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My First Tin of Old Bay: What should I make??

Ha, I did the same thing, used the same recipe. Everybody raved.

Feb 26, 2014
MonMauler in Home Cooking

How do you brew your morning cup of coffee?

I have a Keurig machine and have a local coffee shop grind the beans appropriately. I usually buy some fancy-pants beans that cost way too much...I like my coffee dark and strong...but, after you dump a couple shots of whiskey in there, it doesn't really matter if you're drinking Folgers instant or Kona airmailed from Hawaii.

Feb 14, 2014
MonMauler in General Topics
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We were kicked out of a restaurant because.....

I apologize for not responding sooner to you, lala, roostermom and dirtywextraolives, but that is my point: anybody that can more or less blend in with other people should be welcomed in any restaurant. If that is not the case, however, then they or those responsible for them should have the common decency not to impose their dysfunction on the general public.

Feb 13, 2014
MonMauler in Not About Food

We were kicked out of a restaurant because.....

Kids that require bottles, food, juices and a veritable "picnic" do not belong in restaurants.

Feb 11, 2014
MonMauler in Not About Food
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What Makes Customers Think its Okay to Stay Past Store Hours?

It happens. Deal or get a new job.

Feb 11, 2014
MonMauler in Not About Food

Are dinner parties passé?

I'm in my 30's, and I try to have a "dinner party" every week, usually on Sunday. It is tough. Most of my friends aren't nearly as into it as I am, and the group of attendees varies greatly depending on a variety of variables. But it's always fun, and I enjoy doing it. Still, these events are much less "dinner parties" than they are bbq's or otherwise just a chance for everyone to get drunk.

To answer your original question, though, yes, I do think dinner parties are passe. My friends and I don't do "dinners," we party. Sometimes that makes me sad.

Feb 11, 2014
MonMauler in General Topics

Pancakes vs. French Toast: Who Reigns Supreme?

My one girlfriend makes perfect French Toast. Whenever she offers, I oblige.

I make exceptional pancakes. Everybody loves them.

It sometimes happens when we have to choose between her French Toast or my pancakes. Her French Toast wins every time.

Feb 11, 2014
MonMauler in General Topics

Thomas's English Muffins

Two weeks ago I bought a package of TEM that were dense, heavy and required a sharp knife to split properly. This past week I bought a package of TEM that were light, filled with nooks and crannies, and split easily in my hands. Week-to-week this is common. I rarely know what I'll get. My regular grocer has no other type of English muffins, so I'm stuck with Thomas'. I like them plenty enough when they're good. When they're not, I end up tossing them and using regular wheat bread instead. It is a sad substitute.

Feb 11, 2014
MonMauler in General Topics

So what is on your Super Bowl Sunday menu?

Damn, and I went with oban and Marlboro lights.

Feb 02, 2014
MonMauler in Home Cooking
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We were kicked out of a restaurant because.....

I agree with your first sentiment.

But I only take payment to a restaurant for the shit they give me. I don't take condiments, utensils, cloth ware or any of that garbage, I doubt I could regularly dine with anyone that would, and I will never understand it, but to each his own.

Feb 02, 2014
MonMauler in Not About Food

Unusual request-Bar/Pub in Pittsburgh

I would consider Sharp Edge Bistro on Penn. It is a couple hundred yards from the Convention Center and just across the street from the Courtyard, where I imagine many will be staying. They have a private area that can be reserved and a number of different service options to consider. I have held a few smallish events there, and we have always had a good time. The food is pretty good, and they have a great beer selection.

Six Penn, which is a little further away but still within walking distance if the September weather cooperates, also handles private events well.

I think both of these places would reasonably fit your request of being close to the Convention Center, can accommodate a smallish group in a private room, and are lively without being loud or rowdy.

Jan 30, 2014
MonMauler in Pennsylvania
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Depressed and Lost Appetite

Oh, yeah, it happens. There's no magic cure. It just takes time.

My personal method, which is not for everyone, involves a steady regimen of drinks and drugs. The munchies can be a powerful motive for me to eat.

The longest I've lost my appetite due to my emotional state was a couple weeks, during which the most I would cook would be to make some eggs or assemble a sandwich, and even that was too much effort for the payoff most days. So I'd order a pizza and have two or three slices over the course of a day, or is get a sandwich from subway and eat a bit whenever I got ravenous. Didn't really matter what it tasted like, it was fuel.

Everything returns to equilibrium, eventually. I know you like to cook and eat well, as I have encountered your many thoughtful posts over my time here. That doesn't disappear forever. So simplify for the time being and get your enjoyment how you can. That's what it is really about. Life is short. Enjoy it. And always remember, the only reason you aren't partying is because you aren't having a party.

