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Roast That Chicken And Don’t Say I Didn’t Tell You! (Reflection)


I had a very productive day. Besides making a lot of people mad by my writings and blowing the whistle on how government uses identity theft and so on to rob and ruin finances of anyone not liked (it is Bradley Manning Day and we have to give him some credit.) I finally installed a lot of round rocks in my fish tanks. That project was almost over and is now over to be over again soon when plants get installed. I guess some projects keep ending. Now, I am down to my last item. I finally did learn how to roast a whole chicken well thanks to Youtube. It was easier than the easy recipe I had found. Wash whole chicken, salt and pepper inside out, cut wing tips, insert fresh Rosemary and Thyme under skin and push deep before tying with kitchen ties and roast at 425 for 45 minutes. My found recipe buttered the bird and stuck a big onion in its ass before tying it. I am not known for believing people so just to test it I am cooking two legs. I layered potato slices but no sauce. Washed legs, salt and peppered, dry rosemary under skin and sliced onions and put all over for absorbing and taste just like the big onion. Let’s see how it turns. All goes well, this beats my regular chicken cooking which takes forever and messy. I tossed a couple of sausages in there too just to see. I think it will turn out well. And yes I know I have been a bad person by divulging proprietary information to public today but then again that is my information to manage as I please. Once it arrives at me, it no longer is subject to standard rules. That is one reason I have never ever read my reports because I don’t want to know. The other is normal flow of information within government has plenty of crap like SF Chronicle article today. I stop and release whatever I deem necessary. That is part of my job. Watch your money.

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Bamboo Steamer Cooking or Experiments (Snapshot)


This shop misses a sign but has small letters above doorway. That is not a sign! It sells it all. Hardware store stuff and plenty of cooking. My first stop to buy Bamboo steamers was not what I had expected. Way too many high quality cookware. Very quaint shop. Owner speaking English too fluently. And a very clean store. All signs of tourist clientle in middle of Chinatown. I was looking for a local shop so ended up here. It was great. Has everything. Owner very helpful. Prices are same as the other shop. I am looking for a way to cook whole fish fast and easy. Think this will do it. We shall see.

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Finally My Chicken Starts to Kick Ass (


I had to do some cooking to do and why not. Reading recipes does affect one’s ability to do things. I would have never added honey to my chicken. Limes may be. Cook sausages with chicken? Add Paprika? Onions, garlic, salt, pepper, ginger and tomato paste would be likely however. Anyway the links I tried today have Haberno peppers (oooouch) and I laughed at the very hot warning. No kidding! The damn sausages are SOOOOO hot! The chicken on the other hand tastes SOOOO good! I finally found one of the main ingredients I was looking for: hotter spices. I will have to make twice as much every week. It tastes too good to last a few days. Also, I did use chicken legs in lieu of breast. I am told dark versus white meat makes a big difference. I think my recipe is more responsible. Nice dish. I had some Vihno Verde. Definitely did not match the food but did not clash either. Who cares! I don’t eat or drink to show off.

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Raj Parr: Parr Selections and some of the wines that inspired them at Ferry Wine Merchant (Tasting #46)


 

I am not surprised that Debbie Zachareas was made wine professional of the year (where did I read that a few years back? and many other honors). Where would the SF wine bar scene would be without her first rate events? Doing flights of their favorite wines on Tuesday nights? There is a lesson to be learned: Good events are what is lacking at the static food and beverage establishments which have to stop and cry about bad business often and regularly. Their only problem is it takes so much to do a first class event and there is such a big difference with the run-of-the-mill stuff everybody does. Here is a good one for you

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Raj Parr: Parr Selections and some of the wines that inspired them
Type:
Party – Bar Night
Date:
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Time:
4:30pm – 7:30pm
Location:
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
Description
Join us on Wednesday, March 24th, from 4:30-7:30pm, as we welcome special guest Rajat Parr, of Parr Selections and the Mina Group. We are thrilled to have this very special guest and dear friend join us at our Wine Bar for an evening of great wines personally produced by this heralded expert compared with the wines that inspired him to make them. Raj, as his friends call him, was a trained chef before beginning his wine career in San Francisco as an apprentice to Larry Stone at Rubicon. He soon blossomed, taking over the wine list at Fifth Floor, earning a Grand Award there, and then joining Michael Mina as Wine Director of the star chef’s burgeoning empire of stellar restaurants, including Michael Mina and their latest superstar, RN74. He has since branched out to start his own wine company, producing wines to his refined taste from various regions. Tonight we will feature a Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir, and a lovely Syrah paired with the wines that originally inspired Raj to make those particular wines. You will have the chance to compare and contrast the old world wines that served as his muse for the new world wines. Plus, you can discuss first hand what made those wines special in the mind of the man that took that inspiration and turned it into a line up of delicious California wines. Don’t Miss It!

We know you won’t want to miss this opportunity to taste a wonderful range of delicious wines with this wine star and quiz him about all aspects of wine, from his favorites to his selction methods. Learn from a famous sommelier. So come down and help us welcome this charming wine czar, Rajat Parr to Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant.

****AS A SPECIAL FEATURE ALL WINES SERVED ON PRODUCER FLIGHT NIGHT WILL BE ON SALE FOR THAT NIGHT ONLY AT A 15% DISCOUNT TO THOSE WHO PURCHASE A FLIGHT!!!

MARCH MADNESS comes to Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and Oxbow Wine Merchant! We are not immune to this Spring ritual of college basketball zaniness. We will be showing all of the games available on all of the big screen, high-def TV’s at the Ferry Plaza Wine Bar and at our sister store in Napa, Oxbow Wine Merchant. Come on down and join us for a tasty beverage and some game time snacks and enjoy all the thrills that the NCAA Basketball Tournament has to offer! Starting today all the way through to the Championship Game on April 5th. See you there.

