Ruminations of a Taco-Obsessed Philly Native

As a taco/restaurant lover, I’m always willing to travel to try out a new place.  But the problem is that restaurants are more fun with people.  That’s why it’s helpful to have an app like Skout that makes it easier to meet new people, that have the same interests as me.

Skout is a location-based social network available on iOS and Android devices as well as a dedicated website. The focus of the application and accompanying website is to meet new people, anywhere in the world. The application uses a smartphones GPS to to find other uses in the general vicinity, but doesn’t give users exact locations. Users can meet new people in their local area, or virtually travel to other locations. The application promotes serendipitous meetings and chats using simple technology. The aim of the application is to meet new people, leading to strong relationships that are either purely platonic or something more.

The Early Stages
Created in 2007 by Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrom, Skout started off as a simple social network. At that time, Skout was merely a social networking website where people could connect. It wasn’t until the 2009 relaunch that the website focused more on making romantic connections. This was due to the founders’ realization that 83% of the website’s then 200,000 members were using the network for dating. Along with a revamped website, the iOS application launched with much success. The Android application was launched the following year.

Gaining Momentum
In the following years, Skout gained users. It was one of the iPhone’s first location-based dating services, so the brand and service expanded. Surveys within the Skout application concluded that majority of the users had success in meeting others in the real world through the application. The popularity of Skout made mobile dating services more common and widely accepted. With the launch of Skout OUT, the network allowed people to create connections offline. The interactive touch screen was installed in various venues and allowed users to flirt, dedicate songs, and send messages to others in the venue or nearby venues.

Strong Funding
By 2010, numerous applications launched to follow the success of Skout. Competitors muddled the social networking market, but never compared to how easy Skout is to access and download. At this point, Skout had a staff count of three, including the original founders. It had acquired 4.6 million in funding since its advent, with profit and losses dipping back and forth. The mobile application had seen tens of millions of downloads, despite the competition. By 2012, Skout had a larger staff count and received massive funding. The company raised $22 million in venture capital from Andreessen Horowitz. This funding has allowed the network to expand. The company was able to further develop the mobile application and network into what it is today.

Skout expanded tremendously since their massive venture capital funding. In fact, the number of active users tripled and the number of connections made by users quadrupled just a year after this funding. Skout began adding new features that proved to be beneficial in terms of profit. They included a paid feature that allows users to connect with others all over the world. Furthermore, the application includes ways for users to send virtual gifts using real currency. Additionally, community features have allowed users to monitor the application themselves. This strengthened the community within the application and created a stronger relationship with users, and also led to creating additional apps like Fuse.

Today, Skout is continuing to thrive and grow. The mobile application and website is continually adapting, becoming more user friendly and fun to use. The mobile application is still among the top 25 social networking applications in the Apple store and continues to see new users and growth.

It can be difficult for an established and successful franchise to come up with new and inventive ways to reach their target audience. But that does not necessarily stop the good ones from at least trying. Well at least trying things that have worked for some but maybe not for others. It is with this in mind that Taco Bell has decided to try reaching and expanding their customer base through starting a delivery service. What remains unclear is where or when the delivery of Taco Bell favorites will become a reality but it has people imagining what they would want to order from their favorite quasi-Mexican fast food place.

By doing this the company will finally be able to compete with pizza delivery companies that have the market virtually all to themselves when it comes to home delivery. Well them and the Chinese food delivery guys in some areas. Gianfrancesco Genoso tells us that but really, think about the last large gathering of people. Let’s say it was Super Bowl Sunday, what was being delivered…Pizza. Well as this catches on for Taco Bell we could be deciding on how many fiesta tacos or burritos we want delivered. As a final thought, it would be really cool if the company created a light in the shape of the Chi Wawa dog that was used in the Yo-Quero taco bell commercials. Instead of just using something similar to a pizza delivery service would use.

If you’re looking for a great spot for Mexican food and you live or work in the Bed-Stuy area, look no further. Chilo’s has authentic fare that will keep you coming back for more.

Flavio Maluf suggests that the restaurant is partially a Mexican dive bar and part food truck, since the kitchen is in a permanently parked food truck. Taco offerings include chicken mole, shrimp, fish and chorizo. If you’re in the mood for a tostada, torta or tamale, Chilo’s has you covered. There’s even an extensive tequila selection, and several frozen tropical margarita flavors for you to choose from if you like a cocktail with your favorite Mexican meal.

Chilo’s is the perfect place to hang out with friends, and has a modern yet old-school urban look to it, complete with graffiti-like paintings on the outside walls. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available.

For more information on Chilo’s great food and atmosphere, visit

Claire Hudson is a 25-year-old waitress from Spring Hill, Tennessee. She works at the local hot dog and burger place, Mac’s Grub Shak. When Claire went to work for her double shift the other day, it started off as a day like any other.

