuisine, many tourists also enjoy shopping in the country. In the Sukhumvit area, more than a dozen tailoring shops cater to customers who want pants, shirts and blouses made within 24 hours. Almost all the tailor shops here are owned by ethnic Indians, some of whom are third and fourth generation Thai citizens.

What makes Thailand so attractive? Considered the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia, Thailand offers tourists a variety of clean beaches, a vast expanse of flora and fauna, tasty Thai cuisine, cheap beer and a range of hotels, including one of the best luxury hotels in the world. Literally speaking, there is always something for every taste and budget.

Even during times of political uncertainty, such as the clashes between the yellow shirts and the red shirts some time ago, the influx of tourists to the country has remained unchanged. Perhaps even then tourists did not feel insecure, as they believed it was purely domestic politics and the country was still a safe destination for vacation.

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Sneaky shrinking drives people crazy http://joypeppers.com/sneaky-shrinking-drives-people-crazy/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 02:07:05 +0000 http://joypeppers.com/sneaky-shrinking-drives-people-crazy/

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Shrinkflation does not deceive consumers for long. People notice when their stuff is running out faster.

When a 22-pound bag of dog food replaces a 30-pound bag, Buddy’s appetite does not decrease as a result. If the 12-pack of K-cups becomes a 10-pack, coffee drinkers need to refill more often to keep the caffeine coming. When the cans of tomatoes go from 32 ounces to 28 ounces, the sauces no longer match the one pound cans of pasta. Even inattentive buyers quickly notice that they are getting less for their money.

The small packages also don’t fool the people who compile the inflation statistics.

If a 16 ounce box contracts to 14 ounces and the price stays the same, I asked Bureau of Labor Statistics economist Jonathan Church, how is that recorded? “Rise in prices,” he said quickly. You simply divide the price by 14 instead of 16 and get the price per ounce. Correcting the contraction is simple.

New service charges for things that were previously included in the price, from rice at a Thai restaurant to delivery of topsoil, rarely override inflation figures, nor do they mislead consumers.

But a stealthier contraction is plaguing today’s economy: declining quality rather than quantity. Often intangible, lost value is difficult to capture in price indices.

Faced with labor shortages, for example, many hotels have eliminated daily housekeeping. For the same room price, customers benefit from fewer services. It’s not conceptually different from shrinking a bag of chips. But would the consumer price index absorb the change?

Probably not, says Church.

Measuring inflation is difficult. The goal is to capture changes in the overall price level – the numbers on each price tag – not fluctuations in relative prices. You want to see how much the cost of living, represented by the price of a consistent basket of goods and services, has changed.

It is different from the number of hamburgers equivalent to a gallon of gasoline or the number of apples equivalent to a movie ticket. Relative prices can and do change all the time without constituting inflation. But for today’s cost-of-living basket to measure the same as yesterday’s, the goods and services themselves must remain the same. And they too tend to change, especially when technology is involved.

BLS economists have many ways to fix these changes, but they err on the side of conservatism. They look for specific, quantifiable differences that customers can reasonably notice and care about, and which can be incorporated into statistical models. A larger television screen with a higher definition picture is likely more valuable to consumers. But what about a hotel room with nicer linens? It’s more delicate. The less measurable the change, the more difficult it is to correct it.

During the 2000s and 2010s, inflation was likely overstated due to unmeasured increases in quality. Now, it’s the opposite phenomenon. Quality cuts have become so pervasive that even today’s scary inflation numbers are almost certainly understated.

Paper towels from a local smoothie shop, a friend points out, have become so thin and small that they are “almost useless”. But price followers would only look at the smoothie itself disregarding the lousy napkins.

A Starbucks latte may cost the same, but if the store now closes at 4 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. — or varies its hours unpredictably based on availability for work — customers get less for their money. Shorter and less predictable schedules have become common in many service businesses.

