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How do you feel about people eating food in the supermarket before they pay for it?

Damn. Well, that's just messed-up. Maybe society IS crumbling after all...

Aug 11, 2011
eric.hope in Not About Food

How do you feel about people eating food in the supermarket before they pay for it?

Thanks for your responses, everyone. I suppose I need to give A LITTLE bit more leeway, to accommodate the folks who might peck at a grape or two, on the way to the counter, or the folks with kids who may whine & kick up a royal fuss until their Mom lets them have SOMETHING. But in this case, the woman was eating some sort of candy bar or energy bar, and ended up handing this half-eaten thing, with crumbs falling out & a sloppily crumpled wrapper, to the cashier to ring up. (She also declined taking a bag, despite the fact that she had multiple items, and proceeded to drop her stuff all the way out of the store). At that moment, I felt like it was generally rude, and in poor taste to do it. I tried to catch myself, though, because I know I tend to be rather conservative on such issues pertaining to how one behaves in public, so I wanted to get a read on how others felt about it. I think my brother used to do this (perhaps he still does?), and it used to drive me crazy: Opening up the pack of cookies he's going to buy, or handing a half-eaten bag of chips to the cashier to ring up. I used to always be like "Can't you wait? It's not yours until you've bought it!!!". We're different like that, though. He never saw the harm. After reading everyone's responses, I can see where there might be exceptions that aren't immediately classified as rude; I suppose it's just the egregious offenses that get to me. I don't think I've ever seen anyone finish something & not pay for it, so I suppose society hasn't crumbled to an irreparable state just yet. Just these little moments that make me wonder. Thank you all again for your comments.

Aug 11, 2011
eric.hope in Not About Food

How do you feel about people eating food in the supermarket before they pay for it?

Saw someone doing this today. I, personally, don't like it. I'm just curious how other folks feel about it, and why.

Aug 10, 2011
eric.hope in Not About Food

Vegetarian Thanksgiving in Philadelphia?

Hey.
I will be visiting from out of town (San Francisco) this year, and am wondering if any restaurants or groups of progressive people will be hosting a Vegetarian Thanksgiving that I can participate in. Any ideas?

Nov 22, 2010
eric.hope in Philadelphia

Vegetarian Thanksgiving, Bay Area, 2008?

Hey.
Am just wondering if anyone might be hosting a Vegetarian Thanksgiving in the Bay Area, where like-minded individuals might be able to come & participate, and connect with each other. Anyone know of anything?

Sep 29, 2008
eric.hope in San Francisco Bay Area

Beet Salad in San Francisco...

I'm not sure how to answer that. It's been difficult to find one AT ALL, so I would start with ANY one that you think is good. I had one in Boston a few months ago (at Stephanie's on Newbury, if you've ever been there), which was GORGEOUS: Red beets, baby spinach, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, asparagus, tomatoes, pickled onions, chickpeas... It was really lovely. Something along the lines of that would be great, but I'm open to new experiences. If you know one that you really like, I would be happy to try it. Just point me in the right direction.

Sep 01, 2008
eric.hope in San Francisco Bay Area

Beet Salad in San Francisco...

Can anyone tell me where I can get a good beet salad in San Francisco?

Aug 31, 2008
eric.hope in San Francisco Bay Area

American Waffles in San Francisco?

I've been having a craving for ordinary AMERICAN waffles lately. Most Brunch places in San Francisco, if they have waffles AT ALL, only seem to have Belgian. And that's not a bad thing - Belgian Waffles are great. But what I'm craving lately is a blast from my past: Ordinary, square, American waffles (OK, they don't really have to be square), freshly made, with some real maple syrup! I'd prefer to NOT go to IHOP. I've been to quite a few Brunch places in San Francisco, but haven't been able to find this. Does anyone know of a place that serves American waffles?

Aug 14, 2008
eric.hope in San Francisco Bay Area

Almond croissant taste test

I went back to Boulange de Cole (Bay Bread) the other day, with the express purpose of trying their almond croissant again, and possibly changing my opinion. Who knows? Maybe I was having a bad day when I tried them the first time. With so many glowing reviews, I MUST be in error, right? Unfortunately, I still feel the same way: While it is beautifully prepared, and while they fill their croissants with generous amounts of almond paste, I actually believe that these things are TOO much: "Almond Croissants On Acid", if you will. Yes, it IS possible to have too much of a good thing, and these croissants are the embodiment of that concept! Just OVERKILL, man! Way TOO decadent!!! So, yes, it sounds crazy, but I actually prefer an almond croissant with a bit LESS almond paste! At the moment, I'm going to have to go with Boudin, for lack of a better alternative. They're fresh-baked & delightful, and not hitting me over the head with their flavor. Oh, and I must mention Andersen Bakery, in the Crocker Galleria, in the Financial District. This place makes BEAUTIFUL pastries, all of them fresh-baked, every day. Quite often, when I order an almond croissant there, it is given to me WARM, right off the cooling rack! The only drawback is that their croissants (alas, their pastries IN GENERAL) are so impossibly small, you have to eat 2 of them to feel like you've eaten anything at all. Still, check them out. They're wonderful.

Nov 24, 2007
eric.hope in San Francisco Bay Area

Almond croissant taste test

Dare I say it? While I certainly APPRECIATE the croissants at Bay Bread (who doesn't love a freshly baked croissant, warm from the oven?), somehow, they seem a bit TOO much. And I LOVE almond croissants! I never thought I'd say such a thing, but I feel like they kind of overdo it on the almond paste. Too much of a good thing, perhaps? I could actually go with less. That said, I'm not sure I can offer up another place to compete. Boudin, perhaps? Those are fresh-baked, too. It's about the best you can do in the Financial District, to be sure. I'm struggling to come up with an alternative...

Nov 16, 2007
eric.hope in San Francisco Bay Area

Rold Gold Pretzels hard to find in San Francisco?

Hi.
Thanks for the speedy reply. Very informative. My local shop is Parkview Market. The address is as follows (got this info from Yelp):

501 Frederick Street
(between Stanyan St & Willard St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 681-1338

Thank you once again. I do appreciate it.

-Eric

Sep 25, 2007
eric.hope in San Francisco Bay Area

Rold Gold Pretzels hard to find in San Francisco?

OK, so is it me, or are Rold Gold pretzels suddenly very hard to find in San Francisco? I live in Cole Valley, and used to be able to get them at any number of small convenience stores (even just a small bag, if a large one wasn't available). Lately, however... I can't find ANY SIZE bag in ANY convenience store in my area! In fact, the only place that seems to carry them in the city anymore is Safeway. ...and I don't even shop at Safeway (I'm a bit more of a Trader Joe's/Whole Foods sort of person. Rold Gold is my only foray into the nationally-distributed, mainstream brands. And I do that because I've tried all the rest, and genuinely like these better). So, if there is some sort of distribution problem (with Frito-Lay products? I would find that hard to believe!), or perhaps some sort of quiet boycott among shop owners, could someone please clue me in? I'm taking to going out of my way to go to Safeway, and buy this one item. And it seems a bit ridiculous. I'm just curious.

Thanks.

Sep 25, 2007
eric.hope in San Francisco Bay Area