Archive for April, 2010

It’s fiesta time in RC!

April 27, 2010

Hello fellow restaurateurs! We hope you enjoyed 3 weeks of Japan in Restaurant City! This week is full of festivities, so make sure to sign on to Restaurant City to view all that is in store for Mexican week!

Next Wednesday (May 5th) is Cinco de Mayo, so to get in the true Mexican spirit we’re trading in our Cherry Blossoms and Zen Gardens this week for Sombreros and Pinatas! If you’d like to learn more about Cinco de Mayo, you can read more about it on Wikipedia

Not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day, which occurs on September 16.

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “fifth of May” is a regional public holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico.

The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín

To start the celebrations off with a bang, I suggest checking out the new outdoor items that will be available Thursday at midnight GMT this week for all of your decorating needs! The animated Street Mariachi Band is a personal favorite. With their beautiful music, and mesmerizing dance moves, the customers will be flooding in! (Figure of speech, the outside Mariachi Band has no effect on your restaurant.)
To go all out in true Mexican style, don’t miss those final touches on the exterior of your building by using the Sombrero Roof, the Mexican Banner or the maraca shaking Cactus Jose himself!

Street Mariachi Band Cactus Jose Chili Hangings
Mexican Banner Pinata wall Decor Sombrero Roof

To continue the Mexican theme inside your restaurant, you simply must have all the fixings, from the dark and luxurious Terracotta Tiles, to adding a splash of color with the new Stucco wallpaper with Chili lights. To ensure your customers get their food and beverages in a timely manner, you might consider purchasing the new Tortilla Stove, which cooks 12% faster than regular stoves, or the new Cactus Dispenser, which gets drinks out to customers 10% faster than usual. You can also hire the Mariachi Band to sing and dance in your Restaurant to make your customers more patient. Another functional item available on Thursday will be the colorful Piñata! (which will act the same way as arcades do) Don’t forget to add those important final touches by incorporating the Rustic Red Brick Pillar, Maracas Wall decor and Mexican Spice Rack into your restaurants to tie the theme together!

Acoustic Guitar Cacti Jose Cactus Chair
Maracas Wall Decor Mariachi Band Mexican Spice Rack
Mexican Table Pinata Cactus Dispenser
Rustic Red Brick Pillar Serape Wall Hanging Stucco Wallpaper
Stucco wallpaper Light Stucco Wallpaper with Chili Lights Terracotta Tile
Tortilla Stove String of Chilis Decor
(Gift)
Mexican water
(Gift)

There are also 3 new dishes added this week! Beef Enchiladas (main), Mexican Flan (dessert) and Tostadas (starter). Yummy! Note that Mexican Flan and Tostadas will not be sticking around for long! These dishes are limited, so make sure you unlock them (get them to at least level 1) before they go away!

Beef Enchilada Mexican Flan Tostadas

Last, but certainly not least (especially if you`re a bargain hunter like me!) You may notice a few “older” Mexican inspired items on sale this week. The items you can find on sale are:

  • Spicy Picture (Wall decor)
  • Cacti Joe (Decoration)
  • Giant Cactus (Decoration)

That’s it for this week folks! We hope you enjoy Mexican week in Restaurant City!

As always, please post any feedback you may have! We love hearing what you have to say!

It´s… Sushi time!

April 21, 2010

Welcome to a new Restaurant City week! I told you last week that the Salmon Shashimi held a secret! Well look no further, as the Restaurant City team just revealed the secret! It is a Sushi Bar!

The Susi Bar will allow you to currently serve 8 different Royal Dishes (they need to be level 10) and it allows for two people to stand at the bar. You can get the Sushi Bar today by getting your Salmon Sashimi dish to Level 10. That means that you need to collect a lot of Salmon and Wasabi. You can collect these ingredients by:

  • Asking your friends to gift or trade with you.
  • Gift some to your friends (they might send some back!)
  • Look for Mystery Crates in your friends’ restaurants
  • Buy them with Playfish Cash

Don´t know what mystery crates are? We´ll, remember that you could previously find easter eggs in your friends restaurants?  You can now in the similar way find Mystery Crates in your friends restaurants. What item you can get from finding a Mystery Crate may differentiate from time to time. At this time there are 8 different items to collect from the Mystery Crates. Will you find out what those 8 items are? When you find a Mystery Crate you need to post a feed to your friends wall. If your friend then accepts the Mystery Crate they then need to post a feed back to your wall so  you can claim the reward for finding the Mystery Crate in their restaurant.

As you may have figured, we are still  running with the Japanese theme this week, so come this Thursday there are more Japanese goodness to put in your restaurant! For the outside this week you can decorate with the animated Billboard or Neon Signs. Or if that is not your thing, you need to check out the Broadcast Tower and the Mount Fuji decorations.

Broadcast Tower Billboard Mount Fuji
Ad Neon Signs Chef Sign

There will be new items for the inside as well, the Ad Post is stunning as is the animated  Monster Robot who will wander around in your restaurant. The Ad Divider is also pretty cool as is the Octopus Statue. You all so need to check out the Sakura Mochi and the Red Maki Decor which are items you can only receive as gifts from your friends.

