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What 'Race Together' Means for Starbucks Partners and Customers | Starbucks Newsroom

SNL sketch: Pep Boys launch their #genderflect campaign. http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-liv...

about 4 hours ago
MplsM ary in Chains

Dinner with a side of self-righteousness

Oh, the irony that the author does not seem able to dismount from her own high horse.

Had she narrowed her focus, stuck to her argument and stayed away from mixed metaphors I might have had a chance to agree with her. As it is, I feel the need to get blotto so I can forget that wretched mess of an article. Oy.

April 3rd 2015 is Nat'l Chocolate Mousse Day. Where to Go?

First, I wanted to share that tidbit of trivia with y'all. Second, with no Chez Colette to get my mousse fix, where should I go? I realize this dessert is déclassé these days, but I'd really like to find some. For really good chocolate (NOT white chocolate, not raspberry, just plain old chocolate) mousse I am willing to drive a bit. Where?

Thanks.

What 'Race Together' Means for Starbucks Partners and Customers | Starbucks Newsroom

I'm willing to make and sport a sandwich board:
"Let's talk about race."

I live a block from a pan-handling corner (good spot since the light takes forever to change), and I'd be willing to pad around for an hour or two (if I'm not doing a panhandler out of their turf.)

Here's the thing: I'm a 55 year old white lady. How would this be perceived? Would you think I'm a lefty loon? (check). Or would you think that I'm probably sporting a swastika tattoo somewhere on my person (nope).

I applaud Starbucks even in this failed attempt, since it did get people talking about talking about race.

Mar 23, 2015
MplsM ary in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

I like the convenience of the chickenless strips to boost protein for things like stirfries. Because of the finer texture of the Healthy 8 veggies, I chopped the strips pretty finely. The taste is pretty typical seitan chicken substitute. The beefless strips are better I think.

I prefer the baked tofu. Again, a convenience, since I seem ever destined to fuck up when baking my own. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/971258

Thanks to another thread about Peanut butter I tried the Santa Cruz dark roast and loved the texture but it was actually too dark. Yes, I am the Goldilocks of peanut butter.

Mar 20, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

I have to Meh the new Crunchy Cookies filled with Belgian Chocolate. These are what you THINK you want out of a Milano - more chocolate... but it throws the balance off. If the chocolate was a tad more bitter-bittersweet, it could work. As it is, I the sweets hound found them too sweet.

Meanwhile I am forswearing the Peanutters. Those damn things disappear really quickly and I have no person, pet or varmint on which to pin the blame, other than myself. The delicious shame is too much to bear.

Meh also to the reformulated Valencia organic peanut butter. The texture is too much like tahini. It's like substantial peanut oil. I even tried the crunchy and did not like the texture. Back to Smuckers organic for me.

Made a tasty all TJs stirfry using the Healthy 8 chopped veggies, chickenless strips, and a bag of frozen broccoli with some petite peas added at the end. I also used TJs soy sauce. The only non-TJs ingredient was a whopping big sploosh of garlic chili sauce. Served with some unsalted TJs cashews - I got a few good meals out of it.

Mar 20, 2015
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Trader Joe’s Recalls Raw Walnuts Because of Salmonella Danger

Just FYI for Trader Joes shoppers.

Mar 17, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Heads up: TJs raw walnuts recalled: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/article...

Mar 17, 2015
MplsM ary in Chains

My Difficult, Revelatory Three Days of Eating Like Beyoncé

Insincere twaddle (am I being repetitively redundant?) about trying and paying for delivery of, Beyoncé's 22 day vegan diet.

Mar 16, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

That's like me and Japanese food. I try to clear any expectations out of my head each and every time and I'm sorry to say Japanese food is just not for me.

I really like much of the Indian food I've tried, so here's the deal: I'll eat your share of Indian food and you can have my share of Japanese food.

Mar 15, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

V+V dinners, boreal winter, austral summer

I hate to derail this thread but "...he grew up vegetarian." This means it was not his choice. Guy Fieri grew up vegetarian and look what happened to him. I grew up in an omni household. The first couple major holiday meals I cooked while caring for and living with my mom were not great successes... I made a ham that came out alright, but I block the turkey fiasco from my elephant-like memory. I grew up helping Mom cook Thanksgiving turkeys but I resented the hell out of trying to cook one.

You may not embrace your parents rules or lifestyle as an adult.

Mar 11, 2015
MplsM ary in Vegetarian & Vegan

Revamp Font and Photo Options?

See My Chowhound Wedding (by L Nightshade): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/984000

Mar 10, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Brunch beyond the cheesy and eggy

Holy wow - Wafalafels sound like something I must have. Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Thanks for passing along that idea.

App to enter recipe ingredients and it outputs calories?

I wish they'd clear the database again. It gets clogged with all sorts of crap that has no business being in a recipe database. People enter calorie counts for restaurant food and/or frozen entrees and it gets added to the list. So you look up celery and Red Robin Artichoke Dip with celery is there. At least they've fixed the ordering so the most likely matches are now at the top. Still, I wish they'd limit what can be added to the database. (I'm working on database web applications for my homework, so I may be extra cranky on this subject)

Mar 10, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

site forgetting "read" posts

Is this getting worse? Just encountered the bug again in a thread started in 2013. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895507

Is fixing this a priority at all?

