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Rick Bayless | A Sad Day in Mexico

If the GM corn is more productive (as claimed), then hopefully an upside will be that fewer acres need to be cultivated and more acres allowed to lie fallow or return to a wild state -- with net positive effect on the environment.

Aug 30, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Salty Smell: Do you know what people mean?

Sodium chloride has no odor, but there are odors called "salt-congruent odors" (fancy term for odors that are associated with salty foods). E.g. see this book (pages 49-50): https://books.google.com/books?id=LPK...

Salt-congruent odors increase the perceived saltiness of food -- one way that has been investigated to reduce Na intake is to add ingredients with salt-congruent odors to food... e.g. see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22...

Aug 30, 2015
drongo in General Topics

Who was rude here?

Now you know what the "glow" in emglow101's name refers to!

Aug 20, 2015
drongo in Not About Food
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Horse meat

I was in Lithuania on business recently, and several restaurants had horse meat tartare on the menu. I did order (and eat) the horse tartare, but I can't say that in a blind test I would have been able to distinguish horse from lean beef.

Aug 15, 2015
drongo in General Topics

Kraft Adds Heinz

The title of this thread is not quite right, since it's not Kraft adding Heinz but (by a smidgeon) the other way round -- at the time of the merger, former Heinz shareholders owned 51% of the combined company; former Kraft shareholders the remaining 49%.

Kraft seemed the bigger company to those of us in the U.S. because Kraft had greater revenues in U.S. (almost all Kraft's revenues were from North America, whereas most of Heinz's were from outside of North America).

Aug 15, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets

I think Coca Cola has screwed its own cause very thoroughly. The name "Global Energy Balance Network" almost screams that it's a biased industry-sponsored group. And publicity around Coke's involvement will be the nail in the coffin. Stupid move by the company.

Aug 11, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

'Bespoke Water' Video Pokes Fun At Earnest Artisanal Food Makers

Here's another article -- written by the water sommelier, Martin Riese, himself. http://www.eater.com/drinks/2015/4/7/...

Aug 11, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

It is a very nice, shiny recent-model Lexus! (Whereas I drive a Honda with 225,000 miles, so maybe he doesn't want me parking too close because I don't care about a scratch or two!)

Aug 11, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

The parking spaces are perpendicular to the roadway and the roadway itself is somewhat narrow -- so you need to take some care to park properly. He doesn’t want to have to maneuver carefully. This has nothing to do with shopping carts of course -- though perhaps the thinking (or lack of thinking) is similar.

Aug 11, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

I have a coworker who always parks diagonally across two spaces in the company parking lot. He doesn't have a big truck -- just a mid-sized sedan. When asked about it, he says that there are always free spaces so he's not depriving anyone of a place to park (even if people have to walk a little further).

Aug 11, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

At my local Aldi, there's a problem with what I call "shopping-cart colonies" -- someone will leave a cart out in the parking lot and someone else will get their quarter back by attaching their cart to the abandoned cart. Then the outlying colony of carts starts growing as other lazy shoppers get their quarters back without returning to the main cart area. Often there are multiple colonies of carts scattered around the parking lot... each started by a shopper who was willing to give up a quarter to avoid returning to the cart storage area.

Aug 10, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

Serious Eats re-design

The "Brands" page at the Fexy Media (new owners) site shows "The Food Lab" as a separate brand from "Serious Eats". So I think it's quite likely that they plan to spin Food Lab off as a separate site. It might make sense to do that to coincide with publication of Kenji's book next month.
http://fexy.com/ourbrands#/Brands

Aug 09, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Developer says that Whole Foods will be anchor supermarket in Clark N.J.

I hope the traffic situation will improve. But the traffic around that area with Shoprite, Target, Barnes&Noble has been awful for years, so I suspect it will now be even worse -- i.e. "Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad...".

Aug 08, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Developer says that Whole Foods will be anchor supermarket in Clark N.J.

Aug 07, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

So, what MUST I buy from Whole Foods?

I assume this is the Clark, NJ, location?

I agree about bulk dry goods. Also they have a wider variety of some types of produce (e.g. chile peppers) than other stores.

Whole Foods bought the liquor license from Aliperti's, so I presume the Clark location will be selling wine, beer (not common for supermarkets in NJ, for those of you from other areas).

Aug 06, 2015
drongo in Chains
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Whole Foods on the receiving end of some more mockery

I see there is already a thread on this topic http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1021142
Sorry. But in my defense, I DID do a search on the site for Whole Foods and sorted by Recency -- and I didn't see the thread already posted. I hope the new "Beta" site has a debugged search capability!

Aug 05, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Whole Foods on the receiving end of some more mockery

Lots of stories today about Whole Foods and their latest "nonsense product, supposedly healthy or organic or artisanal, served at an outrageous price"... in the most recent case, "asparagus water".
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2...
http://jezebel.com/whole-foods-yanks-...
I particularly liked this part of the Guardian's piece: "So who is buying these things? I’ll tell you. Idiots. Idiots with too much money. That’s the whole idea. ..."

