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Your Family's Top 10 Favorite Meals

Like these!
I make them with spiced pork sausage.

about 10 hours ago
sedimental in Home Cooking

Party Early Birds

I would put them to work if they show up early again. I would let them know know I don't have time to chat and ask them if they would rather help -or stay out of the way- while I finish the last minute details.

I bet they would like to help, they sound like they want to be special..... Let them clean or set up for you...that's special :)

Sep 18, 2014
sedimental in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

Yes. It still prohibits "meat" but customs will tell you that the prohibition does not include cured or cooked meats that are properly sealed. The customs guy said it is common that Americans think that includes all meat. The restriction that was lifted in May includes cured meats that used to be prohibited. Now "all" cured meats are allowed. It is a common myth that you can't bring them back.

Sep 15, 2014
sedimental in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

Yes, they changed in May. All cured meats that are vac packed are okay to bring back! Fabulous!!!! I brought back POUNDS of it. Including a large leg. They key is the "vac packed" criteria. You can't just bring back a leg wrapped in paper (yes, I asked, lol ). Luckily, most butcher shops vac pack most cured meat.

Also, I was concerned with the amount I was bringing back (like they would think I was reselling it or something) and they said if it is under 800 dollars, it is fine. Score!

Sep 15, 2014
sedimental in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

That sounds delicious. I bet roasted tomato would be good for the butter too.

Sep 15, 2014
sedimental in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

Giambotta will certainly be on the menu for me this week! I just got back from Tuscany yesterday, with a large suitcase full of goodies. Lots of prosciutto and cured sausages with wild boar (cinghiale!) enough for an army :)

It looks like my tomato plants survived while I was away, so the feast is ON!

Good eats for a large group, along SR542 Mt. Baker Hwy, east of Deming ?

Good plan!
The burgers are great for lunch, especially the ones with the pork mix. I get mine with the yucca fries! Very tasty indeed!

Sep 15, 2014
sedimental in Pacific Northwest

Good eats for a large group, along SR542 Mt. Baker Hwy, east of Deming ?

I eat at the north fork beer shrine (for decent pizza and beer), Milano's for pasta (it is a big place for a crowd) or Graham's for good BBQ or sandwiches (but it is very small).
Maple falls cafe is still open (for now) and they have terrific burgers but accommodating 20 might be hard unless they know about it first, so if they say yes, I would go there as a first choice.

Sep 15, 2014
sedimental in Pacific Northwest

Short stay in midtown

yeah, we call it drunky mcdrunkster food :)
lotsa fun.

Sep 04, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia

Short stay in midtown

hop sings was fun, nice, quiet.... 4 cocktails later( 2each) ate pulled noodles across the street afterwards at nan zhou. very fun, good ox tail soup ,fried dumplings, peanut noodles.

Sep 04, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia

Short stay in midtown

...Got a pastrami to go. Not remotely impressed with the cheesesteaks or dinicks pork sandwiches. underwhelmed, entirely. better "philly"sandwiches from my neighborhood food trucks.
The donuts, however, were KILLER from Beilers.

Sep 04, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia
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Short stay in midtown

I was just there. a nice place to get refreshed! yard beer isn't half bad :)

Sep 04, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia

What kind of vinegars do you keep on hand?

I also have a ridiculous amount of vinegar in a tall cabinet. I buy a lot of plain vinegars in quantity (red wine, apple cider and rice) to make homemade herb vinegars with the rest of the herbs from patio pots at season end. They make the best vinaigrette!

Sep 02, 2014
sedimental in Home Cooking

Home-made stock. This will sound REALLY strange!

Chinese chicken stock typically requires a few pork bones. Really adds to the flavor while keeping it "chickeny".

Sep 02, 2014
sedimental in Home Cooking

What to do with old dried morels (DTW)?

Spores will grow in organic "beauty bark" or shredded wood. I have had two crops! A nice surprise! You could increase your chances by adding some to the compost :)

Sep 02, 2014
sedimental in General Topics

Sending food back, what about the rest of the diners?

I have had the same experience as others on this thread, I have only sent meals back a handful of times in decades, and then, only because I truly couldn't eat it (undercooked meat, mushy food, etc). Otherwise, minor errors resulting in noticeably incorrect preparation or quality control are ignored. It is not your job to educate the restaurant by returning the food, but when asked "how was everything?"... be truthful...."It was good but the bottom was a bit soggy", "those tomatoes were tasteless", "one side of my --- was a bit burned". If it is said respectfully, it will be heard and I know many times the wait person goes right back and talks to the kitchen (I have seen it) and several times they have come back with a reason for the problem.

So, I just "suck it up" when my meal is less than perfect. In my world, my personal dining out time is much more important to me than my business dining out time. I wouldn't be disruptive over an "imperfect" meal either way. I consider that PITA behavior and focus on more important things.

Sep 02, 2014
sedimental in Not About Food
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Honeymoon in PNW - Vegetarians Seeking Meals / Lodging

Seattle has too many veg options to list!

