2017 Favorites

Happy New Year!

I’m reluctant to use the term best of in regards to my personal choices so I’m going to opt for current favorites. When it comes to matters of taste I have a hard time accepting a declaration of this is the best.   I do think it’s interesting to see a year in review when it comes to pizza and/or beer and I typically post my favorite new discoveries of a particular year. This year I spent a lot more time brewing my own beer and getting to know my wood fire pizza oven rather than going out on beer and pizza adventures so I didn’t have the kinds of monumental discoveries I usually do. Because of this I reflected on the tried and true favorites that are a regular part of my life or that I had an experience with and never forgot.  I also thought about what’s ahead and what I want to experience, so in addition to my current five favorite pizzas and beers I’ve also included a pizza and beer bucket list.  In regards to a beer bucket list; with all the breweries popping up all over the country one can get excellent examples of just about any style without having to travel too far or having beers shipped, but it wasn’t that long ago when that wasn’t the case. I remember loading up my luggage with beers after a trip to Dogfish Head in 2006 but now there are very few places I could go to that I would feel the need to go through the hassle of packing beers.  This is a great development as I’m a huge fan of supporting the locals but it does tend to diminish the significance of beer centric destinations. So for the beer bucket list I’ve included a couple of beers that I haven’t taken the opportunity to try as well as some destinations I’d like to get to.

As I’ve indicated I’m not declaring anything the best, just the current reigning champs at beerandpizza.org.  If you have any opinions on the Top 5 Lists or the Bucket Lists, please leave a comment.

The lists are in order.

Top 5 – Pizza

Pacific Pizza & Brew – Bend, Oregon

Perfectly made wood fire pizza. When I went here I was on the fence about putting a wood fire oven in my backyard. After eating this pizza the decision was made, I knew I had to try and make similar pizza.  I went there just as it was opening on a Sunday morning and we were the second group of people to arrive but according to the pizzaiolo that I spoke with there is a line out the door every night so if you go, plan to go during off hours or wait.  It’s located within walking distance of Farmer’s Market so you can accomplish a lot on one trip.

Dominicks – Oxnard CA

This place is off the mainstream pizza grid but worth checking out if you’re ever in transit along the 101 going through Ventura County.  I’ve been stopping in here for almost 30 years and consider the pizza to be unique and memorable.  The crust is flaky, almost like a dough you would expect from a dessert pie.  As my pizza education has progressed I often think that Dominicks will lose its significance in my life at some point but it hasn’t happened yet. I still find it very satisfying.

Serious Pie

Serious Pie – Seattle

I’ve read in various forums that some people consider Serious Pie overhyped celebrity chef pizza.  I disagree and think it’s fantastic and for me it strikes up images of Italian grandmothers and centuries past.  I go to Seattle often and have been visiting a lot of the pizza joints (of which there are many excellent ones to choose from) but at some point I’m going back to Serious Pie. The memory has had a significant lingering affect.

Gino’s East – Chicago

As you may have already guessed, there isn’t a pattern to my pizza lust. I love it all and Chicago style has a special place in my heart.  I’ve been to several of the Chicago’s deep dish pizzerias and so far Gino’s East is the only one I’ve been to twice and if I return to Chicago I suspect I will go again.

Caoiti Pizza Café

Caoti Pizza Café – Studio City CA

I think Ed LaDou was a visionary and in Caoiti Pizza Café he created an epic and unique pizzeria. I had the opportunity to interview his wife Carrie for California Beer & Pizza and she is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.  Since Ed passed away she has done a tremendous job of taking over the restaurant and her vision has led to a menu that goes well beyond pizza, but the pizza is still why I go there.  I think Caoti defines California-style pizza. The toppings are imaginative and the crust is a delicious golden brown. I love going there.

Pizza Bucket List

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana and Delfina – San Francisco

I was supposed to go to both of these places last weekend but due to a series of weird scheduling mishaps it didn’t happen.   I was deeply disappointed but I’ll get back there and it will happen.

Pizzeria Bianco – Phoenix

I imagine this is on every pizza lover’s bucket list.  Since American Pie by Peter Reinhart came out in 2003 this has been the most highly coveted pizza destination in the world.

Apizza Scholls – Portland

I get to Portland every now and then so I don’t have an excuse for not going to Apizza Schools yet.  They have a tremendous reputation and I will definitely get there at some point. My problem is that with all the great craft beer pubs in Portland I usually end up settling in wherever I end up.

Fongs – Des Moines IA

If I ever find myself in Des Moines I am definitely going to Fongs and having their Crab Rangoon pizza.  I saw this place featured on TV and it looks kitschy but it also seems like too much fun to pass up.