 

The featured wines are served as a series of two ounce glasses. If you would like a full glass just ask your bartender. The wines will also be available for retail purchase while supplies last….

The cost of the flight will be $38 and will feature the following six wines served as three pairs for comparison:

2007 Parr Solomon Hills Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County
Retail $45, 5oz. glass $14.50

2006 Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verzé, Burgundy, France
Retail $35, 5oz. glass $12.00

2007 Parr Seven Springs Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Retail $45, 5oz. glass $14.50

2007 Domaine L’Arlot Nuits-St-Georges, 1er Cru, Clos de L’Arlot, Burgundy, France
Retail $75, 5oz. glass $22.00

2007 Parr Purisima Mountain Syrah, Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara County
Retail $45, 5oz. glass $14.50

2006 Yves Gangloff Cote-Rotie La Barbarine, Rhone Valley, France
Retail $88, 5oz. glass $25.25

Hope to see you all there!
Peter, Bo, Jeff, Debbie and the entire Ferry Plaza team.

Also, don’t miss the complete schedule of our highly popular Ferry Plaza Wine Classes in San Francisco, at 6:30 pm in the Ferry Building’s Port Commission Hearing Room.

Click Wine Bar for the complete Wine Bar Event Schedule. Many of our wines are available online at FPWM.com

Join our Wine Club!

For questions, comments:
call (415) 391-9400.

Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
One Ferry Building,
Shop 23
San Francisco, CA 94111

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.

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From Virgin Mobile to Boost, Unlimited Flat-fee without A Contract is the Future of Cell Services (Short Piece #28)


 

A nice lady from Virgin Mobile wrote on my blog I misstated that Virgin is getting rid of their contract service but do have monthly service. That is my mistake but also brings me to a point that monthly unlimited service (or limited flat fee) is not necessarily a contract service.

I have been looking some phones over mostly because the keyboard on my phone is not very big. It is actually small but no different than a Blackberry. I had to explain to a customer, who was buying a cellphone with a keyboard, last week that contrary to what people believe one does not hold these small phones by two hands and use thumbs to type by visually dividing the keyboard into two equal halves. The reason my fingers do not get tired is because I divide the keyboard to two unequal halves. My right thumb does most of the pushing buttons and my left thumb helps with less than ten keys that are on the far left of the keyboard. It is a trick that works but in the long run, it is better to have a larger keyboard and a fancy phone with good keyboard can go a long way.

I looked various services over and frankly I am afraid of any contract service because I will have overages. I estimated I must have spent $5000 to $7000 with my last carrier which was an excellent provider thus no name mentioned but even with a $35 plan that I had forever, I never could figure out how I went over so much. I looked a few things over and Virgin carries Rumor 2 which should do everything I need to do but I also found Boost has new phones that work on Sprint network for flat fee. Sanyo Incognito, by my research and we also sell it but hardly ever in stock, costs a flat $50 each month which means the damage will never be over $600 per annum but works on Sprint network. That technically makes it Sprint service on an unlimited monthly basis but without a contract and I believe that is what the nice Virgin lady was saying. Virgin contract and Virgin monthly are not the same and the point is now well taken. Sprint contract and Sprint monthly are not the same either. I now know I can have Sprint service without a contract as Sprint monthly unlimited under the name Boost. That is great since Incognito will allow me all the social media privileges (as Virgin does and has been ahead of them in providing) but also has a very nice keyboard that I can type till I drop.

I think I have made my final decision and when my next bill is due with my phone (unless something better and more interesting comes my way) I just port my phone number into Boost as long as Incognito is available for sale. Why all this talk about my phone shopping? I think the days of contract phone service are coming to an end quickly and the signs of the times are here. I have had my present phone for four months and is a great device and is time for it to go. Incognito will do everything I need to do with a few things my present phone cannot do (which are very important by the way) but I figure it will last me 90 days before I have to move up again. Technology is not the only thing that changes rapidly. Our business needs can change quickly also and these devices are not made to last forever or do the job perfectly forever. A phone locked into a contract is great for non-professionals with static needs but the rest of us will have to be flexible and ready to change often.

Virgin purchased Helio (or whatever is its name) and the contract service was inherited from them. That is out the door and Virgin mobile will do pre-paid and monthly flat fee no contract service. That may be a strategic move by Virgin to take care of their niche market but is also a sign of the times. Phone contracts used to be one year and that scared people and have been two years for so long nobody cares any more. The cost of the monthly fee has gone up so much a $100 fee is nothing both by getting used to and the inflation of money. $100 is same as $40 three years ago but nobody notices the loss of purchasing power. I think the trend will be to provide equal service to contract carriers with phones that can be changed more often than two year periods and no contracts to tie people down. We can blame Sprint for that one by introducing phones that work on Sprint network but are also unlimited and flat fee through another carrier (which they own as they own Virgin). Phone service will be different in the near future and everyone has to work harder and better to keep their customers or just buy out the competition and be able to give the public a hard time by the lack of choices of providers. I think I know what I need and the solution works for 90 days. Who knows what I will need beyond that?

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.

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Edition Twenty Nine – 15 March to 21 March 2010 (Wine by Cush)


 

Edition 29 has three posts. First is a tasting announcement and the other two are about data-only cellphones. I write articles that do not directly relate to wine and they show up in this blog or writing by Cush. I believe many relate to the wine business and wine professionals and this blog is a good place to post them as is this short piece about the need for non-voice phone lines. I should have more posts in the near future as I am reading my Google reader and getting into the field visits also.

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.