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Best Ways to Halve and to Store Fresh Bagels?

Whatever works is good.

about 6 hours ago
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Best Ways to Halve and to Store Fresh Bagels?

Ah.... but that's not working for me with full, large slices of nova and tomato. Besides, the capers have a hard enough time staying on on top with a full bagel half. Just sayin', though I do admire your adventurous epicurean spirit. ;o)

about 10 hours ago
Midlife in General Topics

Best Ways to Halve and to Store Fresh Bagels?

No never a 'sandwich' as with both top and bottom together. Only half (at the equator) and open face.

2 days ago
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Best Ways to Halve and to Store Fresh Bagels?

Just something off about a quarter of a bagel all dressed out like that. And it would be way too odd to try to hold the two 'C's together under them. Just doesn't work with my lifelong favorite. Has to be done just so.

2 days ago
Midlife in General Topics

Best Ways to Halve and to Store Fresh Bagels?

Neither of you can be into cream cheese, nova lox, red onion, tomato, and capers on a toasted bagel half. Not well suited to a half cut 'C' shape. :o)). At least that's how it's best.

Best Ways to Halve and to Store Fresh Bagels?

Nor have I and I've been eating them for a VERY long time, including many years in NYC.

Could be that it's not an issue if you eat them one full half at a time or, if sandwich style, cut in half as a sandwich would be. If you can get your mouth around it there's less of an issue of 'squirting cream cheese' (excuse the graphic imagery).

Mar 28, 2015
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Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

"Manipulated" or "engineered" ........ whichever. Me? ...... I'm just interested in whether you have specifics to share or if you're just repeating generalizations you've heard.

Mar 28, 2015
Midlife in Wine
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Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Especially hard to decipher on a smallish screen smart phone.

Mar 28, 2015
Midlife in Wine
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Best Ways to Halve and to Store Fresh Bagels?

This may be sacrilege but I pop a whole frozen bagel in the microwave for about 20 seconds, then cut it in half for toasting. I suppose it would work your way too, but I've had the feeling that the bagel holds it's shape better when frozen whole. That may just be my imagination though.

Mar 27, 2015
Midlife in General Topics
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Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Sorry J. I thought I was replying to hotoynoodle.

Mar 27, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Acceptable Behavior ?

So..... Not really like the OP's situation.

Mar 27, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food

Acceptable Behavior ?

Sure...... But do they start eating the soup before others are seated?

Mar 27, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

I'm sincerely curious as to whether you have concrete info on specific "manipulation" by specific wineries or whether youre just piling on to things like 'Central Coast Pinot Noir producers add Syrah and won't admit it". I've heard that a lot but sincerely doubt they are lying if they say a wine is 100% PN.

Mar 27, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Acceptable Behavior ?

>>"I would have "jokingly" said to them "I thought we were having dinner together? You couldn't wait to eat?"<<

If you can, please tell me how you would have said that "jokingly". I think you'd have to have a VERY special relationship to pull that off.

Mar 26, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food
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Arsenic levels in wine?

A twitter link sent me this article which essentially says the whole thing is BS.

http://m.naturalnews.com/news/049095_...

Mar 25, 2015
Midlife in Wine
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Arsenic levels in wine?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tarahaell...

Can't believe this hasn't been posted yet. I suppose nothing they'd find in 2BuckChuck or similarly priced wines would surprise me since this isn't a product from anything but the least expensive, mass sourcing.

A friend, who owns a small winery in Santa Rosa, is incensed by the story as he's concerned that it is totally out of proportion and that the media coverage will hurt all wine sales. I can see why he's worried. I haven't had the time to get into this in detail, so I'm not really taking much of a position, but I'm curious as to what you folks think.

Mar 25, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Your most delicious and uncanny ways to eat Spam?

Ipse, "uncanny"??? ..... As in 'remember to take it out of the can?'

Sorry, just couldn't resist. :oI

Mar 24, 2015
Midlife in General Topics

Your most delicious and uncanny ways to eat Spam?

