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Spelling errors on menus and websites

I've seen a trend in poor spelling a grammar to the point where it's often done deliberately so it can be excused as a hip, new sort of prose. Saves on editing I guess. And it seems the printing companies no longer have editors. Or perhaps their policy is to print exactly what they're given. Even on giant illuminated signs.

about 14 hours ago
hal2010 in Not About Food

Eating at an empty restaurant?

I always wonder how fresh the food is at a restaurant with no turnover.

about 16 hours ago
hal2010 in Not About Food

What turns you off about restaurant restrooms?

If it's like most places, men's rooms can have 1/2 the fixtures as urinals. So one urinal and one stall in the men's and two stalls in the women's for example.

about 16 hours ago
hal2010 in Not About Food

"Dorilocos"- The new snack craze on Mexico’s streets

Sounds like a Mexican version of Indian "Chaat".

Little Sister Indonesian Food Bar

The Globe and Mail gave it 3 stars this weekend.

"We don't take reservations for less than 6." Restaurant Owners Listen Up! [moved from Seattle board]

There's a bar in your breakfast place and you sell drinks to people lining up? Sounds like my kinda restaurant.

Oct 15, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food
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What Indian food is this?

No fair posting pictures like that!

Every time I'm trying to decide where to travel to next, I think "Why not India again?". But there's so many other countries I want to see. For now I'll have to travel vicariously through photos like this one.

Oct 14, 2014
hal2010 in Home Cooking
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NYT: What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast

Westerners like bland starches and proteins. Asian breakfasts are truly wonderful. Nothing better to wake you up than a chicken rice soup loaded with lemon grass and chilies.

Oct 10, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Bourdain's Season Opener/Shanghai

I watched it tonight. Found his hosts and the city to be mostly boring. Maybe that's not fair, he really didn't highlight any of the city. The wedding scene could have been from any Ramada Inn. The food looked great.

Oct 07, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

In 'Parts Unknown,' Anthony Bourdain is not a man on a mission

He likes to break down misconceptions about people and places and his credentials get him into places the average person probably wouldn't go to. I there's an overall theme to his show I think it that marginalized and misunderstood people live interesting lives and make great food.

Oct 05, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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Egyptian in GTA?

Looks incredible, and close to the office. I know where I'm going for lunch next week!

Butterball goes "humane" for Thanksgiving. Really?

Or they might mean nothing at all? It's like BP telling you that oil spills introduce valuable organic compounds into the environment.

Oct 04, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Tasco Appliances - stay away

$20K spent, you had one whole appliance and some parts replaced and you see no issues? You are too kind. I guess I'm old fashioned and expect something to arrive in working condition and to last for many years.

What Indian food is this?

Yeah, that was sort of my point. Different names for the same thing, depending on where you are. I see all sorts of fried bread in the link you posted. My idea of a dosa is summed up by this image from Wikipedia. Dosa in the back. Sambar on the left, followed by various chutneys.

Oct 03, 2014
hal2010 in Home Cooking

What Indian food is this?

My vote's for an appam as well. Dosas, as I know them, are paper thin and served rolled up. But in India, the food changes from town to town so you never know what they might have called it.

Oct 03, 2014
hal2010 in Home Cooking

Rudest grocery checker remark

I had a roommate who was told "See you tomorrow!" as he left the liquor store. He complained about that for a few weeks. Can't say it wasn't accurate, though.

Is This What It's Come To?

Top Chef contestants aren't selected based on their cooking skills are they? I'd guess it goes something like this:
1. Confidence in front of a camera
2. Looks
3. Ability to be a complete asshole
4. % of body covered in tattoos
5. Lack of a criminal record

Oct 01, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

In 'Parts Unknown,' Anthony Bourdain is not a man on a mission

"He does have a bias that I feel comes across strongly"

Which is what makes his programs interesting. He can go to places I've been to or lived in and come away with a completely different perspective. That's interesting and refreshing.

If you just want the facts watch Globe Trekker or something. But even there you get the budget backpacker perspective.

Food-related allergies to non-food items?

Raw shrimp shells make my hands red and itchy. No problems eating the shrimp, though.

Sep 27, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

What's your favorite dijon mustard and where do you buy it locally?

Caplansky's Dijon with horseradish is pretty good.

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

That's sexist. Where are the penis cookies?

Sep 24, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Husband traveling on business.....needs dining places

There's some decent Asian and Middle Eastern places if you go south on Vic Park to Ellesmere or Lawrence. Nothing fancy, but good food.

Is he going to meetings downtown or is all his business at the hotel?

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

What was the cashier smoking?

Am I detecting a pattern here?? - Ridiculous rating by Toronto Life reviewers on great restaurants

Their audience is older Bay Street types with different tastes from the foodie crowd?

Moxie's

The Keg does what they do very well.
I've been to Moxies out west and in Toronto and I thought it was OK for a chain but quite overpriced. They aspire to far more than they're capable of pulling off. The Pan-Asian/Italian/BBQ/Bar Food menu is all over the place.

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

The service in Canada is good. The coffee is not and the donuts are reheated from frozen.

Sep 17, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

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

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

Sep 16, 2014
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!

Sep 16, 2014
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.

Sep 15, 2014
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.

Sep 15, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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