Aug 05, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

A Mad Libs Game for Every Food Blog Commenter

How about:

"That recipe for Roast [Beef/Chicken/etc] looks great... how do I make it in a crock pot?"

Serious Eats re-design

I see Serious Eats has rolled out the re-design promised when the site was sold. My first take: easier and more appealing for casual visitors, but less easy for daily visitors (such as myself) to see what's new. http://www.seriouseats.com/

Aug 03, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Hot dog fast food chains

Lol at "Lonely Guy Dog"... is that because he's going to be lonely after his breath smells of all that mustard and onions??

Jul 31, 2015
drongo in Chains

How much Vanilla Extract equals one Vanilla Bean?

Noelle Carter at LA Times says 1 bean = 1 tsp, which may be more realistic http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

(Nevertheless, foodsubs.com is usually my first stop when substituting ingredients -- so I may have made an error in this case!)

Jul 31, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

How much Vanilla Extract equals one Vanilla Bean?

I know this is a 9 year old Zombie thread, but... my "go to" site for substitutions is http://www.foodsubs.com (or for the specific page that has vanilla bean http://www.foodsubs.com/SpiceUniv.html )

Jul 31, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

I think the problem is not so much what we call these restaurants ("ethnic" or "immigrant" or whatever) but that many people think they have to be inexpensive and can't be compared with top-notch restaurants that are more traditional (to Americans). In this light, it's interesting to consider Pete Wells's review of Kao Soy (link below), which he loved and gave 1 star. Many of the commenters were outraged that such a positive review earned only 1 star -- e.g. "... How did such a great review result in only one star for Kao Soy? I think Mr. Wells or someone with the Times food editorial staff should provide further explanation, considering the responses to this article. I was left salivating at my work desk, and hope to plan a visit soon...a reaction I wouldn't usually anticipate if considering a shortlist of restaurants with only one star..."

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/11/din...

Jul 25, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Remingtons in Holmdel (Rt 34)

... of tranquility because all our opinions are unanimous!

Jul 24, 2015
drongo in New Jersey
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MJ's pizza bar and grill.

I honestly once used to think that Gertrude had passed the restaurant on to her son Charlie. LOL.

Jul 24, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Remingtons in Holmdel (Rt 34)

Replying to my own post: I didn't find the minutes, but they should be linked on this page when available: http://www.co.monmouth.nj.us/page.asp...

Holmdel Township Environmental Commission agenda from March mentions "Polo Club Restaurant (formerly Remington’s; aka Fox and the Peach)" so I am sure the OP is correct.
http://www.holmdeltownship-nj.com/Age...

Jul 24, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Remingtons in Holmdel (Rt 34)

His liquor license renewal was denied last year, and the building was declared unsafe. http://patch.com/new-jersey/holmdel-h...

The last time I drove by it looked like some kind of construction (or maybe demolition?) going on.

EDIT: It looks like it was discussed at the Monmouth County Development Review Committee on July 15 http://visitmonmouth.com/Documents/24...
Says: "Proposed – renovations at existing restaurant". I will look to see if minutes have been posted.

Jul 24, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Pork ribs sous vide - quicker

Doug Baldwin has suggested 176F for 8 hours -- see link below
http://www.douglasbaldwin.com/sous-vi...

I have not tried it this way myself.

Jul 24, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

I have that book! I also have a much older one (from 1979) called "Better Than Store-Bought". They are both good books. I also have the America's Test Kitchen "D.I.Y. Cookbook" but I have not found it useful.

Things that I regularly make at home (trying to avoid listing things already mentioned many times):
Chicken, turkey (and other) stock
Beer
Prepared horseradish
Kimchi (or "krautchi")

Jul 23, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking
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Montvale-based A&P files for bankruptcy protection; Stop & Shop to take over some stores

There's a list of the NJ stores Acme is considering buying at link below. http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/20...
Allendale A&P
Fort Lee A&P
Mahwah A&P
Midland Park A&P
Park Ridge A&P
Saddle Brook A&P
Woodcliff Lake A&P
Bergenfield Pathmark
Edgewater Pathmark
Elmwood Park Pathmark
Blairstown A&P
Clark A&P
Denville A&P
Hoboken A&P
Jefferson Township A&P
Jersey City A&P
Kenilworth A&P
Little Silver A&P
New Providence A&P
Montclair A&P
Old Bridge A&P
Plainfield A&P
Seaside Heights/Ortley Beach A&P
Sussex A&P
Tinton Falls A&P
Vernon A&P
Wall Township A&P
Warrenville A&P
West New York A&P
Jersey City Pathmark
Newark Pathmark
Ventor City Pathmark
Weehawken Pathmark
Manahawkin Superfresh
Ocean City Superfresh

Jul 21, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News