Not everything has to be regulated. Not everything has to be codified and signed off on by the red tape gurus. Life CAN happen just fine without such interference. And when the government is stopping a man from feeding the hungry, rest assured something is very wrong with the regulations, the codes, and the local bureaucrats.
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I have long contended that restaurants are one of the most capitalistic areas of our economy. Make good food at a good price and people come back. Repeat over and over and over. Keep making people happy and you keep making money.
That is unless the regulators start shaking you down.
This place looks delicious. Here’s their Facebook page if you want to track them down.
$700 for selling tamales out of the house is excessive. If the city had a real problem with this woman they should have issued her a warning first. And even then they really should have minded their own business. So what if she’s selling tamales to help make ends meet?
Was she inconveniencing neighbors? We don’t know. If she was perhaps a warning was justified. But a $700 fine with no warning? That’s unreasonable. Plus the real issue here is likely that she had not paid for a permit,
As we’ve said before, our food stamp program is a huge source of revenue for the food manufacturers. Designed, at least originally, and at least in theory, as a way for poor people to have enough to eat, EBT (food stamps) has become a way for vested interests to fleece the taxpayer. The big food companies love it. Soda? OK. White bread? Sure. Cookies? Absolutely.
Then after a lifetime of poor eating, subsidized by the taxpayer,
I remember that my restaurant clients were the first to feel the recession coming on in 2007. Then it was the retailers. Then everyone.
But keep pressuring the food service industry to pay $15 per hour. That should help things.
I have grilled in the rain many times. Happily. (With charcoal. Never gas.)
The below video speaks to me. I love to grill. I love to barbecue. A man and his grill is a sacred thing.
I am willing to bet that whatever this guy is cooking tastes awesome too. I just get a vibe from this fellow. And I’ll bet he cooks pig. That’s what I am talking about.
When prices aren’t free to move shortages result. And people become hungry.
Opening the border is the last thing President Maduro and the Chavistas wanted to do of course. By opening to Columbia and letting people get food it highlights the massive failure the socialist regime has induced. But the Chavistas recognize that keeping hungry people penned inside the country would probably be an even worse option for them than letting them out. One thing that all totalitarian regimes understand is that bread is key to pacification of the population.
This is what Chavismo, socialismo, has wrought.
Coca-Cola, the great American drink. One of America’s greatest contributions to world cuisine. (Seriously.) It has brought much joy, and caffeine to the world. I love an ice cold Coke. In fact I’ll probably have a little can of it after I take the kids to the pool this evening.
But you know what? It ain’t good for you. And you know what else? We drink way too much of it in this country. (Though we are drinking less.) It’s bubbly sugar syrup.
I had some hydroponic lettuce in my salad last night and not only was it delicious, really really delicious (as lettuce goes) it was relatively cheap. Things are changing. Opportunities abound. (That’s a good thing.) Let’s hope the government (and its big ag sponsors) doesn’t regulate this industry to death.
Guess which industry is ripe – get it – for disruption? (And I hate the word “disruption” but it fits here.)
I like food. I care about what I eat. But I’m not insane about it. The gluten bit I still have a hard time buying. But aspartame is something I have steadily cut out of my diet, though I still enjoy a nice cold Diet Coke from time to time. It may be time to quit completely however.
Aspartame is an interesting substance as at least some people argue that it would not be allowed in food if it were not for the fact that the soda companies are cozy with the FDA.
Apartment friendly potatoes.
Gardens are almost always a good idea. In a country like Venezuela which for the most part is quite verdant naturally and which has a completely dysfunctional economy this is especially the case.
Of course for urbanites (and a good part of the Venezuelan population is urban) to revert to subsistence farming is a challenge to say the least. Venezuela is in desperate need of economic liberalization. It is in desperate need of new leadership.
One can’t blame Wendy’s. Labor will be too expensive to make money on hamburgers and frostys soon. So they must automate. They have no other choice. By automating they will eliminate thousands of jobs which didn’t pay $15/hour, but they did pay something.
The French Revolution (and others) was tied to hyperinflation and a shortage of wheat. When people are hungry they get desperate. There is no reason why anyone should be hungry in Venezuela. It’s a verdant country. Yet the socialists have so mismanaged the economy that even here, in a veritable Garden of Eden, people are hungry. Even here, a country which sits on massive oil reserves nearly unrivaled in the world there is not enough energy to keep the lights on.
I like David Chang. He’s a Virginian and even had a restaurant in my home town of Charlottesville Virginia.
The restaurant business is brutal. And plain old business is brutal enough. But food, a restaurant? Long hours. Staff drama. Regulatory drama. Meeting payroll. Hungover cooks. Not an easy way to make a buck.
Though Chang never mentions an increasing minimum wage in the attached piece he does give non-restaurant folks a little insight into the economics of restaurants.