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The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Apr 27, 2015
Florida Hound in Not About Food

What happened?

sweetpolly, As you know from another thread, I will let you know how I like the smoked mullet dip in the Sarasota area when we make the 2+ hour trip- maybe not quite your trek to Lauderdale for a salad craving, but "getting there." I agree, those 2 - 3 hour trips used to be like driving around the corner.

Apr 26, 2015
Florida Hound in Florida

KC ~ did all the posters move?

I ran across your post and immediately thought "this sounds too familiar..." And I follow the Florida board. About a month ago, Floridians were asking, "What Happened?" (title of post). "This used to be a lively board..." (I intended to cut and paste a little more from that post, but my cut-and-paste function let me down as I traveled from board to board, but you get the idea.) Maybe our groups will build up again in the future. It looks as though a faithful core gave you a couple of leads, though. All the best from the Sunshine State,
Florida Hound.

Apr 23, 2015
Florida Hound in Great Plains
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Milk in bags ... Are Canadians weird, or are Americans the weirdos?

I seem to remember working at the dining hall at a college in New York, USA, in the 1970s, and changing out the milk machines with large bags of milk. These were the size of kitchen trash bags, more or less, as I recall.

Apr 19, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

All I want is a good cup of coffee at home. [moved from General Topics]

Bunn Coffeemaker report:
Out of the blue, our old faithful Mr. Coffee gave up the ghost a few days ago, so I was in the position of needing to buy! I have been reading all the posts... Technivorm, Behmor, Bonavita... maybe it was time for an upgrade. I have always wanted a Bunn coffeemaker, recommended for years. Bunn coffeemakers get coffee into the desired brewing temp., and even though I have not found much improvement when I heated up the water for my old Mr. Coffee, I bought into the whole 'optimum temp' thing everyone was talking about. I did my homework on the various brands, above, that many Chowhounds have mentioned, but went with the Bunn. (Price and long-time anticipation). But it was not cheap, by my $ standards.

Taking it put of the box, the appliance smelled strongly of kind of odd plastic. Last night, I followed the prep directions ("Please follow these directions to the tee," per instruction booklet. I did.) and the first time I plugged the unit in, it smelled like hot plastic. "Its new. That will pass," I said. I was so excited this morning to brew my first Bunn cup of coffee. It came out like tea. I have now wasted several measures of my Peets Major Dickason coffee on 3 experiments with the Bunn this morning, and so far, it makes a darn poor, weak cup of coffee. I tinkered with amounts of coffee, amounts of water- no help. The house continues to smell of odd hot plastic and not the pleasant smell of fresh coffee.
Design issue: the water reservoir is never entirely empty of water. So I think if you didn't use the appliance for a week, that water would just sit there, and when you decided to make a few cups of coffee a week later, you would add water to the unit, but your brew would be a combination of fresh water and week-old water. Yuck.

Its going back, folks. We have company tonight and I am dialing back my shopping choices, with budget in mind.

Chowhound purists may be as disappointed as I am that I will look for a mid-range Mr. Coffee and call it a day. I was not dissatisfied with the old Mr. Coffee, and really couldn't tell a difference when I got the water into warmer range for brewing, and enjoyed several different brands a whole lot more than I have enjoyed my coffee today.
I don't usually "rant" on these boards. I think its partially my high expectations and excitement vs. the mundane results. One Chowhound's experience.

Apr 18, 2015
Florida Hound in Cookware

My Aldi experience!

Its been a couple of years, now. I finished up the bag with a 2 to 1 ratio of other brands, at the time.

Apr 18, 2015
Florida Hound in Chains

My Aldi experience!

Been there once, to track down some Aldi coffee that I saw recommended by a Chowhound. BTW, the coffee has since been discontinued by Aldi. At the time, I had high hopes, and went in, looked around a little, but mainly looked over the coffees, found the one, and was on my way. But the coffee was tasteless. Not "bad" tasting. Tasteless. I am still amazed that it had absolutely no taste of any kind at all. So, there's no "love lost" that the store has discontinued this coffee as far as I'm concerned. I am just jumping into this thread to say my Aldi experience, though limited, left me with the incentive the size of a gnat to go back.

Apr 16, 2015
Florida Hound in Chains

13 Shame-Free Ways to Eat Eggs for Dinner

I will join the chorus of others. "Shame..." "rationalize..." ????? The absurd premise and "bias" of the article takes away from what might be a very creative showcase of recipes. I ignored the recipes thus far. I just couldn't believe the intro to it all, and that's as far as I got.

