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Dr. Wilda Reviews: QDOBA Mexican restaurant

27 Mar

Moi received a complimentary meal and swag bag in consideration of her attendance at an event scheduled for food reviewers and bloggers in the recently opened QDOBA restaurant in Seattle, WA. The invitation was accepted because:

  1. The new QDOBA now occupies the site of the former Azteca restaurant which was a neighborhood hangout in the University Village area of Seattle. The Azteca chain is now defunct.
  2. A competitor in the casual dining segment was and is facing severe fallout from issues related to norovirus and E. Coli. See,  Chipotle Faces No-Win Scenario as Crisis Taints Every Move
  3. Moi wanted to review the menu, construction and decoration of the new restaurant.

The reviewer’s event was promoted as an opportunity to meet the district manager, marketing staff and local staff of the new restaurant.  Moi sent the following email:

Hi Kaitlin,

i will review for Dr. Wilda Reviews so interested in food sourcing, calorie content and steps your chain is taking to prevent E Coli and Norovirus. Also interested in any menu changes and why

University Village serves an interesting demographic which includes the University of Washington and University Village, an upscale shopping center.  The University Village QDOBA site is one of the premium locations for the chain:

University Plaza                                                                                                                                         5025 25th Ave Ne                                                                                                                                          Ste 101                                                                                                                                                   Seattle, WA 98105

QDOBA is testing wine and beer service at the University Village Location.  The basic menu can be found at

QDOBA is owned by Jack in the Box:

This chain can trace it origins to the opening of the Zuma Fresh Mexican Grill in 1995 by Colorado native Anthony Miller and partner Robert Hauser at Grant Street and Sixth Avenue in Denver.[7][8]

As of 2013, Qdoba operates over 600 fast casual restaurant locations throughout the United States.[21] In 2003, San Diego-based Jack in the Box company acquired the chain from ACI Capital, a private equity management firm that was the outgrowth of commodity-trader A.C. Israel Enterprises in the 19th century.[4]                                                                                                                                                                                     

Jack in the Box the box changed food handling protocols as a result of its E.coli problems.  Phaedra Cook of the Houston Press wrote in 10 Lessons Chipotle Must Learn From Jack In The Box and Taco Bell  The QDOBA staff said that their response is that everything is made fresh every day and that they don’t have a big walk-in-freezer because they aim for local sourcing. Their canned wine comes from Colorado and the beer which is served on tap is local:

Manny’s Pale Ale

Kolsch dru Bru

Hillard’s Boombox IPA

Schwarzbier Dru Bru

Moi asked whether they thought there might be an issue with Colorado wine, but the reply was it paired well with the food and it did. The Schwarzbier was really good and moi is not a beer drinker.

The décor is typical casual dining with a couple of issues. The first is there is a set of utility meters on a wall on the way to the restroom with a little fence around it, this seemed odd. The restrooms were clean. Next, there were cushions on the chairs and moi asked how they would be kept clean. The reply was they were considering whether to keep the cushions.

The food was casual Mexican fare with the following items:


Burritos and Bowls

Our large Mission-style burritos offer endless combinations of only the freshest, most flavorful ingredients. Have yours made just the way you like it. (340 – 1175 cal)

Loaded Tortilla Soup

Warm up with Loaded Tortilla Soup. Piping hot with your choice of savory meats and all the toppings you can handle like sour cream, Queso, and of course guac. All loaded into a crunchy tortilla bowl. (430 – 845 cal)

3-Cheese Nachos

If you’re planning on sharing, don’t. Order two. Because you’ll want these 3-Cheese-Queso-smothered-chips all to yourself. (860 – 1215 cal)

Grilled Quesadillas

Lightly grilled and with the cheese melted to perfection, it’s no surprise they’re so satisfying. (700 – 970 cal)

Taco Salads

Dig into crisp lettuce, seasoned black bean corn salsa and a fat free Picante Ranch Dressing. Finish up by eating the bowl. You read right. Eat the bowl. (150 – 835 cal)

Chips & Dip

Handcut and made in-house daily, our chips make the perfect addition to any meal and yet are flavorful enough to enjoy on their own. (290 – 950 cal)                                                          

Of course there is guacamole which was a bit too bland for moi’s taste, but the Diablo quesa had just the right amount of spiciness for moi and the habanera was wonderful. The marketing is aiming to make this QDOBA a neighborhood hangout with $2 craft brew Thursdays and Friday Happy Hour where all drinks are a $1 off after 3 p.m.

