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Sequel to "The Trip" - Coogan and Brydon do Italy

I have tried to do "small man in a box" with no luck.

36 minutes ago
hal2010 in Food Media & News

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

My memory of diners and delis is a little plastic cow full of cream and a chrome-topped glass sugar dispenser. And you fixed your coffee how you liked at the counter.

Customer service is getting eroded everywhere. When was the last time someone at the gas station checked your oil and put free air in your tires? Businesses these days are all about maximizing profits for shareholders and CEOs, and it seems like we're not that concerned, as long as we believe we're saving a few cents or a few minutes.

You have to try Tim Hortons. They'll hit the button called "double/double" on the cream/sugar machine they have behind the counter. Now that's service!

about 7 hours ago
hal2010 in Not About Food

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

You need more Tim Hortons in the US.

My beef about the coffee shops is they don't set enough space aside for preparing your coffee after you pick it up. There's 5 people waiting for a tiny counter that fits 2 customers and someone's there stirring their coffee for 5 minutes like it's a can of paint. Then they add some cinnamon. Then some sugar. Then they have a sip. Then they add some cream. Then they stir again.

1 day ago
hal2010 in Not About Food

Sequel to "The Trip" - Coogan and Brydon do Italy

Well, they did play "Guess the lunch bill" after each meal and I was astounded at how much some of those meals cost. Must have been the wine. I watched a few episodes of the TV series but don't feel compelled to watch the rest.

The first one had steady family man Rob Brydon being overshadowed by rich, famous playboy Steve Coogan. In this one Coogan is going through a mid-life crisis while Alanis Morrisette sings about irony, and Brydon's the one in charge.

good indian food in Scarbourogh

Just fine if you're in the neighborhood. Maybe a bit better than average and the price is right.

good indian food in Scarbourogh

Also good for South Indian food: The Nilgiris, in a little plaza in an industrial area to the north of Scarborough. Out of the way, but worth a visit if you're in the area.

Great pieces of inexpensive equipment?

A well-seasoned Lodge cast iron frying pan.
My chef's knife is a middle-of-the-line Henckels I got about 25 years ago. Kept sharp and honed it's as good as anything I've ever used, and I'm so used to it now that I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Sep 13, 2014
hal2010 in Cookware
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Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

The whole restaurant industry is predicated on getting a lot of labour for less than it's worth and coercing customers into supplementing wages through tips.

Would a $15 wage for fast food workers exceed the average salary with tips for a server at a cheap chain restaurant?

Sep 13, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

Recipe plagarism

I worked for a health food store in the early 80's and they frequently used published recipes as a starting point for their bakery and deli offerings. But the thing is, if you want to make a quantity that makes sense for sale in a store, you have to adapt that "Serves 6" recipe for a much larger batch and your commercial ovens to such an extent that the final recipe is nothing like the original with a simple multiplier. It takes many test batches to perfect it, and even then it's not quite like the original recipe.

People used to ask us for the original recipes all the time. "Yeah, it's Moosewood, Page 163". Then they'd come back and tell us they tried that it was nothing like what we made.

Sep 12, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

Restaurants and 'Presold' dinners

A 20% discount over 5 years for cheese might just be keeping up with inflation. Not a great deal IMO.

Sep 12, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

The current trend, at least in Canada, seems to be Australasian varieties. Fuji, Royal Gala, Pink Lady. We don't just get them in the spring, but year round.

It's tough to find local apples in any grocery store because they buy in bulk from the huge distributors. So we go to the farmer's markets. My parents used to live near an apple farm with heirloom varieties and we'd go every year for the Macouns. Tart and sweet and crispy.

And lest we forget The Short Reign of Pippin IV. Completely off topic, I know, but I thought it matched the thread title. Haven't seen Pippins in a while. I like the hard rough skin on them.

Sep 12, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

The Perils of Shaming Bad Tippers

That just makes me think "So what?". I'm not going to rush out to the restaurant for a sympathy meal with great tip, or change my tipping habits because of it.

Sep 11, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

The Perils of Shaming Bad Tippers

How can it ever be a good idea to try and publicly shame a customer? It reflects very poorly on the restaurant and not at all on the customer.

