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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #12 – 01/21/15 (spoilers)

Mei's been pretty smart. She knew what Wylie liked and won the QF by catering to him. With respect to the elimination challenge, Mei's dish was definitely more innovative than Melissa's, yet the judges brushed aside the theme of the challenge and gives the win to Melissa. It's decisions like this that makes people disregard themes.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #12 – 01/21/15 (spoilers)

I thought it was hilarious that Mei admitted that she had "chronic bitch face." I've been saying from the beginning of the season.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #12 – 01/21/15 (spoilers)

Gregory did his typical Thai flavors....oooh, but he used salmon and some fried skin. I believe dishes that don't follow the theme should be disqualified, otherwise why have a theme. Unfortunately this has happened many times in prior seasons. People cook whatever they want to cook and then come up with a flimsy tie to the theme.

Masterchef Junior 1/20/2015

I'm starting to think this show should be on Nickelodeon.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

So Indians love sea urchins? And they taste soup with their hands?

DC weekend - Italian + ?

It wasn't italian. It was just the best restaurant in that area, and made pretty good pasta.

Best burger in the US or worldwide -

is probably not kosher.

Jan 19, 2015
Worldwide Diner in Kosher

DC weekend - Italian + ?

the best 5 course tasting menu in the country part. I think Obelisk is okay, but then I don't hang around Dupont Cr. I use to go to Eola (now closed) - which served much better and interesting food.

DC weekend - Italian + ?

I'm surprised to hear this.

DC weekend - Italian + ?

Fiola Mare or Osteria Morini.

Looking for some 'intereting' food in DC

Rogue 24 is pretty interesting.

Prima Taste Laksa instant la mian (where to buy around DC)?

I was at Great Wall last week and they were actually sold out. I've had them before (first ordering from Amazon and then getting more in Chinatown in NYC). I think they're pretty good but I'm no expert on laksa. The Ramen Rater likes it, and so does other more laksa experienced hounds. Incidentally, Mykuali is now available on Amazon. Mykuali is much spicier but their noodles aren't as sturdy as the Prima Taste noodles.

Prima Taste Laksa instant la mian (where to buy around DC)?

I also found them recently at Great Wall in Merriefield.

The Taste 1-15 Spoilers

I don't think Tony gets to see all of Vanessa's confessionals. We all think she's a stalker but she actually has a really good strategy of cooking for just Tony. She knows what he likes so everything she prepares will taste good to him. So when it came time for Tony to eliminate someone, he won't pick her because he likes everything she makes. During the blind tasting, she virtually assures herself of never getting a red star from Tony and has someone who is willing to go to bat for her.

With respect to the heat challenge, I find it pathetic that many contestants were loading chilies onto the tasting spoon. The heat should have been imparted onto the food during the cooking process. The food should be spicy without having to eat the chilies themselves.

Need help: 4 dinners in Reykjavik in Jan. 2015

I'm also traveling to Reykjavik at the end of January for 4 nights. I've made dinner reservation for Fish Market (Fri), Dill (Sat), and Grill Market (Sun). Undecided about where to go on Mon yet. For lunch, Sea Baron, Icelandic Fish, and wondering around Kolaportid Flea Market.

Jan 15, 2015
Worldwide Diner in Europe

The Taste 1-8-2015 spoilers

SRSLY? She already has TWO cookbooks. WTF.

The Taste 1-8-2015 spoilers

I'm starting to think that Jen staying silent may have been a strategic move. She knows she's the weakest cook on Ludo's team. If she starts naming names, two others would name her as the weakest and Ludo would be forced to throw her off. Instead, she gets Dan to volunteer to be tossed. Maybe she knew she just needs to give Dan a chance to play fire fighter on the show - sacrificing himself for her.

A Long Weekend Plan

You're landing at 9:30 on Thurs. According to Open Table, the last reservation is at 9:30 on Thurs. Passionfish is definitely your best option, assuming you can make it there.

A Long Weekend Plan

You're right. Driving out of the way for kebabs is what people should do when they come frim out of town. When you come up with a viable suggestion, let me know.

Btw, my suggestion is called humor.

A Long Weekend Plan

Crystal City is no where near the route from IAD to Columbia. You might want to google map the route.

The Taste 1-8-2015 spoilers

I remember seeing him back with 30 minutes left in the challenge. I dunno if it's weird that Ludo stormed off, since that's his on air temperament. Maybe he went to pound a beer.

The Taste 1-8-2015 spoilers

Why did Dan throw himself under the bus?

Tony is just playing the game. He wants to win, and Tom has never done anything good in the team challenge. Maybe he should've let the stalker blond go into the Taste Off but ultimately his strategy worked.

As for the eventual winner, I'm guessing either guy from Marcus' team, most likely Gabe. He graduated first in his class at CIA and it doesn't look like he's just a book worm.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #10 – 01/07/15 (spoilers)

I don't like Andy Cohen at all. Is it necessary for him to emphasize that he likes smoking dope and boozing all the time?

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #10 – 01/07/15 (spoilers)

Both George & Melissa know that 3 hrs might not be enough to braise their proteins. At least George tried to mitigate the shortage of time by pressure cooking. Nevertheless, they both failed. Why try to do something that they know won't turn out perfectly unless there is a miracle? Doug's foie - I believe he said he's never done a whole lobe before. Seems kind of stupid trying something for the first time in a elimination challenge. I guess it's not shocking that Gregory & Mei are the two that didn't have brain farts.

Master Chef Jr. 2015 Edition - Episode 1 Spoilers

Looks like they started with lots of cannon fodder - 19 contestants. The first cannon shot took out 4 of them. And this season includes the YOUNGEST contestant evah!!!! Riley, who is only 8, can speak multiple languages, including English, German, and a bit of French. I'm actually impressed by that kid. He's small, but quiet and serious - and he started cooking at 7, not 2.

I note there are no Asians this season.

Fast Gourmet - anyone?

Anyone been recently for a chivito? Is it as good as it ever was?

Unfair bill splitting

When I say "bitch," I meant complain about something. While I acknowledge that separate checks is fair from a monetary perspective, it is stilll a complaint against splitting the bill by head count. The point really is, go with what works with that particular group of people. It's impossible to say for certain what is the best way under all circumstances.

Unfair bill splitting

Where did I say I did not like it? And where did I say I thought of it poorly or otherwise? That was simply to illustrate that whatever rule you apply, someone's gonna bitch. Just like I know someone is going to reply to this and invent some way to be insulting.

Unfair bill splitting

I guess you missed my point.

Unfair bill splitting

People who like to bitch will always bitch. I have a friend who always drink water and orders cheaply, and he hates bill splitting by head count. He always wants a separate check. On the other hand, most of my friends would not include kids in bill splitting. That's just as arbitrary and unfair to the parents with small children, and I consider it gauche. Most assuredly, we're not dolts. Everyone has different circumstances and there's no rule that always apply - notwithstanding your attempt to fit every shape of peg into a round hole.