21 Apr

Patisserie Valerie is set to expand

first_imgPremium café chain Patisserie Valerie is on target to have 125 stores by 2013, with at least six opening this year.Shops in Leeds, Bath, and London will soon follow those recently launched in Cambridge and Canterbury and the firm is in negotiations to open even more in 2010. There are already 29 Patisserie Valerie shops out of a total of 68 owned by Patisserie Holdings, which also includes stores under the Druckers and Baker & Spice brand. It has also opened two franchised Patisserie Valerie stores in Dubai and two in Bahrain, and expects to have 15 in the Middle East in the next two years.The company is owned by Risk Capital Partners, which is bankrolling the expansion said CEO Paul May. The fact the brand was well-known in London had resulted a good response when opening in new locations, while it did not have a direct competitor, which also helped, he explained. “We sell affordable treats and don’t rush people out. We also haven’t changed our offer outside London.”He added that there was no reason for the company not to continue opening new stores, but that finding sites was the biggest issue. “I’m very disciplined about costs and we look to open in reasonably affluent locations.”last_img read more

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2 Mar

The Disco Biscuits ‘Spraypaint’ A Friday Night Victory On Day Two At Camp Bisco [Video]

first_imgWhat has been a stellar Camp Bisco this year, continued on Day Two with some serious sets from acts such as Odesza, Griz, Thundercat, Lettuce, 12th Planet, The Polish Ambassador, Mija, and more. And, as always, day two witnessed two full sets of pure, unadulterated Biscuits, which featured monster inverted “Mulberry’s Dream” in the first set that came out of “Caterpillar”. Also of note during the first set was the dark, techno jam that came out of “Feeling Twisted” (check it out below around the 1:22:00 mark).Second set was non-stop party as the Philly band opened up with “Strobelights & Martinis > Spraypaint”, and instead of going into “Rainbow Song” the Biscuits took a re-route to “Lunar Pursuit > Helicopters (ending only). The beginning of “Nughuffer” finished off the dyslexic version that the band began the previous day, and finished the set properly with the ending section of “Spraypaint”.Check out video of the first set from Day Two below, courtesy of UphoricTV Presents. We will update when set two is available:The Disco Biscuits Setlist – Camp Bisco – Scranton, PA – 7/15/16Set 1: Jamilia > Park Ave. > Caterpillar > Mulberry’s Dream* > Feeling Twisted > CaterpillarSet 2: Strobelights & Martinis > Spraypaint > Lunar Pursuit > Helicopter#, Spaga, Nughuffer > Spraypaint[cover photo courtesy of Dave Vann @dv_in_sf and Camp Bisco]last_img read more

