XIX? Are we here already?
But to be truly Mexican, we need to be XX- DOS EQUIS.
"Stay thirsty, my friends."
Here is a link that might be useful: Link To Part XV111 of this thread.
Look what I found.
Do grab a coffee when reading. It's like a novel; but a good one.
Sounds like he was talking to Plllog.
Here is a link that might be useful: The Mother of All iPad Reviews
Why did Steve not put a Webcam in iPad V.1?
He used to know something we didn't. But not anymore.
Finally. 2D is so yesterday :)
Here is a link that might be useful: The Dawning of A New Era! Yayyy.
I don't understand. If there isn't a holographic projection then how can it be 3D? And I don't know of any stable projection that can be done without a tank.
Why no webcam? Obviously to force the early adopters to upgrade!
Re mats, I can't bear walking on pebbles. There are a lot of places around here with them in accent stripes at the expansion joints of the hardscape. I don't even like walkin on them in flat shoes, and think they're unbearable in bare feet. Yep. That's me by the pool leaping over them! And, BTW, I have dancer's leatherlike Hobbit feet! They're not tender on the bottom.
That's the long way of explaining why I'm happy for you and Steff to put them in your showers, but don't ask me for opinions. :) I don't like the slats either, but they don't hurt as much.
And re the plans for the Ce d'Azur? I was stopped at a light next to this little flower:
FEH! Who wants to drive around looking cool but sucking everybody's exhaust? Plus, I could roll right over it in my Jeep. I'm sure your Astin is similar. That's one more good reason to stick with the solar buggy.
Another thread and we are on our way to a XX rating. No room for groceries in the Lotus either.
The pebble sheets are available in a flat style that feels more like tile. If you put the pebble mats on the shower floor you would have to pick them up to clean or even pick them up every day depending on how the shower drains. The teak inside with the pebble mat outside would be a more practical option.
Steff good point. I'd have tick up the pebble sheet and likely wouldn't ket the shower drain properly.
FEH! Who wants to drive around looking cool but sucking everybody's exhaust? Plus, I could roll right over it in my Jeep.
ROTL;;; Them California Chicks are tough, not to mention practical.
Yep! New rule: No cars slung lower than the wheel wells.
I think my Apple cap just blew off in the wind!
For many years, my good friend in Mexico has been quick to remind me of the Apple myth. That what was once an innovative company making high quality computers on a great Operating System decided to take the path of mass consumerism and that was the end of Apple as me/we the true and original Apple loyalists.
Clock back 2007. Solly goes to buy the "NEW 24 inch iMac". Upon release there is a sudden backlash. Apple has gone to their "sexy Hollywood Glossy screens". Bbuuut all the Apple pro design people are shocked as Glossy screens do not render accurate color. I am photo oriented so I too am disappointed that there's no Matte option. GRRRRR;;; Fine Solly says, very begrudgingly. I'll buy the "Gloss". Then starts the Next Saga. The Screen gradient issue. Yup thousands of new 24 inch iMac buyers had uneven screens and Apple had opened up yet a new can. I waited 6 months and finally gave up. I should add that I bought 2 24 inch iMacs and took them back for this issue.
Apple releases the amazing "NEW sexy 27 inch iMac". And yes this time it is a "screen flickering issue". Thousands and thousands worldwide affected. Yes I again bought one and returned it. Part 2. Yellow tinge on all iMac screens. Finally Apple acknowledges 5 months later but it is May and still the screens have the issue.
You pay double for an Apple product because it's superior right? But what if it's not? Then it's robbery.
My eyes opened further when I made my little Hackintosh. While at Best Buy etc. I couldn't believe how inexpensive all the Windows PC's/laptops were!! Less than half of Apple. I'm afraid what started out as a fantastic company now is a money machine feasting on planned obsolescence. Glitzy ads and funky colors work well on the Generation X'ers but those that know better should heed.
I saw an Asus laptop which I thought was made even better, cosmetically, than a Macbook Pro! It was $600 and it was a 15 incher. That opened my eyes up quite a bit. Incidentally, Asus laptops are the best quality machines in the world. There is a recent Reliability ratings that I just saw posted and Asus had the fewest defects of every manufacturer. They are actually an OEM Parts maker and I just read the contractor that makes Apple's Macbooks.
Now all this highlighted by my friends very good letter below make alot of sense and this boy may think twice about eating any more Apples from Steve Jobs' Garden of Eden.
Please don't compare your Hackintosh to an ipad
An ipad has a real (chinese made) Apple logo on it, not a fake (SOL made I guess) and I don't mind if:
-the ipad cost $800.00
-the ipad screen is so small I can not display a full page in it and in fact not even read it
-the ipad cannot use Leopard or any real computer software
-the ipad is not a computer
-I can not travel with a ipad (unless I buy a bulky ,heavy, and expensive case)
-And I still don't know what to do with my ipad but I am sure that some day I will find out.
An Apple (fool) fan
The day Jobs decided to use intel chips on Apple computers Apple was finished ,you can use windows on a mac or new apple sofware on any (almost) intel computer , and it will probably get worse when you find out that with a linux OS your computer will probably be twice faster.
I wish a long live to the new SOL computer corporation
Here is a link that might be useful: Look At This! 100 pages.
Here's the chart.
Apple is middle of the pack but highest in price.
Here is a link that might be useful: The Reliability Ratings
Solly, I'm so sorry! I know I teased you about the Apple worship, but it was harmless and I didn't want to burst your bubble since it made you so happy, so I didn't try to talk you down or anything, like I did with the other thing.
Besides the hardware issues you've discovered, there's also the fact that Apple programs, by and large, are very rigid. Windows programs, when developed properly, have a lot of customization and at least half a dozen ways to do most basic operations, making the computer serve the user, rather than the user having to adjust his thinking to the way the computer does it. And for all the Apple hype about ease of use and plug and play, I hear Mac folks talking for 5 hours straight at times about how to actually make those things work. These are people who know how to use computers, not hapless homeowners. With Windows you just install a driver, if needed, and everything is all better. Ten minutes and anyone who isn't totally clueless can do it. Plus, nowadays, Windows includes standardized drivers so most of the time can just figure it out by itself.
The big difference is that Macs cost a lot more upfront, and try to live up to their glossy hype (and screens) by having genius bars for the hapless folks who can't make the durned things work, whereas everyone knows that you have to customize a Windows machine, and Mac has done such a good job of lowering expectations that people are pleasantly surprised when things go together easily.
Mac hardware is supposed to be a very good platform for Linux, btw, but people do laugh at the Mac GUI (whereas no one has every liked Windows). What's really great about Apple's presence in the personal computer market is that all the things they try to do because they're cool force the rest of the market to copy them and increase the functionality and oh-goody factor across the board. No one does cool as well as Apple, even if that's the only thing they do really really well.
I'm sorry that the bloom is off, but glad you've discovered the whole wide world of inexpensive computation.
ROTL;;; and into the folder.
Plllog-Not bad for being straight. So I wonder what comes after Steff and I give you a couple of Mojitos. It always brought about the best in ol' Ernest.
Apple---Oh Goody!---No More.
E.T. (I mean Jobs) go home
;;;SNIFF SNIFF (all Plllog's fault)
Hey, force others to do well.
Android phones have become increasingly popular with mobile phone users. Recently, the NPD Group reported that the Android OS possessed a 28 percent market share, surpassing Apples 21 percent share with the companys iPhones.
Here is a link that might be useful: In Case You Don't Like Square Sharp Corners...
This was the lovely 2007 iMac release with the glossy Mirror reflection screens. Did I mention Mirror? You get to see yourself, as well as the screen!
As you said Steff, don't be the early adopter. But even in 3 years later they couldn't get the QC concept right.
If you're willing to reward them by buying Apple product, why should they?
"Apple reported it's strongest ever Quarter of IMac Sales in company history- March 2010"
Here is a link that might be useful: A Little 2007 Deja Vu
Well, after hearing about all the bad Apples, my poor Mac's feelings were hurt and he felt so sad.
Now he has no friends other than this purple iPod nano. And nobody likes purple, either.
Apple has always done a great job marketing and has developed a dedicated following. That's a good thing and they have been very innovative. Everyone has to decide what works for their business. One of the reps I worked with a few years back was among the first to get the iPhone. His email signature included the phrase "sent from my really cool but incredibly expensive iPhone." I thought that pretty much said it all.
There used to be extensive debates on the Apple vs. PC issue in the design profession. Designers loved the graphic capability of the Mac, but the primary software we used was only available on the PC because Apple didn't allow all the additional software and customization that users needed. AutoCAD has a Mac version now, but if the graphics aren't that much better then there's not much to debate anymore.
