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Local Supermarket Knows Nothing About Loyal Customer

Our local supermarket, Foodtown of Bay Ridge, is currently celebrating a “grand opening.”  Though it hadn’t closed and has been around for well over a decade at its current location.  In any event, we got this coupon from them with our club card receipts.

perdue chicken coupon

It’s the thought that counts, and it’s obvious that Foodtown put very little thought into the coupons given to their loyal customers, because we have never purchased said Perdue Over Stuffers and we don’t even purchase Perdue products.  The computer that generated this “little gift” should have known via our club card that we enjoy Bell & Evans chicken, as well as Murray’s chicken – delicious breasts only.

C’est la vie.

Is Foodtown Of Bay Ridge Stuffing The Chicken?

Several years ago, due to an awesome price cut that made the price of Bell & Evans be better than the store brand chicken, we tried Bell & Evans Fresh Young Chicken/Raised Without Antibiotics breasts.

To our surprise, the chicken from Bell & Evans tasted phenomenal.  The taste was FAR BETTER than the store brand and that of Perdue.  Because of this, we have happily spent a little more money each week to have the better tasting chicken on our dinner plate ever since — for us, it was a bonus to be eating chicken that was raised without antibiotics.

We’ve always bought our Bell & Evans from our local supermarket, Foodtown of Bay Ridge — located in Brooklyn, New York.

We bring these dorky factoids of our dinner plates up because we are 99.9999% certain that the chicken packaged for sale in the above photo, from Foodtown of Bay Ridge, isn’t actually Bell & Evans Fresh Young Chicken/Raised Without Antibiotics breasts.  If fact, for the past several weeks, the chicken that has been offered for sale in these Bell & Evans packages have changed dramatically.  It wasn’t the first time that such a change has happened, but it has been steadily happening for several weeks now, and it’s irking us.

It used to be a once in a blue moon/every now and then thing, the chicken in the B&E packages would be bigger and pinker than the normal B&E breasts.  When cooked, they would taste terrible, and suspiciously like that of the Foodtown/store brand chicken.  We figured that one of the “butchers” in the back took the chicken from the wrong tray and accidentally labeled them as being chicken from B&E.  (Butchers is in quotes, because our grandfather was an actual butcher, and the people at Foodtown pale in comparison to real butchers.)

Usually, the B&E packages with the above pictured label have two young chicken breasts in them, the breasts are small in size, with a net weight between .55 and .95 pounds, and the chicken is MUCH lighter in color and MUCH less pink than the chicken seen in the above photo.

The B&E package in the above photo has two large chicken breasts in it, weighs 1.25 pounds (MUCH larger and WAY heavier than the average B&E breasts), and are much pinker than the average B&E breasts.  In fact, the chicken in the above B&E package looks exactly like the Foodtown/store branded chicken.

We’ve cooked Bell & Evans chicken for several years now and know the difference in look and taste between B&E and the store brand.  Given this, if the chicken pictured above was purchased and cooked, it would have tasted exactly like the Foodtown/store branded chicken, because this happened several weeks in a row now, and we are sick of getting ripped off.

So we gotta ask: is it Foodtown of Bay Ridge that keeps placing the incorrect chicken in the B&E packages?  Or is it that the B&E chicken no longer looks the same (i.e. no longer looks like fresh young chicken raised without antibiotics)? 

In our humble opinion, it is the former of the two, since the chicken in the vacuum sealed B&E packages of fresh young chicken raised without antibiotics look exactly the same as the chicken that we used to purchase in the package/label shown in the above photo.

So, consumers of Bay Ridge, be careful our there with your meat purchases, and B&E, you probably want to look into this.

Brooklyn Pols Find New Way To Be Stupid

For the past week or so, we kept running into this bit of news local to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.    

Community Board Ten’s Traffic & Transportation Committee will host a Public Hearing to discuss our Elected Officials’ suggestion to create a “Summer Streets Pedestrian Mall” along 3rd Avenue between 82nd and 92nd Streets on Friday evenings from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm during the months of July and August. This would involve the street closure of 3rd Avenue to vehicular traffic with side street crossings remaining open to traffic from 82nd Street to 92nd Street.
St. Anselm’s McMahon Auditorium
365 83rd Street
(Handicapped access ramp is located at the side of the Church.)
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 7:00 PM

[Source, CB10]

We love the fact that no elected official has the balls to put their name to this idea, because even they think that this is a dumbass idea to do.  Now that that’s out the way.  For the love of God, why would anyone think that this is a great idea? 

(The Pearl Room, 3rd Avenue/82nd Street)

The negatives:

  1. It is impossible to keep 3rd Avenue (one of the main arteries of Bay Ridge) closed to vehicular traffic throughout that stretch while also allowing vehicular traffic to cross the avenue because numerous streets along the proposed route don’t line up in a perfect line — some streets are a full half block off from lining up with each other. 
  2. Vehicles that would normally be parked along 3rd Avenue will end up being double parked along the quiet residential sidestreets throughout the entire route.
  3. The city is going to have to dole out money to have extra members of the NYPD ensure that 3rd Avenue is clear of all vehicles instead of patrolling the city at a time when the budget is tight and crime is up.
  4. One of the two remaining supermarkets in Bay Ridge will have the entrance to their spacious parking lot closed off because of this, and a lot of people actually shop there on a Friday night, oddly.
  5. Many of the businesses along the proposed route will be closed for much of the duration of the event — most close at 7PM.
  6. The restaurants and bars that will be open will not be nearly as busy as they normally are due to the fact that most people who tend to frequent Bay Ridge on Friday evenings go to the beach for the weekend during the summer. 
  7. In other words, there isn’t a demand from locals to have one of their main thoroughfares closed off so that a few people can walk down near empty streets that are dotted with half empty bars, ice cream parlors, and cupcake shops.

The positives:

  1. Foodtown of Bay Ridge has a petition going to block this idea from moving forward.  It keeps getting stronger each day.  Stop by and sign it.  (Foodtown is located on 3rd Avenue at 91 Street)
  2. This half-assed idea shows the stupidity with which our local government operates — they keep finding new ways to forget about equal rights with gay marriage, educating themselves about fracking so that they can pass laws to block fracking in NY State, and ensuring that the Indian Point can easily and safely be turned off some day by creating a clean grid of renewable forms of electricity.
  3. Community Board 10 is holding a hearing to discuss this lame idea in an auditorium.  Allowing for as many residents of Bay Ridge to attend, and agree that having “Summer Streets” in Bay Ridge in this manner is not the way to go.  Please show up! 

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