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Consumer Reports Investigates Exploding Pyrex

I agree that Pyrex is not for roasting... liquid drips from the items being roasted, landing on the hot glass and causing a thermal shock.

1 day ago
drongo in Cookware

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

I think dogs can help owners who suffer from extreme self-centeredness. The owners get to focus on something other than their own personal desires by having to feed the dogs and maybe even push them around in a stroller.

1 day ago
drongo in Food Media & News
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Have you ever left a Restaurant...

Apropos of nothing related to this thread... as a biologist, I'd like to commend you on your chowhound moniker! (Never eaten one though.)

1 day ago
drongo in Not About Food

Have you ever left a Restaurant...

I think my wife's secret motivation is that we now usually let her pick the restaurant so we don't hear the "nothing for me" comment!

2 days ago
drongo in Not About Food

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

The restaurant is not allowed to ask what the disabilities are (apparently both husband and wife have disabilities that are helped by these service dogs) nor for documentation of the dogs' training. But if they file a lawsuit, I presume they'll need to disclose this information at least to the restaurant's attorney (and to the court if they get that far).

2 days ago
drongo in Food Media & News

Have you ever left a Restaurant...

I think having one person cancelling his/her order and sitting just drinking water would be awkward for the rest of the group.

My wife can be a terror at a restaurant. She is into low-carb, no-gluten, grass-fed or wild-caught, preferably with kale. Often she will proclaim "there's nothing for me here"... but she does order something when I press her to be sociable (though she gets back at me by ordering the most expensive thing on the menu!).

2 days ago
drongo in Not About Food
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Pass the Salt (But Not That Pink Himalayan Stuff) « Science-Based Medicine

Interestingly, the scientists measure sodium excretion in urine as a surrogate for intake -- much easier to measure, though they miss a little salt lost in sweat and other secretions (tears from reading chowhound posts?).

I think that the acceptable range is probably quite wide -- but these studies suggest that it's not quite as wide as the natriophiles (on high end) or natriophobes (on low end) would like!

2 days ago
drongo in Food Media & News

Pass the Salt (But Not That Pink Himalayan Stuff) « Science-Based Medicine

By the way, Martin O'Donnell, the first author of the 2011 JAMA paper that you provided a link to, is an author of two of the new NEJM papers (and first author of one)-- and Andrew Mente, who is the first author of one of the other new papers, is also an author of the 2011 paper. So the newly-reported results are a continuation of the same line of research. I think the new study is better -- the subjects in the JAMA paper were participating in a clinical trial (comparing ramipril with telmisartan) -- they were patients at high risk of CV disease. The new study aimed to select a representative sample (rather than sample biased towards risk of CV disease). Also the new study had a larger set of participants. Reassuringly, the results are mostly consistent with the older JAMA study.

2 days ago
drongo in Food Media & News

Pass the Salt (But Not That Pink Himalayan Stuff) « Science-Based Medicine

That excessively low sodium intake may be harmful is raised in all three of these new papers... and also mentioned in my brief summary in the original post. It's not surprising that very high (relative to median) is bad and that very low is also bad. But perhaps it's an open question as to whether we can specify a range that would be appropriate for most people... it's hard to establish what the optimum is on an individual by individual basis.

2 days ago
drongo in Food Media & News
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Pass the Salt (But Not That Pink Himalayan Stuff) « Science-Based Medicine

The U.S. government suggests a daily limit of 2.35 g sodium and the American Heart Association recommends an even lower daily limit of 1.5 g. But the data supporting these recommendations have some inconsistencies. The New England Journal of Medicine now has published three new studies --two each involving over 100,000 subjects and the other a meta analysis of 205 previous studies. These studies suggest that high sodium intake is associated with hypertension, cardiovascular events, and death... but that low sodium consumption might be even worse. So moderate levels may be best, and the AHA recommendation too extreme. The studies also suggest that higher potassium intake may be beneficial. The new papers are discussed on the Science-Based Medicine website by the inimitable Harriet Hall.

2 days ago
drongo in Food Media & News

Stuffed cabbage question

The conventional wisdom is probably 3-4 days. But it depends on how cold is your fridge.

Aug 18, 2014
drongo in Home Cooking

Help, can anyone identify what this pan is for?

Aug 17, 2014
drongo in Cookware

Looking for a slow cooker Alfredo, without using a jar of pasta sauce.

