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My First Chipotle

OMG, that video is really cruel and unfair. But funny.

about 4 hours ago
drongo in Chains

Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

lol, lol, lol.

about 5 hours ago
drongo in Chains
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Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

Overwhelmingly in CA, I admit. (And when I lived in CA for most of the 1980s, the company had stores ONLY in CA).

about 5 hours ago
drongo in Chains

Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

Left Coast of Europe -- i.e. German company!

about 5 hours ago
drongo in Chains

Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

Yes, here in NJ, I usually see prices per lb-- exactly the same prices as jr quotes (we must go to the same store!).

about 5 hours ago
drongo in Chains
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Trader Joes fruit recall....see that place is going to kill all you loyalists!

Haha. For a recent and amusing (at least to me) piece about Trader Joe's cultists, see http://traderjoessecrets.blogspot.com...

about 7 hours ago
drongo in Chains

The Testing Thread - Part 4

Dog in jail for stealing food from kitchen... serves him/her right!

about 7 hours ago
drongo in Site Talk

Locked discussion?

Ahah... i'm busted for not reading this whole thread! Sorry.

about 10 hours ago
drongo in Site Talk

Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

Ah, ok... I stand corrected. So it was about 6,000 calories. (Unless she took the other 10 home for a snack later, lol.)

about 10 hours ago
drongo in Food Media & News

Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

She ate 7 orders of mozzarella sticks, and according to TGIF's nutrition page each is 1,100 calories -- so 7,700 calories total (and 16,450 mg sodium; 525 g = approx. 1 lb 3 oz of fat). Heh.
https://www.tgifridays.com/nutrition.pdf

about 12 hours ago
drongo in Food Media & News

Locked discussion?

Presumably because there are duplicate threads. But would be nice to have a pointer to the other thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983187

about 12 hours ago
drongo in Site Talk

Santorini Greek Cuisine Coming to Lincroft

I'm amused by the five people who have already rated it 4 or 5 stars before it opens!

I also am looking forward to the opening... I live only a mile away.

1 day ago
drongo in New Jersey

Responsibility

Saveur had an article about it: http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen...
Fettuccine, butter, parmesan.
(But then what is butter but cream after inverting the oil-in-water emulsion into a water-in-oil emulsion. So it does contain cream!)

1 day ago
drongo in Site Talk

Karl Albrecht (founder of ALDI) dies

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/bus...
The obituary has some interesting information about the family, and about Aldi and Trader Joes.

His brother Theo died in 2010: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7241...

1 day ago
drongo in Food Media & News

Pull One Off for Carl's Jr./Hardee's?

LOL.

Thankfully, I don't think we have any of those three chains here in New Jersey. We do have Shake Shack, which I guess could be similarly misinterpreted/perverted.

Jul 20, 2014
drongo in Chains

Anybody on this board seen or done a WHOLE SWORD FISH over fire?

I also am sorry that he left... I never got the sense he was promoting his event here, but rather legitimately seeking advice for his amazing cookouts.

Jul 20, 2014
drongo in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
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Discrimination in Restaurants - does it influence where you dine?

No.

Jul 19, 2014
drongo in Not About Food

Avatars -- describe? u/l a pic?

Yeah, but if the avatars were easy to interpret, you wouldn't have been able to create such a great thread!

Jul 18, 2014
drongo in Site Talk

Blade textured steaks should be cooked well-done for safety.

I give credit to Costco for disclosing that they blade tenderize most beef. But I suspect it's widespread (but undisclosed), so we shouldn't vilify Costco.

I think it's a shame that Costco blade tenderizes the Prime beef. But regardless, I don't overcook it (max. internal temperature 135 or less).

Jul 18, 2014
drongo in General Topics

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

I would be more worried about an employee with bandaids or other bandages than a tattoo.

OTOH, I remember decades ago when I saw tattoos as not acceptable -- the mark of criminals. I recall being absolutely horrified when I saw a police officer in Rahway, NJ, with tattoos -- I quickly crossed the street to avoid being truncheoned. Now, of course, seeing police officers with tattoos is routine (at least here in NJ) and I have overcome my prejudices and have no problem with tattoos.

Jul 18, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News
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Banned

I am tempted to start a thread asking which accounts are sockpuppets of others (e,g, jrvedivici and fourunder), but I won't because I'd probably get banned.........

Jul 18, 2014
drongo in Site Talk

Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

Though the second waitress got tipped "over 1000%" -- i.e. over $100 (not great for a table for the entire evening, but not nothing at least). Don't know about the first one.

Jul 18, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News

Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

I hope she gets her days off... she'll need them, lol.

Jul 18, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News
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Banned

When I was a mod (different forum, different field) we'd sometimes get people who would register 2 or more accounts (with same IP address) so they could either argue with themselves (with one account being used to generate strawman positions that the other account could cleverly dismantle) or agree with themselves (thereby implying a consensus view). The extra accounts were so-called "sockpuppets". When we called them on it, they'd frequently say the other account was a spouse or roommate.

Jul 18, 2014
drongo in Site Talk

Avatars -- describe? u/l a pic?

It looks like some kind of triffid sneaking up behind JR. He had a close call there....

Jul 16, 2014
drongo in Site Talk

Avatars -- describe? u/l a pic?

I’ve lost the original picture that I used, but have attached something similar.

I use “drongo” because I’m a birder (birdwatcher to the non-initiated!) and the drongo was my favorite common local bird when I was a child – and the connection with “chowhound” is that drongos are very clever feeders, as can be seen in this article (from the Daily Mail, sorry) - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetec...

Coincidentally, it turns out that Australians use the word “drongo” for someone who is a dumbass or idiot (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define... ) and that’s probably quite accurate also!

Jul 16, 2014
drongo in Site Talk
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Steak-tip grinder

The "Barking Dog" who is no longer barking?? Serves him right for keeping us awake.... :)

Jul 15, 2014
drongo in New Jersey

Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Many of the bagels and some of the pizza in NJ is good... but much is awful (and the same applies to NYC also, lol).

(I've lived variously in Manhattan and the northern part of NJ for over 25 years, and have had the good, bad & ugly.)

Jul 15, 2014
drongo in General Topics
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arguing here?

"This excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness." (Rudolph Giuliani)

Jul 15, 2014
drongo in Site Talk
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Wegmans going downhill

I don't go to Wegman's often because it's out of my way -- about a 40 minute round-trip. When I do go, it's usually to get the "international" foods that my local supermarkets don't carry. And indeed I've recently found it more difficult to find what I'm looking for.

Jul 14, 2014
drongo in Chains