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Application error report -- for hours now

Same problem here.

Oct 12, 2011
deibu in Site Talk

Internet Explorer problems

I'm having crashes in Chrome on Mac when I open multiple messages in tabs. ALL Chowhound tabs crash. Very annoying because reloading those tabs resets the "read count" on that thread, and I have to filter through all the replies.

Jun 19, 2011
deibu in Site Talk

Android app?

The mobile version of the site works great for catching up on chow's main site, but is just not useable for the chowhound boards, and MANY posts on this board in the past couple of years have stated the same thing.

Got my EVO 4G 2 wks ago, but found it was the same mobile site experience as always, previously with a not-so-smartphone LG (that could browse decently w/ Opera Mini) & then a Blackberry Curve.

With the Blackberry, I was able to access the non-mobile chow.com with another browser, but it was not functional at all!

But, I tried a few things w/ my new android phone, and FINALLY got it working! First, I download the Dolphin HD browser (free from the Android Market)... Set it up, then went to menu, hit "more...", then "Settings", and changed "User Agent" from "Android" to "Desktop". Yes, this loads the full site, but it loads very quickly & navigating around doesn't require you to pinch-and-zoom much - easily zooming to just the boards if your screen is large enough!

Definitely recommend Dolphin though... It also handles multiple tabs easily & it is so easy to customize screen gestures (if you don't know what those are it teaches you pretty quickly, and they are very helpful!). After trying both Firefox and Opera, I still preferred the default Android browser, but I definitely prefer Dolphin now!

...... Uh, before I post this.... Ummm, just also looked & I just noticed you can also do the same with the default browser by simply disabling the mobile view in its settings - works the same , but it is a bit slower.

Mar 18, 2011
deibu in Site Talk

I'm 49 and have NEVER tasted a Chef Boyardee product

Wouldn't that have too much sodium for baby food?

Nov 05, 2010
deibu in General Topics

Usebility of Chowhound on Smart Phones - especially abroad

Try downloading the Opera browser (www.opera.com/mini) - it's much faster and performs better than the built-in browser. Also, the Bolt browser available in the apps store on the Blackberry performs better.

Oct 25, 2010
deibu in Site Talk

Sweetened Condensed Milk - Nestle or Eagle Brand?

Speaking of squeezable bottles, I was having my annual craving for pina coladas... Went to the "cocktail mixers" section to get a can of Coco Lopez, and next to that I found a new one - Coco Real squeezable cream of coconut! I figured, what the hell, so I bought it! Not bad, but not as good as the can of Coco Lopez.

I could see the convenience if you used cream of coconut for something else, but pina coladas require a blender, so you really can't make one drink at a time anyway!

Well, I guess you could make one pina colada at a time if you had a Magic Bullet or 12, just like Mick and Mimi, you could make individual frozen daiquirs & whip up some nacho-cheese alfredo sauce for Berman & Hazel in seconds.

Jul 31, 2010
deibu in General Topics

Sweetened Condensed Milk - Nestle or Eagle Brand?

Noticed the same thing here in South Carolina, where the Hispanic population has boomed in the past 10 years. Publix has definitely been way ahead of the smaller supermarket chains. One time I was looking for a decent cheap olive oil (not EV) amongst the "oils" area. An employee nearby asked me if I needed help looking for something... I told her what I was looking for. She asked what I planned to use it for, then recommended Badia in the "Ethnic" aisle because it was cheaper and better. Another time, I was looking for some chili powder in the spice aisle, and another employee directed me to the much cheaper and better-quality bagged spices!

Jul 31, 2010
deibu in General Topics

Why Do Bananas Turn Black in the Refrigerator?

Freezing them is convenient if you have some leftover that you don't want to consume, and it's also great for making frozen daiquiris or smoothies. Not for eating them.

Jun 08, 2010
deibu in Features

Why Do Bananas Turn Black in the Refrigerator?

If you freeze them peeled w/ a little lemon/lime juice squeezed on them, they won't turn brown in the freezer.

Jun 05, 2010
deibu in Features

KFC Double Down? For Real?

I think they are trying hard to outdo the "Famous" Barf-Bowls a few years ago.

Apr 04, 2010
deibu in Chains

Food Odors at Work

I thought about this old thread today when I encountered some workplace "lunch etiquette" that I thought was kind of crazy, so I thought I'd share!

I'm an accountant who also does a lot of auditing work, so I spend about half of my time in the office, and half at different clients' offices.

My office is about 2 mi. from my house, so I go home most of the time. But, during this busy time of year, I often eat at my desk and maybe dash home just to let my dogs out. Sometimes I bring a sandwich or a salad, sometimes I grab a Cuban or some mediocre sushi from the Publix next to the office - but usually avoid the microwave unless it's a Stouffer's or something. Personally, the usual microwave "smells" don't bother me - fish, leftover tikka masala, microwave popcorn (unless someone burns it!), the garlicky pasta leftovers from last night... But, a lot of people feel differently, so I definitely avoid making microwave smells. No big deal though.

But, When I'm out of the office, it's quite different. Obviously, if it's a new client, I definitely can't bring my lunch because I have no idea about their office "lunch culture".

