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Ron Johnson

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  1. Fat Guy: Most of your last response is sarcastic. I thought you were interested in a real discussion on this issue.
  2. I, personally, would not take one of these lawsuits. I do believe that the fast food industry manufactures a product that, when used as intended, causes harm. However, in Kentucky we have comparative fault, and because it is foreseeable to the consumer that the product will cause said harm (obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc) the consumer would bear a large portion, if not all, of the fault. The only way I would consider taking one of these cases, is if I could prove that a fast food corporation was advertizing its food as healthy and lowfat (think Subway) but actually knew that its products were laden with fat and calories and were likely to cause consumers to be at risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc. Then, because it would not be foreseeable to the consumer to cause said harm, the consumer would most likely not be apoortioned a large percentage, if any, of the fault. As it stands, no one thinks a Big Mac and fries is healthy and certainly would most likely not be successful in a lawsuit alleging that they harmed their health by eating them. I suspect that most other plaintiff's lawyers are thinking along the same lines as I am, and that is why these lawsuits are NOT being filed. What bothers me is that, even though they have yet to materialize as any actual "frivolous litigation", they already have everyone jumping on the anti-plaintiff lawyer/personal responsibility bandwagon. Its not surprising to me that it is the champions of tort reform that are making sure that this story stays in the news cycle. People keep hearing about and actually believe such lawsuits are being filed in every courthouse in the country. Wag the dog.
  3. What frivolous litigation? How many of these lawsuits have been filed? Has even a single one of them resulted in a jury verdict? And in response to what message is being sent, Kraft Foods announced that it is going to make changes in order to address the issue. Click
  4. A gentleman here is opening a restaurant of the same ilk to compete with Hooters. Not being short on creativity he has decided to call it Juggs. I kid you not.
  5. Frankie and Johnny's on Arabella street. Jacques-Imos on Oak Street Johnny's Po-Boys in the Quarter Popeye's (its a fast food chain, but all the locals go there for chicken and red beans and rice)
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    Cobblers

    Cobbler has come to mean any sweetened fruit dessert in which the fruit mixture is poured into a ceramic or pyrex baking vessel and the crust unceremoniously draped over the top versus a pie in which the fruit filling is poured into a crust that has been blind baked in a pan. However, a TRADITIONAL cobbler is, in fact, supposed to be topped with biscuit dough. Pie dough, is for, well, pies.
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    Wine glasses

    Or, as the Mondavi's prefer to characterize it, not another California fruit bomb.
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    German rieslings

    Umm, that was a joke. I think everyone must have overlooked this part of my original question: "I know that "trocken" denotes "dry" for German rieslings, and that "halbtrocken" is "off-dry" or literally half-dry. The problem is that I almost never see the term "trocken" on any German rieslings and I only rarely see halbtrocken."
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    German rieslings

    So, trocken means dry?
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    German rieslings

    Because I drink a lot of it, have been for a long time, follow each vintage closely, talk with distributors, importers and a few of the winemakers about their product each year, and know to expect a very different wine from Zind-Humbrecht than I do from, say, Trimbach. Also Alsatian lables will denote SGN and VT, which are further indication of what you are about to drink. I'd prefer to keep this thread on german rieslings.
  11. I drink a lot of Alsatian Riesling because I know from the label and the producer how sweet or dry of a wine I am buying. I rarely buy German rieslings because making the same determination is so much more difficult. I, for one, enjoy a wine with some sweetness or residual sugar provided that it has the acidity to balance, as is the case with good German rieslings. However, most of my non-wine-geek friends will not touch a wine that is sweet. I know that "trocken" denotes "dry" for German rieslings, and that "halbtrocken" is "off-dry" or literally half-dry. The problem is that I almost never see the term "trocken" on any German rieslings and I only rarely see halbtrocken. Instead I always see kabinett, spatelese, and auslese. While these terms have more to do with level of quality and point of harvest of the grapes and therefore are somewhat of an indication of the sweetness of the wine, I often end up with a wine that is either sweeter or drier than I wanted. I have been told that Kabinetts are often drier than spatlese or auslese, but that has not been my experience. So whats the secret to knowing how dry or sweet of a wine you are buying when purchasing German riesling?
  12. Memphis pulled pork, at least at the Interstate.
  13. Actually, its probably better. I do expect a higher mark-up from a restaurant in NYC than I do in my hometown or the "burbs" as you refer to it. Fortunately, I have found just the opposite is true in many of the restaurants in which I have dined in Manhattan, including Gramercy Tavern, Babbo, and Blue Hill. At Atelier, the champagne was very reasonably priced by the glass . . . it was free. My purpose was not to single out Blue Hill, but to find fault with any restaurant that would mark-up wine in this manner.
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    Two syrah with dinner

