Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Treat Mom to Mother’s Day Brunch In Santa Barbara

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Best Mother’s Day brunch in Santa Barbara

We all know that moms are super special and deserve only the very best on their special day. That’s why Blush Restaurant + Lounge at 630 State Street is offering a very special Mother’s Day Brunch this Sunday, May 11, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on our beautiful outdoor patio. Our Santa Barbara Sunday Brunch always features the most delectable goodies but we’ve gone above and beyond for mom, and added a few extra goodies just for the occasion. See the menu for Mother’s Day Brunch 2014.
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Treat your mother to delicious entrees from Executive Chef Brandon Worrell and his staff. They will be lovingly creating mouth-watering temptations like Nutella Stuffed French Toast, Lobster Benedict, our Grilled Salmon Salad, and more of your favorite Blush brunch items like benedicts, omelets and other specialties.
The cost for this fabulous Santa Barbara Mother’s Day Brunch is only $25 per person, with tax and tip extra, but the value to you and your mom will be priceless. You’ll all enjoy time together while feasting on a great brunch, with a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage and a special gift for mom, in the warm Santa Barbara sun.
If your mom’s beverage tastes run in other directions, we will also be offering $20 Bottomless Mimosas and hand-crafted Bloody Marys, or you can ask our mixologist to whip up one of our signature libations such as The Sophia or a Blush Margarita. Blush also has an extensive wine list, so you are sure to find something to suit everyone’s tastes.
You know the one thing mom values most is your time. After your relaxing brunch on our patio, spend the rest of the day with her just having fun in beautiful Santa Barbara. Our restaurant is located right in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. It is easy to get to, and you will be close to all the action for whatever else you decide to do together.
So gather up Mom, Dad, and the rest of the gang and head to our Santa Barbara restaurant for Mother’s Day Brunch. You will all have a great Mother’s Day when you start with Brunch at Blush. Reservations are recommended. Contact us at 805-957-1300 or make your online reservations now.  Show Mom just how special you think she is with an unforgettable Mother’s Day Brunch at Blush.
Happy Mother’s Day from the staff of Blush Restaurant + Lounge.
About Blush Restaurant + Lounge: Gayot’s review reported, “Nightlife and fine dining collide at this hot-spot in downtown Santa Barbara.” Blush Restaurant + Lounge is conveniently located at 630 State Street. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 a.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until midnight. If you’re planning a Santa Barbara bachelorette partyrehearsal dinner, or elegant wedding receptionvisit the website and Facebook page or call 805-957-1300 for more information. Reservations may be made by phone or booked online.

Tell Your Sweetheart You Care with Organic Super Teas

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Dear Friends,
After a hard day at work, or a sleepless night taking care of the baby, maybe all your sweetheart needs for Valentine’s Day is five minutes to sit down and relax with a soothing cup of tea! Show how much you care by brewing up a relaxing Organic Super Tea fromPrimal Essence.
For over two decades, Primal Essence has been supplying wholesale teas and liquid herb extracts to some of the most well known brands in the food service industry.  Recently, Primal Essence developed a complete line of retail products derived from organic whole-plant extracts for home use. Just heat up a steaming mug of hot water, spray two or three pumps of our Super Tea concentrate into it, and serve your Valentine a perfect tea that is bursting with flavor.
Tea lovers can choose from six amazing flavors;Classic ChaiVanilla ChaiLemon GingerGinger Zing,Peppermint Splash, or Turmeric Tulsi. Each tea provides a relaxing and warming sensation which melts your stress and tension away.
Not all tea is created equal.  Give your Valentine relaxing refreshment that’s healthy, too. Chai can be a healthy substitute for coffee, and ginger is a helpful anti-inflammatory agent. Peppermint is considered to be one of the best-tasting home remedies for indigestion, while Tulsi is one of the herbal foundations of Ayurvedic healing.
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Primal Essence Organic Super Teas are made from only the finest ingredients nature has to offer. Take a look at the ingredients list on any of our organic teas and all you will see is purified water and pure organic extracts listed. No artificial colors, preservatives, caffeine, sugar, gluten or alcohol have been added. Each has been produced with a full complement of precious phytonutrients and antioxidants.
Don’t worry if your Valentine’s budget is a little tight this year either. Because Primal Essence’s Organic Super Teas are so highly-concentrated, each bottle can provide 30-40 cups of delicious tea for only $8.95 to $10.95. Compare that to the cost of a few tea bags. Perfect for the one you love, the Primal Essence line of fine teas and medicinal teasmakes life more fun.
If you’re planning on cooking a meal for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, our infused coconut oils help create meals that sing with exceptional flavor. Every dish is exciting, authentic, perfectly seasoned, and perfectly delicious. Now you can introduce the goodness of whole-food extracts into your cooking while expertly seasoning an entire curry or a favorite dish. It’s as easy as dipping a spoon into a jar—yet the dramatic complexity of the flavors will astound you.
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Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be about all the craziness and hype you see on TV. It should be about spending time together and paying attention to the one you love. Do something special that shows how much you really care. Turn down the lights, play some soft romantic music, and enjoy an evening together with Organic Super Tea from Primal Essence, and maybe add in a foot massage as well!
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Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Primal Essence!
About Primal Essence: Primal Essence caters to those looking for the freshest and most wholesome ways of eating. Its line of Organic Super Teas includesClassic ChaiVanilla Chai, Lemon Ginger, Ginger Zing, Peppermint Splash, and Turmeric TulsiVisit the website and Facebook page or call 805-981-2409 for more information.

