Nibs & Sips

What do Starbucks and McDonald’s have in Common this week?

July 2, 2015

Besides thousands of stores, which they neither call cafes nor restaurants – but stores -, Starbucks and McDonald’s have another common thread right now. They are both cutting back on menu items and outlets. After Starbucks’ outrageous payment of $100 million for the La Boulange chain of pink-hued bakery-cafes headquartered in San Francisco, they are [...]

April 17, 2015

Taylor Farms, a Salinas, CA establishment, is issuing a Class I Recall on Fresh, Flat Leaf Spinach due to possible contamination of Salmonella. The product is under the Cross Valley Farms Brand and the Taylor Farms Brand and has code dates of YTF092A24, YTF092A27, YTF092A28 which are located on the front of the clear bag [...]

How much water does it take to make a …?

April 11, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown has asked Californians to use 25 percent less water than we are now, which may be a problem for some of us who have been “letting yellow mellow” for a long time. And what about absentee owners and some local families who seem not to know there’s a drought and continue [...]

Alaskan Salmon Saved?

March 6, 2014

Something called Pebble Limited Partnership, made up of Britain’s Anglo American PLC and its Canadian partner, Northern Dynasty Minerals, have spent millions to do studies and get permits to mine Alaska’s Bristol Bay for bilions of dollars of gold, copper, silver and palladium that have not been mined. Bristol Bay hosts a fishery that supports [...]

Rancho meat recall list

February 17, 2014

Here is the list of California distributors and retailers who had Rancho Feeding Co. meats and were asked to return them to Rancho, following its citing by the USDA last week. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/0871ce45-1c81-4af8-99c5-e0d0d60216c5/RC-013-2014-Retail-List.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CONVERT_TO=url&CACHEID=0871ce45-1c81-4af8-99c5-e0d0d60216c5 The only USDA inspected slaughterhouse in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rancho has ceased operations for the time being. Without the USDA really [...]

NASCAR and Sonoma Raceway give 90 fruit trees to Sonoma School Gardens

February 13, 2014

A combined effort by NASCAR, Sonoma Raceway, UPS and the Arbor Day Foundation brought 90 fruit trees that are being planted in the school gardens of all 11 of Sonoma’s public schools. After reading in past years that trees were being given to schools and municipalities around the San Francisco Bay Area, I wrote to [...]

National football chicken wings? And the rest of the chicken?

February 3, 2014

The National Chicken Council suggests that Americans nibbled 1.25 billion, with a “b,” chicken wings Sunday before, during and after the Super Bowl of Chicken Wings, I mean football. These few hours of make up 7.4 percent of the Chicken Council’s forecasted total consumption for all of 2014. Apparently chicken wings go with football and [...]

Mexico Bans Foster Farms chix, Sonoma Food Events and more

October 27, 2013

The government of Mexico has banned Foster Farms chickens from three California plants, while the United States government has done nothing to protect consumers. See below for more of the story. HHH What’s happening with the Old Creamery corner? What’s happening with Burgers & Vine? How did they get permission for that big advertising awning? [...]

Nigella Lawson splits

July 17, 2013

British television culinary seductress Nigella Lawson appears to be headed for divorce, in an odd marital twist. Lawson, 53, learned of her husband’s intention to divorce her through his declaration to leave her in the Mail on Sunday tabloid newspaper. Said husband, multi-millionaire advertising executive and big deal art collector Charles Saatchi, 70, had previously [...]

Horse Meat in Your Burgers?

March 31, 2013

While many Americans recoil at the revelations of horsemeat being ground in with beef to make hamburger patties in Ireland, England, and throughout Europe, our United States Department of Agriculture seems close to approving Valley Meat Company’s horse slaughtering plant in Roswell, New Mexico, according to the New York Times. Roswell of all places. The [...]

New California Cottage Foods rules

January 27, 2013

Have you or a friend always wanted to make your specialty food bright idea go commercial, but the cost of renting a certified kitchen is prohibitive? Thanks to the California State Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, you can do it all from home now – with some limits.  To all who make great jams, cookies, [...]

New California Cottage Food Rules

January 27, 2013

Have you or a friend always wanted to make your specialty food bright idea go commercial, but the cost of renting a certified kitchen is prohibitive? Thanks to the California State Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, you can do it all from home now – with some limits. To all who make great jams, cookies, [...]

Eau de Pizza Hut? Dungeness crabbers back

December 14, 2012

Crabby news: Area Dungeness crab fishers returned to the sea Wednesday after getting distributors to honor their original $3 per pound agreement for the season. Crabs should be a little bigger due to the couple of weeks’ strike delay. You can still expect prices around $7 per pound retail. HHH Gross gifts not to give: [...]

More on Peet’s approval in Sonoma

November 20, 2012

Monday night the Sonoma City Council overturned the Planning Commission’s recommendation to deny Peet’s a permit on Broadway, a block south of Sonoma Plaza. Responding to public demand and an overflowing council chamber audience, the council vote was unanimous. While the Sonoma City Council has a “formula store” ordinance prohibiting large chains from opening in [...]

Lady Gaga at the girl & the fig

February 26, 2012

According to the Sonoma Index-Tribune,  Lady Gaga, in Sonoma house hunting, dined at the girl & the fig at First Street West and Spain Street chowing down on mussels, beet salad, a croque monsieur with an egg, and fig kisses. Fig kisses cocktails are made with a special “FigCello,” produced by Sonoma’s  HelloCello di Sonoma. [...]

Huge Recall of Ground Turkey Products – High Health Risk

August 4, 2011

Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. of Springdale, Arkansas has recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey products that my be contaminated with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.  Many people throughout the U.S. have allegedly become ill from ground turkey, some resulting in death, with the [...]

Royal Couples Cook and Dine. What?

July 8, 2011

Prince William and Princess Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, actually cooked during a culinary class in Quebec City’s Quebec Tourism and Hotel Institute last week, working 10 minutes at each of four stations in the kitchen. The meal they helped prepare, emphasizing local products, included foie gras on toasted brioche with apple cider jelly, [...]

Tilapia watch:

June 25, 2011

Many restaurants and grocery stores are pushing tilapia as a fish alternative. It is inexpensive, firm, high in protein, provides more protein than it consumes, and often tastes good if cooked properly. There are important tilapia cautions, though, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list. The Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Guide, which you can [...]

Gallo Winery fire; Marie Callender’s, Il Fornaio and Corner Bakery Café all gobbled up

June 15, 2011

Gallo Winery suffered a mysterious fire in its Modesto plant on Saturday evening, June 12, 2001.  The fire was in the glass making section where hundreds of thousands of bottles wrapped in plastic for transport were stored. Apparently the plastic smoldered, with no injuries reported. HHH Perkins & Marie Callender’s Inc, owners of about 600 [...]

Recall from California’s Taylor Farms Pacific

May 5, 2011

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today that Taylor Farms Pacific of Tracy, California and the USDA notified Six L’s, its tomato supplier, that some of their grape tomatoes and salad products in which they were included are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.  Beware: This is a Class I [...]

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