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High Standards

12/01/2016

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“My biggest accomplishment is to challenge myself to be the best. I am really proud of running this restaurant to the highest standards. I do that by following Jimmy John’s systems and procedures with full integrity, finding good people, catching them doing it right, and keeping them by appreciating what they do and pulling them up when they need it. I think one of the most important parts of my job is teaching these young guys how to work hard and move up. It’s been pretty awesome to not only hire these guys, but to promote them within Jimmy John’s. It gives them the confidence that they can succeed at whatever they want to do in life, if they work hard.”

-Robert Ashworth, General Manager Concord, CA #2976

Mini Jimmy-cation: Louisville, KY

11/28/2016

Gateway to the South! The home of fried chicken, the Kentucky Derby, and fried chicken.

Yea. It's worth mentioning twice. 

Louisville here we come! ✈️

 

1. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Yep. This is where Louisville Slugger baseball bats are made, who woulda thunk? And lemme tell ya, it's worth the visit. Pick up an engraved bat for a family member...makes for the perfect Christmas gift!

Louisville Slugger Museum

And no, you can't buy the huge bat leaning on the building...I asked.

 

2. Downtown Louisville

I don't think I have to say it, but I'll say it. Check out downtown!

Downtown Louisville

Good times on Fourth Street Live, good times. 😏

 

3. Big Four Bridge

Geography Lesson: This bad boy crosses over the Ohio River to connect Louisville to Jeffersonville, IN. But it also lights up at night and looks pretty sweet.

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Yea sorry, no photo of it at night. What do you think this is? I can't do all the work...

 

4. Churchill Downs

This is where the Kentucky Derby is held! If you're smart you'll stop by for a Mint Julep and watch a few races.

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If you're really smart you'll grab a pack of Mini Jimmys before you go.

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Now get out there and show Louisville what ya got! 

And don't forget here's where you can find all the local JJ's.

Louisville JJ's

  1. 341 W. Cardinal Blvd. Louisville, KY
  2. 301 E. Market St. Louisville, KY
  3. 415 W. Jefferson Louisville, KY
  4. 332 W. Broadway Ste. 106 Louisville, KY
  5. 3507 Poplar Level Rd. Louisville, KY
  6. 976 Baxter Ave. Louisville, KY

 

Day Old Bread Dressing for Thanksgiving Procrastinators

11/23/2016

I know you've probably been trying to avoid thinking about Thanksgiving dinner: political talk, relationship talk and questions about why you're wearing spandex pants are probably all things you want to dodge. But if this post is suddenly reminding you that you need to bring a dish because sitting at the adult tables means that you're, well, an adult, then you're in the right place. 

Procrastinators of America, I'm here for you.

Check out the simplest dressing recipe you'll ever find. (That doesn't come from a box) And of course, you'll need a few loaves of JJ's day old bread! 

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What you'll need:

2 loaves of JJ's day old bread- you can grab it from your local JJ's while it lasts!

2 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions

1 1/2 cups celery

1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley

2 tablespoons sage

1 tablespoon rosemary

1 tablespoon thyme

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 large eggs 

3/4 cup unsalted butter *

2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth *

 

*Not pictured above for ~artistic~ value

 

Here's what ya gotta do:

1. Melt 3/4 cup of butter in a large skillet over medium- high heat, then add your onions and celery. Cook until softened and beginning to brown.Cooking1

 

2. Now you're gonna toss your veggies into a large mixing bowl with bread that has been torn into 1" pieces, stir in your herbs, salt and pepper and drizzle 1 1/4 cups of broth over the mixture. Let it cool down for a bit. 

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3.  Crank up the heat in your oven to 350°F. While it's gettin' hot in there, whisk together your eggs and 1 1/4 cup of chicken broth, then toss it over the bread mixture and mix it around. 

4. Transfer your entire mixture to a oven safe baking dish, cover it with foil and let it bake for about 40 minutes. Then uncover, and let it brown for about another 40 minutes. 

It should look a little something like this:

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Make sure it cools down a bit before you serve it, or your family may just not be able to speak.....

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Smiles are contagious

11/16/2016

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"'Welcome to the best day of your life!' That’s what I say the first time you come into my Jimmy John’s. It might be cheesy, but it gets people to come back. If you’re a regular, I'll have your sandwich ready before you even get to the register. If you ask for cheese, I’ll tell you we have a delicious provolone. My job is to lead by example and make the customer smile, just like Jimmy did when he started JJ’s. People have many restaurant choices, so when they choose my store, I want them to feel special and I want to earn their trust so they come back often. Smiles are contagious, and people don’t get enough hugs or smiles.”

-Estuardo Gordillo, General Manager, Fullerton, CA #2913

Mini Jimmy-cation: Boston, MA

11/11/2016

I know Fall is winding down, but here's one final taste of crisp Autumn air! Bahhhston, here we come 😎

1. Boston Common

This is the OLDEST city park in the United States and it's located downtown. Immerse yourself in everything Boston!

Boston Common

You owe it to yourself to grab a 12pk of Mini Jimmys, sit in the park, and soak up the history...but also make friends with the squirrels. They are EVERYWHERE and they have no fear. 

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FYI - The JJ's on Charles St. S is within walking distance...

 

2. Harvard

Harvard, Harvard, Harvard...where do I start? I'm not the smartest guy, but I know a nice campus when I see one! 

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What a view. 😍😍😍

 

3. Beacon Hill

More history with this one! This historic neighborhood is full of beautiful homes that undeniably supply some of the best Insta content...

Beacon HillSnap, Snap away my friends! 📸

 

4. Boston Public Garden

Looking for a peaceful place to devour a whole 12pk to yourself? This is the perfect spot!

