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'8 O'clock 100% Columbian' name change??

Gevalia's commercials are so obnoxious, I decided I would be embarrassed to buy their coffee. Does it really compare to what everybody "remembers" as 8 O'Clock Colombian? (I would be in the market for whole bean, not Keurig.)

Jul 14, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Instant Breakfast Cereal

You're getting a lot of encouragement to make it at home and take it with you. I posted an "overnight steel cut oats" recipe some time back. We've also tried it sucessfully with stone-ground grits.

For your consideration:
We do overnight steel cut oats in the crock pot. We read somewhere of turning the crock pot into a type of double boiler by putting an oven-safe bowl in the crock pot, and surrounding the bowl with water. Someone thought there might be a risk of something cracking, so we follow their hint of wadding up some small pieces of aluminum foil under the bowl or putting a small saucer under the bowl. Nothing has cracked yet/ not worried about it.

Overnight Crockpot Steel Cut Oats

Before you go to bed...

The water in the crockpot should come up to a little more than halfway up the outside of the bowl. Bowl should be able to hold 4 cups of liquid. Make sure the lid still fits on the crockpot. Measure out one cup of steel cup of oats. Pour that into the inner bowl. Now, add 4 cups of water to the inner bowl; stir it in. Maybe yes, maybe no, for a little salt. Put the lid onto the crockpot, set the unit on low (I learned to check that its on 'low' and not 'warm!') Go to bed, and the next morning, its perfect! In the morning, you can stir in a little milk or some dried fruit or raisins or some thawed out frozen blueberries or brown sugar or nothing! [AND spoon it into that thermos, millygirl! You're on your way...]
We do this 1- 2x a month.

A "grits" thread on Chowhound in 2012 also got us experimenting... Crockpot overnight grits recipe. Our liquid of choice was chicken broth and it gave a wonderful flavor. We now make it with less liquid than a recipe might call for because my wife wants a batch that can be scooped like a scoop of ice cream. I added sage to the recipe, since my wife wanted it to remind her of stuffing. We had grits like this in a restaurant overlooking the Nantahala River in North Carolina- a great memory in itself. We're pretty close to replicating the recipe in our own kitchen. Delicious!!!

Florida Hound

Jul 13, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

FLORIDA HELP

Being in the Florida sun for 10- 12 hours presents challenges even beyond what to pack for lunch. The dangers of sun stroke are real, and hydration around here is an absolute consideration. Nothing to drink or cool you down for 12 hours????? That "logic" you mentioned that pops in may be trying to tell you something. Please be careful.

Jul 06, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking
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Favorite ways to eat fresh blueberries?

1. Protein powder shakes- smoothies at our house, with the liquid either skim milk or light apple juice. A cup of blueberries, maybe a cup of strawberries, and/ or 1/2 a banana. If I am making the recipe just for myself, I might also include a container of Chobani Greek Yogurt. (The protein powders are either Raw Fit High Protein for Weight Loss, by Garden of Life, W Palm Beach, FL, or True Vitality Vanilla with 8 Billion Probiotic Cells by Green Foods, Oxnard, CA).

2. The 4th of July has just passed... Blueberries and strawberries and whipped cream make a nice presentation as an "American flag" on a sheet cake.

Jul 06, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Great list. Another vote here for the Horn & Hardart Automat(s) as the classic NY eatery in 1950s, early 1960s. As the OP mentioned, "RIP," but the automat still reigns big in my memory banks

Jun 28, 2014
Florida Hound in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Circa late 1960s, I had Belgian waffles several times at a cafe in the theater district- wish I could remember the name of the place! The cafe was either part of a hotel lobby or right next to a hotel. The wait staff in formal white and black, foreign accents, and I thought it was the classiest place in the world. I stopped there for my Belgian waffles several times as a teenager, and one particular server had the people-skills to act like he remembered me from visit to vist. So, many years later, having moved away from metro & suburban NYC, I was back on a visit and could not for the life of me find it. I wandered up and down the neighborhood streets and finally decided that may be a teenage memory that will forever have some mystery elements to it. Anyone else remember a place that sounds like my cafe?

Jun 28, 2014
Florida Hound in Manhattan

do you add anything to your coffee grounds

Another vote for occasionally adding cinnamon. On other occasions, pumpkin pie spice. I was adding salt for a while, then kind of forgot about it until I was reminded by this thread.

