Media Class: Website Research 2.0

January 24, 2009

gelato11After some thought, and a date at a certain restraunt- I decided to switch my restraunt to Allaus Coffee & Gelato. Allaus is obviously a well off little gelato & coffee shop off Danforth and Santa Fe with a wonderful atmosphere and great service. After thoroughly enjoying my visit here, I decided to look them up online. Finding they had no website and very little internet presence at all suprised me, and I now see it as fitting that I should take up this place instead of Flat Tire.

Allaus Ad

Let’s look a little at what other people have said about Allaus.

OK Gazette Article
Local Newspaper Article
visitor reviews
online article
Actual Newspaper article

If you don’t want to read all that, here’s the scoop ( no pun intended!) Allaus serves over 100 flavors of gelato that are made fresh every morning in-store. What is gelato? Gelato is Italy’s version of icea cream. Gelato tastes a bit different from “regular” ice cream in that it has less butterfat, so is less creamy. But that creaminess is made up for by the fact that gelato is much more dense than ice cream, which gives you a much richer taste! Think of it more like a sherbert. They also serve a full range of fresh brewed coffees, cappuccinos, and most other coffee shop typical beverages. The interior has one wonderful wall mural of Italy, and a tiny yet gorgeous chandelier at the front just adds to the rich and elegant feel from the wrought iron table and velvety smooth armchairs that foster a cozy and intimate feel. There’s even an outdoor patio for when it’s warmer!

The main competitor for Allaus is Giovanni’s Gelato on Britton Road, but that is the only other gelato focused restraunt in town. A few other places such as Wedge Pizzeria & Co Co Flow Cafe in OKC offer Gelato, but not as their main attraction.

Allaus owner & founder Vienny Tran

Allaus owner & founder Vienny Tran

It wasn’t just the taste of their gelato and coffee that impressed me, it was the whole atmosphere, which is vital to a small niche business like this! I hope to develop a webpage that is as inviting and comfortable as this joint’s own atmosphere, and give them a webpage fitting to their business.


Media Class: Website Research

January 22, 2009

Looking around the town for some local restaurants with websites that are in need of some good design… It’s terribly disappointing that so many restaurants are chain restaurants that already have big flashy (no pun intended) websites.

Flat tire Burgers

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Beside Flat Tire, I’d really love to make a page for Cafe de Taipei, because they don’t have a website at all. But I’m not sure if I can do that, so i’ll have to check.

Anyways, Flat Tire is, seriously, like a broken down car, in need of some fixing up. Their images have poor quality, the online menu is extremely difficult to read, and the entire website is in need of something to motive people to learn more about the restraunt.

I think this little college and biker restraunt is in need of a woman’s touch 😉
I wonder what we can come up with… hmmm

What’s the competition cooking? Well, let’s take a look at some of the biggest burger places in the country… like.. Whataburger!

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Wow. look at that. Clean, simple, easy to navigate, and with inviting colors and imagery.
But Flat Tire isn’t fast food. What About Red Robin, the ever delicious burger joint?

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ok, ok. I’ve pretty much stepped all over Flat Tire. So lets see.. bettery imagery, brighter colors… ok. ok…

I’m going to fix this thing up just dandy.


January 15, 2009

Saw an interesting show the other day called Ecopolis (Science Channel). Thought it was pretty interesting… realizing, that we have all the resources an abilities to make a sustainable and more efficient world, yet we don’t.

Well Rachel, what do you mean? First let’s settle a definition. By sustainability I mean being able to meet our own needs (energy, etc) without doing things that make it more difficult for future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability is what the green movement is all about. We have all the resources, such as solar, water,  and wind energy, but we just don’t have enough of them, in the righ places. If we implemented ways to reap all this energy that is abundant and non-depletable, we’d easily be able to take care of ourselves without destroying the planet.

So why isn’t this happening, and why is so bad here in America?
You might think that it’s because it’s too expensive, or too impractical. But it isn’t! I refer back to Ecopolis. We think that solar energy is expensive, and it generally is because it requires so much glass and mirrors. The inventor in Ecopolis was lighting buildings with a solar collector made from plastic! It’s a reality, but we arent using it, and once again I ask WHY?

I hypothesize thus- Americans, in general, are a fast paced nation. We want it now now now. Being so stuck in the present, we have no care for the future, and as such, most of America doesn’t give a rat’s bottom half about what will happen when they are old or dead.

Just some thoughts.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth,
befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life;
he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.


January 12, 2009
mmm. molasses.

mmm. molasses.

Got back to school this past Saturday, which was lovely, but the cafeteria is closed. Oh no, what should we do? Let’s make pork chops! Yay!
I figured I would share with you one of the easiest and tastiest pork recipes i have. (20 mins total!)
To serve, this really goes well with some garlic mashed potatoes, which, since i cook for 2 all the time, I reccomend  using a bag of the 97 cent really delicious Idahoan instant mashed potatoes.

Enough of that, now for the recipe, and good eats!

1/3 cup molasses
3 tbsp steak sauce (such as A.1.)
1 1/2 tbsp cider vinegar
14/ teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 (6-oz.) bone-in, center-cut pork chops, about 1/2-inch thick
(or butterfly pork chops, which I prefer 🙂
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
cooking spray

1. Combine first five ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Sprinkle pork with salt and black pepper. Heat a large non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook 2 minutes on each side.
3. Pour molasses mixture over pork; cook 2 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.

220 calories; 5.7g fat; 21.4g protein; 19.4g carb; 0.1g fiber; 58mg cholesterol; 5.5mg iron; 414mg sodium; 259mg calcium.


January 5, 2009

Seeing as its a New Year, I figure I’ll throw out some of my favorite artists and songs from the past year. Surpised myself with how much I had diversified in musical taste…

01 The Books/smells like content
02 The Helio Sequence/everyone loves everyone
03 Joshua Radin/star mile
04 Buffalofitz/L.A. county fair
05 Andrew Bird/simple X
06 Dan Wilson/baby doll
07 Stars/heart
08 Kaiser Chiefs/love’s not a competition [but i’m winning]
09 Faded Paper Figures/being there
10 Sound the Alarm/stay inside
11 Ben Jelen/rocks
12 Dntel/breakfast in bed
13 Azure Ray/rest your eyes
14 Holopaw/abraham lincoln
15 Submarines/Brighter Discontent
16 Pernice Brothers/baby in two
17 Kaya Project/ghasi ram blues
18 Fruit Bats/rainbow sign
19 Weezer/say it ain’t so
20 Dolorean/violence in the snowy fields