I can't remember going to Shakey's more than once, but this makes me wish I had. Here's a close-up examination of the collapse of Shakey's Pizza, through the lens of Youtube. As you will see, Shakey's has changed pretty substantially since its founding in 1954... and not for the better, I'm afraid.
First up, a tribute to what made Shakey's great in the first place...
The bears eating pizza with the little "Goldilocks" is a little bit creepy, but it sure makes me want some pizza.
Sure, it's only a free small for one or two folks, or a large for more peeps, but hey, free pizza is free pizza! And just think, we'll probably only have to wait another two years before we get it again.
I tend to think that cheese pizzas are often under-rated. I mean really how often do people think to themselves, "I'm gonna order pizza and its not gonna to have any toppings!" I mean, even vegetarians order green peppers or onions or something. Am I right? Am I right??
Well, ok, maybe that's a broad generalization, but regardless, I think cheese pizza gets a bad wrap because of the lack of interesting cheese used. I once made a pizza with fresh buffalo mozzarella, blue cheese, and some other random cheese I had and it was very interesting (and delicious). And it would be pretty easy to broaden the cheese pizza selection by making it Mexican with chihuahua cheese or Greek with feta. So, I'd like to give a belated shout out to cheese pizza and National Cheese Pizza Day!
Just as a heads up, here's some other pizza holidays to make sure and mark in your iphones, blackberrys, wall-calendars, or where-ever else you need to so you remember to eat pizza!
- February 9th - National Pizza Pie Day (sorry Cup O' Pizza, we'll have to get you your own day!) - October 12th - National Sausage Pizza Day - November 12th - Pizza with Everything Day
And finally because it won't all fit on just one day, the second week of January is National Pizza Week. And the best week ever? The second week of February is The "American Pizza Bake Week"!
Case in point, our old pal Mark Graban.
Not only is he both a master in the field of lean manufacturing AND a founding member of the Ypsilanti Sound Machine... Well now he's gone and figured out how to convince a spouse that building a backyard pizza oven is a great idea! Take notes, fellas...
The Detroit Free Press has ranked the top pizza pies in the area.
A couple of confusing omissions and inclusions, but on the whole, looks pretty good. I've got many a pizza to be introduced to and re-acquaint myself with.
Though how Pizza Papalis continues to wind up on "best of" lists is beyond me. I'm not the only person I know who feels like total crap after eating it. Sure it tastes good going down, but if you're doubled over a half-hour later, the flavour is moot!
Just my two centons.
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