Sallys’, Frank Pepe, and Modern Apizza – New Haven

A lot has been written about New Haven pizza and it’s a must visit on the road to pizza nirvana and a necessary step in one’s pizza education. California Beer & Pizza contributor Albert Grande is a huge fan and we had an interview with filmmaker Gorman Bechard who is in the process of creating a documentary on New Haven Pizza (Pizza, A Love Story).  I grew up about 90 miles north of New Haven and head back home from time to time and making the detour to New Haven has become a priority. I may even be able to pull it off in February 2014!

Top 5 Beers

 Plant to Pint – Port Brewing

I’ve only had this beer once but I’ve never forgotten it.  I had it at their Carlsbad location and if I’m remembering correctly you have to go to one of the Pizza Port locations, after the hop harvest, and drink it there (no bottles or growlers and it’s only available for a short period of time).  From the first sip to the last I was overwhelmed with the sense of what a difference fresh hops make and the experience inspired me to start growing my own hops. I’m looking forward to the day when I have it again.  In a California Beer & Pizza interview with Paige Reilly, she answered the what’s your favorite beer and pizza combination question by saying “The Pizza Port pizza with the Plant to Pint was an amazing pizza & beer experience for sure?”  I am in complete agreement.

Best Way To Expand Your Business

If you know anything about SEO, you already know that it stands for Search Engine Optimization and that it refers to a set of practices that make websites rank for their most relevant keywords. But if you are like most people, you are probably wondering why you should do it and how it can be the best way to expand your business. After all, there are many other marketing channels out there, including Facebook marketing and Twitter marketing 

Those of us who have been doing it know that SEO offers benefits that social media marketing will never be able to offer. One of the major benefits is an authority. Authority is achieved when people believe you are the expert on the subject you are talking about. It does not mean anything, though, until you realize what it means for your profit or bottom line: If people see you as an authority, they trust you, and when they trust, they are more likely to buy the product or service you recommend. 

As a matter of fact, because of this trust factor, it has been proven that website visitors coming in through Google searches convert at 25%, meaning that for every 100 website visitors that came in through the search engine, 25 of them will buy from you or do the action you want them to take, like entering their email addresses in your opt-in form. Compare this to advertising or through Facebook marketing. Although there are no exact figures, conversion rates of social media campaigns are less than that. 

Even when you have a strong social media presence, people will still research you on Google because they want to verify your information. Simply put, if they cannot find you on Google, or if you are not mentioned by third-party websites that are ranking on Google, they will not trust you as much.

But trust factor aside, though, there is one other reason why you should do SEO if you plan on expanding your business. It is no secret that over 50% of all new websites are first discovered through the search engines, specifically, on Google, through billions and billions of different keywords across different industries. 

You may think that you have a better chance of winning on Facebook, however, the truth of the matter is that, unless if you have strong viral content, it’s rather impossible to win the social media wars especially with fake news all around.

As you can see, there are many reasons why you should do SEO first in your quest to expanding your business. But how do you do SEO? It’s either you do it yourself or you have someone do it for you. For your own sake, though, if you are a true businessman, you should outsource the work and focus on your core strengths rather than learn SEO and climb a steep learning curve. 

There are many search engine optimization agencies and freelancers out there that can help you.

What you need to consider when you have a estate business for rent in hcmc and some reason why you should investing it

In the previous time, many investors buy flats to sell them when the price increase á a way to get more profits. However, today, renting apartment in district 3 becomes a new trend because this business is considered as a potential channel to invest, which can bring many profits, especially when the customers are foreigners. Not only the organisations but also private businessmen are interested in this type of business. However, when letting the foreigners. However, when the foreigners rent your flat, there will be many things that you should remember. Consider these rules to find renters more easily.

1/ The increase of immigrants

Ho CHi MInh city is one of the biggest cities of Viet Nam which contain a variety of activities developing the economy and attract many immigrants inside and outside the country. According to recent survey, the velocity of increasing immigrants is averagely 1.5 percents per year in Ha Noi and 2.2 percents per year in Ho Chi Minh city, which is approximately 100000 people in Ha Noi and 150000 people in Ho Chi Minh city. The situation of growing population is the reason why the demand for renting flat is increasing. Additionally, price of estate and cost of lending from the band is high, which leads to the limit of buying house of immigrants.

