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Hard News: The Social Retail

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  • Stephen Judd,

    Ben: Moore Wilson has them sometimes, but I've been very disappointed in them. I think they're Australian. Anyway, the ones I bought were dried out and horrible and nothing like the blood oranges I've eaten overseas. A big disappointment.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2968 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    I would love to expand my wine horizons beyond "The boss gave us a bottle of that for Christmas and it was nice" or "Hey, we had that at so-and-so's house". However, I am too chicken to actually speak to people in wine shops, and wine language appears incomprehensible to the untrained eye...

    That's where places like Wineseeker are invaluable. They're more than happy to talk to people without much wine knowledge, and their motto is "matching people with wine". You can go in and say "I'm looking for something about $20 to go with Italian food" or "I quite like Riesling, can you suggest something similar?" and they'll dig out all sorts of gems for you. They also have free tastings every lunchtime, and "introduction to wine tasting" courses that can gently help you get informed. Plus, the singles' wine tasting nights are rather fun...

    Note: I am not getting paid by them!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1039 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    So, ha ha. I was describing this very blog post in the supermarket tonight (produce section), and happened at that very moment to see my go-to wine guy buying mushrooms.

    The Dunedinistas have put James on a contract to bring PAS to the people not privileged enough to have internet access.

    No thanks necessary Russell.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6205 posts Report Reply

  • Raymond A Francis,

    Cheese puffs are neither cheese rolls or cheese scones but things that have a sort of pastry look to them
    I didn't like cheese as a kid (well over that now) so can't comment on the taste
    Here is a recipe though
    http://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/display.php?id=59&print=1

    Wine, at the moment some very well known wines are being sold as either "clean skins" or under "house brand " names
    Not in a position to reveal those but the down side of finding a (cheap) wine you like is that it may not be around with that name next year...enjoy

    Ok, back to the fermenter emptying

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 543 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    the "B" rating

    While I can't comment on your specific operation, the difference between an A and a B food rating is mostly in planning. It has very relatively little to do with the cleanliness of the store, but in your ability to do a lot of paperwork, outlining how these ingredients are kept separate form these other ingredients etc. Of course, hopefully this planning does have a positive effect on hygiene, but it may also be for lack of interest in the paperwork.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 689 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    Actually, I'm a big fan of cleanskins because all you know about them is the (rough) grape variety. You can be sure you're approaching the wine on its own merits, without being subconsciously affected by the label, price point, etc. Yes, repeatability is low, but so's price. Lucky dip, ho!

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    opening up a farmers market in the area

    How about in the bottom of the So-hole Square? Might as well make the damn thing useful...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1721 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    "So, ha ha. I was describing this very blog post in the supermarket tonight (produce section), and happened at that very moment to see my go-to wine guy buying mushrooms."

    The Dunedinistas have put James on a contract to bring PAS to the people not privileged enough to have internet access.

    No thanks necessary Russell.

    It's like he's not just retweeting me, he's actually acting out the blog post IRL .

    That's ... art.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18970 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart,

    Has anyone seen Sanguinello/Blood Oranges on sale in NZ?

    And while on obscure produce, does anyone know where I could get fresh tomatillos? They make fantastic salsa verde but are very hard to get in Wellington.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2008 • 662 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Has anyone seen Sanguinello/Blood Oranges on sale in NZ?

    There were some at my local greengrocer the other week. They freaked the hell out of my daughter, and largely it's only Daleks that do that.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4369 posts Report Reply

  • Rachel Prosser,

    I've just come in from buying meat for dinner from the local butcher on Cranford St. A real plus is that it comes in the portion size that suits (and it's on my walking route). Long may it survive!

    It's quite old-school - quality at an affordable price is the target, with labels written in spidery handwriting. Other butchers compete on quality (Peter Timbs, Verkerks, or by packaging (Barrington has lots of Meat Packs - buy a week's worth for a fixed sum).

    When in town I'm a big fan of Verkerks butchery - they have offcuts of things like pastrami and roastbeef at very reasonable prices. Plus things like chicken frames for soup. mmmm!

    In Grey Lynn, it's quite impressive that Fruit World can survive across the road from a big Woolworths.

    I suspect they survive because they're across the road - means you can get both in one trip.

    Has anyone seen Sanguinello/Blood Oranges on sale in NZ?

    Blood Oranges are available in Christchurch - my flatmate received 3 as a gift last week.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Blood Oranges are available in Christchurch - my flatmate received 3 as a gift last week.

