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French Quarter Eats after Midnight on a Wednesday?

Quartermaster's [AKA the Nelli Deli] right down the block from the Clover I'm pretty sure is also open 24/7, but carry out only.

Mar 26, 2014
Fydeaux in New Orleans

What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

Canned Queen Anne Cherries!!! And it's about time!

Mar 26, 2014
Fydeaux in General Topics

Milwaukee - typical dishes? And what does Milwaukee do better than anyone?

Would you REALLY send someone to Pandl's for a bratwurst?

The brat sliders at Saz's are pretty good, but in my own opinion, a bratwurst is best off the grill [cooked in the open air] rather than from a kitchen.

I'll give the Ale house a try next time I'm in the third ward though.

Mar 21, 2014
Fydeaux in Great Lakes

Milwaukee - typical dishes? And what does Milwaukee do better than anyone?

Smith Brothers was the only place I ever liked eating fish as a child. In the 60s, it was ofetn the place we went to when my grandparents came down from Marinette for Mothers' Day or a birthday. Thanks you; I hadnt thought about them in many years!

Mar 21, 2014
Fydeaux in Great Lakes

Milwaukee - typical dishes? And what does Milwaukee do better than anyone?

You didnt mention when you were planning on visiting, but regarding bratwurst, I would wait until warmer weather sets in and you can get a brat right off a grill set up in front of a grocery or meat market. I all honesty, I cant think of a single restaurant that gets it right. And if anyone can suggest one, I would love to hear about it.

Mar 18, 2014
Fydeaux in Great Lakes

My Gumbo Rankings

My own favorite gumbo was from Molly's at the Market on Decatur. Being mainly a bar, I dont think it gets considered very much by people seeking out gumbo, but the last time I had it, it set off taste fireworks for me.

EAT doesnt seem to get a lot of love here, but I have enjoyed it thoroughly on many occasions over several visits. I am happy to find someone who agrees.

Mar 17, 2014
Fydeaux in New Orleans
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Favourite sweet pie??

Pecan or Sweet Potato. If it's one of these, you could put it in any crust you have around. For fruit pies I prefer a pie crust over crumb.

Mar 12, 2014
Fydeaux in General Topics

Catering to relatives who don't want "exotic" food

Personally, I'd go for the two-meal solution, one where the birthday boy gets to eat what he wants, and a second with the in-laws at a white-bread place that they would prefer.

Regardless of the birthday boy's age, he should get something [not necessarily everything] he wants on his birthday! I know how I have felt when someone has asked me where I want to go on my own birthday. When I answer that I'd like to go to XXX, and I am met with "Why dont we go to YYY instead?", I am wondering "Why did you bother to ask me in the first place?"

Mar 03, 2014
Fydeaux in Not About Food
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SGWM seeking Romantic MKE Restaurant for proposing to partner

The food at La Reve is quite good, but it can be very loud in there if there is any kind of crowd at all. I would suggest Jacque's Cafe, 1022 S 1st St. That is near the Walker's Point area. While the area does have a lot of gay-friendly businesses nearby, I recommend it because the food is excellent, the atmosphere is sophisticated yet comfortable, reasonably quiet, and can be quite romantic. The weather is touch & go that late in October, but if luck is with us, the outdoor wine garden will still be open.

http://chezjacques.com/default.html

Feb 28, 2014
Fydeaux in Great Lakes

Genetically Modified (GM) Foods

I have a lot of mixed emotions about this. I was one who protested the Vietnam War in the 60s & 70s, and believed that if the chemical companies that made napalm would half as much into food science, hunger could be eliminated. Now that they have gone into food science, the results dont please anyone.

And the entire career of Luther Burbank was essentially genetic engineering, without which I would not have had the delicious mashed potatos I had with dinner last night.

As is usually the case, the people who have the strongest feelings on the subject are likely to simply discount anything that doesnt support their own positions. The facts are going to be found somewhere in the middle.

So while my own preference is for foods more naturally grown, and I have no issue with labeling of GMO products, I dont particularly fear them, and I dont call for their elimination.

Feb 26, 2014
Fydeaux in General Topics

Pancakes vs. French Toast: Who Reigns Supreme?

I dont turn up my nose at pancakes, but given the choice, I will almost always opt for French Toast.

The whole conversation about proper cooking of FT made me flash on an old M*A*S*H episode in which Hawkeye is getting giddy while giving a FT recipe to the mess hall cook, who then takes powdered eggs, powdered milk, and water, mixes it all up with something like a canoe padle, and states, "Mixing into a froth, sir!"

Feb 12, 2014
Fydeaux in General Topics

Oh seriously... Not another tipping thread!

It's the CARD, not the 15%. Calculating 15% to the penny! Asking for change for a quarter so that EXACTLY 15% can be left! It makes the bile rise up in the back of my throat!

A bunch of years ago [in the days when I considered 15% to be a good tip, this person was adamant about 12%], I was in a city where the tax was 8%, so I doubled the tax amount, rounded up to the next dollar, and left that amount. This relative pulled out his trusty card, determined that I had left WAY too much, and started making change out of what I had left on the table, criticizing me loudly for having done so. I felt humiliated. I handed to tip, the WHOLE tip, to the waitress, and hustled my relative out of there.

There is sometimes a very thin line between thrifty and obsessive.

Feb 06, 2014
Fydeaux in Not About Food
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Oh seriously... Not another tipping thread!

Not for me it's not.

While I have left tips as low as $5.00 on a bill for 10 people when service seemed to be intentionally bad and especially surly, my own standard is 20%. Having once had to rely on tips to live, and having had family members who have had to do the same, this is a karma thing for me.

