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What Salad?

Posted by evankessler on July 24, 2009

Romaine lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. longifolia).

Image via Wikipedia

American dependence on the meal staple that is salad took a serious hit today when California-based produce company Tanimura and Antle Fresh Foods Inc, announced a recall of Romaine lettuce.  The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, while conducting a random contamination test (which also allows for other possibly affected random brands to go untested), selected said brand only to find that infamous form of bacteria known as Salmonella had reared it’s ugly head.

So far there have been zero cases of food borne illness reported in connection with product, no doubt the result of a nation teetering on the brink of obesity who when asked to point out romaine lettuce mostly just motions with a confused shrug as  most Americans are more familiar with romaine lettuce as that leafy green thing wedged beneath onions and that round red vegetable-looking thing on the side of their deluxe burger and fries platter that usually goes untouched.

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Starbucks’ Sorta Mom & Pop Coffee Shop

Posted by evankessler on July 17, 2009

Starbucks' Christmas Bokeh

Image by pierofix via Flickr

First the Sears Tower magically morphs into the “Willis Tower” and now this!  On the heels of yesterday’s renaming frenzy, another recognizable landmark has caught “we’re actually not called that anymore” fever.  This time it’s not a majestically stoic member of a Chicago skyline, rather it’s a Seattle storefront that helps many local residents get their caffeine fix every morning, afternoon, and night.

In an attempt to possibly convince anti-corporate behemoth joe sippers that it’s just a quaint mom and pop java joint, a Starbucks in the Emerald City is being re-branded with the new moniker; “15th Avenue Coffee and Tea.” The multi-national mega corporation will be removing “visible Starbucks identifiers,” effectively giving it the appearance of a neighborhood hangout complete with live music, beer and wine!

Those efforts will likely not be enough to fool those who normally only support small local businesses as baristas will most likely still respond to an order for a Venti Mocha Soy Chai Latte and know exactly what you’re talking about, despite their efforts to pretend otherwise.

If non-Starbucks really wants to engrain themselves with the neighborhood coffee crowd, they should announce that every night is bad poetry night in the performance space.

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This Just In…. Paris and Nicole seen at Steakhouse

Posted by evankessler on October 9, 2006

An important news story from the folks at Yahoo News. To read, click here

At first I thought this story was about Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie being seen with food. It turns out the story’s hook was that they were seen together. The story mentions no eating.

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Costa Rica Day 10 Leaving On A Jet Plane

Posted by evankessler on June 24, 2005

San Jose, Costa Rica 8:56 am

Just thought I’d kill some time before my airport shuttle comes in an hour and a half. Yesterday was not the most eventful day in the world as it consisted mostly of the near 6 hour bus ride from Tamarindo to San Jose. Before that, I had some lunch in Tamarindo at the Coral Reef, a cheap and tiny restaurant that served mostly Casados. I think I had my best meal of the entire trip there. I went with Joe and Rosalie, whom I had met in Monteverde, and had the chicken casado and a jugo de pina. In total it ran less that $4.

 

Delicious Casados

 

 

Joe and Rosalie

My bus came and picked me up at the hostel and from that moment on I was on the road. While on the bus I talked to a Russian guy from Philly who was on his way to Jaco. He told me he was moving to the Bronx to work at Montefiore Hospital. The conversation lasted a half hour or so before I decided it was time to take a nap. We made a stop-over at a Soda (the same thing as a cafe) so our drivers could eat and so that the people transferring could transfer.

Waiting for my ride at Botella de Leche

When we got back on the bus headed towards San Jose there were some new people seated in front of me. One of whom was a beautiful 26-year-old girl named Kelly from Las Vegas who was traveling with her family. I talked with them most of the trip eschewing my Ipod for human contact, which tends to be a big step for me.

Apparently, Kelly was heading back to school in the fall to get a masters in Psychology. Her ultimate goal was to work with Sex offenders and serial killers. Different strokes for different folks, that’s what I say, but she was definitely interesting and fun to talk to.

Anyway, it was fun while it lasted, but I’ve come to a realization; I don’t think you can call it traveling if you’re only going for 10 days. I met people on the road who were going from country to country over a span of months. That’s traveling. I was on vacation. Anyway, I’m back in New York tonight around midnight hopefully.

Tomorrow, The New Pornographers are playing at Celebrate Brooklyn. Unemployment kicks ass.

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