Our Bees are gone from the bush.
Unless they're up in the big tree, it's the end of my new friendship and extended family.
P.S. We could report them to a Lost Children's organization or something.
Well I hope your little friends are happy wherever they are.
BTW, iPods are cool, even purple ones. I have a great steampunk skin on mine. iPhones are incredibly cool too, as well as incredibly expensive.
I know someone with an Android. It's also cool and much less expensive.
Sol, don't throw the iPhone out with the Applewater.
Cool. Oh yeah, the cool factor.
I always wanna be cool. That's why I had the white Lamp Shade iMac. That was cool. To this day it is a desired computer by Dentists offices! They like it for the receptionist's desk as people walk into the office.
All right, June 7, let me see what you got under those sheets Stevie. Maybe we can still be friends.
And Sony? They make VHS vcr's but they aren't very good...
At least you provided the bees a good home when they needed it.
My iPod is silver so it always matches my outfit, purple is a great color. Purple island in the kitchen?
That's true Steff. Not only provided a good home but saved all thousand of their lives from the Neighbor and his cocked can of POISON.
You know they must get good hotel and frequent flier discounts with all their traveling.
Steff-wait there's no such thing as Purple in the Mexican language. Interestingly, I've never seen it.
Come to think of it, you just never see Purple Kitchens.
Plllog- Bad news. Remember the formula I had for paying off the Chateau with the new Honey Empire? Well...
But we could use some of those "creative" US Mortgage lenders :)
¿Quién es este hombre que diga que morado no es una palabra en espagñol?
I was going to give you this to make your nano feel more macho
but since you've dissed an entire color you're getting this instead
I like it HOT!
I'm not saying anything except....
Here is a link that might be useful: I Want It!
But...Solly? What about the hackintosh? Don't you already have a new travel computer?
Lol, plllog. Purple is pretty popular not to have a name for it.
I do need some purple in there, but maybe an accessory or two.
Don't you already have a new travel computer?
Yes but... We "Sell the Dell" and make the Asus Eeee PC the main man. Hackintosh Job #2. SIGH
The Dell has really pathetic battery life. I'm averaging 2.5 hours! Something I mistakenly overlooked as I was so caught up in the euphoria of the most favorite Hackintosh hackers machine. You can get a bigger battery pack which is a big ugly heavy afterthought by Dell, reminiscent of a Laptop with hemorrhoids.
The Asus is 8-10 hours!! I've also figured out how to hack Wireless N into the Eeepc which is 3 times faster internet downloads than Wireless G of the Dell.
Did I mention the "cool" factor.
Well, okay, I guess the battery thing makes sense. But do check the forums carefully for IRL battery stats rather than just benchmarks.
I have to admit, I don't really know anything about Wireless N, but will that matter in remote areas? Don't you have to have a lot of nearby antennas?
Cool factor, sure, it looks cool. But remember the refrigerators? Just be cautious about getting rid of perfectly good stuff just because something shiny catches your eye. You're never going to pay for the chateau if you go throwing away perfectly good stuff.
I think Apple loyalists would be shrieking right now if they saw this. But they shouldn't since Asus makes their Macbook Pros.
Sleek Aluminium Unibody frame
Here is a link that might be useful: Another Design Award
Now if they'd just get rid of all that surface in front of the keyboard that makes it so hard to type on any laptop. I had one, pre-track pad, that was so great!! An Austin. I got a peripheral trackpad for it because it was light as air and kept the marble cleaner for more demanding stuff. All these computers with all trackpad area and crummy keyboards are designed to make me love my iPhone that much more. :)
BTW, what's so great about a glass trackpad? Isn't that just something else to shatter or scratch? And something to put a plastic film on like the iPhone? So if you're touching plastic film, why bother touting the glass?
Plllog have you cracked open the new Le Cruesets yet as in first dishes? Steff and I getting pretty hungry ya see. And Missy too, if she ever gets home from work.
I hope you got them to fit in the new cupboards.
Steff I can't wait until the new bathroom's finished.
You've even got me excited.
Here is a link that might be useful: Steff's Present
I like the photo of the one with the painted red toenails.
Something nice about Travertine and no grout lines huh.
That's very nice, it would be a real rework to do that.
Now for some fun with purple for the kitchen from our favorite cookware source
Here is a link that might be useful: Cassis
Wooooo. A new color.
Well maybe Purple does have a future and the Higher Powers are onto something.
I see what Plllog means about black insides. Yuck. Which reminds me, I almost bought IKEA Enamelled Cast iron cookware couple years back and just couldn't get past the Black insides. And that was the Pre-Plllog era. Imagine now. No chance.
Well....the black insides do have their place... It's good on the grill and the wok. Especially now that I've learned how to clean the grill. I would never use it and then forget why and use it again. It's because the textured enamel is so hard to clean between the little ribs when char gets stuck. The trick is to soak it with a dryer sheet!!! I wonder what desperate person thunk that up? It works, though.
The pot arranging is waiting on the cabinetmaker coming to finish up, and the shelf liner getting finished too.
I'm not so fond of the newer Le Creuset colors like kiwi and cassis. The Japanese pink is really cute, though. It's mostly white with a smattering of airbrushed pink. But basically I like the primaries. :)
I did use the new, smaller braiser for the chard last week, but this is a non-cooking week. Now that I have the wok I'm thinking about things like frying wonton. I hate frying. Never considered a wok much because who needs fried food? But then, now owning a wok, I realize that one can deep fry down in the bottom (i.e., wok style) and that the really unpleasant part is contained within the sides of the wok. I want to make flash fried eggplant, which is something I haven't been able to find in the U.S. anywhere, but thought I should start with something more normal, so I think I'll buy some wonton skins and peanut oil.
Though, you know my coup finding the skillet covered saucepans with the sand interior? I hadn't seen any of these in the U.S. in years and years, and they weren't on the U.S. website (though on the U.K.). As soon as I bought my seconds at the outlet, I saw them in all colors in one of the big catalogs. I probably would have stuck with the flamme and cerise anyway, and the price difference between outlet on supersale and retail is definitely worth a small flaw in the enamel, but it kind of deflated my little glee bubble at having bagged such rare prey. :)
It's all about the hunt for a great find. The prices you found were themselves worthy of a glee bubble.
My Le Creuset pieces have what was a creamy interior and after more than 30 years they are looking quite worn. I'm not sure they would have been sand back then. The sand interior might be easier to keep. Certainly if it's new it would look better. :-)
Dryer sheet for the grill? I've heard of a lot of cleaning ideas for the dryer sheets but not that one. The website I found says use the bathtub to soak the grill racks. That's something I'll definitely try, but maybe with a bucket outside.
Certainly if it's new it would look better. :-)
Steff needs a little coaxing to get to that Outlet Sale.
Don't worry Stef, I have a date there too ya know ;)
Steff, I was talking about the black enamel, single burner sized grill/griddle with the little ribs, but I bet it would work on the bbq too. :) I found the dryer sheet thing on another forum. Maybe Chowhound. It's supposedly the anti-static (which I thought was just a petroleum product) that does it. I'm not allergic to it, so figured it was worth a try. I had a lot of crud. Most of it came off in the soak. The rest scrubbed off with the dryer sheet and a second soak. I'll check it again when it's hard dry. This is after scrubbing with a scrubby (the agave kind--perhaps nylon would have worked better) and a trip through the dishwasher. I don't mind a little cleaning. The dryer sheet trick means I'll be more willing to use the thing more often. :)
I think it was the outlet guy who called the interior glaze "sand". Mine are pretty creamy too. There is a lifetime guarantee if yours are getting too worn :)
Well, Solly, I would too. :) I hope that doesn't mean you intend to replace me!
Cleaning the grill pan is one of my least favorite tasks so the dryer sheet method will definitely get a tryout there too. I think twice before using it if I don't have time to clean it immediately. Mine is all cast iron, so it never goes in the dishwasher.
"Well, Solly, I would too. :) I hope that doesn't mean you intend to replace me!"
AWWW;;; You know you have no equal (man reading cue cards correctly)
It's just Puppy Love infatuation, Silly.
In fact, I'm taking you and Steff with me!
While you girls burn the rubber mats of all 158 shops and get your arms toned in the Outlet Mall, I'll commence the mating ritual in the Creuset Store and hopefully that'll get the price down so that you can round out your collection and Steff can load up on hers too. Woallah, and everyone's happy!
Here is a link that might be useful: And They Called It...
Oh no, you've brought out Donny Osmond to impress us?
That'll cheer me right up as I may not get to Le Creuset outlet for the sale. Just too much going on right now. Might have to wait until next year.
