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Peanut Butter -- how do you eat it (and on what kinds of different foods)?

No, they have both coconut milk ice cream and coconut milk yogurt now. It's on their website.

Jul 17, 2009
LostDiner in General Topics

Chain items that are addictive as crack

Appetiziers from Outback. Bloomin Shrooms, Tassie Strips, Cheese Fries, and the spicy ranch sauces they give with each. Drool.

Mac and cheese or sweet potato casserole from Boston Market.

I love the zesty onion ring sauce at Burger King. Don't even like their onion rings, but I get the sauce with anything I get there.

Pretty much every breakfast item at Cracker Barrel. Love the apple cider there, too.

Jul 17, 2009
LostDiner in Chains

Food Franchises That Don't Suck

Chains I love:

Cracker Barrell (never had a bad meal there and it's absurdly cheap)
Boston Market (for what it is, it's great)
Outback (They're obviously unhealthy, but I love their appetizers. I'm not huge on their actual meals, though)
Houston's (Hickory Burger, fries and hickory sauce are awesome)
Quizzno's (It's okay. Obviously not as good as a real deli sandwich, but close)
Dunkin Donuts
Nathan's

Places I don't love but tolerate:
KFC
Ranch 1
Burger King
Wendy's
Subway (doesn't taste too good, but it's cheap and very convenient)
Uno
Domino's
Popeye's

Places I hate:
Applebee's
TGIF
McDonald's
Pizza Hut
Papa John's
IHOP
Arby's

Jul 16, 2009
LostDiner in Chains

Peanut Butter -- how do you eat it (and on what kinds of different foods)?

Do you recall the difference in prices? What part of the country are you in, I'm in Brooklyn, NY. Also, have you seen the cartons of coconut milk, or the coconut yogurt? Just seems like the coconut would be tastier than any of the soy stuff.

Jul 16, 2009
LostDiner in General Topics

Peanut Butter -- how do you eat it (and on what kinds of different foods)?

Not yet, just recently decided to go dairy-free and am away. When I get home, I'll look into it. More curious about the coconut milk version, if I can find it.

have you tried it? Is it any good? I don't care for Soy milk, the few times I've had it. Is the ice cream good?

Jul 16, 2009
LostDiner in General Topics

Peanut Butter -- how do you eat it (and on what kinds of different foods)?

Nothing beats a peanut butter, jelly and sliced banana sandwich, especially if it's been heated up just a little bit. Spoonful of peanut butter with some Hershey's syrup on top is excellent, as well.

Shame I have to give up dairy, because my favorite ice creams usually include peanut butter. Best flavor of Haagen Dazs = chocolate peanut butter.

Jul 16, 2009
LostDiner in General Topics

All You Can Eat in Bay Ridge?

What are the best all you can eat joints in Bay Ridge? Any cuisine will do.

Jul 15, 2009
LostDiner in Outer Boroughs

In need of advice about selling a wine collection

I plan to do so, but I'm out of town for a while. I know that the most frequent bottles that appear in the collection are Chateau Margeauxs from the 1980s. There are a whole bunch. I believe there is also one of those from the 60s, in there as well. Off the top of my head I don't really remember many of the others.

Jul 15, 2009
LostDiner in Wine

Is pizza dough usually made with dairy products?

I'm going dairy-free and I'm wondering if it will be okay for me to have a marinara slice or something like that at a pizzeria, or does the dough involve milk or butter?

For that matter, I'm curious about donuts, as well. If I get a donut without a creme or frosting or icing, am I okay, or does the donut itself contain dairy?

Jul 15, 2009
LostDiner in General Topics

What's your favorite free food to be served before a dinner at a restaurant

Some Italian places in NYC just serve the most amazing bread in the world. La Villa in Mill Basin, anyone who has been there can attest. I could eat that bread for an entire meal it's so awesome.

