Restaurant / Bars Blog

America’s 14 Best Italian Restaurant Chains

Fresh PastaEveryone loves a hearty, home cooked Italian dinner, but not everyone has the hours to spend perfectly recreating grandma’s famous sauce. If you’re looking for a delicious and affordable Italian cuisine, check out this list of “America’s 14 Best Italian Restaurant Chains”.

Coming in at #10 is Buca di Beppo, best known for their family-style platters and overall authentic Italian themes. If you go, be sure to try the cheesy bread Florentine!

To find out who topped the list, visit MSN (

If you have any questions regarding your insurance needs, please contact us at 310-828-9662.


23 Ways the World Drinks Coffee

coffee french press In a previous posting, we talked about starting your day without coffee.  For those of you who said, WHAT??, we have your covered.

Coffee is such a traditional way to begin the day, with many different traditions around the world. While you may have your own, we are sure there are few you may never have heard of and will want to try ASAP!

For a list of “23 Ways the World Drinks Coffee” visit MSN ( and for any questions regarding restaurant insurance in Los Angeles contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.


National Hamburger Day – May 28th

Hamburger DayWith summer around the corner, Angelenos prepare for warmer, longer days and barbeques. Want to spice up your hamburgers this summer? There are hundreds of regional burger recipes from across the US, each with a special history and a unique taste and texture. Below are four of the most heralded regional burger recipes, compiled by Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers.

1. The Guberburger: One of the strangest and most unique regional burgers is the so-called “guberburger” from Sedalia, Missouri. This concoction calls for an ordinary burger topped with a dollop of peanut butter and some miracle whip.
2. The Pastrami Burger: While first produced in Salt Lake City, this burger has caught on nationally, and with good reason. This burger incorporates a normal burger patty with delicious, high-quality deli pastrami.
3. The Butterburger: This delicious (if less-than-healthy) burger hails from the state of Wisconsin, where dairy is king. To make your own butterburger, slather your uncooked patty in butter, grill it, and then add more butter. Enjoy these heart attack-on-a-bun responsibly!
4. The Garbage Burger: The garbage burger originated somewhere in the Southeast, where a cook decided to cover a perfectly good burger with everything he could find in the kitchen. You can make your very own burger by adding any topping of your choice. Ice cream, potato chips, apples; who knows, you could create the next great regional hamburger!

TMIB hopes you enjoy National Hamburger Day!

The 50 Most Delish Pancakes

The pancake has a long history as a traditional breakfast food covered in butter or maple syrup, but that doesn’t mean you should only enjoy your silver dollars the simplest way possible. Aside from their traditional form, there are many other ways to dress up your flapjacks.

If you’re interested in breaking the breakfast mold and having pancakes for dessert try them as apple cinnamon pancakes. You’re basically getting apple pie in pancake form and who wouldn’t want that!

For a list of “The 50 Most Delish Pancakes” visit delish and for any questions regarding Los Angeles restaurant insurance contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.


26 Morning Pick Me Ups That Aren’t Coffee

We all have our routines to get going in the morning. For some it includes a quick workout or a cold shower, but for most people their morning begins with a cup of coffee. However, there are many more ways to kickstart a new day other than with coffee and MSN highlighted 26 ways to do it.

For their full list of “26 Morning Pick-Me-Ups That Aren’t Coffee” visit MSN ( and for any questions on restaurant insurance in Santa Monica contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.


The 50 Most Delish Homemade Cookies

cookies We all have our favorite type of cookie. Some people like chocolate chip, others may prefer oatmeal, but the most important part about a cookie that we can all agree on is that nothing beats the freshness of a homemade cookie. Delish put together a list of “The 50 Most Delish Homemade Cookies” featuring recipes for each type of cookie. They have all of the traditional cookies covered and even some new treats like “Super Soft Pudding Sprinkle Cookies”. This list will keep you busy and full for months.

To see the full list of recipes, visit Delish and for all of your insurance questions, contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.


