Monday, December 3, 2012

Hearth bread ... mmmm


Bread is the indulgence I savor instead of sweets. Shown here is basic hearth bread, from Rose Levy Beranbaum's Bread Bible. Finished at last and ready for eating.

Originally posted to Facebook

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fresh Choice closes its doors

Fresh Choice restaurant exterior
BiteClubEats: Where'd Fresh Choice go?
Amazing: Fresh Choice closes its locations in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park (and everywhere else) and the only "coverage" consists of Yelp reviews and a post at BiteClubEats. Jonathan and I confronted a closed, darkened restaurant at the Santa Rosa mall and this morning I did a search on Google attempting to obtain answers.

Like the author says at BiteClubEats: "What’s strange is that except for a few emails from concerned diners, no one seemed to notice and there’s precious little chatter on the web. Can a chain really disappear without anyone noticing? Hmmmm…..." This, for a restaurant that we ate at for years and that Jonathan even worked at when he was new to the area.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

‘Delicious’: most over-used adjective

“Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.” ― Harper Lee
With its Facebook status update on June 7, I Love Libraries shared this great quote. When re-posting it, I commented that this quote would be ideal on the in-box for community news submissions.

Submitted press releases frequently contain unnecessary and subjective adjectives. The most notorious and overused is “delicious” when promoting a meal. Whatever the occasion, formal dinner or barbecue, the meal is nearly always “delicious.”

As if the person preparing the meal would ever strive for any other kind, right?

Unfortunately for the submitters, their notion of “delicious” is a matter of personal opinion and the media are in the business of reporting just-the-facts.

On one memorable occasion, every single item on a club’s bill of fare was absolutely revolting to me, a person with food sensitivities. Billed as “delicious,” the menu consisted of cold, clammy, chunky textures that I absolutely would not eat.

But my reactions to food textures  are equally subjective -- so while “delicious” was cut from the text, it was NOT replaced by the adjectives that, if asked, I would have supplied to the meal: “revolting,” “vile,” “inedible.”

If a person has difficulty separating fact from subjective opinion, he or she would do well to heed Atticus’s advice and delete the adjectives. It’s an effective place to start.