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Lacking Carbs in Your Diet?

Oh, I remember those! "Mash-tini" bars were one of the big things that caterers were doing when I was planning my wedding.

Apr 13, 2011
rweater in Food Media & News

Dumb Diners -- Maybe even YOU?

Great story.

I had a similar experience in college. I was out to dinner with a boyfriend and ordered a salad with my meal. It was a Saturday night and busy and noisy. The salad came. I ate it, it was uneventful. A few minutes later, a server (who wasn't mine) came up and breathlessly asked "Did you get your super salad?"

I was confused. She said again "Super salad? Did you get your super salad?"

I said "Oh, I just ordered the side salad. Did I eat the wrong salad?"

When she walked away, I realized what she had been asking me.

Feb 22, 2011
rweater in Not About Food

"Don't Yuck Someone's Yum": Readers Send Their Own Eating Rules to Pollan

So substitute a pear, banana, orange, handful of grapes, carrot, handful of broccoli and you should get the general idea.

Nov 08, 2010
rweater in Food Media & News

Top Chef: Just Dessert Episode 8: CelebriTea

In the QF, I thought that Eric's cupcake thing looked like something that you'd see at a supermarket bakery and Danielle's bouquet looked like a craft project we would have done in my girl scout troop. Yigit's made me think of an artificial flower arrangement my parents had in the 80s.

Is it me, or was this episode just a dud. It seems like they're running out of dessert ideas. I was actually looking forward to the no chocolate thing because I'm not much of a chocolate person and I was excited to see what they could come up with.

I didn't think the celebrity couples thing really translated to dessert all that well, or maybe it was just boring to me. The competitors didn't seem terribly enthusiastic about it either, except for Zac. Maybe they're just getting tired.

Nov 04, 2010
rweater in Food Media & News

Branson - god help me, Branson

I ate at Cantina Laredo with a few coworkers when I was in Branson for a conference a few years ago. I was unimpressed. Food was very blah except for their warm salsa, which I thought was awful. Most of my coworkers thought it was great, though, so YMMV.

The restaurants on the Landing are all, or mostly, chains, IIRC. It's not an unpleasant atmosphere, but it's not a culinary destination. The Landing has a Bar Louie, which I've eaten at and liked more than Cantina Laredo.

May 13, 2010
rweater in Great Plains

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Finale Part 2 - 12/09/09 (Spoilers)

In his Q and A on the Bravo site and in the Q and A with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he apologized for taking his attitude out on Preeti.

Dec 10, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Finale Part 2 - 12/09/09 (Spoilers)

I agree. I understand it's TV and the curveballs make for good entertainment (or at least the producers think so). But at this point, the remaining competitors have all demonstrated that they can handle the curves, so why throw them in? The box thing seems more like material for a quick fire or early elimination (I know they did it in season 2, but I can't remember if they've done a box challenge since then).

I've always thought of the final meal as being the chef's opportunity to make herself or himself shine when left to awesome ingredients and their own devices. If they screw up at that point (salad dressing balls, anyone?), it's really no one's fault but their own. Pure talent and skill and nothing more. Guess that doesn't make for the best TV.

Dec 10, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey with Pear Cider Gravy

I'm glad that someone else mentioned the photo... For some reason it grosses me out. When I enlarged it and could see that it was bacon, it didn't bother me so much. But I find something about it creepy.

Dec 10, 2009
rweater in Recipes

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Finale Part 1 - 12/02/09 (Spoilers)

Haha! Good point on the transformation of food. I've never eaten a pair and though "Gosh, I wish this looked like a turnip!" It must be one of those elements of modern cooking that is lost on me.

Dec 04, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Finale Part 1 - 12/02/09 (Spoilers)

What's happening at this stage is that people are not being let go for egregious mistakes. This is about the details. Tom said as much in the show. I think the judges are in a tough position having to decide which tiny detail outweighs another.