These are a few favorites, different levels:

Cafe flora has wonderful food http://cafeflora.com is a standard for really well prepared vegetarian food, lots of mushrooms and tofu, not super creative- but solid, tasty, casual. I think they do breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sutra in Wallingford http://www.sutraseattle.com. Not sure you can get much better than this anywhere in the country. Reservations in advance. Would be great for an anniversary dinner. The menu is a set menu that changes twice a month. Creative, unique.

The plum bistro (and empire) for vegan http://plumrestaurants.tumblr.com/loc.... Good casual food, I have eaten at the bistro, not cafe, they have a food truck following but I have not tried it.

Cafe Juanita, for veg options http://cafejuanita.com/menu/index.php. They easily adapt their dishes. Northern italian, nice italian wine list, creative.

I mushroom hunt as well. Mostly north of Seattle, mount baker area. I haven't been out yet but lobster mushrooms were crazy last year. My friend picked 600 chanterelles. Should be a good season. Have fun!

Aug 31, 2014
sedimental in Greater Seattle

Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Well, on my computer, iPad and phone, the ignore button is also known as the "back button". Once you have been exposed to topics you are not interested in, you simply hit that button and...."poof"...like magic.....that whole topic or post is history!!! It is amazing! In just one click....it's like you were never there at all! A fresh list of topics appear, every time.

AND.....If you never want to go back there, just hit the little yellow star button. Poof! I do it all the time and it works like a charm. Some days, the magic buttons get hit a lot ;)

Aug 30, 2014
sedimental in Site Talk
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Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Yes! But if you just ignore it, and move on... Who will be there to clutch your pearls and wring hands? Who will be there to swing the saber and fight " the good fight"?

Lord, the all drama about some changes to a commercial website is staggering to me. I suppose I am not as emotionally invested as some. I really like this site and hope it will stay reliable. But, if not, there are other options for discussing food and getting tips and information.

There are still really great tips, ideas and advice here. When *that* goes away, so will I. I can handle filtering through the crap if need be. I do it daily in real life, who doesn't?Otherwise, ignore, ignore, ignore. I am focusing on what I need to from this site (and others) and I am still very happy with advice from chowhounders! I get great information 90 percent of the time.... and I appreciate that. Because I have to ignore some spammers....okay. Price to pay for a free site.

Short stay in midtown

Thank God you told me...saved me from looking like a total Left Coast Faux Yankee Doodle Hippie.

:)

Aug 28, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia

Short stay in midtown

I just checked them out online. That might be just right, the building it is in looks fabulous too :)

Aug 28, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia

Short stay in midtown

You are right there in my head, HungryBurb.

Aug 28, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia

Short stay in midtown

Gaybourhood sounds much more fun!

Aug 28, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia
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Short stay in midtown

I am very excited to see your city! I am sure I will come back when I have more time.

Aug 28, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia

Short stay in midtown

Wow. I come from a state where there are wine shops (with a tasting bar inside) on every corner, shelves of hard liquor in the supermarket and marijuana stores. I shall have to wrap my mind around these rules.

How do you order a G&T at a restaurant? If I see a happy hour, does it sometimes mean ...only if you BYOB? Do they clearly state it somewhere or could I wander into a cute restaurant at 4pm to expect happy hour and find they don't have...what would make me happy?

...and... Nothing is ever cash only where I am from, seriously, I don't ever carry any-so I really appreciate the heads up from everyone about that! Thank you all :)

Aug 28, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia

Short stay in midtown

Oh, okay. The hotel said it is in "midtown village", between old city and center city. Old school east coast Italian sounds very charming.

Aug 27, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia

Short stay in midtown

Okay. Well, if I can't have both good regional food and a sit down dinner with a Philly vibe, then I would choose good food with a generic vibe :)

All these suggestions are helpful though. I might have to change my mind on the BYOB.... maybe find a nice wine shop somewhere.

Aug 27, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia

Short stay in midtown

Yes! Happy Hour, if nothing else. Are there Brick streets and a bunch of Federalists running around??

Aug 27, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia

Short stay in midtown

I checked out Zahav online but it doesn't sound like anything we don't have plenty of in Seattle and upscale vegan or vegetarian places abound..some are the best in the country.

Here is the deal-I am really looking for something that is unique to Philly for my sit down dinner (and it might be just a great view). Example: Seattle (or anywhere in the PNW)for spot prawns, Dungeness crab, salmon with views of the Pacific ocean, the Seattle waterfront, the Space Needle, or outside the city for Buffalo,local wines, morel mushrooms,farm to table, mountain views, lake or woodland vistas- Vancouver: Chinatown/Gastown, seafood,waterfront,rustic,ethnic food variety, amazing Indian food - Portland: trendy/city/Hipster/small plates/woodsy industrial/artistic, etc.

I am looking for something in that vein. Somewhere you would *know* it was Philly just by being there and looking at the menu/hearing the chatter. I hate the word but "gives off the Philly vibe" :) Maybe it doesn't exist? I have one day!!!

View of the Liberty Bell a plus, LOL.

Aug 27, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia

Short stay in midtown

Good idea on the layover episode suggestion!
Thanks.

Aug 27, 2014
sedimental in Philadelphia