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24 Sep

Residents encouraged to vote for their ‘Taste of the Fair’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The animals are a tradition, the Midway is a blast and the wide variety of circus performers are spectacular, but one of the best parts of the Great Indiana State Fair is the wide variety of fair foods that are featured. And this year, there are even more wacky, fun fair foods that are better than ever.While the 2018 Indiana State Fair maintains many staple fair foods of the past, these new food items are featured in a food contest called “Taste of the Fair,” which encourages fairgoers to vote on their favorite new item. To vote, find the nearest State Fair Information Booth presented by Prairie Farms to get a ballot and vote for your favorite new fair food or vote on the Indiana State Fair Mobile App. The top three winners will be announced Friday, August 17.And, one of the easiest and cheapest ways to taste your way around the fair is to take advantage of $2 Tuesdays, presented by the Indiana Secretary of State, where all food stands offer a $2 option, fair admission is only $2 per person and Midway rides are only $2. The final $2 Tuesday of the State Fair is Tuesday, August 14.New “Taste of the Fair” food items include:Deep Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwich (Urick Concessions)Crispy fried chicken strips will be stuffed in a fresh hot fluffy waffle exterior and topped with maple syrup and powdered sugar. This savory dish is located in front of the Administration Building on Main Street.BBQ Pork Potachoes (Indiana Pork Producers Association)BBQ pulled pork will be poured over seasoned pit potatoes and topped with cheese and sour cream. BBQ Pork Potachoes can be found in many places throughout the fairgrounds, including in front of the Champions Pavilion, in front of the West Pavilion and in front of Pioneer Village.Hatch Green Chili Beef Meatballs (Indiana Beef Cattle Association: south location)Just as the name suggests, this new addition to the Fair’s food lineup is seasoned beef meatballs with hatch green chilis cooked into them. These meatballs will be in front of the West Pavilion.Deep Fried Sugar Cream Pie (Urick Concessions)The secret ingredient to this new addition has to be the fact that Wick’s Sugar Cream Pies are deep fried with Funnel Cake Batter. To top things off, the pies are coated with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce. Get your slice across from Kiddie Land or across from Reynolds Farm Equipment.Inside Out Grilled Cheese (American Dairy Association Inc.)From the creators of all the good eats at the Dairy Bar, including grilled cheese sandwiches and milkshakes, comes this new item. The inside out grilled cheese will be grilled with mild cheese on the outside and gouda cheese on the inside on sourdough bread. The Dairy Bar is located across from the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Main Street.Birthday Cake Shake (American Dairy Association of Indiana Inc.)Also from the creators at the Dairy Bar, a new milkshake flavor will be available for fairgoers – the Birthday Cake Shake topped with festive sprinkles.Peach Cider Slush (J. Wilson Group, LLC)This new frozen treat will be a frozen mixture of cider and peach sauce blended together to perfection. This frozen treat can be found west of the Harvest Pavilion, across from the DNR Building, or in front of the Administration Building.The Curd Cup (Meggers Road Concessions)An easy-to-eat treat! Enjoy fried cheese curds in front of the Purdue Extension Ag/Hort Building.Sati Babi® (Sati Babi®)Find Philippine cuisine in front of the West Pavilion or across from Celebration Park and taste this marinated pork on a stick.Caramel Apple Elephant Ear (Coffman Concessions)Get a classic elephant ear topped with apple pie filling, drizzled with caramel and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar in front of Celebration Park or in front of Champions Pavilion.The Waybetter Strawberry Milk Shake (Polar Bear Ice Cream)Try a homemade strawberry shake topped with two cupcakes, a sponge cake, a lollipop, fresh strawberries, whipped cream and fruity pebbles in a souvenir cup. Located across from the DNR Building.Turkey Tips (Gobble Gobble)These turkey tips are marinated in a house rub, grilled and topped with mild or hot BBQ sauce. This food stand is located across from the DNR Building.Piggy Popcorn with Sweet Yum Yum Sauce (Pork-N-More)Try a deep fried seasoned pork cutlet with sweet Hawaiian chili sauce drizzled on top. This item can be found in front of the Indiana Arts Building or across from the Glass Barn.Lemonade Strawberry Boba Twister (Pork-N-More)Enjoy a freshly squeezed lemon shakeup with added strawberry boba balls. This refreshing drink can be found in front of the Indiana Arts Building or across from the Glass Barn.Gourmet Mac & Cheese and Grilled Cheese (Freund Family Foods)Find gourmet mac & cheese with buffalo chicken, along with grilled cheese with buffalo chicken! These savory items can be found across from the DNR Building.Dessert Nachos (Freund Family Foods)Try a twist on classic nachos! This sweet version features ice cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce and can be found across from the Glass Barn.Gourmet Tots (Freund Family Foods)Find this savory item across from the DNR. These tots are loaded with cheese, bacon, sour cream and green onion.Dilly Dilly (Meatball Factory)Enjoy a hot dog stuffed inside a pickle dipped in corn dog batter, which is then fired until it’s golden brown. Located outside of the Champions Pavilion.Bison Rangoon (Red Fraizer Bison)Try charred sweet corn puree, cream cheese and ground bison all wrapped into a fried won ton and topped with sweet chili sauce. Find it across from Pioneer Village.Bubba’s Bacon Grilled Cheese (Bubba’s Bacon)Chow down on a grilled cheese wrapped in bacon. Find it across from the DNR Building.last_img read more

