Short Ribs and Random Thoughts Nov 21 2017

Busy, rainy week. Short column today. 

ANNALS OF CONSUMER DISAPPOINTMENT:  the little avocados at Grocery Outlet are no longer reliable.  At least half of them have rotten spots. You can cut around them, but really…Worse was the surprise that came from a box of Marcelli’s spinach ravioli purchased at Murphy’s.  I buy the  meat ravioli for a quick meal every now and then (quick, not cheap- $5.99 for a hefty serving for one) but I hadn’t bought the spinach variety. I found them to be tasteless and watery and, worse of all, the ravioli  fell apart while being simmered and about a million little pieces  of spinach were floating around. Definitely unappetizing. The meat ones have damn little meat in them  but at least they  stay together. Their meat sauce, on the other hand, is celestial.

JARED AND GOD: the biggest non-event of the  past several weeks was Jared Huffman’s declaration that he is a humanist, or at least a non-Christian. I’m glad he “came out”.  I’m sure nobody cares. I’m sure not-being-Christian is no longer a disqualifier for public office.  I keep wondering,  WHEN WILL RON REAGAN RUN FOR OFFICE??  Our most famous atheist is sharp as a tack, well-spoken, and appears irregularly on MSNBC.  Run, Ron, run!  I’ll donate.

IS THIS TRUE??  According to the New Yorker,  Nov 13, 2017,  “According to a Pew survey…nearly eighty per cent of liberals like the idea of living in a dense neighborhood where you can walk to to shops and schools, while seventy-five  per cent of conservatives would rather live in a larger house with more space around it.”

Which mental illness, of the many demonstrated by our Fake President, causes him to have to belittle everything and everyone who preceded him?  His bragging that everything  he does is “the greatest”,  “the biggest”, or “the best” is putting everyone to sleep.   And I am going back to sleep right  now.  What else do you do on a rainy Monday in November? Have a good holiday.

END

Well, that didn’t take long! Fortuna Grocery Outlet building for sale already!

With all this rain, we haven’t even made it to Fortuna to check out the new GO and here the building is for sale already! Talk about a quick flip!  Here, courtesy of LoopNet,  is the listing and while you’re  at it you can also pick up the hotel on the Riverwalk. Read about it HERE.

END

Tidbits & Gossip

A FOB (Friend of the Blog) advised us that Grocery Outlet is opening at Strong’s Plaza in Fortuna. GO confirms this and says they’re already pouring concrete in Fortuna. Different owners for Fortuna, however.

We learn from the Coos Bay World that service to Denver , yes, Denver, will continue through the summer. I find this somewhat amazing.

Finally, the SBDC will offer their excellent training for artisans and craftspeople with their programs “Making Your Business Ready for Online Sales”.    Click there for enrollment forms and good luck!

end

Three Followups: Brius/Redwood Healthcare, Palo Alto and Tragedy at the Grocery Outlet

 I ran into an employee  of one of the facilities involved in DA Gallegos’ lawsuit against Skilled Healthcare as described in this blog a couple of days ago.  That person informed me that the employees at those facilities are still very concerned about understaffing. Sure enough , the morning’s Times-Standard confirmed that the situation is so bad the facilities are not taking new patients. A very bad situation.

On a happier note,  the good people of Palo Alto may be returniing to their liberal traditions.  Two Santa Clara County supervisors, Joe Simitian and Dave Cortese, are proposing a measure to buy the mobile home park, Palo Alto’s only low or moderately priced housing, so that the 400 residents won’t have to move.  Good for them, and we hope they succeed.

Finally, I should have known better but I had my heart broken again when the Grocery Outlet stopped carrying those wonderful little avocados they were selling for two bucks a bag. They were just right for a single serving or any time you didn’t need beautiful uniform slices. O you Grocery Outlet~  you get us hooked, then you pull back! That’s the way it goes at an outlet store. Hope you bring  those little avos back real soon.

Have a great weekend. Eat lots of oysters!

end

MY FAVORITE BUSINESSES- Shopping at the Grocery Outlet

When I first discovered the Grocery Outlet, they were in a slightly different location than they are now. The old place was in the same part of town, I just can’t remember where, so if anyone does, tell us please. The old one was a bit more adventurous for the shopper. The used to carry jams from Turkey and honey from places like Moldova. Every visit was an adventure. If you saw something you liked, you had to just grab it because it might disappear, never to return.

Since the move, it’s a different experience. Gone is the schadenfreude I used to feel from mixing with the hoipoloi.  These days I’m one of them, and glory in my identification with the 99%. GO is evolving, too.  Nowadays, like Safeway, they send you emails about their current offerings. I go about once a month (my food comes from Winco, COSTCO, Murphy’s and Safeway, in pretty much that order). I always go when there’s a food drive on.  Not only can you fill your bag cheaply, they stock the kinds of food you want for a food drive- canned soups and stews, peanut butter, tuna. I go to buy for the food drive,  then end up buying more stuff for myself than for Food for People. This last time GO was featuring Harris Ranch ground beef in 3 lb chubs for $10 and change. Considering the godawful rise in GB prices lately ($4.99/lb at Safeway) this is a no-brainer.  Made two meat loaves.

They still have the weird imports and the domestic non-starters too.  I bought tapenade from Peru and low-sugar marmalade from Smucker’s for $1.99.  (The NO-sugar version version goes for over $3 at Murphy’s.) They have Irish cheese and I picked up some Stilton, very cheap. They have a lot more fresh produce than they used to and their beer prices are excellent.  Definitely the first stop when I’m giving a party. 

So if you haven’t been  there, give GO a try.  Nice people,  good prices.  And on top of everything else, it’s just across the parking lot from Mike’s DriveUp,  of Garlic Fries fame.  I’ve never appreciated the Garlic Fries,  but Mike’s is the only place in Humboldt -as far as I know-  where you can get an LA Tommy’s-style cheeseburger, sloppy. drippy, gooey. With chili? Of course.

END