I receive in my meager email account mayber 400 - 600 emails a day during the week and maybe half that on the weekends ... luckily my trained filter saves me from maybe half of those ... sorry to my African money laundering friends, and no thank you to the persons wanting to share my higher credit rating with me, and no I don't want to learn another language, meet a Russian beauty or lose another pound.
The other 200 or so I actually glance at for a moment or two before deciding to delete, save for another time or actually read in real time.To my PR friends ... that's what you're dealing with here ... once I am programmed as to who sends me good information in a timely manner without wasting time on either side ... well, I read those always.
Here is a top 5 compilation of what I took a second glance at ... today, January 17
1- Yelp convinced the mayor of San Francisco to join them in this ritual of revelation:
San Francisco Works with Yelp to Share Restaurant Inspection Scores
Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Chairman of the US Conference of Mayors Technology and Innovation Task Force, and Yelp CEO and Co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman announced the initial integration of city-provided restaurant health score information on the site that connects people with local businesses. San Francisco will lead the charge on this effort to make the data more easily accessible to the public; New York City restaurant grades will also be added as business attributes in the weeks ahead.
Yelp's engineering team designed the Local Inspector Value-entry Specification (LIVES) which enables local municipalities to upload restaurant health inspection scores to Yelp's database. Philadelphia is also expected to participate along with other municipalities that adopt the new specification.
Details about and screenshots of the LIVES implementation can be found at yelp.com/healthscores.
Watch out Baltimore and Washington.
2- Dave McIntyre's WineLine: I saw the releases come out yesterday on the Virginia wine sales numbers ... but I read the details this morning in The Washington Post's wine writer's blog. Click on the link to learn from Dave that Virginia sold nearly 485,000 cases of wine in 2012 ... and "sales to distributors outside of Virginia increased by more than 24 percent in 2012, to more than 14,000 cases. This is a sign of a maturing wine industry." Check it out and if you have any questions or comments, let Dave know ... he's good at getting back to you.
3- Speaking of wine. I am on the email list for Red Red Wine Bar in Annapolis ... it's owned by Fox anchor Brian Bolter and his wife Lisa. It's a favorite of mine for a glass (or flight) of wine when in Navyville. Annapolis press has written about his plans to open a new space down the street ... not sure if DC food story chasers have paid any attention.He answered today.
Here's what Brian had to say: "The recent media reports are true: Lisa and I are beyond-words-excited to announce that we are in the process of bringing a NEW bar/restaurant to Main Street! We were approved at the first of two city hearings tonight. Another in three weeks and we will feel like we can "officially" make the announcement. However, we wanted you to hear it from the source now that the process is underway.
DRY 85 will be a modern take on a Prohibition era speakeasy focusing on bourbon, beer and gourmet comfort food. It will reflect our design, atmosphere and menu sensibilities bringing a new, unique option to downtown Annapolis. DRY 85, like Red Red Wine Bar, will be an upscale yet casual kinda place whether you're in a suit or flip flops and shorts ... the Annapolis suit!"
Follow his twitter handle for updates @_Dry85
4- Today means I opened it today even though this UrbanDaddy report came yesterday from their HQ. DC editor Jeff DuFour is a friend and hard working reporter fighting for more than his fair share of food/hospitality scoops.
The National Edition had a report on the Vaportini ... an inhaling liquor experience. Here is how it is described and I'll let you click on the link to learn more: "Inhalable Alcohol, Take a deep breath.
Come on. Do it. With your belly, like they taught you in gym class. Awesome, you did great. Now let’s try that again... but with 100% more booze. Give a sigh of utter jubilation for the Vaportini, a curious contraption that turns any alcohol into a potent inhalable gas, available now." See if you don't agree with the closer: "This is probably getting banned in a month or two."
5- Inauguration 2013 ... tomorrow I'm going to do my mini-take on the inaguration. But let me tell you now, if you have any sense of being cool, hip ... ready to party ... you have to go to Svetlana's Brightest Young Things for the SPECIAL INAUGURAL SURVIVAL BEST WEEKEND BETS. There is nothing else to say but tomorrow I'll throw out a couple of ways to keep you fed and happy along the way on Monday. But if you're really serious, study the BYT Guide and maybe you can end up in TIME like I did in 2001.