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Is it just me . . . ?

Sorry, I wasn't meaning to make it about Americans as such, more that sometimes I am interested in the cultural differences that I see between us - particularly when eating out I see big differences in standards and expectations. I don't often speak up in such threads because it becomes evident to me that there are factors at play I just don't understand. My intention was to make it more about my misunderstanding, not a potshot at perceived differences or similarities. I'm sorry if it was perceived as such.

Apr 25, 2013
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Is it just me . . . ?

Sometimes when on CH I see posts about all kinds of crazy things that are obvious cultural differences between US Americans and Australians. I see long ensuing (passionate!) discussions over things that no-one would bat an eyelid at over here. I've often felt puzzled, but have come to understand that it is a cultural difference and the way of life in the US is very different to that in Australia.

But seriously, this time I am baffled. I really have no idea how being politely asked to move to a register that can only be a few paces away be labelled as missing the point of customer service. There are many times I accept that standards of service are very, very different in the US (indeed, I remember being overwhelmed by crazy servers in the US when I was young LOL), but this just seems over the top.

I'm voting in favour of the employee.

Apr 25, 2013
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Cooking whole EMUs. Need ideas and flavor profiles.

All Australian game is really lean. Most marinades for Australian game contain a high oil content and is usually best cooked quickly over high heat or braised/slow cooked.

Mar 31, 2013
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i know you're not supposed to ________, but i do it any way.

If it makes you feel better, Pinehurst, I once accidently knocked an entire glass of red wine over the white dress of my husbands, bosses daughter.

In my defence I was on crutches and I was trying to discreetly put them away. One slipped down the wall, hit the wine glass (in slow motion, of course) and liberally coloured her white dress.

I wanted to die, I even offered to swap dresses. She was really sweet and I have since been invited back for dinners, so hopefully I was forgiven,,,

Mar 29, 2013
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Foods you just don't like for breakfast?

I don't normally eat breakfast and if I do I tend to shy away from traditional 'breakfast' foods. I particularly dislike breakfast cereals, I believe Roald Dahl was correct when he likened them to curly pencil shavings.

Mar 01, 2013
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What is the most UNUSUAL method of cooking you have ever seen or heard of?

A very common cooking method utilised by Australian Aboriginals and Maoris.

Mar 01, 2013
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What is the most UNUSUAL method of cooking you have ever seen or heard of?

Ya, I was going for dishwasher salmon.

Mar 01, 2013
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What did they serve at your wedding?

That is quite a story! I hope you shared many happy times together and you have lovely memories. I too, am sorry for your loss.

Feb 19, 2013
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What did they serve at your wedding?

Me too, biondanonima! Eloping was awesome and I was so sad that after our wonderful wedding we attended a friends enourmous, expensive wedding, which the bride left crying as one of her guests smashed a toilet at the reception centre. After all those months of stress and planning and expense all she remembers is the smashed toilet. We took the view that all we needed was witnesses, a few people we wanted present and a celebrant. I chose that I needed a red dress ;) I just could not care about table decorations, seating arrangements and family arguments over things IMO are not worth worrying about. It worked for us and I loved every second of my day!

Feb 17, 2013
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Any foods you now like that you once hated?

I HATED peanut butter as a kid. Then one day as a teenager I had a strange craving for it. I don't eat it often, but I definitely like it now.

And asparagus. I have a feeling I thought I hated it due to my mother serving slimy stalks out of a jar. Once I discovered fresh asparagus there was a whole new world of joy open to me :)

Feb 17, 2013
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What did they serve at your wedding?

I only married a few years ago in 2009. Mr. Huntress and I were friends who just decided to marry, so we did so quickly and in secret. We only had very, very close family and friends, which was excellent because we were able to go all out for food and drinks.

Basically we hired a small private room at a fine dining restaurant and told our guests to go nuts. I have no idea what we all ate and drank - I can't even remember what I had for a starter (there was a LOT of alcohol at our wedding, most of our guests had 2 day hangovers LOL), but I do remember I had a delicious paella and I couldn't manage dessert I was so full. Lots of champagne, loads of cocktails and scotch to finish. Once we finished eating and it was an even smaller group of us we decamped to a jazz club and drank martinis. It was an awesome day and we had a brilliant time. The general concensus has been that the 2 day hangovers were worth it. I would do it all again in a heartbeat, it really was the one of the best days of my life.