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29 Aug

My dad caught me with porn It was awkward And then he

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- When one dad found a porn mag in his son’s book bag, he called police (Photo: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… How do I convince my mum to accept my sexuality and wish me happiness?Bisexual porn star reveals the differences between gay and straight pornGay man: ‘As a single dad, having a love life isn’t easy’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sam-mckenzie-dad-porn/ Everything important that has ever happened in the history of gay porn In 8th grade, when I was 13 or 14, one of my classmates gathered guys around his locker to look at the magazines he had in his hand.So, I took a few from his lending library and put them in my book bag. I had the magazines on loan for a few days.And one day, during my trial period with the magazines, my dad confronted me with them.He said he had gone through my book bag to see if I had homework.Looking back, maybe he conducted regular book bag searches. But that was the first time he found contraband at his checkpoint and interrogated me.My dad stood in my room and asked, ‘Where did you get these?’I told him a friend at school gave them to me. My dad wanted a name, but I wouldn’t give him one.So, he called the police because it was illegal for me to have pornography at my age. I never expected my dad to call the police on me for porn.I didn’t know he had a clear moral opinion about porn. And instead of the church and the Bible, my dad used the cops and a baton.When the police arrived, we sat in the formal front room of the house, a room we never went into or used.‘The policeman asked if an adult gave me the porn’The policeman asked me the same question my dad did. This was my first encounter with the police and here it was over porn.But, I wasn’t one to look and tell. The policeman asked if an adult gave me the porn. And, I assured him no adult gave me the porn, it was another kid in school. The officer went on about how porn is illegal for me and I could get in trouble.When we stood and the policeman left, my dad continued his lecture and life lessons with me. He told me how porn was degrading and if he caught me with porn again, he would press charges against me. I’m not even sure if that’s legally possible, but that’s what he said he would do.Well, I’m happy to say my dad never caught me with porn again. My family soon got AOL, and I found a new use for floppy disks.But years later, I asked my dad why he called the police.My dad was a dramatic man, but that was such a ridiculous and over the top thing to do.center_img Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . My dad suspected and expected bad behavior from people and life. You could say he was cynical. And, he was the same with his children. My dad didn’t trust me to come home from school right away, so he followed me in his car. He was always snooping around to find out what I was doing that he didn’t know. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) My dad wasn’t the type to seek opinions or expert advice about what to do in this case. He didn’t think hard about how to respond when you don’t approve of your child’s expression of sexuality.If it were me today, I’d have a talk with my child about porn way before I had to unlock my phone to lock them in jail.So, I would expect a talk of some sort after catching your child with porn, that sounds reasonable.But why call the police?My dad said he wanted to scare me to never look at porn again. He felt he had to do something severe to get his message across to me. So, he planned for a police officer to come to our home for a stern talk.I’m not sure it scared me, but it stayed with me. And, so does his other question that day.He asked me, “What if these pictures were of your mother or sister?”Well, I didn’t have a sister, but I had a mom. I felt bad about that thought. And, it was an awkward question, too.They were heterosexual porn mags. At the time, I just couldn’t tell him I was looking at the men in the photos.But, years later, when I was an adult, I did. I told him what really catches my eye.I’m glad then he couldn’t call the police on me just for being me. That’s an injustice that happens in too many countries.For some, porn may deserve scorn. But, it should never be over how someone is maybe born.Sam McKenzie Jr (Photo: Supplied)This article first appeared on Medium. Follow Sam on Twitter: @SamMcKenzieJrSee alsoWhat if I’m gay and I believe God can change me?last_img read more

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