Take my recent trip to Bank of America. Arrived around 3:15 to do a survey for my condo association to find the metal security gate down and only the ATMs in the lobby were available. A sign said the branch was open until 4:00 p.m. – already a reduction in hours from the old schedule – but that was not the case. At a second branch, where I was turned away because closing time was approaching, I met a mother and her adult daughter who were on their third unsuccessful branch visit. Coming back another day, they said, meant getting more time off from work. This cost would not be included in official measures of inflation.

Similarly, airline ticket prices fell slightly in June, but that does not mean that the cost of air travel is falling. Bags are five times more likely to get misplaced than a year ago, and security lines are incredibly long. On July 2, I spent four hours waiting with thousands of other passengers to go through security at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Whether or not the ticket price was higher than a year earlier, the intangible cost certainly was. While this example is extreme, longer waits for any type of service, from doctor’s appointments to sandwich orders, are becoming common.

Even if income follows inflation, declines in quality are aggravating and depressing. They make consumers feel helpless and taken for granted, which can lead to angry confrontations. They create a pervasive feeling that the world is getting worse. They demand a toll that economic statistics cannot capture.

More other writers at Bloomberg Opinion:

• Shrinkflation is an economic monster worth watching: Stephen Mihm

• Inflation is even worse if you measure it correctly: Justin Fox

• Inflation ate your free lunch, but you’re still better off: Allison Schrager

(Adjusts the effect on inflation calculations of unmeasured quality increases during the years 2000 and 2010 in the 12th paragraph.)

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Virginia Postrel is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. She is a visiting scholar at the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy at Chapman University and author, most recently, of “The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World”.

More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com/opinion

]]> Red Lotus Asian Grille a family restaurant with varied cuisine http://joypeppers.com/red-lotus-asian-grille-a-family-restaurant-with-varied-cuisine/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 01:59:00 +0000 http://joypeppers.com/red-lotus-asian-grille-a-family-restaurant-with-varied-cuisine/

When Vi Li started working at a Chinese restaurant in Lakeline Mall as a waiter in 2009, she said she had no idea she would one day own her own Asian restaurant in northwest Austin, but she had a passion for hard work and a dream to succeed. .

“I had the same dream as Tiana in the Disney movie, ‘The Princess and the Frog,'” Li said. [both] did it!”

Like Tiana, Li worked hard, but unlike the movie, she continued to work for the same restaurant that moved from Lakeline Mall to Liberty Hill, growing from server to cashier and host. Then the owner opened a second restaurant, Red Lotus Asian Grille, at 6507 Jester Blvd., on February 22, 2017.

“My boss built this restaurant to give to his son and daughter-in-law, but they didn’t want to work in a restaurant, so he asked me to buy it,” Li said.

Li and her husband, Trieu To, a mechanical engineer, bought the business and kept the name and recipes without closing a single day. Ownership was transferred on October 1, 2017.

Since then, Li has become her own boss taking over the reins of Red Lotus, and To has continued to work as an engineer, helping out on evenings and weekends. “If something were to break, [To] could fix it like almost anything,” Li said. “We saved a lot of work.”

The restaurant, still new, was only beginning to attract customers. Customers have started to return for the range of Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine offered by the family-style restaurant. The restaurant is now in its fifth year.

Li said attention to detail is important at Red Lotus, with every meal fresh and prepared with each customer’s preferred level of spice. Keeping prices affordable is also something Li says is important, with their specialty grilled lamb chops priced at $17.95.

“We care about our customers,” To said. “We keep the restaurant clean; we cook fresh food to order; and most of the vegetables we use are organic and delivered twice a week. »

With specialty items like fried and battered frog legs and Vietnamese pho as well as a customer following for its egg soup, Red Lotus has developed a steady clientele, some of whom have standing reservations weekly for gatherings. business and book clubs, using a party room that can be reserved for those dining in the restaurant.

Li has worked in the restaurant business for 12 years and her family has grown to five, with three daughters. While her family has grown, her business is thriving. This year, the wife-husband team opened a second location in Round Rock at 2601 S I-35, Ste. A500, May 26.