Dec 04, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Finale Part 1 - 12/02/09 (Spoilers)

Did anyone else wonder if Padma was trying all of the dishes? When Kevin served his dish in the QF, it looked like they cut away and didn't actually show her taking a bite of it.

I was wondering if, being pregnant, she might be somewhat restricted on what she can eat, so the guest judge did the tasting. I know that some soft cheeses are considered off-limits to pregnant women nowadays due to the use of unpasteurized milk. I admit that I wasn't exactly clear on what cheese Kevin had in his dish and now I can't find it.

Or maybe I imagined the whole thing. Anyone?

Dec 03, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Finale Part 1 - 12/02/09 (Spoilers)

I think it's a good point that it looks like the same clip repeated.

That aside, I don't see how that could influence Tom as a judge. He wouldn't have seen that interview clip with Michael until after the filming and the judging ended.

Dec 03, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

Searching for food boards or blogs in Columbia, Missouri

Show Me Eats. The author also writes a weekly food column for the Columbia Daily Tribune: http://showmeeats.wordpress.com/

There's also Slow Food Katy Trail:
http://www.slowfoodkatytrail.blogspot...

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Show Me's
1013 E Main St, Carbondale, IL 62901

Nov 17, 2009
rweater in Great Plains

Non-drinkers—what do you order?

Even better!

Nov 13, 2009
rweater in General Topics

Non-drinkers—what do you order?

Wow, there are some great ideas here already! Thanks. Ginger ale and lime juice sounds great. I love ginger ale and one of my favorite places to go makes their own. Club soda with cranberry would also be a good option, especially since vodka w/ cran is one of my go-to drinks.

Nov 13, 2009
rweater in General Topics

Non-drinkers—what do you order?

For a number of reasons, I'd like to cut back my alcohol intake. I'm not a heavy drinker by anyone's measuring stick, but it's just something I'd like to cut back on.

I do like to go out, but I feel awkward sometimes ordering a non-alcoholic beverage. I feel a little silly and like I look a little unsophisticated ordering an iced tea while my friend orders a glass of wine or a martini. It just doesn't feel that festive.

For a while, I would go with half-cranberry/half-orange, but I'm a little tired of that. Also, I've noticed that a lot of virgin drinks also tend to be sugar bombs that seem unappealing to me.

What do non-drinkers drink? Am I basically limited to club soda with lime? Any other ideas? Am I just being too difficult here?

Nov 13, 2009
rweater in General Topics

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Ep. #11 - 11/11/09 (Spoilers)

I don't remember, either. I know she said she had three red wine sauces and that she wasn't sure what she was going to do with them (which told me right there that this probably wouldn't end well). But I don't recall exactly what she did to the meat before she cooked it.

Nov 12, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Ep. #11 - 11/11/09 (Spoilers)

Ah, haven't read the blog yet. I was just thinking duck might have been a good option for Jen, also.

Nov 12, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Ep. #11 - 11/11/09 (Spoilers)

Mead would have been a great idea! Possibly in a sauce, especially if she had used a more dry mead that wouldn't have been overwhelmingly sweet. If nothing else, beer! Especially some sort of beer-braised meat. That would have been pretty tender and easy to eat in the catering situation.

Turkey legs, not so much, though. Turkeys come from North America and they wouldn't have been available in medieval Europe. Certainly they would have eaten other forms of fowl, though.

Also, I don't think Tom's description of Medieval food was entirely accurate. Yes, food was heavily spiced, but my impression from my armchair research has been that spice was used as a status symbol (it was pricey), not because it was rancid. My understanding is that, at least in the upper classes, people would have not slaughtered livestock for meat until it was needed, so it would have been pretty fresh.

For Eli, I originally thought of some sort of trio to play up the three-ring circus theme, but I don't know how you would do that in a cocktail party situation.

Nov 12, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

ideas for non-chocolate, non-wine, non-floral hostess gifts?

Lots of good ideas already.

Also--Good quality coffee. For more of a theme gift, a nice travel mug could round it out.

Nov 09, 2009
rweater in Not About Food

Servers at ethnic eateries ...

