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Looking for good eats near Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho in September

My employer is holding the annual company-wide retreat in Scottsdale. I need recommendations -- breakfast, lunch, dinner -- within walking distance of the hotel. Prefer non-fine-dining, more "Roadfood" (to borrow another site's buzzword) type of place. Already have had a few recommendations -- The Sugar Bowl, Barrio Queen, Grimaldi's, Cien Agaves. Thanks for any help.

Jul 24, 2014
jmckee in Phoenix

‘Food is Meant to Nourish, Not Entertain’

This guy makes asceticism look positively Lucullan.

Jul 24, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News
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Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

On Facebook, a friend of mine bounced this off a friend of ours who is chef/owner at an awesome restaurant locally. He responded that, while he's skeptical of the article, " I can say just in the last five years I have been open the staff and I have noticed a trend, guests not being ready to order because of issues related to their phones, mostly taking calls while entering or after being seated."

Jul 23, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food

What's your favorite way to cook?

For me, cooking isn't an ivory tower act. It can't be in my house, really. I have a kitchen / dining area / living room continuum. So when I cook, unless it's nice weather and our friends are outside, it's a social activity. For me, that's as it should be; I can spend time alone in the kitchen on another occasion. I like talking with my friends.

I tend to clean as I go. Our first house had a serviceable but tiny kitchen -- a narrow room with microwave, oven, counter (dishwasher beneath), sink, counter on one side, fridge / pegboard on the other. So I learned to cook by cleaning as I went, otherwise there'd eventually be no counter space.

Usually, I have music on; occasionally I'll try to match it to what I'm cooking, Granted, that is sometimes a tenuous connection that only makes sense to me. I have no idea why I listen to Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives and Sevens when I fry chicken. But Copeland's "Rodeo" for steak and opera for pasta make sense to some others.

Jul 22, 2014
jmckee in Not About Food
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Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

I'm kind of with you. I learned this word in high school, during a vocabulary test, and it was NOT a positive word. "Greasy" or "unduly suave."

Jul 22, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News
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Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

I find it almost laughable how quickly any post on Food Media can deteriorate into Fieri bashing.

Jul 22, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News
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Is this tacky?

I suspect the line is right here. Really? You can't ignore the sodium, sugar, and additives for one meal at the home of a friend?

Jul 22, 2014
jmckee in General Topics
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Cincinnatti - Looking for great fresh food

I'll second Bakersfield OTR and its sister The Eagle. The former is sensational tacos and other similar dishes. The Eagle is known for its fried chicken, which is sensational, but I'm also a fan of the pork / broccoli di rape / provolone / hot pepper sandwich. Both have amazing beer selections, including a very cheap draft American beer -- you can generally eat well and get out for maybe ten bucks.

Jul 22, 2014
jmckee in Great Lakes

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

You find it weird that tattoos project anything? Then you are living in a dream world. And no, I don't like this "change" of the times. I think people are permanently disfiguring themselves due to a different message of conformity received from various media. In other words, it's still "The cool people...." do this, except it's getting tattooed instead of listening to Elvis, or doing cocaine or growing your hair. The idea that I have to like this development of popular culture or I "don't like to change" is fallacious and frankly insulting.

Jul 22, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Sara Moulton returns! YAY!

Mm...this site is an endless education for me. I was unaware I could purchase taco shells made of cardboard.

Jul 21, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

*sigh*. I'm going to say something that may or may not get me in trouble.

You allude to: gender and ethnicity and religions and sexual orientation...etc. These are quite different from tattoos and piercings and long facial hair. The former are ingrained , hard-wired pieces of your essential identity. The latter are cosmetic choices. To equate the latter with the former is, frankly, insulting to the generations of people who have struggled against racism, sexism, and persecution for these former items. It belittles them to compare them with somebody who thinks it'll be really cool to disfigure their body.

Jul 21, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News
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Egg salad: how many eggs per sandwich?

I add green onion, celery, chives, and parsley. And celery seed. And pepper and a dash of salt. And the juice of a lemon.