To quit his job and is now fully involved in the business, and Li has kept Tiana’s dream close. She named her youngest daughter Tiana. Children often eat at Red Lotus while parents run the business.

Red Lotus Asian Grille

www.redlotusasiangrille.com

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Austin1: 6507 Jester Blvd., Ste. 501 Austin

512-494-4994

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7 Toronto restaurants offering a $25 3-course dinner for Summerlicious http://joypeppers.com/7-toronto-restaurants-offering-a-25-3-course-dinner-for-summerlicious/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 01:43:28 +0000 http://joypeppers.com/7-toronto-restaurants-offering-a-25-3-course-dinner-for-summerlicious/

Summerlicious is back in Toronto, and you know what that means? An opportunity to try a bunch of restaurants on your list for less than it probably would have cost you.

Traveling the world can be quite chaotic this time of year, but if you’re traveling for food and yearning for that adventure, you might as well explore the different cuisines in the heart of Toronto.

You can start making reservations on July 18, but the offers won’t go into effect until August 12 and end on August 28, so be sure to act fast!

Here’s a list of seven restaurants in Toronto offering 3-course dinners for $25.

Crystal Thani

Type of cuisine: Thai

Address: 571 College Street, Toronto, Ontario

Why you need to go: To try their popular Thai dishes for $25, which include fresh Thai rolls, Massaman curry, mango sticky rice and more!

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Detroit Pizzeria

Type of cuisine: American

Address: 1093 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario

Why you need to go: Pizza lovers round up because you can get a starter, pizza, and dessert for $25! Look at that stringy cheese! Yum!

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Free Times Cafe

Cuisine: Jewish, Middle Eastern

Address: 320 College Street, Toronto, Ontario

Why you have to go: To enjoy their matzo chicken ball soup, brisket sandwich and vanilla ice cream topped with Halva and various other options.

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Manate

Cuisine: Indian

Address: 839 College Street, Toronto, Ontario

Why you have to go: To eat their butter chicken, obviously.

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Bar Bacán

Cuisine: Latin American

Address: 369 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Who doesn’t love empanadas? This place has a whole bunch of empanada options! In addition to Costillitas, and their own specialty dishes.

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The chef’s house

Cuisine: Canadian

Address: 215 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario

Why you need to go: Craving fresh burrata and tomatoes with a balsamic glaze on those hot summer days? With an ice cream on the side perhaps? So you wanna hit this spot

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iSLAS Filipino BBQ and Bar

Cuisine: Filipino

Address: 1690 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

Why you need to go: You’ve probably seen it all over TikTok and want to try their Filipino spring rolls and famous barbecue dishes!

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Russia restarts major gas pipeline, expands Ukraine’s war aims http://joypeppers.com/russia-restarts-major-gas-pipeline-expands-ukraines-war-aims/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 08:46:34 +0000 http://joypeppers.com/russia-restarts-major-gas-pipeline-expands-ukraines-war-aims/

July 21 (Reuters) – Russia is resuming gas supplies via a major gas pipeline to Europe on Thursday, the pipeline operator said, amid fears Moscow could use its vast energy exports to fend off Western pressure on his invasion of Ukraine.

The resumption of the reduced-capacity Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline after a 10-day maintenance hiatus comes after comments from Russia’s foreign minister showed the Kremlin’s targets had widened during the five-month war.

Sergey Lavrov told the official RIA Novosti news agency on Wednesday that Russian military “tasks” in Ukraine now go beyond the eastern region of Donbass.

Lavrov also said Moscow’s goals would expand further if the West continued to supply Kyiv with long-range weapons such as US-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).

“This means that the geographical tasks will stretch even further from the current line,” he said, adding that the peace talks were meaningless at the moment.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later told RIA that Moscow was not closing the door on talks with Kyiv despite Lavrov’s comments.

Fears that Russian gas supplies through Europe’s largest gas pipeline could be cut off by Moscow prompted the European Union to ask member states on Wednesday to cut gas consumption by 15% until March as as an emergency measure.