2/ Making apartment is an ideal way to invest your money stably:

When being affected by the fluctuation of gold prices, interest rate and the price of house, making apartments for rent is the most suitable option in this situation. Meanwhile, the main customers renting flat is businessmen, foreign officers or staff working for government, who mainly rent flats in Ha Noi city and Ho Chi Minh city, or tourist wanting to have a rest in long time in Ho Chi Minh city and Ha Noi city. Therefore, this type of business is a good channel to invest your cash to earn profit in long term. Additionally, This type of business can limit the risks because the rental flats are completely built and decorated, which are available to be used. The apartment will be an asset whose value will increase in 5 or 10 years and the annual profit will automatically increase flow to your pocket.

apartment for rent in viet nam

4/ Register for generating the business:

Making a saigon apartment for rent (with both local and foreign customers) is a business activity, so you should you should make a contract with the government to register for this business. Because this is a type of business, you should list them to pay tax: licence tax, income tax and VAT

Besides these rules, there also many compulsory tips to attract foreign customers and make them feel happy when living in your apartment. For example, to avoid some troubles when the customers are living in the flats, you also need to consider the fees of elevator, service fees and security fee. We wish you being successful in this business and becoming more and more wealthy.

Learn Interior Design at School

Becoming an interior designer is quite an accomplishment, so anyone desiring to embark on this career should first go to school to learn the basic. Some people believe it is relatively easy to design a beautiful room, but a professional designer knows it takes a lot of knowledge to do the job right.

The correct use of color, lighting, furniture styles and fabric are essential in creating a beautiful and comfortable environment within a room. While various color palates may be used throughout a home, the colors in adjoining rooms should be complimentary and create a flow through the home.

While there are interior design schools in various locations in the country, there are also online courses that students are able to take. There are a total of eleven online courses offered by the prestigious NY Institute of Art & Design. Students are able to receive their interior design certification by taking these online courses. For those students who are not able to enroll full time, this is a great advantage.

Interior design schools offer courses that prepare their students for a career in residential, commercial or interior product design. Students may choose to focus on one or all of these disciplines. Students studying design may focus their design creativity on historical, current or future trends that help them develop solutions that are innovative and functional.
There are many creative and artistic people who have an interest in following an interior designer career, but most of them are limited to designing the interior of their own home. The people who go to design school or take online courses to receive certification are able to work in an industry where they are able to use their creativity in an interesting and lucrative career.

Once a student of interior design has received their certification they are most likely to be hired as a design assistant and will be working with a team on various projects. The experience they gain during this time is really a continuation of their education since hands-on experience is a valuable learning tool.

After working as a design assistant, the student may advance to project designer, job captain or a visualization specialist as well as other specialties. All of these classifications work together on a design team; working mostly on substantial commercial projects.

Completing the courses of study required to become certified as a professional interior designer is not the end of their education. The interior design field is continually evolving so they should take additional courses throughout their career.  Architecture courses are sometimes included in the curriculum of interior design schools since students benefit from the concept of space usage.

Becoming an interior designer is the desire of some creative students, but not everyone has the ability to finish the course. Fortunately, there are various supporting careers such as drafting, rendering of drawings, color theory and home renovation. The annual income of a professional interior designer varies according to the area they work in, and ranges between $48,000 and $90,000.

Interior Design Tips

Interior design is usually the heart of every room. It can give a room a different outlook and ensure anybody who walks in feels a certain kind of emotion. A flat room feels boring, which is why these interior design tips will be helpful on ensuring that this is not the case.

Make your rooms look larger by placing furniture the right way. Furniture that is too high makes a room look congested. It is best to go low. Leave gaps between seats instead of placing them close together. This will give the impression of a large room to anyone who enters it. Instead of short drapes, opt for long ones. They also create the appearance of a long room.

The next important tip is for the color scheme. This will tell any person who gets in to a room everything that they need to know. You can go for warm colors like red or pink. These make the place look lively. However, be careful when using warm colors in smaller rooms as this can tend to make them appear smaller than they actually are. When it comes to the cooler colors, use them for rooms like living rooms or bathrooms. They make the place feel spacious as well as cozy.

If you use a cool color for the living room area, then you should complement it with a good centerpiece. This ensures that the room does not look dull and cold. Choose a centerpiece that will capture the eye immediately someone walks in. You can opt for flowers or even art. Don’t let it be too big though. For rooms with rich colors, choose smaller centerpieces. Big ones may end up making the place look messy.

Windows also count when creating the outlook of any room. The level and shape of the windows will affect each room differently. For living rooms, try low windows that are longer in width. They will provide more light for the room and make it look alive. Smaller windows will probably make the whole place dark.

The color that is painted on the window will also matter. It is always best to go with cool colors like sky blue or soft pink or purple. These will create a beautiful space when the sunlight is passing through the windows.

You do not have to use the same color in one room. You can opt for different colors on each wall. Ensure that the colors go together so that they do not clash. For walls that are facing the morning or evening sun, it is advisable to choose a mild yellow or orange. This will make the room brighter since the sun will amplify these colors.

Most people are not usually comfortable doing their own interior design. If this is the case, then you can hire a professional to do the job for you. They can make suggestions and with their help, you will be sure to get the room that you have always desired.