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Carl's Jr.'s "Beyond Meat" veggieburger

22 February 2019 - 04:32 PM

Okay.   I was hooked by their gross commercial about a new veggieburger and had to try one on the way to country.    First, it's big.     It was actually too way too big for me.    2/3 would have been fine.




Second, I think it's good.   Moderately juicy, looks and tastes like ground beef.   Grilled flavor.   Tomato, iceberg lettuce, onion slices, dill pickle,  good sauces, and yes, normal horrid fast food cheese,    Does not scream "veggie burger".  If not told, I'd have thought it beef.   Undoubtedly the best veggie burger I've had.  


Bad photo angle doesn't show size or proportions.




Not diet food = 720 calories.   Could cut substantially by omitting cheese and mayo type sauces, but why would you?    I might someday have another.   Orik's mileage may differ.   :D

OMG Beets

20 February 2019 - 05:21 PM

Young beets roasted for an hour in foil, peeled. cut into 6ths, dressed and left to marinate in Meyer lemon/cumin/evoo/bit of brown sugar, s & coarse pepper..    Addictive.   Beets for beet-haters, guaranteed.   



Winter 2019

20 February 2019 - 04:18 PM

I recently described arriving in the country to find the top quarter  (35 feet) of our redwood snapped off by high winds.


This week, we arrived to find 2/3 of an olive tree ripped off, a large limb from another down, major damage to several oaks.  Neighbor lost two giant oaks, one of which crashed onto a 200year old out-building, the property's original home.   Some of this was wind damage, most was from heavy wet snow aka Sierra Cement.   


Indoor temp has ranged from mid-40s to mid-60s, which now feels downright toasty.    

Karl Lagerfeld

19 February 2019 - 02:16 PM


94 year-old Lucca Ravioli Delicatessen closing

29 January 2019 - 11:55 PM



Where you also go for the best priced Parmesan Regianno; meat, porcini or plain "gravy" ladled into cartons; coteghino; pigs feet; ricotta salata, bulk biscotti.    Well chosen and priced esoteric Italian wines and bitters.   And a miriad other Italian deli product.  Turnover guaranteed freshness.    SRO mid-day as the neighborhood + lined up for humungous hero sandwiches.    Also a cross-town outpost for Liguria Bakery focaccia.    


Such a loss.    Sure, we have Whole Foods....