<<lets' also consider the pandora's box of possible discrimination lawsuits. shall we resume hanging signs like the old days? "no irish need apply". (insert relevant immigrant status.)>>

I was also thinking of the legal implications and I'm pretty shocked that I had to read this far into the thread to find someone else who brought this up (note that if someone did in fact bring this up earlier and I missed it, I apologize.)

A restaurant cannot hire (or not hire) people on the basis of ethnicity anymore than any other business could. That would be a clear violation of federal employment laws and probably many state statutes as well. Never mind that discrimination is difficult to prove.

Certainly, specializing in a particular ethnic cuisine might narrow the pool of knowledgeable applicants. I don't begrudge a restaurant owner who hires someone who is familiar with their fare and it's logical that the person for the job might be someone of the same cultural background. But there are myriad other factors to consider in hiring as well--experience, availability--that are legitimate.

But no, I don't care what nationality the people in the kitchen or waiting on tables happens to be. It never occurred to me to notice.

Nov 09, 2009
rweater in Not About Food

Costo membership - worth it? must-tries etc.

I agree that must vary by location. I usually avoid anything associated with Wal-Mart, but when we had to make a large purchase on a budget, a friend offered to let us use his Sams Club membership. He came with us and a store employee checked that someone in our group had a membership card before we could enter the store.

Nov 05, 2009
rweater in Chains

10 worst dining trends of the last decade: Cupcakes, Kobe, Foam...

I think the Kobe burger is probably about the diner as much as it is the restaurant. Yes, the restaurant can charge more, but maybe more importantly, the person ordering the Kobe burger can show just how much money they have burning a hole in their pocket. "Look at me, I'm so rich! Guess how much I'm willing to spend on a burger?"

Oct 22, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

Top Chef Las Vegas Ep. 6 - 09/23/09 (Spoilers)

I think that regardless of Robyn's statements regarding her cancer, and regardless of whether Eli was right to say what he did, those sorts of statements still come off as sour grapes. By now, reality show contestants should realize that everything they say is going to be edited and twisted to create drama and make the producers happy. Don't create bad PR for yourself.

Sep 24, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

Top Chef Las Vegas Ep. 6 - 09/23/09 (Spoilers)

...and was I imagining it, or did he seem to be explaining to the judges what eggs florentine is as though they might not know?

I could be wrong, but I read his tone as though he thought he was explaining a little-known fact.

Sep 24, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

Top Chef Las Vegas Ep. 6 - 09/23/09 (Spoilers)

What the others said about pot roast. I do agree with you on the fish and chips, though. Lasagna, shepherd's pie, etc., are all things where you get multiple elements in one bite. It's one dish with lots of things in it. To me, fish and chips are fish and chips on the same plate (or in the same wrapper), but I don't eat fish and chips all in one bite. Am I missing something?

Sep 24, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

POTUS ordered clam strips on vacation [moved from Boston board]

Nor is the president a New Englander.

Aug 28, 2009
rweater in Food Media & News

Columbia Mo. Caterer

Aramark catering at Stephens College is very good. I know they do off-site catering and can handle large numbers. I've had great food from them on several occasions, although I don't believe I've had their pasta.

http://www.stephens.edu/services/events/

Aug 19, 2009
rweater in General Midwest Archive

Buddy's Pizza - Detroit?

The Buddy's pizza restaurants I've been in have all been family-friendly, kid-appropriate environments. I don't find their pizza impressive, and I doubt it would impress people from Chicago. It's not inedible, I just think there's better pizza out there. I'm not sure what else is close to Comerica, though, and I'm not familiar with their location there. When I go there, I always order something that's not pizza. I think a lot of the other things on their menu are great. Their salads, soups and sandwiches are good, and all of their soups and dressings are house made.

Jun 08, 2009
rweater in Great Lakes

Dinner out - suggestions for Columbia, MO

Just FYI, this was posted twice, so I posted on your other thread in case you didn't notice.

Jun 08, 2009
rweater in General Midwest Archive