Jul 16, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

Ground Meats Limitations Overall in USA: Patty vs. Patty-less Dishes

This is starting to remind me of the "no African-American foodies" conversation of some weeks back. There's a long initial post of dubious factual or culinary value, followed by well reasoned responses, to which the OP responds by shifting the parameters or avoiding the question.

Jul 16, 2014
jmckee in General Topics
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Good. More for me.

Jul 09, 2014
jmckee in General Topics
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recommendations for cincinnati for floridians on a quick 2 day visit

You can walk to Vine from your hotel. I recommend in addition Bakersfied OTR for killer tacos and other fare, and The Eagle OTR for out of this world fried chicken, Bloody Marys, and the best pork sandwich I've ever had.

Jul 09, 2014
jmckee in Great Lakes
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Crumbs Bake Shop closing all stores - Cupcakes on the downward side of trending?

Not me. I like good cupcakes. And we're blessed with a number of good outlets for that "fad" (is something that's been served for decades really a fad?) where I live.

Jul 08, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

the Best Canned Tuna?

I'll second the Ortiz. Love it. Love love love love it.

Jul 08, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

what other food sites do you frequent?

Roadfood.com. I've been frequenting the site for a long time, and it's one of the "constants" of my internet reading / posting. A good, good site.

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

Memorable Quotes about booze

"I was in love with a beautiful blonde once. She drove me to drink. That's the one thing I'm indebted to her for." -- WC Fields

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News

House brands shutting down name brands?

I live in Cincinnati, headquarters of Kroger, and I have noticed this as well at that chain. Only one size of Crisco for example (the huge one, and I don't use Crisco that often so I like the smaller can), but every size possible of Kroger's house brands.

This is widespread, across all product lines. And it's increasing -- more and more shelf space for house brands and less for name brands, The exception seems to be soft drinks.

This is one reason why I no longer shop at Kroger, since the local mega-grocery Jungle Jim's opened a location near me almost two years ago.

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Dish for a Potluck after a Memorial Service?

I did this sort of thing for years at my parish; the bereavement committee would call, and I'd make something and drop it off. These ideas posted so far are good. The only caveat I would give is this: If it's a vinaigrette dressing, make sure it's not too "wet". People may be wearing "church clothes", so to speak, and you don't want to invite oil stains on the ties, suits, and dresses.

I only say this from having experienced, um, some people to whom, er, this happens on a regular basis and why is everybody looking at me like that? :-)

I would also say that sweets are always welcome at such times; I had an easy-to-whip-up sheet cake recipe that always went over big -- the pan was always returned empty.

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Misspellings

I am a former copyeditor.

If the food is good, the atmosphere is good, the service is good, I frankly don't give a rat's patoot about the spelling on the menu.

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

So don't respond to a thread about bottled dressings. Easy peasy.

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in General Topics
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Memorable Quotes about booze

*FOOMPT!* (That's the best I can do for the sound effect).

Jul 07, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News
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Breakfast in Cinci

Which hotel?

Jul 03, 2014
jmckee in Great Lakes

What's your best French baguette recipe ?

Her French bread in Volume II is good. Eight pages. But Way To Cook adapts that recipe for the dough blade of the food processor. It's nearly foolproof; I've done a little fiddling with it over the years -- for example, I add Hodgson Mill gluten to pump up the all-purpose flour I have on hand. But it's outstanding.

Jul 03, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

bacon, avocados and cheese---oh my

Jul 02, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking
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favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

We've recently discovered Bolthouse Farms bottled dressings in the refrigerated produce case at our market. We've tried several, and they're all quite good. The Chunky Blue Cheese and Cilantro Avocado Yogurt dressings are particularly nice.

http://www.bolthouse.com/products/dre...

Jul 02, 2014
jmckee in General Topics

Amazing broccoli

Really? You're citing Ask.Com?

Jul 02, 2014
jmckee in Home Cooking

Memorable Quotes about booze

From WC Fields' "International House," which I just re-watched last evening.

Fields (to a valet): Hey, garcon. Bring me a drink.
VALET: Water, sir?
Fields: A little on the side…very little.

Jul 01, 2014
jmckee in Food Media & News