According to the story on Yahoo News, Claire served a couple during her slow double shift who left her a tip she was not expecting. After the couple left she collected their bill and noticed that they had left her a $36 tip on a bill that was no more than $30. Ricardo Guimarães BMG pointed out that they also left her a note that brought her to tears.

The note from the unidentified couple read, “Today is my brother’s b-day. He would have been 36 today. Every year I go eat his favorite meal (hot dogs) and tip the waitress his age. Happy B-day Wes.”. Claire had to step in the back of the restaurant to compose herself before waiting on her other tables.

When she got home she posted the note to Reddit, the popular social site. The post received a lot of positive attention. Now that it has gone viral, Claire and the owner of Mac’s Grub Shak are hoping to find the couple. The owner wants to know what Wes liked on his hot dogs so they can officially name one after him.

Philadelphia is the poorest city in our nation. My friend Fersen told me that homeless number 185,000 people of the city. The staggering rate of homeless people inspired Philadelphian business owner Mason Wartman of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, to add pay-it-forward pizza to his restaurants menu. The idea of pay-it-forward pizza came from a customer who purchased a slice of pizza and left a sticky note to give it to the next homeless person who came in the restaurant. Soon customer after customer wanted to help. The restaurant has sold over 10,000 slices of pay-it-forward pizza since it began. This special menu item now accounts for 10% of the restaurants total sales. The restaurant owner, and every customer who buys a slice, now help make sure homeless that come in never go hungry. One homeless man who was a frequent of the pizza parlor returned after he was able to get a job and get off the streets to thank the restaurant owner for his kindness. He also made sure he bought a slice of pizza for someone else before he left as a way to pay-it-forward.

M. Wells Steakhouse has been known as one of New York City’s most inventive eating places said food expert Marc Sparks. This Queens based restaurant has been offering up traditional steaks as well as whole host of other dishes for those who care to explore one of the city’s most praised dining experiences. Now they have decided to offer diners the chance to enjoy the restaurant on Sunday mornings. Brunch will be served at M. Well Steakhouse on Sundays from 11 – 3 p.m. The new brunch menu has been revealed and it is just as inventive as much of the other items on the menu.

Those who venture here will find varied options to choose from on this new menu. Diners may want to try eggs Benedict with seafood sausage or a burger with the bone still inside for added flavor. There are many other options on the menu. The banana tatin, a take on the classic French apple tarte tatin, comes with bleu cheese ice cream. Foie gras is served with breakfast oats for a meal that is both hearty and luxurious at the same time. A Bloody Mary is offered with Korean kimchi, clams and mezcal as well as the traditional tomato and celery. Diners will be happy to note that the meal still includes comfortable seating and excellent service as well as inventive and exciting dishes.

Bruce Levenson is probably best known for his work as the co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks. However, he has a career in philanthropy that goes back 40 years. Levenson has given money to a variety of good causes over the years, focusing especially on those which provided educational opportunities for the disadvantaged.

Through his years of experience as a philanthropist, he noticed that many non-profits and charities failed simply because those running them lacked business knowledge and skills. To help remedy this, he and his wife thought up and helped finance the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management at the University of Maryland.

This center provides classes and training for students who are planning to work in the non-profit world after graduating. It also reaches out to the larger student body to train and motivate the next generation to become philanthropists after they have left school and are earning good money.

The classes at the center bring in prominent philanthropists and individuals from the non-profit world to give guest lectures. Many of these individuals are people that Levenson has met through his own philanthropic work. The classes raise money and give away grants after systematically reviewing and screening applicants. These classes offer fantastic real world experience for students working under the guidance of professionals.

The center also send students overseas to India and other countries to work with NGOs. Students interested in non-profit management can even live together in the dorms to network and learn from one another. Also, there are plans to extend the Center’s work to China by 2016.

On campus, the center works to create enthusiasm in all students starting freshman year, in part by having a philanthropist in residence program.

In brief, The Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management founded by Bruce Levenson and his wife stands out in that it seeks to train and educate the next generation of givers, instilling values as well as teaching skills.

KFC is introducing a new line of coffee cups in the UK. The coffee cups, which are dubbed Scoffee cups are edible. They are made out of cookies with a white chocolate layer, and a sugar paper lining. These new cups are still in development, but are expected to be rolled out in the UK very soon, most likely this summer. The outer layer is wrapped in the sugar paper as well is branded with the KFC logo so as to make the Scoffe cups look like regular coffee cups.

KFC is working with food scientists at The Robin Collective to develop the cups. The sugar paper, melts as the coffee being drunk and serves the dual purpose of insulating the cookie part from the warm coffee. In addtion to making the coffee cups edible, the food scientists have worked to infuse the coffee cups with different scents, which are designed to improve the mood of the person drinking the coffee.

