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Tuesday
Mar112008

Balloons are biodegradable!

Did you know that all latex balloons are entirely biodegradable? In our constant quest to find the most ec0-friendly products available, we came across this information from The Balloon Council.

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Taken from balloonhq.com:

Latex balloons are produced from the milky sap of the rubber tree, Hevea brasilliensis. The rubber tree originated in the tropical forests of South America and was taken to Europe from Brazil. It is now grown on plantations in many tropical countries. The latex is collected in buckets, as it drips from harmless cuts in the bark. The process is much like that used to collect maple syrup. The use of latex balloons and other products, such as surgical gloves, make rubber trees economically valuable, which discourages people from cutting them down.

Are latex balloons biodegradable?
Latex is a 100-percent natural substance that breaks down both in sunlight and water. The degradation process begins almost immediately. Oxidation, the “frosting” that makes latex balloons look as if they are losing their color, is one of the first signs of the process. Exposure to sunlight quickens the process, but natural microorganisms attack natural rubber even in the dark.

Research shows that under similar environmental conditions, latex balloons will biodegrade at about the same rate as a leaf from an oak tree. The actual total degradation time will vary depending on the precise conditions.

What happens to balloons that fly away?
Often latex balloons are released either on purpose or accidentally. Research shows that most of these latex balloons—the ones that are well-tied and have no structural flaws—rise to an altitude of about five miles, where they freeze, breaking into spaghetti-like pieces that scatter as they return to earth. While we do know that animals occasionally eat these soft slivers of rubber, the evidence indicates that pieces ultimately pass through the digestive system without harming the animal.

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Even though balloons may be biodegradable, we encourage all balloon lovers to dispose of their balloons wisely and to never litter!
Thursday
Feb212008

Race for the Cure

Hello Everyone!
As you may have heard, Pizza Fusion Headquarters has taken on a great fundraising project (a 26.2 mi project to be exact) involving the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon! Having run the marathon back in 2003; Vaughan helped to inspire Angela, Katy, Michelle, Ashley, Michael, Lauren and Mike Walker (our California franchisee) to train in this event as members of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "TEAM IN TRAINING." This amazing organization works directly with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help train non-athletes like us, to train for an "endurance event" in exchange for doing fundraising.


(Don't we look like athletes?)

We are fortunate enough to be running the marathon with our honored hero, Jordan, a 17 year old survivor of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Diagnosed when he was 19 months old, Jordan was originally given a 35% chance of survival.

Though this is a physical challenge for all of us, it is nowhere nearly as difficult as the battle with cancer that Jordan and others have fought. Cancer kills millions of people and together we can help find a cure. Please consider joining us on this project to find a cure, and help improve the quality of life of patients and their families. If you’re interested in donating (hint! hint!), please let us know.

Your donations will not only help Jordan, but will also provide much needed funds for the Society’s Patient Services programs and research for a cure. Here are some ways your donation will make a difference:

_ $25 pays the cost of a chemotherapy drug prescription co-pay
_ $50 registers one person to be a bone marrow donor
_ $75 provides bone marrow typing for a donor
_ $500 provides patient aid for 1 year

All eight of us are working towards a goal of $35,000 and we really would love your support! If you can't make a donation, then passing this message and link onto your friends and family is just as good and much appreciated!

Please Visit our donation website at
http://www.active.com/donate/tntpb/pizzafusion
and help us out any way you can!

If you are interested in joining us in San Diego, there are TNT (Team In Training) chapters EVERYWHERE!

Join us as we Race for the Cure!
Tuesday
Feb052008

All things organic!

Our partner in crime, Vaughan Lazar, was just invited to be a guest speaker at this year's

"All Things Organic" Conference and Trade Show


North America's Only All Organic Conference and Trade Show


He will be on this panel:"Sustainability How-To for the Organic Industry: Creating your business plan"(click the banner above for more info)One of the keynote speakers is Bobby Flay as well as the marketing brain behind Starbucks and Whole Foods, John Moore.
Tuesday
Feb052008

Scoot, scoot

We always have wonderful little surprises show up at Pizza Fusion HQ. The other day, our ZAP car buddy brought over some super sweet scooters that are totally electric, and can travel up to 50 miles on a charge. We arent sure about how we could deliver organic pizza in them, but hey, we are always open to suggestions. Perhaps a small cart? A fancy schmancy hat contraption?

It is nearly impossible to fly off one of these kids (although a few of us tried!). My favorite was flying over the speed bumps, but ya know....
Below are some action shots of myself and Vaughan on the scooters. woo!

Vaughan scoots
Vaughan feels pretty with the wind in his hair

Katy scoots
whee!

rock out!
this guy is cool.
Tuesday
Feb052008

Trip to California... with pictures!

