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Panera To Add More Pay-What-You-Can-Afford Restaurants

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A month ago, Panera Bread Co. opened its first non-profit, pay-what-you-can-afford eatery, called the Saint Louis Bread Company Cares Café, in Clayton, MO. And the restaurant chain’s chairman is so happy with the results, the company plans to launch two more in the coming months.

“I guess I would say it’s performing better than we even might have hoped in our cynical moments, and it’s living up to our best sense of humanity,” Panera chairman Ron Shaich said of the experiment.

The restaurant’s cashiers tell customers the suggested price of their orders and then the customers decide how much to pay. According to Shaich, between 60-70% pay the menu price. Around 15% dig into their pockets to pay a little more, while the other 15% or so pay less or even walk out paying nothing.

The restaurant, which features the same menu as Panera but is technically run by a non-profit organization called Panera Cares, took in $100,000 in revenue its first month. Panera supports the non-profit but is not on the hook financially if the pay-what-you-want restaurants fail.

Shaich didn’t say where the non-profit’s new locations would be. But a rep for Panera said they are looking for areas that will continue to attract an upscale diner, but is accessible to lower-income communities.

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06/27/2010 at 10:44 pm

Coupon Craze: How to get the stores to literally pay you to take their groceries

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Extreme couponing is becoming a way of life for many in the Lowcountry. Using coupons can save you thousands of dollars a year in groceries if you know how to use them correctly.

WCBD-TV News 2 Problem Solver Larry Collins takes a look that the Coupon Craze and how you can get the stores to pay you money to take their groceries. It’s a story you have to see to believe.

Watch this story: Coupon Craze: How to get the stores to pay you to take their groceries

Free Starbucks coffee on Tax Day!

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Is this to celebrate tax day or preparation of Earth Week? I can’t decide, but either way it’s pretty great!

On April 15th, head to your local Starbucks with a reusable coffee mug and they’ll fill it with free, brewed coffee! I’m guessing this truly does mean drip coffee. 

Go HERE for more information.

SOURCE: The Coupon Project

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04/12/2010 at 11:34 pm

Restaurant opens specializing in grilled cheese [VIDEO]

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Watch this story: Grilled Cheese Restaurant Opens In Catonsville

The grilled cheese sandwich is one of America’s favorite sandwiches, and a local company is hoping to capitalize on its popularity.

April has been named National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month.

In Catonsville, four local men who love the sandwich decided to open a restaurant devoted to it.

 Grilled Cheese & Company just opened this week at its location at 500 Edmondson Avenue.

 The founders of the restaurant said their decision to open the shop was inspired by their childhood memories of grilled cheese.

 The business offers all sorts of takes on the traditional sandwich, along with soups and salads to pair it with.

 To find out more about the shop or to see the menu: Grilled Cheese & Co.

 The grilled cheese sandwich first started appearing in the U.S. in the 1920s, and last year, 2.2 billion grilled cheese sandwiches were made and eaten in homes throughout America, according to statistics.

What happened when asking for extra peppers at Papa John’s

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Papa John’s employee explains what may have happened to cause this.

I work at papa john’s. See, the thing is for every order of extra peppers we add in the computer, that actually equals four peppers that go in the box. So if someone on the phone was new and didn’t realize this, then say a customer asked for ten extra peppers. The newbie would add ten extra peppers. Then suppose a non-newbie boxed up the pizza. They would see 10 extra orders of peppers on there (4 per order) and thus give you 40 peppers.

SOURCE: ‘I Ordered a Pizza from Papa John’s and Asked for Extra Peppers’

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04/11/2010 at 11:16 am

KFC Double Down: New Sandwich Replaces Bun With Chicken [VIDEO]

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Watch this story: KFC’s New Sandwich Replaces Bun With Chicken

First came boneless wings. Now KFC wants you to chow down on a sandwich that uses (what else?) chicken for the bun.

The KFC Double Down, which launches Monday, is essentially a sandwich with two chicken filets taking the place of bread slices. In between are two pieces of bacon, melted slices of Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack cheese and a zesty sauce.

