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Gift basket from America?

Southern pancakes!! Midwestern style are totally different.

about 1 hour ago
Chowrin in U.K./Ireland

How do you buy corn?

I don't peel the corn, that's an insult to the vendor.
I can generally feel if the ear is full without needing to pull it anyway.

If you aren't buying "that day" corn from a good market, you're not getting real corn.

about 1 hour ago
Chowrin in Home Cooking

Hidden Gems Or Cheap Eats In Paris?

Totally disagree. Some gems are really hidden... in some cases, even behind a curtain (see Burger Joint in NYC).

1 day ago
Chowrin in France

Foods that make you sick?

Yes, this is a medical issue. Just say to your hosts that he's restricted because of the gallbladder issue. Doctor's orders, so they can't complain. [If you absolutely can't tell people ahead of time to have something ungreasy, bring something in your purse/car]

Aug 26, 2015
Chowrin in Not About Food

Gift basket from America?

Are crepes common in England? if not, some midwestern style pancake mix would be decent.

Cornbread mix (made yourself, just a dash of sugar).

Anything cranberry or blackberry is a decent idea.

Aug 26, 2015
Chowrin in U.K./Ireland

chicken bones and disposal

Yes, now go back and read what he wrote.
He's using a barrel (anarobic decomposition), which can take limited meat.

Aug 23, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

chicken bones and disposal

That's only for aerobic compost.

Aug 23, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

PSU Creamery Milk

I know, I just drove by -- for ice cream of course, and I feel like a total idiot that I didn't grab up some milk all the Other Times I've been.

Check out Happy Valley Wineries when you get a chance -- nothing like having agronomist vintners nearby. They do a fabulous Concord wine (awardwinning) and I love their Raspberry wine (I like sweet, case you can't tell).

Aug 21, 2015
Chowrin in Pennsylvania

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

I'm pretty sure the first is a yiddishism too...
and yeah, I did translate the second.

Aug 21, 2015
Chowrin in Not About Food

New Kosher Soft Pretzels in Philly!

Simple, they just pull it out of the oven early and hot.
Hard pretzels are designed to be shelf stable, soft pretzels are to be eaten catch as catch can.

Aug 20, 2015
Chowrin in Kosher

New Kosher Soft Pretzels in Philly!

Yes, that's my bad, forgetting the yeast.

Aug 20, 2015
Chowrin in Kosher

PSU Creamery Milk

Wow, this stuff is fantastic! Probably the best homogenized milk I've ever had (they're not doing the legal minimum amount of cream).

It's definitely worth buying if you're up in Penn State.

Aug 20, 2015
Chowrin in Pennsylvania

Excellent Chinese in Pittsburgh?

I'll vouch for rose tea cafe if you like cantonese. not my fav, but it's good for the genre.

Aug 19, 2015
Chowrin in Pennsylvania

New Kosher Soft Pretzels in Philly!

A real soft pretzel is made with soda and flour and water and a bit of salt. Cooked in a hot oven.

It's not made with piles of grease, or egg, or any other vile concoction.

Aug 19, 2015
Chowrin in Kosher

What kind of knifehound are you?

Around Six Hundred for Three long knives, a bread knife (long and wicked serrated) and two paring/utility knives.

Plus a sharpener and a cherrywood block.

Fabulous pricing, woot.com tends to have good knife deals if you're willing to stalk it until you find one you like.

Aug 19, 2015
Chowrin in Cookware

New Kosher Soft Pretzels in Philly!

Then you've never had a real soft pretzel, which only come from a hard pretzel bakery.

Aug 19, 2015
Chowrin in Kosher

What kind of knifehound are you?

I have a set of ken onion SG2s, from when it was still bubbalicious out here. Got it at a steal on woot.

Aug 19, 2015
Chowrin in Cookware

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

I used mine kidneys!
Don't chop my teakettles!

Aug 19, 2015
Chowrin in Not About Food

Looking for "old school" Pittsburgh

And for red sauce italian, you want alla famiglia.
If you want style, the portugese place on the south side has excellent service.

