Miyerkules, Disyembre 9, 2015

The Basics of Happy Hour Food

The traditional happy hour has evolved significantly from its humble beginnings as an incentive for workingmen who have just gotten off shift to stop at local taverns before going home. Designed to coincide with the end of the average workday, happy hour proved to be such a success that it wasn't long before most establishments that served liquor adopted the tradition in some form. They also  began to offer salty snacks such as chips or pretzels in order to increase thirst among patrons and therefore drive up sales. The bowl of chips, pretzels, or popcorn has since evolved in most places to include items such as hot wings, sliders, and miniature fajitas.

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Bar and restaurant owners have discovered that offering quality happy hour snacks is good for business in more ways than one. If the establishment also serves dinner, it introduces bar patrons to menu items that may provide them with incentive to stay for dinner. It may also serve to encourage people to order full plates once they get a taste of the kitchen fare.

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In today's climate, it's also important to prevent patrons from becoming intoxicated while on the premises, which one of the main reasons why locales offering happy hour San Diego frequently feature many different snack items.

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Happy hour food should be easily eaten with the fingers and not too messy. Hot wings are the preferred appetizer of choice for many sports bars, and they are inexpensive enough so that they can be served in abundance. However, they are rather messy, and bars that include them in their happy hour offerings must be prepared to hand out lots of napkins. A better choice might be chicken nuggets that can be eaten with toothpicks and dipped into barbecue sauce if so desired.

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Although some restaurants go all out by providing actual happy hour buffets, most have found it's better to reach a happy medium between the humble bowl of chips and a full buffet. The cost of providing an in-house happy hour buffet usually has to be supplemented by raising drink prices. This practice may result in customers being alienated because it defeats the whole purpose of happy hour. Most establishments have found that offering two or three items during happy hour satisfies customers and keeps kitchen costs at reasonable levels.

Linggo, Nobyembre 1, 2015

How Happy Hour Has Changed Over the Years

Gathering with coworkers for a drink before heading home after work has been a tradition for well over a century. Happy hour began as a way to attract the lucrative after-work crowd into area taverns, many of mexican lunch san diego which were situated close to industrial districts to appeal to those just getting off work. These taverns were rustic affairs that served cold beer, shots of whiskey, and salty snacks designed to increase the thirst of their patrons. 

Floors were often strewn with sawdust, and women weren't allowed in most of these establishments unless they were employees. That began to change when more and more women entered the workforce, and it is now against the law to deny someone entrance to a public establishment based on their sex.

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The types of beverages served by taverns and bars has also changed dramatically over the years. Mixed drinks became extremely popular in the 50s, and happy hour San Diego became popular among those working in the business district as opposed to factory and industrial workers. Many bars and taverns changed to accommodate a more upscale clientele during that period of time, and drinks like the martini became extremely popular, particularly in urban environments. However, happy hour san diego the classic working class tavern continued to thrive in industrial areas and still maintain a significant presence. 

In many communities, popular happy hour meeting places are a hybrid of old-school taverns and the type of upscale bars that became popular in the 1950s. The thing that remains the same is that competition for business is still extremely stiff in the food and beverage industry, and the after-work happy hour crowd is still the most sought after customer demographic.

No matter where they choose to celebrate the end of their workday, today's happy hour crowd has a significantly wider selection of beverages than their counterparts of the past. Many establishments have expanded happy hour to include food as well as drinks. Happy hour isn't just for places that serve adult beverages anymore. Coffee and tea shops often have happy hours as well, and ice cream parlors have also adopted the trend.

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The tradition of happy hour is now firmly entrenched in modern culture, and it provides an excellent way for workers from all different industries to bridge teh gap between their work day and their evening at home.

Linggo, Oktubre 11, 2015

It's Always Happy Hour Someplace

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One practice that never loses its popularity is the observance, or perhaps celebration is a better word, of Happy Hour, that magical mystical time that hovers on the cusp of the workday and the night that lies ahead. It's the time when bars and restaurants open their doors to workers and non-workers alike, the office-weary and the tourist, and set down libations and appetizers, often choosing to discount them by fifty percent. While many embrace and appreciate the hospitality of the observance, few agree on its origins.

