Odds & Ends

First, foremost, and most importantly, Beatrice et moi are going to dinner at Fraises et Tartines Friday night. No, it’s not a posh-chic downtown restaurant — though I’ll be first through the door if my friend Julie ever decides to open a restaurant. She did steak au poivre for her & hubby last night, in observance of Bastille Day (better than flag waving, any day). And last week, we got an invite for her bruschetta burgers, but had already made plans.

She’s been emailing me about Paleo, as she wants to do a Paleo compliant meal for me — in spite of my protestations that she prepare what she likes — and blog about the experience. I’ll certainly highlight it here, because I know it’s going to be good.

Next, I just found that my local Whole Foods has a new free range egg section.


They’ve got local, free range chicken, quail, duck, goose, and ostrich eggs. Amazing. I got away with a dozen chicken eggs, and they even had a photo of the chickens pecking around in a field, no doubt boosting nutritional content from eating all the bugs and various things they eat on the ground (dirt too, probably). It’s TLC Ranch, a mere hour away in Watsonville, CA.


Anyway, I got away with this particular dozen, the most jumbo I could pick out.


I can’t wait to try. I’ve got some Trader Joe’s "cage free" eggs and I’m anxious to see the difference in the yolks and the taste.

And, finally, the blog should cut over to the new WordPress design tonight. I’m going to have to likely go to a custom DNS rather than domain parking setup, which means that full propagation might take 24-48 hours — though it’s never been my experience that it takes that long.

We’ll see. And I’ll see you at the other end.

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  1. Martha A. Cheves on July 15, 2009 at 17:55

    Seeing the chickens brings back memories of my childhood. We raised chickens and turkeys. Some for eggs, some for the freezer. Thanks for the memories.

  2. Sharon on July 15, 2009 at 18:40

    Hopefully the new format will have the section where your readers can see the latest comments? I noticed that disappeared when you changed the columns around. I find the comments just as interesting and informative as your posts. I appreciate that you provide this place for the exchange of ideas on this lifestyle. Also, it doesn't look like the RSS feed includes the comments? Or am I missing that as I am not that familiar with RSS.

  3. Robert in San Jose on July 15, 2009 at 18:48

    If Richard were more forthcoming, he'd admit that he too raised chickens in his youth…and that his chicken raising duties were not confined to loving and nurturing their lives. The fox is in the hen house now Richard.

  4. Skyler Tanner on July 15, 2009 at 20:03


    How's the grassfed beef availability around SJ? Here in Tejas, Whole Foods sells local grass fed for 4.99/lb and "grass fed" from unknown location for 7 bucks(!)/lb. Buying local is supposed to be more expensive, right?


    • Richard Nikoley on July 16, 2009 at 10:38

      The only place I’ve seen it so far has been WF, and it ranges from a few bucks to 20+ for ribeye and such.

      There are some local ranches that have grassfed, and one day I’m going to do a tour of all of them.

  5. Richard Nikoley on July 15, 2009 at 19:49

    Actually, Sharon, better. TypePad has NEVER provided All comment RSS. Starting tomorrow, we'll have it. A major motivation for me finally making the switch. I'll never look back to TypePad machinations on ensuring a captive clueless blogger clientele.

  6. jean on July 17, 2009 at 13:10

    If you want jumbo eggs, try duck. They taste the same, or better, and are supposed to have more of the ‘good stuff”. But maybe that’s because they are bigger.
    My local (NCal) duck eggs were fabulous!!
    I’ve given up on WF, too expensive. I use my local butchershop for local (Covelo) meats. It certainly isn’t more expensive than WF.
    Besides, isn’t WF Texas based? Eat locally!
    Ummmm…I do miss the preview function. It helps me to have a better sense of typos, sentence structure and sentence ‘sense’! Yech, is that a real sentence?

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