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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #8 – 12/10/14 (spoilers)

So what do you all think of the prospects of that show? I will certainly give it a shot. I would like to see Tom and Gordon Ramsey together in one of the episodes.

Dec 12, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #8 – 12/10/14 (spoilers)

Ironic that Katsuji said this, since he is in the middle as well, below Adam, IMHO.

Dec 11, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #8 – 12/10/14 (spoilers)

How is it that Katsuji is still there and Adam is gone? I like George, he and Gregory, and Doug would be my best guess as the three finalists. My girl Mei is dying out there. Wrote off Melissa pretty much.

Dec 11, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

Yet another bonus to LW's recap's. Living history and reference for the future.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

I think it was a pretty smart move, because the idea is to get the job done. No matter how you serve it, the chefs had to crank out food, great tasting food. What good is it if you went for the moon and fell short? You end up getting beat up at judges table. I think the presentation should be secondary to the taste.

Dec 09, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

Right there with you LW. I have a long memory and she, Katie Joel drove me nuts. Even now.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

Well, I don't think that is where his head is at right now. It may take him longer to get over it. And I think the strength of his team has a lot to do with it. I would be might disappointed if all he did from here on out is to just hover out of radar range.

Dec 04, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

I think Gregory was reacting to the close call he had with the Thanksgiving goose problem.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

I like Gregory and Doug the most. I also like Mei. I can't warm up to Melissa. But to all of your point. No one that stood out this season.

Dec 04, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

Keriann had plenty of misfires to list, I think the fatal one was to entrust Katsuji with her dish. Guy is a snake.

Need dim sum recs in Columbus Ohio

We have been going to Sunflower on Sawmill for years, just went today and not only was the food mediocre at best, the service was downright rude.
We asked for ice water and soy sauce to start and the guy looked at us like we were nuts. It took them nearly ten minutes to get around to us. The carts were pushed around with no apparent pattern so there were a couple of instances where all of them congregated in one corner of the restaurant. When I tried to get the car pushers attention, the expediter yelled at me, telling me he's in charge and I should order noodles and rice dishes to alleviate the problem.

Anyways, they are dead to me now. Anyone know of any great dim sum places in Columbus?

Nov 29, 2014
Phaedrus in Great Lakes

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

We are all getting so cynical.

Nov 27, 2014
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

Just throw red raw meat on the table and Gronk would be very happy.

13 Amazing Food & Life Hacks You Need to Know Right Now

This is so awesome. I am ticked that I didn't think of them first.

Nov 19, 2014
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #5 – 11/12/14 (spoilers)

I like Hugh. A lot. Spot on comment and hugely hilarious. Bye bye Aaron, don't let the big boot kick you too hard on the way out.

Next out: Katsuji, if you are believe the evil villain scale.

Why is Cheese Forbidden in Authentic Italian Fish Cookery?

I grew up in Taiwan, well until I turned none. I never had cheese until I emigrated to the US. At that point I went crazy on cheese, mainly on pizzas. Now, as I got older, I find that I am not lactose intolerant, and I find that many Chinese folks that I know are the same way. Just a data point.

Nov 11, 2014
Phaedrus in General Topics

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #4 – 11/05/14 (spoilers)

Here is an article in the New Yorker on the Gluten free explosion.

The research shows that what most non-celiac intolerance of gluten actually comes from reaction to FODMAPS, a carbohydrate that sneaks in to the system with glutens.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/201...

I hope the article is free.

Nov 11, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #4 – 11/05/14 (spoilers)

I saw the quick fire but had to go to bed. I'll watch the rest tonight. Surprised that Aaron did so well. I was kind of thinking that there was going to be bloodshed.

Nov 06, 2014
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Things chefs say: 18 secrets from the kitchen

Pretty cool sayings.

Nov 06, 2014
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Top Chef Boston - Ep. #3 - 10/29/14 (spoilers)

Great read, thanks for posting.

Nov 05, 2014
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Top Chef Boston - Ep. #3 - 10/29/14 (spoilers)

What if you were a slacker and forgot that Top Chef is back? Wait agonizingly until the start showing repeats? Why NO!!, you read the Linda Whit recaps! Much better than waiting and you don't miss a thing. Thanks Linda. I am back on track now.

How Katz’s Delicatessen Stays in Business Against the Odds

Interesting view of the business model for a deli.

One Lab’s Quixotic Quest for New Flavors | MIT Technology Review

Very cool article about food labs.

Oct 04, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Top Chef restaurants searchable map on Bravo website

http://www.bravotv.com/bravo-chef-fin...

Handy dandy map on Bravo to find Top Chef alum's restaurants. Not a great search function, kind of clunky but it will do.

Sep 07, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News

Katie Lee (Joel) - LG Commercial

I wonder what the producers saw in her, or were they just banking on a last name, that's also not hers.

Jul 15, 2014
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How cell phones slow down restaurant service

http://news.distractify.com/culture/c...

Very interesting, although perfectly obvious after reading about it.

Jul 13, 2014
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Ordering in a Chinese Restaurant (split from San Francisco board)

There is a Japanese place here in southwest Ohio that serves superb sushi and also does thew teppanyaki grill thing as well. The owner is Japanese and he takes great pride in his cuisine. His clientele is mainly made up of Japanese engineers who are working at the local Japanese auto plants etc. so he is very aware of what he serves and how he serves it. Having said that, he absolutely refuses to do sukiyaki and many of those kind of dishes. I thought it was because he couldn't make a profit on it, he said that was partly the reson, he said the main reason was because he couldn't do a perfect job of it and the Japanese clientele would walk if he did a mediocre job.

The reason I am telling this story is to emphasize the huge difference in the dishes within Japanese cuisine alone. So please don't assume anything unless you are very aware of the philosophy of that particular restaurant.

Jul 13, 2014
Phaedrus in General Topics

Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe for a Better Oven

Well, this article came from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, so it was written for that audience in mind. I thought it might be interesting for people who are on this board. Obviously not you.

Jul 04, 2014
Phaedrus in Cookware

From Botanical Gardens Intern to Anthony Bourdain’s Assistant

We're Fishing the Oceans Dry. It's Time to Reconsider Fish Farms.

http://www.motherjones.com/environmen...

Very interesting. Vegetarian fish.

Jul 02, 2014
Phaedrus in Food Media & News