Feb 17, 2013
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Are you a better cook than your Mother?

Yes, I am a better cook than my mother.

My mother is, uh, interesting. Growing up food was plain, boring and bland. I thought I hated vegetables because all vegetables were microwaved and served plain. I thought I hated salad because "salad" was wilting iceberg lettuce, tomato (I hate tomato) and awful cheese (I don't like cheese either). Every summer (and summer goes forever here) it was either canned tuna and "salad" for dinner or ham and "salad". When I went to the UK I was regularly asked if I was sick or had cancer. I began cooking as soon as I was old enough, it really came down to that my mother disliked cooking, worked hard and was tired. My dad is very bland with his tastes and she often catered to what he wanted to eat.

There are some things I will never be able to cook as well as my mother and they are mince pies, lasagne and lemon meringue pie. Oh and cottage pie. She does those things well. Otherwise I avoid eating at her house.

Feb 05, 2013
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Cooking whole EMUs. Need ideas and flavor profiles.

I'm Australian and have lived in a place where emu was traditionally hunted and eaten. I have not eaten it myself but here is what I know:

Like most Australian game, emu is very lean and high in protein. Take care when cooking not to dry it out - cook rare to medium rare and a good marinade would probably help. If you want to keep it Australian, Herbies Spices ( http://www.herbies.com.au/ ) has a wide variety of native Australian spices that should marry well with emu. Bush tomato, wattleseed, lemon myrtle or pepperberries are all wonderful. They will ship internationally. Emu also benefits from Asian flavours

Indigenous Australians traditionally cook emu in a fire pit. They just throw the whole emu into the hot ash, cover it up with sand (or whatever works for you) and unbury it when it's done. If you're interested in a traditional Indigenous method I do have Aboriginal friends with experience I can get information from. Let me know if you are.

Treat the emu like any other bird. Thighs would probably be a prized part, but potentially tough as they do run (and can run FAST!) alot. They would likely benefit from low and slow cooking. Breast and fillet would likely be more tender. You could always mince some of the meat and fashion into burgers. Very delicious when mixed up with kangaroo (I'm a huge fan of roo).

I think the most important things are to not dry it out, either cook it in a traditional manner or stick to curries, burgers, braises or slowcooking methods. If you do want to cook it whole I can easily speak to my Aboriginal friends who traditionally hunt and cook whole emu's - just sing out and I'll get the info for you

Love the project! ('Cause I love the promotion of Australian stuff) May I suggest you get hold of a roo at the same time - it would be amazing. Good luck!

Feb 02, 2013
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What do Chowhounds do for a Living? (Part 2)

LOL I have been warned that the course contains "explicit material". I said I would be disappointed if there wasn't. Problem is now people won't just be asking for bed baths, but positively begging for them...

Jan 28, 2013
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Muscat raisins

I know it's no use, but I can buy them "one the vine" at a local deli of mine, but I'm in Australia. But if you really are desperate I'd be more than happy to help you out...and I just noticed the date of the OP LOL Ah well, it's the thought that counts, right?

Jan 28, 2013
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Anyone here scared of Hollandaise?

Definitely no problems here. I'll happily eat raw egg yolk, so no issues for me. And ever since I got my Thermomix some years ago now it's so damn easy that I have to find reasons not to make it :)

Jan 28, 2013
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What do Chowhounds do for a Living? (Part 2)

I suppose it's time for me to update. I am still working as a Registered Nurse, but am just about to begin my Postgrad Diploma in Sexology in a months time. I can't wait to start, should be a really interesting year and will give me lots of options for new roles in 2014 :)

Jan 27, 2013
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What did you have for Christmas dinner?

We went to our chef friends home for an Italian feast. We had lamb leg, sausages, pork ribs, prawns, multiple salads. For dessert there was all manner of italian baked goodies and desserts - biscuits, cakes, cheesecakes. After the crowds had left and the sun had gone down the woodfired pizza oven was fired up and we had pizzas. Lamb, duck, vegetarian with the most amazing parmesan fried eggplant. Then for dessert pizza it was fruit mince topping finished with ice cream. All in all, delicious!

