Antiquarian Kathleen Manning of the Pacifica Historical Society (PHS) has discovered in an old cookbook that the original recipe for jack cheese may have been created at the Mori family restaurant on Mori Point around 1880, then hijacked to Jacks Ranch in Monterey, where the versatile semisoft cheese took on the name Monterey Jack.
PHS is selling Pacifica Jack, a local version of the cheese, for $8 a pound at its brand-new Pacifica Coastside Museum, which held its gala opening August 22 in the former Little Brown Church in Sharp Park.
Reports Pacifica.city: "Pacifica Jack has a firm, almost Brie-like texture with an extra-sharp, white-cheddar bite. At just under refrigerator temperature, when rubbed between thumb and forefinger, it smears rather than crumbles, and the three kids we taste-tested it on loved it. Use it anywhere you'd want a cheddar with a lower melting point or even anywhere you previously might have used Gruyere."
(Photo courtesy of Pacifica.city; story courtesy of Pacifica Tribune and Pacifica.city)
The Pacifica Planning Commission decided July 20 to postpone addressing a proposed yearlong beach party on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The events would be hosted by Off the Grid, nationally recognized for its Fort Mason and Presidio food truck events that have united neighborhoods, drawn nearby communities, and provided a wide variety of high-quality international food vendors. It's an interesting idea from Economic Development Director Anne Stedler and City Manager Lorie Tinfow. According to the Planning Commission meeting agenda (below), both Linda Mar Beach and Sharp Park Beach are under consideration as locations for the food truck event.
The Better Business Burro reports that a spacious new Starbucks is now open in Pacific Manor at the former Straw Hat pizzeria, but diehard "localistas" will continue to quaff their brew at non-corporate coffeehouses.
Online forum nextdoor.com and the Better Business Burro say that Starbucks is moving into the former Straw Hat pizza parlor at Oceana & Manor. How much worse can traffic get at that already insane intersection? How many more Starbucks does Pacifica need? Why not support locally owned and operated coffeehouses?
Are almond growers California's worst water wasters? They're being blamed so much that almond lovers are pushing back with articles like "Seriously, Stop Demonizing Almonds," which appeared recently on Gizmodo.
So what are the facts? It takes 23 gallons of water to grow 23 almonds, a typical serving size. Almonds are the second-thirstiest crop in California behind alfalfa, a superfood for cows that sucks up 15 percent of the state's irrigation water. Almonds account for close to 10 percent of the state's agricultural water use, more than what the entire populations of Los Angeles and San Francisco use in a year. Almonds are hugely profitable for California. Last year, almonds brought in $11 billion to the state's economy.
But while alfalfa fields shrink, almond orchards are expanding in a big way. Alfalfa acreage is expected to shrink 11 percent this year, and cotton acres will dwindle to their lowest level since the 1920s. The market is pushing almonds and other nuts in the opposite direction. Almonds deliver farmers an average net return of $1,431 per acre, while pistachios net $3,519 per acre. Paramount Farms, which manages 50,000 acres of almond trees, plans to expand by 50 percent in the next five years. About two-thirds of California's almonds and pistachios are sent overseas. California's Central Valley churns out 80 percent of the world's almonds.
Here's the REAL problem in a nutshell: Each almond takes a gallon of water to produce. And each almond tree can produce up to 50 pounds of almonds per year. Chew on that!
In my opinion, Pacifica and Dairy Queen are a perfect match! We need a Dairy Queen (or maybe a Foster's Freeze) in our beautiful beach town. I feel that a great location would be the big, empty lot (owned by Caltrans?) just south of the Portola statue and the Community Center parking lot, that is, if it isn't a wetlands or prohibited from development.
Years ago I broached the subject with the Chamber of Commerce, but no one ever took any action that I know of. Maybe the chamber's Business Development Committee (or whatever it's called) could contact Dairy Queen and invite it to visit Pacifica in the hopes of getting someone interested in a franchise Dairy Queen in Pacifica. I'm sure there would be ingress and egress issues, but I'm not a traffic engineer, and those who know these kinds of things could certainly figure out that aspect of it. So let's hear it! Anyone else want to see a Dairy Queen in Pacifica?