Food Town STX
WOW, stopped at Food Town the other day. I had heard they were fixing it up. It looks great already.
Love the new deli counter.
So far the prices look the same.
Just hope the new cases where they keep the milk stays at the right temp. I have noticed the temperature in those open cases are too high. The same thing at Cost U Less, the cases are not cold enough. That drives me crazy.
Can't wait to see it finished.
I was curious. Had to look it up.
Sounds easy enough to make Dale's Steak seasoning sauce. Use honey instead of corn syrup and leave out the MSG.
Never understood this whole MSG phobia. You know its been extensively studied and occurs naturally, correct? The consensus is that it is completely safe (unless you're 1/200 people with sensitivity to it).
MSG is Natural? Far from it.
Why do food companies add MSG to foods?
There are several reasons:
MSG tricks your tongue into making you think a certain food is high in protein and thus nutritious. It is not a "meat tenderizer". It is not a "preservative". The food industry is trying to confuse the issue by focusing on the "fifth" taste sense they call umami. Free glutamic acid is detected by the taste buds as a simple way to signal the presence of protein in a food, just as there are fat receptors to detect fats and receptors that sense carbohydrate or sweet flavors. The purpose is to help us discern real food from inedible matter. It changes your perception of not simply taste but the nutritious qualities of what you put into your mouth. However, and here is the main problem with free glutamic acid - It is the very same neurotransmitter that your brain and many organs including your ears, eyes, nervous system and pancreas in your body use to initiate certain processes in your body.
MSG stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin. So many diets these days are concerned about the Glycemic Index of foods and yet none of them address the fact that MSG and free glutamic acid stimulate the pancreas to release insulin when there doesn't even have to be carbohydrates in the food for that insulin to act on. The food industry has found their own "anti-appetite suppressant". It's a convenient way to keep consumers coming back for more. The blood sugar drops because of the insulin flood. And you are hungry an hour later. Sound familiar?
The body changes excess glutamate to GABA. GABA may be addictive. It is calming and affects the same receptors in the brain as valium.
Cost. The illusion created by adding MSG to a food product enables the food processor to add LESS real food. The illusion of more protein in a food allows the food producer to put LESS protein in it. The consumer perceives the product - say chicken soup - to have more chicken in it than is actually there. Example: A well-known brand of dehydrated chicken noodle soup. Is that chicken in there, or a piece of confetti?
i think we should be more worried about monsanto
Good link here: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/
Apparently (so I'm told) the folks from Foodtown are renovating the old building down the road from The Pickled Greek in Tide Village and will be opening a smaller grocery store there. It seems to make sense since Schooner Bay Market has given up their position as the upscale grocery in the area and become a shell of its former self. If this is so, I think it would be great for the area. Anyone have any additional info?
Food Town today, WOW. Each time I go in there they have a better and better selection, items (including produce!) are fresh, new cases are CLEAN and COLD, and prices aren't bad on many items. The new floor looks great, the fresh paint, signage, the deli, and lots of busy smiling employees - it truly feels like a stateside experience in a small gourmet grocery. I'm a fan.
Some things are still expensive, but today I got out with a big bag of food items including frozen chicken and fresh produce items, pizza crusts, pita breads, chocolate bar (whoops), chips, frozen lasagna (indulgence), large container greek yogurt, cheese, beans, several other items, and it was right at 50 bucks. Very pleased.
Schooner Bay, I've heard that it's owned by the Gannett folks? I think the hardware store dragged them down, and then they couldn't afford their WAPA any longer. Also when they bought the store it was FULL of expensive specialty grocery items (remember all that stuff? Snail shells and so on?) that were all expired and they threw it all away, then couldn't afford to restock the shelves. Each time I go in there it's worse. About the only thing we'll pick up now is a bottle of wine or a few produce items. Sad. It seems to me if they would stock up and be full they will get more business again, but right now they're in a downward spiral. Hate to see it happen.
I'm so excited for the Food Town satellite store by the Greek, I'm giddy. I don't do much grocery shopping, but for the items I do buy this is my choice!