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Trader Joe's / Whole Foods...sterility vs. other

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1 day ago
jonkyo in Chains

Trader Joe's / Whole Foods...sterility vs. other

I finally visited Trader Joe's, for the bathroom. It sufficed.

I did get a good look and confirmation as to why I would never shop in such a sterile mammoth of a store. The product line is all about chains, and to make a figure of speech, chains that bind.

A hollowed out existence awaits all shoppers who are confined, be it self inflicted confinement, to such places as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.

Such can be more firmly defined, by looking into its opposition.

My list of shopping areas, for food items, offers better pricing, better diversity of goods, better choices, etc.

All one needs is a bit of time. Travel to the destinations I suggestion, and indulge.

If you do this, you may notice that your life changes for the better, as does your eating.

1. Lefferts and Liberty Queens, offers a few large grocers, and smaller ones. There one can get much in the realm of West Indie and Indi, fresh fish, fesh carved from whole animal in front of your eyes goat.

2.Many of the Chinese areas: Flushing; 86 and 18th Brooklyn, etc. No need to explain what you can find.

3. McDonald and Church for Bangladeshi food items, and food supplies such as fresh cut goat.

4. Russian grocers south of Avenue J, Brighton Beach etc; Forest Hills: Cheeses and meats from the deli the likes that make American renditions look like stale food for astronauts. Other items are great too. Learn why most immigrants say "the food in America is not very good." Learn why these grocers exist.

5. Polish Delis in Boro Park; Forest ave.

1 day ago
jonkyo in Chains

Best Crapes with Class and Style: Blinoff Coney Is. Ave

wow....shows one how much I have paid attention to crepes, in through the years.

Oct 09, 2014
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

beer stores how to find good beer...

You are observant. I never trained for the camera, for I never took a communications class or a theatre class after high school.

I would love to see a video that points someone into the direction of the beers they prefer.

Oct 09, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

beer stores how to find good beer...

The article in yesterday's Op Ed, of the New York Times talked about monopoly and the actual possible buyout of one of the large 3 by another.

Turns out even Indian Hayward 5000 was at once time, gobbled up by SABMiller India.

Seems these micro/craft beers all fall victim to big buyouts too.

Oct 09, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

beer stores how to find good beer...

I remember a bus ride in Lithuania. This guy directly infront of me, brought on a bag of the 16 or so ounce bottles of the main beer there, and drank them all the entire ride.

Six packs are Mickey Mouse.

Living a few years back next to this Indian grocer. He introduced me to Hayward 5000 and some other indian beers. All were 650 ml bottles.

Quite nice.

But hey, six packs, pop tarts and pan cakes are all things I detest. So, personal preferences, with some argument in the area of culture and madison ave.

Oct 09, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Best Crapes with Class and Style: Blinoff Coney Is. Ave

This was the hefty and so delicious Italian (mozz; spinich; tomato;pesto) that cost 6 dollars.

Its interior beats franchise sub and sandwich shops and so does the food for about the same price...

Oct 08, 2014
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Best Crapes with Class and Style: Blinoff Coney Is. Ave

This comfortable space, just near Avenue U, on Coney Island Ave, was discovered as a result to my searching for a venue exclusively making crapes.

I used to visit the Kensington Creperie, in South Kensington, for cappuccinos. I never had a crape there, and have for long refused to eat them, until my recent search.

By condemning myself to a crapeless life, and seeing coffee as the only redeeming value in French crape shops, it had to be something other than a French crape venue, for my first crape.

The russians may be known for their tea, but coffee not so much.

The Russian Blintz and Blini have quite the history, and it is a wonder I have forgone them for so long.

They have a gluten free crape for 3.50 (add your own extras from the list called EXTRAS

The Chief's Crapes LIST has 8 main crapes from 6 dollars to 8. They are mushroom / cheese; smoked salmon cream cheese; ground veal mushrooms cheese; Italian; Chicken mushroom; Jerkey Turkey; and Breakfast and a Buckwheat with mushrooms beef or chicken....

4 minor crapes listed in this section from red caviar to cottage cheese, chicken with cream, etc.

loads of extras from 1 dollar to 25 cents and 50 cents (pesto ; blue cheese; ground beef; cheese; chicken' lemon juice; onion just to list a few...

See comment for photo of italian crape...I am unable to upload in the post...

Oct 08, 2014
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

beer stores how to find good beer...

we could all meet up at Hegel's Bar, and go at our thesis and antithesis, and come up with a hegelian synthesis.

But tastes are quite individually founded, however they are established, so drink up and be merry, with what ever you may prefer, be it a six pack or a basket of 16 oz bottles from the Eastern Block.

Oct 08, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

beer stores how to find good beer...

Well, you are wrong. I know the areas of the beer's origins. I was taking my time.

