Nice column in Tuesday's BeloJo by deputy editorial page editor Ed Achorn on the fabulous life-sized bronze sculpture of the legendary Pawtucket Red Sox owner Ben Mondor. It is the work of Tayo Heuser of Narragansett who, in addition to being a Casa Diablo regular, is a sculptor, painter, and arts educator. Tayo was also the artist behind the huge paintings of notable PawSox players that ringed the concourse leading into McCoy Stadiums for many years. Kudos and congrats to you, Tayo.


. . . If you're dining in the Bucket at Spumoni's Restaurant on Newport Avenue (classic Vo Dilun directions: it's right next to where Bobby's Rollaway used to be), be sure to order the "Herb Weiss Salad." This is a large salad featuring lobster meat and named after "Mr. Pawtucket."

. . . The Business section of Sunday's New York Times featured an article on why the phrase "certified organic food" (like the phrase "zero tolerance") actually means nothing. Seems that the board tasked with setting federal organic standards is dominated by agri-food giants (Coca Cola, General Mills, ConAgra, Kraft) who have, in recent years, swallowed up most of the nation's organic food industry. So, if ingredients like carrageenan or synthetic inositol sound suspiciously non-organic to you, we'd suggest you stick with local farms and local products to the extent that you can.

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