September 23, 2021

3D Printing Chicken With Frickin' Lasers

The cutting edge in the food extrusion industry right now is crafting real chicken breast meat into some kind of shape using lasers that can also cook 'it.'

The laser-cooked chicken retained twice as much moisture as conventionally cooked chicken, and it shrank half as much while still retaining similar flavors. But different types of lasers produced different results. The blue laser proved ideal for cooking the chicken internally, beneath the surface, while the infrared lasers were better at surface-level browning and broiling. As for the chicken in plastic packaging, the blue laser did achieve slight browning, but the near-infrared laser was more efficient at browning the chicken through the packaging. The team was even able to brown the surface of the packaged chicken in a pattern reminiscent of grill marks.

I'm looking forward to the art project that scales this up to a size suitable to appear on the playa at Burning Man.

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August 13, 2021

Date Shake History

Here's an interesting and informative podcast on the history of dates and date shakes in the Coachella Valley. I'm sure I don't need to caution my informed readers to beware of the claim that somehow date sugar is more "natural" than refined sugar and, therefore, is safer for diabetics. Sugar is sugar.

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June 26, 2021

Bouchee Cafe & Deli

From this Press-Enterprise report on restaurant closures:

Bouchee Cafe & Deli, 72785 Highway 111 Suite B1, Palm Desert

Closed: June 24
Grade: 80/B, failing
Reason: Cockroach infestation. The inspector visited in response to a complaint and found live and dead roaches throughout the facility, including inside and outside of the food display case (all the food inside was discarded), in the warewashing sink and dishwasher, and crawling on the silverware. There were also roach droppings throughout the facility including on utensils and napkins and in sinks. This was the restaurant’s second failing grade in less than two years, so it now faces an administrative hearing.

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June 16, 2021

Not Milk

An article in the Washington Post all about Not Milk, but they didn't see any need to include any nutrition information. Why should they? It's only food. So I found the ingredient list ("Water, Pea Protein, Contains less than 2% of: Chicory Root Fiber, Sugar, Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Cabbage Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Salt, Gum Acacia, Gellan Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D2") and nutrition labels for Not Milk, whole and 2% milk.

 ProteinFatSaturated
Fat
CarbsSugarsCalcium
Not Milk4g5g3g7g3g310mg
2% milk8g5g3g12g12g300mg
Whole milk8g8g5g12g11g300mg
Soy milk*7g4g0.5g3g1g52mg
   * using Using Trader Joe's unsweetened soy beverage for comparison.

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June 8, 2021

"Martini Time"

Martini Time
Kodachrome, 1955, photographer and subject unidentified.

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April 5, 2021

Home Brew

Not mine.
home brew

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October 7, 2016

Sambo's

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.

Story.

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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 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?

permalink | October 20, 2015 at 10:25 PM | Comments (1)

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!

permalink | October 7, 2015 at 06:20 PM | Comments (0)

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.

permalink | July 17, 2015 at 10:14 AM | Comments (0)

July 8, 2015

French Market Is Closing

The venerable landmark and safe fallback place to meet someone for a meal, the French Market on Santa Monica Boulevard, is closing.

Maybe it will come back:

Marc Ittah, the business partner of Michael Faze, who bought the French Market in 2011, said the restaurant would be reopened after the remodeling. But rumors continue to circulate that Faze intends to demolish the building and convert the property to another use. Ittah did not return calls from WEHOville for comment.

But for now, this coming Sunday will be the last brunch.

permalink | July 8, 2015 at 11:58 AM | Comments (0)

February 26, 2015

Good News!

You know how you thought that when you died and went to heaven you'd be able to have unlimited Girl Scout cookies all year long? The good news is that now you don't have to die! Coming soon, the Girl Scout Cookie Oven ($60) and cookie mixes ($7). It comes with the Thin Mint mix, and you will be able to buy mixes for Trefoils, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Chocolate Chip, Sugar, Oatmeal and Tagalongs.

The oven will be available in time for Christmas 2015. The press release gives the prices for the mixes as $15 each! If that's the case, it would be cheaper to just steal a truckload of Girl Scout cookies and rent a big cold storage place to keep them in. If money means nothing to you, there will also be a Girl Scout Cookie Stand for $80 with which you can, like, sell cookies. I would suggest you just get something like this basic folding card table for under $38, take it out to the curb in front of your house and sell your homemade Girl Scout cookies until the trademark police come along and shut you down.

permalink | February 26, 2015 at 01:37 PM | Comments (0)

September 4, 2014

Grilled Cheese?