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As with all things fashionable, the French may have had a role in the matter, but, if so, they found it in Couvet, a town on the other side of the border France shares with Switzerland. This is where, in the 1700s, Dr Pierre Ordinaire prescribed absinthe, a green-tinged licorice-tasting liquor brewed from fennel, anise, and wormwood, as a cure-all tonic. Because of its high alcohol content, two to three times that of whisky and normal brandy, it soon shed its nature of tonique and took on the allure of aperitif, as it found its way to early Nineteenth Century Paris.
Food-loving Parisians, swearing that absinthe sharpened their appetites, began to designate the  five-to-seven o'clock time slot to imbibing one, and only one absinthe-based green cocktail, due to its strength. However,  while it didn't take long for that pre-dinner limit to be raised, its name, l'huere verte, or Green Hour, stuck. However this explanation fails to account for how Green Hour became today's Happy Hour observed in drinking establishments from San Diego to  Sao Paulo to Staten Island.

The U.S. Navy?
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Some credit the Navy with coining the term, although the naval brass had a different meaning in mind. For 1920s-era sailors, happy hour was a period in late afternoon when they could let off steam by participating in athletic endeavors.

Ironically, it may have been the Prohibition era in United States History, when alcohol was universally outlawed in the country, for the practice to take hold in America. Intent on having their pre-dinner cocktail, and eating too, Americans began to gather in homes or speakeasies to have a drink or two before venturing out to restaurants where the practice  was taboo. Before long, the naval term and the popular practice were combined and the rest is bar history.

The Happy Hour Question with No Answer
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As for what the preferred drink is, margaritas of all flavors and compositions would appear to be the perennial  front runners, as would locally popular designated beers. But it's the choice of the bar management as to what they want to feature, and ultimately, the preference of the customer. However in the interest of preserving history, it can be agreed that happy hour San Diego is wherever drinkers gather to cast away the worries of the day, at least until the next tomorrow, then, with whetted appetites, stay put to order from the dinner menu, or head on home to a good  meal.

Lunes, Setyembre 21, 2015

How Did Happy Hour Get Started and What Makes it So Special?

No matter where someone goes, it seems that every establishment that serves liquor has a "happy hour." What's behind this phenomenon?

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It turns out that fans of happy hour San Diego (and everywhere else) have marketing to thank for their favorite time of the day. Many years ago, bar owners noticed that there was a big surge of customers in the evenings but hardly any came in before that. Someone came up with the idea of lowering the price of drinks for the hour before the busy period in an attempt to stretch out the number of active hours for his bar. The idea soon caught on and spread across the United States and Canada.

Because the root of the idea is still to increase the amount of time in which people buy drinks, a bar or restaurant's happy hour doesn't start according to some traditional time. Instead, it'll begin one or even two hours before that establishment's busy part of the day. There are also differences based on the day of the week. Tuesdays, which are typically slow all day, often have extended happy hours as well as various other specials. Friday and Saturday, on the other hand, often have no deals at all.

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What Makes a Happy Hour Different From All the Other Hours?

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The most obvious difference is the price of the drinks. This is typically what restaurants and bars advertise on their front doors. Fans, however, note that this is just the start. There are many other factors that go into this special time of the day.

One of the factors that come up again and again is the fact that different people come to happy hour than arrive during the main part of the evening. Though each establishment has its own type of crowd at any time, happy hour patrons are generally described as being more laid back.

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There are other differences between these groups besides their general attitudes. Happy hours often begin too soon to catch a working crowd, so they're more prone to attract either young people or retirees. Which age group will come depends on the overall atmosphere of the restaurant and the demographics of the area. As these things show, what started out as a simple plan to fill barstools earlier in the day has evolved into a special time with its own unique fans.

Miyerkules, Agosto 26, 2015

Make Friends and Enjoy Great Drinks at Happy Hour in a San Diego Mexican Restaurant

Even those that absolutely love their jobs sometimes feel a bit bogged down and exhausted by the regular nine-to-five grind. Sometimes though the closest holiday is still at least a month away and it's tough to book time off at the last minute. The only time to really recharge then is after work and the weekends. Even those starting a new job should value relaxation to keep them rested and ready to go each and every day.