Recent studies found most Canadian women are more likely to get jiggy with clean shaven men than those who aren't.
The findings show"a clear link between material, emotional and romantic satisfaction and the frequency of men's shaves."
An anecdotal survey of a half dozen Toronto women backs this up.
Darcey Vany, Author of Toronto dating Blog fitdarcie.com, recently mused on the growing habits of men by concluding "Just because men are genetically able to grow hair on their face doesn't mean that they should... You need to shave every day. We can tell when you don't and you look like a bum." Ouch.
Probed further, the 31 year old says there is a widespread agreement in female ranks that male facial scruff triggers silent dismissal. "It's a deal breaker", she says. "We've all been with someone who doesn't properly groom. Non-shaving is usually symptomatic of worse bad habits."
Enough said. Bring on the Shick Hydro!
Rick Ricci, owner of Toronto's lavish mens Barber shop, where Bay Streeters recline in old school chairs, says "We're world renowned barbers and , I'm telling you, the single blade can't do as well as this."
Developed over seven years and millions of dollars by who else? (German engineers) and American.
Here is a link that might be useful: Smoother Than a Baby's Bum?
Ya know. Always looking for that edge... Pardon the pun!
LOL!! Sol, I think that the facial hair poll was about two things: Sloth and itch. Some guys can pull off stubble. They're young and cool. Or ex-soldiers like my GC. Every three weeks he gets his hair cut and grows his beard to compensate (and not look like a baby). He carries it off. But that's because he has a good, heavy beard, and because the whole look of military cut and equal length beard looks styled and clean on him. Most guys with stubble just look unkempt and like they don't care if they look like the morning after.
Then there's the itch thing. The GC is married. His wife obviously puts up with the revolving beard. Stubble itches and leaves rashes and irritation on the tender skinned loved ones. Some guys with fully grown in facial hair have nice soft beards and are like cuddly bears. Most have variations on Brillo. With dandruff and crumbs. ICK!!
Sloth and itch. Who wants to cuddle up with that?
Clean, groomed and soft? Manly, sexy, and mysterious. And rare.
Should It Be?
Colorful and Game Changing Men's Razors Part 1.
Halleluliah and Thank You Shick!
Further to above,
Thank goodness the hoakey claims of the Fusion Power era may lay to rest.
Since the day it came out, I've said it was a money making hoax. Blades $15 for 5 etc. It doesn't even budge a real beard.
The testimony from a famed Toronto Bay Street BLADE Barber is simply amazing.
This is true technological advancement and not Gillette bubble gum sales fluff.
Ladies, just think what this will do for your legs if it is a miracle for a man's beard. Hmmm.
Ladies' leg hairs are actually tougher than men's beards.
Why are we talking about shavers?
Oh yeah, the mating thing lead to this amazing invention story in the local papers.
But on a more important note, I am engrossed with the mayhem in Bangkok. What a shame in every respect. Sending in troops against it's own people and all the killings and now a country destined for civil war among classes. Sad.
I have just finished sending a report to Foreign Affairs Canada to report my buddy who lives there and whom I have not heard from for weeks :( I'm hoping for the best.
How do you all like this?
It looks unfinished! And what's with the wall of glass between the bench and the shower? Very odd. There's something very wrong with this picture. I wish you could see the kinds of things they're doing in the hills here. Check into some architecture magazines at the library.
I hope your friend is okay. And I hope for peace for the whole country.
Plllog, that wall of glass is the open glass door. It swings out to the right. You can see the top hinge.
I just sent the email. Wow, first time I ever reported someone to an Embassy in the fear of safety.
Plllog, what's with all the rage of benches in a shower? I'm suddenly seeing this everywhere. New fad?
Steve luckily covers his tracks.
Here is a link that might be useful: Good Apple!
Oh! The door swings in. Safety hazard. Check code. I thought it was stationary.
Bench in shower: Good place to rest foot while shaving legs. Good place to sit while washing if one is old and feeble or injured. Good place to stash the nostrums and elixirs of modern cleansing. Interesting terrain for shower cross. Or twister. Substitute washing seat for those who have no tub.
I still think the design sucks, even though I better understand the layout. Way too choppy. Like when my music teacher makes a mistake and calls it jazz.
That's a good idea to let someone know about your friend, I do hope they locate him. Do they report back to you?
Choppy is a good description for that shower and the pebbles up the wall are too much unless it's a resort shower.
Shower seats are not all that new, but there isn't one in ours and I'm adding it when we reno the space. It's a good idea when you plan to be in a house for a long time and is required under certain situations.
Shower seats are also often where they hide the motor for the jacuzzi tub. :)
Solly's gone to the hills to find his own river rocks for his shower.
bashfully peeking in.
so sorry i got lost again - i seem to apologise every time i poke in here. i have been working lots of hours, and still trying to finish the reno, and sqeeze the odd bike ride in here and there. i've been able to ride to work a few times and love it. :o)
i did go back and read - thanks for the tip on spray starch, plllog - i wouldn't have thought of it. ironing *is* absolutely a must when doing anything with fabric - i learned that the first quilt i made with tiny little 2" squares. :)
solman - yay for you doing your own hacking.
i read the info on laptops and guess i'm one of the lucky. i've had my hp now for about 5 years (top of the line at it's time) and it's still going strong. i even used it for work (8 hrs/day) for 3 of those years. i've had hp ever since my first laptop and likely will be getting another when it's time.
steff - double congrats on the house sale. that's such good news in this economy.
i'm torn on the whole river rock look. i kind of think it looks out of place in a house. it's different in a hot climate in an outdoor shower, but it's honestly always looked out of place to me in a normal middle class home. the other place might be in a log cabin in the woods or something ... sorry, just my 2 bits. on the other hand, i love wood floors in showers and other 'natural' materials.
plllog - any new kitchen pics that i've missed? i'm with the others, wanting to know how your storage is working out. i showed my DH your pics of your corner drawers. it was too late for us to imitate, but he thought it was a wonderful idea!
my 'baby's grad ceremony is tomorrow. i can't believe it!!
i have been feeling a bit old lately - my bike helps, but then the kids have to go and graduate and stuff like that!!!
i think i've given up on le crueset. :o) I have decided to be happy with my current cookware. i do have decent stuff, so i'll use it till it croaks.
on the other hand, i am going to get a fun accent piece such as a fruit bowl or some other 'vessel' (as plllog calls it) just cuz. i've fallen in love with polish pottery and am trying to narrow down which one i love most. :)
Hi there Missy. Good to hear from you and had been wondering what you've been up to.
Polish pottery is pretty and quite similar to some Talavera patterns. I'd even considered it as an option to Talavera as an accent piece.
I definitely agree that river rock showers are best left to the resorts and cabins. Just a bit of pebble mosaic on the shower floor was all I was thinking. If I do this it will be the polished split pebbles that are flat as tile. There's a lot of stone both inside and out at my house. Even the front yard is river rock so it wouldn't be entirely out of context.
Glad you are having fun. Congratulations to your "baby."
No. I've been in the Whse. dealing with the big shipment that finally arrived! All is well and shipped the 2nd order today without backorder! Phew.
Missy! We're glad to see you. Do check in Calgary there must be a Mexican furniture shop that will have some Talavera Pottery. It's so nice.
Ah, if your house is surrounded by river rock, it would be much more appropriate, Steff. Where we are located it would look very out of place IMO. I have seen it here, and I know people love it - but for me, it would never feel right.
On the other hand, I would love to have a river rock yard! I've been trying to come up with a way to get rid of my grass in front and have it look nice still. I am so tired of wasting water on it, and would love to be a bit more 'green'. I am seriously thinking of hiring someone to help me with a plan (first time for everything eh? lol) for something low maintenance and drought tolerant.
I'll have a look for Talavera Pottery. A couple of the things that really appeal to me about the Polish Pottery is the supposed durability (fired at higher heat from what I understand), ability to use in freezer and/or oven, and the lead-free finish. Although I want to pick a 'vessel' primarily for beauty, it sure would ease my practical conscience if it could serve double duty as a casserole dish or something.
Thanks for the congrats, Steff, and congrats on your no back order state, Solman. :o)
Missy! Did I hear something about Baby? Aww.
I hope you have a real nice time tomorrow and do watch out for him ;)
Thanks for your kind words.
Last night I was doing some grocery shopping for the Birthday celebration Saturday and wanted to treat myself to something fun.
He who loves a Mexican Kitchen must obviously love...
"With flavor as big as the Lone Star State, this authentic Texas salsa is made right in San Antonio, where folks really know their Salsa!"