    I do not always equate the presence of brett with a defect, especially in the Rhone where a little merde is expected. However, I often find that it is due to other factors than actual Brett. Mourvedre, which of course would not be in the Jamet, often gives a brett-like aroma to wine. I had an Alain Graillot St. Joseph that was fairly funkadelic, to the point where I also assumed some brett had got in. It was not a bad wine, and actually paired well with our food the evening.
  15. I also sampled the barbeque spaghetti at the Interstate . . . once. Actually it is a good idea, just poorly executed.
  16. I have. Its what I used to do for a living. Depending on their pour, there is between 4 to 5 glasses of wine per bottle, so lets say 4.5 in this case. If the wine retails for $12.99, that means Blue Hill probably got it for about 8 or 9 bucks, I will be generous and say $9. At $8.50 per glass they are earning $38.25 per bottle, which represents over a 400% mark up on the price of the wine. I do not, have never, and will never expect a restaurant to charge retail for their wine. I understand the cost of stemware, storage, insurance, licensing, and all the rest, but I cannot approve of this level of mark-up. They are simply taking advantage of the fact that most people will be unfamiliar with this wine and not know its retail price.
  17. $14 for asparagus is nothing compared to being charged $8.50 for a glass of wine that retails for $12.99 per bottle.
  18. I'd take 5 years in a federal penitentiary over 1 in state lock-up anyday. I regularly visit clients in both. Its not even a close call. This should be an interesting column.
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    Espresso Machines

    I got a FrancisFrancis X5 at a discount through an Illy promotion. I also had to buy a year's supply of Illy pods. The machine is awesome and works so well. I love it. The surprise for me is the quality of the pods. My espressi made from the pods are as good as any I have had in the US. The crema is picture perfect everytime. FrancisFrancis also has great customer service. When I had a question about the machine, I emailed the company. A very nice person called me at my office ten minutes after I sent the email. She explained everything to me and apologized that it wasn't better covered in the instruction manual.
  20. I have ordered cheese from Bobolink, and aside from a little dampness from the cooling pack in the box during transit, the cheeses were very good indeed. I especially enjoyed the Fallen Pyramid. Nice pictures.
  21. I am not so sure that the South is about haute cuisine in the sense that we think of French food or "new American". I mean you can dress up anything, but that doesn't make it haute per se. I think that the best expression of southern cuisine is using the very best and ripest ingredients and letting them improve the dish. In that way I think southern cuisine has much more in common with regional foods of Italy. A terrific southern meal could be slices of artisinal country ham, ripe tomatoes from the garden with salt, pole beans cooked with a hock, fried catfish with homemade tartar sauce, biscuits, and a made from scratch peach pie. Its not haute, but if the peaches were hanging on the tree that morning, the fish was line caught from the pond on the neighbor's farm, the tomatoes are from your own garden, and the beans are too then its going to be as good of a meal as one can have. Which is not to say that technique is not important or that sophisticated methods of cookery do not exist in southern cuisine (just ask anyone who has tried to make buttermilk biscuits that tasted like cardboard).
  22. Hey Zilla, We are neighbors as I live over on that court where they have that little art show every October. Yeah, I found out about Le Beaujolais right after I posted that. Its a shame because I really liked that place. Great country French. Oddly, even though I have eaten at every good restaurant in Louisville, I have never eaten at Winstons because of a few bad reports. I will give it try now. Have you heard anything about the new Central Park Cafe that is opening over on Ormsby? Its supposed to open soon. Which B&B is yours? My office is also in the neighborhood over on 4th street.
  23. I never get tired of that question. I don't think that barbeque is uniquely southern. There is excellent barbeque in Kansas City (midwest) and Texas (the west). I think southern food is simply very good food utilizing the many foods that are produced in this region. Because the south was historically agricultural rather than industrial and had lesser population density, more people cultivated their own food. Not only did they grow crops, including vegetables, which they canned for winter, but they slaughtered their own meat and cured it for preservation. This closeness with the source of the food is the primary force behind what is considered "southern food or cookery". Even though my grandparents were the first generation in their family to move from the farm to the city and took up white collar jobs, they still planted a huge vegetable garden in their suburban backyard. My grandmother "put up" all her own canned vegetables from that garden. She also made several different kinds of preserves from the fruit that she grew in the yard, including a trellis of grapes. It is only natural that she was also a great cook. A Sunday dinner at her house would include fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, sliced tomatoes with salt, fried corn, fried apples, squash, pork chops, slaw, biscuits, and custard and pie for dessert. This was every sunday, not just special occassions. Breakfast was grits, eggs, country ham in red eye gravy, biscuits, and fried apples. My mother has carried on this tradition. I have not met many people from the industrialized areas of the north who grew up with food like that, and I attribute it to the fact that they did not have the same relationship with the source and cultivation of the food as many in the south. I love being a southerner and wouldn't trade it for anything.
  24. Potato, pancetta and raclette, no red sauce Volpi pepperoni and pancetta, red sauce Morels and dots of maytag blue, no red sauce
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