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Retail Marinated Olives

I think Sophia's in Belmont has one of the all around best selections at absolutely the best prices. Nothing else even comes close. Arax and Sevan are also very good, but a bit pricier.

about 15 hours ago
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Corn on the cob TOO sweet!

Some of the work I do is in agricultural biotech.

As you seem to have absolutely no idea what you are talking about I will again suggest you purchase a good book on plant genetics so that you actually use your terminology correctly here on the internet that you are bashing. This would be a great place to start:

http://www.textbooks.com/BooksDescrip...

If I go to a large scale commercial farm here in the USA a large part of the crop will likely be genetically engineered/ genetically modified, in particular if you are talking corn or soy.

The GM "Round-Up-Ready" trait has been inserted into MANY food crops. Yes indeedee, "Round-Up Ready" i.e. glyphosate-tolerant plants are mostly genetically engineered / GMO. Though with the increase in glyphosate resistant weeds the line is starting to blur. Did the weeds evolve glyphosate-tolerance on their own, or is this a case of gene transfer via pollination or even plasmid-based transfection via insect or microbial vectors.

Of course I am WAY over your head now.

At my local farmer's market, or the organic section of any supermarket, they sell some nice old school hybrids, as well as heirloom varieties, NEITHER OF WHICH are GMO by any stretch of the imagination.

Seriously though, read a book, take a class, educate yourself so you have some small inkling of what you are talking about.

1 day ago
StriperGuy in General Topics

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

You took the words out of my mouth.

1 day ago
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Chinese grilled beef TENDON skewers in Boston

Lot's of places do killer tendon dishes, but I've never seen it on a menu grilled. I love the Shangri-La (Belmont) version.

1 day ago
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area
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Corn on the cob TOO sweet!

Most sweet corn is NOT GMO for a very good definition of GMO see this Wikipedia definition: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/GMO

It is quite scientifically accurate.

Jul 27, 2014
StriperGuy in General Topics

Corn on the cob TOO sweet!

I work in biotech, you are WAY off base any accepted definition of GMO. Do some homework. Read a genetics text book rather than Wikipedia if that makes you feel better, but you have no idea what you are talking about

Jul 27, 2014
StriperGuy in General Topics

Corn on the cob TOO sweet!

Uhhh you've got your terms crossed. ALL modern food crops have been intentionally bred to improve them from the original found in nature... You probably wouldn't want to eat teosinte from which corn was derived.

They are NOT GMO, nor are most supersweet varieties which are hybrids (look up the term on Wikipedia if you need the definition).

The difference between traditional selective breeding, hybrid or otherwise and genetically modified is significant even if actual GMO food crops are not necessarily dangerous.

GMO means that individual genes were modified and inserted into the organism in question. Genetic modification is done in a lab, selective breeding, hybrid or otherwise is not, though very recently (last 10 years or so) some lab-based techniques have been used to accelerate identification of desireable traits which are then bred traditionally. Whew.

Jul 27, 2014
StriperGuy in General Topics
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Why do there need to be puppeteers? The employees like their work, and like their boss. It bums them out when he gets pushed aside...

Jul 25, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

In an ideal world a market is a fluid frictionless thing... in the real world, not quite so much.

Jul 24, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Latin American recs for catering in Longwood Medical Area

Flames (Jamaican) at Brigham circle could probably handle it.

Jul 24, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

The term venture capital is not at all relevant to what is going on at MB. The concept of taking operating capital, perhaps supplemented by a large debt offering, to make large (perhaps crippling) payments to management/investors to the detriment of the long term health of the entity is something out of the private equity play book and has nothing to do with a venture capital model, i.e an infusion of cash to accelerate growth. The two are essentially opposites.

Jul 22, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Private Equity is the model NOT venture capital.

Jul 22, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Never mind the fact that the only reason that there is anything worth slashing and burning is due to the superb management of Arthur T over many years.

Jul 22, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Very well said I think Hargau is way off base here!

Jul 22, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area
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Native Corn

When you ruin an ear of corn you should buy it some folks actually sit there and rip through an entire pile keeping some and discarding others not fair to the farm not fair to the supermarket.

Jul 22, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I guess I haven't decided yet. There actually was never one very convenient for me. Always a special trip. I guess not as likely I will go out of my way to hit it given the new developments.

