Category Archives: Wishes and Dreams

5 Ideas for Cool New Restaurants

As anyone who knows me or reads my blog knows, I love food. I’ve eaten at hundreds of different restaurants, and tasted thousands of different dishes. So, after much eating and thinking, I’ve come up with a few ideas for some very innovative end awesome restaurants.

I have no intention of starting a restaurant of my own, but if anyone chooses to use one of these ideas to start one, all I ask is that you invite me in for a free meal 🙂

  1. Reverse – I’ve decided to call this one Reverse because I thinks things should be backwards. After an appetizer and an entrée, there never seems to be any room for dessert, and dessert is my favorite part of a meal! So, why not do dessert first? Dessert, followed by entrées, and then if you have room you could snack on an appetizer while chatting with your eating companions. I though about just calling it Dessert First, but Reverse sounds cooler 🙂
  2. Simple – Have you noticed that the more expensive the restaurant, the more impossible to pronounce the menu becomes? Why not have a restaurant that makes only the simplest of dishes, but with the best most out-of-this-world ingredients available? I’m thinking things like Macaroni and Cheese, but with some unique hand-made pasta dough, apple walnut smoked cheddar and a hint of truffle. Or maybe a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but made on fresh potato bread, lightly toasted, with fresh ground peanut and almond butter, with passion fruit and pomegranate jelly…great, now my mouth is watering!
  3. Sweet – I have a killer sweet tooth, so why not a restaurant where all the dishes are sweet? You can do killer things with agave nectar, honey, fruits, cane sugar, etc. Think layers and gradients of different kinds of sweetness, from appetizer to entrée to dessert.
  4. Weekly – While rotating your menu each week is nothing new, what about rotating the menu each week around one common ingredient? Perhaps even use whatever the ingredient was the previous Sunday on Iron Chef America. Then, all week, everything on the menu is centered around that one ingredient. Truffle or butter week anybody?
  5. Assemble – What about a restaurant that, instead of a menu of dishes, gives you a menu of ingredients on hand? You pick the ingredients you like, and the chef offers you some possible dishes from those ingredients. Sort of like the show Chopped. Prices would be based on the number and type of ingredients selected.

So that’s it, my 5 amazing restaurant ideas. Pretty please, someone open one of these restaurants and invite me to eat there! (I apologize if any of these exist and I’m simply not aware. If that is the case, let me know where the offending restaurant is so I can go eat there 🙂 )

UPDATE: So I thought of another good idea for a restaurant today. I was at the bookstore, and I found a book about crème brûlée, and there was a section in there with savory versions which sounded amazing, using things like cheese, chorizo, mushrooms, etc. So, why not have a restaurant called Brûlée, that serves just awesome variations of crème brûlée. You could have a variety of appetizer, entrée and dessert versions…anywho, just one more idea 🙂

A Ride in a Ferrari F430 Spider – Yet Another Dream Fulfilled

I love exotic cars. Seriously, I’ve loved them since I was a kid, but having ridden in quite a few lately, I love them even more 🙂 Since November of last year I’ve had the opportunity to ride in an Aston Martin Vanquish S, a Lamborghini Murcielago, a Nissan GT-R, a supercharged Dodge Viper GTS with 660 rear wheel horsepower…and now, as of yesterday, a Ferrari F430 Spider F1 🙂

For those who don’t know, a Ferrari F430 Spider F1 is a wicked, wicked fast car. 483 horsepower, 343 lb-ft of torque, and a top speed of 196 mph. 0-60 is about 4 seconds.

I absolutely love Ferrari, so much so that whenever I make a trip to Salt Lake City I make sure to leave enough time to go take a walk through Steve Harris Imports, the Ferrari dealer there. Sufficeth to say I was uber stoked to get to ride in such an incredible car!

Basically the same story as the Lamborghini Murcielago and the Nissan GT-R. I’m doing SEO work for a company, and the owner of the company owns a bunch of exotics. So, I joined the company for lunch yesterday, and had the chance to ride in his beautiful Ferrari F430, to and from lunch as well as up and down Provo canyon.

