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Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

But Las Vegas is a haven for the elusive double breasted poolside sunbather!

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

How is chlorine used? It is certainly in the waste product - as sodium chloride or salt. Doesn't matter whatever anyone reasonable would say - someone will wail and moan about removing salt from seawater and then putting that salt back in the ocean - as if that were the equivalent of exploding nuclear weapons.

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

I have read the article in the Economist before - it only mentions federal agencies twice. The first was Obama announcing some kind of one time drought aid for farmers - whatever that means. The second concerned dividing up the water from the Colorado River - which I explicitly mentioned. Anything else?

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Your reply makes no sense. The farmers and the water are all in California and thus subject to California courts and the Governor's/legislators' edicts. The federal government does NOT subsidize water in California - all of those deals are internal to California. About the only issues external to the state are deals to carve up the Colorado River.

2 days ago
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

All I'm saying is return the salt to the ocean. Since water is a fluid, there really is not an issue of "increased local salinity". If it were an issue, simply dump the salt farther out to sea.

2 days ago
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

MagicMarkR and cstefan - there may be vested interests but they are all in Caifornia - let California sort it out - if they can force people not to water lawns, I am sure the governor can figure a way to force an emergency cut in agricultural use. And - yes - the pricing of water is a major issue - I hinted at it when I said agriculture has "first dibs" on water - pretty much for free.

2 days ago
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Waste product? You mean salt and stuff like that? Why not just dump it back where it came from? Problem solved - except in the minds of some self-serving litigators.

2 days ago
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

You really don't need to stop buying almonds from California. Aside from the fact that you would have zero impact on the water problem for at least a year, this is entirely a problem for California to figure out. Right now, agriculture has first dibs on a lot of the water there. It's time for California to act to change that priority. Supposedly there is a functioning government there. Also, if you do stop buying California almonds and buy imported almonds, California will just export more almonds as it is pretty much a fungible commodity.

Bridal shower ideas (brunch??) St. Louis

Where in the Great Plains are you? St Charles Illinois?

Mar 29, 2015
kagemusha49 in Great Plains

What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

Fettuccine Alfredo

Mar 29, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

Welsh rabbit. Grilled kippers. Bombay potatoes. Beans on toast. Not exactly haute cuisine but all dishes I get cravings for.

Mar 29, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Screwcap triumphs in maturation test

Must be the beneficial effect of the threads on the cap.

Mar 27, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

And there I was thinking that wine was just like maple syrup - just tap the vine and it flows straight out and into the bottle.

Mar 27, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine
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Tasting menu for only 1 diner

I know many places try to insist that both diners get the tasting menu - because it makes it easy to synchronize service to the diners. However, many will back down if you challenge them (nicely). When one diner is only getting a single course, the whole problem of synchronization goes away.

Mar 27, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

hotoynoodle - if you are going to take on zin on wine-making you can only lose.

Mar 27, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine
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The Good...The B&Bad...and the Very Good.....My Reviews

I have to say that Raku would come close to being my choice for my last meal on earth (other possibilities include a great shepherd's pie or steak and kidney pudding). The pig's ear was pretty tasty and a bargain at $3 or $4. As your earlier report said, the tofu is terrific and a half portion is also dirt cheap. IMHO you missed out on a couple of items (seriously there have to be many) - one is the kobe beef liver on a skewer (I eat any kind of liver except pufferfish and polar bear) and the other is the uni, ikura, poached egg dish that the server at the bar fixes up.

Mar 26, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

I'll agree that more expensive wines are usually better and more interesting - how could I not agree? However, it is still true that there is plenty of cheap drinkable wine at $5/bottle or even less. If I relax my price constraint a little to $10 or $15 there is loads of good stuff. Would I prefer that to a Vosne-Romanee or a Montrachet? Basically no, if price is no object and if there is no particular clash in flavors with the food.

Mar 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Sigh. Let's leave bourbon and beer out of it - a $5 bottle of wine will provide more than one drink - usually figured as 6 whereas the others are just a single drink. And noone ever said that a $5 bottle of wine would be as good as a $50 bottle - although there are exceptions. But if you want to insist that cheaper wines are undrinkable then you have a problem. Of course, insisting that allows you to define wine as a luxury.

Mar 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

You said that wine was a luxury good. I refuted that and cited drinkable wines at $5/bottle. The fact that you don't choose to drink cheaper wines is your choice (and I hope your choice of wine tastes good with Coca Cola). But just because you don't choose to drink cheaper wines, that doesn't turn all wine into a luxury good.

Mar 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Look I was a university professor for many years and "Basic Econ 101" is a little below my pay grade. Luxury goods DO follow basic supply and demand rules. Hermes does not make more bags because it is trying to maximize profits and, as a monopoly supplier of Hermes bags, it manufactures the quantity that it deems appropriate.

Mar 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Umm so if you rule out rapidly growing demand from Asia as not explaining increasing prices, then I guess you're right - supply and demand is irrelevant. OK then under your rules, you have won a Pyrrhic semantic victory. (Oh and BTW - the growth is all in Asia now - the rest of the world really hasn't grown since 2007 in any meaningful way.)

Mar 24, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Yep supply and demand rule - that's why Rumpole's Chateau Thames Embankment was way cheaper than, say, Le Montrachet - otherwise you'd be paying Le Montrachet prices for Thames Embankment. And FWIW there is a ton of perfectly good, but not great, wine available at $5/bottle and up. An example would be Bota Box Old Vines California Zinfandel. And Kaleokaku - you choose to repeat your opinion despite the FACTS that I have cited about Asian demand for luxury goods increasing at 20%/year (that's doubling every 3-1/2 years).

Mar 24, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Yes - that's why my reply is flagged as Re:goldang95

Mar 24, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

For thousands of years wine and beer have been essential to life because the water would kill you. Besides that - luxury is not the antonym of essential. And FWIW I can buy perfectly drinkable wine for about the same price as not very good beer - for drinking at home - not in a bar - but going to a bar is what you'd call a luxury isn't it?

Mar 24, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine
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Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Wine is NOT a luxury good. SOME wine is - MOST isn't. Ditto clothes.

Mar 24, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Wine appealed to snobs before Robert Parker was born. Meanwhile, the supply of Asians with deep pockets is growing at a compound rate of around 20%/year - great for purveyors of luxury cars, designer clothes, designer anything and expensive wines. The growth of Asian demand is a fact. Attribution of blame to RP is an opinion - and, in any case, if RP didn't exist, someone else would fill his hoes.

Mar 24, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

It's mainly the growth of the wealthy population of Asia that is driving prices up. That population is growing rapidly - that's just the way it is.

Mar 24, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Have you ordered from Plated

I had a similar experience. All you really save on is time spent shopping. One of the dishes we got was a Thai curry. I think it came with one green bird chili and (get this) instructions to remove the seeds. Well we left the seeds in and seriously wished they had provided 10 chilis. If part of Plated's appeal is supposed to be exciting dishes from around the world, than how about providing enough spices and seasoning to make the real dishes (with perhaps a warning to those who can't take the heat). Oh, and it took us 3 weeks to find a week that had 3 half way interesting dishes - all of which were inderseasoned.

How do induction users use their highest burner setting?

I think it's a Spinal Tap thing - you can go to 11 when you need that extra boost

Mar 23, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Freezing Treacle (Corn syrup)?

Ditto to the other comments. Golden syrup, like honey, is close to 100% various sugars and bugs can't live in it. FWIW it's not treacle - treacle is molasses.

Mar 23, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics
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