Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Designing Restaurant Menu Covers

By Charles Effron

If you have eaten at a restaurant, you might have noticed the restaurant menu cover design as you prepared to order. You might also have wondered to yourself, what makes it unique? How do the designers decide what to place inside the menu cover? What makes a menu cover beautiful for a customer? And are they really needed, when one has a restaurant?

If you are planning to start a small restaurant of your own, you must have already thought of your restaurant?s name and its logo. Thinking of a nice design for your menu cover should be complementary to your restaurant?s theme; are you creating a restaurant that is meant for the whole family to enjoy? Then make sure that your design is something that will appeal to people of all ages. Creating a separate kid?s menu is nice, as it will make children feel special, while at the same time creating a fun menu which lists only children?s food. Make sure it has bright colours and fun images for the delight of children.

If you know how to design, you can go ahead and make your own logo. If you want a logo that looks professionally done but do not know how to create one, then you should see a professional. Make sure that you tell him or her what kind of logo you want, so that the designer can make one that is right for your restaurant. This might cost some money, so be prepared for it.

Discussing your logo is very important, as you want the designer to create one that is as close as possible to the logo you have in mind. Explaining it in a detailed way will assure you of a logo that is close to what you are thinking of. If you have no idea what kind of logo you want, you can just give the designer some specifics about your restaurant, and leave him or her to create a nice and attractive logo for your restaurant.

All restaurant menu covers are different, except for the restaurant?s name and logo printed on them. That?s why make sure that you have a unique one and not just a copy of some other restaurant; you do not want to remind your customers of your competitors! Though it may cost you good money, designing a logo is a good investment that will draw customers in.

As for the design of your menu cover, the background colour is usually light, so that the text you will put in can be easily read. If you want the reverse, you can have a dark-coloured background with white or light-coloured text. The pictures you will place inside should be very sharp and detailed. The text size should not be too small as to not be readable, or too large as to occupy too much space in the cover.

You don?t want to confuse your customers with so much detail, so keep it short and direct to the point. A detailed description of the food you offer might sound nice, but most customers just actually want to order right away and eat. You should only put the right amount of text to help your customers order. Pictures of food you serve are nice additions, to give the customers an idea of what the food looks like, should they wish to try it.

A menu cover?s purpose is to help customers order the food they want. Make it unique and creative to reflect your restaurant?s specialties, but make it serve its purpose as well.

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