    What, has she time-travelled to 1947 England?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2968 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Has anyone seen Sanguinello/Blood Oranges on sale in NZ,

    Yes, got one in ma fridge, I have a watermelon salad I make and my cheffy mate suggested I add said orange to my salad because he thinks the colour, texture etc is the clincher to a not only yummy but good looking salad. The Green Rebel (of which there is a few dotted around Auckland) was where I purchased it and that's 1/2 way down Dominion Rd. Salad is, thinly sliced red/Purple( you know what I mean) onion, cubed watermelon,pieces of the blood orange and cubed feta. drizzle olive oil, squeeze of lemon or balsamic or whatever. That's it.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Struth Sofie, that salad sounds *scrumptious*! Chances of me making it are somewhat limited, but I've tucked the recipe away, just in case-

    Amy Gale -ah hah! Just like fish names, different areas call the same foods different names...you are describing (I think!) the classic scone mix(we rub the butter in, rather than cut it), which is either cooked on a girdle or -more usually these days- in an oven. They tend to be plain, cheese, herbed or -and this is the major sweet one - date. But anything goes...pumpkin/kumara/wholemeal/bacon-

    And I loved your popcorn soundscape! And realised why mine is so different - I've never cooked popcorn in a pot! Just in strange microwaveable bags that one of my family was hawking once. The results tasted yuk (like the virulently coloured & sweet popcorn of my youth), so I never pursued popcorn-cooking-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Struth Sofie, that salad sounds *scrumptious*!

    'Tis. The concept is kinda odd but once you have a bite, it is a delightful, surprising tastebud titillation.I marinate my own feta in an olive oil herbal mix so I throw in my marinated feta and the touch of chilli does it wonders. It's one of ma favs.:)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Thanks Sofie! Those extra little hints (chilli & ownmix-marinated feta)
    are now factored in.

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • nz native,

    In reply to Steve barnes 'citation needed', my information about the casulization of their work force comes directly from a manager at a supermarket in wellington, out of a staff of over 100 they have 5 full time ( real job ) employees ...... It obviously makes employees cheaper.

    Likewise the information on their mark-ups comes from management.

    They maximise the mark-ups and profits on what should be the staples of a good diet.

    Its the corpritization of our food and its going to end up with obesity , diabete's and ill health all over the show.

    And they should keep the recreational drugs ( booze ) away from the food.

    If you want that drug go to the bottel shop.

    I feel sorry for all the 'dry' alcoholics having it rammed at them all the time.

    Since May 2007 • 60 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    nz native - no details, no citation, kinda illiterate post-

    I am wholly in agreement with the idea that supermarkets remove real provenance from foods they stock. Given the mass/ive market in some places (see Giovanni Tiso's comments apropos Mexico City) this seems to be a disease of cities.

    And spreads elsewhere-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Islander - thanks for last night's gem recipe. I'm not much a baker, but there is someone here who is, and has gem iron.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2099 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    And spreads elsewhere-

    I am glad I live in the city
    I am glad my friends live all over the place.
    I am glad I get to choose anywhere I wanna be,anytime of the day
    I am glad to be here
    Thanks for having me
    :)
    Knowledge Bro'

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Ah, but those of us who live in cities here, live in relatively tiny ones (Mexico Megalopolis is 20 million plus) and we have, luckily, good internet connections, and I'm also glad to be here - and partake of your knowledge/wisdom :) Thanks for being!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Hey Islander. Being a Mexicano, I hear you. My Mum and Dad told me that Sofie meant wisdom, so that's all good.Gracias Senorita.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    (Sofie, tuakana/elder sister(wisdomwise) - yeah, I knew about the Mexicana bit!)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    Choku Bai Jo, in North Lyneham, if you happen to be round here.

    *waves at George*

    I'm in the happy situation of being 10 minutes' bike ride from Choku Baijo, but I could wish that they stayed open later on Saturdays.

    But really, if I'm out and about early enough on Saturdays, I go to the farmers' market at Epic Showgrounds, which is really da bomb. Sourdough bread, freshly roasted New Guinea peaberry from Wagonga coffee, the gourmet cake stall, the tofu/noodle/bean sprout lady, the organic spud man with his dozen varieties (with descriptions and recommended cooking methods), the free range or organic pork/beef/chook suppliers, the artisan cider people, the dukka/dips/olives people, the real chai stall (made with soy milk, and full of actual spices that have been boiled in the milky solution), apples from the Batlow orchards an hour away, the organic olive oil and locally pressed macadamia oil, the people selling hot sausage or bacon rolls, the old fella selling live chooks for the back yard.

    All that's really missing is a good cheese vendor (there is one, but his stuff is extremely expensive, and must be consumed within a few days).

    I'm glad to hear that the wheels are finally starting to turn for Auckland to get a farmers' market of its own. It's really taken long enough for a city of that size, and in a location that is surrounded by producers galore. Ok, there's always been Avondale and Otara markets, but that's often market gardeners getting rid of their odd ends. It be nice to get a good range of produce, not just of the vege kind.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 487 posts Report Reply

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