Jun 15, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

How to decrease Zombie Threads: collapse everything that's more than 4 years old!!

June 14, 2014. I just got a wonderful tip from a thread that has popped back up from 2008! Maybe some activity in 2010, too. But there was a very useful discussion on Horlick's malt powder, with a lot of related suggestions. I'm going to try to make a not-so-Brooklyn Egg Cream with "Malta" soda as a substitute for the seltzer. I even "replied" to the 2008 OP, whether they will see it or not. A zombie thread, maybe, but I'm please to get a new idea. (Looks like that thread is once again going strong in 2014...)

Jun 14, 2014
Florida Hound in Site Talk

Malt question: Horlick's vs. malt extract vs. Carnation

This "tip" has been lying in wait for me to pick up on it for 5+ years! I make Egg Creams with Mug brand cream soda, when I can find any in Florida- I may have to try an Egg Cream with Malta! Thanks! By the way, we all know that standard Egg Creams use seltzer, not Mug cream soda. And I follow a standard Jim Leff recipe (with the seltzer...) I downloaded in July of 2000.

Jun 14, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Is there a local non chain casual seafood restaurant in the clearwater area. Prefer picnic table on the beach kind of place.

I googled for information and another site which shall remain nameless had a line from someone who tried to go there "2 weeks ago" (Maybe Memorial Day weekend, or so, 2014?) He said they need to re-build- no food, guys. Open for drinks and bait only. (So you'd have to agree- currently very very very casual. But I won't count it on my dining out list for quite a while.)

Jun 14, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

'Raw Fit' protein powder and synthroid

My wife has just started on a protein powder from Garden of Life, called Raw Fit High Protein for Weight Loss. She is also on synthroid medication where her doctor recommends not to take vitamins for 4 hours. Does anyone have personal experience with rx + supplements? (Yes, she will check with her doctor, also!)
Should she treat the supplement/ powder with same rules as vitamins?
Thanks

Jun 08, 2014
Florida Hound in Special Diets

How to decrease Zombie Threads: collapse everything that's more than 4 years old!!

Coincidentally, as soon as I finished reading this thread of posts, I accidentally got caught up in a thread just revived from 2009. There was a "Red Velvet Cake" thread on General Topics. I had read about 5 of the posts- all very enlightening- before I noticed they were all from 5 years ago. Someone brought it back, had come 2014 comments to make, insights to offer. I don't need to add to their thread, but it was interesting reading. Works for me.

Jun 08, 2014
Florida Hound in Site Talk

North Conway/ Storyland report

For July- Put May Kelly's on your list. Its too bad DrMag didn't get a chance to go to May Kellys, in North Conway. I wish I could remember what we had there in 2009, but I do "remember" that it was the best stop in our Maine-New Hampshire vacation. At the time, they periodically had an Irish dance group come in throughout the summer. It would be fun for you if they are still doing that.

May 26, 2014
Florida Hound in Northern New England
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I Love Dark Burned Toast. How about You?

The bagels I occasionally buy at Publix Supermarket deli/ bakery, or Einsteins Bagels, for example, are no better. They're fine. When Dunkin Donuts get the cream cheese and "burnt" to my liking, they are absolutely great by me. I bet somewhere on Chowhound there have been threads on 'the best bagels in the country' or something. But if someone was looking for a good bagel, I would put them on to Dunkin. Could do a lot worse.

May 26, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics
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Do you butter your French toast?

Gotta love Chowhound. It never occurred to me that someone would not butter their French toast. I go to a breakfast meeting for an organization in the area, about once a month, and we meet at a small restaurant that serves a very simple buffet. They always have French toast (not the best, maybe), and I will always pile on the slices, then slather on butter and butter and butter, and top it off with sopping amounts of syrup. And a little later, go back for seconds.

May 26, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Best Sandwich in the World

Fresh tomato sandwishes (sopping with mayo) on white bread was the ambrosia of my youth. But you just can't find tomatoes as fresh and tasty as those from my father's garden. The sandwich was an extension of time-with-dad, and out of that context, or with pale tomatoes from some supermarket- it just ain't the same. Haven't had one with just tomatoes in years. (I will do a B-L-T with beef bacon once in a while, though, and list that among my continued favorites.)

