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DTW: Better Made Rainbow Chips

I do believe people are yucking your yum. Oh well, more for you. I stick by my earlier post in this thread, I miss some brown chips in a regular bag of chips.

Jul 21, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Not embarrassing or disgusting but Michigan, especially southeast/metro Detroit is known for coney dogs and Faygo. Both are awesome. But Michigan is such a wonderfully diverse food producing state, I do think those two choices are a little unfair. Oh well, northern Michigan has cherries and pasties I guess. Balances it out a bit.

Jul 08, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics
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Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

I like neehees but wouldn't recommend it. It's not special enough. Plus the drive from the highway is criminally bad. The worst scenery in Michigan.

Jul 08, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

Zingermans in Ann Arbor is a michigan foodie destination. Stock up on breads, cheeses, other comestibles for the last leg of your trip up the mitten.

Also good in Ann Arbor is Biercamp for meat-centric munching and it's close to the highway. To be fair, Zingermans also has a big area on the south side of town as well, both are accessible from the same exit off 94. The actual zingermans deli is further into town. They also have a roadhouse on the west side of town. All are terrific if pricey.

Jul 08, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

How to peel a bucket of potatoes in less than a minute

That was freaking BRILLIANT!!!

Jun 28, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics
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What are you doing for father's day?

Thank you!

Jun 09, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Really? When I had it, it was very strong. Maybe it was brewed incorrectly. I personally drink the A-Bar-A from Roos. It's a lighter roast but very very delicious.

Jun 09, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Cheap Foods that Become Popular

Great, I should have said I hope liver and squab don't increase in price.

Jun 09, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics
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Cheap Foods that Become Popular

I don't even want to post this, for fear of jinxing it, but I swear if pork butt doesn't stay relatively cheap, I will be piiiiised.

Jun 08, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics
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Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Roos roast lobster butter love or rich french neighbor

Available in detroit, w Bloomfield, Troy and Rochester hills whole foods

Jun 08, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

What are you doing for father's day?

It's our first one! So far only bacon is on the menu, which is the standard weekend request for mr. charlesbois.

We may go to a picnic potluck. I brought bacon scones to the last one. Maybe strawberry cake this time?

Jun 03, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Detroit restaurant hummus-where/how is it produced?

It's so easy to make. I know I've made it in house at a couple places, including restaurants and production kitchens.

May 24, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes
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Chili vs. Coney Island sauce

That's a pretty good coney sauce recipe. Lots of places round these parts also use beef heart in the ground beef mixture. Coney sauce is definitely not eaten with a spoon.

There are no beans in coney sauce, which can differentiate it from a chili dog. Put coney sauce on natural casing dogs (for the snap) topped with onions and yellow mustard. Coney sauce is also good on fries.

I'm not even going to get into the difference between Flint and Detroit style coneys.

May 22, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Not to Miss Places - Cleveland, Detroit area, Columbus maybe?

Oh definitely. I know when I go on vacation, if the food isn't better than what I can get at home I just sit in my hotel room eating a sleeve of saltines.

May 19, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Dutch food for book club meeting??

Hagelslag! Basically chocolate jimmies, but made of REAL chocolate. May be a little hard to come by but you could buy crappy chocolate jimmies and pretend. Serve on buttered white bread.

Genever! Amstel light! Heineken!

The white asparagus someone else mentioned, too.

May 08, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics
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Weekend in Ann Arbor with a 2 year-old: suggestions?

Zingermans roadhouse is good (and expensive for what you get). But if you visit the deli AND zingermans south where the creamery, Bakehouse and roaster also are located, consider going to a non-zingermans place for dinner. I'd suggest Mani. It's busy but relatively kid friendly.

My favorite coffee place is Roos Roast. It's just off an unlovely stretch of road called south industrial but it is delicious and eclectic while keeping pretension to a minimum.

May 03, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

strep throat foods....please help

I hate cooking and doing dishes when I'm sick. Chinese delivery all the way. Noodle soups and big tumblers of tea for throat-soothing goodness. Ginger garlic chicken for immune system boost.

Apr 30, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Best? Most Useful? Countertop Utensil Container

No, but my mother keeps trying to give me hers. I just can't get used to them though.

Apr 28, 2014
charlesbois in Cookware

Best? Most Useful? Countertop Utensil Container

#1 Pickle crock and smaller crock

Apr 26, 2014
charlesbois in Cookware
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Chefs and 420: A Taste of Weed Culture from America's Cooks

Does no one smoke bongs anymore?

Apr 23, 2014
charlesbois in Features
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Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor) update

Just announced that blimpy burgers will go in the 300 block of Ashley, near Fleetwood. Opening in June hopefully.

Apr 18, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Good vegetable korma recipe?

Bumping this thread. Anyone? Going to make this at home to use up some yogurt hopefully.

Apr 16, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking

Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

Lentil soup is great. Saffron rice is good. Turkish coffee is good. Falafel is great. Babaganouj is sublime. I like their chicken schwarma. But for me the beef kebab is INSANELY good. I really like their fattoush with fried pita, it's heavy on parsley but not overly so and has good balance with the other veggies and dressing.

I wish they had their old meat pies, but they've changed those and I'm not a fan.

Apr 11, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

IMO Haifa has gone way downhill. I love all the veggies and Haifa sauce on their falafel sandwiches, but they changed their pita to something very inferior. Their falafel patties are subpar, always mushy and heavy as if not fried in hot enough oil. Their cinnamon scented rice is good but usually a little too dried out.

Apr 11, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

I totally agree with your husband. No one in Ann Arbor or ypsi comes close to the quality of their falafel patties.

Apr 10, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

Although a2 is technically SE Michigan, I'm not driving to Dearborn for a falafel. JG is consistently good if not excellent. They've been open since 1987. I've been going there since 1989. At some points in the 90s I was eating there multiple times a week. And not once did I ever have a bad or even mediocre meal.

When I worked in the kitchen at Seva, we often traded food with their kitchen crew. We felt we got the better deal of the trade.

Apr 10, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

Big announcement on their FB page (and Mlive articles). They're moving to Seva's old location around the corner. My god will I miss that counter. You will no longer be able to see falafel balls being made, or your Turkish coffee bubbling away on the grill. No random conversations with total strangers. This ranks right next to losing Drake's for me.

On the plus side, the front deck will be nice.

Apr 09, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

5 reasons your partner doesn't go to the farmers market with you..

Didn't the writers of thekitchn have kind of an acrimonious, sudden breakup? Maybe that is where this article is coming from. That said, I agree with a lot of it and go to early and less popular markets. (I'm lucky to live in an area wher there are different markets every day of the week all within 10 or so miles of each other.)

Mar 23, 2014
charlesbois in Food Media & News

My Seoncd Delcious Craft Beer

Very true. I think I conflated your response with the previous one.

Mar 20, 2014
charlesbois in Beer

My Seoncd Delcious Craft Beer

I've never heard of it, gluten free beer doesn't interest me --but if you like it, then you like it. I have no idea what constitutes a craft beer anymore, it's gotten so ridiculous. (I mean, nano breweries, bitch please.). In Bev owns a lot of stuff. My fav "local" brewery is now in 20 states. Doesn't mean it's shit beer.

Mar 20, 2014
charlesbois in Beer