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Tonight's Market Basket Forum at MIT?

It's at the Tang Center from 6-9 tonight - just found out about it & can't make it. Would be fascinated to hear from any of you who do!

Cast iron skillet still sticks

Flax seed oil has a relatively low smoke point, so using an oil with a high smoke point might solve your problem.

Sep 13, 2014
pocketviking in Cookware

Santouka Ramen Coming to Harvard Square

Apparently as early as November or as late as January, so that could mean July. They applied to the licensing commission for 60 seats and plan on serving lunch and dinner. I'll take pretty pretty much any ramen I can get so if Santouka turns out a great bowl, that'll just be a welcome bonus!

Santouka Ramen Coming to Harvard Square

Has anyone eaten at one of this chain's shops? Apparently, they're planning to open in the former Dunkin' Donuts Space on Bow Street sometime in November.

Market Basket

Market Basket in Somerville carries a lot of organic products at amazing prices, including a huge range of grains, flours, etc. from Bob's Red Mill and Earthly Choice: oatmeal, farro, quinoa, cornmeal, etc. - these are split between several different aisles, so takes some detective work to find all. A lot of organic dairy, beef, chicken, bison. Small but good selection of organic produce, and non-organic stuff is intelligently sourced with country of origin labeled. For example, knowing that the so-called "conventional" peppers are from Holland or Canada - countries with relatively sane pesticide restrictions - is much better in my book than "organic" from countries with lax regulation. Actually think MB does a better job in many respects than Whole Foods on that score. Shop at & love both for different reasons/products/prices.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Greygarious, David Boeri did a beautiful piece on "Morning Edition" today, having visited the Wilmington store yesterday. It's a great bit of reporting!

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Hit the Somerville location to show the flag and put some money in the coffers & am so glad I did. Could pile on the anecdotes, but one made my day: three really, really old ladies who wore their church hats to celebrate.
As of this morning, most perishable stands aside from dairy were empty or close to it - great deals on ground beef, watermelon, kale & a few other things, though - and supply carts were pouring out of the back in the short time I was there. Great sight!

Recommendation on fish and chips?

Yes! Island Creek churns out a good plate, too. Am looking forward to trying the Druid.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Diana Merriam, one George's daughters, has a summer house on Cape Neddick.

August 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

Farmer Al has them at the Davis Market today, along with buckets of blueberries & beautiful onions (red & white).

The Hmong farmers have an abundance of zucchini blossoms!

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Thanks for raising a solid citizen!

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Now there's another asset to fight over!

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Given the current climate, it's almost impossible to believe that these job fairs were created to find employees. Seem like a cynical & desperate - not to mention lame - PR move by the board to make it look as though they're doing something as this Double-Arthur death-spiral drones on, while maximizing the chance that increasingly strapped MB workers will lash out at applicants, providing great photo ops.

Best book for improving cooking skills?

Agreed, and would add the slim little volume by Julia called Simple Kitchen Wisdom.

Aug 03, 2014
pocketviking in Home Cooking

Fave Asian dish featuring crab in the area?

That's a broad range! That said, I love the kani nigiri and the Alska roll @ Cafe Sushi.

Dishes for Bell's palsy sufferer

A friend battling throat cancer has found that where he eats is more important than what - most restaurants have something mechanically workable on the menu. He feels self-conscious at most places.

Kolbeh of Kabob, just opposite Cambridge Hospital, is a warm, welcoming place with comfortable seating and plenty of things your friend could eat.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Just to clarify, I was responding to Striper's point about MB having to process unemployment claims!

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Ask, and thee shall receive...

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

The Somerville lot is still almost completely empty (did a drive-by on a circuitous route to WF). Am concerned that media attention has flagged - this board included. If our region can't sustain a just labor protest which benefits consumers as well as workers, this country's screwed.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Exactly. MB employees have been braced for this confrontation for quite some time and aren't fighting for Artie T. out of blind loyalty. He's proven himself to be an excellent advocate for MB workers while enriching himself and other shareholders. MB employees want to keep what they've got. Walmart benefits, anyone?

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Yes. Log out and bring back some boots-on-the ground reporting.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I just reported what I've seen at my local MB. There are enough eyes on this board to check out every MB - and maybe some fault will be found w/protesters. That said, relying on "social media," especially in a dirty fight like this, is senseless.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

No one'e blocking anything in my area - employees are just absent. Big difference. Picketers are kind to employees who can't afford to not work, and to shoppers who need MB prices/proximity. If "corporate" - whatever/whomever that means now- was expecting otherwise in Danvers, they're just demonstrating their level of competence.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Not good. Which store?

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Sure they can, but if a company charts a bad course, no one's obligated to support it. In this case, all a boycott means is voting with our government-issued dollars.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Third option, Pt. Ii: Artie T. faction then creates an employee-owned company.

Bagels coming to Cambridge?

According to Mark Levy at Cambridge Day, Bagelsaurus is taking over the Rosie's space and aiming for a September or October opening.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

If anyone on this board wants and can afford to do something easy and helpful beyond boycotting, maybe go buy some bottled water & packs of salty food and deliver to picketers outside your local store. Just did this during lunch hour, inspired by the high temperature. Black-top is brutal right now.

Shaw's, by the way, has some great bargains on bottled water & I had extraordinary customer service - shocking change from the norm.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Ok, so Warren Buffet isn't going to scoop up Market Basket the way he did Jordan's Furniture - that sure isn't what the current board's after anyway. Apologies for the blowhard post.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Here, private equity is seeking venture capital. It may not work if the brand's too damaged to leverage.