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Do hops smell like hops before they're in beer?

Fresh hops smell like weed.

about 5 hours ago
linguafood in Beer

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Depends, I guess. I think this batch is good till early October (?).

about 6 hours ago
linguafood in Chains

German-style Döner Kebab Experiment--tips?

I don't know - most döner tastes pretty much the same in most of Berlin. There are a few notable exceptions, but .... c'mon. It's drunk food.

As for the Weisse: unless you've been to Berlin fairly recently - a few craft breweries are trying to recreate something more closely resembling the original (uh-oh "authentic '-)) - it's likely that some just more or less syrup. The go-to shit beer for that abomination is Kindl, after all.

about 11 hours ago
linguafood in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

MEGA YAY to the blue cheese roasted pecan dip. I mean, *seriously*. That shit's like crack in a tub. Try it with celery stalks or whatever floots yer fancy.

Also a big fat YAY to the tahini sauce (both in the refrigerated section) -- I bought it thinking it was 'just' tahini, but it turns out it's mixed with lemon juice and a few other things. It's quite tasty as is, and I used it today to make a feta sauce for lamb burgers.

about 11 hours ago
linguafood in Chains
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German-style Döner Kebab Experiment--tips?

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

Everything has to be in order in the fatherland '-

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You'd also want a garlicky yogurt or tahini sauce.

Viel Glück!!

about 12 hours ago
linguafood in General Topics
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

Feh. Weather's ominous, so the grill will stay cold = no steak. So I'm currently thawing a pound of local ground lamb, which will be made into lamb burgers.

I was hoping to make tahini fauxtatoes with a massive head of cauli that was also lingering in the freezer, but it looked crappy, so I tossed it.

Which means the tahini will join feta, garlic, dill, Greek yoghurt and a spoon of crème fraîche and become a (hopefully) tasty dip.

Side is romaine, cukes and finely diced red onion in creamy dill dressing.

about 13 hours ago
linguafood in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

Yeah, I thought everybody was kinda aware of that.....

about 13 hours ago
linguafood in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

Mmmmmfriend rice. Much tastier and healthier for you than enemy rice '-D

Chow stoops ever lower for clicks

Ha, yeah. Remember all the hand-wringing and wailing?

Whatta waste of energy.

about 17 hours ago
linguafood in Site Talk

Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists

Just thought I'd throw that out there '-D

Surprise ending: Do not engage. They're all miserable human beings. Even the ones on food sites.

about 18 hours ago
linguafood in Food Media & News
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

Poker was a bit of a wash. I think I ended up breaking even, which is fine... but of course, I'd rather have won!

We ordered Thai food, which arrived *way* later than we hoped (think 11 PM), but was tasty enough for 6 starvated players.

Our friends are heading to the dim sum carts again today, but I think we'll pass and have BLTs for lunch instead.

As for WFD --- I'm in a bit of a meaty mood, so will peruse the NYT cooking website for inspiration. They have a special section of meaty fall mains. Steak would be just fine, too, especially after seeing bz's awesome picture.

Beef Stew - what are your secrets or tips for making a really good meal?

1-2 mushrooms for a whole stew? And..... pudding?

Hmmm.

about 19 hours ago
linguafood in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

That looks faboski, boyzoma!

about 19 hours ago
linguafood in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

Now courtesy of Russia. Na' sdrovie.

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

Ale, not beer? I like the bite that the dryer ginger beers have over the mellowness of ginger ale.

1 day ago
linguafood in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

Sending good vibes for pap's health and your blind Indian date '-D

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

Happy early anniversary, suzi & James!! A good man is a good find :-)

Sep 19, 2014
linguafood in Home Cooking

do you eat American style or European style?

I'm left-handed, so I eat exactly like this person. I've not encountered people who thought this to be uncultured or unsophisticated.

What's weird is that I use my right hand for prep (chef's knife), but when I eat, the knife has to be in the left hand. Which is why - when I set the table - my place will have the fork on the right & the knife on the left.

Sep 19, 2014
linguafood in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

We're invited to a birthday party for a fine young man with Down syndrome who turned 23 this week. He is also a fairly regular member of our Sichuan jour fixe group, so there should be many familiar faces.