And pulling out the card to determine 15% to the penny, I find to be really bad form.

That's just me.

Feb 05, 2014
Fydeaux in Not About Food
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Oh seriously... Not another tipping thread!

I have done this in the past. I had one elderly relative who insisted that 75 cents per person at the table was an adequate tip, including at fancier restaurants on a holiday! I have another who upon receiving the bill puls one of those cards from his wallet and figures out 15% to the penny and leaves only that, regardless of any other factor.

So I would discreetly leave extra cash sticking out from under my plate. Havent gotten caught yet.

Feb 04, 2014
Fydeaux in Not About Food

Pancakes - What's Your Favorite Type??

Blue corn pancakes with toasted pinon.

Feb 03, 2014
Fydeaux in General Topics
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The Bay--Milwaukee [WFB]

Having in the distant past delivered pizzas for a living, eating pizza five nights a week at the time because it was free, and having once been set upon, robbed, and injured while making a delivery, I have a love/hate affair with pizza, and have to REALLY be in a mood for it to get one. I'm really no judge of anything other than what I happen to like. I only tried one piece, bbq chicken. It was a good thin crust. It's not a destination pizza for me, more so since I live near Lalli's, which is my own idea of a perfect pizza.

So I would say invest the $9-$13 in trying one. If you like it, you'll have a new spot. If you dont, you'll never have to try it again.

Feb 02, 2014
Fydeaux in Great Lakes

The Bay--Milwaukee [WFB]

There were seven of us. Three of us had burgers, three had pizzas, one had what was for all intents and purposes a vegetable po-boy. The burgers were quite good, cooked as desired. Those who had pizzas enjoyed them enough to finish them, My wife liked her vegetable sandwhich quite a bit. Nothing was over the top incredible, but it was all quite good, and I'd be happy to eat there again. The service was excellent. The bartender knew his stuff too.

Jan 28, 2014
Fydeaux in Great Lakes

I hate Zip Locks - The disappearence of non-ziplock bags...

I dont share your hatred of ziplocks, but the old style of fold-over sandwich bags have their use. My daughter is a tattoo artist and uses them to cover equipment, etc.

Check places like Big Lots and other dollar store. They usually have them in several sizes.

Jan 23, 2014
Fydeaux in Cookware

The Bay--Milwaukee [WFB]

I am having dinner at a restaurant called The Bay on E Silver Spring Sunday evening. Has anyone been there and can offer some recommendations?

Jan 22, 2014
Fydeaux in Great Lakes

Bayview [Milwaukee] help

Not yet; I'll post if I do. In the meantime, still looking for suggestions.

Jan 17, 2014
Fydeaux in Great Lakes

Bayview [Milwaukee] help

I've only been to AJB once; I thoight it was a fine burger, but far from my own favorite. I was actually more interested in their poutine, which I found adequate at best. I am unlikely to return of my own volition. I mentioned them and the others only because it seemed likely someone would mention them.

Jan 15, 2014
Fydeaux in Great Lakes

Bayview [Milwaukee] help

Can anybody make a suggestion as to what is the best burger in Bay View? I am already aware of other Milwaukee burgers like Sobelman's, AJ Bomber's, Mazo's etc. but I am looking for the best IN BV or as close as possible.

Thanks!

Jan 14, 2014
Fydeaux in Great Lakes

One Night in Vancouver

I had a one-day Vancouver experience a few years back. I received a lot of CH suggestions, all useful. Here's a link to my post about the outcome. Hopefully it will be helpful:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/415259

Jan 12, 2014
Fydeaux in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

If you opened a restaurant, what would you call it ?

I had a friend in college who had plans to open a restaurant called Paul's Little Italy. His name was Paul, and no Italian food would be served. That's the kind of guy he is.

Jan 10, 2014
Fydeaux in Not About Food

What are your remedies after eating too much?

Ginger tea, or one of the other ginger drinks that can be served hot. I have something called Gold Kili which comes in teabag-like packets but the ingredients are natural ginger and natural lemon flavor, so it's not tea, and it's caffeine free. I got it at an Indian grocery.

That and not eating for a while.

Jan 10, 2014
Fydeaux in Not About Food
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Where do you buy ground coffee in Manhattan to brew at home?

I like Porto Rico a lot. I also like McNulty's Tea & Coffee on Christopher St in the West Village.
http://www.mcnultys.com/

Jan 08, 2014
Fydeaux in Manhattan
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Is this becoming a new normal?

Thinking back, I have most often been asked "Would you like to keep the bread?" or "Can I take the bread?", something on that order. But if the bread was being cleared with the rest, I would have no problem saying, "Please leave the bread." or even "Could you please bring more bread?"

Jan 08, 2014
Fydeaux in Not About Food

Do you think tartar sauce is gross?

Right out of the fridge, no. After an hour or two out, yeah. I'm another one that doesnt crave it if there isnt any, but I like it well enough. I also punch it up with a little hot sauce.

Jan 02, 2014
Fydeaux in General Topics
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The Cake/food is a LIE!

The purple sweet potatoes [probably purple yams, actually] that I get are a streaky off-white when first peeled, but turn a distinct blue-purple when boiled and mashed. They were delicious and I have been told that whatever the cholesterol-lowing substance in regular sweet potatoes is, the purple ones have something like 4 times as much.

Dec 23, 2013
Fydeaux in General Topics

When you can't send homemade, what food do you send for Christmas presents?

Caviar.

Dec 20, 2013
Fydeaux in General Topics