President's Choice Salsa-Original Recipe
Hi Missy!! No pics yet. I'm back on the schedule for finishing which means that the kitchen is a mess again. The storage is great, but there's nothing particularly unique. I'm impressed with things like the Ikeafans broom pullout, which they're circulating in Discussions again. I have some nooks and crannies which are just a matter of utilizing available space, and my mother's horizontal tray shelves.
River rock showers are "normal" in the Southwest. Even the rounded pebbly kind.
Steff, the flat ones are fine! Just like tile, but smoother. :) Not tootie hurting.
Sol, glad the work is going well.
Missy, sympathy on the milestone, but congratulations to your "little" one. :)
Have you noticed that this topic can be pronounced "chicks"?
Plllog hope you had a good progress day with the GC.
I think I will try to dig up a GC in the coming days too.
Something I've been thinking of which will have to be addressed shortly. The 4 holes where previous unsightly large pot lights existed were spaced in the 4 corners of the ceiling. When looking at the placement of where they were, the holes were about 4-6 inches in front of the countertop edges. But I thought I read somewhere that the ceiling pot lights should be at the countertop edge. This would be good to know before the new pots go up.
The question becomes do you want the pot lights lighting up the worktop or the actual kitchen/floor? Also all this considering that under counter lighting also exists.
That's a good question for the lighting forum or the main discussion forum (I had a lighting designer). I do have some augmentation lights in the corners. They do seem to be centered on the counter edge, though not actually on the corner, if I remember right, because of the joists being there.
Re hiring a GC, I don't know if you have a big enough project for a general contractor to take it on. A good general carpenter should be able to finish up for you. It's just too bad about your experiences with the previous carpenter.
Plllog do you think I should call a Lighting Designer? That's a good idea.
Are you in vacation mode there? It's Victoria Day here and coincidentally Summer temps and sunshine finally arrived, which is a good thing :)
No, I don't think you need a lighting designer. I think you need to do some more research and get an electrician.
Happy Victoria Day! No vacation here. Next weekend is Memorial Day. Flags in the national cemetaries. Snow in So. Cal. yesterday, and lots of wind here. Sun, but cold.
OMG Plllog, are you serious? SNOW!
I'm sorry to hear that.
Are you all sweatered up?
Yeah, i think the Electrician should have an idea. Last time I just let some Handyman contractor do it and who knows how much thought went into that. Lighting is too important not to get it right.
Sol, the snow was in the mountains. We just had wind. At least it blew out the gray.
No, don't ask the electrician!! Ask the Kitchen Forum and tell the electrician.
I just posted but I think I goofed. I put it in the lighting Forum. You think the Kitchen Forum would be better?
Phew. glad the snow was in the mountains. We had snow on a Victoria Day weekend about 10 years ago and it really depressed me.
Plllog-as I look at the calendar and see the Le. C Outlet SALE deadline nearing and Pennsylvania calling, I'm trying to put together the ideal combo and I just know that you'll end up sending me there alone! So perhaps we should get the line up ironed out first. You must have some good ideas. Since this will be an investment, I'm thinking I'll have to do it sensibly.
Here's what I was thinking. If I had been in Germany last year, I would have walked in a store and bought the Silit Passion colors Enamel on Steel set. I would end up with the "Euro standard" 4 pots that every company packages (likely for good reason). Those are:
16 cm low casserole = 1.9L (rice for 1-2)
20 cm low casserole = 2.6 L (meat braising)
20 cm high casserole=3.6L (stews, pasta for 1-4)
24 cm high casserole=6.6L (Big stuff-many corns, potatoes, soup?)
16 cm low saucepan =1.3 L
My thoughts on the "Euro Standard Set".
I have never had the "Jumbo" pot of 24cm 6.6L but seems essential i think and one I should have had but didn't.
I used to live off these basic pots:
16 cm low saucepan
20 cm High casserole
24 cm covered skillet
The 20 cm low casserole seemed like a left out pot. Yes it's low for low stuff but it's not enough surface area for much and the 24 cm skillet (10 inch) always seems like a standby.
Then there's the Le. C WOK which must be at least 24 cm dia. right? Could I use that as a WOK and covered skillet to save on buying both?
How big is your "daily go to" saucier again? cm/L
Looks like I'm not getting out of that shop alive with under 4 pots! Lucky the discounts multiply with Qty.
Oh, and color? One Orange, one Dark Blue (not Caribbean), one Red, one ???? Eeek what do we do about Green? That yucky limey one? Or just wait and hope that the good Green will come back one day? Shame to double up on colors in a Mexican Kitchen. Or since the Jumbo 24 cm 6.6L one is rarely used by a small household, that could be the duplicate color since it will rarely be out with your 3 color mainstays.
Here is a link that might be useful: Silit Passion
Color is easy. Go with what moves you. Get anything that goes with the Guadalajara tiles and makes you feel happy. For the dark green, you have to go to Williams-Sonoma, so if you want one that color, check what pieces they have, and which on your list costs least there.
Don't forget yellow (Dijon)! But take a tile with you to make sure it goes.
My little delightful saucier is only one quart(ish) and they don't have it anymore. My current go-to's are the small braiser (low casserole) and 2 qt. skillet topped saucepan (both pieces). I just got the one sized larger and haven't used it yet. I find the smaller one great for cooking for one or two, but needed bigger for more people. I don't understand what you said about the wok at all, but it's a wok. A wok is a wok. I could never use it as a skillet, but you could use the braiser as one. The main difference is ear handles instead of a long handle. They also have real frying pan shape (black textured enamel interior), and the saucier, if you want a long handle. Oh, wait. There's no lid on the frying pan. But I agree that you only need a braiser or a tall sided covered skillet, not both.
What should you get? This isn't an all or nothing type of thing. Get the equivalents of the pots you actually use or felt the lack of. You can add more later.
How does this sound?
2 qt. Skillet topped saucepan
3 qt. Braiser, or saucier
4.5 qt. dutch oven
Maybe consider a grill pan, and maybe a press.
You know, even at outlet prices this is a pretty significant investment....
I like your combo suggestion Plllog. I like the skillet idea a lot. I'm always browning onions for tomato based pasta sauces in 18/10 steel which I learned is a big no no. Tomato acid is affected by Steel right?
I also think you have a good point about a significant investment. I don't have to do it all in one shot.
BTW, have you broken in your duck pot? It must be nice. I asked the Outlet girl and she knew nothing of it.
Wonder where Steff is. Maybe the Bathroom is finished? Or hopefully working on the house closing as month end nears. Yayyyy!
Plllog can I have you step into The Conversion Chamber where I can
de-progam you of this silly "quart" talk. Think Metric-litres!
I'm back and have been busy with multiple projects. We're still on track for closing early June. I'll miss the frequent trips to Houston though.
I did manage about 15 min. at the LC outlet, but didn't make a purchase. I'll probably wait until fall, they have another sale then. They didn't have much in the way of closeouts or markdowns other than the advertised sale. The prices were better at the Williams-Sonoma outlet where they were having a big sale.
President's Choice salsa from right here in San Antonio? Oddly, I've never heard of it. I'll look for it, but I rarely use jar salsa as it is really easy to make and so much better fresh.
Missy - My front garden is Xeriscape and is great for those who don't want to mow or where there are water restrictions. It's perfect for your location. I enjoy ours and it does not look like a desert at all. It's full of Salvia, Ornamental Grasses, and Rosemary. Some of those won't grow in your zone, but you can find all kinds of info on plants that will. The best reference for your area would be High Country Gardens in Colorado. You might be able to do it yourself if you work in sections by doing a little each year.
Here is a link that might be useful: High Country Gardens
The pot drawers are still awaiting restoration, so I haven't even washed the new pots, except the small braiser because I wanted to use it. The duckpot is for a big honkin' bird and I'm not entertaining right now. Did I post the picture of the Turducken? I'll add it below for your edification. The smaller one is the 5 qt.
BTW, the reason I say quart on these is that a lot of them are described as quarts and the metric version are interesting decimals. And also because those are the sizes as I use them. I used metric when I lived in metric land. Here I use avoirdupois. I love the English system. Pints and pecks are so much more interesting, as are feet and inches (thumbs).
My skillet from the skillet topped saucepan is my most used pot. With the induction I use the pan more. On gas, the soup pot was my favorite (chefkev explained why it was such a good shape), but it's not as good on induction--the contact area is smaller so it loses its specialness. I use the little skillet for eggs, crepes, browning onions and mushrooms, making a sauce, etc. I got in the habit of using a little skillet for everything when I was in metric land and only had that and a couple of small kettles. I could use the little saucier for sauces (and have), but when I'm cooking something in the saucepan, I just use the little skillet with it, and combine. One presumes, as designed. Though I hardly ever used the saucepan part before the induction, as I said.