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Of course, there's a lot to be apprehensive about when entering a new company culture. The new employee wants to get along with everyone, adapt and acclimate, and do great and memorable work. However, starting somewhere else feels a lot like going to a new school after moving elsewhere and leaving all of those old friends behind. Everyone else already knows each other so well that it's tough to interject and introduce oneself.

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Instead of skirting around the subject, invite some coworkers out for happy hour San Diego. Each night from Monday through Friday, around the time that work lets out, happy hour begins at restaurants like these. Besides the regular selections of beers and other spirits, of course one would expect a Mexican eatery to have huge margaritas. Cool down on those hot summer days with a frozen drink rimmed with salt or sugar. There's also plenty of food available too, ranging from appetizers to small meals so that everyone leaves with a full belly and a smile on their face.

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During this time, a new employee should ask some questions about their coworkers. These don't have to be about workplace life. Instead, try to get to know the others for the people that they are outside of work. Perhaps some coworkers like sports, music, movies, the arts, nature, exercise, or any other myriad of hobbies and interests. When everyone feels like they can unwind at a bar and restaurant, they'll start talking about all sorts of different facets of their lives. 

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This allows a new employee to get to know their work mates better than the sometimes restricted office environment allows.

In fact, once a new employee feels like they've palled around with some others that they work with, the group may make it a regular routine to stop at a Mexican restaurant like this in the city on a weekly basis for drinks, snacks, and catching up. 

Linggo, Hulyo 19, 2015

Best Margarita and Mocktail Recipes

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Many people enjoy margaritas, either on the rocks or frozen. There is truly no better beverage for alcoholic refreshment, especially after a long day. Pair margaritas with a happy hour special at one's favorite Mexican restaurant and things couldn't get any better! Of course, for times when it's not happy hour San Diego, the good news is that one can always enjoy whipping up a margarita (or even a mocktail margarita recipe without alcohol) after a long day.

Traditional Margarita
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When it comes to margarita recipes, it really doesn't get any better than the traditional. Full in flavor with just a little bit of a kick from the tequila, this recipe is great for entertaining and is sure to please. The ingredients needed for this recipe are two ounces of 100% agave tequila, an ounce of Cointreau, an ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice, and salt for garnish. This cocktail is traditionally served on the rocks, but can also be frozen if desired.
Start by filling a cocktail mixer with ice before adding the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Shake well until all ingredients are blended. Then, take a lime wedge and run it across the rim of a margarita glass before dipping the glass in salt to cover the rim. Pour the margarita mixture from the cocktail shaker into the margarita glass and enjoy!

Mocktail Margarita
Of course, not everybody wants to enjoy a margarita with the kick and burn of the alcohol. For entertaining, it can be helpful to also offer up a mocktail margarita recipe that doesn't include alcohol. This can be an especially great idea for those who will have children in attendance. To craft a mocktail strawberry margarita, start with a pound of fresh strawberries, a half cup of orange juice, a half cup of sparkling water, and a quarter cup of lime juice. Sugar or salt, along with freshly cut lime wedges, can also be used for garnish.
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Add ice to a blender before mixing in the strawberries, orange juice, sparkling water, and lime juice. Blend until the ingredients are well combined, then pour the contents into the garnished margarita glass.
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These are just a couple of great recipes, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, for those who are interested. These can be enjoyed on one's own or served up at a cocktail party and are sure to be a hit!

Sabado, Hunyo 27, 2015

Favorite Happy Hour Drinks

With just a few ingredients, restaurants and bars come up with hundreds of drink combinations. Those enjoying happy hour San Diego have happy hour san diego thousands of drink options to choose from, with flavors that range from stark to sweet. Favorite happy hour drinks include a variety of liquors and add ins such as lemon, orange, mint, and even chocolate. Here's a look at several of the most popular cocktails and drinks.

The Mojito

Fueled by white rum that is mixed with soda water and other flavors, the Mojito has tropical roots and a colorful presentation. The cocktail has evolved over the years from its sugar, lime juice, and mint base. In some locations, diners can order Mojitos flavored with peach or other fruit juices.

