A Taste of Ann Arbor – Seva

It’s restaurant week here in Ann Arbor! That means gourmet food at phenomenal prices. Megan and Lauren are both on vacation, so Eric Rodriguez (our Client Services Manager) and I decided to take on A Taste of Ann Arbor.

Seva is nestled into the heart of downtown on E. Liberty St. As a fully vegetarian restaurant, Seva takes pride in creating new, tasty, and organic dishes. Eric chose the Burrito con Elote stuffed with butternut squash, corn, beans, and cheese (which can be modified into a Vegan dish) while I munched on a Quinoa-Spinach Salad. Both were served by friendly staff that smiled as they passed and never let our water glasses go dry. 

Seva offers as many organic and local products as possible. In keeping with the eco-friendly theme, the restaurant offers biodegradable items, such as little paper cups of salsa and guacamole instead of plastic. If you are looking for a natural pep, try one of their juiced drinks. I decided to order a Ginger Shot. The ingredients are simple: ginger, which is known for its healing properties.

The vegetarian hot spot offers reasonable prices, but during Ann Arbor’s Restaurant Week, Eric and I enjoyed our entrees for $12 and found a new place to frequent.

Eco-Friendly tips

In order to be eco-friendly, a company has to perform its activities in ways that would inflict the minimal possible harm to the environment. So what can Ingenex do in order to be more eco-friendly? Being in Michigan, where it is COLD during winter and hot and humid during the summer, energy conservation is one of the biggest issues. Also trying to reduce the waste produced by the office activity (paper, office supplies) would be a good idea. The following are some tips that will help you and your company be more eco-friendly:

  • Wherever there is a cold winter, and Michigan is especially cold, good insulation is essential. A properly insulated room facilitates temperature control, and  will make your heating bill less expensive and definitely more eco-friendly.

  • Encourage the use of public transportation and alternative commuting options. In the case of Ann Arbor, it is possible for a company to get a go!pass for its employees for only $5 a month. Ann Arbor is a bike friendly city, and also very pedestrian friendly. You can provide a bike lock for your employees, so they park their bikes. There is plenty of information about commuting opportunities in Ann Arbor at getDowntown.

  • Energy conservation is key. Energy efficient bulbs and motion sensor lighting controls are also a good idea and they will let you reduce your energy spending. By subscribing to programs like the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program you can save big money and also become more eco-friendly.

  • Telecommuting is an option that can make your company more eco-friendly by avoiding unnecessary commutes. For some employees it may not be necessary to go to the office for doing their job, so if it is not a need the transportation cost saved can be a great way of reducing the environmental impact of our already crowded roads.

  • The 3 R’s. Reduce – Reuse – Recycle is the way to go in the office. Again, you’ll benefit directly by reducing your costs in paper, office supplies, etc, while reducing the amount of waste your work produces and increasing your eco-friendliness. Make sure to check out Recycle Ann Arbor for great tips in how to recycle and in how to collaborate with your community, and don’t forget to bring your recyclables to the drop-off station.

Nick Meador – Digital Marketing Intern Fall 2008

My name is Nick Meador. I recently finished the Masters of Journalism program at Michigan State University, during which I focused on online news production. Previously, I received a BS in Zoology from the Lyman Briggs School at MSU.

I’ve completed three internships in the communication field, two of which were in journalism. I have experience with writing, reporting, and editing. I can create and edit content using text, photos, video and audio. I’m able to create and maintain WordPress blogs and HTML-based websites.

This summer, I developed a website called Supraterranean.com as the final project for my masters program. The site was imagined as an open-access web community for writers and artists to post their creative work, including everything from fiction to short films to experimental multimedia. I used CSS to style the site, and AJAX widgets to allow ratings and comments. I currently handle all editing, art direction, and web design for the site.

My professional interests are diverse, and include writing about music, culture, science, and environmental issues, as well as Internet publishing and creative writing. I also hope to increase my experience with web development and graphic design in the near future. I’m interested in finding news ways for people to interact, share, and communicate using the web. Even though I’ve departed from my previous studies in science, I will always enjoy problem solving and analytical reasoning.

I am experienced with Adobe Creative Suite 3, including Dreamweaver, Photoshop and InDesign, with some exposure to Flash. I am also fluent with Microsoft Office, mostly with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. I’m comfortable with Mac applications for editing audio (GarageBand) and video (iMovie), and I have even more experience with Windows.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Nick Meador