Dinner tonight was blackened catfish, braised kale with black-eyed peas, and rice. None of these are mine (still have to figure out how to take pictures while I’m in the middle of cooking)!
Article this morning in SF Gate describes how several vendors at the San Francisco Ferry Building are being priced out of expensive rents. These are mostly small, entrepreneurial vendors (with the noted exception of Scharffen Berger Chocolate, which was bought by The Hershey Company.) The article is a typical San Francisco “evil greedy landlord shuts out small businessman” type article. The comments are interesting–people still don’t understand that in order to live up to the ideal of a “fair living wage” and “health insurance for all” you have to PAY MORE for your products and services.
But politics aside, it does bring up an interesting issue about the future of the Ferry Building. It is indeed overrun by tourists; doesn’t really provide anything unique to locals (I can purchase Far West Fungi mushrooms or Cowgirl Creamery cheese at almost any Farmer’s Market as well as Whole Foods.).
My wish would be for it to stick to its original intention as a showcase for regional food products, but also as an educational center–lectures, book signings, cooking demonstrations and classes, etc. I would love to see Omnivore Books in there, which sells new and used (and antiquarian) cookbooks. I’d like to see it part of the celebrity chef tour. I’d like to see an episode of Top Chef there. I would like to see food gardening classes, a rooftop garden, etc. And I would like to see small independent producers still dominate. We don’t need both a Peet’s and a Blue Bottle. We don’t need both Reccuiti and Scharffen Berger/Hershey.
I would love to see something like Eataly. You can sign up for classes online. There is a wine education center, as well as a beer education center. I was completely blown away when I was there. It was not necessarily the place I would do my weekly grocery shopping (if I did weekly grocery shopping). But it was clearly a celebration of an ideal when it comes to food. In fact, it also hosted the world Slow Food conference.
Controversy brewing over the use of New York grocery store vegetables instead of the White House garden vegetables, as claimed in a recent two-hour special edition of “Iron Chef: America.” The horrors! Of course, Fox News is HOT on the trail of this breaking controversy.
Abbott: Strange as it may seem, they give ball players nowadays very peculiar names.
Costello: Funny names?
Abbott: Nicknames, nicknames. Now, on the St. Louis team we have Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know is on third–
Costello: That’s what I want to find out. I want you to tell me the names of the fellows on the St. Louis team.
Abbott: I’m telling you. Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know is on third–
Costello: You know the fellows’ names?
Costello: Well, then who’s playing first?
Costello: I mean the fellow’s name on first base.
Costello: The fellow playin’ first base.
Costello: The guy on first base.
Abbott: Who is on first.
Costello: Well, what are you askin’ me for?
Abbott: I’m not asking you–I’m telling you. Who is on first.
Costello: I’m asking you–who’s on first?
Abbott: That’s the man’s name.
Costello: That’s who’s name?
Costello: When you pay off the first baseman every month, who gets the money?
Abbott: Every dollar of it. And why not, the man’s entitled to it.
Costello: Who is?
Costello: So who gets it?
Abbott: Why shouldn’t he? Sometimes his wife comes down and collects it.
Costello: Who’s wife?
Abbott: Yes. After all, the man earns it.
Costello: Who does?
Costello: Well, all I’m trying to find out is what’s the guy’s name on first base?
Abbott: Oh, no, no. What is on second base.
Costello: I’m not asking you who’s on second.
Abbott: Who’s on first!
Costello: St. Louis has a good outfield?
Abbott: Oh, absolutely.
Costello: The left fielder’s name?
Costello: I don’t know, I just thought I’d ask.
Abbott: Well, I just thought I’d tell you.
Costello: Then tell me who’s playing left field?
Abbott: Who’s playing first.
Costello: Stay out of the infield! The left fielder’s name?
Abbott: Oh, he’s center field.
Costello: Wait a minute. You got a pitcher on this team?
Abbott: Wouldn’t this be a fine team without a pitcher?
Costello: Tell me the pitcher’s name.
Costello: Now, when the guy at bat bunts the ball–me being a good catcher–I want to throw the guy out at first base, so I pick up the ball and throw it to who?
Abbott: Now, that’s he first thing you’ve said right.
Costello: I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!
Abbott: Don’t get excited. Take it easy.
Costello: I throw the ball to first base, whoever it is grabs the ball, so the guy runs to second. Who picks up the ball and throws it to what. What throws it to I don’t know. I don’t know throws it back to tomorrow–a triple play.
Abbott: Yeah, it could be.
Costello: Another guy gets up and it’s a long ball to center.
Costello: Why? I don’t know. And I don’t care.
Abbott: What was that?
Costello: I said, I DON’T CARE!
Abbott: Oh, that’s our shortstop!