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UBER - Lyft vs. the Taxi's

Uber & Ride Share Apps.

Valued at about $18bn, the transportation network company Uber is shaking things up for the car service industry. Apart of a new wave of tangible technology which connects riders with on-demand drivers, the startup along with similar ride share applications suchas Lyft have been raved about by users yet criticized for changing cities’ long established transportationservices.

  

Ride share applications remain a highly favorable alternative to traditional taxis for a number of reasons. Payments are made exclusively through credit cards, the apps save your card details and charges for each ride and cancellation making the payment effortless. The service also offers riders a five-star rating system that the company relies on to fire drivers with frequently poor ratings.  Riders can share rides and split fares, as well enable friends to track the taxi so they map their whereabouts.

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Ride share apps are now available in over 160 cities globally but several metropolis’s have already displayed their non support over the technology. In Berlin and Seoul ride share apps are banned for usingunlicensed taxis, while in London cabbies have organized several protests, accusing rideshares of stealing their business and paying insufficient taxes. In the United Sates however, riders seem to be winning the battle against the taxi industry as an overnight vote in Washington to ban Uber initialized a response of 37,000+ tweets, ultimately overthrowing the attempted Uber amendment. According to Uber’sCEO Travis Kalanick, in cities such as San Francisco and New York where the demand for transportation outweighs the supply, ride share apps are necessary and act as an “injection of oxygen”.

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For good or bad, it is irrefutable that Uber and ride share apps are rapidly gaining ground. As taxi cartels attempt to hinder technology’s changes to the industry it is vital to ensure that riders are not denied their choice in transportation due to those who want to remain dominant.  As ride share apps continue to gain popularity, city policies and state laws will have to adjust in order to keep competition within the transportation industry fair.

 

-This Blog post was written by our TALENTED Intern Alessandro to learn more connect with him on linkedin 

 

 

A weekend with Rolls Royce & O'gara Coach Westlake

Last weekend was filled with events here at MWQPR, Friday night kicked off at El Fureidis a.k.a. The Scarface Mansion with O'Gara Coach Westlake launching two new Rolls Royce Models.  The event brought out the elite who were unable to attend Pebble Beach the week before.  

With exclusive previews of the newest Drophead Coupe (there are under 39 in the world) and only 7 remain un-sold. Guests walked through the beautiful estate, sampling local wines and spirits from Cutler Distillery.

El Fureidis – translated as ‘tropical paradise’ – is one of Montecito’s most celebrated estates and steeped in rich and colorful history. The estate was founded in 1906 by James Waldron Gillespie, a visionary hailing from New York who came to the West Coast looking for a location with a landscape and a climate that rivaled that of the Mediterranean. Originally known as a botanic garden, the estate boasts 10 acres of exceptional grounds offering the utmost in privacy and a variety of trees, many of which are over 100 years old. The Property is for sale and  currently listed by  Emily Kellenberger .

El Fureidis – translated as ‘tropical paradise’ – is one of Montecito’s most celebrated estates and steeped in rich and colorful history. The estate was founded in 1906 by James Waldron Gillespie, a visionary hailing from New York who came to the West Coast looking for a location with a landscape and a climate that rivaled that of the Mediterranean. Originally known as a botanic garden, the estate boasts 10 acres of exceptional grounds offering the utmost in privacy and a variety of trees, many of which are over 100 years old. The Property is for sale and  currently listed by Emily Kellenberger.

Sunday's event at The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club offered guests an impressive spread from local artisan markets. With sparkling wine from Malibu Family Wine and signature cocktail from Cutlers. Guests enjoyed the final game before next week's championships. 

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Source: http://emilykellenberger.com/el-fureidis/

Sunny Santa Barbara

Flipping through the latest issues of a few magazines with client mentions!

Pick up the latest issue of Santa Barbara Mag for a glimpse into The Public Market! 

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Welcome to MWQPR- TASTE SANTA BARBARA FOOD TOURS

We are excited to welcome our newest client, Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours!

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Their EAT PLAY LOVE LOCAL message embraces Santa Barbara's beautiful & diverse cultural background, while offering tourists & locals the opportunity to Taste Santa Barbara. 

One of their many progressive food + libation tours, through Downtown Santa Barbara. 

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Learn a bit more about Taste Santa Barbara below:

Looking for a new way to explore Santa Barbara? Are you a foodie, or have a friend who considers themselves one? 

Experience, “The American Riveria” as we taste, sip and explore your way through Downtown Santa Barbara. Enjoy the beautiful architecture as you walk and learn all about our towns culture, history, beautiful wine country and of course the food! 