Overall, moi enjoyed the food, beer and wine. Her favorites were the loaded tortilla soup, Diablo quesa and beer which pairs well. Since protein can be added or deleted, a group which includes vegetarians can be accommodated. This is a moderately priced casual restaurant where one could choose to linger or get take-out. Dr. Wilda recommends this QDOBA for those in the University District or who want moderately priced casual dining after a hard day of shopping at University Village.

Dr. Wilda gives University Village QDOBA a thumbs up.

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Dr. Wilda Reviews: KBTC and NHK partnership

8 Mar

Moi attended the Seattle launch event for the partnership between KBTC, a U.S. public television station, and NHK the Japanese public television station. Here is a bit about NHK:

NHK, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), is Japan’s only public broadcaster.
As a public broadcaster funded by fees received from TV viewers, NHK delivers a wide range of impartial, high-quality programs, both at home and abroad….

   Corporation name Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK)
※ English : Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Headquarters NHK Broadcasting Center
2-2-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8001, Japan
TEL: +81-(0)3-3465-1111
President Katsuto Momii
Foundation June 1, 1950 (Date of re-establishment of NHK as Japan’s public broadcaster)

– NHK’s predecessor, Tokyo Broadcasting Station, broadcast its first radio program in March 1925.

– NHK was founded in 1926 through the merger of three broadcasting stations, including Tokyo Broadcasting Station. NHK was later re-established as a public broadcaster under the terms of the Broadcast Law.

Broadcasting Services Domestic

Two terrestrial TV channels: General TV and Educational TV

Two satellite TV channels: BS 1 and BS Premium

Three radio channels: Radio 1, Radio 2 and FM


Two television services: NHK WORLD TV (English) and NHK WORLD PREMIUM (Japanese)

Radio: NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN (18 languages)

Number of full-time employees 10,292 (FY2014)
(as of April, 2015)
Domestic broadcasting stations

54 (including headquarters office)

Overseas offices


Budget (FY2015)

(The fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31 of the following year.)

Total operating income

Total operating expenditure

KBTC and NHK will offer NHK world:

KBTC is proud to offer NHK World, an all English language public media television channel filled with international news; business, technology, and science information; and life styles, culture, and travel programs produced and present- ed from Japanese and Asian perspectives.NHK World will launch first for free over the air via channel 28.2. Cable carriage will follow as those partnerships are formalized in February. Fans of MHz Worldview who receive the channel with an antenna will find all your favorite international news and drama programs now on channel 28.3. Click here for more information about NHK World, including schedule and more!                                                                                                       

This partnership is important because it promotes international cultural literacy.

Kevin Johnston explained why international cultural literacy is important in Why Is It Important to Gain Cultural Literacy in International Business?

Cross-Cultural Core Competency

It’s important that you demonstrate that you are a global citizen so international customers are willing to do business with you. It’s not realistic to set a goal of gaining a deep understanding of all the cultures you may deal with in the course of growing your international marketing. Instead, aim for a core competency. According to an article in “Profit” magazine, you can look at six areas of knowledge you need: Familiarize yourself with cultural attitudes about dealing with strangers, language barriers, how groups respond to sales pitches as either favors or cut-and-dried presentations, local channels you must use for brand awareness, the technical proficiency and capacity of the country or region and how the culture views the importance of doing things on time or relaxing about meeting times and deadline dates.