Mar 08, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

If Florida Hound smells skunk or tastes bile when a curry-like scent hits his/her nose, then I'm betting it's a lifelong affliction that will not be cured by knowing curry is a style of dish and not a powder.

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW {THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS]

I thought that would be dry and not tasty, too. They could improve it by decking every other layer after its broiler time and adding a syrup or liqueur of some sort. Still, agreed that the effort to deliciousness ratio is way off on that.

Mar 07, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW {THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS]

Your son is a lucky fellow. I've never made or even tasted a raised cake, but it sounds lovely.

This is a tad off topic but... I had no idea the breadth and depth of BBC's recipes. TGBB O/S recipes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/... Now, if only I liked baking...

Still, the huge fount of recipes - all for the making. Whee!

Mar 07, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Annoying Ads

I suggest throwing soggy Nerf balls at your ad team every time one of these damn ads gets reported. Maybe they just need incentive to proof these things before the ads annoy Chow/hound users.

Mar 06, 2015
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PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW {THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS]

I saved the finale to watch after I'd completed a project for school. I was surprised by who won, but I truly liked them all and was rooting for each of them when their baked goods were judged. When the episode started I was Team Richard. Then when Luis was being judged I was Team Luis. Same for Nancy.

This is a fabulous competition show. I am hooked!

Mar 06, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

The environmental unfriendliness of K cups?

If you asked, you might discover the plastic recycling for water bottles is also for styro cups and lids. That does not address the awful coffee factor, so keep your k-cup, I guess. Or use a thermos.

Mar 06, 2015
MplsM ary in Not About Food

Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Best Restaurants 2015

We may have fresh veg for half the year, but those veggies better be covered with bacon fat or fried in tallow to get on a menu these days. I've only been to three of the restaurants on that list because vegetarian dishes at the other venues require a special order. Not worth it to me.

The environmental unfriendliness of K cups?

Except plastic #6 (polystyrene) and whatever the lid is are recyclable (in many municipalities) and because of its multi-layer composition, the K-cup is not.

Mar 05, 2015
MplsM ary in Not About Food

What South Koreans think of American junk food

Wonderful! Totally agree with their assessments of Twizzlers.

Mar 05, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

Rustica Bakery Is Sold to Dogwood Coffee Co-Founder Greg Hoyt

I hope it maintains its bakery greatness. I'm a little doubtful.

The environmental unfriendliness of K cups?

Then there's this:

"Keurig K-Cup inventor: I ‘feel bad’ for making the non-recyclable coffee pods"

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style...

Mar 05, 2015
MplsM ary in Not About Food

A Detroit Opera Celebrates Frida Kahlo's Life And Cooking

Very cool. Has anyone bought "Frida's Fiestas?" Sounds interesting.

Feb 25, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

How Top Chef could be "fixed" - according to Grantland

The dislike came from viewers feeling Hosea was awarded the title because he was "camera-worthy," and not worthy of being Top Chef. It felt like they kept him on for smooching with Leah and arguing with Stephan, neither of which require cooking skills.

In years since that season we have more data. I don't think people would be quite so harsh with Hosea. We've seen people win or pack their knives on any day, in any challenge, for the damnedest reasons.

Feb 25, 2015
MplsM ary in Food Media & News

This is a must read thread from N.J. Board

You may be right. I admit I glossed over that point, turned it around, and proposed that lightweight interaction, rather than slavish, focused and devoted attention to food nerdery, like Chowhound used to be, is actually fine. I join in when the laser is focused on topics that interest me. You know, like a message board.

Thing is, message boards are dying and I can't fault TPTB for trying to attract new folks to whatever this site is now.

Sometimes I think people romanticize Chowhound-past for what it wasn't. Not every topic was a jewel to be honed, weighed in on or admired. For me, the glaring difference between yesteryear and today is the way changes are presented to the community. Then again, changes were few and far between on the old CH, so I have decided I will let that go, too.

Feb 25, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk

This is a must read thread from N.J. Board

Don't think of it as not participating. Or, at least one needn't leave altogether. I rarely participate on my local board anymore. I don't have the money to eat out these days (soon, she typed with hope welling eternal), and the few posts in our tumbleweed-bedecked Minneapolis-Saint Paul board are rightfully about new restaurants that simply don't interest me.

I've found there is community to be enjoyed on the boards that still hold my interest: Home Cooking; Food Media and News; Vegetarian/Vegan and ::sheepish:: Not About Food. And, I've also found that just dipping a toe in every once in a while is just fine. Chowhound participation isn't a job or a thing that requires commitment. Just posting (or even just clicking the cutesy little blue heart to signify support or agreement), every once in a while is enough.

I for one, would hate Chowhound to be jfood-less yet again.

Feb 24, 2015
MplsM ary in Site Talk