Creating a Chart of Accounts for a Small Restaurant

Independent restaurant owners often do their own bookkeeping. Even if they hire a professional accountant at year's end, they may save considerable money by handling the weekly tasks themselves.
Setting up a chart of accounts to fit the restaurant needs generally requires customizing the default choices of any accounting program. The selection of sales and cost of goods accounts on most systems does not provide for the separation of food and beverage categories that are needed.
Even the leading bookkeeping program for small business, while it has a default selection for restaurants, fails to provide all of the accounts that most restaurant owners require. In addition, many of the expense accounts that are added are rarely used, leading to confusion during data entry, and don't help with the overview of the business finances.
The National Restaurant Association publishes a book titled Uniform System of Accounts for Restaurants. The book provides detailed descriptions of the application of generally accepted accounting principles to the restaurant industry.
That book includes a sample chart of accounts, but notes that "the codes used here are not the only method for classifying the accounts". It points out that most restaurants will not use all of the categories listed, and it also notably lacks breakdown of inventory and cost categories beyond "food" and "beverage". Many restaurant owners want further separation of those categories to include sub-categories such as "meat", "seafood", and "produce", and possibly "beer" and "wine" for beverage categories.
While many programs do not require the use of account numbers, the NRA book states that some type of account numbering system must be used. If your program is not showing account numbers, it should have an option on a set up screen to activate that feature.
Any account numbering system is generally grouped so that accounts of a particular type fall within a specific range of numbers. For example, assets may be in the 1000 range, and income accounts in the 4000 range. On systems with many detail accounts, 5 digit numbers may be used to allow more sub-categories, but that is rarely needed for a small restaurant.
Typical number ranges that are used by many accounting systems are as follows:
Asset accounts: 1000-1999 
Liability accounts: 2000-2999 
Equity accounts: 3000-3999 
Revenue accounts: 4000-4999 
Cost of goods: 5000-5999 
Expenses: 6000-8000 
"Other" accounts: 8000-9999

