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Abuse of Amazon Imagery 2005.05.28.22:47


It appears that Amazon encodes significant data into their image URLs. It also appears that this person has way too much time on his hands.

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Days: 7. Grocers: 6. Peppers: 0. 2005.05.03.02:32

I am utterly failing in my efforts to locate and acquire cherry peppers (also known as "baby bell peppers"). These are bell peppers that are roughly the size of habanero peppers, or smallish jalapeños. But they have the same general flavor as full-sized bells.

I want them for this recipe, which I know isn't vegetarian. But they looked really amazing on the episode of The Naked Chef that I saw them on.

Thus far, I have tried the following places with no luck:

  • Safeway (long-shot, but it's the closest)
  • Trader Joe's (not big on produce, to be fair)
  • P&W Market (fairly upscale, I went to the one on Prospect and Saratoga on the edge between San Jose and Campbell)
  • Whole Foods (I was sure they would have them)
  • Costco (Worth a try)
  • Milk Pail Market (On California St. in Mt. View just before Palo Alto)

The Milk Pail Market was really nice. Open-air, great prices on both produce and dry goods (this is where I'll go for lentils from now on). Great selection of cheeses (I tried Vella Farms' Dry Jack for the first time over the weekend, and now here's a more convenient place to get it). But no cherry peppers.

If anyone has an idea where I might find this elusive breed, use the e-mail link on the home page to let me know?

(Edit: I had the days and grocers numbers off by 1. Doesn't everyone count/index from zero?)

# [/food]

Who Am I:
Randy J. Ray
Software Engineer


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Reading and Re-reading
· The Annotated Thursday: G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Would Be Thursday, G.K. Chesterton, Martin Gardner
· The Feeling Good Handbook, David D. Burns
· Organizing From the Inside Out, Julie Morgenstern
· XML Schema, Eric Van Der Vlist
· BEEP: The Definitive Guide, Marshall T. Rose

High in the queue
· Silk, Caitlin R. Kiernan
· Coldheart Canyon, Clive Barker
· Idoru, William Gibson
· Shared Source CLI Essentials, David Stutz, Ted Neward, Geoff Shilling

Recently finished
· Planetary Vol. 3: Leaving the 20th Century, Warren Ellis, et al

Recommended favorites
· The Cowboy Wally Show, Kyle Baker
· Lost Souls, Poppy Z. Brite
· The Alienist, Caleb Carr
· Quarantine, Greg Egan
· The Authority: Relentless, Warren Ellis et al.
· Planetary: All Over the World and Other..., Warren Ellis et al.
· American Gods, Neil Gaiman
· Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
· Neuromancer, William Gibson
· A Philosophical Investigation, Philip Kerr
· Say You Want a Revolution (The Invisibles, Book 1), Grant Morrison et al
· You Are Worthless: Depressing Nuggets of..., Oswald T. Pratt and Scott Dickers
· Cryptonomicon, Neil Stephenson
· Rising Stars : Born In Fire (Vol. 1), J. Michael Straczynski

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