 

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Entertaining Out of Town Guests? Looking for the perfect way to try new restaurants around town without committing to an entire meal?

This 3.5 hour progressive tour is foodie tested and approved! Suitable for most ages, all fitness levels (you’ll cover under 2 EASY miles and burn some calories along the way)! Food Allergies or dietary concerns? Not a problem- We happily accommodate food allergies, just let us know when booking the tour!   

 

You’ll finish the tour full of fun facts, delicious food and a smile on your face!

--Eat, Love, Play, Local--

C California Magazine

While waiting to board a recent flight to Scottsdale, spotted the  C Magazine Summer Issue featuring The Pasta Shoppe in the 'Around Town section'!  

Stop by & sample their latest handmade fresh pasta, combining farmers market vegetables, classic italian recepies in an open air kitchen. 

38 West Victoria Street•Santa Barbara, CA 

@eatlovepasta  

 

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Walking around Santa Barbara

A lovely morning stroll through Santa Barbara captured via iPhone photos.

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Stunning doors, I've walked past 1,000 times de la guerra street.

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Fresh, handmade pappardelle pasta with oxtail ragu. 

 

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A bite size McConnels cup at The Lucky Penny.

 

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Fresh Beet & Kamut pasta at The Pasta Shoppe.

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Social Media Giveaways

Recently, when asked about social media giveaways I found at a momentary impass....

To giveaway or not- that is the question.  

The Pasta Shoppe, recently launched a social media promotion. Encouraging customers to photograph their favorite Pasta Shoppe dish.  

When launching successful promotions do customers apprexiate gifted value (complimentary items) vs. public acknowledgement (highlighting pucture or social media handle)  ?

Have you entered a giveaway contest?  

 

If so, what motivated you & would you rather receive accolades or gift certificates? 

 

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Photo via @eatlovepasta from @kpviolin 

 

To Market, to market

April 14th, 2014 Santa Barbara welcomed The Public Market.   

Similar to Eataly in NYC & The Ferry Building SF, The Public Market (on a smaller scale) offering visitors a selection of Gourmet delicacies & artisan cuisine paired with exclusive wine and beer selections- hello, heaven! 

The market still seems to be working out kinks such as lines, communal seating and all over cohesive ambiance. 

My niece- Fiona (pictured below) is a BIG fan of The Public Market, bouncing  around from Rori's ice cream (their children's cones with vanilla are a favorite) to the french fries at Bel Campo.

 

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Rori's Ice Cream Children's Cone

Granted she has a children's cone & I'm wrangling a double scoop, don't judge. 

 

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Another all-star showing, Bell Campo's French fries as you can tell, Ms Fiona is a happy camper.

 

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More roris (it's a frequent stop)

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Quick stop at Granada Books then back to the market. 

Favorite spots to stop & sip

Finding time to catch up with friends, over drinks is a rare & favorite pastime.

SamaSama located in Santa Barbara's Arts district, inspired Indonisian cuisine. Recently remodeled, their indoor & outdoor seating along with Delicious drinks menu, does not dissapoint!

Looking for a happy hour ? Their happy hour menu is on par for my favorite in town & the spicy wings--- addictive!

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Friday the 13th : Friggatriskaidekaphobia

Find yourself  a bit wary on this Friday the 13th?  Well, you're not alone, in a 2004  article in  National Geographic,  Donald Dossey, founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in North Carolina, as saying up to 21 million people may suffer from the phobia, exhibiting symptoms that can range from mild anxiety to full-out panic attacks.

Dossey’s center has estimated that up to $800 million is lost every Friday the 13th. Why? People who believe the day is unlikely don’t want to travel, go to work, go to a store or do much of anything except stay home and avoid black cats and 13th building floors.

 

Friggatriskaidekaphobia (Fear of Friday the 13th)

(Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named in English and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen

 

How/ Why is  13 unlucky?

• Thomas Fernsler, a math specialist at the University of Delaware, is known as Dr. 13.  Fernsler, the associate policy scientist in the university’s mathematics and science education resource center, has the moniker because he has done extensive research on the day. A story about him on the university’s Web site, quotes him as saying  that Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday the 13th, and, the number 13 “suffers from its position after 12, which numerologists consider a complete number, encompassing the number of months in a year, signs of the zodiac, gods of Olympus, labors of Hercules, tribes of Israel, apostles of Jesus, days of Christmas and eggs in a dozen.”