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Stand mixer - worth having?

Damn that thing looks good!

about 8 hours ago
Tom34 in Cookware

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Better lube up because there is a whole lot more to come :-(

about 8 hours ago
Tom34 in Not About Food

Gas Oven Broilers - Do Any Really Work?

I have a Dacor with a gas infrared broiler. Nice concentrated heat but the spatter makes a mess in the oven & the smoke can be an issue even with the commercial hood. Light broiling yes, heavy stuff like steaks and chops, no. Good outdoor grill or in my case BGE is the way to go.

about 9 hours ago
Tom34 in Cookware

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Take out all the upper middle class Gov jobs in Washington and re-calculate the numbers. Printing presses do wonders.

about 9 hours ago
Tom34 in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

K-12 is free and below a certain income level along with other factors so is college. My wife tells me that a very large percentage of the doctors in the hospitals are foreign and their family's are very poor.

"Family's very poor" .....but yet there is that word, "Family". I guess the last 40 plus years of kids having kids hasn't worked out that well.

The middle class has been hit hard. That has more to do with global competition & it ain't over yet.

Still a lot of science & engineering jobs but they require homework & studying. I guess thats why it looks like the UN when you walk into an engineering class, our kids are far to busy.

about 9 hours ago
Tom34 in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

I have 3 family members who are doctors/surgeons and they each make well over a million p/yr. It didn't come free and involved tremendous self sacrifice and hard work from the 1st day of grade school to the end of medical school, then slave internship & then low pay residency followed by paying off a 1/2 million in loans.

Wage equality does not work, ie former Soviet Union.

Key is the USA offers the tools to become successful to everyone, often for free. Individual decisions are the biggest factor. Then there is the fact that life is not fair, never has been and never will be.

about 19 hours ago
Tom34 in Not About Food
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Leave Guy Fieri alone: Why he has nothing to do with the Food Network’s decline

In the Mid Atlantic FN had Alton Brown and many others right after the prime time. Now its all dribble.

Its not just the reassurance for me, I like instructional TV, documentaries and such. If I am going to venture from that its usually a good movie.

Reality TV just doesn't do it for me. I would rather relax on the front porch with a cold beer and read the paper.

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Lets get this in check with reality. This surcharge, which will increase dramatically, and will move from the linen table cloths to all low wage businesses. Who spends all their money on consumption & who doesn't. Consumption taxes are the most regressive. I am pretty damn conservative (a lifetime of hard work often does that) but this is hardly a comprehensive or equitable solution.

Sep 15, 2014
Tom34 in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Wow. You said a lot with very few words. :-)

Sep 15, 2014
Tom34 in Los Angeles Area

Leave Guy Fieri alone: Why he has nothing to do with the Food Network’s decline

Its funny when you look at prime time TV. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" was hyped to finally knock Jeopardy off the thrown but eventually the glitter, flashing lights and drama got boring and Millionaire faded away but yet the brain teasing Jeopardy just keeps a chugging.

Same for TV Food Shows. The flash and drama of FN prime time shows are fading but the instructional shows on PBS just keep chugging along. Even 40 yr old re-runs are still popular. Something really special about a host preparing a meal in a kitchen similar to mine and reassuring me I have the equipment & abilities to prepare the same meal.

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

The other problem is the real costs of full family healthcare often exceed low wage earner's hourly rate and its not going to stop with servers. Its going to go all the way down to the dishwasher and it will make its way to every industry that has a low wage earner business model.

Contrary to a rude comment above about political party affiliation directed at latindancer, consumption taxes hit the lowest wage earners the hardest so some people need to get their head out of their ....!

Sep 15, 2014
Tom34 in Los Angeles Area
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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

One thing you can count on is getting re-elected is 1st priority, "paid" for solutions are the last priority. Whats driving the costs, how to reduce them & how to provide coverage in an equitable manner is a long standing problem that has been allowed to snowball to the point of undermining our competitiveness.

