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

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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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Customer traffic levels behind RPI decline

Softer customer traffic resulted in the Restaurant Performance Index registering a moderate decline in June.  -More

Subway tops social media index, Chipotle bumped from Top 10

Digital CoCo's Restaurant Social Media Index determined the top digital influencers for the second quarter, with Subway retai -More


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National News

Main Event Entertainment to Open First Center in the Rio Grande Valley

Main Event Entertainment, the fastest-growing family entertainment center in America, is celebrating its new center opening in Pharr, Texas, a suburb near McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley. Doors will open to the public at 9 a.m. on August 6.

Darden Announces Leadership Succession Plan

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) announced that Clarence Otis is stepping down as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Darden's Board of Directors has appointed the Company's current Independent Lead Director, Charles A. Ledsinger, Jr., as Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. The Company also announced that it has amended its corporate governance policies to provide for the separation of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer roles.

National Restaurant Association Statement on NLRB Joint Employer Decision

Today the National Restaurant Association issued the following statement regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision asserting McDonald’s Corporation is a joint employer of its franchisees:

National Restaurant Association Issues Support for Clearer ACA Definition of Seasonal Employment

The bipartisan legislation will align the definitions of seasonal employment in the Affordable Care Act and streamline the applicable large employer determination process.

Rising India, Inc. Announces Acquisition Strategy Toward a Sizable Slice of the QSR Pizza Pie

Rising India, Inc. (OTC: RSII), announces today it will immediately begin work toward the acquisition of up to 5 profitable stores in the popular Quick Serve Pizza Restaurant segment. Current targets are currently earning about $450,000 in revenues per year, per store. Acquisition of targets would provide immediate cash flow identified from profitable longstanding, absentee owner operations with proven model success.


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TED: Ze Frank: Are you human? - Ze Frank (2014)

Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin …

TED: Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime - Heather Barnett (2014)

Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out.

TED: Shih Chieh Huang: Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea - Shih Chieh Huang (2014)

When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures.

TED: Nikolai Begg: A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery - Nikolai Begg (2013)

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.

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