Watch Out for Your Watchers

Posted by Michael Dolan on February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized |

  This is a fun little video about the food label “Natural.”   Looks like useful advice from nice people who want you to stay healthy.  But look more closely.  The video comes from an online retailer called “Only Organic.”  Only Organic is worried the “natural” label is cutting into their “organic” brand. The word […]

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My Tomato is Specialer than Yours

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 19, 2013 in Uncategorized |

The term “heirloom tomato” is effete, over the top, and misleading, according to L.V. Anderson, who writes for Slate.  The foodies are irritating enough people already.  They don’t need snobby names for produce to help them. Heritage and traditional don’t work either. “Or, better still, since it’s hard to convey the meaning and importance of […]



This Word Tastes Oakish with a Hint of Cherry: 1612 was a Great Year

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 27, 2012 in Uncategorized |

The right name actually makes wine taste better.  And that name is hard to pronounce, reports wine researcher Antonia Mantonakis, Brock University in Ontario. “Participants not only reported liking the taste of the wine better if it was associated with a difficult to pronounce winery name.  But they also reported about a $2 increase in […]

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The Worthless Crap We Sell is Special

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 23, 2012 in Uncategorized |

A major national grocery chain is offering us a special treat, “Artisan Boston Cream Cakes.”  Associated with the city that produced three presidents, provides us a major university and is generally equated with class, these cakes must be more than just the next conglomeration of sugar passed off as nutrition. But wait, there’s more! They […]

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