I love my slow cooker, but I think Alfredo is not an appropriate dish for a slow cooker because the original method of preparation only takes a few minutes: http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen...
http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

Aug 17, 2014
drongo in Home Cooking

Foodsaver non-sealing bags problem~

I don't see how I can usefully rotate 90 degrees because there's only one direction that I need to seal... I could rotate 180 degrees but not 90 degrees. ???

Aug 16, 2014
drongo in Cookware

Is it right for restaurants to stop seating people before closing time?

Maybe to take care of the lingering 5%, it could be "Last orders 9:30 pm, Lights out 10:30 pm" ?

Aug 16, 2014
drongo in Not About Food

Is it right for restaurants to stop seating people before closing time?

I'm not sure "Last Orders - 9:30 pm" solves the problem(s). Some people will order at 9:30 and be gone by 10:30 -- but others might have a leisurely multi-course meal followed by coffee, port, etc. and still be lingering at midnight (unless given some encouragement -- whether with stick or carrot -- to get going).

Aug 15, 2014
drongo in Not About Food
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Pink Slime is back

I'd say everyone has bias. But I agree that I should have focused on the conflict of interest rather than the bias. And also on the claim (without supporting evidence) that the product in question "is headed for your burger".

Aug 13, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News
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Pink Slime is back

Just look at the headlines:
WCVB ABC: "'Pink slime' is back and headed for your burger"
Reuters: "Beef Products Inc reopens plant as 'pink slime' lawsuit proceeds"

I have no love for either food or media companies -- though probably even less for the latter.

Aug 13, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News
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Pink Slime is back

WCVB is an ABC station -- and ABC is being sued for defamation by Beef Products. I don't know who is right or wrong in this dispute, but an ABC station is not an unbiased source.

Here's an article on the topic from yesterday by Reuters (not necessarily unbiased, but not such an obvious conflict of interest as WCVB): http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/0...

Aug 13, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News
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NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

I assume you mean Guy Savoy not Guy Fieri?

Aug 13, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News
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NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

Should risotto be listed under pasta on the menu? Or farrotto (though at least farro is a type of wheat)?

Aug 13, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News

NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

I think she would have been rather constrained in what she could do with the menu -- her fans will be looking for the simple "feel good" family food she has in her books and TV show.

Aug 13, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News

Inkanto Peruvian Cuisine in Hazlet

Here's thread about this place: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/978930 It's at 3115 Route 35, Hazlet - across the road from the Shoprite.

Aug 13, 2014
drongo in New Jersey

NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

I was amused at the review. But I get a bit of a deja vu after his review of Guy Fieri's restaurant -- rather predictable that a restaurant seeking to capitalize on a popular TV persona would be terrible.

Aug 13, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News
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Why Are We Importing Our Own Fish?

Another (and related) interesting article in the NY Times: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08... about how we (in USA) export a lot of our wild catch and ourselves eat farmed seafood from China, Thailand and Chile (86% of what we eat is imported).

Aug 12, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News

Food trends past and present in the New York Times

Some interesting charts in the NY Times derived from text search of the newspaper: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/12/ups...

Also another article about fast food trends as revealed by coverage in the paper: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/ups...

Aug 12, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News
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The Hundred-Foot Journey: restaurant-themed Helen Mirren film

I haven't seen it, and I'm discouraged after reading A.O. Scott's review in the NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/mov... 'the dominant flavor of “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is pure banality.'

Aug 09, 2014
drongo in Food Media & News

Where is Hotdoglover? Hot Dog Heaven: Ultimate Jersey Hot Dog Directory

I think this is a link to the relevant page: http://www.nj.com/inside-jersey/index... John Fox = hotdoglover

Aug 09, 2014
drongo in New Jersey

Is Legal Sea Foods a chain?

It's very much a chain these days. And most of the Legal Sea Foods restaurants that I see are in classic chain locations -- shopping malls and airports. That said, I think it's better than Red Lobster and Joe's Crack Shack and many others.

EDIT: I meant Joe's Crab Shack rather than Crack Shack (my fingers are even slower than my mind), but I like the typo so much that I'm not editing it!

Aug 08, 2014
drongo in Chains
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Old Spaghetti Company

My wife worked at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Denver back in the 1970s, and often when we are in Denver we go back there for old times' sake. I think the Denver location was one of the earliest, opening in 1972... the original in Portland opened in 1969.

I don't think the food is good, but it's a fun place (for us, at least!).

Edit: Oops... didn't notice that this is a zombie thread!

Aug 08, 2014
drongo in Chains