So, I’ve been a reader of the Dormont-Brookline Patch for a while now. It’s sort of like an online local paper. I’ve even commented on quite a few things. There’s all kinds of stuff going on in these two neighborhoods, as well as the surrounding areas. It’s a great way to stay informed, and it’s one of the first things I added to Google Reader.
I recently became a blogger on the patch, and you’ll be able to follow my rantings & misadventures here: AiXeLsyD13 on Patch
It will most likely be short blurbs pointing to the general chaos here, but every once in a while I may be inspired to give it some exclusive content. Maybe I’ll blog about local events, places, etc., or maybe even some personal stuff like food allergies.
Check out my introductory post:
Have any thoughts/advice? Think it’s a good introduction? What should I blog about there? Should it focus on the area?
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Some people are no fun. Quiznos pretty much refuses to write back to this:
Salutations Sandwich Sultans!
♩♫ Where have all the Quiznos gone? ♬♪ (I imagined that in my head as sung like that “Where Have all the Cowboys Gone” song from the 90′s. – Hopefully you did too!)
I live in & around Pittsburgh PA, and all the Quiznos locations seem to have dried up. At one point we were over-saturated, then poof! They were all gone.
What happened? Was it too easy to open a Quiznos? Are they deceptively hard to run for a profit? Is it hard to find good workers? Certainly you have a better product than Subway and there aren’t many Jimmy John’s, Jersey Mike’s, or Firehouse Subs in the area (yet).
I ask only because I keep receiving emails asking me to come eat at Quiznos… yet there aren’t any near where I live or work, thus eliminating weekday lunch or dinner visits. This doesn’t discount weekends, but I also don’t find myself near any Quiznos locations when I’m out & about.
This brings me back to by original query; ♩♫ Where have all the Quiznos gone? ♬♪ (Did you hear it this time?)
♩♫ Where have all the Quiznos gone? ♬♪
Really, what happened? That’s all I want to know. They are actual legitimate (if slightly embarrassing) questions.
I’ve submitted this to their contact form, and haven’t received a reply. I sent it to some email addresses I had for Quiznos employees, and it bounced back.
They didn’t really answer well via Twitter, as they couldn’t get my whole letter:
…and no reply to that last one. So, I tweeted at a Quiznos that responded with a valid corporate email address…
…and I got an error message that bounced back saying the following:
Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:
Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 550 550 5.7.1 <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Relay access denied. (state 14).
Weird. That message (according to a quick Google search) sort of tells me I’ve been marked as spam. I tired sending from a different email address, but got the same thing. I may have to print & mail this one. I wonder if even that will garner a response?
And, I liked Quiznos…
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So, I’m checking out my WordPress stats (it’s like an addiction now), and I see this link:
I clicked it, and it was asking for a login. Huh? I did a quick Google search and found this: Pittsburgh’s Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011
After much deliberation and careful consideration of many nominees, CBS Pittsburgh has narrowed the field of Finalists down for this year’s MVB. Voting for finalists is open now through September 9th. Let your voice be heard – vote now!
I’m in the list! So, to whoever nominated me, thanks! You forgot to include “obviously insane” in the description:
The topics are enjoyable to read & are written in a way that is highly entertaining, while containing favorable opinions & insight.
Vote for me! Please?
I’m in the Dining/Entertainment category. They have a badge up there, and they say to use it, so I will. And, here’s where I’ll beg for your votes. It looks like you can vote once a day in each category. Apparently, you have from now to Sept. 9th to vote. So, please… be obnoxious with your voting! Vote daily for yours truly, and spread the word!
I have to warn you, if I win it’s just going to encourage more goofiness. Fast food joints will most likely not be amused.
Also… in all seriousness, I was looking through the other nominees. Use this as an opportunity to check out some other cool local blogs! I see Only In Pgh is up, & I love that blog. No one nominated Secret Agent L? None of the blogs listed on UrbanSpoon Pittsburgh are up against me in the dining category? There are a bunch of cool ones there!
Twitter has opened me up to the wonderful world of bloggers out there, both near & far.
You dropped this...
Check out the contest, vote for your favorites, and tell me in the comments below which blogs I should be following & why. (After you vote for me, of course.)
Thanks again to the nominator (whoever you are) and to any potential voters!
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This is an important one for my food allergy readers… please take the time to read this post from Allergy Eats and respond accordingly! This is your chance to have some real input to actual legislation, not just another request to your state, federal, and local officials.
The entire post below is reposted with assumed permission… please re-post, re-blog, re-tweet, use your ham radio or the telegraph, and get the word out.
I am reaching out to the entire food allergy community with a great opportunity for us to have an impact on REAL, forthcoming food allergy legislation.
A few months ago, I was invited to work with a governmental body that is enacting a food allergy law pertaining to restaurants. (For now, please respect my decision not to mention specifics. I believe doing so could compromise my ability to effectively represent our food allergy constituency.) I was, and remain, very excited about this opportunity to advocate for our community.
In the course of this group’s discussions, there seemed to be a lingering question – what is the definition of an allergy-friendly restaurant? While I was very comfortable responding to that question myself, I believed at the time that it would be more effective to have community comments, which I was (and am) very confident would support my position. I suggested that I contact members of the food allergy community, via the thousands of AllergyEats members and social media followers, and solicit as many unprompted opinions as possible.
So here’s what I’m requesting. Could you please take a moment to answer the following question:
How would you define an allergy-friendly restaurant? (Please be as specific as possible.)
This is an absolutely critical opportunity to affect not only impending legislation, but legislation that could become a template for other states and municipalities across the nation!
I strongly urge you to take a few minutes to respond to this request. I believe my effectiveness in advocating for the food allergy community will be directly impacted by how many supporters answer this call. To that end, please also consider spreading this message as broadly as possible, using social media, blogs, or any other resource you have access to. The more voices we have, the more effective we will be!
I assure you that I will continue to do my best in advocating for our community and I promise to share more about this particular legislation when appropriate.
Important Note: I need to collect responses by February 2, giving us just one week, so please consider responding as soon as possible.
Again, the question I am asking you to answer is:
How would you define an allergy-friendly restaurant? (Please be as specific as possible)
Please submit your responses to me at email@example.com or feel free to post your comments here on the blog by clicking Comments or Reply. (Email is preferable, but either is greatly appreciated.)
Thank you for your support!
I’m going to say it even though I shouldn’t have to… comments on this blog are appreciated, but to get them to AllergyEats, please comment on the original blog post or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sadly, this sums up my general attitude towards dining out with food allergies and “safe” menu options:
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