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Old 04-13-2009, 09:59 AM   #141
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Yeah, Whole Foods meat and seafood are the best, I trust them but never thought about freezing even though I do freeze supermarket chicken.

My delivery market stopped stocking the "killer wasabi mayo" so I bought a tin of powdered wasabi and just stir it in.

I just discovered a new TJ near me, wow, what's the scoop on the low prices, is it a non-union shop?

i'll wait until a deal on meat and buy a lot and freeze it. i've frozen it for over a month and it's still good. tomorrow is the last day for $2.99 ground beef. my wife bought some and i'll probably buy some more tomorrow and throw it in the freezer

be careful with some fish though. any fish that is previously frozen you don't want to refreeze.
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:00 AM   #142
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"unions like the SAG and a lot of the skilled worker unions are doing just fine because the extra pay their people get is balanced out by the fact that they finish a job faster and do better work and save their employer money in the long run."

Um, my finacee is a member of SAG and the PGA. She hates, hates, hates unions with a passion. There is absolutely no difference in skill level between a SAG, IATSE, DGA, or PGA member and a non-union member. These are "guilds", which have the intent of limiting membership and increasing salaries. The big stick they use is the Teamsters Union, which will strike and kill any production which is not 100% union. Union "electricians" are not electricians - they are semiskilled workers who plug in lights and make $300/day. There is a very real reason that so much production takes place in Canada - the unions in LA and NYC make local production very, very difficult on a feature with a budget of less than $4 million.
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"be careful with some fish though. any fish that is previously frozen you don't want to refreeze."

Almost all fish is frozen at sea. Its generally safer to buy frozen fish or shrimp and thaw it at home. I've found the TTJ's cryovac'd fish to be of excellent quality and a good value.
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"unions like the SAG and a lot of the skilled worker unions are doing just fine because the extra pay their people get is balanced out by the fact that they finish a job faster and do better work and save their employer money in the long run."

Um, my finacee is a member of SAG and the PGA. She hates, hates, hates unions with a passion. There is absolutely no difference in skill level between a SAG, IATSE, DGA, or PGA member and a non-union member. These are "guilds", which have the intent of limiting membership and increasing salaries. The big stick they use is the Teamsters Union, which will strike and kill any production which is not 100% union. Union "electricians" are not electricians - they are semiskilled workers who plug in lights and make $300/day. There is a very real reason that so much production takes place in Canada - the unions in LA and NYC make local production very, very difficult on a feature with a budget of less than $4 million.
there are skilled unions in NYC that do things like dig tunnels for the subway. i read last year when they OK'd the 7th line extension that the MTA had to pay a lot more in labor than they originally planned on due to the shortage of skilled labor
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"be careful with some fish though. any fish that is previously frozen you don't want to refreeze."

Almost all fish is frozen at sea. Its generally safer to buy frozen fish or shrimp and thaw it at home. I've found the TTJ's cryovac'd fish to be of excellent quality and a good value.
I think WHole Foods carries unfrozen fish that is transported on ice and that's it
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Seafood | WholeFoodsMarket.com

While its possible that your Whole Foods only carries fresh fish, I would consider it unlikely. Most seafood that is not used locally or delivered live is frozen at the onshore processing plant or aboard ship. If I wanted local, fresh seafood here I would be restricted to lobster, clams, fluke, flounder, blufish or striper. Salmon comes from the north pacific, and would be virtually impossible to delliver fresh.
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"be careful with some fish though. any fish that is previously frozen you don't want to refreeze."

Almost all fish is frozen at sea. Its generally safer to buy frozen fish or shrimp and thaw it at home. I've found the TTJ's cryovac'd fish to be of excellent quality and a good value.
This is not true of the high value catches from Alaska in season. Also not true of much local Washington fish, such as Pacific Cod and snapper and rockfish.

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I discovered the new TJs while walking to the major supermarket chain which is a union shop and located kitty-corner to the new TJs. I use that supermarket a lot because they deliver. I've just started looking into this; apparently TJs delivers in NYC, will be interesting to see if they start that here on the west coast as well.

When I bought $10 worth of stuff at TJ's and took a bus home, many of the passengers had TJ bags, the paper, cloth and vinyl kinds, saw no bags from the big supermarket. At first blush, it looks to me like the "Starbucks effect." But this city seems to have both chains and local stores thriving side by side. My new avatar was taken at a long-existing family business still thriving in a touristy area.
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NYC is a somewht unique market in that almost everyone delivers - grocery stores, restaurants, etc. TJ's is particularly popular there since they carry a lot of small portion items which suit small NYC kitchens, NYC has a large transplant population which may have shopped at TJ's in the past, and the store location in Union Square is of particularly high value. And despite the population and density of people, NYC does not have a corresponding large number of supermarkets. The stores tend to be smaller, and people eat out or have food delivered a lot. And since car ownership is relatively rare, many people have Fresh Direct deliver groceries to their doors.
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a lot of the new condos are even fresh direct certified or partnered or whatever
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a lot of the new condos are even fresh direct certified or partnered or whatever
If you're saying what I think you are saying, I'm into that. If I ever look into moving, I'll need to know if there is grocery and restaurant delivery available as well as a clinic/hospital in my HMO group.
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If you're talking about Manhattan, everyone delivers. Grocery store, cleaners, regular stores, sit down restaurants, wine stores. Everyone.
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If you're talking about Manhattan, everyone delivers. Grocery store, cleaners, regular stores, sit down restaurants, wine stores. Everyone.
I'm in Northern Calif. where my primary concern is staying within HMO boundaries as it would be very difficult to get other health insurance. All those delivery options are something I've gotten very used to while getting along without a car. City/suburb/small town/rural all have their pluses and minuses.
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