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BOGO's -- how do they work where you are?

At the local Safeway (No. California) I have been seeing fewer BOGO and more 2/$5 type pricing. On some items you can get the lower price even if you buy only one, but on other specials you have to buy the multiples. Reading the fine print on the shelf tag will let you know which way.

The other variation is to advertise a low price and then the fine print says you have to buy 2 or 3 to get that low price.

Hope that makes sense.

about 21 hours ago
pamf in General Topics

Thermapen: Where to get the best price?

They now have a new compact thermometer called the Thermopop that is only $24.

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/l...

Sign up for their email offers and they will let you know when they are having specials on the Thermopen.

about 21 hours ago
pamf in Cookware

10 best Supermarkets

Union Labor?

Actually the only good thing I can say about my local Safeway (California) is that they always have lots of lanes open.

about 21 hours ago
pamf in Chains

I'm sorry you don't like what I ordered, but keep your thoughts to yourself

Try to be patient with your wife. When women get older and they have had a couple of kids, their metabolism and digestion are likely to change. She is probably just trying to eat food that agrees with her and keeps her weight in check.

about 23 hours ago
pamf in Not About Food

dishwasher detergent

I stock up on the Finish tabs when they go on sale and there are frequently coupons for them in the Sunday paper too.

They wee recommended, and a sample was provided, when I got my new DW a couple of years ago. I've been very happy with the results.

Apr 16, 2014
pamf in Cookware

RIP, Steven Shaw (eGullet founder)

Yes, enjoyed the times on eGullet.

Sorry to see someone go so young. Condolences to his wife and family.

Apr 14, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Faux pas - eating fish at work?

I found this sign posted in an office kitchen a while back when I was visiting a client location.

Apr 14, 2014
pamf in Not About Food
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Kitchen Casino

Actually they originally started the network to make a profit. The people who started it and those who have managed it over the years are not food people, they are TV professionals. They care about ratings and ad revenue. Competition shows seem to deliver these.

There was a very interesting book published last year ("From Scratch ...") that talks all about this.

I too would like to see more quality cooking on FN, but in reality it's probably not going to change.

Apr 14, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Central Coast Fine Dining?

Paso Robles is an increasingly popular region for wine touring, with many wineries featuring Rhone-style grapes. So that is different from what is found in the more well known regions like Napa Valley. It is in general a lot more informal than the more established regions.

So with the wine tourists the food scene is pretty good. Downtown Paso has a town square and many spots are right in that neighborhood.

Another poster mentioned Artisan. I am particularly fond of Bistro Laurent (prix fixe at dinner is 5 courses with wine pairings for $89, but they also have a la carte and serve lunch as well). Next time I am visiting there I want to try the resturant at Justin winery (way out on the west).

If you search this board for Paso Robles (and other towns nearby) you will find lots of other recommendations.

http://www.bistrolaurent.com/menu/index.php
http://www.justinwine.com/visit_resta...

Apr 07, 2014
pamf in California

Bay Area Food Festivals and Events: April, 2014

17th Annual Rhone Rangers San Francisco Bay Area
Weekend Celebration of American Rhones
April 5-6, 2014

http://www.rhonerangers.org/calendar/...

The Grand Tasting on Sunday has been moved from Fort Mason (where it has been held for several years) to Craneway Conference Center in Richmond.

Apr 02, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Taco Bell breakfast

He contributes a lot to this local Minneapolis site:

http://heavytable.com/

And was one of the authors of a recently released book called "The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food".

Apr 02, 2014
pamf in Chains

Trisha Yearwood's New Show: Will you watch?

Here's what she does to perfectly innocent ribeye steaks, and she specifies on the show that she likes hers well-done.

That should get some comments from CHers.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tr...

Apr 01, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

California's Food History and Iconic Dishes?

A favorite cookbook of mine, is "Rancho Cooking" by Jacqueline Higuera McMahan. She has also written other cookbooks and contributed many columns over the years to the SF Chronicle food section.

She traces her family back to the to the early 1800's when they were given a land grant from the Spanish for a rancho in the south SF Bay.

The food is a mixture of Spanish influences like olives, figs, lemons and other foods of the Mediterranean along with new world corn, chiles, and local seafood. They raised cattle so beef and grilling also played a role.

It's a beautifully written book that combines a lot of old family stories of this era with the recipes.

Mar 30, 2014
pamf in General Topics
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California's Food History and Iconic Dishes?

Of course it's not the same but they do still have some rides for the kids and there is the old-timey ice cream place and Villa Corona, which is a locally owned Mexican restaurant that opened a new location there.

The airfield is still there, right? Very small planes only.

But yeah, mostly it's now just another mall.

Mar 30, 2014
pamf in General Topics

Coffee in Hotel Rooms

You and SaraAshley are just spoiled and staying at expensive hotels. Most of the mid-range places aimed at business travelers have a mini fridge and microwave as standard, along with the free breakfast, and a happy hour if you are lucky. :)

When you get to the better hotels then you just get the mini-bar and they want you to order room service.

10+ years of business travel all over the US, lots and lots of microwaves.

Mar 30, 2014
pamf in General Topics
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NBC Cancels Television Without Pity and The Daily Candy

A new site is up already at:

http://forums.previously.tv/

But it is sad that the previous many years worth of content will no longer be available.