The Margarita

Tequila and other liquors provide the base for the margarita—one of the most popular drinks served alongside Mexican cuisine. Happy hour guests regularly enjoy the sweet-and-mexican restaurant san diego sour concoction next to the salty crunch of chips and dip, and the beverage is often dressed up with fruit flavors as well. Served frozen or over full cubes of ice, the margarita is especially enjoyable in its strawberry form.

The Cosmopolitan

Since the 70s, the Cosmo has been making waves at high-scale bars and restaurants, but its real claim to fame is probably its constant cameo on the television show Sex in the City. Usually made with triple sec and lemon vodka, the Cosmo is further flavored by lime juice and cranberry sauce.

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In the top ten of most-requested drinks, sangria is a hardcore twist on a fancy glass of red wine. Most happy hour san diego recipes add citrus juice, such as lemon and orange, to the wine along with sugar, brandy and soda water. Unlike many cocktails, the recipes for sangria vary widely, so sipping one at happy hour is always an adventure.

Amaretto Sour

A simple cocktail with a big name, the Amaretto sour is simply Amaretto with sour mix. The drink calls for a bit of lip puckering, but goes alongside salty or spicy Mexican cuisine perfectly.
Happy hour is a time of celebration and enjoying friends—selecting favorite cocktails to sip over stories and snacks is just one tradition of this early afternoon time slot.

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Sabado, Abril 11, 2015

Tex-Mex vs. California Mexican Food

Mexican food has become popular all over the United States, but it is still most common in southern and southwestern states. Of course, just as there are regional varieties of food in Mexico, there are also regional variations in the way that this kind of food is served in homes and restaurants north of the border. The most common distinction seems to be between the styles of food served in California and Texas.

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 What Separates Tex-Mex from California Mexican Food? 

First off, typical Tex-Mex is as recognizable as Mexican food to a Californian as the California version is to a Texans. Tortillas, rice, beans, and jalapenos usually make it to the plate in both states. Even though seasonings vary, cilantro, red pepper, and cumin are likely to be part of the recipe. Very likely, a person from San Antonio would feel quite comfortable at a happy hour in San Diego, and the reverse would also be true. The menu of meals, snacks, and of course, happy hour san diego would be very similar.

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There are no solid rules for the difference between dishes in these two states, but these are some of things that both tend to mention:

• Meat and cheese: Diners say that Tex-Mex tends to rely more upon the heavy use of meat and cheese in common dishes.

• Produce: California diners tend to expect more fresh produce on their plate.

• Beans: Some people advise diners to expect refried beans with Tex-Mex and whole beans with California food.

• Seafood: Many Mexican restaurants in California emphasize Pacific seafood, but seafood used in Tex-Mex tends to come from the Gulf of Mexico.

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These rules are hardly set into stone. In fact, the growing popularity of national chain restaurants means that the lines between the Texas and California version of Mexican has blurred even further.

Is One State's Mexican Food Superior to the Other?

Of course, these general distinctions between the two kinds of food start a few arguments about which state's version of another country's traditional food is better. Very often, people prefer what they are used to. As you might expect, Texans usually prefer their local version, and Californians prefer their local version.

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Huwebes, Marso 5, 2015

How Happy Hour can Enhance the Quality of People's Lives

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Many modern people live extremely fast-paced lives that leave them little time to enjoy everyday experiences such as walking in the park on a spring day or enjoying happy hour San Diego. However, one of the key elements in crafting a high quality of life is to take the time to incorporate at least a small degree of leisure into the course of the average routine. Attending happy hour at a local establishment on a regular basis can add an element of fun and relaxation to the end of a grueling work day.

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Happy hours were first established to allow working people the opportunity to refresh themselves and relax before making their way home, and they still serve that purpose very well. Many people discover that their days are more enjoyable when they give themselves a way to have a positive transition from the workplace to their homes. Others find that having a social outlet contributes to their overall happiness level. This is particularly true of those who live alone or people who work in isolated environments that offer little in the way of normal human interaction.

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A good happy hour provides much more than a few inexpensive cocktails or glasses of beer. Happy hours should always involve appetizers that can easily be eaten using the fingers and bright, cheerful environments that are kept clean and inviting. Because social interaction should be the predominant factor in happy hour gatherings, musical entertainment isn't necessary and may actually drive people to seek other establishments where they can converse with others without having to compete with the sound of music.

