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#149934 Sharing Love Through A Peanut Butter Pie

Posted by gturillo on 12 August 2011 - 09:25 AM in Food Media, Entertainment & News

How many of us say "I love you" with food? I know I do. I know each of my friend's and family member's favorites and cook or bake for them on their Birthdays, for Christmas, and sometimes just for the heck of it... because I love them.

I think this is a sweet story:
http://eatocracy.cnn...ikey/?hpt=hp_c2

Here's Jennie's Blog w/ recipe:
http://www.injennies.../for-mikey.html



#149379 I Love Foie Gras

Posted by gturillo on 21 July 2011 - 01:20 PM in Food Media, Entertainment & News

Dan Barbar's Foie Gras Parable. An oldie but a goodie. Just came to my attention again because of the whole "Do or Dine" foie gras doughnut hullabaloo in Brooklyn. I am GLAD that restaurantís owners say they have no plans to alter or eliminate the appetizer. I love foie gras!

http://www.ted.com/t...as_parable.html



#149378 Steak & Lobster

Posted by gturillo on 21 July 2011 - 01:11 PM in Food Media, Entertainment & News

Recently I was propositioned by 2 ratty looking young men while I was at Whole Foods in the Pearl. They told me that each month when they got their money they offered customers a deal: they would like to buy your groceries for you on their trail cards and you would give them cash. The amount of cash you gave them would not be equal to the amount of money actually spent on groceries... you would get a "discount".

I told them what they were asking me to do was illegal and that they should leave the store.

They did not leave. I saw them approaching several other customers. There were Whole Foods employees in the area watching the young men and they made no attempt to stop them.

What should I have done? Said "Ya I'll help! Let me see your cards..." Then kept the cards? Brought them to the manager? Called the police?

I sent an email to SNAP & Whole Foods with the same information that I have included in this post. Should be interesting to see what the responses are.


UPDATE:

NO REPLY from Whole Foods

The reply from SNAP:

"I appreciate your concern about this situation and believe your response to the individual was correct as selling their Oregon Trail card is illegal. In addition, if there were a manager or security person on the floor you could also have pointed the person out to them as it would seem in the interest of Whole Foods not to have this type of activity occurring in their store.

If you did have a name you can send it to us as we do try to pursue action when we have the name of the individual who is attempting to sell their card, however, we don't expect the public in general to try and identify these folks.

Thanks again for your concern and report.

SNAP Policy Analyst"


I did reply to that email & asked them what they were ACTIVELY doing to prevent fraud. Here is their response:

We take fraud seriously as does the federal agency. Our fraud unit keeps an eye on how benefits are used and looks for patterns in how benefits are used. Selling an EBT card is a class C felony and we do have cases in the courts and others where the clients have been disqualified for trafficking.

That said, it is still difficult to monitor every situation particularly when we don't have a client named attached to the incident.




#149096 Steak & Lobster

Posted by gturillo on 05 July 2011 - 09:27 AM in Food Media, Entertainment & News

Recently I was propositioned by 2 ratty looking young men while I was at Whole Foods in the Pearl. They told me that each month when they got their money they offered customers a deal: they would like to buy your groceries for you on their trail cards and you would give them cash. The amount of cash you gave them would not be equal to the amount of money actually spent on groceries... you would get a "discount".

I told them what they were asking me to do was illegal and that they should leave the store.

They did not leave. I saw them approaching several other customers. There were Whole Foods employees in the area watching the young men and they made no attempt to stop them.

What should I have done? Said "Ya I'll help! Let me see your cards..." Then kept the cards? Brought them to the manager? Called the police?

I sent an email to SNAP & Whole Foods with the same information that I have included in this post. Should be interesting to see what the responses are.



#148920 Ice Cream Churn-a-ment

Posted by gturillo on 29 June 2011 - 02:49 PM in Food Events

Portlandís top chefs play it cool with one-of-a-kind ice cream creations at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m

"What could be more fun than watching some of Portlandís top chefs furiously churning an old-fashioned ice cream maker filled with their gourmet interpretations of Oregonís favorite dessert? Watching the action while eating free ice cream, thatís what."

Read more about it here:
http://www.portlandm...ment-june-2011/



#148758 Half-Off Food Cart Blowout!

Posted by gturillo on 24 June 2011 - 03:14 PM in Portland Carts & Trucks

Just got my MercPerks email.  Exciting stuff for all food cart junkies!

"Dearest, most loyal, and absolute cutest MercPerk customers,

Here at the Mercury, we just adore you! That's why we want to give you a very special heads up about our upcoming MercPerks Food Cart Bonanza 2011!

Save the date!  At 11am on June 30th, we'll be debuting a poop-ton of half-off MercPerk deals to your favorite PDX food carts.  Since you're a super-savvy eblast subscriber, we want you to get first dibs! Get ready to eat well morning, noon, night, and late-night.... all on the cheap!  

We've got dozens of mobile munchin' machines loaded up on the site and ready to go live next Thursday morning on http://www.mercperks.com

Remember, these very special offers all go on sale at 11am June 30th, 2011. Get 'em while they're hot 'n half off!"




