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Tender Greens Steak Salad & Tomato Soup

Getting Ready For The 3 Day Weekend!

It’s Friday and we’re soooo ready for the 3 day weekend!  It’s been quite a busy workweek here at InMotion, so a little R&R is much needed!  I’m sure most of us are getting ready for the beginning of the grilling season as well, so we opted for a healthy lunch today to make up for the overabundance of food to come!

Today’s pick, Tender Greens, is a long-time favorite of ours, which we haven’t had since we were at the last office.  This place offers delicious, fresh and healthy dishes.  They specialize in organic produce from Scarborough Farms in Oxnard and other small local farms.  Their beef comes from grain-fed hormone/antibiotic-free cows, their chickens are raised on the range in Northern California, not in cages, and their tuna is line-caught from the Pacific.

Now, that’s some health-conscious southern California talk for ya!

Not surprisingly, the office gave Tender Greens a 4 star rating!  Who said eating healthy can’t taste great!

One note though, this time around I tried something slightly new on the their menu, which was the option of having a full-sized simple salad with Garlic Herb Crostini.  I got this with their Backyard Marinated Steak and a side of the Roasted Roma Tomato Bread Soup.  I honestly was a bit mislead on them mentioning the Garlic Herb Crostini in the description (which most salads come with, but no other salad mentions it).  I thought they’d give more than just the 1 usual slice that it came with.  So all I was left with was a big pile of lettuce, which was a disappointment.  However, the steak and soup were excellent as usual!  Therefore, next time I’ll just opt for their regular Backyard Steak Big Salad, which comes with a bit more fixin’s and flavor.

Anyway, moral of the story, sometimes it’s better to stick with what you know is good at a restaurant!

Tender Greens Steak Salad & Tomato Soup

 

 

Pizza Party!

Pizza Paaarrrtttaaayyy!!!

It’s Friday, May 18th…which happens to be…National Pizza Party Day!!!

Pizza Party!

I actually only heard about this fact on the radio this afternoon AFTER today’s office lunch. So it’s a funny coincidence that we opted for pizza as this week’s Foodie Friday lunch, which was Mike the Marketing Manager’s choice for the day (since it also happens to be his birthday). Happy burfday!

Today’s pizza/birthday party was catered by Beach Pizza, located down the street in Westchester.  I was originally going to place the order at The Good Pizza, which I found had good ratings on Yelp, but I got news that Sunil (InMotion’s Co-Founder) had a bad experience there.  Yikes, guess you can’t always depend on Yelp’s ratings.

Beach Pizza was a good choice though, which the office gave a 3.5 star rating.  Remember, we’ve got a picky bunch, so this is actually a pretty good rating from us folks over here.  You really can’t go wrong with pizza!

BBQ Chicken Supreme Pizza

We got a little “adventurous” with the pizza selections and got the BBQ Chicken Supreme (hickory-smoked BBQ sauce, chicken, onions and mozzarella), The Del Rey (sun-dried tomatoes, baked eggplant, fresh garlic, mushrooms, mozzarella and romano), the Popeye and Olive Oil (spinach, ricotta, fresh garlic and mozzarella with a bit of olive oil, and the The Meat Lovers (pepperoni, sausage, meatballs and ham).

The Del Rey Pizza

We also got some mild buffalo wings and salad, which were nothing special, but not bad.  Out of the 4 types of pizzas we got, my favorites were the BBQ Chicken Supreme and surprisingly The Del Rey, which had some great flavors going on!  The Popeye and Olive Oil wasn’t bad, it was basically a more tasty cheese pizza, and The Meat Lovers wasn’t bad either, but I’ve had better.

The Popeye & Olive Oil Pizza

Well after today, I’m going to be spending some time at the gym this weekend!  This was definitely a calorie fest with pizza and chicken wings…and then a Cookies ‘n Cream cake with Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream on top!

Cake Cake Cake

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Let’s Explain Web Hosting – Behind the Scenes [Video]

Ever get bored of the techie trying to explain to you what web-hosting is all about from his bedroom recorded Skype video? Ever get confused with all the funny terms they drop in – like ‘Shared Hosting’, ‘Dedicated Servers’, it’s usually jumbled up with more screenshots of jargon, added to a robotic voiceover – you must know the type of video I mean!

Well, we understand how you feel! So our team got together and decided to ‘splain it in low-tech everyday stuff, so that even YOU can explain it to your Mom, Dad, dog, and client.

Check out our video below:

This is the catch, it was just us folks in the office, trying to explain it without going near the technology we take for granted around us. Um, do you think I set up an uncool [unfair] challenge or not?

Here’s what Anie had to say:

I guess I’d like to say what a fun process it was and how it was a different kind of teamwork that we’ve never experienced before, and we get to share this with our customers in order to have a more fun and shared perspective of web hosting from our customer’s point of view.

Which is pretty much what I was hoping for.