40+ Marvelous Make-Ahead Super Bowl Recipes

FootballThe Super Bowl might not officially be a national holiday, but it definitely should be. No matter who you are cheering for this year, the one thing that we can all agree on this Sunday is that the food at the party is one of the highlights of the day. Don’t wait until the last minute and buy some basic chips and salsa! Adding a little pre-game work can help make your party a winner.

From “Chocolate-Frosted Peanut Butter Bars” to “3-Ingredient Funfetti Dip” the options are endless. For these recipes and much more visit’s  “40+ Marvelous Make-Ahead Super Bowl Recipes”  and for any questions regarding your restaurant insurance needs contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.


Michaels vist at La Jolla Tap & Grill

Tap & Grill I met Josh many years ago while working for the Yard House in Downtown San Diego. He was a surfer (like me) who had come to San Diego for college. We became good friends, ended up living in the same beach house in Mission Beach, went to Bali together and at one point we even jabbed at the idea of starting our own restaurant. Ultimately, we both left San Diego to follow separate paths.

I got a call from Josh one day. He was back in San Diego and was in the process of constructing a restaurant. I immediately congratulated him and as soon as I could get away, drove to La Jolla to get a glimpse into the master plan. When I pulled up, Josh was standing on the bar putting up some kind of fake turf on the wall to give a nice outdoors effect.

Josh and Justin have created an atmosphere that complements the lifestyle surrounding it. La Jolla Tap & Grill is casual dining with 30 taps pouring a distinct variety of local and well known beer. You can enjoy all of that while watching a game, hanging with friends, with a date, or just take it all in yourself. La Jolla Tap & Grill is in the southern part of La Jolla, just north of the Bird Rock community. If you’re in the area, please stop by and check out their place for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

We at TMIB congratulate and wish them continued success. I look forward to working with Josh and Justin to help them with all of their insurance needs (and stopping in as often as I can!).

Check out their website for more details and their full menu of food and drinks.

La Jolla Tap & Grill
6830 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla CA 92037

Holiday Party Liability

holiday party 1As Christmas and New Year’s fast approach, you are likely getting ready for some holiday parties. Before you break out the eggnog and champagne, however, be sure to consider your responsibilities as a holiday party host. Are you liable for the actions of your intoxicated partygoers? The good news for you from a liability standpoint is that typically California does not hold social hosts liable for the actions of their visitors. However, a social host can be held liable for damages if they knowingly served alcohol to a minor or to a legally inebriated individual.

In either case, your first priority as a party host this holiday season should be to ensure the safety of your guests. To ensure a safe and merry holiday season, please consider the following holiday party tips from Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers.

1. For larger parties, consider hiring a licensed bartender to serve drinks. Bartenders are trained not to over-serve and will help you identify guests who are inebriated.
2. Arrange a designated driving system BEFORE the party begins. Make sure that there are designated drivers for all guests who will be imbibing. You can also provide a small incentive for designated drivers, like a gift bag.
3. Limit the amount of hard alcohol you serve at your party. Sticking with beer or wine will significantly reduce your guests’ alcohol intake and stop individuals from drinking too quickly.
4. NEVER serve to minors. While it might be tempting to let family friends under the age of 21 drink at your party, it is not worth the liability.
5. Begin to serve food and non-alcoholic beverages at the end of the night. This will help guests sober up before they leave your party.
6. Finally, as a host you should never drink too heavily. It is the responsibility of the host to identify and deal with potential problems as they arise. Maintaining your sobriety will greatly assist you in this capacity.

From Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers, we wish you all a merry and safe holiday season. If you have any further questions, please give us a call at (310) 828-9662.

National Chocolate Day

chocolate covered fruitAs if you needed more reasons to eat chocolate!

The good people at Spoon University put together a list of “44 Ways to Eat More Chocolate”. Not only is Halloween right around the corner, but on October 28th we celebrate National Chocolate Day.

Want to replace a meal? Try a chocolate cherry protein shake (#12). Are you a vegan? Check out the vegan chocolate truffles (#31). Looking to add a little chocolate to your party? Maybe some boozy Oreos will do the trick (#34).

To see their entire list, check out and for all of your restaurant insurance questions contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.


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