Random thoughts from a part time restaurant owner, and Ramen in Burlingame

I have partnered with my best friend from middle school Stanley Chan (bio) to open up a modern sushi restaurant, I Privé, in downtown Burlingame in 2014.  We have been in business for little over 14 months now.

The restaurant serves innovative Japanese food that combines flavor, texture and sauces to bring “not just another sushi restaurant” to the Bay Area.  Stanley has run a very successful restaurant in Castro Valley for over 12 years, I Sushi (Yelp) and his food deserves a much bigger stage.

This week, I’m very happy to tell everyone that after many months of preparation, we are ready to bring ramen to the menu!

  • Pork Chashu Ramen – Served with slices of Chashu pork, soft-boiled egg, bean sprouts, bamboo shoot, corn, veggies, and all deliciously prepared with our special Tonkatsu broth
  • Tonkatsu Scallop Ramen Served with seared whole scallop, soft-boiled egg, bean sprouts, bamboo shoot, corn, veggies, and all deliciously prepared with special Tonkatsu broth.

If you are in the Bay Area, come by and check us out, right off of the Burlingame Caltrain station! http://iprivesake.com/

If you are curious about what I’ve learned along the way, I have written about my perspective of the restaurant business from a technologist point of view.  Two of my blog post details what it’s like from a small business dealing with the marketing tools that are out there.

link: Ten Tips on Organizing Your Mind, from Dr. Daniel Levitin – Speakeasy – WSJ

I’m using one of his tips, which is to create a high priority email address for everyone important in your life and a 2nd email for everything else.

The neuroscientist that brought us bestsellers “This is Your Brain on Music” and “The World in Six Songs” has turned his attention to the problem of organization. Dr. Daniel Levitin’s new nonfiction book, “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload,” combines scholarly research and interviews with people like Michael Bloomberg, George Shultz and Sting with practical tips on how to organize our homes, social lives, time and more.

Source: Ten Tips on Organizing Your Mind, from Dr. Daniel Levitin – Speakeasy – WSJ

 

1. Take breaks.

2. Set up different computer monitors for different activities.

3. Embrace a (modified) paper to-do list.

4. File correspondence in multiple ways.

5. Purge, when needed.

6. Designate time for short tasks and longer projects.

7. Don’t spend more time on a decision than it’s worth.

8. Sleep, and nap on the job.

9. Don’t over-organize.

10. Leave work at work.

link: Error 451 is the new HTTP code for online censorship (Wired UK)

451

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the body responsible for overseeing the internet’s technical standards, has approved HTTP 451, “an HTTP Status Code to Report Legal Obstacles”. The new status code will show viewers when a web page is being blocked for legal reasons.Source: Error 451 is the new HTTP code for online censorship (Wired UK)

“I suspect that censorious governments will disallow the use of 451, to hide what they’re doing,” Nottingham wrote, on a similar note. “We can’t stop that (of course), but if your government does that, it sends a strong message to you as a citizen about what their intent is. That’s worth knowing about, I think.”