The other day I was at a client's office and I was getting some coffee in the employee breakroom while a couple of employees eating their salads for lunch. We started talking (about lunch mostly), and they told me how their boss frowned upon their lunches. They avoided the toaster and microwave completely because he would complain about the smells of anything heated... Toast stunk. An employee's "smelly" chicken salad sandwich was "unprofessional." Even a Greek salad was too much for this guy one time! I thought it was pretty ridiculous, but I've seen some ridiculous things in clients' workplaces! However, later on, as part of the audit, I saw how little some of these employees were making - they can't afford to go out to lunch. Their boss, however, can afford to go out to lunch everyday - besides his significantly higher earnings, many of his lunches are business lunches so he gets reimbursed for them so they're essentially free! I thought that was a bit ridiculous, so thought I'd share.

Feb 19, 2010
deibu in Not About Food

Food Network's Sandra Lee ... contrarian? Sandra Lee says "NO WAY!" to generics.

Last night on HGTV, she made everything special..

Tablescapes in green green green green - green glitter on lime-green acrylic plants - did I mention green? - of course you can get EVERYTHING at the FABRIC store/

Hors-d'oeuvres - everyone loves meatball subs - so why don't we make mini-meatball & swiss cheese crostinis. Merry Christmas!

Cocktail -- take one part apple cider (non-alcoholic kind), one part of random whiskey... Frozen cranberries make cute "ice cubes" for this drink. I was thinking - okay but not too bad, Aunt Sandy . But then she added a massive splash of cheap champagne on top. Can you imagine the hangover from that?

Dec 06, 2009
deibu in Food Media & News

Anchovy Paste in a tube

You're right - but how long it lasts makes a difference to me (since I wouldn't go through a tin of anchovies quickly at all now), and when I made Caesar salad dressing 3 or 4 times a week for about 8 weeks straight, the paste was more cost-efficient... I've made a Caesar saladt probably once since I made myself OD on OCD eating habits.... I think I actually DID look for a tin at the time I bought the tube, but the only one they had at Publix was around $5 ot $6. I love anchovies too - but I cannot stand the smell of a half-eaten tin of them in the fridge even the next day. Not for any rational reasons at all though - I just remember one too many leftover pizzas w/ anchovies that were delicious when they were fresh, but they tasted like skunky salty fishy cheese-bread the next day even after removing the anchovies before reheating... I 'm not big on anchovies for that silly reason..

I guess the spam comparison has a little validity though. On a fancy-schmancy crostini hors-d'oeuvres, cheap crap sucks. But, on a Ritz cracker, to me nothinf beats potted meat product food!

Dec 06, 2009
deibu in General Topics

Anchovy Paste in a tube

(Bumping this old thread)

I have a tube of anchovy paste that I I believe I bought in June 2004 - I'm really good at remembering dates, the "code" on the tube has an "04" in it, and I remember buying it because I was obsessed with Caesar salads during May & June 2004 - so I'm pretty sure it's been in the fridge for 5 1/2 years!

Since the Caesar salad obsession, I've used it only a few times over the years, mostly to give a punch of umami to things. Last weekend, I partied A LOT with some friends from college. Since we were out of booze, I didn't mind anybody raiding my cabinets & drinking the old bottle of sake - we'd make Chow's Table Manners column proud... LOL!) For the munchies, I heated up some Aldi-brand frozen chicken fingers and made a dip out of ketchup, mayo, a squirt of "Rooster" sriracha sauce... and a pea-sized squirt of anchovy paste - even though I thought that might screw it up... Instead, the ANCHOVY PASTE "made" the dip! I tried it by myself again last night (sober this time around) without the sriracha, and the anchovy paste definitely made the ketchup-mayo mix incredibly good - it's my new "secret sauce" I guess. As Emeril would say, BAM, it kicked it up a notch. Or as Guy Fieri would say, it took it to Flavor-town! HAHA...

So anchovy paste definitely has lasted a long time in my fridge. YMMV, but I haven't gotten sick and it doesn't have an "off" taste to it at all after all these years.

Dec 04, 2009
deibu in General Topics

Places to eat in Columbia SC

Last time I had the pimento cheese fries at Rockaway's the pimento cheese was Velveeta-like, which I found pretty gross once the leftovers "congealed" in the fridge.

Nov 21, 2009
deibu in Southeast

What brand of eggnog is your favorite?

I think they are referring to a refrigerated product - I've seen SoCo Egg Nog (it's in a carton) at the supermarkets around here a few times before. Obviously no alcohol in that... I would assume the liquor store one you are referring to does in fact contain alcohol - I've never seen that before, but I'm headed to the liquor store today so I'll check it out.

Nov 20, 2009
deibu in General Topics

Servers on Cell Phones?

There are a ton of Monterrey's in NC/SC/TN/GA, so I wonder how much of a "chain" it is and if there's some corporate office you could send a complaint.

Nov 19, 2009
deibu in Not About Food

ALDI Stores: Quality Products at Deep Discount??

