Sep 16

Cheesecake Factory is Consumers Favorite Casual-Dining Restaurant, Market Force Study Finds

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) August 11, 2014

Cheesecake Factory is North Americas favorite casual-dining chain, according to a study by Market Force Information, a worldwide leader in customer intelligence solutions. More than 6,100 consumers were polled for the study, which ranks the top restaurant chains in five categories: general menu, breakfast, steak, Italian and seafood. Cheesecake Factory ranked No. 1 in the general menu category, receiving high marks for quality of food, healthiness of food and atmosphere.

For the rankings, Market Force asked participants to rate their satisfaction with their most recent casual-dining experience and their likelihood to refer that restaurant to others. The results were averaged to attain a Composite Loyalty Score.

Out of the largest restaurant chains that offer general menus, Cheesecake Factory scored highest with 61%, Cracker Barrel ranked second with 58%, Red Robin was third with 47%, Ruby Tuesday and Buffalo Wild Wings tied for fourth with 46%, and Chilis Bar and Grill rounded out the top five with 44%. [See Graph 1].

Southern California-based Cheesecake Factory is known for offering endless menu choices and big portions. The restaurant chain, which operates more than 150 locations in North America, has consistently achieved positive same-store sales over the past few years.

Cracker Barrel Wins on Service, Red Robin is Most Kid-Friendly

To understand why consumers prefer one casual dining chain to another, Market Force asked respondents to rate them by key attributes, such as customer service, food quality and value. Cracker Barrel dominated in the fast and friendly service categories, and performed consistently well across the other attributes studied. Cheesecake Factory was the clear leader in the food quality category, trailed by Cracker Barrel and Red Robin. It also tied with Applebees for healthy food and with Cracker Barrel for atmosphere. Value was a tight category, with TGI Fridays scoring first, Cracker Barrel second and Chilis third. When it comes to accommodating children, Red Robin took top honors. [See Graph 2].

Italian Chains

Americans love their Italian food, and in the battle of the pastas, Maggianos emerged victorious over Carrabbas Italian Grill, which ranked second. Romanos Macaroni Grill, Olive Garden and East Side Marios also made the top five. [See Graph 3].

Maggianos and Carrabbas tied for delivering the highest-quality food, and Maggianos ranked first for atmosphere and Carrabbas for food variety. All of the restaurants were clustered in the friendly service category, suggesting very little differentiation among brands. East Side Marios excelled in the high-value and kid-friendly categories, but ranked lowest for food quality of the five chains studied.

Steakhouse Chains

When it comes to steakhouses, Orlando-based The Capital Grille was a clear winner in the Market Force study. It scored 77%, while second-place Texas Roadhouse scored just 61% and third-place The Keg scored 57%. [See Graph 4].

The Capital Grille ranked highest for food quality, atmosphere and cleanliness, and The Keg was second in all three of these categories. Texas Roadhouse prevailed as the No. 1 brand for fast service and friendly service, and was a standout for accommodating children. Texas Roadhouse and Logans Roadhouse also scored first and second for value, a category where The Capital Grille and The Keg didnt perform as well.

Seafood Chains

In the casual-dining seafood category, the top-five favorites were Pappadeaux, Bonefish Grill, Bahama Breeze, Joes Crab Shack and Red Lobster. [See Graph 5.]

Similar to the other food categories, the seafood chain leaders Pappadeaux and Bonefish Grill rated No. 1 for food quality. They also both ranked in the top three for atmosphere. Joes Crab Shack had the fastest service, was best at accommodating children and delivered more of an experience than a meal. Bahama Breeze scored well across the board, particularly in the value category where it took first place and Red Lobster was second.

Breakfast Chains

Market Force also looked at which casual-dining establishments consumers prefer across various styles of food, including breakfast. French-themed Mimis Caf

Sep 09

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bays Introductory All-Inclusive Package is a Catch for Travelers Through December

Cambridge, MD (PRWEB) August 01, 2014

With this first ever all-inclusive package, vacationers can take advantage of the Eastern Shore resorts four-diamond accommodations and bounteous opportunities for recreation and relaxation, while also enjoying an array of superb dining options for no additional charge. From a sweet and savory brunch at Waters Edge Grill; to a poolside lunch at Docks or golf break at Eagles Nest Bar & Grill; followed by dinner at Bluepoint Provision Company and a late night nosh at Micheners Lounge; guests can appreciate fresh seasonal fare and locally sourced seafood specialties at the Eastern Shore resorts five family friendly dining venues.

