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Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

I expect the oyster farm will be removed, and am wondering about the plan for what follows. All motor vehicles are incompatible with wilderness, so the roads into the area should be removed. No motor boats should be allowed in or near the estuary. So how will kayakers use the area? I think they should either portage in from the developed area along Tomales Bay, or paddle up from Bolinas.

about 7 hours ago
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

There is no evidence that the oyster farm has had an adverse effect on the seals.

about 7 hours ago
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

The opinion of the boss is the one that counts.

about 7 hours ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News
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Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Here's a link to another article on the noise aspect, from Russian River Times in 2012:

http://russianrivertimes.wordpress.co...

I have no confidence in the methods used to characterize the noise pollution by the opponents of the oyster farm. It does appear to me that the data were manipulated to support their preferred outcome. That is "political" under the common usage of the term.

I always stand up for science. Whether one is for or against the continuation of oyster farming on this site, one ought to use objective, science-based data.

about 13 hours ago
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

odd size measuring spoons why no 1/3 tsp

Sure, but the accuracy of a good scale that can measure such small amounts precisely isn't required, and it isn't the question under consideration here. We are discussing measuring spoons, and the alternative of using a scale seems like a last resort for someone who uses conventional measuring spoons and who does not have a scale.

about 20 hours ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Upon reading the first linked document, it seems odd to me that the opponents of the operation used proxy noise sources to characterize the sound pollution. I would rather see actual monitoring data collected by a neutral party.

about 20 hours ago
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

Which USA-domestic beers contain propylene glycol?

Here's what the FDA has to say on that point:

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts...

about 21 hours ago
GH1618 in Beer

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

OK. Your links seem to confirm that the plastic debris was produced by the previous operator.

about 21 hours ago
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

According to this article in the Marin Voice,

http://www.marinij.com/ci_23786895/ma...

the plastic debris in the water was caused by the previous owner's operation, and the current owner has been cleaning it up.

1 day ago
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

OK, argue with The Dive. I think we agree, except that I think the decision to make this entire bay a wilderness area was a bad one. It could have been given some other status which would have allowed the oyster farm while protecting the rest of the bay fro development. I just think it is elitest. Not that I have anything against wilderness per se. I've camped in them at times.

1 day ago
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

That's correct. The current issue is legal. The creation of a wilderness area which included the oyster farm was political. I really don't understand what you are arguing about.

1 day ago
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

odd size measuring spoons why no 1/3 tsp

That's the hard way. There are three teaspoons in a tablespoon. You could make it in units of a tablespoon from one tsp of baking soda and two tsp of cream of tartar. Then just take the mixture in teaspoons. For that matter, you could make the mixture in one to two proportion using any measure at all.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Exactly my point. Ultimately, it is a political question.

1 day ago
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

"Political" just means a question of policy. The political question on the other side is whether it was good policy in 1972 to convert a prime oyster farming site to wilderness. My view is that it was not.

1 day ago
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

It's a long stretch to apply the standard for blood donation to someone who is merely serving your food. You can get an infection from a server, but getting one that way must be the least likely, if it is possible at all. If you are worried about it, you will have to eat at home, because nobody has a rule prohibiting tattoos which cannot be seen.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

The eggs aren't fresh. The yolk membrane weakens with age and the yolk flattens as a result. (from Harold McGee)

Jul 20, 2014
GH1618 in Home Cooking
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

You haven't seen any evidence because gentlemen don't express their dislike in any way that is visible. Having a dislike of something does not make one intolerant or rude.

Jul 20, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Because there are two distinct populations deciding what is "becoming." For the most part, it is men who decide which women are attractive and women who decide which men are attractive. Each group applies its own standards.

Jul 20, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News

What would you offer on these Cast Iron frying pans?

You don't want to remove the rust with power tools. It is easy to clean up chemically with minimal damage to the pan.

Jul 19, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

No, they are not the only source, but they account for one-third of California's production.

Jul 19, 2014
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Where it reads "love," I think it should be "lose."

Jul 19, 2014
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

When should a restaurant NOT comp a meal?

I'm reminded of the old Woody Allen joke:

"The food is terrible. And the portions are so small!"

Jul 19, 2014
GH1618 in Not About Food
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Need to vent quickly.. new HUGE pet peeve Restaurant week only menus

This is not one of life's greatest problems. In my opinion, it barely registers on the problem meter at all. Some people can't afford to go to any restaurant any time. That's a problem.

Jul 18, 2014
GH1618 in Not About Food

When should a restaurant NOT comp a meal?

I think the restaurant should not be expected to comp a meal if the diner eats it before complaining. But the, I am the type that never asks to have a meal comped anyway. There have been a very few times when I sent something back as unacceptable (before eating more than a tiny bit), and there was at least one time when a meal was comped after I ate the entire thing and made a modest complaint at the end (but didn't ask for anything). I can think of a couple of times when a meal should have been comped after I found a dangerous nonfood item in it, but wasn't (I didn't ask). Sometimes there are problems and I chalk it up to experience and move on. There are more important things to do in life than argue about a meal of a few dollars.

Jul 18, 2014
GH1618 in Not About Food

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

The first things to go after the corporate colossus takeover were the nipples on the logo, but surprisingly they can still be seen on the website.

Jul 18, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

I think a policy against any tattoos at all is ridiculous, but a policy which would allow some tattoos but rule out excessive tattooing as presenting an unprofessional appearance would require them to make a judgment. I suppose they are trying to make it easy.

But I almost never go to Starbucks for other reasons, so it doesn't matter.

There is a place I do go that has a bartender with extreme tattooing, fantasy hair color, and piercings. I don't find it attractive and would rather have an attractive woman behind the bar, but she's a good bartender despite her appearance and that's the main thing. I wouldn't stop going in because of her tattoos.

Jul 18, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

I suppose any kind of farming is incompatible with a wilderness area, but the problem here seems to me to be the defining of a wilderness area in such a way as to force out a major oyster producer. There aren't many places on the US west coast well suited to oyster farming. This is one of them, and accounts for one-third of the production in California. I would let it stay permanently, but think that only the Congress can make it happen.

Jul 18, 2014
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

What would you offer on these Cast Iron frying pans?

The rust on the first pan seems superficial from here. I don't think a little superficial rust is a reason to mark down a pan much. The third pan may be in worse shape. The main thing is to get the size you want in reasonably good shape. I like the second one and would probable pay $10 for it if it has a nice smooth cooking surface.

Jul 18, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware
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How do you feel about your food being re-seasoned at the table?

Putting Tabasco Sauce on an oyster is a little different, because that is always left to the discretion of the eater, isn't it?

Jul 18, 2014
GH1618 in Not About Food

Is It Finally Cool to Like the Frugal Gourmet?

That's how I feel. I had one of his books and bought another (used) after the allegations came out because I wanted a copy of a recipe I had been using from memory. Buying a used book, or any book after his death, is in no way approval of his extra-curricular activities and in no way enables such behavior.

Jul 18, 2014
GH1618 in Features