Anie: From beginning to end it was fun: drawing, cutting, taping, setting up and rehearsing!

Jason: I’m looking forward to using it to explain web hosting, VPS, and what I do to my friends, colleagues and affiliates. It was always a sticking point if you try to go there.

Alex: I enjoyed recording the sound with everyday office noises – even more so that I managed to get one of my own songs into the background party bit!

And the point I was making? Well, wouldn’t it be cool if as a new start-up or web-business, you could put together a simple video like this to explain your business? I’ve proven that we don’t have to have fantastic performance skills to produce something that could be meaningful to our audience. I hope you share the video as inspiration for your own office/business videos!

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Mendocino Farms

Foodie Friday at the ‘Farms…

Welcome to another edition of Foodie Friday!

This week’s lunch destination was at one of our favorite spots in Marina del Rey, Mendocino Farms!  This local chain specializes in delicious, fresh, gourmet sandwiches that consist of local Farmers Market produce.

Back at our Marina del Rey office, it seemed like we would have Mendocino Farms as our Friday lunches every other week or so, so I honestly grew a bit tired of it.  But now that we choose this place sporadically, I can appreciate their food much more.  Especially since I found one of my favorite sandwiches from this place!  However, it’s only on their menu as a seasonal item.  This sandwich is the Spanish Chicken, but I substituted the bread for a whole wheat tortilla wrap and added BACON!  This sandwich consists of Pitman Family Farm’s free range chicken breast, housemade manchego pimento cheese, romesco, paprika vinegar, charred leeks, roasted tomatoes, and Scarborough Farm’s arugula.  YUM!

Spanish Chicken

For the first time since our Foodie Friday column began, I’ve given my meal a 5 star rating!  I think what really did it for me was the added bacon in my sandwich/wrap, which they gave a very generous portion of, and the side of cream of tomato soup that I got.  It was an excellent combination of flavors!  And the cream of tomato soup had almost a cheese-like flavor too it, which went very well with the Spanish Chicken.

Needless to say, today I wasn’t the only one that gave their meal a 5 star rating.  The other winners were the Sandwich Study of Heat with a side of potato salad, the Prosciutto & Roasted Chicken sandwich with a side of pasta salad, and the Spicy Lemongrass Steak Banh Mi.

Mendocino Farms

The lowest rating that a dish from this place got was a 3.5, so basically everything that everyone in the office ordered was rated above average!  Therefore, overall we gave today’s meal from Mendocino Farms a 4.2 star rating!  The highest rated place we’ve eaten from thus far!

So if you’re ever in the LA area and are craving a good gourmet sandwich, even if you’re a vegetarian (try the Vegan Banh Mi), definitely give Mendocino Farms a try!  Honestly, their prices are a bit on the higher side, but you do get your money’s worth!

Vegan Bahn Mi

Mike eating a Pizookie

Grub Time @ IMH!

It’s Friday afternoon here at InMotion Los Angeles, and it’s pretty darn silent in the office. (cue the crickets chirping…)

Why you ask?!?  Well, 2 words…FOOD COMA!  This is courtesy of BJ’s Brewhouse for Foodie Friday!  If you’re not familiar with their food, think of a less fancy version of The Cheesecake Factory, but just as decadent.  Besides their award winning beers (which we of course didn’t have here at the office, boo!), they’re also known for their deep dish pizzas and Pizookies!  If you don’t know what a Pizookie is, it’s basically a giant cookie baked in a deep dish tray and topped with ice cream and whipped cream (and they have a variety of scrumptious flavors!).  Our Marketing Dept. decided to share the Cookies ‘N Cream Pizoooookkiiee. Oh man…

Mike eating a Pizookie

Needless to say, this place was a winner for the most part.  Most people gave BJ’s Brewhouse an above average score, equating to a 4 star rating.  The highest rated dishes were the Classic Combo Pizza, Buffalo Chicken Mini Pizza, Grilled Chicken Pasta, Crispy Jalapeno Burger, Maui Glazed Pork Chop, and of course their Pizookies!

Here are a few mouthwatering teasers…

BJ's Brewhouse Pizza

BJ's  Crispy Jalapeno Burger

BJ's Maui Glazed Pork Chop

BJ's Buffalo Chicken Mini Pizza

On the other hand, there was one dish that didn’t quite get a good review. This was the Vegetarian Mini Pizza, which was given 2.5 stars.  Apparently, the topings were good, but the crust was a bit too spongy and squishy for their liking.  Hmmm, maybe if BJ’s would’ve put it back in the oven a little longer, it would’ve worked out better.

Anyway, it’s about time for me to get that afternoon caffeine fix to zap me out of this zombie state.  I’m sure most of us in the office agree that this sluggish feeling was well worth the yummy in my tummy satisfaction!  So, if you’re feeling hungry and are willing to take a nap after, hit up BJ’s Brewhouse!

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Join Us in Google Hangouts!