You are so behind in your technology if you still actually grill your grilled cheese sandwiches. You need a Boska Holland Toastabag (only $9.94 for a set of 3).

This smart little video will answer almost all your questions:

Unanswered question deserving some research: what happens if you put a couple of scoops of ice cream in the bag and toast that? Do you get ice cream that's crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside?

The real advantage, as I see it, that will appeal to the young single man (which seems to be their target audience) is that any grease that drains off the item being toasted stays in the bag so that you can pour it out and onto your food, assuring that you will always get your daily need for fat.

permalink | September 4, 2014 at 11:23 AM | Comments (0)

July 23, 2014

Why We Need A Walmart

This is gonna bring everybody over to the pro-Walmart side: their ice cream sandwiches never melt. Never! Think of what a great relief that would be to the kids (and adults) of hot, hot Desert Hot Springs. (Didn't that 114° bring a smile to your face?!)

What I visualize is, after the Walmart has been approved, built and opened, we the residents of DHS celebrate summer by using Great Value Ice Cream Sandwiches to build a scale replica of the Washington Monument in the parking lot of the Walmart. Leave it for days. I think this would be good to do starting about July 1, so we could then blow it up with fireworks on July 4 (or 5 or whatever).

Ingredients for Great Value Chocolate & Vanilla Flavored Ice Cream Sandwiches from Walmart:

Ice Cream (Milk, Cream, Buttermilk, Sugar, Whey, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Contains 1% Or Less of Natural And Artificial Flavors, Mono & Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Calcium Sulfate, Carob Bean Gum, Cellulose Gum, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan, Annatto (For Color). Wafers (Wheat Flour, Sugar, Soybean And Palm Oil, Cocoa, Dextrose, Caramel Color, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Flour, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Baking Soda, Artificial Flavor).

One customer tells us that besides not melting, they don't freeze either!

I am avid shopper for good deals and decided to get these instead of my usual, which is Mayfield. Now, granted that the name Great Value should mean just that, but by no stretch of the imagination or taste buds are they as great of a value than spending a little more to get your favorite. The ice cream was extremely soft, bland tasting and the cookies were bland as well. I mean I kept them in the freezer for about a day or two to see if the sandwiches would harden and I have to say, I was extremely disappointed with the ice cream still being soft and the cookie wafer did not improve the overall taste of the sandwich. I will not be purchasing these or any of the ice cream products from Great Value again. I have some right now that I have not touched.

Ingredients for their Great Value 97% Fat Free Sugar Free Vanilla Flavored Ice Cream Sandwiches:

Fat Free Ice Cream: Fat Free Milk, Sorbitol, Polydextrose, Maltodextrin, Whey Protein Concentrate, Contains 1% Or Less of Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Mono-And Diglycerides*, Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Polysorbate 80, Vanilla Extract, Vanillin, Sucralose, Calcium Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate. Wafers: Bleached Wheat Flour, Isomalt, Sorbitol, Caramel Color, Palm Oil, Cocoa, Corn Flour, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Baking Soda, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor, Sucralose. *Adds A Dietarily Insignificant Amount of Fat.

A customer review makes me wonder if perhaps Walmart sells a vanilla flavored bleach.

Previously I purchased the Great Value Ice Cream Sandwich with both Chocolate and Vanilla ice cream mixed together. Now that one was really good.

However, the store sold out of that particular flavor, so I figured the original flavor would be just as good, right? Haha, NOPE.

Best I can describe the ice cream taste is Bleach. It literally tastes like frozen bleach cream, with no resemblance to vanilla whatsoever. What's worse is the chocolate wafers, which turned out to be completely tasteless, like cardboard. I could have asked for a small favor for the darn thing to actually taste like chocolate so that it can mask out the bleach taste, but oh well.

It's a shame I bought two boxes of this stuff, since the other flavor left a really good impression on me. If you want to get any ice cream sandwich, definitely don't get this one. Get the one with chocolate ice cream mixed in.

P.S. The packaging is shoddy, too. It takes a long time to peel off the wrapper.

permalink | July 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM | Comments (1)

July 1, 2014

Get Your Sugar On

Jack's Wholesale Candy Warehouse has moved to new, larger digs at 777 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90021. Wholesale prices, but open to the general public. They even have free parking. If you want to shop for candy by color, they make it possible. (I want all my candy to be leopard-spotted.)

And, they've got a Facebook page.

permalink | July 1, 2014 at 02:26 PM | Comments (0)