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Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

Our Thanksgiving is in three weeks. So think on :)

16 minutes ago
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

What is the real cream used in coffee?

Must be another regional thing, as I have light cream in my area too. Here, it is 5% MF. We also have as widely available options 10% (blend or half-and-half, depending on the dairy), 18% (coffee) and 40% (whipping).

1 day ago
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Wage equality may not work, but wage equity does. I'm not arguing that equity = equality, but many people, me included, believe the current lowest wages are just too low.

Sep 17, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food
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Moving a fridge full of food... HELP?!

Sometimes the shelves can get knocked out of place if the fridge is tilted backwards. Been there...

Sep 15, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

However, the real value of the minimum wage today is far less than it was a generation ago. It has not come even close to keeping put with inflation, and so people are actually doing less well on minimum wage than they used to.

As some employers have learned, paying more actually decreases turnover and training costs, while increasing productivity, all of which is good for both the financial wants of the employee and employer.

While there is obviously a minimum wage that would swing too far the other way, current minimum wages do not seem to be working for many.

Do Canadians Eat More Healthily Than US Americans?

Absolutely. We've actually experienced a waiter asking us if we were Canadian when we commented on the portion sizes.

Sep 07, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Sending food back, what about the rest of the diners?

Not sure what combination of letter autocorrected to that! I fixed it :)

Sep 07, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

Sending food back, what about the rest of the diners?

As a pickle-hater (no allergy, just hate them) I find that the no pickle request gets messed up A LOT.

Sep 07, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food
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Sending food back, what about the rest of the diners?

No. I hate pickles and the taste of the juice gets on the food and I therefore don't like the meal. If I have been clear that I don't want pickles, I am not accepting any food the pickle has touched. Now, if the pickle was only touching the bun, for example, I am fine with just pulling off the "contaminated" bun and swapping it. Or if it's on the fries, just bringing me new fries. But I am NOT eating anything that tastes like pickle :)

Sep 07, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

crisper drawers in fridge??

I am an organisation freak. My crispers each contain a specific set of items.

Sep 07, 2014
CanadaGirl in Cookware
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CHOW Reviews: SodaStream Source Soda Maker

More refined, but not necessarily better. I have the original type, my sister has a newer, fancier version. Hers looks nicer, but the end result is the exact same.

Sep 07, 2014
CanadaGirl in Cookware

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Only some are unionized, actually. The ones in my area are not. But I found this really interesting article about Costco vs Walmart & Sam's Club.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar...

Sep 07, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

For a non-restaurant example, look at Costco. They pay very high wages for retail jobs, and have both excellent worker productivity and high profits. Sometimes paying more gets you more, even with wages!

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Thanks for the link. I posted the same idea above, but did not seek any supporting evidence.

Sep 06, 2014
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Obviously not. The point is that there are people working at a wage that does not allow them to support themselves and their families, and are therefore not even purchasing what many consider necessities. If people who works are able to support themselves on that wage, economies do better. There will obviously always be those who earn more, and not everyone will be rich. But, historically, economies have been strongest when lthe lowest wages are still high enough to support oneself.

Does it HAVE to be "pretty"?!?

Nope. As long as it looks acceptably fresh.

Sep 05, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Except that the workers would have more money spend. The increased wages don't stay in the employees' pockets, but get spent in the economy. If we are talking about low-income earners, they are likely to spend all (or close to all) of any wage increase, generating more business for everyone.

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

I can't give exact amounts, but I can share my experience. Where I live (Nova Scotia) minimum wage is $10.40. I was recently in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusets and we ate a few fast food meals. The prices seemed to be pretty much the same there as home. So, I'd say 40% increase is ridiculous.

(FYI, we do not have a tipped vs non-tipped minimum wage. Tipped employees still receive $10.40)

your thoughts on this dry rub for shell steaks?

I don't think i'd be liberal with the garlic, as it could overwhelm. Also, steaks cook better when they aren't fridge temp.

Aug 20, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

Want to get a taste of Canada for a family vacation

And, for that Beavertail in Ottoawa, make sure to get the Killaloe Sunrise (cinnamon, sugar, lemon)

Do fast food restaurants in your area sell bagged ice?

McDonalds in my area will give it away if you bring your own bag/container.

Aug 01, 2014
CanadaGirl in Chains

Do you eat the...gulp...fat?

Canadians DON'T call it "Canadian Bacon". Not sure why Americans call it that.

Jul 31, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Do you eat the...gulp...fat?

Sort of like butter in usage? That actually sounds interesting, and I am in the "cut all the fat off my meat" camp.

Jul 31, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

At the end of my rope -- please help

The grocery stores in my area offer cooking lessons. Perhaps yours do too.

Jul 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

‘Food is Meant to Nourish, Not Entertain’

He looks awful. I would not be taking advice on how to care for my body from someone who appears to be unfamiliar with basic dental hygiene.

Jul 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Food Media & News

iPad - Blurry posts

It's not consistent. I went to that page again and it loaded correctly.

Jul 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Site Talk

iPad - Blurry posts

Here's one : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980870

It isn't totally unreadable, but it's a strain.

Jul 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Site Talk

Is this tacky?

I would enjoy it more (probably) if everything was fresh, as I generally don't like many ready-made foods. But, I don't think it is tacky, and I would prefer a relaxed host over perfect food.

Jul 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

I have a large (Canadian ;)) fridge. It is full of healthy foods, for the most part. The less healthy things tend to reside in my pantry...

I do shop fairly often for produce, but even a couple of days worth takes up a lot of space. I have two sons, both of whom drink serious amounts of milk. A couple of 4 litre jugs of milk, which is only a few days' worth, takes up a lot of space. Even things like yogurt take a lot of space, as we go through a couple of large containers every few days.

The freezer has a significant amount of frozen fruit, and I like to cook batches of things like spaghetti sauce and stew to have in hand for quick meals.

The large fridge is not making any of us fat in this house!

Jul 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Food Media & News

iPad - Blurry posts

I've seen that too, but this is different. Even if I leave it for a couple of minutes, the posts are still blurry. It's weird that only that section of the page doesn't finish loading.

Jul 29, 2014
CanadaGirl in Site Talk