TWOP goes offline completely May 31st.

Mar 30, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

The Cooking Channel

Loved French Food at Home, but they seem to be running the same few episodes over and over, so it's not that interesting anymore.

I liked the original Spice Goddess, where she was just cooking, but the new shows have this adventure theme (bungee jumping, demolition derby, not kidding) and I can't watch those.

Some old classics turn up though, but they are really early in the morning (I am west coast). Old Molto Mario, original Bourdain FN show, and such).

Mar 29, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

3 nights in Napa (foodie trip first wine secondary)

Farmhouse Inn (while supposedly lovely, I haven't been) is not in Napa. It is in Sonoma County, west of Healdsburg. That is a significant distance to drive.

Mar 28, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

The Cooking Channel

Do you have a DVR? Because most of the good shows on Cooking Channel are on early in the morning. Spend some time on their website, look over the schedules, and see what looks interesting to you. Most evening and weekend programming leans heavily to the competition shows.

Also check to see what public television stations you have available. Especially the "Create" network, they do show cooking shows from around the world.

Mar 28, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Upscale yet delicious brunch places in San Francisco??

I ran across this list recently that recaps SF places that offer deals on bottomless mimosas, bellinis, etc. maybe there might be something that interests you.

http://www.thrillist.com/drink/san-fr...

Mar 27, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

All I am saying is that if you can't tell with certainty then avoid the gender specific address.

And this also comes from the service person not really paying attention to the customer and addressing the "ladies" because they see shoulder length hair. In their job in customer service it would probably be wise of them to keep their address gender neutral if they are not going to take the time to actually face the customer or if they are uncertain.

Mar 26, 2014
pamf in Not About Food

PBS FREAK OUT - Joanne Weir. Come on, PBS- you can do better.

I am not a big fan of Joanne Weir. It seems like every time I see her show she is making pasta and salad, not that interesting. I make that all the time myself.

In a recent interview I have read with Sara Moulton, Sara has stated that she has had to come up with a million dollars in corporate sponsorships to produce a series for PBS. So I would guess that the same applies to Joanne. Someone must support her.

She has a long resume in the SF Bay Area food scene having once worked with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse. So she will probably be around as long as she can continue to get the sponsorships.

Mar 25, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Back Issues of Saveur?

Keep checking ebay, but that first issue is going to cost you, later ones not that much.

I just had a quick look at their web site. They do not seem to be offering back issues.

If you have freecycle.org group in your area you might ask there.

Mar 25, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

New season: Heartland Table

I think that 3 episodes from the new season have already aired:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/hear...

But don't worry FN will rerun them.

I have seen the fried chicken, the horseradish and the cheese episodes. The horseradish was particularly interesting because it was such a departure from what we usually see on FN cooking shows these days.

Overall, her delivery and instruction seem to have improved a bit. It's a good show and it keeps the focus on food and you can believe that Amy has some credibility with what she's talking about. It's relaxing and enjoyable to watch and you can learn a few things.

Mar 25, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Just make sure to take a good look first :)

When my SO let's his hair grow long, we are sometimes greeted as "ladies". We laugh about it, but it's probably embarrassing for the server when they take a closer look and notice the mistake.

I think the term folks would be fine for a group.

Mar 25, 2014
pamf in Not About Food

What is American cuisine?

Actually Thomas Jefferson enjoyed pasta ("macaroni") during his travels in Italy and had a machine for making what sounds like extruded pasta sent back to the U.S.

http://www.monticello.org/site/resear...

Mar 24, 2014
pamf in General Topics
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Healdsburg - dinner one night?

The specific times are not listed on the web site, but if you are there early in the evening they have a great happy hour. You can really sample a lot of dishes for a very reasonable price.

Mar 24, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area
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what comerical are you seeing?

I have been seeing that in the SF Bay Area.

Mar 23, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Single Men Who Cook

I mean that with younger people the "hotness" factor is more important.

Then when you get a little bit older things like can they cook, or do they like going to fabulous restaurants, or enjoy great wine, etc. is more important.

Mar 20, 2014
pamf in Not About Food
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Unfathomable Patience

There is a "dive bar" in San Francisco where my SO and I became regulars. It's near his apartment and they also serve good food (first heard about here on CH). But late night it reverts back to a rowdy bar scene.

I was there one evening, sitting at the bar, and a couple sat down next to me. The young woman who was tending the bar would not acknowledge or serve them. When the man called for service, the bartender told him he was not welcome in the bar and should leave. The man and his female companion did leave, but he returned alone about 10 minutes later and started an argument with the bartender about why he was banned. The young woman recounted in detail an incident that had happened on a recent weekend night, when the customer was very drunk, stole someone's hat, assaulted her and other patrons and then ran outside and almost got hit by a city bus.

It was dinner and a show. :)

I was so impressed by the way that this young woman handled the situation. I do not mean to sound patronizing, the woman is young enough to be my daughter. I wish I had been that assertive when I was that age. She didn't lose her composure and the other staff were hovering in the background, in case they might need to jump in and help, but she handled it herself. The offending person did finally leave.

Mar 20, 2014
pamf in Not About Food