Slaters 50/50 is a burger place that specializes in patties that are half beef half bacon. Seems like pretty much the same thing. Never had the guts to try it but I must say I've been eyeing the Spam on the market shelf more frequently of late.

Mar 24, 2015
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5 Times to Say "No Thank You" and 3 Things to Do When You Hear It — How to Be a Grownup

I understand your point though it's really rather subtle, especially given the way so many people (especially younger people) speak at what to me is a dizzyingly rapid pace. I've asked some who do that about it and they're not even aware of it. IMHO, life's too short to let pace be a bother. Tone, on the other hand, tells me more.

Mar 24, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

But a case could be made that they are. Same is true of most everything people can buy. Create a high, high end and it has the effect of further separate those who can't from those who can. Just the way it is.

Mar 23, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Exactly. High Parker ratings translate to much higher prices. But it happens with WS and WE too (at least in the general US market).

Mar 23, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Wines aged in steel?

I could be wrong but I think MOST Moscatos are aged in stainless steel these days.

Mar 23, 2015
Midlife in Wine
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Napa Vintner Goes Crazy: Executes Investor in Vineyard and Kills Self After Highspeed Chase

Apparently it was a crazy week in Napa with several unusual deaths discovered. 5 at least, from what I'm told.

Mar 22, 2015
Midlife in Wine
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Best ways to preserve an open bottle of wine

Personally, given what you seem to have available and from experience, I'd use the pump AND the fridge. Wine is most affected by air and temperature. Unless the vacuumed bottle is going to be at <65-70 degrees and kept for only a day or so, the fridge will help a lot. Trust me.

Mar 19, 2015
Midlife in Wine
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Best ways to preserve an open bottle of wine

This is a 5 year old topic so it's not likely the OP will respond. To help..... argon, by itself, is actually more effective by itself than in a mixture. So stale...... not at all. Most restaurant/bar dispensing systems use Argon, as does the Coravin (the latest darling of the preservation world).

Just read marialorraine's posts to this topic for all you need to know.

Mar 19, 2015
Midlife in Wine

McCormick & Schmick’s: Another One Bites the Dust

Ipse, if I ever have to go I want to go where YOU are. ;o)

Mar 17, 2015
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

In the wine world there's always concern when a large company buys a smallish winery with the intent of greatly increasing production because fruit sourcing and winemaking technique can be adversely affected by that decision. I'm not certain how much that can affect beer quality but I'd expect it's the same issue.

So, it's likely not the act of buying a brewery that changes it so much as what happens when expansion of the brand is done without protecting the quality that (one would think) made it an attractive candidate for acquisition in the first place. The discouraging thing is when it becomes apparent that the big company bought a name and seems to conclude that the public will buy the changed product even if it changes. Oh, well...... with the huge number of craft beers available, finding great ones is an adventure.

Mar 17, 2015
Midlife in Beer

McCormick & Schmick’s: Another One Bites the Dust

Were you ever seated for an 8:00PM reservation, eaten dinner at a normal pace, and then been told by the manager (as you were in the middle of dessert) that you and the two or three other parties left would have to leave because it was closing time? Not in the next short time, but NOW! It was 9:30 on Mothers Day.

I'm sure they were tired, but they took the res, did nothing to warn us or speed up the pace, and the mgr was not the least bit apologetic. It wasn't the server's fault, just either a dumbass mgr or some company policy?

Mar 17, 2015
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

McCormick & Schmick’s: Another One Bites the Dust

I had probably the worst restaurant experience of my life at the one in Irvine, so I'm shedding no tears.

Mar 16, 2015
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

I'm very much aware of the impact of huge business and what is often referred to as 'the Walmartization of America', but I wouldn't totally indict any company without conclusive proof. InBev may have hurt some of those brands, but it seems as if the argument here is that multinationals do this by definition. Probably more true than not, but I'd still want to draw my own conclusion from specifics.

Mar 16, 2015
Midlife in Beer