#148755 The Business of Gaming Yelp

Posted by gturillo on 24 June 2011 - 01:19 PM in Food Media, Entertainment & News

Pretty damn funny parody of Yelp: Tricia & Johanna: Yelpers


Reminded me of Portlandia! LOL



#148659 Free Little Big Burger TOMORROW 6/21

Posted by gturillo on 20 June 2011 - 12:17 PM in PR & Announcements

Posted less than an hour ago on LBB's FB page:

Little Big Burger
FINALLY: LBB Mississippi opening tomorrow 4-9pm! Free burgers! 1/person! Regular hours (11am-10pm) Wednesday... SEE YOU THERE???



#148654 The most you've paid for a Cookbook?

Posted by gturillo on 20 June 2011 - 10:03 AM in Cooking, Cookbooks & Classes

Make money from your cookbook shelf, check out the article at eatocracy:
http://eatocracy.cnn...helf/?hpt=hp_c2

What's the most you've paid for a cookbook?
<$25
$26-$50
$51-$75
$76-$100
$100+

I fall in the $26-$50 category.



#148633 Organic Blueberries $1.99/pt

Posted by gturillo on 17 June 2011 - 04:44 PM in Shopping, Growing & Foraging

Just wandered into Whole Foods in the Pearl for a few items and saw the organic blueberries on sale, today only, for $1.99/pt. Great price! There's still time to get some!



#148628 Boke Bowl

Posted by gturillo on 17 June 2011 - 11:40 AM in Restaurants in Portland

Boke Bowl is headed back to SE Portland where the ramen frenzy all began 10 months ago. On Monday, June 27th, SE Belmont's Accanto restaurant, the casual offshoot of Portland's famed Genoa, will host the 9th installment of our roving ramen party. 11am - 2pm

ONLY 36 RESERVATION SPOTS AVAILABLE



#148568 Dining Month Portland!!!

Posted by gturillo on 15 June 2011 - 12:12 PM in Restaurants in Portland

"Portland Dining Month Giveaway: Eat Beatís giving away five Dining Month dinners to our loyal readers, just because we like you."

http://www.portlandm...&utm_term=Enter



#148560 Rule of Slaw

Posted by gturillo on 15 June 2011 - 07:58 AM in Food Media, Entertainment & News

http://eatocracy.cnn...slaw/?hpt=hp_c2

Must it contain mayonnaise?
How sweet?
Vegetables other than cabbage & carrots?

I say no - I go both ways, equal parts sweet & tang, and load it up w/ veggies!  Here's a non-mayo version that I make often:

Slaw w Snow Peas

Ĺ small head cabbage, thinly sliced
Ĺ small red bell pepper cut into short thin strips
10 snow peas, trimmed & cut into thin strips (or Ĺ cup - 1 cup shredded carrots)
1 stalk celery halved lengthwise & thinly sliced
ľ C cilantro
2 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 Tsp canola oil
Ĺ Tsp toasted sesame oil
ľ Tsp kosher salt
Ĺ Tsp red pepper flakes

Make dressing first.  NOTE: I normally double the dressing.  
Mix cabbage, red bell pepper, peas/carrots, celery, cilantro in bowl.
Pour dressing over & mix.  
Cover & chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Makes 4 servings



#148559 Single Malt Scotch and... VODKA!

Posted by gturillo on 15 June 2011 - 07:48 AM in Booze & Other Beverages

I do enjoy vodka martinis and I love, love, LOVE single malt scotch.  I would never dream of mixing them.  In fact, I'm one of those people who are horrified when they see ice in a glass of scotch.  I had a version of the "Dreamy Dorini Smoking Martini" at City Grill this past Sunday.  Instead of Pernod they used dry vermouth.  It was devine!  I would have this drink again.  And again.  However, I'm still horrified by the site of ice in scotch.   ;)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces Grey Goose vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Laphroaig 10-year-old single malt scotch (or Ardbeg.  You want to use heavily peated, incredibly smoky malts)
  • 2 to 3 drops Pernod (if you over-do the Pernod you will ruin the drink. HINT: save old bitters bottles & use them for Pernod, etc)
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Stir all of the ingredients over ice for 20 to 30 seconds
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass



#148558 Whole Foods Rap

Posted by gturillo on 15 June 2011 - 07:26 AM in General Food Discussion

The Trader Joe's song!




#148324 Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council Meeting

Posted by gturillo on 08 June 2011 - 11:50 AM in Charity Events

Meeting Information

Food Policy Council and committee meetings are open to the public. Please come and make your voice heard. Monthly meetings are held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

The next general meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 8 in the Copper Room of the Multnomah Building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne.

http://www.portlando...dex.cfm?c=42290



#148322 Portland Public Market

Posted by gturillo on 08 June 2011 - 11:30 AM in Shopping, Growing & Foraging

"In a unanimous vote last week, Multnomah County Commissioners approved the sale of property at the west Morrison bridgehead to Melvin Mark Development Company for the purpose of building the James Beard Public Market and a 17-story commercial tower."

http://www.portlandp....com/index.html



#148313 The Business of Gaming Yelp

Posted by gturillo on 08 June 2011 - 10:11 AM in Food Media, Entertainment & News

I posed the question to ZAGAT, here's their answer:


"Thank you for contacting ZAGAT.