Asset Accounts
Asset accounts include cash, bank accounts, inventory, and everything else that is owned.
It is common to assign the first account number, 1000, to Cash, since they are usually ordered, within each group, by liquidity (ease of converting to cash).
A separate account should be used in the chart of accounts for each bank account maintained for the business. If merchant deposits take a few days to reach the bank, a merchant account can be used. Also, if checks are accepted and not processed electronically, an account should be created for checks to be deposited.
New accounts are normally numbered 10 digits apart, so your first two bank accounts may use 1010 and 1020 as account numbers in the chart of accounts. Leaving gaps between the numbers makes it easy to add another account later and squeeze it in to the sort order in any position.
The asset accounts can be numbered as such:
  • 1000 Cash
  • 1010 Primary Bank Account
  • 1020 Bank Account #2
  • 1060 Merchant Deposit Account
  • 1080 Checks Received
  • 1100 Accounts Receivable
  • 1200 Food Inventory
  • 1210 Meat Inventory
  • 1220 Poultry Inventory
  • 1230 Seafood Inventory
  • 1240 Dairy Inventory
  • 1250 Produce Inventory
  • 1260 Bakery Inventory
  • 1270 Frozen Inventory
  • 1280 Grocery Dry & Canned Inventory
  • 1320 Beverage Inventory
  • 1330 Liquor Inventory
  • 1340 Beer Inventory
  • 1350 Wine Inventory
  • 1360 Merchandise Inventory
  • 1380 Bar & Consumable Inventory
  • 1400 Prepaid Expenses & Advances
  • 1450 Recycle return value
Assets that have a lifespan of several years or more are referred to as Long Term Assets. This also includes any real estate.
  • 1500 Fixed assets
  • 1510 Land & Building
  • 1520 Automobile
  • 1530 Furniture Fixtures & Equipment
  • 1540 Leasehold Improvements
  • 1600 Accumulated Depreciation
  • 1700 Capitalized Start Up Expenses
  • 1800 Security Deposits
Liability Accounts
Liability accounts includes things like credit cards and payables to vendors. It also includes money that has been received for things like tax that is due to the state, tips due to the employees, and gift cards sold but not yet redeemed. Real estate loans and other major financing is sub-categorized as long-term liabilities.
Liability accounts can be numbered as:
  • 2000 Accounts Payable
  • 2110 Credit Card
  • 2120 Credit Card #2
  • 2130 Credit Card #3
  • 2140 Credit Card #4
  • 2210 Sales Tax Payable
  • 2220 Second Tax Payable
  • 2250 Payroll Liabilities
  • 2260 Second Payroll Liability
  • 2280 Tips held
  • 2300 Gift cards & certificates
  • 2350 Customer Credits
  • 2400 Notes Payable
  • 2500 Other debt
Equity Accounts
The owners' investment in the company is represented in the equity accounts. For a corporation, this includes the shareholders equity. It is effectively the money that the business owes back to the owners. When an accounting period is closed, the balance of the income and expense categories is transferred to Retained Earnings, which is also an equity account.
The most basic equity accounts could be numbered:
  • 3000 Owner Capital
  • 3100 Common Stock
  • 3300 Retained Earnings
Income Accounts
Sales fall into the general category of income accounts. A restaurant will obviously want separate categories for food and beverage sales, and may want further separation of beer, wine, and liquor sales.
Typical income accounts are:
  • 4000 Sales Revenue
  • 4200 Food Sales
  • 4320 Beverage Sales
  • 4330 Liquor Sales
  • 4340 Beer Sales
  • 4350 Wine Sales
  • 4360 Merchandise Sales
  • 4500 Catering & contracts
  • 4700 Other Operating Income
  • 4900 Discounts
One difference between the NRA recommendations and many other lists involves the placement of the "other income" accounts. This can include income from sources such as cover charges, games or vending machines, and banquet room rental. Most lists place these accounts in the 8000 range, above expenses, but the NRA list places them in the 6000 range.
Most smaller locations will only need a single category for other income. Since "cost of goods" is a general sub-category of expenses, it makes sense to avoid placing an income category in the middle of the range from COGS through expenses. A single account has been placed in this list within the 4000 range.
Putting the discounts into the revenue category implies that this will be a "contra" account. Where most of the sales categories will have a credit balance, discounts will normally have a debit balance.
Cost of Goods Accounts
The Cost of Goods accounts, also called Cost of Sales or Cost of Goods Sold, represent the food and beverage purchases to provide the meals. Other expenses directly related to sales may be included, such as merchant fees or consumable cups and napkins.
The numbers used here also provide consistency across all accounts, as the last 3 digits of each COGS category is the same as the last 3 digits on the associated inventory account.
A cost of goods list could include:
  • 5000 Cost of Sales
  • 5200 Food Cost
  • 5210 Meat Cost
  • 5220 Poultry Cost
  • 5230 Seafood Cost
  • 5240 Dairy Cost
  • 5250 Produce Cost
  • 5260 Bakery Cost
  • 5270 Frozen Cost
  • 5280 Grocery Dry & Canned Cost
  • 5320 Beverage Cost
  • 5330 Liquor Cost
  • 5340 Beer Cost
  • 5350 Wine Cost
  • 5360 Merchandise Cost
  • 5380 Bar & Consumable Cost
  • 5600 Delivery & direct labor Cost
  • 5700 Merchant Fees
Expense Accounts
This example separates the expense accounts into three primary categories: payroll expenses and other expenses. The payroll expenses are grouped in the 6000 range, with the other operating expenses in the 7000 range. Overhead like rent, taxes, and amortization are bumped into the 8000 range.
While accounts must be broken down at least far enough to separate tax lines, combining rarely used accounts will make the overview much easier to understand. The following list combines several categories that are often separated on other charts.
You should check with your accountant or tax preparer to ensure that anything you combine does, in fact, share the same tax line.
The Inventory Loss/Waste account has been slid in under the 6000 marker, as some may consider it to belong with the Cost of Goods categories.
  • 5800 Inventory Loss/Waste
  • 6000 Labor related expenses
  • 6100 Management Wages
  • 6200 Staff Wages
  • 6300 Contract Labor
  • 6400 Commissions paid
  • 6500 Employee Benefits
  • 6600 Workers Comp Insurance
  • 6700 Employers Payroll Taxes
  • 6800 Payroll processing expense
  • 7100 Direct Operating Expenses
  • 7110 China - Glassware - Flatware
  • 7120 Restaurant & Kitchen Supply
  • 7130 Cleaning Supply & Expense
  • 7140 Decorations & Guest Supply
  • 7150 Laundry - Linen - Uniforms
  • 7160 Fees - Permits - Licenses
  • 7200 Pest - Security - other contract
  • 7250 POS - Tech support - Online serv
  • 7300 Marketing
  • 7310 Media & Print advertising
  • 7320 Promotional events
  • 7400 Automobile & travel
  • 7500 Music and Entertainment
  • 7600 Repairs and Maintenance
  • 7700 Utilities
  • 7750 Telephone & net connection
  • 7800 General and Administrative
  • 7810 Bad Debts - Over/short
  • 7820 Bank fees
  • 7830 Insurance
  • 7840 Interest
  • 7850 Professional fees
  • 7890 Misc. Office expense
  • 8100 Rent and Occupancy costs
  • 8200 Equipment Rental
  • 8600 Sales tax paid on purchases
  • 8700 Amortization
  • 8900 Other expense
  • 9000 Income Tax
Other Accounts
The only remaining items to account for are the sale of major assets, other income from sources besides restaurant operations (such as investments or sub-letting space), and a placeholder account for transactions where the business owner needs their accountant's assistance.
  • 9500 Gain/Loss on sale of assets
  • 9900 Other Income (not from operation
  • 9999 Ask My Accountant