Jan 04, 2014
MonMauler in Not About Food
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Foods/drinks/snacks you sneak into a movie theater...

A flask of whisky. I probably haven't watched a movie, in the theatre or at home, without liquor in over a decade.

Jan 01, 2014
MonMauler in General Topics

Do you think that a guy should always pay for Dinner on the 1st date?

I am male, and I have always paid for the first date, be it lunch, dinner, drinks, whatever. I would also venture to say that I pay 90% of the time, probably more often, on subsequent get-togethers. Generally, I pay unless my date insists on covering or contributing to the tab. I guess I do this because I think it chivalrous, it is a cultural more I grew up with, my disposable income allows me to, and money is a triviality when all I'm trying to do is get some drinks in my system, eat some good food, hang out and get laid.

Jan 01, 2014
MonMauler in Not About Food
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What is proper if Im paying for drinks and invites are paying for their own dinner?

A good reception includes free booze for the attendees. If you cannot afford a good reception, it is your choice whether or not you want to have a bad reception.

Personally, I can't think of a reason to throw a bad reception. Also, I'm not sure people that can't afford a good reception should be wedding, but kids are young and crazy and in love or something-something...

Dec 09, 2013
MonMauler in Not About Food
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Do you moderate your drinking around your family?

Nah, I rarely, if ever, moderate my drinking. If anything, I drink more around my family, but I especially drink more on holidays - gotta take advantage of the opportunity for themed drinking.

Nov 22, 2013
MonMauler in Not About Food
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Is alcohol almost always a part of your meals/get togethers?

All get togethers include alcohol. 100%. Somewhere well north of 90% of my meals, whether alone or with others, include alcohol.

Nov 22, 2013
MonMauler in Not About Food
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the last sandwich in the world!

Any one of the following would probably be acceptable:

Turkey & Swiss, with mayo, on wheat.

Pastrami and spicy brown mustard on rye.

Cheeseburger.

Egg & Cheese.

Nov 19, 2013
MonMauler in General Topics

Wine with dinner when non-drinkers are present?

I visit people's homes, as well as various events, at which alcohol is not served. Now, even though I prefer to drink before, during and after most meals, I am not offended by their choice. I am polite and respectful of their decision not to imbibe. Also, I pack a flask.

Nov 15, 2013
MonMauler in Not About Food
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Favorite Drunk Munchies

Nah, I'm drunk and high most of the time, and I eat what I like. Tonight I'm making chicken fajitas. I haven't decided if I'm gonna make these fries, too, or if I should throw them back in the bath until morning. Another beer and a bowl will help me decide, I'm sure.

Nov 11, 2013
MonMauler in General Topics
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Your Favorite McDonald item(s)

I've only been to McD's once since they introduced the new menu. At the one I went to, the McDouble was still $1. I ordered one. None of the new additions intrigue me.

Nov 09, 2013
MonMauler in Chains

What's with the brined french fries?

I don't know, but I have experimented with many methods of making fries at home. The method I prefer, taste-wise, includes dumping the fresh cut fries into a cold water, salt and vinegar solution, which is changed several times over the course of a day. They are then thoroughly dried on clean towels. The fries are then fried twice in duck fat. The frying time will differ depending on the thickness of the fries, but I like the first fry to be relatively brief at a relatively lower temperature, usually around 325F. After the fries have been dried and brought to room temperature they can then be fried again, in the same fat, at around 400F.

For expedience, convenience and cost, I usually simplify the process by soaking the fries in the cold water-vinegar-salt solution for 20 minutes or more, not changing the solution, but still drying the fries and frying twice. When I don't have duck fat, peanut oil or vegetable oil, both of which I usually have around, work well.

Nov 09, 2013
MonMauler in General Topics

The Capital Grille

In Pittsburgh, where I live, they are one of the better steakhouses, and are, sadly, probably in the top 5.

They serve better steak than one can usually make at home. But you pay for far more than you get. If you drink, it will easily cost you $100 pp or more. That said, I have enjoyed my fair share of oyster-scotch lunches, which have always been more than satisfying. Cap Grille's I've been to have uniformly presented good food and competent service for an exorbitant price. The ambience at most is wood-paneled, the lighting dim, and to my liking.

I do not go to cap grille often, as it is generally possible to find better food at a more reasonable price elsewhere, but I don't turn down invitations to cap grille and will occasionally patronize them alone at lunch.

