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There are lots of good, decent people in the world.

Then there are the people the media love to tell us about ... :( .

Thank you for this lovely story and photo. What a good man.
John, he was a great guy. I spent a half day in his shop taking photographs, March of 2001. I told him I would make him some prints. I came back a few months later with letter size prints, about two laminated to protect them, and a bunch of 4 x 6's. He was surprised. He said everybody said they would give him photos but I was the first to do it. I warned him that the photos were light sensitive and to keep them out of the sun. Not to worry he told me, he was taking them home. A really nice guy and good baked goods. His rolls, bolillos, were delicious and a Mexican corruption of the Belgian mining company's name, BOLEO, which had had a big operation in town. They introduced the Belgian/French rolls which are throughout Mexico now. There was an iron church built by Gustave Eiffel for a world's fair that wound up in Santa Rosalia. BCS, Baja California Sur, la Frontera, is different than mainland Mexico. I prefer it. The link to the photos of the bakery and the guys who worked there. The fellow with the white hair and mustache is my buddy, Bob, who introduced me to the bakery. He was fluent in Italian so he got along fine in Spanish. The link: Bakery - Santa Rosalia, BCS
 
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batonga

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Wow, that's one seriously long spade (or whatever they're called in English)!
I believe you are referring to the "baker's peel" or tool to insert and remove the baked goods into the wood fired oven. I am used to seeing the ones you see, a wooden shovel. These fellows had their own take on the peel, a clever solution. The hot dog rolls are the wimpy, skinny lines of dough seen in some of the photos awaiting baking.
 
I am looking back at some of the old photos from when I lived in Mexico. I heard of a remote village in BCS which was having a saint's day celebration and decided to go. I was in a large 4x4 1/2 ton Dodge truck with the honking big Cummins diesel which I had pumped up a bit. Good thing, this place was best reached by burros and rugged trucks. Far enough off the highway, Mexico 1, to be beyond the reach of the Federales and local police the illegal but tolerated cock fighting was in full swing. This macho culture, gratuitous cruelty, is a major reason I left Mexico. One cock fight is all I had to see. But, here it is just before it started.

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Easy-Peasy. Café du Monde, New Orleans, LA. I am told that to visit New Orleans and not stop at Café du Monde for beignets and their famous chicory coffee is to not have visited New Orleans at all. Much of "The Big Easy" is built on food and partying. The beignet and coffee combo was just great and the Café du Monde was packed with folks there for this treat and others.

Unfortunately the camera focused on the glass rim but you can get the idea.

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Another in my "Eats" folder. In a small town in Middle California, the ranching country, Santa Maria, grilled steak is an honored treat. Santa Maria BBQ is grilled Tri-tip, Pinquito beans, tossed green salad and good French bread. The beans are unique to the area and always served with steaks in the local steak joints. This is the best one with the highest local to tourist ratio and superb corn-fed Nebraska beef. This fellow is doing Spencer steaks, filet mignons and ribs over the typical cowboy grill fired with red oak coals and only red oak coals ever. I have eaten there since '83 and never had a bad steak, always an excellent steak grilled to perfection. I am told, maybe it is a rumor, that they serve other food besides steaks. I have yet to test this.

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OK, yes, there is other food. My buddy has gum problems and firm food is off his list of meals. He settled for a cowboy sized and unfinishable plate of spaghetti. My plate is half of a 10oz filet mignon, fries done in beef suet, what else?, and a bowl of those wonderful Pinquito beans. This is a cowboy joint with the same cheap paper place mats they had when I first showed up in '83. You can't eat the decorations. ;o)

The lens (CV 35mm f/1.4 N II) cannot focus closer than about one meter so there is a focus problem and the wide-open aperture shrunk depth of field. But you get the idea that the steak was eaten with gusto. The appetizer salad of celery, carrots, pickles, black olives, green onions, green olives is half-eaten having lost out to the dinner.

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Are those 1965 prices or do they just come out and show you a picture of Roast Beef and Dumplings for 3.75 ?
June of 2000 out on the Delmarva Peninsula. The Delmarva Dumpling is more like a large, thick noodle. The place was quite hidden and I loved finding it. The old-time local "greasy spoon." The Little Acorn - Delmarva And it was still there last year by report.
 
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John King

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June of 2000 out on the Delmarva Peninsula. The Delmarva Dumpling is more like a large, thick noodle. The place was quite hidden and I loved finding it. The old-time local "greasy spoon." The Little Acorn - Delmarva
Love the sign about the surcharge ...

Officeworks would have charged me $100 for my performance today.

After my call to head office after my visit to the local store, I suspect that the duty manager may have to answer some awkward questions ...
 
Love the sign about the surcharge ...

Officeworks would have charged me $100 for my performance today.

After my call to head office after my visit to the local store, I suspect that the duty manager may have to answer some awkward questions ...
With age comes the entitlement to grumble, say it snowed more when we were kids, it was uphill to school, both ways, kids today have it really easy and service has gone out of retail. You were well within your rights and may get an OBE out of it.
 

bobriess

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And a parting shot, any joint that features today's vegetable as macaroni and cheese is a place I need to eat at.

Charleston SC has a local type of lunch restaurant they call a meat&2, your choice of a meat and two vegetable side dishes. When my daughter landed at College of Charleston, found a meat&2 nearby and learned that macaroni and cheese make an available side dish (x1 or x2), she knew she made the right educational decision.
 
Charleston SC has a local type of lunch restaurant they call a meat&2, your choice of a meat and two vegetable side dishes. When my daughter landed at College of Charleston, found a meat&2 nearby and learned that macaroni and cheese make an available side dish (x1 or x2), she knew she made the right educational decision.
I hit some "meat and two's" in Louisiana a few years back. Some of the food was good but not up to what I had built it up to in my mind. And the Boudin was a paste in the casing not the ground meat it was in the past. OTOH I got to walk through the Tabasco factory on Avery Island and see the warehouses chock full of barrels aging the Tabasco sauce. A relief as I had always feared they might run out. I sleep better now at night.
 
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