Public Garden

Secluded eating is the best eating. People say that, right?

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Now get out there and explore Boston!

HEY, don't forget...here are the JJ's in the area 👇

 

Boston JJ's

  1. 12 Charles St. S Boston, MA
  2. 512 Park Dr. Boston, MA
  3. 60 Valenti Way Boston, MA
  4. 413 D St. Boston, MA
  5. 380 Western Ave. Boston, MA
  6. 1 Mt Auburn St. Watertown, MA
  7. 1250 Hancock St. Quincy, MA
  8. 170 Neelam St. Newton, MA
  9. 911 Washington St. Braintree, MA
  10. 475 Winter St. Waltham, MA
Moving Up

11/10/2016

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"Making my parents proud is my biggest motivation. I’m only 22, and I’ve worked at Jimmy John’s in both upstate NY And Cali. Back in NY I got hired on the spot, worked my butt off as an inshopper for 4 months and then trained to be a PIC. Shortly after I was promoted to Catering Manager. It was a huge personal accomplishment to move up that quickly. Now my family has moved to California and I'm back at an Inshop position, but I know what it takes to move up. Take the hardest tasks for yourself, take the toughest shifts, lead by example and do all the little things it takes to succeed. It’s pretty cool feeling, and I know my parents are proud.”

-Grace Santiago, Inshop, Fullerton, CA #2913

Hey Chicago, what do you say?

11/07/2016

I hope by now you've heard that the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908.

And as Chicago is starting to calm down from a celebration that was 108 years in the making, I think we should look at a break down of how this all happened.

There’s the obvious explanation-

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It could have been that 10th inning hit by MVP Ben Zobrist

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and then there's this dude

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Or maybe

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It was 

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Me....

 

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I mean, we'll never really know but either way, fly that W Cubs fans!

Only as good as my team

11/02/2016

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“Running a store successfully can be challenging, but also very rewarding. Hiring and training an excellent in-shop crew, staffing drivers, prepping all the food from scratch, managing and baking bread no more than 4 hours old, and executing an effective marketing plan are some of my challenges but when I come into work. I’m like, ‘Alright, cool, what can we get done today? What can we do to get better?’ I love helping people develop into Rockstars and love seeing my team succeed. I was a slacker back in college, but at JJ’s, something clicked. I started as a driver and I worked my way up because I wanted to do something meaningful. Jimmy John’s has given me the tools to become a leader. Now people look up to me and that’s cool, but I’m only as good as my team. We work harder, clean it cleaner, bake it fresher, and hustle up. There’s no freebies or entitlement in business, it has to be earned.”

-Go Matsumoto, General Manager, Lake Forest, CA #2821

Oh-shoot-I-have-a-Halloween-party-Saturday-and-nothing-to-wear last minute costume ideas.

10/27/2016

You're hard-working, focused, and dedicated. It can be easy to forget things... 

Like Halloween. 

It's this weekend. 

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No worries, I'm here to make your life a helluvah lot easier. Here are some oh-shoot-I-have-a-Halloween-party-Saturday-and-nothing-to-wear last minute costume ideas.

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  1. The Basic Black Cat

This is classic. Yes, we see it every year, but would it really be Halloween without a black cat? No. I didn't think so.

 

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What ya need:

1. Cat ears - make 'em basic black or festive your choice! 

2. Eyeliner to draw on your whiskers

Recommended: wearing all black adds to the overall cat vibe

 

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2. The Pirate

This is a great costume sole because you get to walk around all night saying things like "AaRRRR" and "Ahoy Matey!"

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What ya need:

1.A pirate hat - the bigger the better

2. An eye patch 

Recommended: Adding a talking parrot always helps

 

3. The Ghost

It's a ghost. Not one person will ask you "Wait, what are you supposed to be?" I'd say that's a win

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 What you need: 

1. A white sheet (sans eye holes if you're feeling daring)

Recommended: Don't try going through any walls.

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4.  Ken Bone, The Ken Bone

He's a gentleman and a scholar, what more can you ask for?

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What you need:

1. Red Sweater

2. Glasses

3. A really sweet mustache

Recommended: Always have a question on hand, in case you bump into Hillary or Donald.

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5. The Bat

Bats are creepy and weird. Perfect. 

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What ya need:

1. A pair of spooky wings

2. Fangs - to add a touch of the wicked side

Recommended: a black bathrobe, cuz why not?

 

6. The Mummy

Who's your Mummy?

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What ya need:

1. Lots and lots of toilet paper

2. A friend to wrap you

Recommended: Watch out for extra on your shoes, don't want to send the wrong message

 

And remember, even if you can't get a costume, you can always be the one who shows up with the grub!

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Mini Jimmy-cation: Salem, MA

10/26/2016

 It's Halloween. What better place to visit this time of year?!

Salem has it all... 

1. Bewitched Statue:

This one of a kind statue depicts actress Elizabeth Montgomery holding a JJ's cookie and flying away with a 12 pack of Mini Jimmys. How cool is that?

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JK...I put the JJ's stuff there. Anyway, you'll find this bad boy in Lappin Park on Essex St. You have to check it out!

 

2. The Hocus Pocus House:

When I say "The Hocus Pocus House", I mean the house where our good 'ol friend Max Dennison lived...the guy who lit the black flamed candle...who awoke the Sanderson Sisters...who was convinced 

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Yep. That guy. Check out his house!

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3. The Salem Witch House:

This is the ONLY building left standing that has direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. This can be a liiittle spooky; better bring some Mini Jimmys with you, you'll need the company!

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Now get out there and show Salem you ain't scared of nothin'.

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Oh and when you get hungry stop by the local JJ's...you can find it here:

135 Lafayette St. Salem, MA 01970

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