Speaking the Right Dialect of a Lingua Franca

I’ve always had a fascination with “lingua francas.” Simply put, a lingua franca is a common language that enables communication between people or groups whose native tongues differ. For example, if businesspeople from England, India, the UAE, and Brazil wanted to negotiate a deal, the lingua franca would most likely be English. Indeed, English is…

Request for Restaurant Startup: Mexican Teppanyaki

I’ve been sitting on yet another restaurant idea for quite a while now. I have always been curious about the idea of “dinner theater.” Traditionally, dinner theater combines a restaurant meal with a staged play or musical. Sometimes the play is secondary to the meal or, other times, the play may be a major production with…

Confessions: Playing an Old Victorian Game

I recently learned about an interesting hobby that some people used to partake in during Queen Victoria’s reign and decided to try it out. In Victorian England, one pastime among friends and family was to jot down your “Confessions”— answers to semi-serious questions of taste and principle. I have taken the list of questions that…