The Kellogg Company has announced that, to celebrate Pop-Tarts’ 50th anniversary, it will stage several concerts as part of their “Crazy Good Summer.”
The company contends that, “For 50 years, teens have been toasting to ‘Crazy Good’ mornings with Pop-Tarts toaster pastries.”
Actually, “crazy good” is a new phrase in American jargon, certainly unheard of 50 years ago. Teenagers are not the only people who eat Pop-Tarts, but maybe they will dominate Kellogg’s “Crazy Good Summer” concerts, featuring Demi Lovato, Jasmine V, Emblem3 and Austin Mahone.
According to Kellogg’s and other websites, the “nutrition” labels on Pop-Tarts usually list 30 to 35 ingredients (I counted them), with high fructose corn syrup, other corn syrup and dextrose high on the list.
Early Sunday morning, animal rights activists began a spate of violence against Berkeley’s Star Grocery on Claremont Avenue by throwing a rock through a window. According to ABC News, the attack, allegedly by a group called “Bite Back,” was to protest the fact that, while the grocery store’s butchers say they carry humanely raised and organic meat, the animals have still been killed and butchered to sell to carnivores. The FBI even showed up because they had been tracking “Bite Back.”
I suspect that using violence to combat violence runs contrary to the beliefs of the Pappas family, owners of Star Grocery. My mother used to tell me that during and after World War II, current owner Nick Pappas’ father “carried” anyone in Berkeley who was short of cash and needed food on charge accounts, written in little receipt books. “Mr. Pappas” told me it took some of them decades to pay off their debts, but everyone did, and most of those old Berkeley families remain loyal to Star Grocery. Even in Berkeley.
Sonoma Gaydar hosts a “Party with the Ravens” tonight, Friday, Aug. 8, in the Ravenswood Winery tasting room, nestled privately just a tad up the hill from Sonoma. Meet new or old friends and enjoy Ravenswood’s zinfandels, small lot white wines, roses and moscatos, along with local artisan cheese and charcuterie, and one glass of wine. Bottles of wine will be available at 15 percent discount or 30 percent for those who join Ravenswood’s wine club on the spot. $20. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 18701 Gehricke Road, Sonoma. Contact email@example.com or at 933-2336 for required reservations.
I love Williams-Sonoma’s banner over their new/old store saying “Williams-Sonoma Re-opening Fall, 2014.” Let’s see, that would be re-opening nearly 60 years after Chuck Williams moved from his first store, next to the Sonoma post office, to San Francisco.
I bumped into Williams-Sonoma’s CEO and president at Peet’s recently, and she was off “to check on our new store.” Hopefully, they will be ready to open Oct. 2, Chuck Williams’ 99th birthday.
Cafe LaHaye owner Saul Gropman spent a week in France on the set of Helen Mirren’s new blockbuster movie, “The Hundred Foot Journey.” His brother, David Gropman, was the set designer, and previously received Academy Award nominations for his work on “Life of Pi” and “Cider House Rules.”
Saul arrived in Cayucac sur Ver, outside Toulouse, just as the rain started to pour, which led to the scene where Helen Mirren is shielded by an umbrella. According to Saul, the directors wanted to stop filming and she insisted they go ahead in the rain. Apparently, co-producer Oprah Winfrey arrived just after Saul left, but his brother appeared on “Entertainment Tonight” with Winfrey.