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Batter up! The 2018 Major League baseball season begins on March 29 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. If you're curious about how much fans paid to attend or buy popular baseball foods and drinks at their (and a number of other teams') games last year, look no further than our "Comparing Hot Dog and Beer Prices at Baseball Parks" infographic below. This helpful illustration is chock full of fun facts about beer and hot dog prices at different ballparks, how much fans spent to attend games, and a variety of other statistics on attendance in 2016 and 2017.
Ever wonder how much it costs to buy a beer at Fenway Park or a hot dog at Camden Yards? Well, wonder no more. We crunched the numbers for all thirty major league ballparks and compiled this illustrated guide for baseball lovers across the country.
Which ballparks charge the least (and the most) for a beer?
Cheap – Expensive
Fun Fact: An estimated 14.6 million beers (about 1.2 million gallons) are sold at major league stadiums every year. That’s enough to fill 1.7 Olympic-size swimming pools.
Which ballparks charge the least (and the most) for a hot dog?
Cheap – Expensive
Fun Fact: An estimated 22 million hot dogs are sold yearly at major league ballparks. Lined up from end-to-end, that’s 3,100 miles, or about the distance from Boston to San Francisco.
What’s the total amount you would spend at a game?
Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field):
It would cost a total of $51.06 for you and a friend to go to a game. The average per capita income in Phoenix, AZ is $26,308 or $12.64 an hour. You would need to work a total of 2.02 hours to pay for the game.
Oakland Athletics (O.co Coliseum)
It would cost a total of $69.92 for you and a friend to go to a game. The average per capita income in Oakland, CA is $38,198 or $18.36 an hour. You would need to work a total of 1.9 hours to pay for the game.
Seattle Mariners (Safeco Field)
It would cost a total of $79 for you and a friend to go to a game. The average per capita income in Seattle, WA is $55,184 or $26.53 an hour. You would need to work a total of 1.5 hours to pay for the game.
Houston Astros (Minute Maid Park)
It would cost a total of $94 for you and a friend to go to a game. The average per capita income in Houston, TX is $30,080 or $14.46 an hour. You would need to work a total of 3.25 hours to pay for the game.
St. Louis Cardinals (Busch Stadium)
It would cost a total of $89.98 for you and a friend to go to a game. The average per capita income in St. Louis, MO is $28,794 or $13.84 an hour. You would need to work a total of 3.25 hours to pay for the game.
Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park)
It would cost a total of $135.58 for you and a friend to go to a game. The average per capita income in Boston, MA is $40,237 or $19.34 an hour. You would need to work a total of 3.5 hours to pay for the game.
What’s the average attendance for all teams?
2016: 30,164 per game
2017: 31,892 per game
Teams that won more games than previous year: + 839 attendance
Teams that won fewer or the same number of games than previous year: - 1029 attendance
Teams that lowered ticket prices or kept them the same: + 374 attendance
Teams that raised their ticket prices: + 141 attendance
Teams that lowered ticket prices and won more games: + 782 attendance
Teams that raised ticket prices and won fewer game: - 827 attendance
Fun Fact: The most expensive ticket ever sold went for $9,999 in a 2009 World Series ticket at the brand new Yankee Stadium!
Everyone’s heard of hot sauce. Nearly every nation has their own cultural rendition of a spicy condiment to enhance the flavor of their food. While hot sauce has been popular in the U.S. for decades, it’s become increasingly popular in recent years. Hot sauce is more than just a common part of street food, as there is a science behind how spicy each sauce is, as well as a history of hot sauce’s origins. So, let’s talk about it!
Most hot sauce is some combination of chili peppers, vinegar, and salt. Many hot sauces are fermented to add a funky flavor element. They can be liquid or paste, green, red, or even brown. While there are other spicy condiments that get their heat from ingredients that aren’t chilies (Mustard sauce, Wasabi, Horseradish), we’ll just focus on chili-based sauces.
The chemical that gives peppers their distinctive spicy flavor is called capsaicin. Sources believe that nature intended capsaicin to deter many animals from eating peppers, but the chemical has had the opposite effect… because spicy food is delicious. Fun fact! Most species of birds cannot taste the spiciness of capsaicin, likely so that they could help spread the seeds of pepper plants by ingesting and excreting them.
You’ll likely see two different spellings used to describe our spicy little peppers. And while they can be used interchangeably, you may find that certain regions tend to use one option more consistently than the others. For example, you’ll likely find “chilli” with two ls is most common in India and the UK, while South and Central America tend to use “chile” with an e… not to be confused with the country of Chile, which is spelled the same, but is unrelated to the origins of this word.
Also, here in the U.S., chili with one l is the preferred spelling of the pepper, but it also refers to the beef stew that stems from Mexican chili con carne, which includes chili powder, beef, onion, tomatoes, and sometimes beans.
Most sources agree that hot sauce is an ancient invention that goes back as far as Mayan times. The first hot sauces were likely just a mixture of peppers and water, but it didn’t take long for people to begin breeding pepper plants to develop the most desirable traits in their peppers. Then, as with most foods, colonization led hot sauce to be evolved even further by introducing ingredients from other parts of the world, such as vinegar and other spices. It didn’t take long for spicy flavors to reach all corners of the globe after that.
In the 19th century, the Tabasco company brought hot sauce into the commercial scene by bottling and selling their products, mainly to hotels and restaurants. And today, there are countless varieties of hot sauce covering a broad spectrum of flavors, from sriracha to buffalo sauce.