“Russia is blackmailing us. Russia uses energy as a weapon,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, describing a complete cutoff of Russian gas flows as “a likely scenario” for which “Europe must be ready.” .

Putin had previously warned that the gas supply via Nord Stream was likely to be further reduced.

Russia, the world’s biggest gas exporter, has denied Western accusations of using its energy supplies as a tool of coercion, saying it is a reliable energy supplier.

As for its oil, Russia will not send supplies to the world market if a price cap is imposed below the cost of production, the Interfax news agency said on Wednesday quoting Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

FIGHT AGAINST TOLL MOUNTS

On the battlefront, the Ukrainian military reported heavy and sometimes deadly Russian shelling amid what they said were largely unsuccessful attempts by Russian ground forces to advance.

In the past 24 hours, Ukrainian forces said they destroyed 17 vehicles, some of them armored, and killed more than 100 Russian soldiers in the south and east.

The Russian-installed administration in the partially occupied Ukrainian region of Zaporizhzhia said Ukraine carried out a drone strike on a nuclear power plant there, but the reactor was not damaged.

Multiple explosions were also heard in the Russian-held southern Kherson region overnight and on Thursday, Russian news agency TASS reported.

Reuters could not independently verify the information.

The Russian invasion has killed thousands, displaced millions, and destroyed cities, especially in the Russian-speaking regions of eastern and southeastern Ukraine. It has also raised global energy and food prices and heightened fears of famine in poorer countries, with Ukraine and Russia both major grain producers.

The United States estimates that Russian casualties in Ukraine so far have reached around 15,000 killed and possibly 45,000 wounded, CIA Director William Burns said on Wednesday.

Russia classifies military deaths as state secrets even in peacetime and has not frequently updated its official casualty figures during the war.

THE UNITED STATES OPPOSES THE ANNEXES

The United States, which on Tuesday said it saw signs Russia was preparing to formally annex territory it seized in Ukraine, vowed it would oppose annexation.

“Once again, we have been clear that annexation by force would be a flagrant violation of the UN Charter, and we would not allow it to go unchallenged. We would not allow this to go unpunished,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday during a daily briefing.

Russia annexed Crimea to Ukraine in 2014 and supports the breakaway Russian-speaking entities – the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) – in those provinces, collectively known as Donbass.

Lavrov is the most prominent figure to speak openly about Russia’s war aims in territorial terms, nearly five months after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Feb. 24 invasion while denying that Russia intended to occupy his neighbour.

Next, Putin declared that his goal was to demilitarize and “denazify” Ukraine – a statement rejected by Kyiv and the West as a pretext for an imperial-style war of expansion.

Lavrov told RIA Novosti that geographical realities have changed since Russian and Ukrainian negotiators held peace talks in Turkey in late March that yielded no breakthrough.

“Now the geography is different, it’s far from just DPR and LPR, it’s also Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions and a number of other territories,” he said, referring to territories far beyond the Donbass that Russian forces have fully or partially seized.

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New Yelp reviews reveal who the #1 food truck is in all three cities http://joypeppers.com/new-yelp-reviews-reveal-who-the-1-food-truck-is-in-all-three-cities/ Tue, 19 Jul 2022 18:43:11 +0000 http://joypeppers.com/new-yelp-reviews-reveal-who-the-1-food-truck-is-in-all-three-cities/

What is Tri-Cities’ highest rated food truck on Yelp?

You learn something new every day and I learned something new today that I had no idea until today.

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What are the best food trucks to eat in the Tri-Cities?

It had never occurred to me until now, but Yelp is constantly updating its review rankings. As people leave reviews, your rankings can go up… or down.

I never thought of it like this until I got a message in my inbox that there was a new Yelp ranking for Tri-Cities food trucks. I love our area food trucks and was curious what the new rankings had to say.

Tri-Cities has seen a food truck boom over the past few years and there have been some amazing additions to Tri-Cities culinary tastes, that’s for sure.

