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Finally, a realistic review of a restaurant by a real person.

Clickhole is by The Onion; it's a parody of sites like Buzzfeed, Upworthy and others that just churn out content in hopes it will be shared. And in this case, Yelp.

1 day ago
lsmutko in Food Media & News

How big of a Foodie are you? Take the quiz to find out!

I thought it was mass of croutons, photographed from the ceiling or a drone.

Jul 21, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News
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Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Since no one else from the Buffalo/WNY area has chimed in yet:

Wings. Not "Buffalo," just wings. Not battered, with no other sauce than differing ratios of Frank's Red Hot and butter, and split into drummies and flats. MAYBE a shake of garlic powder. But not BBQ, not teriyaki or honey mustard or whatever else might be truly great. Just plain old wings.

Beef on Weck. There are other beef sandwiches native to other regions, and I love a dripping po' boy or a Chicago Beef, but I'll put up a well-made beef on weck, with thinly sliced and moist rare to medium rare beef, a little bit of juice on a fresh kummelweck roll with fresh horseradish to garnish up against any of them.

Ted's Hot Dogs. It's not just the Sahlen's dog, but it's how they freely and blatantly abuse it over an open flame.

Less known, but worthy of a mention -- Friday night fish fry. Not just for Lent, all year 'round.

These are the things I crave when I visit home.

Jul 16, 2014
lsmutko in General Topics

Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Maybe some but not all. I know their Ontario winery does a lot of ice wine.

Jul 16, 2014
lsmutko in General Topics

Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

I just made Lion's Head meatballs over bok choy the other night, and swap the ginger for some home-canned tomatoes and I essentially made my grandmother's golabki. I didn't totally wrap the meat, but did cup in the leaves it to keep it formed as it steamed away. Pork and cabbage.

Jul 16, 2014
lsmutko in General Topics

Potential Move to PHI Area

Rochester NY is far away from the NJ/NY corridor and is pretty far west and north -- it sits on the shore of Lake Ontario.

Edited to add that if you're driving to Rochester and WNY, try to get AWD on the company car. And avoid Rt 17 to get there from Nov.to April (maybe May).

Jul 11, 2014
lsmutko in Philadelphia

New or interesting near Ardmore?

How is St. James? I remember it being drubbed when it opened. Has it gotten better?

Jun 24, 2014
lsmutko in Philadelphia

New or interesting near Ardmore?

Some friends are playing the Ardmore Music Hall this Friday -- anywhere good for dinner nearby? I haven't been around that part of the main line for a while (used to live in Havertown 15+ years ago) and am hoping for some recommendations. I think the last time someone had a gig in the area we ate a French place on Lancaster Ave. It was quite good, but wondering what else there is. No food restrictions, and we're pretty open to anything.

Jun 23, 2014
lsmutko in Philadelphia

Anyone else disgusted with dogs in restaurants?

Part of it's liability, part of it is shepherds really bond to their individual trainers, more than the retrievers that are quickly becoming the norm. It's tough, not impossible, to get a shepherd to transfer its loyalty from its puppy raiser to the formal trainer and then to the person its assigned to. At least that's what I've been told by people who are involved in the guide dog world.

May 22, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food

New Hope Pubs/Bars for Wedding After Party

Absolutely! It's a fantastic bar.

May 20, 2014
lsmutko in Philadelphia

AB in Mexico

I'll have to see if I can find my legwarmers and Betamax workout tape ...

May 20, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News

AB in Mexico

My guess is the reference is to Jane Fonda (surprised it wasn't "Hanoi Jane") who I think has been divorced from Ted Turner (who really doesn't program CNN) since 2000, maybe?

May 19, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News

Searching for good or decent Chinese food in Bucks/Hunterdon County

I feel your pain. Live just outside New Hope and haven't found anything good -- tried Hong Kong Sunny when we first moved 7 years ago and that was the last time. Just bad. It's really puzzling. There's obviously a market for it.

May 19, 2014
lsmutko in Philadelphia

What do you call recipes that aren't recipes?

When friends ask for something and I don't really have a recipe, I refer to them as "loose guidelines and strong suggestions."

May 09, 2014
lsmutko in Home Cooking

Rudest grocery checker remark

It was a small privately owned pharmacy/little bit of everything store in a small town. I knew the owner/pharmacist, and I'm pretty sure that if she'd been asked about the difference (I kinda doubt that they were that exact about their inventory in the late 80s) she would have ID'd me and it would've been fine. The owner once lent us a wheelchair for no rental fee when a family member had an injury that limited mobility. He was a good egg.

And alwayshungry -- yeah, I was kidding when I said it. I found it pretty hilarious that that load of purchases could, in any way, be followed by a good day. But the candy helped.

