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The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

The Google News backdoor doesn't always work. http://searchengineland.com/wsj-pulls...
(Maybe never works these days... I have not tested very extensively.)

Jul 04, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Fake restaurant gets top ranking

Yes, there was a similar story a few years back: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddri...

Jul 04, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Asian in Monmouth County

Ouch, ouch -- on your having to switch to a different restaurant to accommodate plain tastes. I empathize because my wife sometimes looks at a menu and declares "There's nothing for me here!"... and we have to walk out and go somewhere else.

Jun 30, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Please help me find a replacement for this

Wooden spoons with a hole are readily available (e.g. http://www.amazon.com/Naturally-Med-O... ). What is special about your beloved?

Jun 27, 2015
drongo in Cookware

♪To all the bowls I've loved before♪ -- dishes you've lost along the way?

A few days after I arrived in the USA in 1982 as an almost-penniless graduate student, I bought the cheapest plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork and spoon that I could find. The bowl, knife, and fork have been broken or lost over the years, but I still have the plate, cup, and spoon after 33 years. I keep them only because of nostalgia.

Jun 27, 2015
drongo in Cookware
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Can someone explain vinegars?

Well, just don't cook using the same vinegar that you used to soak the wounded foot! (Or even to soak an unwounded foot.)

Cook's Country has a page in their "Getting To Know" series on vinegars:
http://www.cookscountry.com/how_tos/8... It's a good starting point.

Jun 18, 2015
drongo in General Topics

Dried Beans Cooked From Scratch Tasting Worse Than Canned Beans?

Kenji at Serious Eats has some ideas on cooking black beans: http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/09/so...

Jun 17, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

My Aldi experience!

Haha. In your original post, you wrote "... I can't see a reason to return to Aldi's".

I'm glad you found a reason -- those quarters can add up, and you'll be able to buy yourself a drink as a reward someday!!

Such a screaming bargain

Marin County.......

(I live in New Jersey, and I'm sure we'll never see this!)

Jun 13, 2015
drongo in Wine

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to a Seaside Town in Thailand

I can get the Sriraja Panich (pictured above) locally, but I haven't tried it. Serious Eats did a taste test a few years ago http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/06/ta...

Jun 12, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Looking For A Good Crockpot Book

America's Test Kitchen has 3 slow cooker books: "Slow Cooker Revolution", "Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2: The Easy-Prep Edition", and "The Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution". I like the first and third, but not so much the second (because the "easy prep" often means using store-bought processed ingredients rather than fresh).

Jun 09, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

Why no pork at Pick Up Stix or Panda Express?

I don't think either of these chains is present here in NJ.

But I have a menu from my nearest Chinese-American restaurant at hand, and I added the listed items as follows: Chicken=52 menu items, Seafood=45, Beef=39, Pork=33, Vegetarian=25, Duck=2. There're not as many pork dishes as chicken, seafood (mostly shrimp) and beef, but not too lacking.

I think it's a fairly typical menu for our local Chinese-American restaurants.

(Btw, I liked the description of General Tso's Chicken on this particular menu: "The most tender morsels of chicken enveloped in an etheral light blend of special ingredients to impact the merest crispness and exquisite flavor.")

Jun 04, 2015
drongo in Chains

Favorite Defunct Monmouth County Restaurant

Mad Greek was on Route 35, Hazlet... a little north and west of Costco. It closed a couple of years ago. Since then it was Gardenia Grill. Before it was Pizza Loolu Ta, Pizzaiolo Bravo.

I don't know what's at that location now.

Jun 01, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

The proper way to cook rice?

Uncle Bob, hopefully that measurement is supposed to be taken before the water is brought to boiling!

Jun 01, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking
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The proper way to cook rice?

Cook's Illustrated has published a method of preparation that calls for boiling the rice in a great excess of salted water (e.g. 1 cup rice in 2 quarts) for 12-17 minutes, then draining through a sieve. It works well, but of course the key is to determine for a given type of rice whether to cook for 12 minutes or 17 minutes or something in between. I test about once per minute starting at 12 minutes, and drain when the rice is somewhat 'al dente'.