Cultural Roots of Business Etiquette

You must understand how a culture views business dealings so you know what style to use when approaching businesspeople in that culture. Some cultures look at a transaction as a favor among friends, while others embrace the more American style of a straightforward discussion about making money. Still others may allow business discussions only in certain settings and frown on them at other times. Look into this aspect of the culture before you make any business proposals.

Related Reading: Cultural Communication Differences in a Business

Considering Context

You can evaluate your business transactions with a culture different from your own in light of that culture’s contextual clues. This helps you avoid gaffes and create business communications that have a positive impact. The country’s history and assumptions about Americans can affect how your message is received. Be sensitive to hot-button issues and avoid any phrases or words that could suggest you look down on the culture or that you consider the person you’re dealing with to be a second-class citizen in his own culture. This kind of cultural literacy is of utmost importance when you communicate so you can avoid unintentional negative cultural messages when conducting business.

Avoiding Americanisms

Using internationally accepted word choices and phrases ensures your business dealings won’t be misunderstood. Some American phrases do not translate well. For example, “We shall see” means “No” in China. Other phrases such as, “Flying by the seat of our pants” or “Ballpark figure” may not have any meaning at all in other cultures. Scrutinize your written communications for figurative language that may not translate. In addition, cut your verbal communications to the basics. It’s important for a company doing global business to remember that the language at its home office may not be universal….                                                               

Here is the press release from KBTC:

Press Release:

NHK World’s 24/7 English Television Service Comes to Western Washington

Through KBTC Public Television

KBTC Public Television (simulcast on KCKA) and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) sign an agreement that ensures television viewers in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and all of western Washington

can access NHK WORLD’s HD programming on air via channel 28.2, 15.2,

and on Comcast via HD Channel 115  

Tacoma, WA, 02/22/2016 – NHK World, an English language public media television station broadcast from Japan, launches on Comcast Xfinity HD Channel 115 Tuesday, March 22, 2016 in partnership with local PBS station KBTC Public Television and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).

NHK World will be available to viewers throughout western Washington on cable and off air through KBTC Public Television’s terrestrial broadcast service.

KBTC Public Television which also operates KCKA in Centralia/Chehalis Washington launched NHK World in HD via channel 28.2, 15.2 in January. KBTC Public Television is one of only six of PBS Member Stations to development this partnership with NHK in the United States. The Seattle-Tacoma Designated Market Area becomes the U.S. seventh major market where NHK WORLD can be accessed via terrestrial television broadcast and on cable.

“Partnering with NHK to bring NHK World to western Washington represents KBTC Public Television’s commitment to provide viewers in our area with the opportunity to explore their world,” said Ed Ulman, Executive Director & GM of KBTC Public Television. “NHK World is a top flight broadcast service watched around the globe, and we are pleased to be their broadcast partner here in Tacoma and Seattle.”

NHK WORLD is a 24/7 English language public media service featuring original television programming produced and scheduled by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). NHK WORLD delivers a unique and diverse blend of programming featuring domestic and international news about Japanese society, politics, scientific advancement, culture, history and lifestyles. NHK WORLD is watched by television viewers around the globe and through this partnership will be available to the 4.3 million viewers throughout western Washington

The broadcast reach for KBTC/KCKA includes all western Washington communities from the Canadian border through Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia Centralia Chehalis onto Kelso/Longview. Viewers will find NHK World on KBTC 28.1, KCKA 15.2, Comcast HD channel 115, and through other cable services. This new television service expands on KBTC’s commitment to provide western Washington television viewers with rich media experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain.

“We are excited about this partnership with KBTC Public Television to bring our highly specialized programming to Seattle, a sophisticated community that is home to cultured citizens and thousands of Japanese-Americans,” said Mr. Yoshihiko Shimizu, President and CEO of JIB (Japan International Broadcasting Inc.) “KBTC provides an outlet for viewers to be educated, inspired and entertained. This partnership allows viewers to gain a worldly perspective on Japanese and Asian culture and news.”