Here are the top 10 best food trucks in the three cities

I thought it would be cool to compile a list of the top 10 Yelp-rated food trucks in the Tri-Cities.

The #1 Rated Food Truck in the Tri-Cities Has a 5 star rating while several are right behind them with 4.8 rankings.

Here is the current ranking of Top 10 Food trucks rated by Yelp in the Tri-Cities:

Here are 10 of the highest-rated food trucks in the three cities

Yelp has rated food trucks in Tri-Cities and here are the top-ranked food trucks based on Yelp reviews.

As you can see, Doggie Style Gourmet is the current reigning Tri-Cities champion, but going down this list, there’s no loser in the pack.

Photo credit: Doggie Style Gourmet.

Photo credit: Doggie Style Gourmet.

I have been to most Top 10 and all of them are quite delicious. Great to rank the Doggie Style Gourmet team and congratulations to all the other food trucks on the list for making some amazingly delicious food.

Greedy doggy style

Greedy doggy style

If you’re feeling a little hungry like me after a list like this, take your pick and enjoy the best food trucks and food trucks Tri-Cities has to offer.

25 Tri-Cities Food Trucks You Must Try Before You Die!

You’re going to want to lick the pictures – here are 25 Tri-Cities food trucks you’ll want to try before you die!

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Mom’s Touch is expanding into the global fast food market using a success strategy that has allowed it to rise to the top of the number of stores in Korea, beating leading global brands http://joypeppers.com/moms-touch-is-expanding-into-the-global-fast-food-market-using-a-success-strategy-that-has-allowed-it-to-rise-to-the-top-of-the-number-of-stores-in-korea-beating-leading-global-brands/ Mon, 18 Jul 2022 02:00:00 +0000 http://joypeppers.com/moms-touch-is-expanding-into-the-global-fast-food-market-using-a-success-strategy-that-has-allowed-it-to-rise-to-the-top-of-the-number-of-stores-in-korea-beating-leading-global-brands/

Seoul, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hamburger, which is loved by the global community, originated in the United States. Although it was originally developed in Germany, it has long been recognized as soul food for the American people. Naturally, most of today’s global burger brands are headquartered in the United States. In this situation, an increasing number of non-American hamburger brands are exported to the United States, attracting attention. Among these brands, a typical one is “Mom’s Touch” based in Korea.

Mom’s Touch, a Korean hamburger and chicken brand, is fully expanding its franchise business in overseas markets by exporting its products to the US market.

In Korea, Mom’s Touch has experienced rapid growth as its “Thigh Burger”, with its excellent quality and cost-effectiveness, has gained popularity among MZ generations. Amid fierce competition with global brands, Mom’s Touch recently registered the most stores in Korea by enhancing its brand power through quality management, positioning itself as a successful model in the franchise industry. .

‘Thigh Burger’ captivates consumers in the United States, the homeland of burgers

Thigh Burger offers an exquisite harmony between a spicy moist whole chicken thigh patty and a generous amount of fresh lettuce, onion and sauce as garnish. Having captivated the tastes of consumers ranging from children to middle-aged people, Thigh Burger has established itself as a typical chicken burger in Korea with 390 million copies sold since its launch in 2005.

Building an unrivaled position among a number of giant global brands, Mom’s Touch successfully established itself last year in the United States, the homeland of burgers and chicken.

With the conclusion of a master franchise agreement with a local partner in the United States, Mom’s Touch opened its first store in Los Angeles in June 2021. By curating the menu line with local cultures in mind, such as custom orders and cuts chicken preferences, Mom’s Touch raised $120,000 in July and $150,000 in August 2021 in revenue, recording about $120,000 per month on average in 2021.

Additionally, Mom’s Touch has succeeded in stabilizing its position in Los Angeles as its outlet has been rated as a must-visit restaurant by influential local media outlets, such as the Los Angeles Times and Eater LA, captivating consumer tastes in the homemade chickens and burgers. where chicken burgers (chicken sandwiches) are establishing themselves as a mega trend with differentiated tastes and services based on its unique know-how.