Surcharges on all purchases will likely not be voluntary at some point in the future.

I am not sure what is the best way to proceed but IMHO continuing to pile debt on future generations is hardly an ethical way to do it.

Sep 15, 2014
Tom34 in Los Angeles Area

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

I am in the camp that executive salaries have have risen too high. Same could be said for professional athletes & the Hollywood crowd.

When looking at compensation packages, to compare the % difference from different levels of management with regards to responsibilities / performance & sacrifices climbing the ladder, YES.

To a minimum wage position dropping baskets of FF and filling FF containers, a job requiring no education / skill / responsibilities, a job that was never intended to be a career where the average employee's tenure is 6 months, absolutely not.

Sep 14, 2014
Tom34 in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Reaching top level management rarely happens by accident. In most cases it involves giving the company the best years of your life, large sums of money and time getting advanced management degrees, considerable time away from your spouse and kids traveling and frequently up rooting your family every few years accepting higher level positions all over the country and often moving your family abroad. Then once you reach top management your are responsible for the actions of thousands of employees & billions of dollars of assets. YOU WANT TO TIE THE SACRIFICES TO REACH SUCH POSITIONS & THE RESPONSIBILITIES THOSE POSITIONS HOLD TO A MINIMUM WAGE BURGER FLIPPER? WOW!

Sep 14, 2014
Tom34 in Not About Food

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I don't know how much a low wage employee can be contributing.

In my neck of the woods good single plans start at 15K and family plans start at 20K.

At these numbers, full time family, 2080 hrs = $9.60 p/Hr.

At these numbers, part time family, 1560 hrs = $12.82 p/Hr.

The only way I could see this working is if we are are talking about Fed Government subsidized plans (printing presses loading up debt on future generations).

Sep 13, 2014
Tom34 in Los Angeles Area

Stand mixer - worth having?

I donated what I think was an Oyster that was my Grandmother's that went to my mom which went to Goodwill when she passed. Knob on the front, "low, high & maybe pulse or cycle. 10 or more speed "push" buttons. Built like a tank. Young and stupid I was!

Sep 13, 2014
Tom34 in Cookware

Are Sub Zero refrigerators worth the price?

There is no question Boomer that SubZero & other premium fridges do a superior job.

My bitch is with the gassing of produce at the factory. It keeps product from spoiling but when you open the bag it goes bad w/in 48 hrs once it comes into contact with oxygen.

Sep 13, 2014
Tom34 in Cookware

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I am still stuck on how 3% will cover the premium cost. If on average labor cost is 1/3 operating costs and for argument sake the average labor rate is $12 Hr and healthcare runs $8 - $12 per hour the 3% premium falls way short.

Sep 13, 2014
Tom34 in Los Angeles Area

Are Sub Zero refrigerators worth the price?

I have a spare well insulated energy star refrigerator down stairs that only gets opened once a day or so and holds a perfect 34 - 38 degrees. Very long product shelf life in this compared to the upstairs fridge where the door is opened non stop.

IMHO, the biggest spoilage problem these days comes from gassed items like pre-cut bags of lettuce that start turning the instant the bag is cut opened. I don't know of anything that can help with this problem.

Sep 13, 2014
Tom34 in Cookware

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

One of the biggest problems came "after" WWII. Virtually every major manufacturing country in the world was bombed out but the USA. We not only made all the consumer goods but also produced all the materials, machinery & equipment to re-build infrastructures & industries all over the world.

With no competition, US industry wrote a blank check to labor to prevent work stoppages and keep the plants running 24/7. It was a time of unprecedented wealth creation and across the board historical rise in the standard of living.

However, it didn't take long (late 60's - 70's) for those new overseas manufacturing plants with cheap labor pools to crush our manufacturing base of older plants W/labor costs 5 to 10 times the prevailing global wage and contracts that required workers get paid to stay home when demand for product dipped.

