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Tipping on self serve? Really?

In the 70's. $2.10 was minimum wage!

1 day ago
hal2010 in Not About Food

Tipping on self serve? Really?

When I was in high school I worked as a dishwasher in a busy bar. I'd lug 3 or 4 cases of bottled beer at a time up 18 steps from the basement 6-8 times a night. There was usually some drunk coming down the stairs to the washroom who would lean on the stack of cases I was carrying and say "Heavy enough for ya?" or something equally witty. I'd then load them in the fridge at the bar and fill the cooler with clean glasses to be chilled. The bartender would remove a bottle, twist the cap off and give it to a customer and get a handsome tip. We both made $2.10 an hour.

1 day ago
hal2010 in Not About Food

US Govenment dropping dietary cholesterol warnings

Zoe Harcombe also sells the Harcombe Diet(tm).

While the dietary fat guidelines introduced in the 80's were unsubstantiated, more recent research shows that they're valid. The study in question simply refutes the reasoning behind the previous recommendations. It doesn't claim that fat is benign.

1 day ago
hal2010 in Special Diets

Restaurant Gives Totally Unwanted Twist To Mexican Cuisine

Korean Taco places are popping up all over these days.

Feb 26, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Tipping on self serve? Really?

Don't most servers "just do what they're there to do in the first place"? Mix your drink, take your order, bring you food...

Feb 24, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Kitchen steals and deals for Ontario

Williams has some good products and prices. I got my Cuisinox pots from them and really like them.

Tipping on self serve? Really?

I never realized that frozen yogurt store employees were such a vital part of our social fabric and health and safety net. They should start an award for frozen yogurt employees, similar to the Nobel Prize.

US Govenment dropping dietary cholesterol warnings

The researchers at Harvard would disagree.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutrition...

Feb 19, 2015
hal2010 in Special Diets

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

Hakka - Chinese with an Indian influence. Heavy, deep-fried stuff in cloyingly sweet and sour goopy sauces.

Feb 18, 2015
hal2010 in General Topics

US Govenment dropping dietary cholesterol warnings

The jury's still out on that study. It would be nice to believe it, but it's not so cut and dried as the media has reported it to be.

Feb 18, 2015
hal2010 in Special Diets

Recent kitchen remodel? What's the best and worse of the new "technologies" you included?

DON'T EVEN THINK about halogen puck lights. I put some in the top of my glass-fronted dish cabinets because we didn't like the glaring point light from the LEDs. I used Xenon bulbs because they are supposed to last longer but I still replace one $5 bulb every 6 weeks. Now looking to replace them with new LEDs with a diffuser.

Feb 03, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Recent kitchen remodel? What's the best and worse of the new "technologies" you included?

- Induction cook top - boil a pot of water in 45 seconds. Easy to clean.
- Bosch dishwasher - quiet and powerful
- French door fridge - easy access
And rearranging the cabinets so that the cutlery drawer and dish cabinets are right beside/above the dishwasher. You can unload it without taking a step.

Feb 02, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

New Costco location

Since when does the city follow its own Official Plan?
Now the councillors are initating OMB appeals against their own Variance Committee.

http://leasidelifenews.com/burnside-g...

Cleaning Palates Between Different Beer

Plain low-salt potato chips.

Like the bread or crackers used to clean one's palate between wine tastings, but more appropriate for beer.

Jan 27, 2015
hal2010 in Beer

Another day, Another restaurant law suit

Are you required to pay people for the time they spend getting into and out of their work clothes?

Jan 24, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Fellow Diner, You Want to do WHAT to My Table?!

Yeah. depending on my mood I might have waited for them to finish shuffling the dirty dishes around then would have picked up the whole lot and put it back on their table.

All You Can Eat Lionfish, an over population solution

Gluten-free Lion Fish!!!!

Jan 18, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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Vegetarian again, after many years, help with non-meat n potatoes! Plz?

Chili and stews with TVP and a good loaf of crusty bread are usually very satisfying. One of my favourite veggie meals is roast vegetables and falafel with hummus and tabouleh on the side and a zingy tahini sauce. Then there's all sorts of quiches and fritatas if you eat eggs. Make pizzas with store-bought pitas as the crust. Lots of Indian meals are vegetarian as well - saag paneer, channa masala, aloo gobi.

I often make enough for several meals and freeze the leftovers so I have something ready for those nights when there's no time to cook.

Jan 14, 2015
hal2010 in Vegetarian & Vegan
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Help QUICK

I'd get a hammer and break the glass. Use some pliers to pull the pieces out. I suggest you hold the jar with a towel or even a clamp to stop it going into the garbage disposal.

If worst comes to worst and some glass or the lid falls in you'll have to take the disposal off and empty it out.

Jan 14, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

What happened to Top Chef?

I don't know that it's a premise that has enough appeal to last for 12 seasons plus.

Jan 14, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Indian

Are you looking for spice blends, jarred sauces or fully-prepared dishes?

I usually cook from scratch but when I don't I've found the Loblaws or Patak's jarred sauces will do in a pinch, and the spice blends available in boxes at the South Asian stores are usually quite authentic-tasting. Iqbal Foods in Thorncliffe Park has a whole aisle of them to make anything from meat entrees to biryanis and veggie sides and desserts. They're about a dollar or two per box.

Mandatory municipal composting: how do you handle your food scraps?

I keep the bin in the garage. Whenever I have food scraps I pile them on a plate and take them out and dump them into the bin, which is lined with a compostable bag.

Jan 08, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Heinous KFC commercial

I always find the grocery store rotisserie chickens to be incredibly salty. It's all you can taste. Not sure if they brine them or just douse them in way too much seasoning.

KFC's "coleslaw" reminds me of broken crayons in a sweet sauce.

Jan 06, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Is Chowhound dead?

123 responses to "Is Chowhound dead?"

I guess not.

Heinous KFC commercial

Does the ad make any claim that the KFC is nutritionally equivalent to the rotisserie chicken? If not, I can't really see that it's deceitful. Just playing on parent's guilt and trying to claw back some market share from the supermarket.

May I vent? (living with a reasonably Chowish person who isn't quite a Chowhound..)

You probably could have gone out for a loaf of bread in the time it took to type that.

Sprouts in Toronto

I'm looking for somewhere with a good selection of sprouted grains/seeds/legumes or somewhere that sells seeds. ARZ has a good bean mix, bit it's a bit or a hike. I'm near Bayview and Eglinton.

Thanks.

The Case for Squared Pie

To maximize the perimeter of the pie, a long skinny pan would be best.16" long by 2" wide gives the same perimeter as 9" square and with those dimensions every piece would have 2 crust edged.

Ah, screw it, let's just make a strudel.

Dish poaching

I'd invent a really disgusting recipe for her and even offer to email it to her, then take something else.

Holiday Reads to Give & Get for Chowhounds

Sous Chef

Dec 17, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News