Sep 11, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Great catering at Four Seasons

Went to an all-day conference at the Four Seasons in Yorkville today and the food was some of the best I've had from a hotel caterer. Everyone there was raving about it.

Lunch was called "Oh Canada". Cured/smoked salmon, trout and whitefish. A citrusy wild rice salad opposite an earthy mushroom salad. Tender bison short ribs and venison sausage or grilled arctic char. Light, smooth mini maple whisky cheesecakes and blueberry cobbler for dessert. Cookies and milk for break with flavoured milks in little glass bottles. Afterwards there were drinks and a variety or bar foods. Fish and chips, sliders, wings, nachos and sausages on a bun. The food was all very well-prepared. One minor quibble. The beer on offer was Canadian or Steamwhistle and I thought they could have had some more inventive offerings to complement the food.

Season 6 Hell's Kitchen winner arrested in bust

One of the fry cooks from Hell's Kitchen was arrested? I am shocked.

Sep 09, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

The bun maybe tricky, too.

Sep 09, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

"I agree that OP is most likely not allergic or she would have said so."

I'm pretty sure of it. She did not say "I CAN not eat..." and the (full stop) was intended to try and head of any discussion about it.

If you've decided to follow a particular diet, don't expect the world to accommodate you. There are enough restaurants and food manufacturers jumping on your particular bandwagon that you shouldn't go hungry.

And remember, if you're hungry, you can always grab a cheeseburger.

Sep 08, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food
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New Chow.com Homepage

Thanks, I used to access the login through the symbols at top right then click the MY icon to navigate. Now that I'm getting used to the drawer it's very handy.

Sep 08, 2014
hal2010 in Site Talk

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

OK, so is a good economy defined by Hedge Fund Managers or hungry kids?

Sep 06, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

New Chow.com Homepage

Took me forever today to try and figure out how to log in on the mobile site. Change may be good, and I like some of the things you've done, but trying to figure out the changes every few months is challenging.

Sep 06, 2014
hal2010 in Site Talk

A Personal Announcement

Best wishes. Osgoode Hall?

Sep 06, 2014
hal2010 in Site Talk

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

What is a "good" economy?

Sep 06, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

I'm always surprised at the number of staff in a fast food restaurant kitchen. Compared to my experiences in full service kitchens, they're hardly moving.

Sep 05, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

splitting the bill at lunch

If she ate the whole thing, split the bill as usual.

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

Show up. Ask the servers about your choices. And if there's nothing wheat and dairy-free on the menu, grab a cheeseburger on the way home:)

I can't imagine a wedding menu that doesn't have something you can't eat on it. Meat, veg and potato will likely be one choice. If there's a dairy-based sauce on it ask the server to hold it. Or just eat the uncontaminated bits.

Plate sharing fee- why?

I'm not arguing whether a plate-splitting fee is unjustified. I'm questioning whether the prime objective of any business has to be profit above all else.

On the plate splitting issue, if portions were reasonable it wouldn't be an issue. On a recent trip to the US my wife and I found ourselves ordering 2 apps each or a few apps and one entree at each meal because the mains were enough for two.

Sep 05, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

Plate sharing fee- why?

If every business on Earth was focused on profit above all else we'd have a planet full of bankers. There's more to life than extracting the maximum profit you can out of everything.

Sep 05, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

Plate sharing fee- why?

There are restaurants that exist solely to make a profit for the owners. Franchises and chains for example.

But I'd wager most independent restaurants are owned by people who love food and the restaurant business. Yes, they have to profit to stay in business, but it isn't their raison d'etre. They're there to provide their customers with an amazing product, to gainfully employ a team of people and enrich their lives, and to have a career that they enjoy.

Sep 04, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

Stove Top Chicken Tips?

Sounds like you might be using too much heat. Covering the pan will also help to cook the meat through.

Cast iron should work. Use medium or even medium low heat. Get the pan hot, add enough oil to just cover the bottom then put the breasts in and put a lid on the pan. Try 10 minutes a side then check for internal temperature.

Aug 30, 2014
hal2010 in Home Cooking
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