Among the Chesapeake Experience packages other perks, guests will receive a special welcome gift that includes smores for fireside roasting, complimentary valet parking, and passes to explore The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Plus, complimentary seasonal activities, which include a heated indoor pool with dive in movies, tennis, miniature golf, disc golf, bike riding, shell-lined jogging trails, bird watching in the resorts own private wildlife refuge Blue Heron Rookery, boating on the Choptank River, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay makes the perfect home base for travelers who want to sightsee. Minutes from the shops and cafes of historic downtown Cambridge, the resort is also close to the charming maritime towns of Oxford, Easton, and St. Michaels.

During those crisp autumn and early winter days, guests can feel blissfully pampered at the resorts world-class Sago Spa. Indulge in Eastern Shore-inspired treatments and services; embark on a scenic cruise at River Marsh Marina; and enjoy tee time at River Marsh Golf Clubs championship 18-hole course with a refreshing breeze off the water.

The Chesapeake Experience all-inclusive package, which starts at $ 479 per room per night, covers room accommodations, resort fee, tax, meals, non-alcoholic beverages, welcome gift, valet parking, and Blackwater Wildlife Refuge passes. The Chesapeake Experience package is available through December 30, 2014, and is based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Cost for each additional person is $ 79. Reservations must be made in advance. To book this package, please call 800.633.7313 or visit

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina is the premier four-diamond resort of the Chesapeake Bay. The property is nestled on 342 magnificent acres along the Choptank River, and features 400 luxurious rooms and suites. Among amenities are six superb dining options; an award-winning, 18-hole championship golf course; the 150-slip River Marsh Marina; the Sago Salon & Spa; multi-level indoor and outdoor swimming pools; a fitness facility, and a children’s recreation center. For more information on the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake bay, please call (800) 633-7313 or visit Follow Hyatt Chesapeake Bay on Facebook at; Twitter @hyattchesapeake; or Instagram #HyattChesapeake.

About Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency encompasses the full spectrum of hotel types, which are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Properties range in size from 200 to more than 2,000 rooms, feature intimate and large meeting spaces, and offer a full range of services and dining options tailored to serve the needs of conventions, business travelers or resort vacationers. Hyatt Regency enables all guests whether they are traveling to work, unwind or gather in celebration to feel productive and revitalized. For more information and reservations, visit

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Sep 06

World Gardens Cafe Launches 16 Simple Ways to Feel Connected to the World

Upland, CA (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

With a busy lifestyle, it is hard to relax. World Gardens Cafe wants everyone to not only live a healthy lifestyle but to ensure their mental health is equally in check. With this list, anyone can easily improve their mental health. Eating right is key to your bodys health. However, I want everyone to get more out of their day and have a completely healthy lifestyle, expressed Chef Ravi, owner of World Gardens Cafe. Check out the tips below or visit the blog here.

1. Stop eating lunch at your desk or taking breaks in the kitchen walk to the nearest park and lay on the grass for 20 minutes. Eat on a bench with an enjoyable view. A power packed meal and some fresh air and sunlight is an instant, irreplaceable reboot.

2. Take a day-long road trip to somewhere unknown. Look at the towns and houses; eat at a diner in a place youve never heard of.

3. Get lost somewhere.

4. Try being in the moment. (Ex: Bike through a trail. Take an interesting exercise class outside. Plan a big trip to be a week-long hiking adventure. etc.)When something is new, people are more attentive, and when activities are outside people are instantly more relaxed.

5. Understand that connecting to the world usually requires disconnecting from your screens so do that. Go for a walk without music, step on the grass barefoot, jump in water if you see any lakes or rivers. Leave yourself nothing to do but be present.

6. Be mindful of what you eat. Consider whats in your food, dont just count calories. Keep a food journal and log how making healthier choices affects your mood and your day overall. Replace coffee with a nutritious breakfast.

