My Bandwidth’s BAD! It’s Bad! You Know it!

July 8, 2009

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When the King of Pop died last week, I swore that I was going to be tasteful and not cover it. I was going to take the opposite route — focus on pure technology, and let the other opportunistic bloggers grab the hits on bottom feeder clickwhore material. In all fairness, too much of my subject matter in the last few weeks has been bordering on the frivolous and I wanted to get back into writing about hardcore subjects, traffic be damned, my street creds are at stake here.

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Fasta Pasta: An “As Seen on TV” product that actually works!

February 8, 2009

by Rachel Perlow

Fasta Pasta by you.

The Fasta Pasta microwave macaroni cooker.

We first saw the Fasta Pasta on the TV in December. It wasn’t actually an ad or infomercial, it was on a local news product review segment. They started by saying another fast pasta cooker product (the one that you just pour boiling water over the pasta) didn’t work in their previous segment. It just made mushy but still uncooked noodles, like they had just been re-hydrated. So, they were skeptical about the Fasta Pasta — as were we. They followed the instructions and lo and behold it worked! Still incredulous, we contacted the manufacturer and they were kind enough to send us one to review. And, guess what? It works!

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NJ Dining: Bartolomeo (Englewood)

February 7, 2009

Bartolomeo Italian Gourmet and Prepared Foods
195 North Dean Street, Englewood NJ
(201) 567-7002

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Over the course of the last year, the Bartolomeo family had been building the 3600 square foot replacement to its former Palisades Park store — which now resides on Dean Street in Englewood. As many of you are aware, Englewood is home to Jerry’s Gourmet, another large Italian grocery store. I had been wondering what Carlo Bartolomeo was going to do to differentiate himself from the incumbent Italian mega-grocery, and now I know what it is — prepared foods.

Bartolomeo, Englewood NJ by you.

The new Bartolomeo location on 195 Dean Street in Englewood, just opposite the Englewood train station.

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Viva Daisy! (Updated, with video)

January 8, 2009

daisy by you.

Daisy Martinez, star of “Viva Daisy!” which premieres Saturday, January 10, 9:30am on Food Network. Click on the Picture above to watch the promotional video (Source: Food Network)

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I’ve been keeping this news under wraps for longer than I can remember, and now I’m finally relieved I can tell everyone about it — my friend Daisy Martinez is going to become the star of her own show on Food Network — which will be produced by no other than Food Network’s #1, Rachael Ray herself.

I first got to know Daisy in the spring of 2006, after approaching her to do a podcast for Off The Broiler.  I was a big fan of her PBS show, which featured an intelligent, educating,  full-spectrum view of Pan-Latino cuisine, and found her bubbly and Brooklyn girl personality intoxicating.

Daisy only did one season of Daisy Cooks! on PBS, but I  knew some day she would be a huge star, so I started consulting for her and helped  her launch her own website,, as well as her personal blog, Boriqua Blog. I hope you head over there and see what we’ve accomplished over the last two years — It’s a goldmine for anyone who wants to cook bold, Latin flavors, or who wants to know the real Daisy behind the camera.

I’m privileged to be one of the few who will be able to say “I knew her when.”

Good Luck, Daisy — and break a leg!

Silicon Valley Spiral Cut

December 3, 2008

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Right now, Sun has a market capitalization of approximately $2.44 billion. Given fluctuations in the market, and if we have a few more bad weeks and Sun has a lousy Q1 for ‘09, that could easily drive it down to under $2B, as its been fluctuating between $2.2B and $2.4B for weeks.

There are a number of companies that could afford to buy Sun entirely for $2B. I’m not going to speculate on who might have that much cash, but it’s a pretty small list. However, it’s unlikely that Sun would be purchased outright as a single entity  — several of its product lines directly overlap with that of its major competitors, so it is probably reasonable to assume that Sun is likely to be sold off in pieces, by lines of business (see 33MB PDF). My CNET News Colleague Dawn Kawamoto tends to agree with me on this thought process.

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Oh yes. Yes, YES! Knead Me Like a Pizza Pie Baby!

July 1, 2008

Okay, I know I’m going to get flamed for furthering ethnic stereotypes, but I have to admit, us Jews love a good bargain. So I’m going to risk getting my butt chewed because I feel compelled to play yiddische consumer advocate.

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Introducing Between The Lines

March 7, 2008

For some weeks now I’ve been contributing as a guest poster on the newly relaunched ZDNet technology news site. My first official post as columnist on the site’s headline blog, Between The Lines, which I share with ZDNet’s Editor in Chief, Larry Dignan, was posted this morning. In it I address Apple’s (lack of) business strategy.

I hope you enjoy it as much as you do Off The Broiler. Here’s my Bio page and Disclosure for those of you who want to read it.