Joe Ferri's Blog – November 2008 Archive (6)


Simply known as "Sherry" in English, this Spanish grape spirit enjoys a tradition that dates to Roman times. Produced near the Rock of Gibraltar, in chalky soils, influenced by both the Atlantic and Mediterranean, Jerez is made from Palomino Fino grapes.

The process of making Jerez (Sherry) is distinguished from other wines only after the fermentation process. A naturally occurring yeast film "flor" is allowed to grow on the wine's surface. This keeps the young wine from oxidizing… Continue

Added by Joe Ferri on November 21, 2008 at 8:08pm — No Comments


Made from cassia, angostura bark, orange peel, quinine and a host of other herbs, bitters have been a part of our beverage heritage since at least 1824. Originally known for their medicinal properties, they are now commonly used as flavorings for cocktails, as well as both aperitifs and digestifs. Their newfound notoriety (due to the current popularity of exotic mixed drinks) has led to mixologists creating ever newer concoctions. Even collectors of vintage bitters bottles have emerged. Rare… Continue

Added by Joe Ferri on November 21, 2008 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Raw Food

A culinary movement ,of sorts, has been gathering momentum among foodies - the Raw Food lifestyle. Primarily associated with Veganism, raw foods can also include both meat and dairy products in its broader sense. Sprouted and fermented foods are preferred to those thermally treated to 115 degrees F.

Most of us are quite familiar with salads, carpaccio, sashimi, and raw milk cheeses. Other choices for the raw foodist include chocolate products, dehydrated veggies, honey, fruits and… Continue

Added by Joe Ferri on November 21, 2008 at 8:04pm — 4 Comments

Power to the People

An unexpected "winter" storm caught me off-guard last week, knocking out power at home for 57 hours. It was a humbling experience. Being one that relies heavily upon modern conveniences, it was a slap of reality when I could no longer surf the net, watch the tube, or even get a cold one from the fridge.

This got me to thinking about the green initiatives that have come to dominate our thoughts in the equipment industry. Conservation is not an option. It is a mandate. Of the $10… Continue

Added by Joe Ferri on November 21, 2008 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Goat, the Other Red Meat

A lot of attention has recently been paid to the alternatives to beef: bison, lamb, boar, horsemeat, and goat. With the rising popularity of Caribbean cuisine, it is only natural that we should be taking notice of goat. Thought to be the oldest domesticated animal besides dogs and sheep, goat now ranks as one of the top sources of animal protein in the Middle East and Africa. Goat kids, being less fatty than adults, are typically slaughtered under a year old. Males yield a lower fat meat, and… Continue

Added by Joe Ferri on November 21, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Spanish Wines

Most of us know Sherry and Rioja, some of us have even heard of the Duero Valley, but who amongst us is familiar with Aire'n? This, the most widely planted grape in the world, is only planted in a million acres in the center of Spain, the world's third largest wine producing country. From Albarino, Tempranillo, Moristel, Prieto Picudo, and even Sauvignon, Spain grows and vints a huge variety of varietals most of which are native only to the Iberian Peninsula.

After centuries of… Continue

Added by Joe Ferri on November 21, 2008 at 7:56pm — No Comments




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Kids LiveWell atwitter over Twitter party

In its continuing effort to promote more nutritious and flavorful children's menu options, the NRA will hold a Twitter party  -More

Starbucks could become top on-premise wine seller in U.S.

Starbucks is planning to slowly expand its evening sales of wine, beer and small plates to thousands of selected stores throu -More

The evolving nature of snacks

Snacks have shifted from an after-school treat to a meal alternative as meal times become more fragmented.  -More


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National News

Wahlburgers Announces Expansion Plans Including Franchise Agreement in Philadelphia

Wahlburgers has signed a franchise agreement with Hingham Associates, LLC that will bring five Wahlburgers to the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. The franchise group is actively looking at sites and is targeting a late 2014-early 2015 opening for its first restaurant.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. First Quarter 2014 Revenue Up 24.4%

Comparable restaurant sales increased 13.4% - Restaurant level operating margin was 25.9%, a decrease of 40 basis points

Jamba Juice Announces Grand Opening of New St. Louis, MO Location

Jamba Juice Company announced the brand’s continued expansion in the St. Louis market with the opening of a Jamba Juice® store at 11477 Olive Blvd. on April 16, 2014.

Expert in Real Estate Analytics Joins Luna Grill

Luna Grill, the San Diego-based Mediterranean restaurant chain, is welcoming retail real estate industry veteran Greg Thorburn to its leadership team. Thorburn has been brought on board to fill the newly created position of Vice-President of Real Estate.

Rita's Italian Ice Awards Area Development Agreement for Kansas

Rita's Italian Ice has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Kansas and the Kansas City area, which extends to the Missouri side of the city, to franchisees and local residents Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Pat Reilly.


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TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."

TED: Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - Norman Spack (2013)

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

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