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sensational sour cream but only sold in part of the midwest

Well, Boo. Now I want some, and I'm in Texas. You guys are just teasing me ...

Jul 27, 2014
Cheflambo in General Topics

Restaurant Pet Peeves

Wondering why you think this is part of a stock broker's sales training..... its just common courtesy. And really, there's no harm in knowing the server's name. If you need to get their attention, its much more polite to address them by name than, say, snapping your fingers (yes, people still do this) or saying "hey, you!"

Jul 07, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food
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Liver?

Revival Market might be able to help, or know of a source.

Jul 07, 2014
Cheflambo in Houston

guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

I am always happy to help the hostess with the dishes, but acknowledge that many folks want things done "their way", a method with which I am not always familiar. I don't think there's a "wrong" way to load a dishwasher, but reading this thread, I've learned otherwise. If my offer to help is met with "no no, just relax" ... that's what I do.

Perhaps my pacing is different. At many a Thanksgiving dinner with my family (after my siblings were grown) two of my sisters are lightning fast eaters, and are whisking the plates off the table before the rest of us are finished. My brother and I would be leisurely enjoying our pie and coffee while getting the stink-eye from the other two for "not helping".

Jul 04, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

Hubbell & Hudson is closed http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2...

Jul 01, 2014
Cheflambo in Houston

Women who don't eat much when among peers

Has anyone considered that Mrs. Z may have had a big lunch, wasn't hungry après ballet, but BECAME hungry again later?

Jul 01, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food

Why do people find it so strange to take photos of your food?

Mona, she has worn out her welcome with most of our mutual friends. She's also highly critical of the food, the ambiance, and anything else she can find to complain about. You can imagine how she treats waitstaff.

Jun 03, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food

Why do people find it so strange to take photos of your food?

If the fact that you ate lunch today is the most newsworthy thing in your life, well, go ahead and share it with everyone who has friended you on FB. 99% of us don't care, however, and will scroll right through it.

But like anything else that is taken to excess, photographing everything you ate is just one more passing obsession, enabled by the cameraphones we all have in our pockets.

When I go to special events where food is the focus, it just cracks me up that everyone.... EVERYONE ... pulls out the phones as soon as the first dish is laid down. If I have a dish that is different from the photographer next to me, I have to wait until THEY have taken a picture of MY food before I can dig in. Again, I can let this go.

But I have one friend who hauls around a big, honking Nikon with a flash. No matter how dark or intimate the restaurant, EVERY plate gets a shot, disruptive flash included, because she fancies herself a "food blogger", Her "blog" is FB. She likes to mention this when she makes reservations (presuming that this will somehow garner her a few comp items, or special treatment somehow - she also thinks hauling out that conspicuous camera will make "them" realize she is important). She is traveling in a foreign country at the moment, and I wonder how the locals perceive this behavior .....

Jun 02, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food
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When you are hosting a dinner party, do you ask guests whether they have dietary restrictions, or preview the menu for them?

I respect and accommodate any medical or religious dietary restrictions, and when I invite someone to dinner, I usually know them well enough to be aware of these things. If someone is bringing a date I have not met, I do ask about their requirements, but if they're vegan or vegetarian, there's always plenty of food, and something they can eat. I just don't prepare a special dish just for one person who has chosen to eliminate something from their diet. I am never offended if someone brings their own food. Its the pleasure of their company I hope for, not a debate on the merits or sins of eating something that once had a face ....

Jun 01, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food
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Advice from Dear Abby

I second THAT emotion. I will always give someone's food a second chance, but life is too short to eat with unpleasant people.

May 20, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food

A Non-Offensive Universally Acceptable Meal

I have way more than 15 friends. They ALL know what to expect at Chez Cheflambo. The rule is ... if you cant eat it, don't eat it. No whining. There will be meat. Probably fish or shellfish (in season). A big salad. Lots of vegetables/crudités. Good bread. And a gluten-free option if my one gluten-intolerant friend can come (she's delightful and always welcome, because she doesn't complain about her issue). Plenty of wine and beer. Soda and water for the non-drinkers. If anyone thinks there is not going to be enough food to accommodated their appetite and special needs, they usually bring their own, and I am not offended.

May 14, 2014
Cheflambo in General Topics
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Discount for well-behaved kids on restaurant bill

I know plenty of servers who would like to add a surcharge for the bratty kids ... see how far THAT would fly....

May 14, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food
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Nigellissima disappears

Thanks! I will look for it. Seems Iike Ive only seen 3 episodes of Nigellissima. Are there more?

Apr 28, 2014
Cheflambo in Food Media & News

Nigellissima disappears

Has anyone else noticed that as soon as Nigella Lawson had visa problems getting into the US, her show just disappeared from the Cooking Channel? Or had the series run its course?

Apr 28, 2014
Cheflambo in Food Media & News

Houston Food Websites

Visit Facebook and checkout Houston Chowhounds - its an open group and we share ALOT

Apr 28, 2014
Cheflambo in Houston

Restaurant Pet Peeves

Teague (and I sure hope you are not the Teague married to a friend of mine) ... you're really put out by having to wait for them to bring you salt? Asking for it is a PITA? Does waiting for your food really stress you out as much as these other things do? Why not just automatically ask for salt when you order your food, if you don't see any on the table?