Silver Ferrari F430 Spider

And holy crap was this car fast! You know those scenes in movies where the car is accelerating, and everything on the sides starts to get blurry? Yeah, it felt like that.

I’ve always heard that exotics are somewhat harsh, bumpy rides, excessively loud…but yet again, that simply wasn’t the case. Sure, when he hit the gas on the Ferrari that thing howled like a banshee, but it was comfortable and quite quiet under normal driving conditions. As crazy as it sounds, I really could see that car as a daily driver 🙂

Ferrari F430 Spider, Top Down

So that about sums it up. I’ve dreamed about riding in a Lamborghini and a Ferrari since I was a little kid, and now I’ve been in both in the space of a month! All that’s left to ride in is his Audi R8, and his new Porsche Panamera Turbo. We’ll see which next week 🙂

Time – Your Most Valuable Commodity

It’s true. Time is by far your most valuable commodity. You have only so much, and once that time is gone it can never be regained. In fact, you never really know just how much time you have, making it that much more precious.

So, knowing that our time is so valuable, why on earth do so many people settle for so little compensation for their time? I mean, seriously, minimum wage is $7.25, which means that if you worked full-time from the age of 15 to the age of 65, earning minimum wage, you would have made $754,000 in your working lifetime (in 2010 dollars). Even a salaried employee working from 25-55, making the US median of $45,000/yr would bring in only twice that in 2010 dollars. Is that what the best days, hours and years of your life are worth?

Maybe for you, but for me the answer is a resounding HELL NO! (Thank you 4-Hour Workweek and Rework)

Most people who know me know that I am a financially driven person, though not for the reasons some might think. Though I like (and hope to own) nice things, it isn’t the things of this world that drive my desire for wealth. I see wealth as nothing but a facilitator, something to provide me with the freedom to spend my time with my family, doing the things that I really want to do in life.

In truth, my desires could be summed up in two goals: One, to pass this test, for life is a test and mortality is but a blip on the radar of Eternity. And two, to provide well for and to spend as much time as possible with my wife and family while I’m here.

That’s it. To me, nothing else really matters, and those two things drive every decision I make or even contemplate making. So how does one achieve such goals? The reality is that wealth facilitates both, and the only sure way to achieve wealth is to properly value your time and make decisions accordingly.

For me, personally, I have only one financial metric: Income per Hour Worked.

That, in a nutshell, is how you value your time. Personally, I currently value my time at $100 per hour worked, and I’ve been making right about that for the last year or so. That is, however, only a stepping stone to where I want to be.

My real financial goal could be broken down into two parts:  A, to make $2,500 per hour worked while I’m working (4 hours per week, max), and B, to sell an idea or my stake in a business for no less than $7,000,000. Impossible? Not at all, actually.

The vast majority of people in the world would view those numbers as impossible to achieve, but not only is it not impossible, it’s actually on the low-end of what IS possible. For example, some actors easily make $30,000 or more per hour worked, and someone like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet could make 100 times that with ease.

Valuing your time like that allows you to focus your time on only the most important things, and helps you to delegate or outsource tasks that aren’t worth your time. Learning to let go of minutiae will free up time and alleviate stress like you wouldn’t believe! Moving on…

From what I’ve learned, it takes four things to achieve that kind of success: patience, perseverance, drive and vision. The most successful people in all of history have possessed those qualities. You could sum it up as follows:

You see what’s possible, you are motivated to achieve it, you don’t care how long it takes to do so, and you’ll keep working towards your goal no matter what gets in your way. Some people are born with those traits, but most need to develop them.

So stop undervaluing yourself and your time and your life. You have but one life to live, a finite amount of time, and since you never really know how long that is, you should make the best of every moment.

Money in and of itself will never make you happy, but the time and freedom it brings can allow you to do and experience things that WILL make you truly happy, in this life and the next.

Tempus Fugit, Carpe Diem (time flees, seize the day) 🙂