May 16, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Dunkin D coffee at home

Update from the Hound:
I got ahold of some of the Dunkin Donuts creamer. Its good, but I am not sure it is the make-or-break difference in a true DD experience. I am alternating between Publix "Coffee Creamer" in the little carton, and the DD Creamer. I've put my Evaporated Milk routine on hold til these supplies run out- I will probably just revert to the Evap. I may make a point to avoid fat-free Evaporated, though. I have also now tried running the hot water through the Mr. Coffee, twice- the first time without the coffee, the second time, over the beans. The second go-round comes closer to the recommended 195-200 degrees for perfectly brewed coffee, and I think it may be making a positive difference. (Thanks again, Grampart.). The coffee in the cup gets better when it cools down a couple of degrees, though.
Thanks everyone.

May 10, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

What to you miss from your neighborhood "old school" Bakery?

It was a special treat when Mom would come home from her job in White Plains (NY) and she had stopped off at the bakery by the bus stop in WP. My favorite was those Linzer Tarts. I also remember a cookie, kind of like the black and white, but it was all pink icing. I can still get a pretty good "almond crescent" pastry in Tarpon Springs (FL)
But what I really miss in an "old school bakery" vs our extensive bakery department at Publix Supermarket(Florida) is the Smell !!! Old fashioned bakery smell would hit you with heaven as soon as you walked in the door. Maybe even on the sidewalk, and you just had to go in!

May 10, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Where is the best no frills Seafood in all of Florida?

I tried Hulls last weekend with some friends. I posted my reaction on another thread, but in a nutshell- food very good; but the atmosphere---> the place is small and feels like a "fast food" place, which it really isn't. I expected more of a "nice restaurant" feel. But now that I know what to expect on that level, I would still definitely go back. We are also fans of Down The Hatch.

May 03, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

Communal tables at restaurants - your opinion please?

Someone else has mentioned the intentional "home style" or "family style" seating arrangements that draw tourists to a few restaurant in Pennsylvania Dutch country in PA, or The Smith House in Dahlonega, GA, or Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House (have they re-opened since her death several yrs ago?) in Savannah, GA. We have loved all of them. I don't think this is what the OP is talking about, but it really fits as the topic is discussed.
There is a small hole-in-the-wall pub in our area that sometimes has a line of folks waiting for tables. Known for pretty good food. Management will ask 2 people dining at a table for 4 if others can join, and invariably, the answer is yes, because those diners also waited earlier in the evening or on another evening. And so 2 people sit down with 2 strangers, make some small talk and keep it friendly, but not too invasive. Its usually a friendly pub around the room, anyway, so it seems to work out for that place.

Apr 27, 2014
Florida Hound in Not About Food

Chinese in Daytona Beach

I just spent the weekend with some friends in Daytona Beach. One person in the group was hoping to find Daytona's best Chinese restaurant. We asked some local folks, and each drew a blank at that request. So I am asking area Chowhounds for a Daytona Chinese suggestion for future reference. Thanks!

Apr 27, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

Daytona Beach Rec's, PLEASE?

We finally made it to Hulls Seafood Market Restaurant in Ormond Beach this past weekend. I remember 2 of the party had shrimp platters, and Hulls was willing to make it pretty much any way they wanted it, which was a good introduction, and our 2 shrimp eaters gave their meal rave reviews. I had fried clam strips, which were terrific. (I don't recall specifically what our other friend at the table had, but he did mention several times he enjoyed it. ) Everyone wanted to know how I heard about the place and I told them about Chowhound, of course.
I was not expecting:
The drill at Hulls is place your order at the front counter, and then the order is delivered to your table. So that part of restaurant dining took a moment to get used to.
Its small, and the lay out and "feel" is like "fast food," which it is not (the small part- yes!) The front of the restaurant is entirely glass window, looking out on to a busy and pretty dreary Hwy 40, and so that added to the "fast food" ambiance. At times, the line to place your order took over the crowded aisles of the small restaurant, although we happened to time it ourselves with, thankfully, no line and no waiting. Watching the line get longer and longer only convinced me this is a very popular place.
Food came out in plastic baskets- the usual informal seafood place kind of presentation.