Apr 12, 2015
Florida Hound in Features
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Favorite strawberry rhubarb recipes

I clipped a recipe in 1998 from Prevention Magazine. "Rude Barb's Strawberry Crisp." Its always good. It was actually from Looneyspoons, Low Fat Food Made Fun, by Janet and Greta Podleski, 1997. I could not find the recipe linked on-line, so I am a bit limited to share it with Chowhounds (posting guidelines). I think its OK to report ingredients such as the filling made up of sliced apples, strawberries, rhubarb, brown sugar, OJ and cornstarch, with a crumb topping of rolled oats, flour, more brown sugar, cinnamon and margarine. If not on-line, maybe you can find Looneyspoons at the local library (with your Chowhound name, hmmmm) or who knows, you may end up buying a copy for your own library. (P.S., in keeping with the trend: married 40 years.)

Apr 11, 2015
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

Tampa - Greg Baker's Fodder & Shine

I've bookmarked some websites re: F & S, to keep in mind for a motorcycle destination later in the summer. On a separate thread, I asked Chowhounds to recommend places with good smoked mullet dip, and your recommendation here is great! Thanks for your detailed review,
Florida Hound

Apr 05, 2015
Florida Hound in Florida

How do you prefer your matzo balls?

From a Chowhound thread in 2010, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753775
A few years ago, my wife and I had supper at a diner on Central Ave in Hartsdale, NY, and were delighted with a type of Matzo ball soup where the matzo balls had a slight crust quality to them. My wife recalls they had a flavor somewhat like stuffing. The restaurant was unwilling to share their delicious secret. I am no expert on Matzo balls, but any Matzo ball product we have otherwise tried has been pretty bland, and the texture much softer/mushier than at this diner.
[2015]: A couple of Chowhounds who responded at the time that this was probably closer to Lithuanian tradition. And that crushed up matzohs would give a crunchier crust than matzo meal.

Apr 05, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Are you old enough to remember Schrafft's ice cream and Restaurants??

I remember the boxed candies were very popular. I looked up an ad that said Schrafft's had been around since 1861. With that much longevity and popularity, you'd think it would still be with us, going strong. I'm sure there are many stories, Schrafft's among them, of why these famous institutions close up shop.

Apr 04, 2015
Florida Hound in Manhattan

where can I find good smoked mullet dip?

I checked with a Publix manager, and he said any Publix can order it, so you might check with your local Publix manager. Product is The Crawfish Man's Smoked Mullet Dip & Spread, 6 oz container, from Scallan's Crawfish, Jacksonville. The numbers in the middle of the barcode: 67895 00006 To the left of all that, off to the side is a "7" and to the right, a "4." I don't know if they are part of what the store needs for their "barcode." The Scallan's phone number is 904- 378- 0708, and their website (very simple affair-mostly about their catering) is www.crawfishman.com So, I am thinking Scallan's might know right off the bat who they supply in your area.

In my previous post, I said the stuff seems good to my tender tastebuds, but I have very little to compare it to. As I said, I am looking forward to trying some of the other Chowhounds' destinations!

where can I find good smoked mullet dip?

Out of the blue, when we were shopping at Publix, I thought to check the seafood department for smoked mullet dip. So obvious, but there it was! Picked some up and it is pretty good. Certainly a smooth and creamy improvement over the cartilage and bone stuff I mentioned at the top of the thread. Brand: Scallan's Crawfish, Jacksonville, FL. When I do pick some up at Florida Cracker Kitchen in Brooksville (they were closed when we passed there Sunday afternoon) or Walt's or Ted Peters later in the summer (road trip!!), I will post a report. For the moment, we have a tasty after-work appetizer for Captains Wafers, from Publix, of all places. Thanks again, guys.

Alcohol-free extracts?

If the topic is of interest, there was another Chowhound thread recently. I started a thread on "In search of imitation brandy extract." Some of the comments may have some helpful leads or alternatives. Link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1001604

Mar 26, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

best coffee brand, period!

Not a question of brands I have been dissatisfied with, really. I like several "pretty well," but I am hoping one day to again enjoy what I remember about Dunkin Donuts. I can make a decent cup of Peets Major Dickason, sometimes pick up Eight O'clock Colombian Peaks. Both are pretty good. I picked up a shiny package of Island Joe's Coffee/ Key West Breakfast Blend, the other day, just to try. Probably won't be on my repeat list, but its passable coffee. But it would really be a "find" to get a recommendation of a coffee that out-Dunkins the old classic DD flavor. Thanks for your help!

