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Have you ordered spicy hot food and then complained about it being too hot?

I'm going to cut and paste one of my favorite Yelp reviews. The restaurant is Spicy & Tasty, a Sichuan place located in the large Chinese neighborhood in Flushing, Queens. The place is terrific. It's been a CH fave for more than 10 years and the 286 Yelp reviews average 4 stars.

Which brings me to this ninny. She may be a Yelp Elite poster but she clearly had no idea that Sichuan food is spicy. You'd think the name of the restaurant might have been a clue but no, she's a special kind of stupid.

You'll enjoy this.
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I reserve my 1 star ratings for only the truly abhorrent and abominable. That is why I have not given a 1 star rating on Yelp since August 2011... Until now...

Yes, Spicy & Tasty is truly that horrible to warrant 1 star. I visited the restaurant upon the recommendation of a friend. I had never been to Flushing before, but have been to Chinatown in downtown Manhattan and have also been to China itself. I was looking forward to eating Chinese food in Flushing. The experience I got at Spicy & Tasty was terrible...

I ordered the Mild Spicy Sichuan Chicken. It was hot and came with lots of peppers, but that's nothing I couldn't handle. What I couldn't handle was the Sichuan peppercorn, which looked like an acorn and left my mouth feeling not just numb, but feeling like a a bunch of tiny fingers were going down my throat. As I felt my throat constrict, I thought I would have to go to a hospital emergency room.... I called the waiter over and asked if he could change my dish, since I couldn't eat that. He shook his head and said no, he would not exchange my dish, even though I had only taken 2 bites of my meal so far. I asked again and still he said no and he proceeded to try to "explain" to me what the pepper was. He said it was peppercorn. I told him I know that and I've had peppercorn numerous times before and cook my steaks with peppercorn every time, but that this particular type of peppercorn was making my throat tight and that I couldn't eat that dish and wanted to exchange it for another one. How stupid could this waiter be? Did he not realize that if he forces customers to eat dishes that make them sick/injure them he could be sued and his restaurant could get shut down? Apparently not. At that point, another waiter was there as well and laughing like a clown in the background. Yes, he was LAUGHING at me, the customer! There was no respect, no service, nothing. Just pure mocking. We were mortified at that point.

I will never ever go back to Spicy & Tasty again. EVER. The waiters are extremely rude and demeaning and the food is not tasty at all. This place should be renamed Dangerous & Disgusting. The options on the menu seemed boring and the food I got was terrible. I hope that no other Yelper out there experiences such rudeness again. Save yourself a trip and a MAJOR headache and skip this place!

Fighting Cocks pub (St. Albans) is offensive to chickens

I live for stories like this.

NYC Street Vendor Selling $30 Hot Dogs?

A little humor.

No cheap corned beef this year?

I thought all Chowhounds have a home testing kit for mad cow disease.

Seriously, I remember the stories in the late 90s. Mad cow was going to kill us all. Hide under your beds. Now I go years without reading anything about it.

corned beef

Corned beef usually has a "use by" date a couple of months into the future. There probably was no need to freeze it unless you were keeping it for 6 months before cooking.

May 20, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

The Future of Food

According to the 2010 census over 80% of the U.S. population lives in cities. Are the drones going to fly in my window to deliver farm fresh eggs?

Sometimes the future doesn't work out like we thought.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sogYg...

Sriracha: Is it a Hype?

I first saw Sriracha in Chinese dumpling places and Vietnamese pho houses back in 2002. Within about 3 or 4 years it became mainstream.

I use it selectively (dumplings, sausages, bratwurst, soups) and think it's terrific.

Every year people predict that bacon has peaked and will soon go away yet that never seems to happen. I think Sriracha is here to stay.

May 19, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Pete Wells on Javelina.

That was a brutal review.

Adam Platt also panned the place recently.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2015/05/res...

May 19, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

NPR: Sheep Ranchers Count On American Muslims To Keep Lamb On Menu

Lamb is a staple on Sichuan menus. Indian too. And in NY a number of places offer lamb burgers along with beef burgers.

