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Adding new briquettes to maintain heat - pre-lit or not?

Second the "snake" technique on kettles. If I want to do a rack of Saint Louis or baby backs, I don't bother firing up the WSM anymore.

about 13 hours ago
monkeyrotica in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Arby's

The roast beef is probably the last thing I'd order at Arby's. Their brisket sandwich is quite good (once they got rid of the mayo) and they make one of the better fried fish sandwiches.

http://www.grubgrade.com/reviews/revi...

about 19 hours ago
monkeyrotica in Chains
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Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

Yeah, spinach is another trigger for me, along with weird stuff like lentils, which sucks because I love lentil soup.

Jul 02, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

Definitely affects people differently. I know gouters who can't touch alcohol, but I can drink like a fish. Shrimp, anchovy, and fish eggs make my foot explode, but I'm fine with oysters, clams, and squid. Thanksgiving is supposed to be murder on a lot of gout sufferers, particularly with giblet gravy because of the whole organ meat thing. I'll get a flare-up every 6 months or so, and it's usually because there's some bonito fish in soup stock or lentils in my bean soup. But, yeah, I just steer clear of turkey and game meats as a rule.

Jul 02, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

Good to know. Turkey is a gout trigger for me, so turkey-based lunchmeats/burger/sausage is off my list.

Jul 02, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Why do Restaurants Use Frozen French Fries?

That's pretty much what Danny Myer said upthread about why he dropped the fresh cuts from the Shake Shack menu:

"But making them from scratch was far more laborious, and to pull it off they had to make changes to Shack kitchens and retrain staff—as well as deal with some unanticipated logistical issues. "You can be the greatest potato cutter in the universe," says Garutti, "but if the potatoes come in the door and they sat in a truck in the freezing cold, they're ruined. You cannot get them to be good.""

Jul 02, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Anybody remember Sherrill's diner on Capitol Hill?

Maybe they were using an Army flag patch for a model?

http://www.marlowwhite.com/faq/f-why-...

Anybody remember Sherrill's diner on Capitol Hill?

The documentary was nominated for an Academy Award and is available online. The food was definitely more miss than hit, but the donuts were always good and it was always filled with some great characters. Of course, today, the place is a Starbucks. Nice little document from a simpler, less sophisticated dining era.

Chic Fil A highest rated fast food

A focused menu, better paid & trained staff, consistent experience. McDonalds at the bottom of the list with sprawling, bewildering menu, poorly paid staff, and management is a mess.

What's the best pizza delivery (and non-delivery) in Falls Church/McLean? Particularly NY style

Valentino's might deliver to Falls Church. Worth the drive. They do 20" pies that make a nice foldable NY slice. Good balance of sauce and cheese.

http://valentinosnypizzeria.com/

Why do Restaurants Use Frozen French Fries?

So basically “fresh cut fries” can mean “freshly cut three days ago and refrigerated at peak staleness.” Kinda like “calamari” can mean “seafood-style pork rectums.” What a very unique and not uninspired language English is!

http://gothamist.com/2013/01/14/is_th...

Jun 30, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

One person's bread yeast is another person's wide open alien butt.

Jun 29, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Why do Restaurants Use Frozen French Fries?

The only places that I've had really good fresh cut fries were Belgian and French bistros where they move A LOT of moulles frites and steak frites and they have a dedicated fry cook who just does fries. The volume of fresh fries they sell justifies the expense/waste. Whenever I go to Antoine's, I always get the pommes de terre souffles; thin sliced potatoes fried and blanched and when they're fried again, the moisture inside the potato puffs it up into a pillow. Served with hollandaise sauce. Incredibly tricky to make and almost half of the potatoes deflate and are thrown out.

http://labellecuisine.com/archives/Si...

Why do Restaurants Use Frozen French Fries?

I’ve been noticing a few eateries have been offering fresh cut potato chips in addition to the fresh cut fries. They seem to have a 50/50 success rate with the chips, depending on who’s operating the fryer. Still better than the fries, which are almost always burnt+greasy. The chips also have the advantage that they give you less of them so there’s less greasy/burnt chip to eat.

Jun 28, 2015
monkeyrotica in General Topics

What is with the smell at Subway??

I think they should open a separate franchise that serves even lower grade cold cuts and even worse smelling bread at an even lower price point for people who complain about expensive the 99 cent menu has become. They could call it "SubSubway" or "Subway On the Run" or "With The Runs" or "Poochy" only more pro-active.

