Bless the Marin Independent-Journal. I have resisted subscribing to it, on and off, for years, but this dandy local paper happens to hire the most irresistible phone salespersons.
However, my most recent lapse into subscriberhood happened about a year ago on the main sidewalk of San Rafael, when an overly glib guy talked me into taking a year for a mere $19.99. What a playa: When I flipped him a crisp twenty, he pointedly refused to give me back a penny. Penny = worthless; $19.99 one-year subscription to hometown paper = Meh, $20.
So. Today's edition. Rich with food items.
First up. "The Novato Senior Citizens Club has scheduled its annual chicken barbecue at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 28... The menu for the event will include barbecue chicken." D'oh! Oh, best part: "Guests are encouraged to come early." (Insert earlybird special joke.)
OK, next. A beloved local baking team which has sold its wares at farmers markets for the past several years is opening a bricks-and-mortar shop in Novato. These beloved bakers call their operation FlourChylde (which is very Marin; Marin squared, even). But the copy editor of the Marin I-J wrote a cutline for the huge, above-the-fold photo leading off the story with a misspelling: "Flowerchylde." Not the end of the world, but oh, such a punch in the guts for a couple of hopeful, dedicated entrepreneurs. Hang tight, guys, we'll find your new place.
More cutline cutups: a feature on Bing cherry recipes included a photo of a dish using "balsmatic" vinegar. No, I don't even think Ronco makes a "balsmatic." Yowch.
Another photo in the cherry series showed an "elegrant" dessert. Words frail me.
But it's not all dissing and hissing here at I'm Mad and I Copyedit.
The estimable Leslie Harlib managed to get the skinny on a Japanese restaurant recently opened in the space of the former Tomoe in San Rafael, and her writeup has me salivating for a visit to the new place, Sushi Lin. F'rinstance: "Wafu-burger, a Japanese-style beef burger sauced with soy, sake, Japanese brown sugar and honey, and served with rice." All that and sushi? I am so there.
Come to think of it, I'm all done ragging this rag for its paltry (not "paultry" — wait, that was supposed to be "Falkner," not "Faulkner") misspellings. Eh. There were a few others as well.
But not enough to wreck my appetite.
Not for that well-spent $20.