Long Sushi Table White Zen Chair Small Zen Table
Octopus Statue Daruma Prawn Sushi Decor
Sakura Mochi Decor Salmon Sushi Decor Yellow Maki Decor
Green Maki Decor Red Maki Decor Gong
Ad Divider Monster Robot Ad Post
Dance Arcade

There are also two new dishes added this week. They are both permanent dishes. Make sure you check out the Seaweed Salad and the Salmon Handrolls!

Seaweed Salad (starter) Salmon Handrolls (main)

There is also a some clearance hapening in the shop, make sure you check out if you want to buy these items before they are gone on April 27th! (clearance starts on Thursday)

  • Festive chair
  • Fall Wreath
  • Festive Table
  • Santa’s Boot
  • White Present
  • Turkey Decor
  • Green Present
  • Valentines Present
  • Pink Present
  • Gold Present
  • Festive Fire Place
  • Festive Tree
  • Giant Festive Tree
  • Festive Wallpaper
  • Tinsel Wallpaper
  • Autumn Wallpaper
  • Green present
  • Purple present
  • Festive sock decor
  • Holly
  • Golden Bells
  • White Holly
  • Happy New Year Sign
  • Santa statue

And finally, before I leave you to play Restaurant City, I need to let you know that the Gourmet King items have also been updated and the items you can collect from him this week are the following:

  • Easter Egg
  • Easter Spices
  • Pineapple
  • Coconut
  • Tuna
  • Tofu
  • Chili
  • Beans

That Salmon Sashimi holds a secret…

April 13, 2010

Hi everyone! Welcome to a new week in Restaurant City! This week we are continuing with the theme from last week!

You can continue decorating your restaurant with Japanese items this week and there is only one item for the outside this week, but it is an awesome one. The  Manga Figurine!

Manga Figurine

And for the inside, we have deviated a bit from last weeks Hanami theme, but we are still in Japan and as you will notice from all the rocks , it is all about the Japanese Zen Garden this week! Not familiar with what a Zen Garden is? Then you can learn more from the wonderful world of wikipedia:

The Japanese rock gardens (枯山水, karesansui) or “dry landscape” gardens, often called “Zen gardens” were influenced mainly by Zen Buddhism and can be found at Zen temples of meditation.

Japanese gardens are a living work of art in which the plants and trees are ever changing with the seasons. As they grow and mature, they are constantly sculpted to maintain and enhance the overall experience; hence, a Japanese garden is never the same and never really finished. The underlying structure of a Japanese garden is determined by the architecture; that is, the framework of enduring elements such as buildings, verandas and terraces, paths, tsukiyama (artificial hills), and stone compositions. Over time, it is only as good as the careful maintenance that it receives by those skilled in the art of training and pruning. Part of the art is to keep the garden almost still, like a painting.

You need to check out the wonderful array of animated items that the Restaurant City team have added this week for the interior. The Japanese Pond, Bamboo Water Feature and Japanese Garden Pond all animate! While the Toy Egg Machine is a functional item (it works like as if it was an arcade machine) Other items include the Zen Garden, Garden Fireplace and Japanese Sliding Door, they are all must haves this week if you are going for the Zen Garden look along the new table and chair.

Stone Table Stone Chair Garden Lamp
Garden Fireplace Bamboo Water Feature Japanese Sliding Door
Zen Rock Zen Stone Zen Pebble
Zen Stripe Tile Zen Circle Tile Zen Tile
Stone Lantern Japanese Pond Zen Garden
Japanese Garden Pond Toy Egg Machine Japanese Fishpond

Remember that as every week, the items are not available before Thursday at midnight GMT, but I know you are all used to this now 🙂

The team have also added three new dishes the Yaki Gyoza for Starter, the Salmon Sashimi for Main and the Sakura Mochi for Dessert. And the rumour around Restaurant City is that the Salmon Sashimi holds a secret. But the secret will not be revealed until you have levelled it up all the way to level 10.  Are you able to get your Salmon Sashimi to level 10 to unlock the secret? But remember, the secret will not be revealed until next week! The Sakura Mochi by the way is a limited dish.

Yaki Gyoza (starter) Salmon Sashimi (main) Sakura Mochi (Dessert)

This week is also the last chance to get the Rock themed items as a free gift + there are some new free gifts added, but you will soon see this when you click on the free gift button! 🙂

That´s it for this week! And as always, we really do appreciate your feedback, so please make sure you post yours.

It´s time to blossom!

April 7, 2010

Hello Resterantaurs! I hope you have all recovered from the invasion of eggs last week! 😉

This week for something entirely different, this Thursday when the new items arrive we will be celebrating the Japanese Hanami Festival! To learn more about the Hanami Festival, you can read the wikipedia article:

Hanami (花見, lit. “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, “flower” in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms (桜 or 櫻, sakura), or ume blossoms (梅, ume).From mid January to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan. The blossom forecast (桜前線, sakurazensen, lit. cherry blossom front) is announced each year by the weather bureau, and is watched carefully by those planning hanami as the blossoms only last a week or two. In modern-day Japan, hanami mostly consists of having an outdoor party beneath the sakura during daytime or at night. Hanami at night is called yozakura (lit. “night sakura”). In many places such as Ueno Park temporary paper lanterns are hung for the purpose of yozakura.