The food: IMO, is good quality food. And the seafood market part of the operation sure looks like an incredible "real deal" from what I could catch a glimpse of, although the market was closed (we sat near a glass emergency exit that connected to their market).

Everyone at the table wanted to get back to Hulls soon- all very positive reviews.

Apr 27, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

best coffee brand, period!

By the way, I'm not much of a steak lover, but I will do an occasional McDonalds burger... That said, what are your coffee recommendations? I started a sep. thread about a month ago asking how to get my favorite Dunkin Donuts restaurant flavor at home, to give you an idea where I am on the coffee continuum. While I am a fan of Dunkin and 8 O'Clock, I periodically try other ChowHound recommendations.

Apr 27, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Dunkin D coffee at home

I took your tip and took a meat thermomer, gauging the temperature as the water is going into the basket. You were right about the temp, grampart- the water coming out was in the low 180's. A tip on-line said to run the water through twice: First without the coffee, and then run the water through a second time to get the temperature higher. So, tonight's second run (no coffee til tomorrow morning) was up around the high 190s- where it is recommended to be.
I will add a step to my brewing process and get a better temperature going.
Thank you for the great information.

Apr 12, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Where is the best no frills Seafood in all of Florida?

Pecks seems like a great choice for the original question. (from July, 2010!) .
Someone along the way mentioned Charlie's Fish House, Crystal River, and someone else replied with comparisons to Mrs. Paul's Fish sticks. Low blow. We are fans of Charlie's Fish House; never had a bad meal there by any means, but might not put them on the list "of some of the best seafood in the state." I would not relegate them to the Mrs. Paul's wisecrack, either.

I hope a few people discover Pecks Old Port Cove after reading your post.

Apr 12, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

Dunkin D coffee at home

We do the vinegar thing quite often, as habit. We use filtered, not necessarily Spring water. Maybe worth trying. Thanks!

Apr 12, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Dunkin D coffee at home

I do take cream in my coffee and I hadn't thought of that as a variable. I like Evaporated Milk as my creamer and that might very well change the taste I'm looking for. Yes, I do buy the beans from the DD store when there is a "good sale," but never at the supermarket. And that's another tale for another day- the price of DD at the grocery store is really terrible. Thanks for the creative tip, Lisa!!

Apr 12, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Dunkin D coffee at home

I love Dunkin Donuts coffee at the Dunkin Donut restaurant, but for years, my efforts to replicate it at home have come up short. I grind my own beans, try different proportions of water, and I get a cup of coffee that is quite good, but not "as good" as at the shop. So instead of just being mildly disappointed with each cup, I've chucked my loyalty and decided other brands are just "as good" if that's all I can expect anyway. I have an ordinary Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker.
To my Chowhound friends and coffee lovers: Is there anything I can do to get closer-closer-closer to DD perfect coffee at home?
(P.S. I have followed some great coffee-themed Chowhound threads for years, and posted my enjoyment of DD and my comments on other brands. Thanks to all for helping me this time around with my search for the perfect Dunkin Donuts cup of coffee!!!)

Apr 10, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Rice Crispy Treats without butter?

As a matter of fact, we use the "original recipe," and it has a picture of Howdy Doody on it. It calls for "3/4 cup butter or margarine." Just can't get too far from that butter, I guess.

Apr 07, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

Deli Cole Slaw Surprise

I will add sweetener-
I love a sweet cole slaw and really can pass on one that is too vinegary or tart. I will often order cole slaw with my meal at a restaurant and then "test the waters." If it is not sweet enough for my sweet tooth, I reach over for the little packets of Splenda and sprinkle a packet's worth onto the cole slaw to make it edible, and hopefully delicious. We occasionally go to a favorite seafood place whose cole slaw needs such treatment. I will always order the cold slaw and immediately add the Splenda. It sure beats whining across the table, "gee, the slaw in this place is terrible!"

P.S., Another post mentions their own use of a Splenda-sugar mix in home baking and says, "...I'm not selling to the public, however." It got me thinking that the deli at the heart of this thread was apparently upfront about their ingredients (verbal or labeled, mcsheriden wasn't sure)- customers there know the secret ingredient is Splenda or Sweet-n-low. I respect their full disclosure and the nephew's disclosure. All of this is also a good reminder for hosts to have some idea of their guest's likes, dislikes, and sensitivities, going in to meal planning.

Apr 07, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics