Lunch at the Liberty

Heard they had a break-in last week, but the diner is open, the tables are full, and the special is the Bellissimo Burger, which I can recommend without reservations.

Also, all the desserts are negative-calorie, so don’t eat them unless you want to lose weight.

Okay, I made that up. All the desserts are so good you will not regret eating them. It’s good to be jolly this time of year.

Who Knows Where It’s Been? Me Vida Local II

Alternet has an investigation and review of the food selections at the dollar stores. You know, the off brands.

Distributed foods and beverages hailing from unregulated countries abound in dollar stores. Royal Dansk Danish-style butter cookies for $1.29 are made in Indonesia and distributed by a company in Melville, New York. House Mill Honey Rings are produced in Argentina and distributed by outlets in Puerto Rico, Libya and Senegal. Pickles bottled in Turkey are marketed under the Italian name Forelli and distributed by Allied International Corporation, based in Virginia.

Not all of them are bad, a few of them are actually a good deal, but in most cases you get what you pay for.

Of course, the more expensive markets sell lots of foods that seem to be what they’re not. Everything is natural now, like nature intended. Chickens that gladly gave their lives. Potato chips the way they were meant to be. I don’t know if this is Deism, or Theism, or the cosmic recipe book of the Goddess. Maybe I think too much.

Continuing ‘Me Vida Local’, Mangiarelli’s Fruitlands in North Providence has good prices and seasonal produce. I make a kind of pie puttanesca, which is just that I cut up some marked-down fruit and bake it in a frozen pie crust.

We all actually could use a break though, and sometimes the last thing you want to do is cook. Realistically, we’re not going to go to ten markets either. Still, if I’m in the neighborhood I stop at Mangiarellis. You save time because there’s no fifteen minute checkout line.

Me Vida Local List–
Stamp Egg Farms
East Side Prescription Center
Yacht Club Soda
Mangiarelli’s Fruitlands

EXOTIC LANDS: If you ever travel to the farther reaches of the globe, like Connecticut, a commenter recommends Four Mile River Farm for local beef.

From Miss Incognegro

I’m linking to this great post because the writer tells a story that is incredible. But I have to give it credence because I have heard firsthand of similar things. From Miss Incognegro–

‘Danger, Black Woman Cooking’.

My late mother in law would have a quick assessment of the atrocious rudeness of the white women in this story–‘no home training.’

Let’s train our children to apply basic courtesy and hospitality to everyone, whether as host or guest. You can’t go wrong doing that.