Locale becomes Industry Influencer on buddy.

, , ,

Influencers of the restaurant industry are hard to find, but Noosa has one of its own.

Prior to the launch of our restaurant finder app, we are head hunting Industry leaders across Australia who stand head and shoulders above the rest. The chosen restaurant for Noosa is the wonderful Modern Italian Locale.

With its wonderful ambience thanks to the chic first class decor, matched with a beautiful solid vintage wooden bar for lunch hangs, an outrageous selection of Italian wines each single handedly picked by owner operator Rio Capurso, its and experience you simply do not expect and can not imagine when coming straight off the beach.

The Family

The team behind it all are not an ordinary team, they work hard to make sure you receive the very best service possible regardless of how busy it can be.

Drawing Heavily on Italian tradition, Locale Noosa offers a seasonally changing menu using the best local produce and premium imported ingredients. Surrounded by lush gardens, Locale sits in a protected corner of the famous hastings Street just a few steps from the golden sands of Noosa Main Beach. The menu features handmade pasta, stone fired pizzas, traditional cicchetti and an impressive selection of wines, beers and authentic cocktails. Dining at Locale is not just a normal dining experience to savour, but an experience you just have to keep living.

 Chefs Tips.

“One of my favourite Dishes at the moment is out pasta special, the Chitarra Vongole”. “This dish features beautiful hand cut pasta which looks like square cut spaghetti”. “The Chitarra Vongole has inspired me to share a tip on how to cook pasta to perfection”. “The golden rule to cooking pasta perfectly is to always use lots of boiling salted water (the more water the better!) as it lets the pasta cook freely”. “Remember to add enough salt so that you can taste it and cook it until is is ‘al dente’ which means ‘to the tooth’, you want it to have a firm texture so the pasta has strength.”

Chef – Andy Davies

Checkout Locale Influencer Portfolio Here for more.

 

 

 

New Foodie App to locate over 2’000 Beacons across Australia

, ,

In preparation for launch, we are locating over 2’000 Beacons across Australia.

Our mobile app soon to be launched on both Apple & Google play stores will be Australia’s very first restaurant app introducing Beacon technology.

In order to connect the physical world to the digital world, we are locating thousands of beacons across the country each one in a very specific location, each location will be carefully thought out in order to make the user experience above and beyond exceptional.

In Todays world we believe it is very important for small restaurants, bars, cafe’s and many other kinds of eateries to offer a unique experience for their customers. We have provided the ability to do just that, as many current and potential customers user their mobile device for just about everything these days. We believe connecting restaurants physically to their mobile device is instrumental in order to grow and run a successful business.

What is a Beacon?

A Beacon is a small bluetooth device which once connected to the buddy app from within the businesses account, will send any chosen message to anyone who has downloaded the new buddy app within 2-7 metres of the beacon itself.

What this technology can do for small business is exceptional valuable and somewhat priceless if used at its full potential, Imagine walking right by a restaurant and you receive a notification of its happy hour’s about to kick off in 5 minutes? or maybe you are already in the restaurant and are getting carried away with time, so buddy reminds you that last orders are about to be called or the kitchen is about to close in half an hour?

I think we all need reminding at times, So let ‘mission locating beacons’ adventure begin.

Has your business joined the buddy app yet? why wouldn’t you. Its Free.

New Foodie App allows you to follow favourite places for exclusive deals.

, , ,

Following restaurants for exclusive updates on events, deals and specials.

Okay, so you can follow restaurants on Facebook for news feed updates on pictures and statuses, but this New foodie app gives you something very different indeed.

This new restaurant app about to drop on google play and iTunes gives you exclusive in-app notifications of special events, menu launches, lunch and dinner specials.

I know i know its about time right? Imagine sitting in a packed out restaurant, your sitting there sipping on a $5 glass of your most favourite deep red delicious shiraz, you then look around and see others sipping on the same deep red delicious shiraz for $12. Why? because when you decide to ‘follow’ a restaurant on the buddy app you automatically join the restaurants exclusive club, the club where you receive insider deals and know everything first.

Insider Updates

What does this mean? This means you know exactly whats going on at the coolest joints around town because they update their followers on buddy First, not in some news feed on social media, newspaper add or even word of mouth, but through an Exclusive in-app notification to your buddy profile of insider news, unbeatable deal offerings or even a first chance ticket to a special event before they go on sale!

It gets better, lets say you are heading down a street chatting with friends. As you walk right by a restaurant thats hitting off their happy hours but you don’t know, you will be notified straight to your mobile device as you walk right by! Also on restaurants profiles you can view the itemised image menu, check out the ingredients and book your table within three clicks!

