Captain Fantastic 
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Re: “stop stealing food

One day at the grocery store I saw some marshmallow cookies on a shelf. The bag was ripped open and it looked like about 5 or 6 were missing from the first row. I pictured someone having a feeding frenzy and stuffing the half dozen cookies in their face as fast as they could to avoid being caught.

A few grapes is one thing but ruining a whole bag of cookies seems kind of piggish and wasteful.

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Posted by Captain Fantastic on 05/28/2015 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Whine

The experts at Wine Spectator Magazine weigh in:

" I think the days of associating screwcaps with cheap and pedestrian wines are over, or at least coming to an end. I can think of plenty of high-profile, expensive, terrific wines with a twist-off, and many cheap and pedestrian wines are under cork.

Producers have switched to screwcaps and other closures to ensure quality and reduce the possibility of contamination with TCA (the chemical compound 2,4,6-trichloroanisole), which can get into a wine via a faulty cork and make a wine smell musty and damp.

I still see some hesitation to bottle wines intended for long-term aging under screwcaps—the thinking is that wine collectors who know how wines evolve under cork will be less certain how that same wine would evolve with a screwcap. But as more and more producers are using screwcaps, there are more tastings of wines aged under this topper, and the results are encouraging. From what I’ve seen, screwcapped wines do evolve, just at a slower rate. I’m certainly looking forward to the day when I want to open a bottle of wine I’ve been collecting for a long time and not have to worry about a) the wine having TCA, b) it showing signs of oxidation, and c) fussing with crumbly corks.

That’s not to say I’m a topper snob. I’m still making my wine purchases based on the juice inside, not the way the wine is topped. As far as storing a wine with a screwcap, you don’t have to worry about which way to store it, unlike cork, which might dry out if you don’t store it horizontally. I just use my wine racks for all my bottles."

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Posted by Captain Fantastic on 05/28/2015 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Whine

Personally, I've always enjoyed the ritual of pulling a cork. However, I've had several instances over the years where wine has gone totally bad in the bottle and been undrinkable (even relatively expensive bottles) and more times where the wine was just a little "off" but noticeable. Apparently, this is not uncommon and the culprit is the cork which can lead to contamination which gives the wine a musty smell and bad taste.

As far as I know this problem would not happen with twist off caps so they do have that advantage.

Cork contamination is also the main reason why someone might send a bottle of wine back at a restaurant. And, if you open a bottle of bad wine at home you can take it back to the wine store. They are aware that this problem happens with a small percentage of wines.

The bottom line for me is that I buy according to the quality and value of the wine in the bottle - not based on the stopper type.

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Posted by Captain Fantastic on 05/28/2015 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Public Shaming

A minor point but there is nothing in the bitch to indicate the gender of the OB. So, whoever at the Coast posted the bitch with a "Male Tears" caption made a big assumption and would be well served by a bit of soul searching and work on their own gender issues.

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Posted by Captain Fantastic on 05/21/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Fox News...err, I mean The Coast

I don't think the Coast pretends to do journalism. It's more like preaching to the choir.

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Posted by Captain Fantastic on 05/21/2015 at 12:23 PM

Re: “#springgardenproblems

Three things:
1. We have to stop making excuses for bad behaviour. Sorry, Jesus S but your comment "he could have some form of mental illness whereby he has no meter. Maybe you just need to cut him some slack?" is a recipe for a race to the bottom of public behaviour. We all have the right to move about without being harassed by strangers.

2. It would be very unusual for someone with a severe mental illness to make such a comment to a passing stranger. I'd be willing to bet that this is a simple case of a garden variety jerk who thinks he is a gangster porn-star.

3. OB, try not to let this cause you ongoing anxiety or decrease your freedom of movement.

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Posted by Captain Fantastic on 05/21/2015 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Bread—seven dollars/loaf

If you are happy with mass produced factory bread then by all means keep eating it and enjoy the savings. Myself, I don't mind spending more for a product that I consider to be of superior quality. The price premium exists because it was made in small batches and extra care was taken with the ingredients and the cooking. And the freshness demands that it be made locally.

In my mind, the taste of really good bread is incomparable so I'm willing to pay substantially more for it. It's not about the "buy local" mantra - it's about the quality.

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Posted by Captain Fantastic on 05/14/2015 at 10:53 AM

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