While not an identical situation to FF, there is a cost breaking point. Generally speaking, FF is easy and cheap for an individual to make or easy to substitute with other cheap products that just require warming.

At a certain point, a % of the public will brown bag lunch and move toward cheap processed food items for quick dinners or toss a few cheap frozen burgers on the grill. The only question is "At what point" and "What %"

Sep 11, 2014
Tom34 in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Most of the FF restaurant owners I have talked to own more than one location. Their stores seem to vary from very profitable to marginal. Dramatically increased operating costs would likely result in the marginal stores being shut down.

Sep 11, 2014
Tom34 in Not About Food

What's Best for Cutting Pizza?

The key is to get the professional sized one with the big cutting wheel that is about 4 inches in diameter. The big wheel covers more distance with a complete rotation, cuts through thick crust better, has a big beefy handle for a sure grip and a big guard to keep your hand from slipping down and contacting the blade.

Those small ones with a little cutting wheel that are often given away as a promotion are worthless.

Sep 09, 2014
Tom34 in Cookware
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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Its a very good point and its hard to believe it was not discussed in length prior to the policy being put in place.

Sep 08, 2014
Tom34 in Los Angeles Area

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Very good point, but higher wage earners usually pay a higher % of the total taxes collected but lower income folks likely spend a higher % of their avail income on fast food so the increase in cost of fast food will likely have a more negative effect on the less affluent.

Sep 08, 2014
Tom34 in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

"It's just that - the minimum. I think a bigger contributing factor is the decrease in manufacturing jobs in our country, or jobs that pay middle-class wages that don't require higher education."

This is a very good point. Starting in the late 1960-s early 1970 the world became a much small place. This combined with many other factors led to the US and many other older economies losing their competitive edge. The end result has been the erosion of good paying jobs.

Sep 08, 2014
Tom34 in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

One of the cornerstones of FF is braking jobs done to the lowest skill level possible to keep wages down and training time to a minimum as employee turnover is incredibly high.

I have spoken to many franchise owners over the years and some stores at the right locations do very well netting well into the 6 figures and some barely brake 6 figures.

Sep 08, 2014
Tom34 in Not About Food

Stand mixer - worth having?

Growing up I shoveled snow for an old timer who was a retired commercial kitchen appliance repair man. At the time he still did repairs for local restaurants out of his garage.

He told me that kitchen labor was brutal to equipment and manufactures of commercial equipment quickly learned where their products were vulnerable and beefed those areas up as product reputation was everything.

I can't speak to Ankarsrum but medium & heavy duty rated commercial kitchen appliances with a 2 year warranty will likely receive more abuse in that 2 year period in a commercial kitchen than in 6 lifetimes in a residential setting.

Downsides with commercial are usually cost, size and especially weight.

Sep 07, 2014
Tom34 in Cookware
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Walmart steak,not that I would but has anyone tried? [Moved from General Chowhounding board]

I am the same way, I always look whether at RD or one of the club stores. Years ago RD stocked more branded beef products from certified programs and scoring a high choice or low prime sub-primal was consistently easy.

Quite a few years back RD cut a deal with Nebraska Beef LTD who now supplies most of their beef under the "Superior Angus Beef" brand and it is not USDA graded. The cases say "choice or higher" but IMHO mid choice is more the average. Areal nice piece can be had but not as consistently as before.

A good vacuum sealer really helps hold product in the freezer. A year is no problem with wet aged steaks & even longer with dry aged.

Sep 06, 2014
Tom34 in Chains

Walmart steak,not that I would but has anyone tried? [Moved from General Chowhounding board]

That would be great......I am sure we could put a big dent in it.

Sep 06, 2014
Tom34 in Chains

Stand mixer - worth having?

My brother's wife is one of those people who can kill damn near anything. Lot of heavy pizza & bread dough. Very last minute "Rush...Rush" and she managed to kill 2 KA's. For her a medium commercial duty mixer would be in order.

Sep 06, 2014
Tom34 in Cookware
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