Looking very much forward to this one.

Follow us on social media for more updates and news on the buddy app launching this very soon.

 

 

 

 

How working in hospitality makes you a better human.

, ,

If you have ever worked in hospo, then you already have these four traits.

More than 70% of us through the ages have had a stint in the hospitality world, if you are one of them then no doubt you have cleaned up someones spillage/spew, been a customers children’s ‘Auntie waitress’ and copped an outrageous temper from a customer all in the first ten minutes of your Saturday night shift.

How does this make you a better human, we have given four examples of how this makes you a better person.

#1 Patience

Working in hospitality provides you with plenty of life lessons, the one that comes straight to my mind is patience, patience is possibly the one trait that got me through my hospitality journey.

When you are standing with a pen and paper and you have asked the table if they are all ready to order, but you have that one that asks you every single question about the menu testing your skills, so you go in great detail of the special dishes you know will be awesome because you secretly love them yourself. 35 minutes later you are still standing painfully answering every single question fired at you to only realize when you have finished she drops the I’m not eating bomb, this my friends is when you are biting your own jaw so hard you feel like your bottom set is popping out your forehead.

believe me when i say i have plenty more examples, patience is possibly the first thing you learn and master.

#2 Politeness

Politeness is up there with the best of them, in the hospitality industry you are told that every single customer is the first, so over my few years politeness got me doing all sorts, from opening doors for the slightly older generation that couldn’t do it them selves, crossing customers over the road, holding someone else’s baby while they get the nappy changing gear out, only to learn later that you have been handed the little white wrapped up ball of shit to dispose of. Even when you have that one customer that just instantly didn’t like you from the start for absolutely no reason what so ever, you have to put on the plastic smile to the bitch that has made your shift feel like you have died and gone to hell.

Politeness is a trait that will most certainly be strengthened when working in the hospitality industry.

 

#3 Cleanliness

Okay, this one is a huge one. In my time the amount of times I’d watch the table leave, so you head on over with your cloth to realize you picked up the wrong tool, what’s really needed was to hire the local councils bin truck and back that shit into the restaurant, hire a fork lift and throw the entire table in the back wholesale.

Yes this does sound like I’m having a huge rant, that is because i am. For years i would tell myself who leaves knives and forks all over the table and not resting nicely together sitting at 5 ‘o’ clock, and why do we have disgusting orange tipped ear buds sitting in an empty wineglass, Grandma’s snotty hanky resting on the seat and just to finish it off nicely, a home made jigsaw of thousands of torn napkins and coasters to organize.

Cleanliness now flows through my life, and its the first thing i maintain when eating out, even to the point where when we are all finished eating, i find myself compiling the empty plates together building my version of the tower of Pisa finished off with a concentrated wipe of the table. All the waiter has to do is swing by and grab the stack, happy days.

#4 Confidence

I started my customer service skills from a very young age when i got my first job at a local butchers at 11 years old, so i have had customer service confidence in me from the beginning. But what i have seen from working with others is that confidence grows, I have hired some great staff in the past some of which i watched transform from a scared quiet person, into a blossomed fun confident individual ready to take on the world. This is a stand out trait for me to watch happen every day.

When you walk behind the bar with over 80 people staring at you all waiting to be served, there really is no place to hide other than take a huge deep breath, smile and go for gold.

Written by Danny Simmonds 

 

 

 

 

How to make the perfect deep fried Mars bar.

,

If you haven’t yet tried it, then its a case of don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

To some really good healthy eaters this does sound like a dark black hole of unhealthy death, but everything is okay in moderation as they say so this has to be on your food calendar once a year. (maybe twice)

Founded by a couple of experimental Scotts in a local fish ‘n’ chip shop in Aberdeen way back in 1995, it became a nationwide sensation.

Here is a little run down on how to make the perfect Mars bar sweet.

Ingredients

  • 2 Mars Bars
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 10 tbs water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying

Method of madness

  • STEP 1 – Mix together a batter mixture with the flour, water and salt.
  • STEP 2 – Mixture should be runny with no bubbles or lumps so whisk the shit out of it.
  • STEP 3 – Place a small saucepan on the stove and pour in enough oil to just cover the Mars Bar.
  • STEP 4 – Heat at a low temperature. Drop in a little pinch of batter, if the batter rises, bubbles and browns it is ready to go.
  • STEP 5 – Using tongs so you don’t mess those fingers, dip the Mars Bar into the batter mix, covering the entire bar.
  • STEP 6 – Place it in the saucepan and shallow fry for around 1 minute or until you see that bad boy crunchy and golden.
  • STEP 7 – Remove from the pan and place on a plate with paper towel so all that unhealthy excess oil can be soaked up by the towel instead of your heavenly insides.