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Many office workers attend local happy hours together on a regular basis, which provides them with the opportunity to rehash the day's events at work in a casual atmosphere. Although this can be a positive factor in company dynamics, it's advisable to avoid attending on a daily basis or always being the first person to show up or the last one to leave. People often forget that happy hours with coworkers are an extension of the workplace and that it's easy to make inappropriate judgment calls when enjoying alcoholic refreshments at the end of a long, hard day. Finding a local happy hour that is close to home is an excellent way for people to connect with others in their communities.

Sabado, Pebrero 7, 2015

Planning an Exciting San Diego Weekend Trip

Planning a weekend out in San Diego is a fantastic way to spend some free time. The city has plenty for people to see and do, making it a fantastic destination for people with all types of interests. Those who want to get started planning an amazing weekend in this exciting city should plan a trip that takes advantage of each day to create an exciting experience that will be remembered for years to come.

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Happy hour in San Diego

The best way to start off a fantastic weekend is to begin by having a fantastic happy hour out in the city. As an exciting city that is popular with people of all ages, there are countless bars and restaurants that enjoy hosting happy hours. Find a popular destination and head out with the travel companions. It will be a great way to get to know the city a bit, try some food, and socialize with some of the locals. They might able recommend places to see and do during the trip as well.

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Museums remain popular with tourists because of the exciting potential they offer to teach people about the area and all that it has to offer. The USS Midway Museum in San Diego is particularly popular for this reason. It is highly rated by many who visit it. It is a real naval aircraft carrier that was in use for nearly 50 years and visitors can participate in exciting activities, such as sit in the cockpits of some of the planes and jets on top of the ship. Tripadvisor recommends at least 3 hours to see all that this museum has to offer.

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Balboa Park

This happy hour san diego Park is more than just a park. It has just about everything available that one might want from an outdoor attraction. There are theaters for those who want to see performances, zoos for those who want to see some exotic species, and even museums. Go from the San Diego Zoo to the California Native Plant Garden, and then head off to watch the San Diego Youth Symphony. Top off the day by going to the San Diego Air & Space Museum. This park has something for everyone on the trip.

San Diego is a fantastic place to explore. There are plenty of exciting things to see and do. The key to making the most of the trip is to take advantage of every day one is in the city. By getting the weekend started with a fun and relaxing happy hour, everyone in the party will feel ready to conquer the weekend and have a trip that will always be remembered. 

Martes, Enero 13, 2015

Happy Hours Aren't Just for Liquor-Only Bars Anymore

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Many bars, clubs, and lounges have some sort of happy hour in order to spur drink sales during times that would otherwise be slow. This, however, isn't as common in restaurants or lounges that place a high emphasis on their food. Those looking for a happy hour san diego, however, can find some exceptions. Cities like San Diego often have enough young residents to support establishments that go outside of the normal cookie-cutter experience. It's possible to find some that, for example, offer Mexican food made from unique recipes as the main draw, but that also serve alcohol and have happy hour specials.

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Combinations like this cater to people who, above all else, want to avoid the boring "same old" that would be found at chain outlets. One thing that's important to note is that the term "hour" is used very loosely at drinking establishments. These time periods typically last at least two hours and sometimes three. The term "happy hour" has just been around so long that bars and lounges can use it as an easy shorthand for a period of time in which the drinks are cheaper. In some cases, the food will also be discounted.

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The hours chosen for happy hours tend to be in the late afternoon and early evening, for instance, between 4 PM and 7 PM. This is done to draw customers before the busy time starts in the late evening and into the night. Due to the purpose of happy hours, it's almost unheard-of for them to happen on Saturdays. Saturday is the day that most bar-goers go out anyway, so there's no need to offer any incentives then.

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Many establishments will see a distinct change in the clientele depending on what day of the week it is and what time of day it is. This is because some of the people who come later are still working when happy hours start, and once they get off work, they go home for dinner before coming back out. Each location will see its own clientele shift, so it's hard to predict just which people will come when. However, this phenomenon still makes it so that those who visit an establishment should check out multiple time periods to see which ones they prefer. This may turn out to be the time when the happy hour takes place, and if that's the case, the patron can look forward to enjoying great company along with discounted drinks or food.