Edible coffee cups serve the dual purpose of making the experience more interesting and more exciting, and also help to cut down on waste. Waste from Styrofoam and paper cups is a big problem in the fast food industry. Bran told me that DigitalJournal’s study suggests edible cups could significantly reduce this problem if they catch on. Edible cups and even edible coffee cups are not new, but KFC is the first chain to offer them and implement them on such a large scale.

Bier & Cheese, an Astoria eatery, is making its way to a Manhattan outpost. The hybrid craft restaurant features a number of specialty gourmet cheeses and craft beers.

Bier & Cheese is owned by Beijing native Yang Gao, who came to the U.S. at the age of 16 to attend the Manhattan School of Music as an oboe player. He later opened a wine shop in Astoria before introducing the area to Bier & Cheese.

The architects say that his Manhattan location will offer the same great foods as the Astoria eatery, including platters filled with the finest meats and cheeses. Sandwiches are also available, which definitely comes in handy if you’re visiting the spot on your lunch break. You can also find Bloody Mary mix and bitters for cocktails at Bier & Cheese. There are over 300 beers to choose from by the bottle, and 10 quality beers on tap.

Qnet ltd, which has also been known as QuestNet, GoldQuest, and QI Limited, is a Hong Kong based direct selling organization that is owned by the QI Group. This organization was established in Hong Kong by Vijay Eswaran in 1998. This organization offers a wide selection of items such as energy, nutrition and weight management, personal and home care, and fashion accessories. For example, the high powered energy products will help rejuvenate the customer. These energy products contain a design that neutralizes technological pollutants that are released into the atmosphere from cell phones or cars. Since 2011, this group had an estimated of over 400 million dollars in sales.

The organization’s advertising game plan is focused around a multi-level promoting program which relies on a group of independent marketers who sell its products to consumers. They then receive a compensation that is based on the volume of sales of other independent marketers in their business team.

The vision of Qnet strives to be the worldwide e-commerce leader inside the direct selling business world. They fight to be a positive influence towards the development of a professional network in the marketing communities. The mission of Qnet is to add to the global business market by using the RYTHM (Raise Yourself To Mankind) method on a daily basis. Individual representatives use this method to help business marketers gain their goals and help them to lead an improved lifestyle by incorporating business opportunities with life changing products. Qnet’s main values are attained by S.T.I.R. which stands for service, teamwork, integrity, and results.

Qnet entrusts their employees to the service of others through all the day by day business operations. They also unite as a single group that has a similar objective so their employees can obtain the best possible outcome that benefits other business marketers. Even though there are numerous individual representatives, each of them works together as a united group. Qnet demands their independent representatives conduct themselves in the most honorable way. They expect them to treat others with complete honesty and respect to gain the trust of other business marketers. Qnet’s employees are dedicated to gaining the utmost results of the company, the independent representatives, their customers, and the extended community.

The Antique Wine Company (often abbreviated as just “AWC”) is a large global company that specializes in spirits and wines. The luxury merchant was created over three decades ago (in 1982) by Stephen Williams, who to this very day works as its CEO. The company is based out of Marylebone, which is a bustling section of Central London, England. The Antique Wine Company also has two sales branches located in Asia.

The Antique Wine Company provides spirits and wines to the international wine trade. They also provide spirits and wines to individual consumers, dining establishments and hotels all around the planet. They have 2,000 plus customers in 70 nations.

Most of The Antique Wine Company’s products are contemporary vintages. Despite the merchant’s strong enthusiasm for antique vintage wines, one of their main goals is to sell wines that possess the potential to develop into tomorrow’s antiques. At The Antique Wine Company, the aim is to trade spirits and wines that are extraordinary, regardless of age. The company presently has more than 10,000 bottles of the globe’s highest quality vintage wines secure in their cellars.

Not only does the company serve as a source for uncommon and high quality wines, but they also offer services such as cellar planning, wine storage, cellar management, cellar design and wine master courses. The Antique Wine Company is globally renowned for their fine wine expertise and vast knowledge. They frequently counsel and oversee wine cellars that are located in prestigious hotels, palaces, châteaux and private homes all around the world. They also frequently help people insure their wines.

The Antique Wine Company made the news in the summer of 2011 when they traded a particularly valuable bottle of wine. They sold a white wine bottle that had the distinction of having the highest value traded in history. It was a Chateau d’Yquem bottle from 1811. The purchaser was Christian Vanneque, a wine lover who used to work as a sommelier (wine steward). He paid the hefty price of 75,000 GBP (Great British pounds) for the bottle. This equates to approximately $123,000 United States dollars.

The AWC sells a large selection of wines from all over Europe and the New World. Their available European wines come from Bordeaux, France, the Loire Valley, France and areas of Spain and Italy, for example. They also sell New World offerings from the United States, New Zealand and Australia.