Building on the business experience of its first store, Mom’s Touch opened its second outlet, a drive-thru, in Long Beach. The company strategically made this choice considering that drive-thru sales account for approximately 70% of all fast food industry sales in the United States. It plans to open a third outlet in the United States by the end of this year and aims to open 100 across the United States by 2025.

Korean Burger and Chicken Franchise Mom’s Touch Ranks No. 1 in Korea, Beating Franchise Giants

In the first quarter of 2022, Mom’s Touch ranks No. 1 in Korea for the number of stores by managing a total of 1,354 franchise outlets. With its excellent product quality and operational capabilities, the local brand has an unrivaled position in Korea’s fast food franchise market, where large corporations and global brands compete fiercely.

Specifically, Mom’s Touch outlets improve consumer satisfaction by adopting the “cook after order” method in which all food is cooked after orders are received. No matter when they order, customers can uniquely enjoy the crispy and chewy taste of their orders as if they were cooked a moment ago.

Unlike other burgers that use frozen ground patties, Thigh Burgers use fresh and chilled boneless chicken thighs, earning high ratings for taste and quality. Another brand growth factor is its crushing size, which provides visual pleasure as well as increased satiety by thickly filling fresh vegetables such as lettuce and tomato on a chicken patty, successfully winning loyalty among young men of 10 to 20 years old, big burger customers.

Mom’s Touch has strengthened its competitiveness in managing quality and hygiene through the expansion of the food bank system, the product innovation center and the advancement of the M-QMS process which proactively manages quality and hygiene. product sanitation at all stages from raw materials to sale.

Mom’s Touch has also established a strong position in the franchise industry by delivering exceptional profitability. While franchisees generally require considerably high initial investments, Mom’s Touch remains a franchise brand favored by potential franchisees because it requires a reasonable initial investment and generates stable profits.

Franchisees can enjoy the benefits of reducing their initial investment and fixed costs by setting up small and medium-sized stores with spaces of about 83~100 m2 along streets or alleys in major areas of businesses, or at strategic locations on the second floor of shopping complexes. Additionally, Mom’s Touch offers a variety of outlet owner-friendly policies, such as charging no markup for inside stores, franchise fees, or training fees.

With the rise in demand for post-pandemic delivery services, Mom’s Touch’s profitable business model is gaining more attention.

Accelerating Global Market Expansion Using “Mom’s Touch DNA of Success”

Having established an unrivaled position among global giant brands, Mom’s Touch will make inroads into the ASEAN region this year, building on its successful entry into the US market, the homeland of burgers, last year.

To join the restaurant market in Thailand, Mom’s Touch recently entered into a master franchise agreement with Mom’s Touch Thailand Co., Ltd., where the owner of RS Group, Thailand’s largest entertainment company, is one members of its board of directors.

Using Thailand, where catering and delivery services are growing rapidly, as an anchor to expand into the ASEAN region, Mom’s Touch aims to build global brand recognition through its advantage differentiated competition in chicken burgers that dominated the Korean market.

Targeting the taste of Thai consumers who prefer chicken, Mom’s Touch will offer “Thigh Burger”, featuring its deep-fried thick chicken thigh patty, as the main menu item, and launch various localized menus tailored to local consumers, including burgers, chickens and sides, in collaboration with the partner.

Mom’s Touch will soon open its first outlet in Thailand, based on the main franchise, to study local consumer feedback, and intends to open 6 stores by the end of this year while building its influence and its reputation on the local market by testing optimized menus and services. He is also actively discussing master franchise deals with partners in a number of ASEAN and Middle Eastern countries.

“With Thigh Burger, the king of the Korean chicken burger market, which is fast-moving and trend-aware, we have risen to the top of the industry,” a Mom’s Touch official said. “We aim to demonstrate the potential of ‘K-Burger’ by transplanting our DNA of success to other countries, including the United States, the homeland of burgers, based on our product power and know-how. to do in the operation of franchises.”

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