That's my old large braiser next to the goosepot.
Thanks for the photos Plllog. You weren't kidding about size.
The one inside your goosepot is one of the new dutch ovens/high casseroles right?
Is this covered skillet you use frequently now a Le C? or a "everyday" Stainless?
After I wrote my Sonnet above, I forgot to remind you that I'm a steamer. That's my ancient form of Microwave for reheating. That operation is very ideal with a 10 incher (as you would say). Better known as 24 cm. I even have a nifty Chinese Bamboo steamer basket with lid which I've yet to use since I had the typical Stainless steamer basket. Quite remarkable how I embrace this considering the high tech addiction in me.
BTW. I finally see your logic on this Le. C color thing. They make different color lines for various sales channels. And yes Williams Sonoma has the killer Talavera style Dark Green and definitely I need Dijon not the muted Citron. Good thinking chief. My you're good with the little details.
Steff- I'm very proud of you for doing the great research at the Outlets. I almost fell over reading your post that the W. Sonoma Outlet could beat the Le. C Outlet at their own game. Amazing!
About that Salsa, President's Choice is a private label of Canada's biggest supermarket chain-Loblaws. I tried it on Saturday and quite frankly did not really like it. BUT... I'm not so fond of watery Salsa even in Mexico. I like Salsa Fresca. Correction I LOVE Salsa Fresca! Salsa must have fresh diced tomatoes, cilantro, and cebollas. Actually that is the standard in Mexico. I almost never et the watery one because it spooks me out with the idea that it may have water in it. And we all know what happens when you drink water in Mexico.
Glad that the closing is a go. (((Thumbs up)))
I've been waiting on the California Cast Iron "manufacturer" to get my tile in single hole 25 x 22 inch single bowl which they only import for a UK customer. Their standard stock is 4 hole :(
SIGH;;;; I'm just getting ready for a back up plan. Should they not get it in, I would be forced to the Kohler 30 inch single bowl Tile In.
Assuming I get the choice, what would your votes be again:
A) 30 inch sigle bowl Kohler Bakersfield
B) 24 inch single bowl Kohler competitor Ceco
NOTE: I just checked the Ceco specs and it states 12 inch depth which is a deal breaker for sure. But must be a typo since their 30 inch shows a 15 inch depth. 15 is a minimum for a nice sink. Plllog yours is even more since you don't have the silly ledge. Correction--NICE-- ledge that keeps water from dripping behind sinks and onto windows :-)
There is also a looks issue. The Kohler ledge is smooth. The Ceco has a strange ridge at the back.
Both are better than the Stainless 30 inch double bowl that i have now since the good bowl is 16 inch. Is In a local plumbing shop yesterday, the salesgirl emphasized how rare it is for a person to buy a single bowl in their shop. Obviously she hasn't been to Buffalo/America where there are single bowls galore selling there.
Plllog you and Steff are both visionaries so perhaps aesthetics should be considered. Would a 24 inch sink look silly or OK in front of the 36 inch wide big grand window? Or irrelevant?
Basically looks vs 3 extra inches of prep area. No matter what, I have to learn to use the dishwasher and get my money's worth out of that German Porsche, I mean Miele right?
Here is a link that might be useful: Ceco Cast
That makes sense about the Loblaws house brand. I googled President's Choice and noted that mostly Canadians were discussing it. My local market, HEB, has an entire aisle of salsa and hot sauce, but no President's Choice. When good tomatoes are out of season, I use canned diced or roasted tomatoes and it's still better than the jar. Generally I use only cilantro, onion, tomatoes, and jalapeno all diced with a dash of salt. We have it fresh almost every day when we are at home.
I did love that skillet topped pan at LeC. Very practical and is going on the list for fall. W-S has an outlet at Grove City, so check them out for additional discounts and special items only available there. I think they had some of the dark green at our W-S outlet. Don't remember how long the additional discount on cookware runs, but you could probably call.
Further to above.
The Kohler 30 incher.
Also, would it concern you that buying the Kohler would be greater guarantee, literally, should you need a warranty repair. Who is Ceco, like really? And you certainly can't call the same as say Kohler Canada and say hey, my sink's chipped or whatever.
Not sure if this is important but I have a 30 inch hole in the plywood right now from the Stainless sink. Mind you a plywood change at this stage is not really a big deal I'm sure. Were talking maybe $50 or so.
So, ttthhaat's it folks. Them are all the facts for the LEGO sink puzzle.
Here is a link that might be useful: Kohler Bakersfield Smooth Back Deck
LOL Steff! It's amazing we must be telepathic or something in the way we always cross-post within seconds, so often.
They do say... "great minds think alike" :)
Plllog, I keep looking at the photo of your Le. C's and it's hard to describe but they really are a beautiful thing, visually.
I am SO glad I didn't plunk 400 Euros into an elite German Stainless set a few years ago. Color is just so refreshing in a Kitchen, not to mention a pot. Something I've yet to experience.
Steff-that is such great news on the Green. Wait did you say Le. C had a covered skillet? As I type I find all this quite cute that:
1. A guy can actually get excited over cookware?
2. He doesn't even have a kitchen; but is hot for pots.
Plllog-aren't you coming out to play tonight?
I bought an extra Popsicle for you ya know. A chocolate one.
Steff- I can't find her.
Plllog-hope you're not stuck in that dreaded infamous LA Expressway. We didn't need the Tamales that badly.
Steff and I are off to the movies. We'll meet you there.
Wonder if there's an App for that? The Movie Meeter. Tells you the exact show and times of where your friends are at. And if they bought enough popcorn for you!
Here is a link that might be useful: Movie Night In LA
Sorry last night's post was disorganized. It said at the top--too far from the picture. The one inside is my old 5 quart dutch oven. What you would call a high casserole. Big difference between 5 quarts and 15 quarts!
Not a covered skillet. The skillet is the cover for the saucepan. Currently called "two in one".
Le Creuset makes glass covers for their anodized line (and the wok). I don't know if there's one that would fit the frying pan... Some generic lid would. For a covered skillet substitute, get the braiser, otherwise known as a "buffet casserole", or your low casserole.
What you're calling a "watery" salsa, i.e., salsa picante, is made with peppers and vinegar, and is actually of an older tradition, being a preserve, than salsa fresca or pico de gallo which depend on fresh produce. There is no water in picante.
Silly Solly!!! Back up plan is a 4 hole sink with slugs where you don't want to put accessories. Do you have to have an Airgap? Not for Miele, who don't require it, but for code? There's one hole gone. How about a soap dispenser? I wouldn't clutter it up with a side spray, but you could. Or you could get the escutcheon.
U2? With or without you?
Oh! A fudgesicle for me? Thank-you! I hope you kept it in the freezer!! I was out for mini-garlicpalooza. The ex-Mrs.-garlicpalooza to be exact. Much levity and conviviality was had by all.
ROTFLMAO!!!! There is no infamous LA Expressway. We don't have 'em. Not a one. And they have tamales in my neighborhood as well unless you're going to be terribly snooty about the masa.
And, yes, of course there's an app for that!
plllog - Glad you had a good time at the garlicpalooza. Thanks for figuring out the watery salsa thing. Now I get it.
Solly - Salsa means simply "sauce" and many forms of it are cooked, not fresh, and have no tomatoes at all. Tamales are rare in the summertime.
See the skillet tops the saucepan and the price is not much more than the same size pan without the skillet.
Polly oh so clever and yes you cracked the Da Solly Code.
Here is a link that might be useful: The Da Solly Code
((Hee)) I just thought of something.
Reading the Link line from the above post at 23.31... "Smooth Back Deck" sounds like some Spa ad from LA.
Steff! LOL We did it AGAIN! Cross post. Are you sure you don't have a Keyometer hooked up to my Macbook and every time I start typing it simultaneously activates your keyboard?
BTW, Solman, any kind of cooked salsa would have killed off any nasties anyway....so might be safer than the fresh kind :)
Re jars, for just dousing a cheese sandwich or something I'm happy with Pace. It's "real". Not the fancy stuff. Just Medium Pace like the original one. I can't be bothered putting up my own salsa picante for throwing around on ordinary food. Also, for pepper sauce for cooking. Roasting and peeling peppers takes a couple of hours for not much sauce, and for cooking I can't really tell the difference between homemade and Cahuilla or simliar.
Steff, tamales are available around here year 'round. We have some stores that specialize, etc. They're not a particular draw in Summer, and nothing like the Christmas rush--and certainly not steamed at home--but available.
