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Hidden deals at pretty excellent restaurants?

It is just an impression. Maybe I'm wrong? However I don't remember seeing a lot of people searching by best "deal". But again, could be wrong. In any case, let's move on?

Oct 01, 2013
fara in Greater Boston Area

Hidden deals at pretty excellent restaurants?

The last one I remember was based on my comment that a particular sushi place in Raleigh nc was good AND had 2 for 1 maki deals. It was a pretty hard dis, and pretty unfair considering my toddler at the time consumed expensive quantities of maki.

Oct 01, 2013
fara in Greater Boston Area

I Don't Like Cheese - Am I Alone?

I just imagine its a blessing in disguise as cheese is quite fattening and ubiquitous

Oct 01, 2013
fara in General Topics

What do you appreciate when you come home from international trip?

Aren't there a lot of Chinese immigrants to Brazil and the Caribbean ? I've never had Brazilian Chinese, but Dominican Chinese is delicious- and widely available in ny.

Oct 01, 2013
fara in General Topics

Hidden deals at pretty excellent restaurants?

I've been flamed a number of times for pointing out deals - as in if I'm discussing the price as a positive quality there must not be others. Kind of like saying a prospective blind date is " nice". Seems to work ok in the context of "not worth the price" but not as as a positive selling point. Even though it's clear it must be a chowish find to be discussed here.
And I've been here a long time too.

Oct 01, 2013
fara in Greater Boston Area

Hidden deals at pretty excellent restaurants?

At the risk of getting all the furor of elitist chowhound a thrown at me, who don't believe you should discuss price, please share your boston area deals in unexpected places. It is a given that the rec is more than worth the money. I'll start $13 lunch plate at shiki in brookline. Yes the smallest is more than enough food and a nicely balanced lunch. The fried chicken is accompanied by sour vegetable and fish pickles along with pressed sushi and vegetables. Their lovely udon soup is on the side. One would not expect such a lovely meal for that price. Yours?

Oct 01, 2013
fara in Greater Boston Area

The opposite of a chowhound

That phrase goes back over 100 years

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American...

Sep 25, 2013
fara in General Topics

What do you appreciate when you come home from international trip?

Im not going to lie, being in europe i feel a lot of things could be better socially and food wise here. what are some if the things you know are better about your area/ country? What do you appreciate about your hometown/ the US in terms of food culture, eating habits ...even general cultural attitudes when you've been abroad?

Sep 23, 2013
fara in General Topics

Can we talk about canned salmon?

No ;) a lei non piaciono i mascotti

Sep 23, 2013
fara in General Topics

Can we talk about canned salmon?

Thanks!

Sep 23, 2013
fara in General Topics

Patty Chen's Dumpling Room

Exactly. It was such a dissapointment for me at GDH. They were gross. And we ordered like 2 orders of dumplings, which is a lot plus other food. I mean you can get decent enough dumplings in plenty of other places. But a really great dumpling restaurant--I can't wait to try it, just don't tease us again!

Sep 20, 2013
fara in Greater Boston Area

Is "No problem" a problem?

I disagree. I have only read ops post but I think it's a shame we don't say " you're welcome " more often. Never mind enjoy or Bon appetit before eating. Nothing to do with what we do say, but rather what we don't. It is usual to answer a thank you with " mmmhmmm".

Sep 17, 2013
fara in Not About Food

Great Bluefish recipes?

Your recipe is great, I also make that.

Try using a cast iron Dutch oven on the stove top. Add butter and some fresh dill. Add blue fish and cook fairly quickly, skin side up. Flip once and it is done soon afterwards. Serve with a homemade tartar sauce or as is with lemon .
Tartar sauce: mayo lemon chopped cApers parsley shallot or onion

Sep 15, 2013
fara in Home Cooking

Cupcakes in a jar

Gross

Sep 15, 2013
fara in Home Cooking
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Can we talk about canned salmon?