Dec 25, 2012
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"Cook's Treat:" What's Yours?

I let my dogs lick the beaters, too. I like the looks on their faces as they try to get their tongues into the tricky spaces :D

Dec 09, 2012
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"Cook's Treat:" What's Yours?

Aw, that's so nice. My mother used to scrape the bowl until there was absolutely nothing left and would never let us lick the bowl (she had a fat phobia). So now I get the bowl and so my boy doesn't miss out he gets the spatula, which I do leave a healthy amount of mix on :)

Dec 09, 2012
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Washing Fruits and Vegetables

Me too. I don't know if our fruit and vegetables are grown differently or if there's cultural differences over here, but I've never known anyone to become sick from cutting unwashed fruit or not using a vegetable soap. The CSIRO recommends a quick rinsing of fruit and vegetables as being sufficient. But they also go on to say that our strains of E. coli and Salmonella aren't as severe as strains found overseas.

Dec 09, 2012
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"Cook's Treat:" What's Yours?

Licking the bowl after making a cake. The young lad gets the spoon, but I get the BIG BOWL.

Dec 09, 2012
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What makes Chinese food so popular as take-out?

I love Chinese take-away and in Australia is a very popular take-away cuisine. We do have more Japanese places opening, a fair few Indian joints, but very little Mexican. We have a great noodle house very close to where we live that does great Chinese, very well priced and the staff are so kind (I once nursed the manager of the restaurant and now they always stop to say 'Hi' when I'm in). I suppose in terms of convenience, delicousness and cost it ticks all the boxes.

Dec 09, 2012
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Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

Ah, I see LOL I did have to Google him, I'm not sure he's known as a personality in Oz. But now that you explain it he does sound suspisciously similar to my ex.

Dec 09, 2012
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Should ugly people stay away from upscale restaurants?

I'm with you on this, Sunshine. I imagine this would have been a very painful question to ask. I felt hurt reading this on behalf of the OP, remembering my ugly-duckling days and the teasing I received for being an awkward, long-legged giraffe and I spent many hours hiding from a world I felt too ugly to enter. Now I wish I'd been braver and lived a fuller life in my teens as now I understand the insults I received reflected more upon the people who paid them, rather than myself as the person who received them.

I have always felt beauty is so much more than what the eye perceives. I suppose beauty is a bit like a plate of food delivered to our table. Our plate could be visually delightful, but one whiff of rotten meat, one taste of rancid fat or poking beneath the surface and finding an unexpected maggot instantly ruins the beauty of what we thought we had delivered to our table. And in reverse there are so many wonderful dishes out there that may look a little plain, but the captivating smell invites you into a heavenly feast that may not have been immediately envisaged at first.

Hope that makes sense...

Dec 09, 2012
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Should ugly people stay away from upscale restaurants?

Ha! Great song! And I even say that as a tall person :)

Thanks for the nice compliment, too. Master Huntress (hey, I love the gender-bending) is a cool kid, I'm pretty proud of him.

Dec 09, 2012
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Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

I've examined too many placentas to consider this. But people seem to have a bizarre attachment to their placenta - most seem to use them to bury in the garden and plant a tree over.

Dec 09, 2012
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Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

No dice. Even with my current disabling crush on Jeremy Renner I wouldn't even let him catch me if he was chasing me around the house, wearing little more than strategically placed tinsel, brandishing a banana peel.

But I get chased around clubs by drunks quite regularly. Had a great time in a Jazz bar last weekend. Or alternatively I'll be the drunk doing the chasing, sans banana peel, of course.

Dec 09, 2012
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To Coke or Not?

Wow...I suppose with the addition of lemon it wouldn't be so bad...

Guess what I'm experimenting with this evening :) LOL

Dec 06, 2012
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Should ugly people stay away from upscale restaurants?

Nice one, Mrs. Bridges. I imagine that you wrote this post with a heavy heart, but I hope you can feel lighter now. I must say I think this is one of the only Chowhound boards I have seen with a unanimous agreement. So I must say to be able to unite Chowhounds like this is quite an achievement! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that the new year brings you some sensational dining experiences :)

Dec 04, 2012
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