That skillet lid is quite the trick Plllog. I really love the skillet--lid. The shape size etc. Color (thumbs down).
This Juarez feature in the Toronto Star is really getting me down. What a shame. El Paso is calm. Steff, are you a ways from Juarez?
Finally in contact from my Bangkok friend and he claimed not a single email in over a month from me. I sent about 15! Looks like Thailand started filtering Yahoo and Hotmail for anything coming in or going out. The Gmail seems to be working. Streets are under curfew starting at 9 PM. No one allowed without a passport and a flight ticket. Military thugs await in the streets. The PM is a marked man and now travels only in a Bullet proof Humvee. The King remains silent.
Our shot Canadian journalist had a waving white flag and new found cell phone video shows he was shot yet a second time after falling. Wow.
There is no infamous LA Expressway
OK Freeway! Ya know, the clogged things full of traffic jams that LA is famous for.
That article that said LA had the worst traffic jams of any city in North America. Miracle that they beat TO. ;;;SIGH
Sol, I was providing an illustration. Don't blame me if they're pushing the Caribbean blue. I found you a picture. Be happy. I love the shape and size too, which is why I got the second one at the outlet. I also got the one size larger because sometimes it's just a tad small. But the little skillet is my number one for sure.
Oh! Great news about your friend! Too bad about Thailand. And Juarez. But good that your friend is okay.
Yes, we have freeways (no tolls, though we do have one private toll road in Orange County, and a few toll bridges). We prefer to pay by taxes. The worst traffic jams may be true. Sometimes things are just fine, but because of the hills and all there are only so many arteries that go through. Clot one and the whole circulatory system is distressed.
As long as the cars are moving, it's okay.
Good news about your friend, Sol. We are about 890km from El Paso/Ciudad Juarez, but there is plenty of violence at the much closer border towns of Laredo and Eagle Pass too. It's been going on for a while now and we do not go near the border. The drug armies are even chasing fisherman in their boats.
We have Tamale stores also, it's just that they are not as popular in the summer. Pace was a great San Antonio company until they sold it. The salsa tastes different now, but is still good.
Steff, thanks for the explanation! I agree, Pace isn't as good as it used to be. I thought it was me! It's more tomato-y (=sweet). Probably trying to please the palates of people in the bland North. It used to be if I licked the spoon it had a hard bite. Nowadays it doesn't. And I need to use more to get the desired result. I keep trying others, but they're worse on the tomatoiness. And for cheese sandwiches, or for stirring into Amy's soy cheese & macaroni, it's good enough. ;) Maybe I should try the hot again? (Used to be good for pepper sauce use but a bit much for a salsa with veg for slathering on cheese.) Maybe they just shifted the whole line?
Plllog- I'm so glad that was just a stock photo. Phew. I thought that was your cooking inside those photos. How did you actually find the right photos to explain? Clever.
I see, the American differentiate Freeways from Expressways by the toll factor.
Yeah I guess the Salsa Casuera has it's place and hence why it sits on the tables of restaurants in Mexico. Easy keeping.
May I add- a great Hot Sauce is Salsa Valentina. HUGE in Mexico. I'm still waiting for a date with Donna Maria. We haven't met for months!
Here is a link that might be useful: An Old Flame
Plllog-that amazing blue skillet above. BTW. Is your's a nine incher?
On the sink front, I called the California Manufacturer/China Importer and the depth of the 24 was indeed 15 inches same as the 30 inch sink and YES they have a single hole possibility.
Funny he also asked about the Dishwasher air hole thing which I STILL can't grasp :(
Steff- Is the Copper sink you got 25 inch or 30 inch width?
Probably trying to please the palates of people in the bland North.
Hey! but what about me? I don't do bland :)
I think that President's Choice salsa of SA that I bought must be from this Pace company. I too gave it a so so rating.
Steff- This Mexico thing is really big. Yesterday I just got word from my friend near Cancun that someone was kidnapped inside a shopping Mall! Another was"just" killed.
As he said, Thailand's bloodshed is peanuts compared to Mexico.
When will it end :(
Huh? Salsa casera is homemade. Unless they're bottling for the masses I'd guess that the house salsa in the restaurants is fresh. Possibly pickled (i.e., in acid (vinegar) or brine) and/or cooked, rather than chopped raw like a salsa fresca, but it's probably still fresh, as in just made, rather than canned, as in packed with a vacuum seal for storage.
Not stock photos. Catalog. Online. Just find your image and post, just like the faucets or anything else. No biggie. Now think...look at the shadows. You don't think those look professionally lit? Does it look like my kitchen? Did you notice I already told you my pots are red and orange? SOLLY!!! WAKE UP!!!! You're working too hard!
YUM!! ¡Molé! Well, I've never had the jar kind, but there's a moderate (i.e., better than family but not fine dining) place in L.A. that has these amazing blue corn tamales in molé that are absolutely amazing. 'Course, like "salsa", "molé" just means sauce. Though just as most of us who say "salsa" mean salsa picante or salsa fresca, most who just say "molé" mean fruit sauce with peppers and chocolate.
Sorry. I'm having an ADD da...look! a squirrel!!! Brain is running too fast and I can't seem to slow down enough to focus on anything.
8 serrano chiles
6 large tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
Roast chiles and tomatoes over flames or under broiler until skins are charred. Peel. Remove seeds from chilies. Put chilies and tomatoes with seasoning in food processor, blender, food mill, chopper, or whatever and puree.
To make "waterier" add vinegar. To make lumpy, add chopped tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños. And whatever else you like.
Sol, It's my turn to cross post with you. And just for you I went and measured. The smaller skillet lid is about 5.25" across the bottom, and 8" across the top. The larger one is about 6.5" across the bottom and 9.5" across the top. The bottom measurements were taken on the underside from ridge to ridge of the part that's in contact with the cooktop. The top measurement is the outside measure of the top edge.
I didn't mean you about the North. I mean Americans who live in the bland food belt. You Canadians love vacationing in poor beleaguered Mexico, and presumably don't consider mayonnaise a spicy condiment.
Steff-that's interesting about the new Salsa company buying it and change of product.
Something I'm struggling with personally. When a product is so far above and beyond it's competition, that company , or it's eventual buyer, must make a decision on how to become more profitable not just outright better.
Case in point. Toyota/Mitsubushi (from experience) made bulletproof cars that were ridiculously cheaper and infinitely better quality. I assume they then made a decision, within the last 5-10 years, that since they were say 5 times better quality than any other car company, it was just too good. Bad for their sales of new cars, bad for parts sales etc. Now with the decision to build cheaper quality cars, instead of being 5 times better, they are now say 2 times better (which is realistic according to J. D. Power latest quality survey, even despite all the Toyota woes) this makes good business sense.
Business can't be all to the benefit of the consumer otherwise you have no economy. I am suffering the same demise as Toyota. Our product is so much better and so underpriced than any other product in the category that my company suffers from very long repeat sales times.
It's not necessary, and VERY BAD for business, to be so superior in your industry.
Maybe that's what the S.A . new Salsa company has done, although their's is not about durability. To just be better is good enough. And sounds exactly like your sentiment Plllog. It was much better but now it's "just" better than the competition. In the meantime, the manufacturer was able to reduce some ingredient/ procedure to cut costs and increase profits.
You still get a better Salsa than x-y Brand and they are finally making a better profit in S.A.
And just for you I went and measured.
BLUSH::: So sweet. Thanks! OK now I'll do the dishes. Promise.
For some reason I thought you had different colors. But I guess that was the idea for me only.
I'm working too hard! You mean I need a vacation next week!
Asia! Please. Pretty please!
I just got the monthly credit card bill Plllog.
That resort I booked you into in Thailand was $1,265.00 per night!!!
Sheeze;;; We could've furnished Steff's room at the Chateau for that price. Or put on a new buckskin saddle on Missy's Suzi.
Seriously, I went to their website all psyched up and then fell onto my keyboard in shock.
Here is a link that might be useful: Hope You Enjoyed It
I do have different colors all in all. Those pots are red and orange, the two in ones, as are most of mine. My apple shaped tatin is apple green. My non-Le Creuset big grill is golden yellow, and I could use a dijon but they didn't have one in the size pots I wanted. My wok is cobalt. The rest are cerise or flamme. But I also got stoneware: dijon and dune small rectangular bakers, and cobalt, kiwi and white mini pie plates. The newer colors (kiwi, citron, dune, Caribbean, casis, white, black) aren't rich enough for me. Though if I'd done the turquoise and white kitchen I'd originally planned perhaps the Caribbean would have gone. But I also like warm colors for cooking. The cobalt and dark green pots are pretty rich and warm for technically cool colors. There was a dark green bean pot (13 qt. round dutch oven) at the outlet, but while it was tempting, I really don't need it, didn't want to store it, and was trying not to add to my already extreme shopping trip.