Aug 18, 2015
Chowrin in Pennsylvania

Looking for "old school" Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Pizza pretty much sucks. There's a good place -- Ianni's Pizza outside the city. Worth the drive.

Tessaro's -- burgers, oldschool, ground fresh on premises by own butcher.
Jozca Corner -- hungarian
Szmidt's Deli -- only place i know of that makes their own.
Udipi -- we get pilgrims here! (this is cafeteria style southern indian, right by the temple)
Istanbul Sofra -- because, pittsburgh is a place of immigrants. when I can find homestyle, I'm happy.

Find a place that does pierogies well.

If you MUST have pittsburgh style pizza, go to mineos. Squirrel Hill is definitely worth the visit...

Sumi's in squirrel hill is a good bakery -- there's a nice french bakery in Millvale too.

Aug 18, 2015
Chowrin in Pennsylvania
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What kind of knifehound are you?

Two varieties of fanatic: one who makes metal (metallurgist) and one who designs the physics of the knife (like Ken Onion). I have SG2 at home, because the stuff is a metallurgist's dream (seriously, look up how they make it, it's powderized steel).

Aug 18, 2015
Chowrin in Cookware

What's actually going on with "homemade" ice cream places

Lancaster County has the 2nd best milk in the country. I'm not sure how well it keeps (i.e. does it change from a day's shipping), but you're right, that's fabulous stuff. Much rather it to utah milk, anyday.

Fresh Mint is actually a wildly different flavor than mint extract (no big surprise there, you've got tons of flavor that's water soluble). Done right, it's better than mint extract.

Aug 13, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

48 hours in Vegas

Lotus is fabulous during mango season. pretty sure this IS mango season, so get over there now!

Aug 12, 2015
Chowrin in Las Vegas

homemade ice cream with no sweetener, will it taste okay?

Pish. it's a quarter of a cup. And it's philadelphia style ice cream, which loves fresh fruit.

Don't worry about leaving the sugar out.

Worst comes to absolute worst, you make a simple syrup and drizzle it over the ice cream when you eat it.

But it wont' come to that.

Aug 10, 2015
Chowrin in Home Cooking
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Milk fractures and mortality

um... sure.
Check out what Nasa has to say.

Aug 03, 2015
Chowrin in Food Media & News

Made fresh daily

Give the restaurant a little credit.
Coffee needs at least 12 hours, up to 72 hours to rest before it's edible after roasting.
They still roast it every day, they just sell it when it's done resting (and finishes its chemical reactions).

[When I was in Portland last, I did talk Stumptown out of some coffee roasted that day. I had to explain why I wanted it, and promise that I wouldn't be drinking it for a few days...]

Jul 26, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

Two months in Pittsburgh! (cool-ass shirts, cocktails, coffee, doughnuts, and breweries)

Schmidt's
Klavon's (are they serving Philadelphia style? inquiring minds want to know)
Tessaro's
Jozsa Corner

There's a nice pizza place out east on 22 (used to be called Babe's Place, now Ianni's pizza). worth the drive. Out of the fire too.

Bigger cities don't exist near pittsburgh (we're pretty remote), but new castle's famous for their hotdogs with sauce.

There's a few nice burgerish joints north of the city... (look for serving local food...) Lemme know if you need details.

Jul 26, 2015
Chowrin in Pennsylvania
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Perceptions in taste, not preferences

Try coffee. there the main flavor components are easy enough to taste. sour, earthy (musty, fertile forest soil)... etc.

Jul 22, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

I HATE tipping. But if you're like that, go to restaurants that say "no tips please".

Jul 22, 2015
Chowrin in Not About Food

Perceptions in taste, not preferences

Find one with peanut butter overtones. (wine tastes are dependent on which tastes you have imprinted in your brain. basically so little taste that you're hallucinating what you're tasting... your brain is making up words)

Jul 22, 2015
Chowrin in General Topics