So there you go, next time you are having a cheeky bbq and a few beers try this one for the crew, they will love it!

If you are a lover of the deep fried Mars bar, then don’t stop there.

We still have plenty more ideas such as;

The deep fried;

  • kinder bueno
  • twix
  • cherry ripe
  • bounty

And many more, but whatever you do, don’t fry the kinder surprise…..

 

Buddy to connect digital world with the physical world.

, , ,

Buddy to be first ‘IoT’ Software company to connect physical restaurants to the digital world in Australia.

Buddy Australia are launching Australia’s first restaurant app that actually connects restaurants to the digital world, through the buddy app.

What this means is that when walking right by restaurants and other eateries, the buddy app will alert you of their special’s board in digital form right to your mobile device including images, price and description. It will also alert you when entering a city or small town of the best spots for coffee, steak or where the best pizza places are that have all been curated by you.

Whats IoT?

The “Internet of things” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It’s a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work. But what exactly is the “Internet of things” and what impact is it going to have on you, if any? There are a lot of complexities around the “Internet of things” but I want to stick to the basics. Lots of technical and policy-related conversations are being had but many people are still just trying to grasp the foundation of what the heck these conversations are about.

Let’s start with understanding a few things.

Broadband Internet is become more widely available, the cost of connecting is decreasing, more devices are being created with Wi-Fi capabilities and sensors built into them, technology costs are going down, and smartphone penetration is sky-rocketing.  All of these things are creating a “perfect storm” for the IoT.

So What Is The Internet Of Things?

Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.  This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig. As I mentioned, if it has an on and off switch then chances are it can be a part of the IoT.  The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices… That’s a lot of connections (some even estimate this number to be much higher, over 100 billion).  The IoT is a giant network of connected “things” (which also includes people).  The relationship will be between people-people, people-things, and things-things.

How Does This Impact You?

The new rule for the future is going to be, “Anything that can be connected, will be connected.” But why on earth would you want so many connected devices talking to each other? There are many examples for what this might look like or what the potential value might be. Say for example you are on your way to a meeting; your car could have access to your calendar and already know the best route to take. If the traffic is heavy your car might send a text to the other party notifying them that you will be late. What if your alarm clock wakes up you at 6 a.m. and then notifies your coffee maker to start brewing coffee for you? What if your office equipment knew when it was running low on supplies and automatically re-ordered more?  What if the wearable device you used in the workplace could tell you when and where you were most active and productive and shared that information with other devices that you used while working?

On a broader scale, the IoT can be applied to things like transportation networks: “smart cities” which can help us reduce waste and improve efficiency for things such as energy use; this helping us understand and improve how we work and live.

The buddy app.

The buddy app will connect physical restaurants, eateries, markets, food courts, pubs and transportation stations with proximity technology.

The features will include, table ordering, food ordering, digital waiter with imaged menu’s, city guide for curated lists of best places to eat and drink, reminders of restaurant reservations, exclusive deal alerts when in the establishments and much more.

buddy has many more awesome features but for now that all the team at buddy are letting everyone know about.

Classic Brewery from the 80’s is re-born to dominate once more

, , ,

Welcome back, Eumundi lager.

Eumundi is a small town which is located on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, in the Noosa Hinterland.  If you travel to the extremely popular and increasingly exclusive Noosa you are likely to pass through it on your way north from Brisbane.  The town is famous for its huge markets which are held on each weekend and offer multifarious arts and crafts and all sorts of local produce.

There are also quite a few art galleries and the place has a rustic, bohemian and increasingly touristy feel.  Being only a 15 minute drive from Noosa, the small place becomes very crowded on the weekends.

Here, lies the home of Eumundi Lager.

Now re launched due to a number of popular boutique brewing company’s popping up all over the coast, its fair to say the re-birth of once the most popular brewing company was going to happen sooner or later.

History

In 1986 some enterprising fellows bought the old Imperial Hotel in Eumundi, installed brewing equipment and began to brew a premium beer in the small Queensland town.  The town lent its name to the new brew.  After the beer’s initial success, the Eumundi Brewing Group Ltd went public on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1989.  The subscription price was 50c a share.  Within the first six months the stock had plummeted and had not recovered.  In fact the company’s continued operations were in doubt unless it could be radically restructured.  The unfortunate decline had been caused by an economic recession and a vigorous beer price war between its giant competitors.