I love the Rodeo Bill kettle chips - they are cheap and good! Also awesome is the "legend of Rodeo Bill" printed on the bag: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zU2E4zybwZs...

Nov 07, 2009
deibu in Chains

Food Network's Sandra Lee ... contrarian? Sandra Lee says "NO WAY!" to generics.

Out magazine did a feature on Sandy and "her gays" a couple of months ago that was kind of funny:

http://out.com/detail.asp?id=25657

Oct 27, 2009
deibu in Food Media & News

profile data not tracking properly

I'm having the same problem too.

Oct 06, 2009
deibu in Site Talk

Looking for great food in Columbia, SC

One more post here... Sorry I'm kinda long-winded... lol.

I have to second Sue in Mt. Pleasant's recommendation for Mr. Friendly's. The name, and the atmosphere may not seem too impressive. Those things haven't changed from when it was a basic sandwich shop 15 years ago. The regular menu is pretty good, but it leans towards "New Southern" things like shrimp & grits, so I doubt you'd be too impressed. But, what makes the place really shine is the daily specials - so check out the blog to see what is on the menu. They also own a wine shop-by-day/bar-by-night next door, Cellar on Greene, that has some decent light tapas and unique bottles, and they own Solstice in the NE.

Also I definitely love Gervais & Vine as a few others have mentioned - great tapas menu that changes everyday, and you can watch them cook at the bar right in front of you. Louder on the weekends usually. They also own Rosso at Trenholm Plaza - I haven't been yet but I've heard it's good.

Motor Supply is loud later at night on weekends, but its certainly not earlier in the evening and at lunch - they have a fantastic lunch menu as well as the best Sunday brunch in town! The weekday lunch crowd is businessmen & politicians, and the Sunday brunch attracts the older "Columbia elite" after-church crowd just as much as the younger crowd that goes for the Bloody Marys. They are supposedly the best in town, but I'm not a fan of them - they add clam juice (which I don't like) so they are really more like Caesars.

Also, next door to Mr. Friendly's, there is Garibaldi's... appeals to the older crowd of so-called "Columbia elite" as well, so your parents might enjoy it, but the crispy flounder is the only thing on the menu I'd really recommend.

Columbia doesn't shine in world cuisines really - but I would recommend Al-Amir (2 locations - downtown & St. Andrews Rd - St. Andrews has the brick oven so it's more recommended) - friends from Lebanon & Kuwait say Al-Amir has some of the best Middle Eastern food they've found between Atlanta and D.C.

Sorry you ended up going to New Orleans - I last went when they opened in 1996 and it was bad then. I only know 2 people who have been since then and they both said it was still awful, so I don't know why that place is still open! One of those 2 friends moved here a couple of years ago, and the local restaurants she had visited (through recommendations by others)were New Orleans, and two older but popular and VERY mediocre pseudo-Italian restaurants that are way past their prime. No wonder she thought Columbia restaurants sucked!

Oct 02, 2009
deibu in Southeast

Looking for great food in Columbia, SC

I had plans to go to Granville's tonight but plans fell through. I've heard great things though! Website is www.granvillescafeandcatering.com - check out the cafe menu to get a glimpse at some of the menu. One of my friends recommends the burgers & fries, chorizo pizza with house-made chorizo & queso fresco, the local trout if it's the "fish of the day" special and the mussels & frites. Plus, it's supposedly pretty affordable - entrees $15 and less. There's even a "dog special" you can order for your pet on the outside patio. Free Times review here: http://free-times.com/index.php?cat=1...

Oct 02, 2009
deibu in Southeast

Looking for great food in Columbia, SC

Cool to hear the recommendation for Donna. I'm friends with her and I'll definitely let her know - she will be excited to know that she has fans online!

Oct 02, 2009
deibu in Southeast

Freezing Bananas?

You can also squeeze a little lemon or lime juice on them when you stick the peeled bananas in the freezer and it helps prevent discoloration.

Sep 25, 2009
deibu in Home Cooking

Bojangles Chicken

I think the location near me in Columbia, SC has that deal as well.

Sep 13, 2009
deibu in Chains

Groceries in England... cheaper than U.S? Why?

Aldi is in the US (mostly East Coast, South & Midwest), same store size, design and layout.. Cheap prices, but unfortunately don't think I've ever seen free-range chicken in Aldi here!

Sep 13, 2009
deibu in Not About Food

The best thing your school cafeteria served

Every Friday our elem. school cafeteria rotated the menu serving either rectangular slices of sausage pizza or those octagons - they were called "fiestadas".

Sep 04, 2009
deibu in General Topics

Everything's Bigger in Texas. (And most of it is deep-fried).

Here are Paula's deep-fried butter balls:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pa...

Sep 03, 2009
deibu in Food Media & News

What constitutes a "burger" and a "sandwich?"

The Brits seem to call chicken sandwiches served on buns/rolls "chicken burgers." Not sure if McDonald's refers to them that way though.

Sep 03, 2009
deibu in General Topics

KNOXVILLE, TN to EDISTO, SC

The Old Post Office restaurant on Edisto Island reopened back in April - it's definitely recommended.

Aug 10, 2009
deibu in General South Archive