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We recently launched a survey, as we’re sure you’re interested to find out where you compare to the average website owner in promoting their online business. There is a confusing array of options out there for you to attract a bunch of web visitors and clients for your online start-up business, so where are people hedging their bets and placing their money – if at all?

In this Google Hangout we’ll be joined by some Online Marketing tool representatives from the SEO, and Social Media world to help you decipher what it all means and where you could be best off budgeting for your self promotion. Bookmark this post and come back later as we update the key attendees you’ll be getting direct access to ask those burning questions in this free session!

Add the calendar below to make sure you don’t miss this great opportunity to join in and find out as we reveal for the first time some interesting stats on where you told us you prioritize your time on the world-wide-web!

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How much do businesses really spend on Online Marketing?



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Jeff Enjoying His Islands Burge

Foooodie Friday! #FF

It’s Friday…and you know what that means here at the InMotion west coast office…Foodie Friday!

I was out of the office with family last week, which meant a non-stop food fest (’cause that’s just what we do I guess heh). So this week, I tried my best to keep my lunch order somewhat healthy to make up for the past weekend of binging.

And, of course, the food choice of the day was Islands, infamous for their delicious 1000+ calorie burgers and fries…ugh, this was a bit of torture! I mean who can resist a juicy burger topped with onion rings and a side of cheese smothered fries!?!

Islands Burger & Fries

Whelp…I did. So I ordered the Northshore Chicken Tacos, with no cheese. BORING! And even worse, their corn tortillas tasted like salted rubber. I gave this dish 2.5 stars. I would’ve gave it a slightly higher rating if the tortillas didn’t suck. So FYI, if you’re going to order tacos from Islands, opt for the flour tortillas instead. On the other hand, maybe I should’ve gotten the Baja Chicken Soft Tacos (with flour tortillas of course), which actually received a higher average rating of 3.75 stars.

In addition to another non-burger item ordered, the Moa Kai (white albacore tuna salad) sandwich didn’t fare so well with a 2 star rating.  On the other hand, surprisingly those who ordered burgers gave mixed reviews, with the turkey burgers getting the higher ratings. They tend to under cook their beef patties, so beware when asking for a specific preparation. So overall, we gave Islands a 3.25 star rating.

I don’t know about everyone’s experience this time around, but I’ve had a couple of Islands’ burgers in the past, and they’ve both been pretty good. So maybe Islands has an issue with consistency. Hmm, well maybe you’ll have better luck trying them out yourself.

But bottom line, if you’re gonna get food from a burger joint, order a burger of some sort and don’t go if you plan on being on a diet!

Nom nom nom…

Jeff Enjoying His Islands Burge

Tower Pizza & Chili Cheese Fries

Foodie Friday The 13th! #FF

Happy Friday the 13th!

Today’s rainy, gloomy weather here in Los Angeles is quite fitting for the infamous Friday the 13th! The closest thing to seeing black cats around the office was seeing a few creepy black crows circling past the windows seemingly looking for food. Yikes! Guess they can smell our food coming…or is it another type of food they’re looking for (IE – humans)…aaahhh!!! Okay…I think I’ve been watching too many zombie flicks hehe.

Well besides the flying version of black cats and the sideways rain hitting the windows, it was quite a sight to see the food delivery guy in his soaked sweatshirt bringing in 3 huge, rain-covered food carriers into the office. Poor guy, he should’ve called us down to give him a hand! Too bad we missed the chance of a great photo op. He looked like an ant carrying things twice his size!

On to the food ratings. Our champ delivery guy today came from Tower Pizza located in Westchester, about 10 minutes away from the office. This was another new pick for us this week. And a great choice it was! The office average rating for this place was a whopping 4 stars! Guess you really can’t go wrong with good ol’ pizzas, burgers and such. For the most part, everyone that ordered a pizza gave it a 4 star rating. The toppings people ordered were the common pepperoni, sausage, black olives, mushrooms, etc. Good stuff!

Tower Pizza & Chili Cheese Fries

Another highly rated dish from this place was their fish and chips. This was ordered by our very own British coworker who found it to be a tasty, nostalgic dish that even included a side of vinegar, “just the way the Brits like it” she said hehe.

On the other hand, the Tower Hot Pastrami sandwich was the lowest rated dish. This dish was ordered by 2 people, who gave it a 2.5 and 3.5 star ratings, giving it an average of 3 stars. Their pastrami was a bit too salty for their liking. So this can be a risky pick if you’re new to pastrami or know what good pastrami tastes like.

As with many of the other places we’ve gotten delivery from, the food temperature seems to always be an issue. Basically, food is better straight from the kitchen. However, with the exception of pizza, some people even prefer it cold. Honestly, I’m not one of them. However, the quality and taste of their pizza sold me anyway!

Maybe when you actually go to the restaurant and get a fresh pizza, it would look more like this…

TowerPizza

Until next time…bon appetit!

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