7. Plan a personalized walking tour of your city with a friend. Stay outside and leave cellphones at home or turned off. Get to know each other better and keep moving.

8. Lagging on inspiration for the day? Stare out the window for a while if unable to actually go outside and take a walk. Stop thinking about stress–Its more likely to come when youre distracted by something calmer anyway.

9. Buy flowers. Put them on a desk at work, open the windows, and light candles. Rather than a usual Pandora station, put on nature sounds of rivers or rain try to bring as much life force energy in.

10. Take a different route to work or home. Dont use a GPS or any kind of map. If lost, pull over and ask for directions. No matter what, this simple change will exercise your brain instead of driving in a mind fog.

11. Spend a day with no makeup, no synthetic props, air dried hair, natural food and water. So much stress in our daily lives come from molding whats natural into whats expected and constructed. Theres freedom in letting those ideas go. Theres calmness to be found in going with the literal and metaphorical flow.

12. Get down to eye level when you interact with children and animals. Pick flowers. Stop and look at street art for more than a passing few seconds.

13. Dont be limited by a gym. Theres no reason to schedule time indoors for another X number of hours per week. Run outside, even when its raining. It will be twice as physically rewarding and will be a mental break from making yet another aspect of life monotonous.

14. Learn something about an experience on a daily basis. Even if its as simple as learning about a star constellation via a horoscope and then looking at it when you go outside at night. Look up how food is made, or what a store supports in a local community.

15. Stop distancing by choice. Stop avoiding benches because someone else is also sitting on it. Dont gaze away from meeting someones eye contact. Smile. Say hi. Tell them to have a great day.

16. Move. To a new town, to a new city, to a new apartment, to a new job, to an afternoon at a coffee shop rather than at a cubicle. Even if its not personally or financially feasible right away, choose a plan of action and make it your goal to work toward it. Stop accepting that life can only exist as you know it right now. Get out there and see more, do more, become more, know more. Its all were really here for at the end of the day.

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Sep 04

2nd Annual Shop&Recycle Campaign Kicks Off with Retailers Nationwide

Houston, TX (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) kicks off its 2nd Annual Shop&Recycle campaign this month in partnership with a roster of green-minded shopping centers, malls and retailers nationwide. The month long initiative promotes sustainable shopping and charitable giving as families, high school kids and college-bound students head to stores during the third highest revenue-generating season of the year.

Easy, convenient ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recyclers are available at shopping locations in 11 cities across the country. Participating retailers vary by city and include Simon Malls, Brixmor Properties, selected Sports Authority locations, Walgreens stores and Kohls. Every item donated benefits charities like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Susan G. Komen and Childrens Miracle Hospitals and directly funds local programs and services in each community.

See below for a list of green minded Back2School Shop&Recycle retailers:

Northlake Mall Atlanta, GA

Salem Road Station – Covington, GA

Ingram Park Mall San Antonio, TX

Conroe Outlets Houston, TX

Conroe Food Mart – Conroe, TX

Ryan’s – Conroe, TX

Conroe Cafe – Conroe, TX

Rancho Grande Supermarket – Conroe, TX

Apopka Commons Orlando, FL

Hunters Creek Orlando, FL

Walgreens (Select Locations) Denver, CO

RiverGate Mall Nashville, TN

Anaheim Marketplace Los Angeles, CA

Sports Authority (Select Locations) Dallas, TX

Kohls at Val Vista Phoenix, AZ

Americans are on target to spend approximately $ 290B on apparel in 2014 and yet will keep only 21% of those purchases. According to the SMART Association, only 15% of this apparel is reused, re-worn or recycled while 85% ends up in municipal landfill.

Shoppers are encouraged to take action against these disproportionate numbers and ensure gently worn, outdated, unwanted textiles dont end up in landfill during this key shopping season. By making back to school purchases at green-minded Shop&Recycle retail locations, shoppers will leverage their spending power sustainably and support charitable giving in the community.

To find an official ATRS Back2School event near you or a year-round clothing donation drop off location, call the 24-Hour Hotline 866-900-9308 or visit

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