 


It's been an exhausting couple of days. My partner had to hop over to California last minute to wrap-up some loose ends for Pizza Fusion. We landed in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning and immediately headed to Malibu where we met up with our brand new PF family member, David Whitworth. He and his wife will be opening 5 Pizza Fusion's in Malibu, Santa Monica, West L.A., Manhattan Beach and most likely Marina Del Ray. They are an awesome couple with two killer kids and we couldn't be happier to have them as part of the family. Not to mention, I will get to come to Cali more often. I am slowly falling in love with the West Coast more and more each day.

So after a very long day of driving around looking at locations we finally went to the hotel and crashed... hard. We woke up bright and early as we had a meeting in Torrance with the fine people at Honda. Our PR whiz, Eric, had setup a meeting with their Hydrogen Fuel Cell marketing manager so that we could drive their FCX car. I am very fortunate to be doing what I'm doing. I have finally found my true calling and have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people and visiting amazing places. It's pretty cool that we are in a position to meet industry leaders in this eco-world we are living in. From speaking with farmers to picking our own crop of organic tomatoes that will go on every pizza, to speaking with CEO's from companies like Newman's and Organic Valley... it is a dream come true. Sorry... I got sidetracked!

Honda introduced the production version of its newest hydrogen-powered, fuel-cell electric car at the Los Angeles auto show last month and gave a few journalists the chance to delve a bit more deeply into the fourth-generation technology that makes this most advanced of the alternative fuel vehicles work. In simple terms, the Honda FCX Clarity is a ZERO-emissions car that uses Hydrogen and Oxygen and converts it to electricity! No oil-derived fuel is used... period. No gas & no oil. It is in essence an electric car with some punch! You can get a full education on the technology by CLICKING HERE.




The Honda FCX Clarity

OK... so what's the big deal you ask. Well, the big deal is that although they just announced this amazing news, the car is realistically 10 years away from mass production for the public. Honda won't sell the Clarity because, although technically a "production model", it still is largely hand assembled and is crammed with expensive technology that likely would require Honda to charge close to $1 million a copy to break even on! In 2008 they will hand select a small number of lucky drivers to "lease" the vehicle in the SoCal area for testing and data purposes.

So back to my story... thanks to Eric, we were granted a test-drive of this Million Dollar automobile. Mr. Stephen Ellis greeted us at the Honda Campus where he literally tossed us the keys and said "let's go"! We hopped into the car which was one of about 30 that are on the road. It was one of the "older" models and although it doesn't look like the car announced at the Car Show, it was not the body-style that all the excitement is about. So Michael took the driver's seat first and we whizzed away towards the street. Yeah... I said street. There was no closed-course with traffic cones. We weren't even given instructions... just drive Ellis said. The car had a "jet-like" whizzing sound as it accelerated. It reminded me of the sound a turbo car makes... sort of. It was very quiet and to our surprise packed quite a bit or torque from 0-30. This isn't a glorified golf-cart by any means! This was in-fact the future of automobiles we were sitting in! The car also boasts a navigation system with all of the hydrogen fuel stations were. Oh yeah, there are already fuel stations spotted across Southern California. People... this is real and it's here and Honda is charging the pack! Could you imagine the press release... "Pizza Fusion delivers it's food in only Honda Hydrogen Fuel-Cell automobiles!" I like the sound of that! We are very greatful to Mr. Stephen Ellis and the people at Honda for sharing this with us. As you know, we use Toyota's Prius as our flagship delivery vessel at all of our restaurants. After spending hours with Mr. Ellis and clearly seeing Honda's vision... that may all change. It's our mission to align ourselves with individuals and organizations like Honda. They are an inspiration to all of us!










After I got my turn at the wheel of the FCX, we began heading down to Temecula where we met up with two more new PF family members... Mike Walker and Nima Noorzad. They are the franchisees of San Diego and Temecula respectively. As we pulled into the plaza where Nima's location was, we realized how amazing this spot was. It is on the main strip in Temecula nestled right next to Starbucks, Jamba Juice and Trader Joes just to name a few. We beat-up the realtor for a few minutes, talked shop with the GC and then headed down to San Diego to check out Walker's location. His was in a very hip and trendy Hillcrest area of San Diego. Again, Walker too selected a site within walking distance to Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Trader Joes and even a Whole Foods. His location is one half of an old theater. 3,100 Sq. Ft. has so much potential. We are meeting with a design firm out here to assist him with this location. It will most likely feature a bar that will boast over 100 organically grown wines and organic beers on tap! These two guys are already like family and we had a great time at dinner, where Nima introduced us to some delicious Persian cuisine! Michael and I were definitely feeling the time difference and our plans to "do the town" quickly turned into falling asleep at 9pm! LOL! Old farts!

We are headed to a meeting with the architect in an hour and then we are going to head back up North where we will be meeting with a potential franchisee in Thousand Oaks!

I'll be sure to keep you posted! Have an amazing day!

- V Lazar
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