How much will it cost? About $5 and 540 calories (460 for the grilled version), putting it on caloric par with fast-food standards like the McDonald’s Big Mac or a large order of french fries at Burger King.

But calories aren’t everything. Nutritionists caution that consumers also should pay attention to the sandwich’s salt and fat.

The Double Down has 1,380 milligrams of sodium (1,430 milligrams grilled). That’s close to the American Heart Association’s recommendation that adults eat less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.

“This is not a healthy choice,” said Walter Willett, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health.

While Willett said eliminating the white bread is a good thing to do, “what really sets this product apart is the incredible amount of sodium in one sandwich.”

Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, said the 32 grams of fat is about half the total fat most Americans should be getting in an entire day. She also was concerned about the saturated fat content.

KFC’s timing with the Double Down — which will be available through mid-May — may seem odd when many fast-food restaurants are promoting healthier menu items to please an increasingly health conscious public.

KFC’s parent company, Yum Brands Inc., has committed to placing calorie counts on menu boards at corporate-owned restaurants nationwide by Jan. 1, 2011. A recently passed federal law eventually will require all chain restaurants to do so.

 But the company said the chicken-as-bun concept tested so well in selected markets last year they decided to introduce it nationwide for a limited time. KFC spokesman Rick Maynard noted that “more indulgent” sandwiches like the Double Down share menu space with lower-calorie options.

“That’s one of the things that make our restaurants popular,” he said. “We have something for everyone.” First came boneless wings. Now KFC wants you to chow down on a sandwich that uses (what else?) chicken for the bun.

The KFC Double Down, which launches Monday, is essentially a sandwich with two chicken filets taking the place of bread slices. In between are two pieces of bacon, melted slices of Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack cheese and a zesty sauce.

How much will it cost? About $5 and 540 calories (460 for the grilled version), putting it on caloric par with fast-food standards like the McDonald’s Big Mac or a large order of french fries at Burger King.

But calories aren’t everything. Nutritionists caution that consumers also should pay attention to the sandwich’s salt and fat.

The Double Down has 1,380 milligrams of sodium (1,430 milligrams grilled). That’s close to the American Heart Association’s recommendation that adults eat less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.

“This is not a healthy choice,” said Walter Willett, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health.

While Willett said eliminating the white bread is a good thing to do, “what really sets this product apart is the incredible amount of sodium in one sandwich.”

Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, said the 32 grams of fat is about half the total fat most Americans should be getting in an entire day. She also was concerned about the saturated fat content.

KFC’s timing with the Double Down — which will be available through mid-May — may seem odd when many fast-food restaurants are promoting healthier menu items to please an increasingly health conscious public.

KFC’s parent company, Yum Brands Inc., has committed to placing calorie counts on menu boards at corporate-owned restaurants nationwide by Jan. 1, 2011. A recently passed federal law eventually will require all chain restaurants to do so.

But the company said the chicken-as-bun concept tested so well in selected markets last year they decided to introduce it nationwide for a limited time. KFC spokesman Rick Maynard noted that “more indulgent” sandwiches like the Double Down share menu space with lower-calorie options.

“That’s one of the things that make our restaurants popular,” he said. “We have something for everyone.”

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04/09/2010 at 8:45 pm

Woman Opening Up Food Bank for Pets [VIDEO]

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We have all heard of food banks and the impact they make on our community, but how about a pantry for pets?

It is the idea of Newberry’s Star Chappell, who within the last year learned about the special gift of owning
an animal.

“He’s truly changed my life, I mean he opened up my heart. I just never had to care for something that needed me that much,” said Chappell of her cat Trainor.

Last year Chappell was going through a very difficult time in her life when she found an  abandoned and very sick outside her restaurant.

She took him to a vet, where he needed a blood  transfusion and lots of tender loving care.

The cat’s name is Trainor and he’s all better now.

 
For as much as the animal needed a friend, Chappell did too.

Watch this story: Midlands Woman Opening Up Food Bank for Pets

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04/09/2010 at 3:08 pm