Mar 24, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

best coffee brand, period!

Variation on the theme- I have posted on this thread several brands that have come and gone as my favorites. But my memory bank-taste buds remind me of how great Dunkin Donuts coffee used to taste in the 1990s- early 2000's. (The dates on these posts show I was still a loyalist in 2009). I didn't start to get "restless" for an alternative until the classic DD smell and flavor weren't quite as distinctive. I thought it was just their retail bags of coffee to brew at home that came up short, but my last couple of cups at the shop have sadly been nothing special.
So my question: can someone suggest some brand that comes darn close to the old, classic Dunkin Donuts flavor that I remember from years ago?

Mar 22, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Thomas's English Muffins

I saw several varieties of Thomas' English Muffins when I was shopping today, most of which I had never noticed before. "Corn" English Muffins sounded like they had potential, so I bought a package on the spot. (I love a good corn muffin.) I had 1 with supper, had to have another, and stopped before I put a 3rd one in the toaster. This variety of Thomas has my vote, big time.
(I think the supermarket game runs something like, the more varieties of a product= more shelf space devoted to the product line= more likely to be noticed by the public and less space for your competition.)

Mar 22, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Does anyone else suffer "fly-away posts" when posting on Chowhound?

Caroline, I've never had this issue, but I am replying to say I appreciate so many of your posts, short and long. This insight into your determination is all the more reason. Please hang in there- you are a joy to the Community.
Florida Hound

Mar 16, 2015
Florida Hound in Site Talk

Brunch beyond the cheesy and eggy

One of the best breakfasts we've ever had (this would also be good for "brunch," I hope) was at a colonial restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia--- fried chicken. It was on the breakfast menu 20 years ago, but since then, the restaurant does not do breakfasts at all, which has been a disappointment for us. I still remember how surprised we were to see it featured, but it sure hit the spot at the time. I love bran muffins for breakfast or brunch, crepes topped with fresh fruit. Maybe the chicken or muffins would not be your "centerpiece," but eye-popping crepes could qualify.

Mar 14, 2015
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

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

Florida Hound goes Indian: My report:
I stopped by a well known Indian Restaurant in Central Florida for lunch today, in honor of the challenging posts on this thread. I was traveling on business, a short distance from my own city.
I came away from my meal confirming impressions from years ago.
I walked in and saw plaques on the wall, awards from Trip Advisor website, indicating good reviews from that site. Good start.
My server told me the menu was reflective of Northern Indian dishes. The lunch selections: Chicken Tandoori, Chicken Curry, Vegetable Curry, Dal, Aloo Palak, Chole Palak, Aloo Chole, Keema Egg Mater, and Lamb Curry. I chose the Dal, largely because it was one of only 2 that did not feature Curry Sauce. "Special Lentils with tomatoes and spices." All the lunch specials came also with a cup of Dal Soup, 1/2 Nan bread, rice, and onion chutney.
The server helped me work out that my Dal Soup be Yellow Dal, and the entrée be Dark Dal. Then, he asked if I wanted the dark dal entrée to be mild, medium, or spicy. A no-brainer for me- mild, please!
Server had described the yellow Dal Soup as having cilantro, garlic, and onion. When I asked more questions after he served it (and as I took written notes), he had a coworker come over who further described ingredients to include cumin, cinnamon, and ginger. Uh oh, then this person asked, "Do you like it?" Wish he hadn't. I bashfully said, "No, but I wanted to try it." Frankly, it wasn't awful and I was very relieved the garlic was not overpowering. It was a small cup of soup. I ate about half.
The dark dal was served on a plate separate from the plate of white rice, and I put 2 spoonfuls onto the rice. About 1/5 of the total dal. For "mild," it was still very hot. Most bites there was more sensation of hot than flavor. I drank lots of water. I asked my server if this was their "mild," (as I ordered), and he replied it was "a little hot," and he offered to take it back and make it less hot. I opted to trudge on. I added some of the red-colored onion chutney, which was the highlight of the meal. The onion chutney gave this dish some hope. Chutney was pretty good in its own right. But I left 4/5 of the dal off to the side and finished up my white rice/small serving dal/ onion chutney. Drank more water.
The Nan,"leavened bread of fine flour, baked in Tandoor with butter," was pleasantly akin to pizza dough. It was a large piece, and I ate about 1/2 of it.
I asked for my bill, thanked them for helping me learn about Indian food, paid, grabbed a take-out menu and left.
In the parking lot, I realized my tongue and lower lip were slightly numb.
I had some left-over coffee in the center console from a few hours before, and took a few swigs as I drove down the road.
I must leave the enthusiasm for Indian food to others (even in its "different formats," Phil, I'm afraid.) But on the positive, I sincerely enjoy the nudge Chowhounds can give each other to try new things. No guarantees are ever required that the new experience needs to be my new favorite food.

