I’m doing a LIVE Blogcast this Friday, January 23rd 7am PST / 10am EST!!!

THE_Next_Food_TV_Network_Star edited (500x375)OK, I must admit I’m a little scared and a bit nervous. I’ve been dipping my toe in the pool for much of my life, and now I’m taking the plunge towards embracing my passion – – food and people. Live online this Friday, January 23rd 7am PST /10am EST, I’m going to share my own story: my experience as a kid growing up with ‪#‎wild‬ ‪#‎food‬ ‪#‎foraging‬ and eating weird food before Travel Channel & Andrew Zimmern made it acceptable, and more.

Wild-mustard-lush-patch Wild mustard bloom

I have met many fun, great people in the food industry. They each have a great story on how they found their passion, and I’m looking forward to sharing their stories in future podcasts! I hope you tune in and let me know what you think!

Andrew Zimmern meets Tommy Gomes plus Gabardine’s Exec Chef Chad White at Catalina Offshore Products, San Diego’s Top Seafood Provider

Tommy gives Andrew a taste of a rare treat: fresh swordfish marrow!

This past February, Tommy Gomes gave Andrew Zimmern the opportunity to sample some really fresh seafood at Catalina Offshore Products in San Diego.

Tommy shows how the Uni (sea urchin) is processed.

Eating the Uni straight from the supplier is even better than going to a sushi bar!  SO FRESH!!!

Andrew is wowed by Gabardine’s Exec Chef Chad White

Andrew was also treated to some of the seafood skillfully prepared by Gabardine’s Exec Chef Chad White.

Look for the segment to aire on Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America Mondays 9pm PST.

SonRise Ranch Gets Bad Break

Please read the following e-mail from Douglas Lindamood, and share it with your friends…

From: Douglas SonRise Ranch
To: Terree aka The Frugal Foodie
Sent: Wed, March 23, 2011 9:21:43 PM
Subject: SonRise Ranch – Chicken Breasts are in!

Hey everybody,

Do you recognize the logo at the bottom of this e-mail? Well, we used that logo on our label for our organic fed, free-range chicken breasts, and the USDA accused us of “deceptive labeling” – why?

Because the logo had a cow on it, and they said some consumers might think the chicken breast was beef! Can you believe that? Your tax dollars at work. Because of this, we lost our certification for chicken breasts from the USDA.

In the meantime, the USDA will approve chickens from the most horrendous, confined and filthy operations, pumped-full of antibiotics and growth hormones… available at your local supermarket!

This is the reason we have not had chicken for two months and we have a bunch of chicken breasts that are “non-USDA” approved, and marked “Pet Treats” – yes, because of a label, we have to sell our awesome chicken breasts as pet food. So, I cannot make a claim that our chicken breasts are USDA approved, but my free speech rights allow me to say this…

I love the taste of them.

So, if you are crazy enough to pay 6.75/lb for our chicken breasts so you can feed them to your pets – then we will have them at our markets for you. You will need to ask for them, they will not be out on the counter with our other products, such as Grass-fed beef, free-range pork and wonderful lamb chops.

You can come visit us at the following markets this weekend…
NEW! – Flower Hill, Del Mar Shopping plaza off I-5, Saturday’s 8-1

Vista (Saturday from 8 to 12)
Carlsbad (Saturday from 1 to 5)
Little Italy (Saturday 9-1:30)
Encinitas (Sunday from 10 to 2)
LaJolla, (Sunday 9 to 1)
Hillcrest (Sunday 9 to 2)

Douglas Lindamood, Owner
SonRise Ranch
(951) 719-5649

My Review of DEAN & DELUCA Italian Spice Stack

Originally submitted at Dean & DeLuca

Italian herbs for all salad and cooking needs: basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Airtight tins protect them from light and moisture.

Top Quality Doesn’t Mean Expensive!

By The Frugal Foodie from San Diego, CA on 12/9/2010


5out of 5

Pros: High quality, Flavorful, Incredible Value, Economical

Best Uses: Gifts, Pasta, Salads, Stews, Marinade, Meats

Describe Yourself: Foodie, Frequent Diner, Gourmand, Value Shopper, Health Conscious

People assume that high quality means expensive. On the contrary at Dean & Deluca! I did the math, and the per ounce prices for the inferior quality herbs & spices at the supermarket were more expensive than Dean & Deluca!!!


5th Annual Fruit of the Soul at Specialty Produce – Wow! What a fun way to raise money for charities!

$2 WUSTHOF KNIFE SHARPENING at Great News Nov 6th 11am-1pm!

Kyle Hogan, Wusthof Representative Saturday, November 6 11am-1pm Come out to Great News! on November 6th and support Share our Strength Charity while you gets two of your favorite knives sharpened! It’s a win-win! For a minimum donation of $2.00, you can bring up to two knives to be sharpened by an experienced Wusthof Representative! Come one, come all, and don’t forget those knives! *100% of all donations will be given to Share Our Strength Charity. No registration is necessary.

Great News! Discount Cookware & Cooking School
1788 Garnet Ave.
San Diego, CA 92109
Located in the Pacific Plaza

What’s the connection between Boney’s, Henry’s, Sprouts, Frazier Farms, Whole Foods Market and Smart & Final?

Being 5 years new to the San Diego area, I heard rumors and tidbits, but never met anyone who could give me any definitive answers. So here is the timeline as best as I could piece it together:

1943: Henry and Jessie Boney start selling peaches at a fruit stand in La Mesa. The business later grows to include four more outlets with an expanded produce line.
1950: The first family store opens in Chula Vista. Henry Boney later sells the chain and founds Speedee Mart.
1964: Boney sells Speedee Mart to the company that operates the 7-Eleven chain.
1971: The first Frazier Farms store opened on Grand Avenue in Escondido.
1976: Son Steve Boney founds Windmill Farms. The family later sells 11 of the outlets and keeps three.
1978: Frazier Farms moves a short distance to a new location on Center City Parkway. The popular store eventually expanded to four locations.
1980: Brothers Stan and Scott Boney create a corporation named Boney & Boney, Inc., to operate a market in El Cajon, California, under the name “Windmill Farms.” They also create a partnership to operate a Windmill Farms market in Vista, California.  Stan and Scott later created Boney & Boney/Vista, Inc., and transferred to it the partnership’s interest in the Vista market.
Also in 1980, Whole Foods Market founded in Austin, Texas, by four local businesspeople who decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format. They were John Mackey and Renee Lawson Hardy, owners of Safer Way Natural Foods, and Craig Weller and Mark Skiles, owners of Clarksville Natural Grocery. At the time, there were less than half a dozen natural food supermarkets in the United States.
1982: Stan and Scott bought a market in Spring Valley, which they held through Boney & Boney, Inc., and operated as a “Windmill Farms” market.
1983: Stan and Scott decide to leave the Windmill Farms organization in order to have more quality and advertising control. They rename their three Windmill Farms markets as Boney’s MarketplaceMike Darr (the Boneys’ brother-in-law) and Farm Yard, Ltd., also rename Windmill Farms markets they own as Boney’s Marketplace. Stan and Scott enter into a written “cooperative advertising/operating agreement” authorizing Darr and Farm Yard to use the trade name Boney’s Marketplace and stating that Boney & Boney, Inc., owns all rights to the trade name. Stan and Scott continue to operate their three markets, maintaining the stores’ existing appearance, and to market foodstuffs and vitamins under the Boney’s Marketplace private label.
In that same year, Bill Frazier sells Frazier Farms in 1983 to Norman Frazier. Norman maintains the same standards for value along with a passion for food and regard for good health.
1985: Steve Boney opens a market in Pacific Beach.
In October, Stan and Scott (as Boney & Boney, Inc., and Boney & Boney/Vista, Inc.), Mike Darr, and Steve enter into a cooperative advertising agreement. This agreement contains the following provision:
All rights to use of the “Tradename” [Boney’s Marketplace] shall remain with Boney [Stan and Scott’s corporations], except that, Steve and Darr shall also have the right to use of the “Tradename” at locations that do not compete with any current or future locations of the Parties.  The right to the “Tradename” shall expire three calendar months after any of the parties sell their store(s) and/or stop contributing to the weekly advertising budget. Stan and Scott also retain the right to terminate any store’s right to use the trade name in response to delinquency or default in contributing to the advertising budget.
