October 7, 2016


I just learned that there is still one solitary Sambo's restaurant and it's in Santa Barbara at 216 West Cabrillo Boulevard. Here's their website.

In the story, Sambo is Indian.


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July 28, 2016

A Different Sort Of Map Of L.A. Restaurants

This map shows restaurants in Los Angeles that are identified with one of the 50 states. For Massachusetts there are two places: the Dunkin' Donuts downtown and Malibu Seafood in (where else?) Malibu.

It even lists four California restaurants, one of which is Smittens ice cream which comes from San Francisco.

Missouri gets only one entry, a St. Louis style barbecue. Fortunately, the map also includes a Kansas City, Kansas, barbecue joint: Charcoal Silverlake, although when I look at their website their description of how they cook their meet is not Kansas City style.

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December 29, 2015

You Can Get Anything At Amazon

You can buy cow dung patties from Amazon India.

2.2 Kg of cow dung for ₹99 (about US$1.49).

1.6 Kg of cow dung for ₹419 (about US$6.32). This must be of superior quality, but nothing like that is claimed.

This fine quality stuff can be had at the price of ₹249 for about 1 Kg (US$3.76)
stacks of cow dung drying

The camel in the background raises my suspicions. What if they are selling camel dung as cow dung?

If you're buying cow dung from Amazon, you might as well also buy cow urine. Or, for the squeamish, powdered cow urine in capsules.

Each of those items has customer reviews, some real, some joke.

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October 20, 2015

Coconut Harvesting

I never knew (or imagined) that 99% of the coconuts harvested in Thailand are picked by monkeys. Pigtailed macaques, to be specific. They've been doing it for 400 years. Here’s the website of a monkey school. And here is a video showing some monkeys training and working.

Naturally, there's a group in America that are accusing the coconut farmers of abuse, but the Americans have never visited any of the coconut plantations, however they've seen Youtube videos and we all know if it's on Youtube, it must be true. They don’t link to any of those videos on their website. They seem to be opposed to the use of monkeys for any kind of work on general principle. Dogs? Horses? Oxen? Are they opposed to them working too?

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October 7, 2015

Miracle Frooties

Miracle Frooties Miracle Fruit Tablets
Miracle Frooties

These things really work. I sucked on one of them and then ate some plain, nonfat Greek yogurt - you know, the kind that's like spackling. It tasted like sweetened vanilla yogurt! Amazing!

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September 11, 2015

Quizno's Burns The Man

BMOrg takes issue with a Burning Man parody ad for Quizno's and so it is rattling its lawyers. So here's the ad:

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August 26, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms Get Free Advertising On Snopes

Snopes' verdict is that they do exist, they do.

More proof.

And a review:

I pop one into my mouth, chew, and then immediately shovel a whole handful into my gaping maw. Regardless of your religion’s stance on the existence of the Great Pumpkin, you’d better believe that these suckers are real -— real tasty, that is.
If you’re expecting the strong, earthy, bitterness of espresso, you’ll be disappointed. Instead, the coffee taste of the chocolate here is a sweet, lightly nutty java experience with faint caramel notes. Accompanied by a tinge of cocoa and a heaping helping of milk chocolate’s dairy creaminess, it’s akin to one of those bottled Starbucks Chocolate Mocha Frappuccinos.

The reviewer says he found his at a Target store.

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July 27, 2015

Going Where No Farmer Has Gone Before

At Burning Man this year we will have kale, cucumbers and tomatoes growing right on the playa...inside a converted Airstream trailer. This enclosed garden "uses 95% less water than conventional farming, it's two times faster, it doesn't use pesticides."

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July 17, 2015

Believe It When You Taste It

And not before. A strain of dulse developed at Oregon State that when cooked tastes like bacon! "It has twice the nutritional value of kale." That's been why I usually skip the bacon. It's not nearly as nutritious as kale, and a healthy kale breakfast is what morning is all about.

I will keep an eye out for the Oregon State camp at Burning Man.

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July 13, 2015

Maple Water

Saw this at Trader Joe's today and thought "What the hell?" Maple water is nothing more, nothing less than pasteurized maple sap. It's clear, water-like, and mildly sweet. It has a flavor, but I wouldn't think "Maple!" unless I knew in advance what it was, and then I could imagine a distant relationship between the flavor of this sap and flavor of the syrup. TJ's is making zero health claims for it, except that water is good for you.

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