Cooking with Jason

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Extra Tasty

Nothing much to report from school, but I found a great new website this weekend -- They provide what I've been looking for on the web for awhile now, a database of drinks based on what you have on hand. Register for a free account, tell them what's in your bar (alcohol, mixers, garnishes) and they'll tell you what you can make with what you've got. Brilliant! You can even submit your own drinks if you're that ambitious.

I'm also pleased to announce that I'm typing this post on my new laptop, a MacBook. Yes, I've taken the Mac plunge.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Still got it

As expected, L-block classes haven't proved much of a challenge through the first three weeks. I just got home from taking my Restaurant Law final (it only meets for seven days), on which I got a perfect score. Professor Gold said I was only the fifth person to do so in the history of the class -- he's been teaching this course for at least 20 years -- and that one of the other five is current CIA president Tim Ryan.

I did turn in a substantial amount of work today in Menu Development, namely the menu for my fictional restaurant. It's a "small plates" concept, sort of like tapas but not Spanish in nature. Jonathan Sundstrom's Lark would be a good comparison. My menu is divided into five categories: garden, grain, sea, land, and sweets. With no plate more than $20, the idea is that you'd order a variety of dishes and share at the table. Owning my own restaurant isn't really what I want to do, but if I had my own place, it would be this style. Eventually for this project I'll cost out recipes, predict sales, schedule labor, and come up with a one-month budget.

There's not much else to report... Intro to Management, Nutrition, and Cost Controlling just aren't all that exciting. I did find out today that we're going to get a four-day weekend over the 4th of July, so that's cool. There's also a rumor that we can pick up our Externship manuals tomorrow, though I haven't been able to confirm that.