1986: Steve Boney opens another market in Escondido. Steve operates both of these markets under the name Boney’s Marketplace. Steve sells the Pacific Beach store in September, and in October, incorporates the Escondido store as Stephen W. Boney, Inc. (SWB)
: Stan and Scott restructure their corporate entities. Boney & Boney, Inc., sells the right to the trade name Boney’s Marketplace, including existing licensing agreements regarding that name, to a limited partnership called Boney’s Services, Ltd. Boney’s Services, Ltd., then enter into licensing agreements with Mike Darr (president of the El Cajon store) and Norman Frazier (president of the Vista store), granting them non-exclusive licenses to use the trade name Boney’s Marketplace.
1989: Steve opens a store in Denver, Colorado, to which he shipped goods bearing the Boney’s Marketplace trademark. He subsequently sells the Denver store. Steve has continuously owned and operated the Escondido store since 1986. He sells goods at that store bearing the Boney’s Marketplace trademark, including specialty breads baked from trade secret recipes.
1989 – 1994: Events that transpired between 1989 and 1994 are somewhat unclear. Immediately before and immediately after Stan and Scott’s 1988 corporate restructuring, four Boney’s Marketplace stores were associated with Stan and Scott and used the trade name with Stan and Scott’s permission. Steve owned and operated the Escondido store. Boney’s Services, Ltd., merged with Boney’s Services, Inc. (BSI)Steve, through SWB, opened two new stores in the San Diego area. Stan and Scott and their associates opened several new stores. Relations between Steve and his brothers deteriorated;  their conflict focused on their respective rights to the Boney’s Marketplace name.
1996: After that family rift*, the Boneys change the store names to Henry’s Marketplace.
1999: Boney Family sells 12 Henry’s Markets to Wild Oats Markets, Inc. and signs non-compete agreement. The Henry’s family includes 23 stores in Southern California. Henry’s in El Cajon continues to operate as a licensed store, owned by Mike and Darlene (Boney) Darr.
2001: A non-compete agreement between the Boneys and Wild Oats expires.
2002: Stan Boney and his grandson, Shon Boney, start a new health food venture in Phoenix called Sprouts in Chandler, Ariz. The company has since opened 19 additional units, and now operates 15 stores in Arizona, plus two in Texas.
2004Henry’s in El Cajon and Vista reunite with the Boney family and are renamed Sprouts Farmers Market.
2006: The Frazier family proudly returns the name of the Vista location to Frazier Farms and continues their family legacy of bringing value to the community with the highest possible quality at competitive prices.
2007: Wild Oats is acquired by Whole Foods Market following a highly debated merger in August.
In October, Whole Foods Market completes the sale of all 35 Henry’s Farmers Market and Sun Harvest Market stores to a subsidiary of Los Angeles grocer Smart & Final Inc. for $166 million. Smart & Final in turn was acquired by the private equity firm Apollo Management earlier in 2007.

* Steve Boney (Stephen W. Boney, Inc. aka SWB) sued his brothers Stan and Scott Boney (Boney Services, Inc. aka BSI) for trademark, trade name, and trade dress infringement. The district court granted summary judgment to BSI, finding that Stan and Scott had continuously used and controlled the name “Boney’s Marketplace” since 1983 and therefore had priority over SWB’s use of the name. The district court subsequently denied BSI’s motion for attorney’s fees and reconsideration. BSI appeals the denial of attorney’s fees;  SWB cross-appeals the summary judgment entered against him. The district court having jurisdiction affirmed in part and reversed in part.

Works Cited

McMahon, Shannon. (2004, December 30). Boneys take root again in county. San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved July 22, 2010 from http://www.signonsandiego.com

Stephen Boney, Inc. v. Boney Services, Inc. (1997). Retrieved July 22, 2010 from Findlaw databases.

Tanner, Ron. (no date available). Sprouts Farmers Market. Specialty Food Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2010 from http://www.signonsandiego.com/

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