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Most imaginative Cobb Salad in Manhattan?

Thai Cobb at Shopsin's is probably the most unique variation. More related to the Thai part than a traditional Cobb salad, but well worth trying.

Jun 07, 2014
k.strang in Manhattan

Favorite beef cut and why?

Oxtails seem to be getting costly (at least around here), but I agree that my favorite cuts have ample connective tissue. I have found in my area that shank cuts are a good value. At the same cost per pound, I would now prefer a shank steak to oxtails. The meat is easier to get at, but has many of the same qualities after slow cooking.

Sep 18, 2010
k.strang in General Topics

Tipping the owner of a restaurant

I once dropped a tip in the bucket when the owner was the only one working. He gave me my money back and that made me realize that tipping the owner might be insulting. Since then, I have decided that if I want to help a small place, I just buy more. I think sometimes Americans forget what business is all about.

Jan 03, 2010
k.strang in Not About Food

Tipping the owner of a restaurant

That works in some areas, but by and large, a business is dead if it does not accept plastic. I am fairly certain that most chains do not take the surcharge out of tips, but smaller businesses may feel forced to do so. I think that people who want to support small businesses can do better by also paying in cash, or at least leaving the tip in cash. I am not saying that anyone has to do this, but I am just providing the reason why one might prefer to do so.

All things being equal, I want my favorite restaurant owner to get that money rather than the card companies. Of course, I also appreciate being able to use my debit card everywhere, for all of the reasons that have been advertised at me since birth. Odd how that works.

Dec 30, 2009
k.strang in Not About Food

Tipping the owner of a restaurant

Putting the tip on a credit card means that either the restaurant or the server loses a percentage of the tip amount to transaction fees.

Dec 28, 2009
k.strang in Not About Food

I fed a vegetarian lard by mistake. Do I tell her?

I am most bothered by the use of canned beans. That is how this whole mess came to pass.

Dec 21, 2009
k.strang in Not About Food

meaningless slogans

I would think that means the hens are fed a vegetarian diet.

Dec 21, 2009
k.strang in Not About Food

Looking for green coffee beans in Tampa, FL

You can get green coffee beans at Oasis Bakery at the corner of Skipper and Bearss. You should also be able to get them at Cafe Kili on Fowler, given that they roast beans in-house.

Nov 05, 2009
k.strang in Florida