Does anyone eat tartar sauce with anything other than fish?

A thread from 2013, with new life in 2015.
Yup, I was reading down the thread, waiting for someone to have mentioned hamburgers. I have periodically tried it, enjoyed it, but haven't used tarter sauce on burger in a while. Forgot about it.
I saw a few comments about White Castle in the mix, and that got my attention immediately (albeit 2 years after the fact), but they were commenting on packets of tarter sauce on White Castle fish, not their classic sliders.

Mar 12, 2015
Florida Hound in General Topics

Smoothie blenders

I really appreciate it when chowhounds give the rest of us a follow up report. Thanks much. Hope the Vitamix works out terrifically for you. I'll be looking for your new thread of exciting new smoothie recipes and recommendations.

Mar 08, 2015
Florida Hound in Cookware
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Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

1.65 billion. I hate peer pressure! :-)

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

Well, I will at least have to agree about "lack of good experience." BTW, those "post-grad chefs" were pushing middle age, lifelong academic folks, and I am almost sure the main cook of the house very definitely studied cooking.(Couldn't prove it for the sake of a Chowhound post, but) I do recall her passion for many cuisines of the world and her prep of same. I just looked up her resume and was reminded she has held diplomatic positions in Africa and India. I wasn't paying close attention years ago, but the "most cooks blend their own spices" comment would certainly be familiar territory for this group. Thanks for helping me pull up some memories I haven't really visited in a long time.

Smoothie blenders

I make a 48 oz smoothie about once or twice a week, with lots of protein powder, cups and cups of frozen berries, etc., and always have great results with a basic Ninja Master Prep pitcher. 400 watts. It ran about $40.00 a few years ago, and came as a set with the pitcher I do use and smaller "bowl," which we rarely use. I remember when we bought it- we immediately felt it was so much better than the other blenders we had had over the years. I'm just jumping in to second your vote for a Ninja. I think our Ninja may be a less fancy set than your friend's, but its great and I guess the Ninja line is just good stuff, for smoothies, etc., across the board.

Mar 07, 2015
Florida Hound in Cookware

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

Maybe its not all that complicated. At least my experience is pretty simple. Many years ago, I spent the summer with a houseful of graduate students, all several years older than I was at the time, and all worldly, intellectual, and well-traveled. The main cook in the household cooked with curry powder several times a week. My first taste of it was somewhat unpleasant. And by the end of the summer, I was glad to leave the world of curried dishes far behind. With all due respect to others on this thread who remind us that lots of Indian dishes do not contain curry, I have no great urge to challenge my early prejudice. I do, however, have some vague and pleasant memories of a very sweet flan-like dessert at an Indian restaurant a few years back.

All I want is a good cup of coffee at home. [moved from General Topics]

I appreciate your tips, Dee. Your comment, "may I suggest another go?..." It doesn't take much to encourage me in the find-great-coffee department. So- thanks for taking the time!!!

Mar 07, 2015
Florida Hound in Cookware

where can I find good smoked mullet dip?

Funny, I gave someone directions to Florida Cracker Kitchen just this afternoon, although I've never been there. Consistently good local buzz about the place, so I've got all the more reason to check it out now. (Not as much of a motorcycle adventure to get there, though.) And as you could tell from my original post, I am a novice when it comes to smoked whatever dip, mullet or otherwise. So if I make it down to Walt's or Waltz and and have some great fish spread, it would be fine. sweetpolly is cluing me in to the dip at Waltz being chunky- still sounds like a delicious improvement over bones and cartilage. (Thanks to all!!!)

Mar 05, 2015
Florida Hound in Florida

Detroit. Coney Island?

OK- you hooked me (it only took 8 years-Cathy's post from 2007). Just mention White Castle and this transplanted New Yorker, now in Florida with no White Castle restaurants in this entire state... You said it, "It is amazing the things we miss." But the in-law side of the family is all over Detroit, and Detroit has- - - White Castles! Years ago, I spent one visit to our Detroit family in one of the area hospitals after a dog bite, and family visitors spread the word- bring White Castles when you visit him in the hospital. And they did! What family love. Coney dogs in the Motor City I can't comment on. But sliders? MMMMmmm.

Mar 03, 2015
Florida Hound in Great Lakes