Asia? Japan, okay. Singapore, fine. No going to Thailand to be a hero.
OK got the color thing. Yes you do qualify for The Colorful Mexican Pots Club.
But Plllog, my Buddy said the curfew is off starting Friday night and all the rukkus was only Bangkok. I'm thinking Ko Samui. Your Koh Kood was just way to Conde Naste for me. I'm a rough and tough Backpacker. (I really hope my friend Jean Claude is NOT reading this) As he said the last time I was in Mexico, "I think you are actually getting worse at packing as you age" Other words for- looking like an over bloated Mexican Burro.
Here is a link that might be useful:
To go with your milk and cookies.
Here is a link that might be useful: Bedtime Treat
P.S Next time I read anything featured in the NY Times Travel section, I will take it with a grain of salt as in where NOT to go. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of money people in the world have to burn, foolishly.
That one night in the Koh Kood Bungalow is a Thai persons annual salary!
I guess that's why the G12 Summits (in Ontario next week) are always so volatile. The inequality and gap amongst classes is so big and eventually leads to a boiling point. aka Revolution.
BTW As a Canadian, I'm disgusted by the record Security expense that this summit is costing us, approx 1 Billion dollars!!! More than the Olympic Games. SHEEZE.
Pretty beach, Solly, but it's a perfect time of year to do the High Sierra Loop. And stay in permanent campsites along the way so you can have your resort too. And not even have to leave the continent. Rough and tough indeed!
Um... Well, yeah, on the security. If you or your Thai friend get blown up it's a tragedy for your loved ones and friends. It's a sadness for the rest of us. And the world turns on. There's no getting through life without dying, religious refutations nonetheless. If the G12 leaders get blown to bits the world falls apart in the short run. And you've seen on a small scale the kind of havoc that kind of falling apart can cause. Presumably, being able to meet face to face and whisper into each others' ears, is a truly useful enterprise for the leaders, and worth the risk. If you've ever done a conference call you'll know that it's about as satisfying as looking at a picture of a nice dinner. All of the salivating, none of the satiation. Unfortunately, there are people in the world who think that the best way to solve a problem is to smash something and leave the shards for other people to step on.
Plllog thanks for such nice words. Really. I guess we couldn't all play anymore If I got blown up, could we?
I'll check it more closely to see if it is outside Bangkok. Must be posts online if I Google.
What do you and Steff think of my Biz analysis regarding product quality.
Remember 2 months ago, when I got the big supply contract, I panicked at not having enough stock? Well it's now June and just got a minute order, relative to their past orders of the inferior product. Based on my current estimates, we are at least 5 times longer lasting, at the same price!
So only the Customer is winning this game.
So, few weeks back I contacted our Factory asking for a cheaper quality for less money. This quality will still be say 100% better than our customer's previous supplier but not 800% like our present product. The customer still wins and now we at least get re-orders which means you actually have a real business!
I wish this lesson had been learned 10 years ago instead of today in 2010. That's why the Biz has 100% Loyalty rate, unheard of in today's Business. Every Customer we had 10 years ago is still a customer today. None lost out of hundreds, unless they closed or went under. That is a good indicator of being underpriced.
Every business in the world segments. BMW gives you the 7,5,3 or 1 Series all depending on how much you spend. We foolishly gave the market the Porsche 911 for a Chevy price and quality when we should have made a better than Chevy product and sold at Chevy price.
Oh well. Live and let learn I guess.
As a Biz student, looks like I missed the class on Planned Obsolescence.
But the SA Salsa talk really struck a chord. One that I seemed to relate to.
How about Palawan?
Oh, I'm sorry. I got involved with answering. Your analysis looks pretty sound to me. I'm not sure if it was that or flat out greed that got Toyota. That's more the whole thing about only being able to get black interiors on most cars. Saves the bottom line a la Henry Ford--any color you want so long as it's black. Messing with the brake system quality is bad news. But sure, regarding the less best salsa, increasing the marginal profit by decreasing the marginal cost is a tried and true formula for getting rich.
Hm... not so sure about Palawan. Lovely place, but must we have sand in our dinners?
Lovely place, but must we have sand in our dinners?
ROTL;;;; and straight into your Folder of doozies. Answer to follow. Promise.
Planned obsolescence is definitely important in a marketing plan. Would the customers notice if the quality goes down on the repeat orders? The risk is they would start checking out competing products.
Another way to increase sales is to add new products to the mix. Now that Pace is owned by the Campbell Soup Company they have a lot of different products that David Pace never envisioned.
The Pace plant has been moved to Paris (Texas). Pace does taste sweeter and more like tomato sauce now. I can't remember if I've tasted the hotter version lately or whether that would make a difference. I've been picking up different brands to try, but haven't found one that stands out.
The recipe is simple:
1 Large handful of Cilantro leaves (some stems okay)
1/4 Onion (Red or Yellow)
1/2 Large Jalapeno, seeds and vein removed
Dash salt (I use Kosher)
Chop in the food processor for a few seconds.
Add one large can Petite Diced Tomatoes and process on mix a few seconds.
If ripe tomatoes are available, I peel and chop them by hand and then mix. That's usually for special occasions.
I couldn't find the feature in the Toronto Star you referenced, but can pretty much guess what it said. Mexican businesses are buying homes in San Antonio for the families of their executives to live full. The drug cartels are doing the same apparently. The news this week is that they have teamed up with the Somalis.
Steff- thanks! Yes I see how simple it is. BTW, after Plllog's summary of the taste, I tried mine again last night and yes it's Pace. Tastes mild and tomato like.
Also, putting 2 and 2 together it makes sense that it's Pace making the President's Choice Salsa since whoever is supplying PC would have to be pretty big as in production capacity and be able to handle a national distribution contract for all Canada.
It also does not taste anything like the stuff on the tables of Mexican restaurants. Quite frankly, I think most Mexican restaurants may just go to Walmart and buy cans of HERDEZ and serve on the table. HERDEZ is like the Campbell's of Mexico.
In our main line, we made the change last year to reduce the thickness slightly.
One year later not a single customer has questioned. So, no it is unnoticed. Even I can barely tell.
Also, this year for the main line, this time we will reduce the size by say 2 cm. Again, very minute. As far as customers going to an alternative. There isn't one anywhere near this quality/price.
Last week one my customers actually told me to my face that the Limited Production "Dark Blues" that we made and sold 7 years ago were absolutely indestructible and the best he has ever used or seen in his career. I purposely have withheld selling the few cases we still have in inventory, again, because it's bad for business. So last week, I conceded and will sell the cases at 2 and a half times our normal price product. It's still a bargain for him since that special product lasts at least 4 times longer than our main line. And there was no resistance from him whatsoever.
A better story. In about 2001 I was in Germany on business and the taxi drivers were up in arms about the new 190 series Mercedes. That car was the beginning of a nightmare of quality issues for Daimler. All taxis in Germany are Mercedes; have always been and will always be. Why? They are built like tanks-great diesel engines. Correction "were" built like tanks. Even here in Canada I see 20 year old Benz's on the road. So Mercedes also decided they were in the Car selling business but the shock was just too great in their 190's. To be fair, those were also their cheapest models. Just that prior to that, Daimler only made the big honkin Benz's. One thing I will say is that sitting in a Benz is like being in your favorite slippers. They know comfort.
Of course cheapening an automobile or tech device is a huge gamble since it involves literally 5,000 different components.
Mine is simple. You can only vary fibre content, dimensions and thickness.
Re pricing, it's where magic comes in. Back in the early '90's I think it was, this guy designed custom fit sneakers with a bunch of adjustment areas. He added a reasonable profit to his minimal costs to bring the retail price to affordable. Couldn't sell the things. They got lost in the noise of all the sneakers on the market and they were seen as just a gimmick. So he withdrew them from the market. After a short time and some proper market analysis, he brought them back. At triple the price. Basically, working moms don't care about custom fit for the teens who outgrow their shoes as soon as they're bought. It's people who have enough money to be used to having things the way they want them who want custom fit shoes. People who don't even look at shoes that cost less than $100. So the volume of sales went way up even as the price was set so much higher because he was reaching the right market.
Maybe you should do a limited run of dark blues like once a decade and sell them for a very very high price.
Yeah, okay, I get what you mean about the Benz, but just try to get out of the back seat of an S class wearing a skirt and heels. I'll give up a little of the barcalounger feel for the ability to exit like a lady!
Well said, mind you I've looked at it from the lady exit point of view to be honest but could be amusing indeed.