We used to have canned salmon in salads on my Italian side. This seemed totally normal and good to me until I tried to make it myself. Eww. Couldn't get past the look and smell and not knowing what to do with it exactly. I don't remember if anyone cleaned it but I don't think so. Maybe someone could post a salmon salad recipe? Or next time I visit family I will ask

Sep 15, 2013
fara in General Topics

Can we talk about canned salmon?

You sound like my Italian grandma; are you one ?

Sep 15, 2013
fara in General Topics

Wild Salmon - Sushi?

Did you call fish market? Last time I was there it was on the specials menu

Sep 15, 2013
fara in Greater Boston Area

Supertaster???

I think it's pretty obvious but let's retract that statement for fear if censorship

Sep 14, 2013
fara in Site Talk

Supertaster???

It's from JNs twitter

Sep 14, 2013
fara in Site Talk

Supertaster???

Academia, the food industry, retail, wholesale, primary education, religious outlets...I've seen this happen at all of these, and even at law firms.

Sep 14, 2013
fara in Site Talk
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Supertaster???

Hmm, don't know if anyone else has mentioned this but they are now involved in intellectual property issues. Niiiice...chowhound has come a long way since Jim Leff. I guess that cool start up feeling is officially dead.

Sep 14, 2013
fara in Site Talk
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Supertaster???

Well I see it all the time. Perhaps we run in different circles.

Sep 14, 2013
fara in Site Talk

Sushi Chefs-do they have to be Japanese?

This confirms my impression of influence- yes I suppose it is dietary and not culinary. Thanks for delineating that.

Sep 14, 2013
fara in General Topics

Supertaster???

Many other professions function like this. If chowhound is if afraid people will follow JN they should have kept him. Just seems like a very cheap, Walmart like approach to both customers and workers.

Sep 14, 2013
fara in Site Talk

Sushi Chefs-do they have to be Japanese?

Sure but perhaps what can be appreciated as great sushi requires some set of skills or even philosophy usually acquired by Japanese. Whatever the elite American taste is , acquired through repeated sushi eating, is likely to be based on some objective principles. Not just random assortment of flavors, otherwise the opinion about what constitutes great sushi would never be formed.

Sep 14, 2013
fara in General Topics

Sushi Chefs-do they have to be Japanese?

New to the thread but I find it highly amusing that you think any culture with a significant amount of American restaurants is somehow immune to the influence of american tastes. What about that style of Japanese cuisine that redoes classic american food I believe brought over after ww ii? But more to the point eating at mcds once a week will change your taste level vs a diet of purely Japanese food. Not to mention the fact that other western food has more similar taste profiles to one another than they do to traditional Japanese, which means the japanese palate is used to many western tastes. and many are widely adopted that this influence is significant.

Sep 14, 2013
fara in General Topics

Sushi Chefs-do they have to be Japanese?

This reminds me of a sushi chef that worked out of a totally American style "hibachi grill " place. There was a sushi bar at the entrance with a few tables next to it . This sushi chef was Japanese and trained in Japan I believe . Why he was at this place I'm not sure though it was clear he had an open distaste for both authority and American tastes. my guess is he was not super hireable bc of this. The sushi was much better than what was locally available in spite of the location and his attitude, or maybe bc of it.

Sep 14, 2013
fara in General Topics

Supertaster???

I find it unprofessional that there is no official link to his current situation. Unpaid mods just say oh go find him if you want to..

Sep 14, 2013
fara in Site Talk

Am I the only person on the planet that doesn't "get" Trader Joe's?

They are close by , otherwise I would skip them:cheaper and good quality:
Spanish olive oil
Avocados in bag
Frozen mango
Imported chocolate

Sep 13, 2013
fara in Chains

What's your favorite skin?

Chicken from dhs perfectly roasted tarragon chicken and potatoes. Chicken skin on wings or chicken feet...

Sep 13, 2013
fara in General Topics