I was on an episode of Jeopardy! and mastered and won all the questions regarding origins of beers.....kidding....

I am not partial to McKenzie's, I was just pointing it out.

Oct 08, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

beer stores how to find good beer...

That is what I was stating in the above......

as opposed to seeing brooklyn lager paired with a bottle with Cyrillic script on the front...

Oct 08, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

beer stores how to find good beer...

"their skills or Products"

I had a discussion on this, the Craft Beer phenomena, and I do have to say, I am let down in all venues that offer primarily Craft Beer, to the exception of venues that sell drafts of Brewery Ommegang family of beers, and a few others.

So, regarding the 'skills' I may have a deficit of knowledge, seeing I have never brewed, nor inquired after how. Thus stated, in regards to 'product', I can only remember my friend always stating in the venues he would cart me off to, "....so, the taste leaves you drinking slower, then usual. Perhaps that is because it is to be enjoyed...."

That was after statements I made regarding how unexciting and boring the beers were....

On several occasions a friend who loves American IPA, in the face of my protests as to their over hoppy-ness, has told the bartender....this is just too bitter....

If I make a Craft Beer, I shall name it "Mao Ate God Cadre Ale". I will use State Enterprise grown hops and barely....

Just for a laugh..

But, if anyone is curious as to the applicability of my lesson on finding good beer, I recommend heading to Brooklyn and finding the shelves loaded with Beers from germany and east of that nation state.

You may like it, or you may return to the six packs in the front...

Oct 08, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

beer stores how to find good beer...

Please allow me correctly state, I did not concern myself with the topic of the origins of the six pack. I was simply protesting the dominance of the six pack, in American stores. There is a minority of stores that sell the options I prefer.

But thank you for the historical morsel. That is interesting.

Oct 08, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Best Crepes???

That is good to know.

Thanks..I shall check that out.

Oct 07, 2014
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Best Crepes???

I went to Blinoff's just below Avenue U, on Coney Island Ave.

I was so impressed. The Italian was a sure good choice.

2421 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Oct 07, 2014
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

beer stores how to find good beer...

I do not know, I was not reading the labels, I was simply going slow to be careful, as some of the shelves have divergent regions paired up. Duvel was paired with the Affligem...

Oct 07, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

beer stores how to find good beer...

Delerium beers....I thought that was a Canadian brewer, but no, my memory is now corrected. I drank that Belgium beer and its company others, more than 12 years ago at a regular visited by me establishment. The place had Canadian beers of the refined microbrew class....just mixed it up...

"video really only shows that you don't know a lot about the subject."

That may be because I spend more of my time, indulging in the valued for taste beers, and less, with my face above a trade journal......jest.

"This is a really good beer, it's He'Brew." Also an American beer."

That was found as I was enroute to the Lithuanian / poland / European area. I did see the Brooklyn Brewery's tall bottles, and had no comment on them.

I have yet to quench my thirst using one.

The video was "on the fly"

Oct 07, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

beer stores how to find good beer...

"Many places allow you to Mix/Match smaller Bottles or the are available by the Bottle which allows for much more tasting with low investment."

The six pack package itself is an invention that many in the ranks of the obtuse school of placation.

It becomes further clear how the six pack 'mix and match' liberty, is just keeping one (in my earnest historically-experiential derived opinion) from expending cash on better beer, when most all six packs are of the 'questionable quality' beginners Craft Beer genre.

Madison Avenue, and adverts, do dictate many of the conclusions when people have choices.

I am basically voicing my enthusiasm for shelves in stores that are simply filled with 16 oz. bottles of beers, from many different makers of beer, derived from many divergent geographical locations.

I am hoping someone will discover such shelves, and they might find it a better option than the the other.

I have no ability to force you to agree with me. That is not the point.

The Hegelian synthesis, can only happen with oppositions...opinions included.

I wonder if there is a craft beer called Hegel.

Oct 07, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Best Crepes???

where are some good places for crepes?

Oct 04, 2014
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

beer stores how to find good beer...

here is my tour of a place that is just stocked to the tilt with good beer from Eastern Europe and Lithuania.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrjZn...

Again the added attraction is the 16 + oz. bottles, as opposed to a six pack. Six packs limit and forces one to buy 12 oz. bottles, that are from either a major European brand, or American brands.....

The added attractions with single bottles is just the cornucopia that one picks from in selecting the purchases.

One this occasion I chose a Russian beer with cyrillic so I cannot pronounce it's name. I also bought the Zygwic Port at 9 %. and another Polish beer....and Krusovice....

Oct 04, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Guiness Blonde American Lager

And here is the nice label of the beer

Sep 30, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Guiness Blonde American Lager

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Sep 30, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Guiness Blonde American Lager

My claims are the Craft Beer Market in America is based on the false hidden principles of identity with trends based on label appeal, and name appeal...such as "Raod to Ruin" .