May 09, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food

House Hunters & Kitchens

True. If you're talking strictly price. But desirability, time on market and other factors apply. Districts that are better rated tend to have other desirable amenities.

It all depends on what one person is looking for in a house. But generally, a house in a good school district is more desirable and will move faster on market than one that isn't, even if the house in the worse district is cheaper for the same basic construction. If it works for you, great! We've had to relocate several times for work, and value the easier selling in a good district.

May 09, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News

House Hunters & Kitchens

I don't have kids, either, but I always look at schools when buying because it will affect your house's value on resale.

May 07, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News
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Rudest grocery checker remark

This wasn't so much rude as not paying any damn attention. I had tampons, pads, a script for a UTI and a big tub of Advil.

Clerk rung it all up, packed it all up, and then looked at me and said the ubiquitous "Have a nice day!" I took a beat, looked her in the eye and asked "How the hell is that going to happen?" She came out of her retail-worker coma and laughed and put a free kit-kat in the bag, too.

May 01, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food
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Tortilla soup recipe, anyone?

If you crisp up the flour tortillas first and then slice thin, it works. Different flavor, definitely, but they kind of melt into noodles and add a mellow smoothness from the flour.

Apr 22, 2014
lsmutko in Home Cooking

Angry meatball in the Tums commercial: what's he saying?!

I'd like to add "disturbed" along with confused.

Apr 22, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News

Angry meatball in the Tums commercial: what's he saying?!

I'm more confused by why the meatball's sitting in a toddler's highchair at the end ...

Apr 21, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News
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Fresh Ham - NYT

Had it every Easter, the Polish side had the cured ham, the Ukrainian side had the fresh ham, always with beet hrin.

Apr 17, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News

Foodie Gift for hosts in Caribbean

Depending on where in the Caribbean and what the laws are regarding what you can bring in — and of course, what your hosts would enjoy — we've traveled to island destinations with a small cooler packed with good beef -- steaks, ground beef. It can be pretty expensive and not always great in many island destinations.

Mar 21, 2014
lsmutko in General Topics

How to handle uninvited children at a cocktail party

Congratulations! On both the party and the leaving ...

Feb 24, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food

MEATLOAF - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for February 2014

My meatloaf, no peppers, no ketchup or tomato sauce, goes something like this:
1lb. ground beef
1lb. ground pork
1 large diced shallot
2 cloves minced garlic
2 slices diced pancetta
1 slice white bread soaked in milk and squeezed out then shredded
chopped parsley
1 egg

Mix it together, a little salt and pepper
Form into loaf on baking sheet
Top loaf with 2-3 thin slices of pancetta

Bake at 350 for about an hour -- I do use a probe to 150.

I usually reduce some beef stock with a garlic clove and thyme, then add to a roux for an easy gravy -- sliced mushrooms optional.

While the loaf rests, I'll degrease the drippings and add to the gravy. Peel off the pancetta, dice it and add to gravy.

Serve with mashed potatoes and a salad or greens.

While the leftovers are good cold, I also like to brown leftovers in slices in the cast iron skillet.

Feb 14, 2014
lsmutko in Home Cooking

School me on Polish grocery stores

If they have real Polish ham, try it — I can't get it now, only sweeter cured ham. It's meaty and somewhat salty, but with farmer's cheese pierogi? Delish.

Feb 11, 2014
lsmutko in General Topics

Mice in apartment

Yeah -- I live in 1700s farmhouse and there's no way to completely seal this thing, though foam over steel wool works OK enough.

The ones who do get in the early winter then die. Traps, poison, I'm pretty indiscriminate as to how they're dispatched, except for glue traps. Hate those things.

Feb 06, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food

Mice in apartment

Porker -- my dad will reuse the traps. I ... can't. It all goes out -- the mouse and trap. I'll spend the extra dollar not to deal with it.

Feb 06, 2014
lsmutko in Not About Food
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Hugh Acheson - Top Chef

I liked him on TC Masters and then more when he started regularly judging. He's got a dryness I really find funny. But it's really his writing that made me fall totally for his Canadian/Southern Unibrow fabulousness. The dude can write. I rarely follow Twitter or anyone on it, but his Twitter feed can also be really entertaining.

Feb 06, 2014
lsmutko in Food Media & News
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Why make something so simple so complicated?

The GI story is only one of the origin stories. There are others that point to it being a country dish and/or something that charcoal-makers would eat when camped out making charcoal, and was the simpler preparation of pasta, eggs, hard cheese and pancetta or guanciale.

Feb 06, 2014
lsmutko in General Topics