Jun 26, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains
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Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

I would definitely take the cold smell of gore from an abbatoir over Subway smell. At least one is natural and doesn't smell of alien yeast from the Phantom Zone.

Why do Restaurants Use Frozen French Fries?

So gratifying to read when an exec admits to a mistake. Fresh cut fries aren't "a little bit more labor intensive." They're "crazy hard" to pull off.

"People hated them," Garutti says. "I think we made the best fresh-cut fry ever made. But a lot of people said, ‘Hey, I love you guys, love what you're trying to do here, but I just miss the crinkle-cut.’"

http://www.fastcompany.com/3047019/sh...

Any Must Order at Jaleo?

Anchovies with lemon and a carafe of sangria. The secret ingredient is Fresca.

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

The higher quality ingredients and skilled labor processes needed to produce better bread would necessitate a higher price point, which is a market Subway clearly doesn't want to pursue.

Kinda reminds me of that sprawling Taco Bell thread, and the older employees describing how they browned and seasoned the meat by hand and cooked the refried beans and prepped the toppings but now all the zero-prep product arrives preassembled in giant Sysco bags. They just dump everything into steam trays. If they went back to the old ways of fresh meat and toppings, they'd have a better tasting but more expensive product that most of their customer base isn't willing to pay for. The customers who want a better product are already going to Chipotle or the local tacquerias, I can't imagine revising their formula will lure those eaters back. Similarly, people who want a better sub than Subway are already doing that; people who are happy with Subway as it is would just leave because their improved product is more expensive.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7517...

Jun 25, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains
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Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

I'd be willing to pay more for better bread that Subway DOESN'T bake, but I still can't get past the smell. If they outsourced 100% of the bread and they got rid of that smell, I'd be all over that like smell on Subway!

Jun 24, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Cornichons - pair best with ?

My cheese plate for picnics usually includes a soft cheese like brie, a sharp English chedder (like Red Leicester), a nice rich blue (Dorset), cornichons, oil cured olives, cured meats (typically serranno ham, prosciutto), and either fresh baguettes or a neutral cracker like mazoh. Often I'll include some fresh apples or pears and a dessert wine or port.

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

I think there's a certain homespun cachet associated with "We Bake Our Own Bread Fresh!" that, in spite of it being horrible, moves merchandise. It's like restaurants that serve "Fresh Cut Fries" that manage to be both greasy and burnt because the fry cook didn't fry them twice properly. Yet customers are like, "Oh! They have FRESH CUT FRIES! Maybe this time they won't be terrible."

Jun 24, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

There's definitely a sour, vinegary component to the Subway smell, as if the alien dough was interrupted mid rise by a botched vinegar & water douche.

Jun 22, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

For a franchise, Subway has REALLY low startup costs compared to other small chains. For that reason, they're popular among immigrant entrepreneurs who pool cash from extended family members. This sets up an interesting conflict between minorities who just want to run their own business and urban scenester types who'd rather have more artisanally curated small plates or even an abandoned building.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/lo...

Jun 22, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Looking for ice cream at a dairy farm

Second South Mountain. They do feeding tours where you can feed the calves from giant milk bottles. Excellent ice cream and dairy products; their 2% milk tastes like whole milk and their whole milk tastes like heavy cream.

Used to love getting ice cream at U. of M. dairy, but haven't been in years.

McDonald's Will Toast Buns Longer For Hotter Burgers

But the "searing" makes it a "JUICIER" turd.

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

I'm still trying to figure out how their $5 "Footlongs" are seven inches. I don't know whether to blame the metric system, Obama, or hard-twerking revenge porn sexting Millennials.

Jun 21, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains
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Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

A logical fallacy considering it posits that said sensitive person did not engage in middle school humor or hyperbole prior to encountering the Subway Smell. This should be easy to test with a control group that goes to Quiznos, Jersey Mike's, Firehouse, and Panera to observe whether their level of humor rises above juvenile poot/pee humor. You may, if you can assemble a grant application to either the National Science Foundation or the FDA, put me down for a contribution of $1,000.

Jun 19, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains
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What is with the smell at Subway??

I guess that depends on the kind of rubber. Some smells more butt-like than others. Then there's the whole matter of rubber fetish underwear which I will leave for a more brilliant mind than mine to discuss.

Jun 19, 2015
monkeyrotica in Chains

Dinner for a group of 40 people, on a budget, in DC!

Define "low budget?"