Personally I have no fondness for any Benz. Never did. Never will. I'll take handling over cush any day. Hence the White Boxster on our Chateau driveway!
You know, your groceries car.
Boxter? What Boxter? Ain't no stinkin' Boxter coming to our little castle. You were going to have an Astin Martin. It's a toy but it's appropriate to the setting. With a Range Rover or something for the groceries. If you'd rather have a Porsche for the handling, then for goodness's sake, get a real Porsche, not a heavy tushed faux job meant for real estate agents and wannabes.
Oh! my Riviera Baby.
See we just toss the groceries in the back seat.
Thank god for "the Blues" that made this possible!
You were going to have an Astin Martin.
Agreed. Much better idea. The Neighbours will laugh in scorn at "those new American peasants next door"
LOL about exiting like a lady, a pickup truck is almost as bad. The quality issue is a real problem for Mercedes now. Apparently they have improved, but have a long way to go to win back lost customers.
As long as the changes aren't a problem for the customers, you should be fine. The HP ink cartridge expiration date issue is a good example of how to alienate customers with planned obsolescence.
Grief - I'm too far behind to catch up. I guess I'll just say 'hey'. :o)
Steff, I popped off an email earlier through GW to say thanks for the link to the garden site. :o) I don't know how often you check that email, so thought I'd post, too.
Hope everyone is having a good spring and not working too hard.
Solman, the 911 is fine. Though the new Boxters aren't as ridiculous as the old ones. A Porsche should be a sports car, though, not a touring or a cabriolet. Roof, please! There is no way to make a convertible that handles well because of the shearing force (I think that's the one I mean--the thing that twists without the stability of a full frame). If you really must expose yourself you can have a targa carrera.
Steff, I hate to be contrary (I usually save that for teasing Solman), but a pickup is easier to get out of gracefully than that danged S class!! In a truck you can swing your legs around to the door opening, put the hinge side foot on the floor a little, push off enough that the skirt doesn't stick to the seat, and kind of slide down. No crawling or Brittany moments. Though I'm glad I won't be riding out to a formal occasion I have this weekend in my gown--we'll have a place to change when we get there--since I'm going in truck, because I will admit that floor length and pickups are a little awkward. :) Still better than the back of that danged Mercedes, though.
Hi Plllog :o)
Try getting gracefully off a bike in a dress lol I used to that in a past life (pre-marriage). It's even trickier in a mini wearing 5" spikes.
I'm with you - the truck is much easier, especially if you've got some decent running boards.
[hanging head]I'm too much of a wimp. Just imagining road rash was enough to keep me off of motorcycles. I wiped out big time on my bicycle when I was twelve. I was going downhill and the nut came off the brakes. I suppose I was "lucky" that there were cockleburrs over the short block wall I landed in. I'll let you imagine how I felt about the hydrogen peroxide in the knees and elbows. Those had the deepest of it. But it was a lot worse than the broken arm. Yeah. Wimp. Scared of scabs. I can just see you in the dress and spikes on your cowgirl machine. ;) I do remember when looking good doing it was a consideration...
Oh, silly - don't hang your head!! We are all shaped by our experiences. You chose a different path and that's just fine. If we were all the same it would be a very boring world. It sounds like it was a very painful experience! I don't blame you one little bit!
I wiped out pretty badly the first time I drove a bike - I think that's why I took so long to try again. I was about 15 or so, and ended up with a palm sized burn on my palm when I hit the exhaust with my hand when I fell (gravel is evil!!). I am thinking that if I hurt myself again it will likely be the end of my biking. Hopefully we live and learn eh?
As far as looking good mattering in those instances - lol - I'm lucky to get all my parts there intact. No more spikes and minis for me. At least my full-face helmet keeps the bugs out of my teeth.
ROTFLOL!!! Missy, if only certain potentially interesting young men who eschewed four wheels and a roof had thought the way you do. At the time, all I was thinking was that my mother told me never to get on a motorcycle without helmet, boots and leathers and I didn't even realize at the time that the reason I clung to that rule was my betimes acquaintance with road rash.
Agreed on the gravel! Even under horseshoes it's evil!
I only wear minis around the house, but I still have my spikes. Don't wear 'em, but I have 'em. :)
O M G ! Missy!!! You poor thing.
SNOW in Calgary? I just saw the 10:00 National.
It's 32C in TO; with girls flaunting painted toes in flip-flops.
What's all this talk about spikes? Spike Lee from LA?
Can we get some examples up? I need a reference point-pardon the pun [[Hee]]
Ah, the memories! I wore spike heels to a wedding once and nearly broke my ankle. Had to sit out the rest of the evening watching everyone else dance to the live band.
Bugs in the teeth, very cute. Reminds me of Flo, the Progressive Insurance girl. I've attached a link to the first one. There's a sequel where they go riding, but couldn't find it on the list. We had a motorcycle for a while years ago and I did ride on the back some. But I've always been a wimp about them too.
Sorry I missed that email Missy, I need to change my GW profile. When I signed up I put in an email that I don't use much to avoid spam or worse.
Here is a link that might be useful: Flo and the bike dude
Here's the sequel, I found it on the Progressive insurance site.
Here is a link that might be useful: Riding....
Spike Lee is from New York. Spike heels are from Jimmy Choo. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
One of my most comfortable pairs of shoes was a pair of 4.5" spikes, bronze babydolls, that went perfectly with my outfit for a wedding a couple decades ago, and were obtained from my best friend's closet, whither she'd gotten them from another friend, who bought them at a thrift shop. I don't usually go for used shoes. Pretty high on the eeewwww factor. But they were so comfy! I could really dance in those! Usually 3" was my limit for dancing, and that's tap shoes which have heels one can rest on. And Suzy Q. And Ball the Jack.
Poor Steff! To have shoes betray you like that!
Oooh! Steff, thanks for finding that! I'd never seen that one! Funny!
BTW, falling off a horse doesn't hurt as much, and I never got bugs in my teeth galloping... Maybe we need stables at the chateau? But I revile posting, so maybe Solman won't like that as my Western self will ring down derision on our ménage.
Did I hear correctly?
You want me to have a stable at the Chateau!
Well, there must already be a stable there. I just want you to fill it with horses. You did offer me a coach and four. Surely a couple of hacks would be less trouble than a matched team!
Plllog-no more fussing with the hair please. We're gonna be late for the reception! Just remember I've got my film cocked and can't afford to miss the Fuji moment.
LOL! The reception isn't until tomorrow. You'd better release your shutter before then! You don't want the sprint to go all wonky...
Typo. That's "spring".
ROTL!!! Oh in that case, I've got lots of time to polish my lens... and hose down your Jeep. I'm not going to Williams and Sonoma this afternoon looking like that!
Plllog-I just noticed that W&Sonoma has a different Le. C Blue known as "Azure" which differs from Cobalt. Which one's better? Is your's Cobalt?
Steff-Which do you like?
Also, should I be doing Orange and Red or just Red? I would think that the Red is cien por ciento Mexicano. La Verdad?
As man ponders drive to Grove City Pennsylvania.
Plllog your larger skillet that you measured is exactly my go to size. I just pulled it out and measured.
Problem: I don't see the nice skillets like you have and that above blue photo one with the nice smooth white interior. The ones on the Le. C site are Black and with those notches on the sides that bother me.
Now what :(
And I quote "Sonoma Green No Longer Available"
C'mon Outlet Store!
Cobalt is darker. My wok is cobalt.
Uh oh!! You might have to go to the store in France!!
LOL @ the progressive ads, Steff! Thanks for sharing. I had a good chuckle. Too funny that she even mentioned the bugs in her teeth.
Plllog, the leathers are very good for protection etc. So far I haven't had trouble wearing them as the weather hasn't been great (Yes, Solly, it's snowing here as we speak). I'm pretty sure it will be harder to wear heavy leather when it's 30 degrees out there.
I LOVE LOVE my MC boots. They are soooooo cute and I feel very sexy when I wear em. :o) Much better than spikes I think.
I didn't know you rode horses, Plllog - you and I are more alike than I realized.
I'm glad I mentioned the email, Steff - I really did want to thank you - that site looks great. :o)
Sorry Solly no advice on the cookware - I'll leave that up to the experts.
What! you want to go to Roland Garros?
I meant the Le. C shop.
Yeah, I see now that the 2 in1 is no longer available.
Seriously a French skillet must be rounded and white inside. Why do these guys have to make it so complicated? That Green photo above of your most used 2 pots is exactly what I need.
I know. Plllog- close your eyes, turn around, and count to 105 OK. :-)
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Here is a link that might be useful: Silit Passion Colours