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Vera Wang and Apple Pie

“My only criticism of the whole thing is of Michelle Obama’s choice of designer and dress. I think it was absolutely wrong for her to wear something by a foreign designer, particularly at a dinner for China, with which we have a terrible trade imbalance.”                                                                                        —Vanity Fair writer Bob Colacello to VF Daily Amen, Bob. WeContinue Reading “Vera Wang and Apple Pie”

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Learning Curve

But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?                                                                                                                   –The Book of Job, 28:12 I arrive home from the grocery store in the early evening, just as the rain’s beginning to fall. It’s so cold I wonder if it may snow. For those of us in the Bay Area, that’s aContinue Reading “Learning Curve”

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Melting Pot

“Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are.”                                                 –Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) Field Research, Part One: Sunday morning I head over to the local donut shop; an obvious attempt to forget China Factory Syndrome. I’m pretty sure this craving traces back to my days as a Catholic school girl. EveryContinue Reading “Melting Pot”

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Jobs, Chinese and Otherwise

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” –Dante Alighieri, Inferno I’m eating semi-sweet chocolate mini chips right out of the bag. Bought at my American-owned neighborhood market. Manufactured by Ghirardelli Chocolate, San Leandro, California in the good ol’ USA. Thanks, Ghirardelli. The cacaoContinue Reading “Jobs, Chinese and Otherwise”

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Sagen es ist nicht so, Traeder Joe’s [Say It Ain’t So, Trader Joe’s]

This is getting complicated. Please, please don’t tell me I can’t shop at Trader Joe’s without breaking my Buy-American resolution. I shop at Trader Joe’s almost daily. It’s such a cool place. Not a bazillion aisles, just the right number. Not a bazillion of the same product, just one or maybe two. You can run inContinue Reading “Sagen es ist nicht so, Traeder Joe’s [Say It Ain’t So, Trader Joe’s]”

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Oh, Say Can You See…Where Stuff Comes From?

Don–the normally calm one–is on a tirade. Once he gets going, I stand back and let him vent. We had just finished eating dinner. We couldn’t have the shrimp sauté Don wanted because Trader Joe’s only sells frozen shrimp from Mexico and Thailand. Instead, I grabbed some TJ’s frozen teriyaki chicken. I stood there inContinue Reading “Oh, Say Can You See…Where Stuff Comes From?”