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mcdonald's raised price of large coffee by 25+% -- no longer $1

In San Diego County; paid $4.059 per gallon (at Costco) on Saturday.

In March, I paid 55 cents for a Senior coffee at McDonalds. (Had a coupon to try the new pastries-good.)

Apr 21, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

http://www.bollweevilrestaurants.com/ Five locations.

The one on Mission Gorge closed and has re-opened, one block East.

Apr 11, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Noodles No Tipping Policy

I'm a tax professional and have seen three California residents this season who had "allocated tips" as part of their W-2 forms. None of those were their primary jobs.

Had learned that Allocation was to make up for a lower pay; will research in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the link.

Mar 26, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Where is Mc Donald's annual "Lent-Filet of Fish" ad campaign ????

Walk inside the store. There are signs hanging from the ceiling and posters on the walls inside (you can't see them when going through the drive thru).

Mar 25, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

They also sell rotisserie legs and thighs (with skin and bone) (8 in a pack) for $4.99.

Have to do some cleaning, but we save the bones for stock anyhow.

Located with the pre-made sandwiches, party platters and take to warm up meals.

Mar 25, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Starbucks + La Boulange [moved from San Francisco board]

I live in San Diego County and La Boulange has not been placed in the Starbucks stores here (LB is in Orange, Riverside and LA Counties, just North of us).

The '$1 for any pastry after 2 p.m. if you made a purchase in the morning' promotion went on here also. I figured it was one of those 'the hell with your New Year Resolution" sales.

Mar 23, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Noodles No Tipping Policy

Article states they are paid more than minimum wage, not the going minimum or less, as servers who rely on tips are paid.

If they were only getting $2.10 and hour (waiter wages in California) and rely on tips, that is different than this case.

Mar 20, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Impact of plastic bag ban?

In the last three months, on more than on occasion, I have seen shoplifting incidents happening because of reuseable bags.

In one case, a woman hurriedly pushed people aside (touched me with her cart, not in a gentle way) at the Ikea store via the checkout counters, having a child in the seat and a bag filled with items, which I observed and immediately told the cashier who called security.

At another store, a woman had placed several bags on top of two egg cartons, put the remaining items on the conveyor (including one carton of eggs) and then handed two bags to the cashier. The egg cartons were visible to me and I told the cashier. When the woman lifted the bags, several items fell out of one of the bags.

I doubt those were isolated incidents.

Mar 16, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food

McD's for Filet-o-Fish Fridays in LA [moved from Los Angeles board]

There are a few McD's in San Diego County which have FoF Friday all year, for thos who observe the Catholic definition of 'no meat on Friday'.

(Inside Walmarts and the location on Clairmont Mesa near the Registrar of Voters)( I was at a 'different'/out of area McDonalds in the Summer on a Friday and asked if they had it and was given the $1.50 price, but never saw signage)

Mar 09, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Source for ORGANIC Sourdough bread?

**Really** good. Baking only 8 minutes and perfect fresh, lightly crusty with a soft interior. Even having it the next day (I do toast it) it is just quality bread.

I bought the rosemary before Christmas and gave the two loaf packs to friends as gifts. Hadn't seen the sourdough until we went to the Morena location recently. It's just as good in quality and as for sour-ness, just the way I like it.

All organic is a plus.

Feb 23, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Source for ORGANIC Sourdough bread?

Costco on Morena sells a three pack of vacuum sealed parbaked (8 minutes at 425) all organic sourdough (about $8 for the 3 pack). Made by Essential Baking. http://essentialbaking.com/

It does not need refrigeration and can be frozen if close to its expiration date (which, when I bought it two weeks ago, is dated 6/24/14). We call it our 'earthquake bread'.

Costco also sells an organic rosemary bread in a two pack also made by Essential Baking. It's wonderful to have a fresh loaf of bread whenever you want.

Feb 22, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Looking for Savoy cabbage for dinner tonight??

http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produ...

It's in stock at Specialty Produce. Open until 4 today.

Feb 16, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Low Calorie foods

Turkey breast that is also labeled as 'extra lean', meaning no skin.

You have to read everything. It's there.

Feb 16, 2014
Cathy in General Topics
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Low Calorie foods

If you choose 'low fat' items (salad dressing, yogurt, etc) you will notice the flavor component is replaced with sugar and the carbohydrate count is higher than the corresponding 'high' fat item.

Feb 16, 2014
Cathy in General Topics

Low Calorie foods

True. Anything consumed in moderation/portion control will have few calories. I can eat one slice of bacon, one piece of chocolate, 1/4 bagel and be satisfied.

Eating an open faced sandwich cuts calories, having a burger without cheese or bacon means less. Grilled rather than fried.

I don't understand the question either. A modest amount of ANY food means lower calories.