Apr 25, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food
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Restaurant Pet Peeves

Unless you're a celebrity "regular" at Gramercy Tavern, one usually has to wait at least a few minutes past their "reservation time" (were you on time?) As far as waiting in the bar, where else were they going to put you? And its an extremely popular place - why would you be surprised to find so many people there?

Apr 25, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food
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Refused my order in restaurant.

And this is relevant how?

Apr 25, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food

I'm sorry you don't like what I ordered, but keep your thoughts to yourself

Life is too short to eat with people like this. There are folks like "Roz" in my circle of friends, and a few in-laws. I never know when they are going to go bonkers over something I am ordering and enjoying, but I ignore the in-laws, and just recently told a friend "if you don't like it don't order it". It IS rude to tell someone "don't order THAT!" or, my favorite jibe ... "Is that all you're having?" My personal beef (so to speak) is with the self-righteous vegans and vegetarians who whine "there's nothing here I can eat" and feel the need to deliver a lecture at every meal.

Apr 17, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food
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Date.... ordering seafood?

Yes, first dates are a distant memory here, too. However, I think if you like something, you should order it. If you start making choices based on someone else's preferences, they'll expect you to continue doing so. Be yourself from the beginning, and the path to culinary compatibility will be a smooth (or divergent) one.

Apr 15, 2014
Cheflambo in General Topics
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You eat too fast! ... No, you eat too slow!

Notoriously slow eater here - I was always the last one at the table, after my siblings had inhaled their food and moved on to their homework. I live with a man who eats at a normal pace, but if we're in a restaurant and served at the same time, and he's really hungry, he wolfs down his food, never once putting down the fork or pausing between bites. In these cases I am only halfway through my meal when he's finished and asking for the check. After years of this, I just continue at my own comfortable pace. If I can see from the get-go that this is going to happen, I will just order an appetizer as my meal, a smaller portion, and we can finish "together". If it bothers him, he's never said so.

The only time I really even pay attention to this type of situation is when I am eating with clients, and then when they are finished (and these are usually hungry men who eat fast) so am I. I'll take the rest to go. The polite ones apologize for rushing me (sometimes we just cant spend 90+ minutes at lunch); the rest just don't care.

Apr 15, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food

Good Pizza Place That Delivers Near Town & Country/ Memorial Area

Don't wait until the day of the event to call in this order. Check with your pizzeria of choice to see if they can accommodate such a large order all at once.

Apr 13, 2014
Cheflambo in Houston

Smacking and Slurping: Loud Eater Stories

Whenever I have to eat WITH someone like this, I try not to look as horrified as I feel. At some point I will say "Wow - you sure sound like you are enjoying that" ...

Apr 05, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food

kitchen OWIES!?!

Knifeskills #101: A falling knife has no handle. You can do more damage with a dull knife than with a sharp one.

Mar 29, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food

Need to narrow a steak choice

Hands down -- Vic & Anthony's. Their crab cake is in a class by itself. Steaks are always perfect. Request "Fulmer" as your server, and you'll have an amazing experience to commemorate your anniversary.

Mar 22, 2014
Cheflambo in Houston

Another splitting the bill question

Thanks, fourunder - feeling the love. Im always glad to read here that Im not the only one who really dislikes the end-of-the-meal quibble over "your food was more expensive than mine... yadda x 3". I grew up with a father who always reached for the check as soon as it arrived and wouldn't hear of anyone else paying unless they really insisted. I was taught that this was the most gracious way to be. I have inlaws who will calculate to the penny what they owe; on the rare occasions I dine with them I know it will happen. One night with them at a fast/casual place, I excused myself during dinner, found our server, and slipped him my credit card to cover all our (6) meals. You should have heard them howl! I just said "the bill is paid; you guys can fight over the tip"

Mar 17, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food

Another splitting the bill question

To clarify (for fourunder) - I had been dining with this person for several years in many different group configurations. Every. Single. Time. she would act this way. She complains about anything and everything; I've never had a meal with her that she didn't send SOMETHING back. Several other members of our social circle have also begun to avoid her company for this reason.

Mar 16, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food

"Sundays are the Worst"

They are simply using the term "bipolar" incorrectly and do not have a clue what it means.

Mar 16, 2014
Cheflambo in Not About Food
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Another splitting the bill question

Separate checks are a great concept and does resolve the OP's situation. It does require the server to spend extra time at the POS screen and IMHO their tip should be at least 20% for this time and effort. Timing the input, however, DOES impact how the food comes out. My cheapskate BIL will announce "separate checks!" as we are seated. He always orders first, and get his food first, and inhales it while some of us are still waiting for ours.

Here at home, my regular dining companions are a diverse lot - usually dividing the check by the number at the table works out fine, and the alcohol comes on a separate check for the drinkers to divide. But there's a woman in the group who is very specific about what she does NOT owe on these meals. Once at a group dinner she ordered a bottle of wine and offered me a glass, which I accepted and enjoyed. A month later we had lunch together alone and the differences in our entrees was $5 (hers was more). She actually looked at me and said "well you still owe me $5 for that glass of my wine you drank at _____" I just said "Let me get this ..." paid the entire bill, and decided that would be our last meal together.

Mar 16, 2014
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6-hour layover at IAH George Bush Houston airport... lunch?

I highly recommend Jimmy G's -- its not far, and well worth the cab fare. Its oyster season, and they do them several different and amazing ways. They open at noon on Saturdays. Their gumbo is some of the best.

Mar 13, 2014
Cheflambo in Houston