Jul 15, 2009
LostDiner in General Topics

favorite potato chips

Anyone tried Wingers? They're not bad. I found them at 7/11.

Jul 14, 2009
LostDiner in General Topics

Is White Castle still serving the BBQ Pulled Pork in NY?

Hey, I tried this about a month ago and liked it a lot, but I've been in California since and will be for a few more weeks. Wouldn't mind trying it again, does anyone know if they're still serving it? I hate when fast food chains serve their best things only for a limited time.

Jul 14, 2009
LostDiner in Chains

Outstanding Sichuan in Bensonhurst

What part of their menu is included in the all you can eat? Are there any exceptions?

Jul 13, 2009
LostDiner in Outer Boroughs

Advice on Dairy-Free dining?

I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing I can't take any milk related product. I'm looking to eliminate milk, cheese, butter, even bread made with whey.

And even if the Italian dishes don't revolve around cheese, they still tend to use butter. I'm going to to have to make a habit of asking for no butter, either, I suppose.

Jul 13, 2009
LostDiner in Outer Boroughs

Healthier way to order sesame chicken or lo mein?

Look, when I get take-out style Chinese, my favorite things to get are sesame chicken and lo mein, which just happen to be two of the unhealthiest things on the menu. I'm trying to get healthier, and especially take in less oil.

Is there anything I can ask them to do when I order, aside from asking for no MSG, to make those dishes a little healthier?

Jul 13, 2009
LostDiner in General Topics

In need of advice about selling a wine collection

Does it matter if it's already been hurt by improper storage? Could it reverse some of the negative effects?

Jul 13, 2009
LostDiner in Wine

In need of advice about selling a wine collection

So, I'm not much of a wine drinker, but I inherited a nice little collection of some pretty expensive wines. I don't have the space for it unfortunately, so I need to sell it off. The thing is, I'm pretty sure most of it isn't in great condition. But I was told that, if the bottles are good enough, I should still be able to get something for it, and I know for a fact I have at least a few very expensive bottles here.

But I don't have a clue how to go about doing this. Can anyone give me some advice on this?

Jul 13, 2009
LostDiner in Wine

Advice on Dairy-Free dining?

Unfortunately it isn't an allergy for me, it's skin problems. I can't eat dairy because I suffer from some pretty serious acne. Kind of sucks for me, since my favorite places to eat are pretty much all italian, starting with Di Fara's. But I'm at a point in my life where I need to get rid of the problem, even if it means giving up the good I love the most. I'm just hoping I can still go to an Italian restaurant and have a good time avoiding butter and cheese. It won't be easy.

Jul 13, 2009
LostDiner in Outer Boroughs

DiFara Price Hike

I've had the calzone several times, and suffice it to say, I've never had a calzone half as good in my entire life. I wish he still made other kitchen food, as other than the pizza and the calzone I never got to try anything else, which is a real shame. I'd love to try his take on pasta.

Jul 13, 2009
LostDiner in Outer Boroughs

Tim Hortons

Do they serve poutine? It'd be nice to be able to get poutine at more than just one place, pommes frites.

Jul 12, 2009
LostDiner in Manhattan

Best BBQ Pulled Pork?

Who makes it the best?

Jul 12, 2009
LostDiner in Outer Boroughs

Karam in Bay Ridge

Does either Al-Safa or Karam serve their shawarma with laffa bread? To me, that bread makes all the difference in a great shawarma.

Jul 11, 2009
LostDiner in Outer Boroughs

Advice on Dairy-Free dining?

Long-time, first-time here...

I'm a lover of cheese, especially in terms of pizza and Italian cuisine (not to mention ice cream and other dairy goodies) who is having to come to terms with the fact that dairy is something I need to give up, at least 99% of the time, to improve my quality of life.

Is there anyone in a similar situation who can recommend some advice, especially when it comes to particular cuisines or restaurants (especially in Brooklyn)?

Jul 11, 2009
LostDiner in Outer Boroughs