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The Great Sardine Taste-off – best canned sardines – Next 7

They're OK. Last time I bought them it was just for the cool can label. "LIGO" stands for "Liberty Gold," an old canning company out of San Francisco. They always had great label art.

Mar 31, 2014
cshean in General Topics

spice island brand spices?

Market Spice (marketspice.com) in Seattle has a Bouquet Garni blend that is very close to the now retired Spice Island Blend. They also make a great Beau Monde seasoning. They are available on-line.

Jul 25, 2011
cshean in General Topics

Lodge enamel ware dilemma

I would go on Ebay and buy a vintage Griswold cast iron pan. The prices are pretty good now and you''d have a seasoned pan from the 1890's to the 1940's. They are milled much better than the Lodge pans and they last a lifetime. You can find just about any size.

Apr 19, 2011
cshean in Cookware

Roman Meal Bread

Well that's great to hear. I'm a huge fan of the product..I'd even wear a Roman meal t-shirt or a baseball cap but you don't sell those (marketing again). I had just never encountered a situation where there was a great product out there and not be able to purchase it without traveling to another state..and I'm not just talking about your round top bread, You also made a wonderful multigrain bread, similar to Oroweat's Master's Best, but better. I haven't seen any of those specialty breads in my area. It's maddening to see them on the website but not be able to buy them.

Mar 25, 2011
cshean in Manhattan

Roman Meal Bread

The Roman Meal Company reminds me of the White Rock Beverage company: A family owned business where the owners didn't care about good marketing. Roman Meal has a great product but their distribution is a joke. Why they cannot get a local bakery to make their bread products (in the Seattle area) is beyond me.

Mar 18, 2011
cshean in Manhattan

Roman Meal Bread

I can never get a good answer from Roman Meal as to why their bread is no longer available in the Seattle area. I think it's a contractual issue with Bimbo Bakeries. When they used a bakery in Portland, it was a better and more available product.

Mar 18, 2011
cshean in Manhattan

How Does Subway Stay in Business?

I asked the same question about Starbucks...but I guess it's all in the marketing. I can't believe that Subway survies in Chicago, Boston or NY..all places with good Deli's. In Seattle we have a few Vietnamese bakery/restaurants that serve what is called "Banh Mi." It's a kind of Vietnames sub sandwich with a really good baguette and fresh ingredients..and they are inexpensive...

Mar 06, 2011
cshean in Chains

The Great Sardine Taste-off – best canned sardines – Next 7

I'm not sure about the Tuna, but the Sardines are wild caught in California and canned in Vietnam. This is pretty typical nowadays because of the lower processing costs. For example, Norwegian Brisling Sardines ( King Oscar) are caught in Norway but processed in Poland.

Feb 10, 2011
cshean in General Topics

The Great Sardine Taste-off – best canned sardines – Next 7

As most of you sardine fans are aware, "sardines" can be one of many small fishes of the herring family. One of them, "sardinops sagax caerulea," or Pacific Sardine, was nearly fished out along the California coast in the 40's. Lately, however, they have made a comeback and a handful of environmentally friendly companies are canning these tasty fish again. One of them, "Wild Planet," is considered a best choice for sustainability by a consensus of environmental organizations. My favorite is their Wild Sardines in extra virgin olive oil. They are lightly smoked, meaty, firm and mild..and delicious.

Feb 09, 2011
cshean in General Topics

California Mexican vs. Tex Mex?

My Father used to bring the litle bottles of Pace Picante Sauce back to us in Glendale, CA in the 60's when he traveled to San Antonio. The glass was thinner and the bottles often broke. He intruduced the sauce to a gourmet grocery store in Pasadena and the rest is history. You're the first person I've heard who remembers that the sauce used to be different. It was thinner for one thing and the sauce tasted fresher. I still use it though and add a little to my guacamole. It still tastes good on a slice of shrp cheddar too. Here in the Seattle area there are only a few good Mexican food restaurants. Every year or so I travel to Solana Beach, CA where I get my fix at Tony's Jacal, a family run restaurant that has been there since 1946.

Mar 21, 2009
cshean in General Topics