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Fine Dining, Fine Menus

Are you a restaurant owner or manager? When was the last time you looked at your menu? Months ago, years ago? Is your menu a reflection of your brand and image? It’s very likely that you have overlooked your menu and its visual impact as an important part of your marketing material and its role in attracting customers back to your restaurant.

Redesigning your menu, no matter how complex your menu, is much easier than am sure you anticipated. Print stores, such as Guru Printers in Los Angeles and others around the country will have a restaurant menu printing option as one of the services provide. You may think that because you have differing specials every day, or a rotating menu or you try to alternate dishes every week, menu printing is not for your business. But does that chalk board on the wall really give a brand image that your restaurant deserves?

If you are having doubt about any of your answers to these questions, then pay a visit to your nearest print store and find out what options are out there for restaurant menu printing. You may just think of them as printers but they have significant expertise in design, color coordination, enhancing photos and a variety of custom options for menu style. They are have an eye for menu layout whether you have a set menu that only changes every year, or whether you have specials occurring on specific days only. They take all these variables into consideration when designing the layout to ensure your customers know exactly what is on offer and aren’t puzzling through a maze of choices.

If you want to include photos for some or all of your items, but you think your photos aren’t good enough, then think again. Guru Printers can bring your photos to life greatly enhancing the visual character of your menu.

Standard restaurant menu printing options include weighty paper or card that feels of quality and superiority and all restaurant menus are usually laminated. In the case of Guru Printers, this is standard. Common paper and card sizes are available but should you want bespoke sizes, then ask your printer. They are usually very accommodating. You may also be concerned that the only options for your menu will be double side print on a single sheet of paper. Again, you are underestimating what printers are able to do these days. Half-folds, zig-zag and booklets are all options so you will never feel like you are compromising on quality or image when you have your menus printed at Guru Printers.

Your menu is what your restaurant is all about so it is vitally important you give its look and feel the attention it needs. Take your current menu, list of new dishes you want included and any photos you may want on your menu and get down to Guru Printers or your nearest print store and discuss your menu needs and image. The experts will have suggestions and alternatives that perhaps you haven’t thought of and over a discussion or two you will have revamped your menu to something that will show off your food. Once you have decided on final menu layout and contents, printing can be done within a day, ready for your customers as they sit down for your fantastic food that evening.

How the Unemployment Welfare in America Changed

The fight against poverty started in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson when he declared an unconditional war against poverty and unemployment in America. At that time, the poverty rate was at 19% but was falling rapidly. Things have been better since then, until the recent economical changes brought the American poverty level to 15.1%. But this time, it is climbing faster than falling rapidly.

The rumors about the Welfare Queen circulated in the 80′s during the term of President Ronald Reagan. After two decades, President Bill Clinton vowed to change welfare in America as the citizens know it. What used to be the Aid to Families with Dependent Children became Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. And right now, under President Barack Obama’s administration, as much as $12 trillion is being allocated from the national budget for welfare programs, on top of the $3 trillion funds chipped in by the local governments.

In the old AFDC program, there were very minimal requirements to comply with. TANF, on the other hand, imposes much stricter measures to recipients. For one, they are required to render up to 30 hours of work-related activities a week. This means recipients have to hunt for a job, do community service, and perform other similar tasks. If the recipient failed to do any of such, his benefits may be reduced or worse, he may lose them altogether.

While there has been a lot of noises and adverse reactions as far as allocation of the welfare funds in America is concerned, it can’t be denied that it is somehow getting some job done. Single mothers who used to live on welfare alone are now landing a job, albeit temporarily. But even so, they are now in need of assistance every once in a while. Same goes for individuals who end up in homeless shelters. With the training they get from there, they were able to get back on their feet and hold down community jobs.

The unemployment and welfare system in the United States has gone through many changes through the years. Many of the changes may have been made to better the system; others seem to have hurt the system. The fact remains that the United States has too many people collecting welfare of some kind. The United States welfare system and overall government programs need to be overhauled. If they are not looked at, the United States could be on a path bankruptcy and more poverty for many of its citizens.

International Trade and Inflationary Trends

The resources on our planet are limited but the human wants are unlimited. If one want is satisfied, another want arises. Some countries of the world are abundant in possessing the natural and high quality human resources, where as some other countries are scarce in such resources. Due to lack of certain raw materials and other resources, some countries of the world such as England, France, Portugal, etc did even occupy some other territories historically, to improve the supply position locally and thus reduce the cost of production and high prices.

To satisfy the human wants at reasonable prices, the goods and services need to be traded among the nations of the world. For instance, some poor African nations do hire scientists, teachers and doctors from countries like India and China to meet the local demand. Similarly, Ethiopia does produce huge quantities of Leather, Flowers, and Coffee and other primary products as the local geographical conditions are favourable to grow these products. These primary goods are being supplied to the nations which are scarce in them, and thus reducing the burden of high prices in the importing countries. Similarly, the U.S.A. does hire cheaper scientists and engineers from countries like India.

If the gulf countries do not possess any oil resources, the countries of the world would have been spending huge amounts on alternate energy resources. Thus the occurrence of petroleum in the gulf could reduce the gap between demand and supply of petroleum resources. For instance, India does depend heavily on the gulf countries for its oil needs. Similar is the case with many oil scarce countries of the world where the demand for oil is very high.

To settle the disputes related to tariffs and quantities to be supplied, the world trade organisation has come into existence. Geo politics and foreign relations too play a role in solving the disputes related to the international trade. The multi lateral trade negotiations among the nations seem to be not so successful and hence, the economies of the world are moving towards smaller free trade agreements such as Trans Pacific Partnership and Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, etc.

The trade among the nations does influence the supply and demand for goods and services and thus the price levels too. Hence, the countries of the world do strive to have peaceful and normal relationships among themselves. Indian and Russian relationship is an example. Russia has been supplying the defence and other scientific equipments to India. India in turn supplies some primary goods to european nations.

This article is based on observations on inflationary trends over several years in some of the countries of the world. The governments seem to have control over the monetary and fiscal policies but not on international price fluctuations, trade negotiations,supply and demand of various goods and services, etc. For instance, India’s efforts to reach consensus on trade and tariffs at various international forums did not yield the expected results.

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