NHK WORLD TV reaches over 290 million households in 150 countries and regions via local satellite and cable TV providers. The free mobile App, online live-streaming, and VOD (video on-demand) services on the website, give viewers access to NHK WORLD TV anywhere and anytime. Viewers can also connect through Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Presenting an extensive range of Asia-centered programming, NHK WORLD is your window to Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world.

Providing both domestic and international news to the world accurately and promptly is a hallmark of the NHK WORLD news team. Ensuring that viewers around the world have access to information on Asia from various perspectives, making the best use of NHK’s global network; serving as a vital information lifeline in the event of major accidents and natural disasters; presenting broadcasts with great accuracy and speed on many aspects of Japanese culture and lifestyles, including recent developments in society and politics, the latest scientific and industrial trends, and Japan’s role and opinions regarding important global issues is the aim of NHK WORLD.

“NHK WORLD is committed to fostering mutual understanding between Japan and other countries and promoting friendship and cultural exchange,” Ulman said. “In our interactions leading to this partnership and through an our examination of the broadcast services and programs that only NHK WORLD can provide, we have learned that NHK and KBTC share the public media values that we also promote through our PBS, BBC, APTS, NETA, EPS, MHz Worldview, and TVW programming services.”

“Comcast is excited to bring this rich collection of programming to our customers and showcase the programming and culture of this dynamic and important nation. A U.S. journalist recently described NHK World as ‘a bit like the Japanese equivalent of BBC America and BBC World Service rolled into one: a multi-language platform for blasting locally produced news and entertainment programming across the globe. It is wonderful.’ We’re delighted to bring this to Comcast customers.”  Vicky Oxley, Regional Vice President, Comcast.

About KBTC Public Television

KBTC is the South Sound’s Public Broadcasting Station. Operating out of Tacoma, Washington, KBTC is the only television broadcaster in Pierce County. KBTC is committed to telling local stories that aren’t being told anywhere else, serving underserved and diverse audiences, and connecting viewers with the people and ideas that shape western Washington. KBTC is available to 1.8 million TV households and 4.3 million viewers in western Washington, British Columbia, and Oregon. Over 900,000 viewers tune in weekly. KBTC is a viewer supported community service of Bates Technical College.

Contact: For more information, contact Cheree Apland at 253-680-7701 or by

See, KBTC NHK Web Promo: We take a quick look at NHK and what the network has to offer the Seattle/Tacoma Market                                                                 and NHK Launch Gala: Gala celebrations in Seattle and Tacoma for Japanese Public Television Station NHK World which now can be seen in the Seattle TV Market thanks to KBTC and Comcast.

Moi gives thumbs up to this partnership for a variety of reasons. First, it will help the business community develop cultural literacy for dealing with Asian cultures as NHK covers Asia. Second, this partnership will help the homeschool community teach cultural literacy.

Janice Campbell wrote in What is Cultural Literacy? And How Can it Help You Homeschool?

To be culturally literate is to understand the history and concepts that underlie a culture, and to be able to converse fluently in the allusions and informal content of that culture…..

I wouldn’t try to list everything your student should learn, but here’s my short list of what they’ll need to study for basic cultural literacy:

  • Literature (both read for pleasure and taught analytically in historic and artistic context)

  • History (in its fullest sense, encompassing all aspects of individual civilizations up to and including the present, with attention to politics, religion, science, and the arts)

  • Art and Music (including at least some applied experience, and built on a foundation of art history and appreciation)

  • Science (applied sciences to be studied on the foundation of knowledge of scientific history)

  • Logic and Mathematics (built on a solid foundation of arithmetic)

  • Rhetoric (including debate based on principles of logic, and including appropriate allusions to content from the other disciplines)                                                                

The KBTC and NHK partnership is a 24/7 channel which includes various types of programming which will assist both the business community and homeschool community attain a degree of cultural literacy for understanding Asian cultures.

Moi gives thumbs up to this partnership

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