Zagat does not pay reviewers for their responses to our surveys. As far as preventing fraudulent reviews- that information is proprietary and Zagat does not provide that information.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or feedback.


Best Regards,
Zagat Survey Customer Service
ZAGAT.com
Eat, Drink, Stay, Play"




#148257 Stumptown Coffee Has Been Sold

Posted by gturillo on 07 June 2011 - 01:02 AM in Food Media, Entertainment & News

"Stumptown Coffee has been sold, industry sources tell WW"
http://www.wweek.com...sources_te.html

"The End of Stumptown, America's Hippest Coffee Brand"
http://www.esquire.c...old-out-5839692



#148221 Dining Month Portland!!!

Posted by gturillo on 06 June 2011 - 01:10 PM in Restaurants in Portland

I was at Nel Centro last night and the Dining Month menu was printed in with the regular menu.

Only one of us ordered it (great green salad, roasted half chicken with potatoes and sauteed greens, and a huge plate of cookies), but it was a screaming great deal for large amount of delicious food.


The chicken is the cheapest thing in their Entree section... Is that really Nel Centro showcasing the best of what they have to offer? This is on their website: "Nel Centro's culinary lineage is rooted in the French and Italian Riviera, specifically the cities of Nice and Genoa. Regional classics like Salt Cod Croquettes, Pansotti with Walnut Sauce, Ravioli Nicoise with Butter and Parmesan, Beef Daube with Red Wine, Olives and Fried Panisse are rapidly gaining passionate fans from Portland and beyond." and that's what should have been showcased during Dining Month.

A perfect example of the problem with a month-long loss leader. The majority of the menus do not showcase the best of what the restaurant has to offer. The purpose of Restaurant Week is to give local restaurants an opportunity to bring in new customers and thank their current customers. It's supposed to showcase the best that the restaurant & city have to offer.



#148218 Dining Month Portland!!!

Posted by gturillo on 06 June 2011 - 12:11 PM in Restaurants in Portland

Happened to be walking by Davis Street Tavern on Saturday afternoon @ Happy Hour. I asked the bartenders (there were 2 @ the bar) if they were participating in Dining Month (I couldn't remember) and they both asked "What's Dining Month?". I explained it to them. One bartender told me that she got a call the other night from a guy asking about their Dining Month menu & she told him they weren't in it. So... the bartenders told me that Davis Street Tavern was not participating in Dining Month. Several minutes later somebody in a chef's jacket came to the bar and was searching for menus. It was quite the search. She eventually found them. Guess what? They were the Dining Month menus. Nice. Love the way Management communicated Dining Month to the entire staff. I was given a menu to look over. At that point several people came into the restaurant asking to see menus. Staff gave those people menus - the Happy Hour Menu & the regular menu. They never offered up the Dining Month menu.

This happened last year. I went to 5 different restaurants and only ONE of them offered the menu to us. I had to ask the other 4 for the menu.

I don't understand Portland & Dining Month. The rest of the country has a Restaurant WEEK that restaurants want to participate in - they are excited about it! In other cities restaurants advertise restaurant week and actually offer up that menu to you when you sit down. A month is too long. It's too much of a loss. No wonder these restaurants are keeping the menu a secret.



#148088 Heinz Dill Relish

Posted by gturillo on 02 June 2011 - 09:00 AM in Shopping, Growing & Foraging

This past week we bought Whole Foods 365 Organic Dill Relish



#147889 The Business of Gaming Yelp

Posted by gturillo on 29 May 2011 - 06:40 PM in Food Media, Entertainment & News

Interesting, I wonder if Zagat has the same issues.



#147823 Columbia River Fish Dying from The Bends

Posted by gturillo on 27 May 2011 - 01:00 PM in Food Media, Entertainment & News

"A large winter snow melt is forcing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which runs the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia in Washington state, to increase water flows through the dam. The turbulent water is releasing gases, including nitrogen gas, which is what causes the bends in scuba divers when they surface too quickly. Gas levels have been more than 130% of normal recently, the Seattle Times reports...." Read all about it here:

http://news.blogs.cn...ers-say/?hpt=T2

In March the Dept. of Labor reported that food prices had "soared 3.9 percent", the biggest gain since November 1974.

Check out the Food CPI and Expenditures: Analysis and Forecasts of the CPI for Food... look at April's increases. This past month I've seen the price of Organic & Conventional chicken rise significantly AND the price difference between Organic & Conventional Chicken is negligible - that's just crazy.
http://www.ers.usda....rpriceindex.htm

And now this - farmed fish dying from the bends. Should be interesting to see what happens in the markets this month! How fast will we see the increases? Will farmed fish become more expensive than wild caught?



#147791 Chocolate Tourism

Posted by gturillo on 26 May 2011 - 08:58 PM in Food Media, Entertainment & News

http://www.cnn.com/2...dex.html?hpt=C2