Just like most foods, there are people who craft specialty hot sauce and incorporate unique flavors into the mix. You can find artisanal hot sauces with fruity elements such as pineapple, mango, and even blackberry. But most hot sauce types are defined by the region from which they originate. Here’s our breakdown of hot sauce styles!
When it comes to measuring the pungency of a spicy food, experts refer to the Scoville scale. This system was developed in 1912 by pharmacist Wilbur Scoville as a means to measure the level of capsaicinoids (which includes all the spicy chemicals, not just capsaicin) in a particular substance. The unit of measure in this scale is Scoville heat units (SHU) and is a useful bit of knowledge when examining or discussing the spiciness of a particular food. SHUs can also be used for non-food items, such as law-enforcement-grade pepper spray, which can be anywhere between 2 to 5 million SHU.
While tasting spiciness can be a somewhat subjective thing, measuring the chemicals on the Scoville scale provides an objective means of communicating just how hot something is. And while chili peppers may come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, flavors… and even spellings, the fact that spicy foods can be found in nearly every country on earth is a unifying quality. Humans have enjoyed hot sauce since ancient times and, as with so many foods, it can serve as an international language to bring different people together and find common ground. So, whether you’re seeking to challenge yourself to taste the spiciest hot sauce on the planet, or you are simply interested in exploring the nuanced flavors of artisanal sauces, there’s certainly a hot sauce out there for you to enjoy.
Frying fish is a popular cooking method, but because fish is delicate, it can be easy to overcook. If you don’t have the correct type of oil, your fish can turn out leathery or greasy, which will be bad for your customers. So which type of oil is best for deep frying fish? Keep reading to learn the things you need to consider when frying fish, the different oil options you have, and some general tips to cook the perfect fried fish.
The type of oil that you use to deep fry your fish can have a major impact on how it fries, the taste, and the texture, so it's important that you choose the right oil for the task. Here are three major things you need to consider when choosing oil for frying fish:
To help you make the right decision, here are four types of oil that are excellent for deep frying fish, their smoke points, and a few reasons why they're good choices.
|Type of Oil:||Smoke Point:||Benefits:|
|Peanut Oil||450 Degrees||Peanut oil is affordable, and it has a neutral flavor that won't affect the flavor of your fish. Plus, peanut oil prevents flavor transfer.|
|Canola Oil||400 Degrees||Canola oil has a high smoke point and a neutral flavor. Plus, it has high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, making it a healthy option.|
|Cottonseed Oil||450 Degrees||Cottonseed oil has a high smoke point. It's also affordable, making it an excellent option for establishments that are frying in bulk and need to stock up on oil.|
|Coconut Oil||450 Degrees||Coconut oil is the healthiest option for deep frying your fish. It also has a neutral flavor that will reduce flavor transfer between batches of frying.|
After you've decided what type of oil is best for your situation, you need to decide how to fry your fish. Here are a few general tips for deep frying fish that can help you serve a delicious and flaky product to your customers:
Whether you're frying shrimp or cooking fish tacos, choosing the right cooking oil can help ensure that your fish turns out crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. Selecting the right kind of oil can ensure that flavors don't transfer, that the fish doesn't get too greasy, and that the flavor of the fish won't get overpowered. There are several different types of oil that you can use, each with their own benefits, so you can choose the option that best suits your restaurant's unique needs.
Game rooms in bars are a lot of fun, and they're an excellent way to boost your sales and profits. But, many businesses don't think they have the space, money, or customer interest for adding arcade games or billiards to their space. Fortunately, adding games to your bar or restaurant can be easy, cheap, and space-efficient. But, before you decide to add a game room to your restaurant or bar, you need to consider your space, what game options you have, which ones will bring in the most profits, and how you can use those games to market your business.
Having dart boards, arcade games, pinball machines, and other games can bring in new business to your establishment, and it can help to boost your profits by keeping your patrons in your restaurant or bar longer, increasing the chance that they'll order more food and drinks. Additionally, you don't necessarily need a separate game room to add games to your establishment, which makes offering games more accessible. Keep reading to learn more reasons why you should have games in your restaurant or bar and how games can help your bottom line.
There are endless options when it comes to board games, billiards, and social games that you can add to your business, but some options are better than others when trying to boost your profit margins. Here is a short list of popular options that can help your bottom line and bring in more customers:
While these are popular game options for bars and restaurants, not every type of game will fit your specific business. Here are three things to consider before choosing what types of games you want to offer at your foodservice establishment:
As a business owner, your main goal is to increase your profit margin as much as possible. Adding games to your business can increase your profits, but different games will affect your bottom line in different ways.
For example, some games like arcade games and basketball arcade machines will directly affect your profits because they cost money to play. Other games, like board games and billiards don't cost money, but they can encourage your customers to stay in your bar or restaurant longer, increasing the chance that they'll order more food and drinks and boosting your profits indirectly. As a result, there isn't one specific game that will make your business more money than others.
Once you've decided to add games to your business or to create a game room in your bar, there are some additional things you can do to boost your profits and market your bar. Here are a few tips for marketing your game room and bringing in more customers:
Having arcade games, billiards, board games, and other attractions can seem like a large expense, but they can help bring in more customers and boost your profits over time. Additionally, there aren't any games that are necessarily more profitable than others, so you can find the right games that fit your establishment's atmosphere and customer base. Plus, because there are so many different types of games to choose from, it's easy to find an option that will match your restaurant or bar's style.