Life Revisited – My Crepe Stand Plan

Back in 2002 when I was a sophomore at the University of Michigan, and probably for some time before that, I had plans or dreams to open a crepe stand. While chatting with the bartender, Dan, at the TCG&CC last night the topic came up again as I ordered the chicken and mushroom crepes for dinner. My plans from 2002 are below. Fun to think about – maybe even a good business model during busy festivals.

Cart Food In China

Cart food typically costs less than 3 RMB, which is equal to 42 cents. I overheard the following conversation in class yesterday:

You got some cart food, eh?

Yeah, right by the subway.

What’s in it?

Pork, I think.

You know you can get that for 1 RMB across the street.

Faced with the decision of whether to pay 3 RMB on your side of the street or 1 RMB on the other side, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth crossing the street to save twenty-eight cents.

Can you think of any 14 cent meals in the US? I can’t think of anything bigger than a single stick of gum that I could get for 14 cents.

Food Stamp Challenge

Does Rep. Tim Ryan (D – Ohio) really need to do a food stamp challenge to figure out that $21 a week is inadequate to sustain a healthy diet? Does the Washington Post really need to cover this? The gist is that a well fed Congressman realizes how difficult it is for poor America to live. This just seems like it is making light of how difficult it is for some to make ends meet, and is a stunt that I’ve read of college kids doing several times. Not a congressman.

Here’s what Ryan bought (link):

* One bag of corn meal- $1.43
* Two jars of strawberry preserves- $4.00
* One jar of chunky peanut butter- $2.48
* Two boxes of angel hair pasta- $1.54
* One can of coffee- $2.50
* Three jars of tomato sauce- $4.50
* Two cartons of cottage cheese- $3.00
* One loaf of wheat bread- $.89
* One clove of garlic- $.32

I would definitely buy the PBJ stuff and the pasta ingredients, however I would skip the coffee. Varying your meals and eating healthy life-sustaining meals would be more difficult than merely surviving on $21 a week.

Note: Ryan is a graduate of Franklin Pierce Law School in Concord, NH where he recently gave a commencement speech to the Class of 2007 graduates. (This is particularly interesting solely because I attend FPLC.)

Super Foods

In trying to get fit, I’ve been paying closer attention to what I eat and drink. Here’s a list of super foods that I should probably incorporate into my diet:

* Beans
* Blueberries
* Broccoli
* Oats
* Oranges
* Pumpkin
* Salmon
* Soy
* Spinach
* Tea
* Tomatoes
* Turkey
* Walnuts
* Yogurt

For help using these foods in a meal, try Google’s Base Recipe suggestions. Insert the ingredients you wish to you and it will suggest meals. Or, alternatively go to

The Elusive Breakfast Nook

The nook invites you in in a subtle way, like it’s a drug dealer in a high school hallway. But, I’ve never bought or dealt drugs, so I’m only guessing on that. What I’m saying is that the nook is subtle unless you are in the know. Then it is the place you spend your Saturday mornings having the usual or the special. They will know which you prefer.

Nooks in my life:

  • The Omelette Shop in Traverse City, MI
  • Angelo’s in Ann Arbor, MI
  • The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NH
  • The Cottage in La Jolla, CA
  • Whitlow’s on Wilson in Arlington, VA