This is in the earlier part of the evening, as I got my regular late night show downtown --- which is completely overrun by alumni and sportsing fans due to a home game tomorrow, so we'll likely have a good crowd.

Food will happen at the birfday party, and your guess is as good as mine what it'll be.

It's da weekend. Pop a bottle of your choice and celebrate!

Berlin-St Martin's Day and 25th wall celebration- Update on Restaurants

Well, it's not "street food" per se -- the whole grilled fish is served on a paper sheet along with fixins: tartar sauce, lemon quarter, raw onion, horseradish, and there are benches and picnic tables for people to sit down. The dude is pretty popular, so get there on the earlier side (before 1 PM - difficult for me :-D).

The hot smoked salmon is also more of a 'take home/to the hotel' kinda thing.

The Thai food stand (the dumplings are insanely delish) has a couple of bar tables at which you can eat whatever you ordered; the wonton soup is also great.

Falafel / shwarma sandwiches and gyros pita are available at Habibi and Berkis, respectively. These are restaurants near the market.

Sep 19, 2014
linguafood in Europe
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Berlin-St Martin's Day and 25th wall celebration- Update on Restaurants

I like Wirtshaus zum Mitterhofer (Südstern area) for schnitzel and other Tyrolean schmankerl.

Next door is Herz und Niere, which has taken over the space where Hartmanns used to be. As you can tell from the name, they specialize in using all animal parts. I haven't been, but to me the menu sounds very appealing.

Other good places for schnitzel are Jolesch and Felix Austria.

As for Weinbar Rutz or Rutz restaurant, it depends on how much money you are willing to spend. The top floor is a Michelin-starred place, and the prices are pretty high.

The downstairs has a very casual atmosphere with modern twists on traditional Berlin food (their blood sausage is wonderful!) -- in fact, another CH friend of mine just went there recently and loved it. They have a 3 or 4 course surprise menu. The wine selection is, of course, fabulous.

I'm not sure about the Swabian restaurant - I know there's a place called Maultäschle (the Swabian ravioli) in Mitte but can't comment on the food, as I haven't been myself.

If you can, do check out the Saturday market at Winterfeldtplatz (Schöneberg) - there's a Swabian stand that also sells maultaschen, various quiches and great Swabian potato salad. And of course, there are tons of other delicious things to eat there: hot-smoked salmon, börek, fantastic Thai food, burgers, whole grilled fish, falafel, raclette..... and the list goes on.

I really love Les Valseuses (Prenzlauer Berg) for classic French bistro food at ridiculously low prices, and I Due Forni for Neapolitan pizza, but realize that's not what you're looking for :-)

But when you're in Berlin for 2 months, you sometimes need to branch out.

Sep 19, 2014
linguafood in Europe
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

Do you marinate them raw or cooked, or does the lemon juice do enough to turn it into a ceviche-like prep?

Sep 19, 2014
linguafood in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

Wow, you lucky, lucky thang!

Sep 18, 2014
linguafood in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition!

Sichuan jour fixe tonight. Perhaps a few fingers of Scotch later :-)

Cioppino - love the dish, the pronunciation is driving me nuts

It's a joke.

Sep 18, 2014
linguafood in Not About Food
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

I've heard of the PA version of chicken pot pie, and really like the idea that it doesn't involve a crust. Why it's not just called chicken & noodles, however, remains a bit of a mystery :-D

Sep 18, 2014
linguafood in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

Not familiar with the show, BUT I've been to the battlefield of Culloden. Scotland's beautiful. Should be interesting what happens....

Sep 18, 2014
linguafood in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

Wow. That sounds pretty damntastic, Linda.

Sep 17, 2014
linguafood in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

WFD tonight is leftovers: braised chicken thighs courtesy of the axe murderer's potluck last night :-D and stir-fried gai lan from Monday night's cocktail bar shenanigans.

I think I might also make a tomato salad with another lovely harvest from the farmers market.

Hump day, 'hounds. Week's almost over. Deep breaths and a few glasses o' wine.

What's for Dinner #326 - The Fall Pursuits Edition [September 18, 2014]

No, it's here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9888...

I also asked what you were referring to....

Sep 17, 2014
linguafood in Home Cooking