Week of August 25 - 31, 2014

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Summer of #MarketBasket

The way things work out can be almost magical sometimes. Especially here in Massachusetts.

Or maybe it isn't magical. Instead, maybe it's a lot of hard work and sacrifice by a group of people who refuse to accept no as an answer. Whatever the cost.

Even so, sometimes the real world ending changes the way Hollywood writes it. To make it even more fantastic.

Remember how the movie Fever Pitch had to change their planned ending because in 2004, the Red Sox ended up breaking the curse and winning their first World Series in 86 years?

Well, here we are again. Almost Labor Day. Which is quite symbolic itself. It took just over 40 days and 40 nights for the Market Basket saga to end. But it ended last night. And the workers won!

Ironically, there was already a documentary film in the works about Market Basket called Arthur vs. Arthur when everything started this summer. However, the Kickstarter campaign by Jay B. Childs did not raise enough money as of the deadline, just a few days ago. I'm not sure if this is the movie that will be made, but someone is going to make a movie.

Arthur T., the former CEO of Market Basket, struck a deal to buy the Market Basket chain in a $1.5 billion dollar sale to the Arthur S. side of the family.

As of today, he is back in charge and the workers are back in the stores! Customers are back too. I will be going out of my way to shop at Market Basket and be part of a larger effort of consumers to help them recoup the money that was lost.

After all, this is the type of company that we all want to support. Workers are valued and treated with respect. We need more of that in this country. This successful worker action by Market Basket employees has given me a glimmer of hope that corporate America can do better. Maybe it will do better.

It was not long after the 4th of July when the employees decided to rise up. Also, I had just watched the John Adams mini-series on DVD. In my opinion, what the Market Basket workers have done is truly revolutionary and echoes back to the spirit of the early Patriots.

They were brave and sacrificed for a cause that they believed in. They suffered and their families suffered. They didn't know how it would end, but knew there was no turning back from what they started. It was an experiment and it worked.

When Time Magazine chooses their Person of the Year for 2014, I hope they remember the Market Basket workers.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Quote Of The Week: Lao Tzu



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Sunday, August 24, 2014

A New Boston Coffee Shop: Farmer Horse Coffee

This delicious looking sandwich is not mine. I did not eat it. Nor did I take the picture. I have to credit my friend with that.

However a few minutes before, I had hungrily chowed down on a similar looking sandwich, when I realized that I hadn't taken a picture.

My friend and I met for lunch a few weeks ago, so we could brainstorm a project that we're interested in collaborating on together. She has no fear and is one of the most interesting people that I know.

When I realized that I forgot to take a picture, she saw a couple getting ready to sit down and one of them had this sandwich. She asked if she could take a picture of the sandwich for her friend, pointing to me, who is a food blogger. Gulp.

I couldn't believe she did that, but I'm glad she did. I can't tell if the sandwich pictured above has bacon in it, but I had the vegetarian version. It was filling and delicious too! I didn't even have room for dessert!

The bread was fresh and the red onion, spinach, sweet potatoes and goat cheese were such a wonderful combination of flavors.
On the day that we were there, we learned that Farmer Horse Coffee was celebrating its three month anniversary. A pretty big deal!

I suggested Farmer Horse Coffee, because a few months ago I had received an email inviting me to the opening celebration. I didn't get to go, but was intrigued by the idea of a new coffee shop opening up specializing in Ethiopian coffee and with an owner who is from Ethiopia.

While I loved the food, the coffee was my main reason for wanting to try the place. I had the cold brewed iced coffee, which was just perfect! Not too strong and not too weak. But I do like very strong coffee.

The interior is bright and cheerful and much larger than I had expected. The location is great too -- on Mass. Ave, not too far away from Northeastern University. I imagine they should get a nice share of the college crowd that is now filling up the city again.

When we visited it was early Saturday afternoon, but we were both able to get nearby metered parking. If you're taking the T, the Mass. Ave. stop is right there too.

I definitely recommend Farmer Horse Coffee and hope to return soon!

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Sandwich Photo Credit: Jennie Sandberg, who also sells the most amazing soaps at her new Etsy shop, SkyDancerBotanicals.


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Get Discounted Tickets: The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival


The Taste of WGBH is back for 2014! The Food & Wine Festival begins with a Chef's Gala Reception on Thursday, September 11th and there area number of additional tasty events over the following days.

On Saturday, there are two Artisan Taste sessions where you can experience a wide variety of artisanal foods featuring New England’s renowned restaurants, chefs, and local producers. Tickets need to be purchased to attend.

There will also be a Farmer's Market that is free and open to the public. It will take place on Saturday, September 13th, 11am - 5:30pm and Sunday, September 14th, 10am - 3pm.

The Farmer's Market will feature 15-20 farmers/vendors with a wide assortment of fresh produce, spices, herbs and baked goods. Check the website for updates in the coming weeks ahead with a complete list of participating vendors. It will be located in the front parking lot by Newbury Comics and the parking garage.

Sunday, September 14th will offer a Brunch Bar with more than 100 different restaurants, artisan food producers and wines serving up tasting-sized portions of foods from the exotic to down-home. Tickets must be purchased for this event featuring chef demos and live music.

On Sunday, you can also attend two educational seminars. One will be on the honored tradition of pickling and the other will teach the art and history of the cocktail. Tickets are required for these two seminars as well.

I've written about this event before and as a sustaining member, I wholeheartedly support WGBH and all of its efforts.

You wonderful readers have allowed me to do this, by supporting this blog. I donate a portion of the money that I receive from sponsored posts and advertising to organizations that I believe in, including WGBH. Thank you!

The events requiring tickets are limited to small numbers of people and tend to sell out quickly. If you want to go, purchase them soon!

Because you readers are so special, you can get a 20% discount on your tickets by purchasing them online and using the promotional code FOODBLOG.

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Disclosure: I was offered a free ticket to attend the Chef's Gala Reception. However, I cannot attend, because that day is my birthday!


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