We are celebrating this festival with a range of themed items, as well as new dishes that uses brand new ingredients that are created just for this occasion! We hope you will join in and celebrate the blossoming season!

First off, let´s check out those new ingredients and dishes! First up the new ingredients that you need to start hunting for are seaweed and salmon! For the dishes this week, there are three new dishes! The Miso Soup for starter, the Sushi Selection for main course and the Green Tea drink.  All three dishes this week are permanent additions so you have all the time in the world to learn them!

Seaweed Salmon
Miso Soup (starter) Sushi Selection (Main) Green Tea (Drink)

Did you know that “Sushi” literally means “it´s sour” ?  There are also many different varieties of Sushi which you can read more about on wikipedia:

The traditional form of sushi is fermented fish and rice, preserved with salt in a process that has been traced to Southeast Asia, where it remains popular today. The term sushi comes from an archaic grammatical form no longer used in other contexts; literally, “sushi” means “it’s sour”, a reflection of its historic fermented roots.

The science behind the fermentation of fish packed in rice is that the vinegar produced from fermenting rice breaks the fish down into amino acids. This results in one of the five basic tastes, called umami in Japanese.The oldest form of sushi in Japan, Narezushi still very closely resembles this process. In Japan, Narezushi evolved into Oshizushi and ultimately Edomae nigirizushi, which is what the world today knows as “sushi.”

Contemporary Japanese sushi has little resemblance to the traditional lacto-fermented rice dish. Originally, when the fermented fish was taken out of the rice, only the fish was consumed and the fermented rice was discarded. The strong-tasting and -smelling funazushi, a kind of narezushi made near Lake Biwa in Japan, resembles the traditional fermented dish. Beginning in the Muromachi period (AD 1336–1573) of Japan, vinegar was added to the mixture for better taste and preservation. The vinegar accentuated the rice’s sourness, and was known to increase its life span, allowing the fermentation process to be shortened and eventually abandoned. In the following centuries, sushi in Osaka evolved into oshi-zushi. The seafood and rice were pressed using wooden (usually bamboo) molds. By the mid 18th century, this form of sushi had reached Edo (contemporary Tokyo).

The contemporary version, internationally known as “sushi,” was invented by Hanaya Yohei (華屋与兵衛; 1799–1858) at the end of Edo period in Edo. The sushi invented by Hanaya was an early form of fast food that was not fermented (therefore prepared quickly) and could be eaten with one’s hands roadside or in a theatre. Originally, this sushi was known as Edomae zushi, because it used freshly caught fish in the Edo-mae (Edo Bay or Tokyo Bay). Though the fish used in modern sushi no longer usually comes from Tokyo Bay, it is still formally known as Edomae nigirizushi.

That´s the ingredients and dishes, let´s take a look at the items that you can expect to see in the stores on Thursday at midnight GMT this week! For the outside you cannot miss the Japanese Roof, the Japanese Wall Corner or the Japanese Doorway if you are going for the Hanami theme this week! And of course you cannot miss the Sakura Tree which is a functional item and it will spread cherry blossoms around your restaurant!

Japanese Doorway Japanese Roof Japanese Wall Corner
Japanese Wall Japanese Window Mountain Tree
Garden Rock Japanese Stone Lantern Tiny Tree
Sushi Sign Tsunami Banner Tiny Bush
Pink Stone Lantern Japanese Banner Japanese Drum
Sakura Tree

So what is in store for you on Thursday for the inside of your restaurant? More Japanese inspired themes of course! You need to check out the Japanese Garden Picture, the Zen Table and Chair as well as the Samurai Armor! There are also 4 new functional items that will be available from this Thursday. The Ceremonial Drink Set which will cook drinks 8% faster and the Teppanyaki Grill which will cook 3% faster compared to normal drink machines and stoves. The High Tech Smart Toilet which will work 4x longer without breaking and your customers can do their deed 40% faster on this toilet! And not to forget the Cherry Blossom Tree which will spread cherry blossoms inside your restaurant, the more Trees you have, the more cherry blossoms will be spread.

Sushi Table Zen Chair Zen Table
Teppanyaki Grill Ceremonial Drink Set High Tech Smart Toilet
Shoji Screen Wallpaper Japanese Garden Picture Tatami Mat
Katana Decor Samurau Sword Decor Samurai Armor
Bonzai Japanese Divider Sakura Wallpaper
Shuriken Decor Sushi Sign Decor (free gift only) Delicious Sign Decor
Cherry Blossom Tree

To complete your Japanese Theme, we also have a range of other Japanese items that have been available for a while on sale this week! Go get them now!

Make sure you post your feedback – we love to hear from you! Have a fun-filled Restaurant City week!