Report: Long Island’s Cleanest Restaurants 2012

Long Island may not have the grade system based health department reports on each restaurant’s door like in New York City, but there is another surefire way to tell if a restaurant cares about its storefront, kitchen, dining room and garbage areas: Their maintenance contracts.

Now, it just so happens that my dad owns one of the largest pressure cleaning companies on the eastern seaboard, American Dream Pressure Cleaning, used by a multitude of restaurants across long island and the surrounding states. His company cleans nearly every chain restaurant on the island, including Chili’s, Carrabba’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Friday’s, Red Robin, Famous Daves, Outback Steakhouse and the list goes on. Here’s where the ratings start to become clear.

These restaurants, all mapped here, are under contract with American Dream to be cleaned based on their volume. They are guaranteed to have cleaner dining rooms, bathrooms, kitchens and garbage areas in comparison to the many chains on the island that neglect to even clean their floors with more than a mop.

I’m going to be as clear as possible when I say that I’m not trying to promote his company, I simply want to open up a bridge between the restaurants that actually care for their store on the Island and those who neglect to. We need a way to have some fluidity between the kitchen and the customer – something people in NYC take for granted with their rating system. I know by means of personal accounts, business owner reactions and outright customer satisfaction that the stores American Dream encompasses are ones that I’d feel confident bringing my family, especially as a person who has seen the kitchens beforehand himself.

There have been stores I’ve tagged along to that had never before been cleaned by American Dream that had potatoes spread about the floor and grease caking the floor enough to skate across.  Companies who do not step up to the plate so they can save a few bucks should be ashamed of themselves for letting their restaurant remain as unsanitary as they are.

This is why I want to give you the list of clean restaurants. This list may not point out every restaurant that’s doing the right thing and cleaning their store using a commercial company, but it’s a starting point for other companies to do the same.

http://www.americandreampressurecleaning.com/see-our-stores-yourself/

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A Journey to Find the Perfect Tablet PC

UPDATE 2: The laptop below is actually my old(er) tablet. I found a newer HP TC4400 for only a tad bit more and sold that one.

Tablet PC’s round 3:

Well, my cherished 60 dollar laptop decided to cut out on me short, so it was time for me to upgrade. The new laptop, an HP-Compaq (because they still haven’t figured out what to name themselves) TC4400, was similarly acquired on eBay, but the price tag was a bit higher. It was only $78.89 for the laptop + $7.05 for the adapter + $3.50 for some stupid cover that wasn’t included and + $21.99 for a hard drive, since this is my first SATA laptop (I’ve finally stepped into the “future” and the only SATA hard drive I actually had was coincidentally broken.) I added another GB of ram with a stick that I had lying around, why I had it is beyond me, and I already had a stylus for it because I have two older tablets. All in all, it cost me $115, much lower than any computer on the market today, but I can already tell that it was well worth it! The computer comes with a fingerprint reader, which has been a nerdy dream of mine since I first heard of them, and a fancy dual core processor (although they’re up to quad core by now, I’m sure.) It was also my first laptop that actually ran Android 4.0 without a problem, something I hadn’t expected to work at all, to be honest! For once, I bought a laptop that actually has a mousepad and actually has decent battery life (around 3 hours), so it’s a great feat in my book. But chances are, I’ve bored you to death reading off all the specs of a laptop and how amazing I am for getting it. So, in lieu of your boredom, here are some pictures to make you more jealous:

Now, a lot of people always ask me how I get things for such a cheap price. I always say that I got it from ebay and immediately I get death stares that scream, “How could you” or “You fool!” Who’s the fool now?

UPDATE: The laptop below is actually my old tablet. I found a more unique HP TC1100 for the same price and sold that one. Tablet PC’s round 2:

The TC1100 is unlike any PC i’ve ever seen. It’s a slate with an attachable keyboard, not a laptop. I loaded mine with Windows 8, and it couldn’t be a better experience. (And I have less than 1GB of RAM.) If I didn’t know any better, I would say this laptop is from 2009. Its design is amazing, and for a PC from 2003, it’s thin! I wouldn’t DARE go back to the tablet I boasted about above! There’s literally no comparison to my new toy! Go buy one and shove it in an iPad lover’s face!

Laptop 1:

Recently, I set out on a quest to fulfill my childhood dream of owning a Tablet PC. I’m cool, I know.

Now, if you’re trying to find a tablet PC under $100, ebay is the first place to look. (I got mine for $60 on ebay and +$30 for the special stylus (NO, a DS stylus will NOT work – lesson learned) and an IDE hard drive.) Just for my own use, I bought 2 1GB RAM sticks for $15 each, but that’s not at all required.

It’s sad to see that a laptop once worth $2,450 USD is now worth barely a cracked iPod touch.

And you would think the battery would be crap by now, but I still get around 2 hours worth of use – that’s actually more than one of the newer laptops in my household!