The Future of Food

Sure they will. And there'll be no liability issues when a drone crashes into an old lady or toddler. It'll be just like the Jetsons. We'll all have robot maids too.

May 19, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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The Future of Food

Thanks for having the patience to explain this. I was thinking the same thing.

May 19, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

The Future of Food

Sometimes what you want to happen doesn't necessarily come about. Ethical food costs more money that regular food. Until that changes a some well off people will visit Whole Foods to buy organic foods. The large majority of people will continue to shop in ways that will stretch their budgets. Since the gap between rich and poor continues to widen in this country I don't see that changing very soon.

May 18, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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When I Post, why is it NOT Showing On The Top Of The Board List

That happens to me sometimes.

May 17, 2015
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

When I Post, why is it NOT Showing On The Top Of The Board List

Change your sort order to Last Reply.

May 17, 2015
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

"It's a little silly, but I'm kind of giggling at the thought that Food Babe has probably inhaled molecules from a fart that Ray Kroc let fly in 1965."

I am inordinately pleased at that idea.

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

Never mind.

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

"Your point seems strange since many businesses do not require customers to use property/equipment owned by the business as part of their business model."

Strange? We're not talking about other businesses. We're talking about restaurant tableware.

Glasses, even the best of them, will break if you drop them. Depending on the angle, they can even break after falling a relatively short distance.

Dictators' Dinners

"Hitler was a vegetarian and also had a foul temper."

OTOH he was a *great* ice skater.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybuKQ...

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

If the restaurant is as good as the OP said there will be plenty of customers to take his place. And he'll be missing out on 2 good meals a month.

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

Profit margins are different for smaller places. It would cost them a bigger percentage of their profits to comp a meal.

Holy and Hungry - a new Cooking Channel series

Hellborn and Hellbound.

Why are chicken breasts so HUGE?

Some people have dainty appetites. Some people have normal appetites. Some people are big eaters. I figure as long as people aren't obese then they should be allowed to eat as much or as little as they want.

May 12, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

another slew of dead restaurants

I used to be a regular at Riverrun and I dined at both Teddy's and its bizarro successor, El Teddy's. And How's Bayou.

There also used to be a nice Mexican place at the corner of Greenwich and either N. Moore or Beach St.

I loved that old Tribeca.

Hey, we still have Walker's and the Nancy Whiskey.

May 12, 2015
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Yay!! New Sandra Lee TV show coming to ABC

I wish her a full and speedy recovery so I can go back to making fun of her.

Holy and Hungry - a new Cooking Channel series

I guess Vanilla Ice was busy.

Holy and Hungry - a new Cooking Channel series

May the Lord in his wisdom strike down anyone with any involvement in this show.

Why Diet Pepsi's Recipe Change Makes No Sense

Thanks. I learned something new.

Supermarket music

Me too. My local supermarket plays lots of 1960s stuff. Catchy stuff. Sometimes I see the kids who work there start singing along.

Yay!! New Sandra Lee TV show coming to ABC

"She actually produced many much worse concoctions than the infamous Kwanzaa cake, but my brain mercifully refuses to remember them!"

let me help you out. How about her hamburger dogs?

Why Diet Pepsi's Recipe Change Makes No Sense

All about Lakanto -

"So you're committed to achieving optimal health (and fighting any health issues you may be confronted with) and perhaps you've already greatly reduced or completely eliminated sugar because you know it feeds yeast, ages you quickly and leads to all kinds of serious degenerative diseases. But let's face it, there are times when something deliciously sweet is welcomed. Yet, when we do eat it, many of us feel guilty.
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As you know, though, refined white sugar and corn syrup is poison and even natural sweeteners like agave and honey will feed yeast and make our blood more acidic. So what choice do you really have?

Introducing Lakanto, the closest natural sweetener to sugar ever, in terms of its taste and its versatility; but not in terms of the risks it poses to your health! In fact, as you will learn below, quite the contrary."

http://bodyecology.com/sugar-substitu...

Until I read that I never realized that sugar ages us prematurely and feeds the evil yeasts.