Restaurant / Bars Blog

National Red Wine Day

Red Wine DayNobody needs an excuse to enjoy a lovely glass of red wine at the end of the day, but October 15th is officially “National Red Wine Day”. Besides being a tasty dinner compliment, there are some real health benefits to drinking a glass (or two) each day.

For the full list of benefits to drinking red wine visit Spoon University For any questions regarding your health insurance needs contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.


National Coffee Day

coffee with beans - Butter CoffeeIt might not be the biggest holiday of the year, but for many of us, National Coffee Day is important considering how much coffee we drink on a daily basis. So what is better than a hot cup of morning joe? How about a free cup? On September 29th, a few of your favorite coffee chains are offering great deals to celebrate:

– Dunkin Donuts: Customers can get a free medium cup of Dunkin’ Donuts hot or iced dark roast coffee (limit one per person).

– Peet’s Coffee: Free small cup of Peet’s Major Dickason Blend with a purchase of any baked good, oatmeal, or other food item.

– Krispy Kreme: Customers get a free small coffee and a free original glazed donut.

– Coffee Bean: All sizes of iced coffee, flavored iced coffee, and iced Americanos are half off all day.

To see a list of places offering National Coffee Day deals visit “Consumerist” (


The Best Breakfast Places in America

Breakfast Congratulations to John O’Groats, a Tegner-Miller client, that was named in’s recent list of “The Best Breakfast Places in America”

John O’Groats is located at 10512 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.  Be sure to check out their menu at (they serve lunch too!).

12 Foods Doctors Won’t Eat and Why

bacon on plateDoctors always know best! Right? Well, sometimes. While they don’t always follow their own advice, there are certain foods that doctors will do their best to avoid – even if they are really delicious.

What could be wrong with eggs and toast with a side of bacon? A lot apparently. Bacon is full of fat and cholesterol and might be one of the worst overall foods for you since it adds no nutritional value. Even foods that you think are beneficial for you sometimes can be misleading. Diet soda, which advertises zero calories, contains artificial sugars that can have multiple side effects that include headaches, dizziness, mood changes, and are even suspected of causing some cancers.

For the full list of “12 Foods Doctors Won’t Eat and Why” visit and for any questions regarding your life insurance policy contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.


America’s 10 Best Farmers Markets

farmers marketEven though most of us still get our monthly groceries at the supermarket, there has been a recent increase in getting produce and other common cooking staples from the local farmer’s market. has put together their breakdown of the best ones in America.

Local Los Angeles residents get a great two-for-one by living in sunny Southern California. Not only do we get the Hollywood Farmer’s Market featuring tons of locally grown products, but right down the street from Tegner-Miller is the Santa Monica Wednesday Market. It is the largest of the four, count them, four farmer’s markets in Santa Monica and features specialty educational programs for both children and adults to learn healthy eating habits.

To see if your local farmer’s market made the list visit


The 10 Best Ice Cream Parlors in America

chocolate ice creamYou can’t go wrong with ice cream on a hot summer day, but now some ice cream parlors are taking the traditional tasty treat to a whole new level. Luckily sent out some hungry reporters across America to find the best parlors to get your ice cream fix.

Find yourself on the west coast in San Francisco? Try Bi-Rite Creamery, known for mixing all types of additional fun items like,  brownies, marshmallows and snickerdoodles into their specialty ice cream flavors like honey lavender with Sonoma honey. Some of the shops highlighted, even come in the food truck variety. CoolHaus is a favorite that can be found in locations all across America. They are known for their famous “sammies” that come in multiple layer varieties that mix and match ice creams and cookies!

To see their full list of the “10 Best Ice Cream Parlors in America” visit


Pet Friendly LA Restaurants

Dogs may be man’s (or woman’s) best friend, but that friendship usually has to take a break when dining out. Luckily, numerous Los Angeles restaurants have started to allow entrance to our four legged friends. Which is great for Fido because he was getting a little tired of eating the same food anyway!

“Eveleigh” in West Hollywood allows you to bring your dog and offers a mix of treats and provides bowls for water to keep Fido hydrated during the hot summer months. If you are looking for a little more, “The Morrison” in Los Feliz has its own dog menu that includes chopped up hamburger and rice, chicken and rice, or even hot dogs and rice and if your dog wants some dessert, they even offer milk bones.

For a list of dog-friendly restaurants in the LA area, read the LA Times article “ ‘Table for two. One of us will sit on the floor’. Pet-Friendly LA Restaurants” ( and for any questions regarding home insurance contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.


Silicon Beach Restaurants Catch the Wave

restaurant sign 1Over the past few years, the tech boom in Northern California has slowly been making its way down south to what is now known as “Silicon Beach”. However, it isn’t just the tech companies that have begun to populate Marina del Rey and Playa Vista, but a whole array of great new restaurants are also opening in the area.

To see the whole rundown of new restaurants in Silicon Beach, visit Los Angeles Magazine ( , and for any questions with your bar and restaurant insurance, be sure to contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.

International Sushi Day – June 18th

sushi webHappy International Sushi Day from Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers! A traditional Japanese dish, sushi has become an increasingly popular and trendy dish for Angelenos. In archaic Japanese, sushi literally means “sour-tasting”, a nod to the earlier fermented form of the dish. Today, sushi can be found in a variety of forms, ranging from more traditional dishes like the fermented “narezushi” to Western varieties like the ever-popular “California roll”.

1. Sushi and sashimi are not the same thing. Because raw fish make up the backbone of both of these Japanese dishes, people often confuse them, or believe that sashimi is a type of sushi. In fact, sushi and sashimi are considered different dishes in Japanese cuisine. While sashimi is simply raw fish, sushi incorporates vinegared rice.
2. Sashimi made from the second most poisonous vertebrate. Pufferfish, or fugu in Japanese, is perhaps the most notorious traditional Japanese dish. While extremely toxic and deadly even in small quantities, fugu is famously served as sashimi in Japan and at a handful of American restaurants. Fugu chefs must complete a 2-3 year apprenticeship and receive a license to prepare the dish. Only 35% of chefs pass the test, and the Emperor of Japan is forbidden by law, for his own safety, from eating the dish.

8 Tips for Appropriate Phone Order Etiquette

phone order1For many fast-food restaurants (and restaurants that take reservations) the proper handling of calls is incredibly important. However, it is common in the restaurant industry to find employees who don’t treat customers on the phone with the same courtesy they would treat them face-to-face. Discourteous phone etiquette can hurt your business’s image and drive away customers.

In order to help you and your employees improve phone etiquette, Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers has compiled the following list of “Dos and Don’ts” for taking phone orders.

• DO- Make sure that employees state the name of the restaurant clearly when they answer the phone followed by “how may I help you?”
• DO-Make sure your employees know your menu thoroughly. Customers will frequently ask about preparation and ingredients.
• DO- Make sure your employees know how to handle special requests, such as order changes, substitutions, etc.
• DO- Make sure they read the order back to the customer and confirm the customer’s name and telephone number (and delivery address if appropriate)
• DO- Always say “thank you” at the end of the phone call.
• DON’T- Leave customers on the line too long! Make sure the employee tasked with answering the phone is not overly distracted by other duties.
• DON’T – Ever put someone on hold until you have received their response to “would you please hold?”
• DON’T- Let employees who have not yet completed their training take phone calls/orders. Make sure that all employees understand your policies, menu specifics and basic phone etiquette before putting them on the line with customers.

Please call TMIB with any questions you may have regarding your restaurant insurance. For more information on TMIB, you may also wish to visit We can be reached at 310-828-9662.

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