Feb 15, 2014
Cathy in General Topics
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Low Calorie foods

A lot of ground turkey includes the skin and is very high in fat. Read the packaging so you only use ground turkey breast, no skin.

Feb 15, 2014
Cathy in General Topics

Best grilled fish?

Only through the holidays.

Feb 10, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Which Trader Joe's Holiday Items do you wish they had year-round?

It was put on the shelves on Sept 21 (first day of Autumn) and was sold out within two weeks at 'my' TJs. That's when I saw a lot of pumpkin based items being placed on the shelves.

That date and week is marked off on my calendar for this year...

Kouign Amman was out, with many new Christmas items on MONDAY after Thanksgiving (and not on the Sunday after Thanksgiving).

Feb 10, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

Every two or three weeks, Look at the wall above the meat counter and usually there's signage mentioning the dates.

Feb 10, 2014
Cathy in Chains

Italian Ice & Soft Serve Frozen Custard

and Santee. No signage, but I think I know where. A former frozen yogurt place near the Santee Lakes, across from the Library has construction activity inside.

There were many coupons in the newspaper last summer for the Carlsbad location. Never went though.

Frozen Custard is also popular in Michigan. A chain, Culvers Butter Burgers, has regular (chocolate and vanilla) daily flavors as well as a special flavor of the day on their menu. There are also a multitude of stand alone walk up shops, which close on Labor Day and open again on Memorial Day.

Feb 06, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Impact of plastic bag ban?

Except that you will find those bags DO degrade.

I have no idea why everyone says they will last forever; if they did, I could store everything in my garage and outdoors in those bags and not have to purchase plastic containers. Outside and in the car, they fall to pieces within two months; I've tried it with my 'earthquake kit'.

Feb 05, 2014
Cathy in Not About Food

Best Chili in the area?

San Marcos Family Restaurant and Tip Top Meats.

Jan 31, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Best Chili in the area?

The County is 4200 square miles. What do you mean by 'area'?

That said: Junction in El Cajon, Jimmy's in Santee, Broadway Diner in Chula Vista, Green Acre in UTC, Tobey's 19th Hole at the Balboa Park Golf Course all make their own from scratch and each is unique and very good.

Jan 31, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Help Me Pick my Super Bowl Bar

Do it!

Jan 28, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Help Me Pick my Super Bowl Bar

When Charcoal House re-opened under new ownership: http://lamesa.patch.com/groups/busine...

Story mentions he owns Junction, Harvest Ranch, Jonathan's and the Foodland Mercado IGAs.

Jan 28, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Help Me Pick my Super Bowl Bar

+1 on Junction. (They changed the name). Owned by same owner as Harvest Ranch Market next door - the food is quality.

(Same owners of the other Harvest Ranch, Charcoal House and Jonathan's Market).

Jan 28, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Sweetbreads?

Probably not prepared the same as an entrée on a French menu...

Jan 25, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

They expand a bit in liquid (like teensy boba) and form a sort of barrier in the stomach, slowing sugar ingestion. Chia is also a good source of fiber.

Research chia and diabetes, or chia and blood pressure.

Jan 24, 2014
Cathy in Chains
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New Rules for Quarterly San Diego Dish of the Month Dictator?

It's too specific. Not just a burrito, but a specific burrito. Same with chile relleno- not a relleno, but a chile version.

Soup was good, because there are so many types of soups (including vegetarian versions) as well as ethnicities/neighborhoods to try.

There are millions of mole versions, but all will be found at Mexican restaurants and/or taco shops, if not home made or the preparation base purchased(have purchased two great (one red, one green) ones at Escondido World Market (A Swap Meet)). Most are made with chicken broth and spooned over meat (again, vegetarians). Maybe mixed spice things (moles AND curries...?) would work.

I think there was more response to 'pasta'(whatever November was) and 'soup' because of the ability to be varied (I did not participate in pasta because I am diabetic and need to have 20 or less carbs per meal; it would be all about the sauce for me). Chocolate can be an ingredient (mole) or a sauce or a frosting or a flavoring(cake, pie, cookies) or a stand alone (hand made chocolate candies or bars). Cheese would also be similar (a stand alone found at Trader Joe's or Venissimo, or a dessert plate or on a charcuterie or as a sauce or as a choice for a pizza topping or burger or in a grilled sandwich). Bread is generic enough, as would be salad or potatoes or pizza. A specific meal is (I think) why there was a lesser response.

Sorry if I'm rambling, I'm awake and taking a break from working and just sharing my thoughts about this.

Jan 22, 2014
Cathy in San Diego

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

Seafood roadshow is usually every other weekend and there is usually a large poster above the glassed in meat wrapping area noting the dates.

Jan 21, 2014
Cathy in Chains