In 1992 the brewing operations at the majestic Imperial Hotel were closed down and the brands were contracted out to Carlton and United Breweries Limited at the Yatala brewery (which was then still operated by Powers Brewing Company Limited).  From October 1998 CUB ceased to supply product to the Eumundi Brewing Group.  Instead a Licence Agreement was entered into in November 1998 with Castlemaine Perkins Pty Ltd to licence all of Eumundi’s beer brands to Castlemaine in exchange for a royalty.

The Eumundi brands comprise Eumundi Premium (which was awarded Best Australian Lager at the 1992 and 1993 National Festival of Beers), Eumundi Light and two beers which are primarily exported to the USA, Gulf Ale and Laguna Bay Pale Ale.

The Eumundi Brewing Group expanded by moving into hotel ownership. It still owns the original Eumundi Hotel which was built in 1911.  This grand old pub has a rich history having served as the meeting place for thirsty jackaroos who drove their bullock teams through the area.  As all outback pubs it was the focal point of the town for much of this century. The company also owns the Ashmore Hotel on the Gold Coast.  In November 1999 it announced that it is looking to acquire a third large hotel.

Future

Brewing Company Lion has announced a new partnership with the Imperial Hotel and a return of the much missed local beer brand, Eumundi – which will once again be brewed on site at its spiritual home, the Imperial Hotel in the heart of Eumundi.

In making the announcement, Lion Brewmaster Chuck Hahn said the partnership would revive a much loved local craft beer for Queensland.

Brewmaster Chuck Hahn and Imperial Hotel Manager Brendan Fenlon

Brewmaster Chuck Hahn and Imperial Hotel Manager Brendan Fenlon

“We’re excited to be partnering the Imperial Hotel and building a new brewery that will rekindle Eumundi in the place where the beer was first crafted in 1988. We’re planning to have the brewery up and running in the New Year to offer a great range of flavoursome craft beers to locals and visitors to the area.”

The Imperial Hotel has undergone extensive renovations over the past two years, culminating in December 2015 with the opening of a beer garden that has already been recognised as one of the best on the Sunshine Coast.

Michael Arnett, joint owner of the Imperial Hotel, said that the growing popularity of craft beers combined with the refurbishment of the Imperial Hotel made this the perfect time to bring back a local favourite.

“As local residents it has been such a rewarding experience to bring the Imperial Hotel back to life and ensure it remains an integral part of the Eumundi community.

Fenlon and Hahn with a bottle of the old Eumundi Lager
Fenlon and Hahn with a bottle of the old Eumundi Lager

Mr Arnett added “It’s exciting to be able to build on this even further by partnering with Lion to bring back a truly local beer in Eumundi and we’re really looking forward to sharing an authentic brewing experience with our visitors in the future.”

Imperial Hotel general manager, Brendan Fenlon, echoed Michael’s enthusiasm for the new project.

“My staff and I cannot wait to be offering Eumundi on tap, and we’re genuinely thrilled to be part of the next chapter for the iconic Imperial Hotel.”

Eumundi will be sold on tap at the Imperial Hotel, with broader distribution to be considered in the future.

Follow the Imperial Hotel on the buddy app once Launched this Summer.

 

We will be rolling out all venues offering the popular Eumundi beer very soon.

 

We know a coffee shop giving away coffee all day every day.

, ,

Yes that’s right, yet again buddy is letting the locals know where to grab a free coffee!

Located right in the heart of Sunshine Beach, a prestige coffee roaster and coffee shop are offering a Free regular coffee to their customers!

Costa Noosa Espresso

Costa Noosa Espresso has been long known as an iconic spot for your everyday coffee fix, and today they are giving a free regular coffee to anybody who buys a 1kg bag of beans.

I have been heading to Costa Noosa on a regular basis for the last few years, every time i go i am always greeted with a smiley face from the staff and a perfectly made in house roasted coffee straight to my table within minutes.

Now I know there are many more top quality places around town, but the class of service and coffee quality at Costa Noosa Espresso is outrageously close to perfection. Which is why they have many local regulars all day everyday from 6am to 3pm seven days a week.

Not only is this a great incentive to practice your coffee skills at home, but also provides you with a free coffee just in case you haven’t got your barista skills on point yet.

Win Win!

So head on down to Costa Noosa Espresso today to pick up your bag of beans and a free coffee!

Mention this post and use the secret code word ‘buddy’ to grab the coffee.

