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Truth or Fiction: Does alcohol burn off in food?

What hasn't been mentioned yet is that some recovering alcoholics take anabuse, which causes them to get violently sick if they consume any alcohol. Different people react in varying degrees to the combination (a very small percentage being unaffected) but most people do not want to find out where they fall on the spectrum. That is why people should be informed as to the presence of alcohol in the recipe. This can be very dangerous for someone who is sensitive to anabuse. Some people can't even use aftershave because the transdermal contact alone is enough to cause a violent reaction.

Sep 07, 2007
ThaiGer in General Topics

Regional "food quirks"

Southern born, So-Cal chick. Absolutely love all of the southern food previously mentioned. Totally miss it except for when my mom makes some every now and then. Peanuts in coke are awesome, as is honey and fried chicken (yum)! I have noticed in So-Cal (at least S.D.) that ranch is used by many people on many things, but IMHO it is not tasty. Most of my friends require it with pizza, even to the point of pouring a whole bottle on freshly delivered pizza before I got the chance to snag my own slice, much to my chagrin. Needless to say I did not get to eat.

I do like:
Chocolate cokes- Normal fountain drink, but it seems everytime I have or mention one of these I never fail to get the ewwww face.

Rice with soy sauce (lots): Not that weird, but when I went to Thailand to visit my mom's family they found this so amusing that they would constantly razz me and even nicknamed me Kikkogit (Kikkoman + my nickname). :-)

Fresh bread with bacon: I love to take a slice of bread and rip it, then ball it up aroud crumbles of bacon. Soft + crunchy + BACON = yum.

Definitely down with the french fries and frosty thing. Didn't know this was something many others did. You guys rock! BTW another tasty variation on the sweet and salty theme that I like a lot is to get a nice fruity blended beverage with lots of whipped cream, then use the whip as a dip for tortilla chips (rhyme not intentional, but what the hell).

Sep 06, 2007
ThaiGer in General Topics

Is there such a thing as good "Americanized" ethnic food?

I would have to say that good quality Americanized (insert ethnic cuisine here) is definitely tasty. It serves its purpose. Sometimes I want authentic chinese, sometimes I want the pupu platter from down the street. Sometimes chicken mole is good, while other times a California Burrito is the only thing that will do. I think they each have their place depending on your mood. As long as the food is tasty and well prepared, I'm there. If food didn't continue to evolve due to various regional and social influences then we would be eating the same thing without new dishes to look forward to. Granted this doesn't always turn out well, but sometimes great dishes are created in this manner.

Sep 06, 2007
ThaiGer in General Topics

Is it time to stop/reduce tipping? (moved from LA)

I've heard that an old food critic trick to indicate bad service is to leave 11 cents, since not leaving anything could be misinterpreted as the customer being cheap, not the service being poor. I've never done this, though, as I always tend to tip pretty generously regardless (not as much as my husband, though). I guess having worked in customer service before makes it very hard for me to withhold the standard tip, even if service is bad, even though this has happened rarely.

Sep 05, 2007
ThaiGer in Not About Food

Starlite Lounge, San Diego

It's owend by the Tim Mays, who also owns the Casbah. It does have a supper club vibe, although I would personally just come for the drinks. The food was little pricey and not outstanding, but the drinks were good. The Starlite Mule is tasty, and at least they are strong. Service can be spotty, but IMHO "hang out and drink and snack if you like" type place as opposed to a dinner destination. Nice atmosphere, though, and tasty, strong drinks.

Aug 24, 2007
ThaiGer in California

Wat Thai Food Court Closed (Indefinitely)

My family and I booked it up here yesterday to get some awesome Thai street food and were super disappointed when we arrived to no food court. It turns out that people were complaining about the parking situation, so until they get that squared away, one of my favorite chow experiences is off the list. Turns out that we just happened to come up on the first weekend that it had been shut down. Boo!!!

Aug 20, 2007
ThaiGer in Los Angeles Area

Lobster Sashimi at Tajima in San Diego

I'll definitely have to hit those places up 4 it. Good 2 know where 2 get some awesome live uni. Actually been wondering about that too. :)

Aug 11, 2007
ThaiGer in San Diego

Pacific Beach

I have to 2nd the Lotsa Pasta recommendation, if only for the Timpano (haven't tried anything else). Also, there's the Turqouise Cafe/Bar Europa which I haven't tried yet but am definitely going to visit.

Aug 09, 2007
ThaiGer in San Diego

Mexican Coke (made w/ cane sugar, not HFCS) - Where to buy?

For those who live in SD near Mesa College--the Big Carnival Store off Ashford sells it, too.

Aug 09, 2007
ThaiGer in California

Lobster Sashimi at Tajima in San Diego

Awesome, thanx 4 the info!

Aug 09, 2007
ThaiGer in San Diego

Lobster Sashimi at Tajima in San Diego

I've had lobster sashimi at the Tajima on Convoy and it was amazing. Unfortunately, it is a special that I've only seen them offer twice. I even went to the Mercury St. location today for ramen and asked the waitress if they plan on offering again anytime soon and she had no idea what I was talking about. I think she was a little amazed about the raw factor. I was too when I first tried it (is this going to kill me?) but it is well worth it. The lobster is still moving when it gets to your table. Anyway, I was wondering if there are any other good places to get this yummy dish, and would recommend the non-squeamish to definitely give it a try. BTW, look for the ama-ebi at Tajima also when they have it. The shrimp will fight you for their tails back as you grab them off the plate, and fried shrimp heads after. Yum!

Aug 09, 2007
ThaiGer in San Diego