Such has caused a market glut with crazy names and a bit of capital for anyone to come up with a craft beer. This disregards the drives that have driven brewers from Europe since beer was invented, namely, quality and taste.

Guiness Jumps in..for a share of the market...

QUOTE Names and labels inspired by a generation schooled on Married With Children, Homer, and South Park.

What spins my head more is Hick Hop advertising posters on buses, that my eyes are involuntarily subjected too, on the streets of NYC.

One reason I avoid stores with shelves of six packs of Craft American Beer, for it is similar to paging through the full to half page Hollywood and Art Flick..foreign film ads in the Weekend or Arts section of the New York Times.

Glut and nothing redeeming....in value....save for revenue. END QUOTE

There may be a claims that the new Guinness Blonde American Lager is simply Guinness marketers and manufacturers way of capturing some of the Craft Beer Market....otherwise known as Crap Beer Market.

In stating this, I offer those with the same understanding or similar concerning the craft beer phenomena, alternatives to the demographic driven glut of supermarket shelves that are loaded with not much beyond crazy name craft beer, in six packs.

That brings me to the point concerning six packs. They are seldom sold in other areas of the world. In demographic driven regions of NYC and boroughs where craft beer is basically absent, one can by single bottles of beer that are just about 16 oz. with entire shelving containing literally dozens of choices from Easter of Germany to Germany, to the UK, and then some.

There is value in such a thirst driven display in supermarkets and stores. One that I find redeeming, over an isle of six packs, that are representative of the glut of small and large craft beer brewers.

Sep 30, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Pureeing the Myth of Sriracha Sauce

I would disagree, only due to the use of sugar in their most popular item.

But I stock other items they make, and use them extremely liberally. Conservative kitchen practices just would not be Dionysian tradition, Bacchus that is.

Sep 19, 2014
jonkyo in General Topics

Pureeing the Myth of Sriracha Sauce

"Whereas, I don't remember ever seeing any American diner make their own ketchup."

And that is the crux of the issue. Somewhere along the Post World War line in the USA, marketing and the supermarket as well as mass producing processing plants in Iowa and such, began to reshape our landscape making it quite different from (depending on your age) grandma and grandpa's world.

Thus said, non-assimilated venues offer much, such as Mexican and Ecuadorian places making their own hot sauce, and Chinese places too.

Sep 19, 2014
jonkyo in General Topics

Pureeing the Myth of Sriracha Sauce

"Food Sriracha isn't really competing with Mexican hot sauce anyway."

In some sense, though seeing that it is primarily used outside of its cuisine ethnicity or genre of origin, and appears even in Mexican (granted catering to gringos) restaurants, the brand has done a good job at making it a household item.

Combined factors brought it to such a height on shopping lists.

That is some interesting notes you make, thought. Thanks.

Sep 19, 2014
jonkyo in General Topics

Cochinita Dos Canal

Here are the photos. I am unable to place them in the post, for some reason.

Sep 16, 2014
jonkyo in Manhattan

Cochinita Dos Canal

49 Canal Stret New York, NY.

After a sit on the sidewalk, just down from this place, with a 10 dollar Duvel, I made my way to Cochinita Dos, for 3 dollar beers, and a snack that consisted of nachos.

This is an interesting place. First off, I miss the fact that there is no tongue on the menu, which means it caters to a more mainstream and or assimilated clientele.

Well, this called for a beer, or two, or even three. The tables stalk excellent Mexican hot sauces, to flood the food you order.

The nachos were great. It is a clean place, and though it is a modern style decor, longer sits are nice, in its quaint atmosphere.

Tongue is easily gotten in this city that boasts many a non-assimilated Mexican, so this place is a great break from the cookie cutter hipster places that dot Orchard, and the area. I recommend the 3 dollar beers, and the food. A cut above, the cookie cutters, yet down to earth.

Due to some glitch, I am unable to place the photos here in the post, and I placed them in the comment below..

Sep 16, 2014
jonkyo in Manhattan

Pureeing the Myth of Sriracha Sauce

I would say that it nears Heinz on diner tables, in a somewhat different configuration. To some extend, but not fully, it is on par to Tabasco.

Sep 13, 2014
jonkyo in General Topics

Pureeing the Myth of Sriracha Sauce

This is a good point.

I do think that there is a fact that he won the hearts of people, due to the marketing aspects of the bottle and label. Easily identifiable rather than in a jar. The squeeze bottle did wonders, as opposed to a glass similar to Mexican brands.

I think competition can be undermined by blanket brands such as Boars Head, and in some cases, such as I have noted, Sriracha.

If I was a restaurant owner in Chinatown, I would have Sriracha, along with other hot sauces, though it might depend on my client base.

Sep 13, 2014
jonkyo in General Topics