Jun 01, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

SM Food Market, Middletown

I didn't remember seeing the fish tanks, but attached blow-up of one of my pics in earlier post looks like it shows tanks under the fish counter.

Jun 01, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

SM Food Market, Middletown

IIRC, cooked ducks are on the right as you enter -- where the baked goods were when it was Asian Food Market. I don't recall seeing the bakery case this time... you'll have to check it out yourself!

May 31, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

SM Food Market, Middletown

Open again today (May 31). Official opening is June 7, but they've been open with reduced schedule. A few pictures attached.

May 31, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

SM Food Market, Middletown

It was open to the public last Sunday (24 May) and I did some shopping there. Similar layout to the previous occupant (Asian Food Market) but they have extended the store further into what I presume was previously storage space in the NE corner -- that's where they now have foods from Southeast Asia.

May 31, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Which NJ restaurants are in former Howard Johnson buildings?

There's a directory that includes some of the former HoJos here: http://www.highwayhost.org/Stategatew...

May 22, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Take off that Fitbit. Exercise alone won’t make you lose weight.

Malhotra also recently published an editorial on this topic in British Journal of Sport Medicine. I think it's available to all: http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/201...

(There's been some controversy about the editorial -- http://retractionwatch.com/2015/05/05... )

May 19, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Bacon is so cheap, even veggie burgers get two strips

Wholesale pork bellies cost 45% less than a year ago! Hence bacon is going on many things -- e.g. the "Hypocrite Burger" (a veggie burger with 2 strips of bacon).

May 19, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Yay!! New Sandra Lee TV show coming to ABC

I think she's trying to assume the role of America's next-generation "dominatrix of domesticity" from Martha Stewart (who is 25 years older). But big shoes to fill!

Of course, my suggested title for her show is "America's New Dominatrix of Domesticity".

May 08, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

meat thermometer - instant vs leave-in

Kenji makes a good case for the instant vs. leave-in: http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/05/as...

I have both (a Thermapen and a Maverick respectively), but haven't used my leave-in for several years now.

May 08, 2015
drongo in Cookware

Wegmans Replacing Dearborn in Holmdel?

It doesn't make sense for them to make it another Shoprite, since the new Hazlet Shoprite is only 1.9 miles away and the Middletown Shoprite is 2.9 miles away (distances courtesy of driving directions from Google Maps).

May 08, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Arrrgh! Please help settle tipping argument!!!

MGZ, I'm sure you didn't mean to write that you'd "waive" a friendly good night... but I got a good chuckle out of it. :)

May 08, 2015
drongo in Not About Food
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Yay!! New Sandra Lee TV show coming to ABC

http://pagesix.com/2015/05/07/sandra-...

Show has yet to be named, but Jezebel has some suggestions:
http://jezebel.com/break-your-dvrs-be...

May 08, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Favorite Defunct Monmouth County Restaurant

I didn't know Chris Mumford was at the Airport Inn... is that now CJ McLoone's?

It's interesting that his current place (which does classes, catering, breakfast, lunch, and occasional tasting dinners) is so near the old Airport Inn.

May 02, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

New Report on Non-Stick Cookware

Here's the "Madrid Statement on Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)" without additional political input... I'm not saying the original statement linked here is not political (clearly it is), just that it doesn't include the additional political baggage that has been appended in media reports: http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/wp-content/u...

May 01, 2015
drongo in Cookware

Consumer Reports: 60 Percent of Frozen Shrimp Contaminated With Bacteria

My June 2015 issue of Consumer Reports arrived. And I'm happy to say that the article is good... I see my concern about the "sensationalistic populist anti-science approach" reflected only (or mostly) in what was produced by the headline writers or editors (e.g. in the section entitled "Where we stand on shrimp").

Perhaps they should make the headline writers 'available to the industry' -- e.g. for employment at the NY Post or the other tabloids. Then I'd be more accepting of this magazine (which I have subscribed to for more the 2 decades, but I've been seeing an increasingly anti-science approach in their headlines and editorial comments).

May 01, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News