Nov 02, 2013
MonMauler in Chains

Have you ever been censored by Chowhound moderator? I have many times!!

I've been censored by the mods a couple handfuls of times. Most often I've been censored for posts in which I have responded confrontationally to perceived slights, sometimes it's been because my dirty, offensive jokes have crossed an arbitrary line, and sometimes I honestly can't discern the rationale.

Regardless of a brief response to a slight, or a joke, I try to make sure all of my posts are on topic. As such, they usually contain information I intended to share that I cannot be bothered to rehash if my post is deleted.

It's disappointing, and I understand the importance of censoring these boards, but I post a lot less on this site than I used to because I see sub-threads of filled with inane conversations, esoteric references, and vulgar jokes aplenty that survive unmolested, yet I will have a three paragraph post removed because I used one sentence to respond to an inflammatory comment in kind.

Now, I still peruse the boards, but I mostly keep my jokes, suggestions, experiences, stories and anectdotes to myself, and that's fine with me - saves work, I guess. I doubt I post more than once a month anymore.

Oct 08, 2013
MonMauler in Site Talk

"doggie bags"??

I have no problem requesting boxes for perfectly good food if I can use it, and doing so is appropriate. I never request leftovers on early dates or in business situations. But there is a Chinese place my friend and I go to, and we order 4x the food we actually want in one sitting just for the leftovers. I have, somewhat surprisingly, not finished a steak in a few fancy steakhouses, and the leftovers have always made great steak sandwiches.

Aug 27, 2013
MonMauler in General Topics
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Forgotten Fast Foods

Orange Julius survives, I think. There used to be a small shop in a mall we would occasionally go to when I was a kid, and I would sometimes enjoy a beverage from there. Alas, the shop closed, and I rarely visit that mall anymore.

But, I did recently see an advertisement for orange julius when I was watching baseball a few weeks ago. They had superimposed an orange julius advertisement on to the third base coaching box in, I think it was, Toronto. It actually prompted a discussion amongst the talking heads about superimposing advertisements onto playing fields, which in out-of-bounds areas, as was the case here, has been going on for quite a while in many sports, including baseball.

Aug 02, 2013
MonMauler in Chains

Taco, freakin', Bell.

I have to get in on this thread and proclaim my love for Taco Bell amongst all the chain hate commonly found on these boards. I LOVE TACO BELL!

In college I would normally order a burrito supreme, a chalupa supreme, and either a double decker taco or the nachos bell grande. Those remain my favorite items, partially probably because of nostalgia.

However, recently I have also really enjoyed the cheesy gordita crunch, which I learned about on these boards. And a few trips recently have had me and my girlfriend enjoying a six pack of hard shell tacos (with a six pack of beer).

I will say that I really haven't found anything special about either of the Doritos locos options. I enjoy both Doritos and Taco Bell alone, but I didn't find the combination to be very special as compared to any number of other Taco Bell orders.

Aug 02, 2013
MonMauler in Chains

I'm 16 and I eat mayonaise everyday religiously

I have to agree with the substitution of Greek yogurt in tuna salad and the like. I make this substitution often and have sometimes come to prefer it, regardless of if I'm trying to eat healthier or lose weight.

In fact, my dinner last night included tuna salad made with Greek yogurt. It was really good.

Jul 25, 2013
MonMauler in General Topics

What is your dirty little food secret?

Yep, I grew up with Ham Barbecues. My mom got the chip-chopped ham from Isaly's, bought a jar of their sauce, and simmered the ham in the sauce. Served 'em on burger buns. A slice of American cheese was optional. I always added it. They were delicious. She said they weren't as good as those from the original store, but still good. They were delicious at the Isaly's deli she took us to after they changed ownership, as well.

The brand survives after several changes in ownership, so it is still possible to get Isaly's chip-chopped ham and the sauce at area grocers. Also, there are a few deli's around here named I. Shall. Always. Love. You. Sweetie. Which descends from the original brand, the name a reference to an old Isaly's advertising slogan. The one I go to still has these, and they are as good as I remember them. In fact, most of the food is pretty good.

Jul 10, 2013
MonMauler in General Topics

What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

I'm 1/4 hungarian, and I love goulash. Good ones are hard to find.

Otherwise, I'm largely irish, and I love my potatoes and beer (usually together, but each can be its own meal).

Although I am not polish, I love making pierogies. In fact, a lot of my fam reigns from Eastern Europe, so pierogies, stuffed cabbage, and similar dishes are the basis of a lot of my cooking these days.

Jul 01, 2013
MonMauler in General Topics