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Smart Eating And Weight Loss

The pounds have piled up; the pants are getting too tight. It is high time to start losing off the extra weight. Planning right from the beginning makes it easier to succeed in your weight loss plans.
Keep track of what you eat and the type of exercise you do every single day. Write everything down in your journal. This gets things organized and you will be better motivated to continue on.
Cooking your own meals let you have total control over what to put into your body. No more extra oily, salty or sweet food from cafes and restaurants to tempt you and make you stray from your diet. Get some good cookbooks promoting healthy weight loss recipes, some basic cookware and you are well on your way to healthy cooking. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results.
When shopping for groceries, be sure to check the calories count and list of ingredients listed on the food packages. Do not be misled by advertisements such as natural, sugar-free and non-fried. Look at the fine prints. Every little bit counts towards your weight loss goals.
Eat smaller portions at each meal. Invest in smaller size plates to make sure you are not tempted to eat more. Less food on a bigger plate might give you the impression that you are not eating enough and end up taking more food. Just make sure you are having well-balanced meals, even though smaller portions.
The occasional deviation from your diet is no big deal. Being too strict might lead to stress and this is not good for your weight loss plans. You might get so frustrated and just give up. Stress can also lead to binge eating.
Sticking to the same old food day in and day out can be boring and uninspiring. Try healthy food from around the world right at home. Some of them can be easy to cook in your home kitchen.
Eating your main meals in front of the TV, work table or computer screen is a typical bad habit among some of us. It is difficult to be eating healthily this way and besides it is bad for your digestion. If you must be munching on some food while working, munch on carrot sticks instead.
Poor food choices, unhealthy snacks and too much fast and processed food not only lead to an expanding waistline but also clogged arteries. Taking control of the way you eat can lead to positive weight loss and a healthy body.

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