Mostly I am more worried that 6 months from now it won't be WORTH going to any more. Just another crappy, overpriced supermarket.

Jul 21, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

To the new Market Basket management team.

The entire Demoulas clash was always around one side of the family WANTING CASH NOW and Arthur T wanting to build something.

The prospect of the new management team is terrifying. I assure you this is not a team in it for growing the business over the long haul.

I am sure the investment bankers are drooling. Wait until they set up the $600 Million bond offering that will go NOT to building stores and growing the business, but cashing out the family and lining the pockets of the new management team.

It was nice to know you Market Basket. I give it 4 months until DRASTIC changes are seen throughout the stores.

You could not pick a yuckier management duo than those two.

Bottom line for me is that the stores were generally VERY well run, the prices and food were great. The employees were always very nice AND clearly liked working there.

Getting rid of a CEO who managed to accomplish all of that while creating an amazing empire is problematic at best.

Though clearly there were issues on all sides of the Demoulas family in this long-running feud.

Jul 21, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Bottom line for me is that the stores were generally VERY well run, the prices and food were great. The employees were always very nice AND clearly liked working there.

Getting rid of a CEO who managed to accomplish all of that is problematic at best.

Though clearly there were issues on all sides of the Demoulas family in this long-running feud.

Jul 21, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area
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Native Corn

Ate some of Verril's very first corn of the year. Still a bit young, but VERY tasty.

Jul 21, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area
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Can It Be?! Is Our Beautiful City Finally Getting a Terrific French Bakery?

Add When Pigs Fly to the list of excellent bread.

Jul 18, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Can It Be?! Is Our Beautiful City Finally Getting a Terrific French Bakery?

Shpilkes, such a great word. My Italian SO was commenting on how yiddish is SO onamatopoetic!

Jul 18, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

Sauza hornitos isn't bad either.

Jul 13, 2014
StriperGuy in Spirits

NanaP [Jewish deli in Boston?]

At this point, you sir, are picking nits.

Jul 11, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

NanaP [Jewish deli in Boston?]

So was that "pickled pastrami plotzing?"

Jul 11, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

NanaP [Jewish deli in Boston?]

Just FYI, Katz's does not actually MAKE their own pastrami. I forget who does it for them, but they get them already pickled, smoked whatever, and just plunk them in the steamer...

Jul 11, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

NanaP [Jewish deli in Boston?]

I was talking about a sample at Moody's. Fresh out of the smoker it might have even had a notch up on Katz's in my book.

That said, I LOVE Katz's pastrami AND the generous sample tastes they dish out.

Jul 11, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

NanaP [Jewish deli in Boston?]

Katz's is definitely NOT kosher either.

Jul 11, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

NanaP [Jewish deli in Boston?]

I'm not sure about besting Katz's...

The first time I tried it, fresh out of the smoker, just a sample slice, it blew my mind. Truly amazing pastrami.

When I had it on a sandwich, fried on the flat top, with cheese and the weird relish/mustard I was less impressed.

I think the flattop treatment "cooked" it unnecessarily and robbed some of the beefy flavor. IMHO the only treatment for a pastrami is to serve it right out of the smoker, or steam the whole thing gently and and slice right out of the steamer. When I buy a whole pastrami for a party I put it in a big Le Creuset with a can of beer, and keep on very low heat. Hand slicing is key; using a deli slicer robs it of necessary texture.

Cheese... that's not kosher. I mean this both jokingly, and of course literally. Eating meat and cheese together is NOT KOSHER. But also just taste-wise, the cheese just robs the meat of it's nuance. The WAY over pungent relish mustard further obliterates the wonderful beefiness of the pastrami.

Let the beautiful meat stand on it's own. Some nice rye bread, a modicum of good sharp deli mustard, you're done. You can't improve on perfection, and Moody's treatment of their gorgeous pastrami product robs it of it's wonderfulness.

Jul 11, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Wholesale Clam prices increased over 50% this week !!? !!? Dairy Joy

Thanks for the info.

Jul 09, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

You Are My Gyro: Mindblowing sandy at Ma Magoo's

The Greek Corner Lamb Sandwhich is pretty spectacular...

Jul 08, 2014
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area