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Monday
Apr202009

Gluten Free, Not Gluten Freaky: Top 10 Ways NOT to Order GF Food at a Restaurant

Crazy Waitress

It’s happened to all of us - we’ve ordered a specially prepared, superdee-duper gluten free version of some random menu item at Restaurant XYZ. We were super careful to explain exactly, exactly, EXACTLY what we could not have and why. We even provided a neat little card in seven languages and waited three hours for the grill to be scrubbed. And then we got sick…

We wondered, “Why?!?” (or more accurately, “What the !@#$%^&!?”)

Perhaps the server picked croutons out of our ’special’ gf salad. Perhaps they didn’t really check the ingredients on the label of seasoning. Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.

Or perhaps it was me. Not me, me, like Naomi Poe ‘me’… Perhaps it was ‘me,’ as in you.
Never! I say. And prolly so do you. But maybe???? just maybe…. we’re the problem.

These are the top ten mistakes you should try to avoid making. They’re not as funny as Letterman… but they’re certainly more helpful:


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Thursday
Apr162009

Paying It Forward

So, as you may imagine, we get a lot of email from customers(and even more from solicitors, which I love) through our website.  For "legal" reasons, all communication is filtered through one person so that it can be redirected to the right person.  These emails range from compliments to suggestions to an occasional complaint. The complaints are usually pretty funny, especially when they are about how we're a bad company for supporting clean wind-power because it kills bats. (OK.. not funny about the bats, but just people love to point out the strangest things).

On a serious note... the reason I am posting this is because sometimes something happens that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. The kind of thing that makes you smile knowing that THIS is EXACTLY why you started a socially responsible business.  There are two great stories here, one of a wonderful group of kids out "doing something good", and another about an employee in our San Diego store that is proof that "pay it forward" does exist. The email below was sent to us this morning and I wanted to share this with everyone... Earth Day is coming and since we, the people, take up a lot space on this planet, helping the planet can come in many shapes and sizes.
I want to share an extraordinary customer service experience that
I had at your San Diego location.  This past week, I was leading a youth
group mission trip to downtown San Diego.  On day two, we broke up into
small groups with $10 each and were sent to "do something good" for our
community.  The students in my group wanted to go to Balboa Park and buy
lunch and some goods for a homeless person that they had spoken with the day
before.
So we met up with Daniel in the park and he said he would like pizza.  So
the five of us walked to 5th St. and the students went in to purchase a
pizza for Daniel.  While waiting outside the students had an amazing
conversation with Daniel.  Then when the girls went back in to get the
pizza, your employee at the front counter recognized that these kids were
buying the pizza for a a homeless man and offered to cover the cost.  Myself
and the students were very touched by the kindness of this young woman.
With the money saved, the students were able to buy Daniel a new backpack
and a pack of new socks.
I just want you to know that because of this experience, Pizza Fusion is now
being recommended to all of my friends on Twitter and Facebook.  I cannot
sing your praises high enough!  Thank you for being a wonderful Pizza spot
that is staffed with equally wonderful employees!

Sincerely,
David

A HUGE thank you to David for sharing this with us and creating a space where our youth can learn valuable lessons like this.  They should all be commended for their work.  And as the co-founder of this company, it truly makes my heart smile thinking of the generosity of that employee at the San Diego store when he/she offered to pay for the pizza knowing who it was going to.  It is also a true refelction of the guys that own that store.

Thank you!
Wednesday
Apr152009

Out of the Box Eating

HI!!! I'm Naomi, and I'll be contributing here on the blog - I'm passionate about lots of things - my kids, saving my planet, and food! I also happen to be the resident expert on all things gluten free, which is very helpful in my day job as CEO at Better Batter | Gluten Free Flour.

You'll see Me post pretty regularly on some of my favorite and most cherished topics. You'll know what I'm writing about when I use the following Title Headers:

Gluten Free, not Gluten Freaky: Anything and everything you want and need to know about the gluten free lifestyle.

Eaten Alive: All about raw food. Ponderings, Tips, and Recipes

The Curious Vegan: All kinds of thoughts, hints, and recipes for those looking to reduce or eliminate their consumption of animal based products, especially tailored to those with flexitarian tastes or loved ones.

I'm sure looking forward to sharing with and hearing from you!
Tuesday
Apr142009

Our Founder Gets "Raw"

Hey Everyone!

I'm excited to add my first post on our new, and very much improved blog.  For those of you that don't know me, my name is Vaughan and I am the co-founder of this mothership we call Pizza Fusion.  I will be dropping by here on a more regular basis and appreciate you taking the time to read about our company which we're very proud of.

About 3 months ago I started training for my next marathon with several other friends and Pizza Fusion co-workers. We are proudly training while raising money and awareness for Autism Speaks, an amazing charity(more on them shortly).  We call ourselves the "Fusion Extreme Team" and work with coaches to get us prepared for the 26.2 miles that lie ahead on June 26th in Seattle.  To make a long story longer (you'll soon realize I have a problem making them shorter), I have decided to kick up my overall training regime up to a whole new level. You know... get serious and stuff.  My girlfriend and I have decided to do a 100% raw foods cleanse for 14 days while we transition into a new training program with both the running team and endurance coach.

I will use this stage to discuss the many challenges one may face while training for a marathon, as well as how difficult it can be to live a "raw" lifestyle.  I'm only into Day 2 and I can feel my body craving all of my vices like coffee and an occasional steak.  Yes, I am a conscious carnivore.  I will be sure to post the "before" pics very soon and hope I won't get too many comments on them.  I appreciate you following my progress and hope you enjoy what you read!

One woud think that just being healthy is the reason why we chose to do this.  The REAL reason is because there are children and adults that need our help in a fight to find a cure for Autism.  As I mentioned, we have set a lofty goal of $60,000 to raise for this amazing charity.  I know that this is a strange economic climate, but there is always something that we can each do to make a difference.  Please show your support by making a small donation to this great cause: http://www.active.com/donate/teamfusion_seattle09

I will be posting all of the "major" news on this blog but you can follow my daily Tweets(aka whines) on Twitter.  Click here to follow me on Twitter.

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Monday
Apr132009

Just Another Earth Week Post. ORLY? YARLY!!!

Earth Day is a funny thing. Companies who wouldn't normally think twice about about the amount of damage they do on a daily basis suddenly put on their greenest smiles, give a little token discount for doing what you should be doing anyways and party like it's 1999. (Styrofoam and all)



And that my dear friends is why we're doing EARTH "WEEK"! (7x the awesome with none of the selling out!) Whenever we throw a week-long party we always ask the "friends" to bring something and this time they brought the treats in spades. (Not like the Christmas fruitcake of 08)

We'll have drawings for some Jamis bikes, a "Green Home Makeover", an all-expense paid trip to an organic vineyard and much more.  All in-store guests will also get the chance to enter Honest Tea’s Sierra Club Outings Outdoor Adventure Giveaway

Honest Tea will be providing a years worth of tea for you and a week's worth of tea for me! Right? Right. Did I mention that we'll be handing out some tasty organic love as well!

You can read all the details here. If your Pizza Fusion is participating show em love! K? Good.

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