Support Your Community: Buy From Local Small Business & Self-Employed Neighbors

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Cut out large corporations and give your business to your neighbors with small businesses wherever you live! Added bonus, your tax dollars also stay local for community programs and education.

Discounts on Bread, Pastries, plus Gluten-Free Products Too!

Bread is more expensive these days, and slices from the cheapest generic loaves at grocery stores are often more fluff than fiber that tear and collapse when you try to spread any peanut butter on them.  If you want to save money, you can get perfectly good bread products of the various types & flavors with higher fiber at Bimbo Bakery Outlet stores.  Many of them offer even greater savings through local ads (i.e. Pennysaver), Seniors discounts, and freebies if you buy more items (fresh bread freezes well for months). 

Not familiar with Bimbo, or just think of Bimbo as the Latino market’s version of Wonder Bread?  Bimbo Bakeries USA Outlets are in every state except seven: Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Louisiana, and Arkansas.  Bimbo Bakeries brands include: Arnold, Ball Park(Buns), Boboli, Brownberry, Earthgrains, Entenmann’s, Francisco, Freihofer’s, Marinela, Mrs. Baird’s, Oroweat, Sara Lee, Stroehmann, Thomas’, Tia Rosa, and more.

An added bonus for the gluten intolerant: at the Bimbo Bakery Outlet at 9106 Adams Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92646, (714) 968-4229, is a fantastic selection of Bob’s Red Mill products that include their Gluten-Free mixes for bread, pancakes/waffles, muffins plus more at 10% off!  Check with the outlet store near you to see they are carrying these Gluten-Free products too!

To find the outlet store closest to you, enter your zip code on the site at this link:

Are You Gluten Intolerant or Are You A Faddist?

There are people who have celiac disease, still others have some gluten sensitivity, and then there are the faddists.  The 1% of our population with celiac disease are probably thankful for the faddists, because they helped create enough demand so that gluten-free breads, pastas, and desserts are more readily available.  On the other and, they are having to endure being lumped in with the faddists, instead of being recognized as suffering from a very real diagnosed disease.

At one time, cases of celiac disease were lower here than in Europe – – only one-quarter of one percent of our population.  Research at the Mayo Clinic has found the instances since the 1950s have increased four times that amount.  Some have postulated that it is due to changes in our diet that have included an increase in products made from flour with a higher gluten content.  Still others wonder if it is due to something else.  In a previous post, I put forth the idea that it is possibly the result of flour from GMO wheat.

The reason I wrote this post, is for a friend diagnosed with celiac disease.  I have heard some uninformed restaurant chefs say that they have served regular pasta when asked for gluten-free pasta.  The said they do so because gluten-free pasta is more expensive, and they have never had a customer complain afterwards.  I would hope that those people who have celiac disease call back to complain if they eat out and this happens.  More likely I’m guessing, there are people who have either: experienced occasional gluten sensitivity, have mistaken indigestion for gluten intolerance, or someone who thinks it’s trendy to order gluten-free who can’t tell the difference.  It is my hope that these self-diagnosed alarmists will refrain from identifying themselves as being gluten-intolerant as they cheerfully eat their bagels, cakes and pasta, so the plight and suffering of those who have been diagnosed is not diluted by these faddists.  I’d love to hear your opinion, so let me know what you think!

To read about the personal experiences of one blogger with celiac disease, here’s a link to Whitney Rains’ blog.

For advice on eating out gluten-free see Dangerous Lee’s blog post.



Ready for Anthony Bourdain and David Chang on TV?

If you’re a fan of Anthony Bourdain’s snarky wit and David Chang’s tasty cooking, then you should be reading Lucky Peach magazine. And if you already read Lucky Peach, you might want to watch the pages come alive in “The Mind of a Chef” premiering soon on PBS. The episode descriptions appear to be following along with the themes of issues of Lucky Peach. Hopefully his means that we may be treated to appearances by other great chefs who are featured in the magazine such as Wylie Dufresne, Mario Batali, and several others.

PBS shows aire on different days and times, depending on the station. So here is a link to a handy application which will find the date and time this show will aire in your area by zip code.
Find the Schedule in Your Area

Click on the magazine cover below for more information about Lucky Peach.

Attention CA: Here’s the fine print on NO on 37 TV ads

There have been some virulent debate among some of my friends in the food industry in CA So everyone has more information, I have printed out the fine print from the NO on 37 TV ad so you may decide for yourself. Here’s the fine print on NO on 37 courtesy of DVR:

Paid for by NO on 37 : Coalition Against the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme, Sponsored by farmers, food producers, and grocers. Major funding by Monsanto Company, E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Co, BASF Plant Science, Dow Agrosciences LLC, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and more than 40 food company members, including: Abbott Nutrition, Mimbo Bakeries USA LLC, Campbell Soup Company, Coco-Cola North America, Dole Packaged Foods Company, Hero North America, H.J. Heinz Company, Hormel Foods Corporation, Knouse Foods Cooperative, Inc., Land O’Lakes, Inc., McCormick & Company,, Inc. Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, Sara Lee Corporation, Sunny Delight Beverages Company.

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