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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

Dinner Disaster!

I once did something similar with Worcestershire -- uncapped the bottle and added a glug, expecting that with the nozzle on the bottle I'd get about a teaspoon, but the nozzle had come off somehow and I added about half a cup!

May 01, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

Prime Chuck roast

I would do something like fourunder's method -- dry roast low-and-slow, with sear or broil either at start or end.

May 01, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking
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Engine Hoagies

I can imagine the disappointment of opening the hood to get your hot sandwich only to find it had fallen off along the way :(

Apr 29, 2015
drongo in General Topics

Totally cool portable grill

It looks cool when it's new and clean. But once it's been used I'd think it'd be a bit of a mess to pack it up and take it home. Or maybe it's to use once and then toss it out?

Apr 28, 2015
drongo in Cookware

Totally cool portable grill

It looks cool when it's new and clean. But after it's been used I'd think it'd be a bit of a mess to pack it up and take it home. Or maybe it's to use once and then toss it out?

Apr 28, 2015
drongo in Cookware

Government says it's okay to eat some food 12 or 18 months after its sell-by date

There's not much incentive for a food company to extend an expiry date... it's often to their benefit if you throw something out and buy a replacement.

In the pharmaceutical industry, companies need to justify their expiry dates to the FDA using real-time experimental data. Not so for most of the food industry.

Consumer Reports: 60 Percent of Frozen Shrimp Contaminated With Bacteria

I've been a Consumer Reports subscriber for 30 years, but I'm getting tired of them. They've been increasingly adopting a sensationalistic populist anti-science approach.

I'll reserve judgment on this piece until I read it in the next issue.

Apr 26, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Horrible Restaurant Names

There's a popular place in New Brunswick, NJ, called "Stuff Yer Face". I know it's intended as an amusing name, but doesn't sound appealing to me. If you want a stromboli and beer, it's the place to go.

Trivia: Mario Batali reputedly started his cooking career at Stuff Yer Face... not fine dining! Maybe that's where he picked up his taste in footwear.

Apr 25, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

Chefs Table: Cool Culinary Myth Making

Well, despite the insult to other artisans, it turned out to be a fun article to read -- thanks for posting the link!

Apr 24, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News
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Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

Thanks -- that's an interesting note. I've thought that C. botulinum takes a while (i.e. months, such as in canned food) to wreak its havoc... but that post indicates it could be only a day!

Will be interesting to see the report on this incident.

Apr 24, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

Thanks -- that's an interesting note. I've thought that C. botulinum takes a while (i.e. months, such as in canned food) to wreak its havoc... but that post indicates it could be only a day!

Will be interesting to see the report on the recent incident.

Apr 24, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

No, I think not the potato salads... you can certainly get food poisoning from potato salads, but not botulism. As others have said up-thread, it's likely to be something home-canned that's not high in acid, sugar or salt -- so the canned beets, soup, green beans are on top of the list of suspects, then the canned pears (depending on sugar level) and canned pickles (depending on acid and salt levels).

Edited to add: It seems the canned green beans were not home-canned so they are unlikely to be the cause.

Apr 24, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

Attached is a list of what they're testing. Not surprisingly some (but not all) of the foods being tested are home-canned: beets, vegetable soup, pears, pickles, green beans. I think it's impossible that the other items are responsible because C. botulinum needs anaerobic conditions to proliferate. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stori...

Apr 24, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

The best starting point is probably the USDA guide, which is available for free online http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/pub...

Apr 24, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News
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More food expiration date hype, this time on Dr. Oz

Not nowhere for ice crystals to escape to, but nowhere for water vapor (from sublimation) to escape to, thus dehydrating the surface of the meat = "freezer burn".

Apr 23, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Botulism outbreak linked to Ohio Church potluck

I hope people don't overreact and avoid home-canned foods because of botulism risk. This sort of incident is very rare. To put in perspective, the CDC reports that each year about 48,000,000 people in the USA get food poisoning, of which 3,000 people die. But, using 2012 data (which were the most recent I could find), botulism is responsible for only 25 cases of food poisoning (0.00005% of 48 million) and 1 case that led to death (0.000002% of 48 million or 0.03% of 3000 deaths). So other causes of food poisoning that are not linked with home-canning are far, far, far (repeat -- many orders of magnitude) more likely to cause illness. http://www.cdc.gov/foodborneburden/20... http://www.cdc.gov/nationalsurveillan...

Please interpret this menu pricing....

Here's another photo of the black-and-white menu at this restaurant -- and this one does list 2 prices for the kabobs.

Apr 23, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

There are 2 local oyster festivals scheduled this year -- Asbury Park (Sept 11-13) and Red Bank (Sept 27) http://www.asburyparkchamber.com/spon...
http://www.rueevents.com/information_...
And Bradley Beach has a lobster festival scheduled for June 27-28 http://www.bblobsterfest.com/ (the link makes it look like a blobster fest, lol... blobsters are what the attendees will be after gorging themselves at the festival).

Apr 23, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Smart Shanghai: The Man Who Spent A Year Studying Xiao Long Bao

St. Cavish (author of the article) scores dumplings using an equation of the form: (weight of meatball + weight of soup)/thickness of skin. So perhaps it's not surprising that larger dumplings (more meatball + soup) get the highest scores in his index.

Apr 23, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News