Happy sipping.

Written by Danny Simmonds

This Cafe looks after the community with $2 coffee for everyone

, ,

The Noosa Arts Cafe does $2 regular coffee on Mondays!

Yes you read it right!

Noosa Arts Cafe is a 100% Gluten Free Cafe located on the Weyba Road, Noosaville.

Having only been open for nearly a year, this awesome cafe offers a wide range of local deals for all to enjoy. Noosa Arts Cafe has a unbeatable deal on Monday’s from 7am to 11am serving up premium locally roasted Clandestino Coffee for only $2!

Thats not all they have on offer, due to only using fresh produce daily, they create amazing lunch specials that change like the weather, one of which is the *chefs special;

*Breaky Bagel & Coffee for $12!

Buffalo Wild Wings with an Ice cold Stone & Wood Stubby for only $14

With options of many more fresh daily salads and selections in the cabinet.

To see more check out;

 

 

 

Buddy’s Review

Having been to the Noosa Arts Cafe on more than one occasion, its safe to say i am becoming a regular for the quality breakfasts and high quality local produce ‘The Nac’ provides, with the very creative artwork hanging on the walls, washed vintage decor matched with top notch service from the entire family, its not only a pleasure to sit and have more than one coffee it also makes you feel apart of whats a wonderful local family community here in Noosa.

p.s You have to try the scrambled eggs!

Written by Danny Simmonds

You can Follow the Noosa Arts Cafe on the buddy App when launched this Summer!

Why writing a horrible review makes you a complete twat.

, , ,

Writing a horrible review makes you a complete twat.

After spending years in the restaurant game, every now and again you come across some of the worst challenges which from time to time include dealing with a horrible malicious review, from someone hiding behind the mobile device.

Why does this make you a twat?

Well the Restaurant game is a very challenging one, restauranteurs do not open a business, work for up to 15 hours a day, working hard to maintain margins, keep hold of over worked staff, dealing with suppliers, paying huge overheads with the intention to provide a terrible experience on purpose!

No, as we are all human every now and again we all have that bad day, where nothing seems to go our way!

Today’s society people jump on restaurant review sites just to write a malicious review, not thinking why or how the restaurant got it so wrong.

 

Below are three things you can do ‘instead’ of writing a terrible review and maybe get something in return.

Here are some ways to fix the problem before announcing your warm salad to the world.

#1 Ask the waiter

If your not happy with the temperature of your chips or think maybe you need more dressing for that salad, don’t sit there for the next half hour eating through it, then complain to the entire table on how the chips are so cold and pull out your mobile device likes its a 1965 tommy gun!

Ask the waiter at an appropriate time and politely ask for some fresh chips as i think these are too cold, you might just get a fresh bowl with a free drink for the inconvenience.

#2 Wait for the rush to end.

Many reviews are all about the waiting time, yes with the way of the future now everything we want and need is a google search away, what this now means is that we are all spoilt when it comes to waiting. This has flowed into the real world, so when it comes to waiting longer than half an hour for a dish it becomes outrageously in-convenient for the customer who in fairness is in no rush to go anywhere…..

Waiting for the busy rush to end before ordering your bite to eat is a lot more smarter when it comes to narrowing down your waiting time, instead of joining the status quo and having to go to lunch at midday because thats what we are all ‘supposed to do’ arrange for lunch an hour or two later and maybe you might have the complete attention of the staff which means better service and reduce your waiting time by ten to fifteen minutes.

#3 Talk to the manger or owner.

Yes there are some certain terrible experiences that are down to the staff, some larger restaurants do have managers full time which means the owners are not found at the restaurant too often, in return means the staff do tend to be a lot more relaxed, talkative between themselves which will lead to bad customer service and poor focus on the job in hand. This does not mean that you have every right to reach straight for your mobile phone to attack the restaurant with full force, on review apps and sites to put them publicly to shame, which will damage the restaurants business in the long term.

Talking to the manager or owner is my personal last resort when it comes to having a bad experience, Asking for the manger and having a little quiet word regarding how you think the service tonight was terrible is not only honest, but also gives the manager the ability to strike while the irons hot. Some cases the message might not reach the owner, so sometimes asking the manager for the owners email address and writing a good honest letter regarding your experience will be a lot more constructive, either way you could receive a free complimentary round of drinks for the table or even a free meal voucher direct from the owner thanking you for ‘coming to them first’ and for letting him know whats happening at his restaurant while he isn’t there.

So next time you have that bad experience, don’t be a twat.