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How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

Anywhere from 2 to 4 times a week and anywhere from 1 to 3 drinks when I do.

Apr 07, 2014
inaplasticcup in General Topics

Is there a chance in heck we can get Fast Food chains to cut back on the salt on the fries?

I prefer my fries without salt and always ask for them that way. For me, it's about flavor and not health risks.

I notice a lot of fast food places have some salt solution soaked into the fries as well. Salt on top of that is just too much.

Mar 31, 2014
inaplasticcup in Chains
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Man vs Food's Adam Richman admits fans expect him to binge but says 'slimming down has boosted my confidence' -Mirror

I'm glad he's not doing that to himself any longer.

Mar 18, 2014
inaplasticcup in Food Media & News

Are we supposed to be tipping much less than I thought in California?

Thanks for chuckles, BacoMan.

I'm a generally 20% after tax, after drinks including bottles tipper with a fluctuating level of disposable income over the years (I hate to qualify this comment with that statement, but the assumption is often made that people who say what I'm about to say are cheap, stingy, lacking empathy and uncaring about those less fortunate...), and I still ponder the kinds of questions posed by the OP. Although I participate in the system because I find it my most conscionable option at the moment, I find inherent inequity and indignity in the tipping system.

As much as I encounter it on tipping threads, I shouldn't be, but I am always surprised by how many of us assume a fairly lofty moral highground based on our tipping habits.

Mar 18, 2014
inaplasticcup in Not About Food

Overheard in Thai restaurant...embarrassing "Yankees."

Thanks, sunshine. I've have a loookay. :P

Mar 10, 2014
inaplasticcup in Not About Food

Overheard in Thai restaurant...embarrassing "Yankees."

I don't know what Hyacinth is like, so without benefit of that knowledge, my guess is that the customer was cracking a joke about herself, and it wouldn't offend me in the least.

To me, that's like the Thai woman asking me how spicy (as in hot) I'd like my food and me saying, "5 PLUS! I'm Korean!"

Of course not ALL Koreans like their food as hot as I do, so it would be a somewhat hyperbolic generalization, but not totally out of left field.

And from what I know of the cuisine of the part of the US in which people refer to themselves as Yankees, it's not hot at all, is it? ^-

Mar 09, 2014
inaplasticcup in Not About Food

was this a social faux pas?

You were considerate hosts. The faux pas committed was certainly not yours. :)

Mar 09, 2014
inaplasticcup in Not About Food
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McRib is Back, and Are you going to get one?

I usually have one or two whenever they sell them, but (and I'm not sure about this) it seems like they've changed the buns over the past few years - more dense and dry - which takes away from my enjoyment of them.

I think.

Or maybe I've changed.

I may or may not have one this McRib season...

Feb 25, 2014
inaplasticcup in Chains

What do you serve with steak?

I like to serve the hot steak over a bed of arugula and let the juices wilt and dress the arugula with a wedge of lemon on the side to add a bit of acid.

I also like roasted tomatoes in olive oil with fresh green herbs like parsley, oregano, thyme...

Roasted onions with chimichurri - also yummy with steak. :)

Feb 24, 2014
inaplasticcup in Home Cooking
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Anchovies : Love it or hate it.

Love canned anchovies in pastas, dressings, tapenades, bagna cauda...

And they're not canned, but fried boquerones are a fave, too.

Definitely in the anchovy love camp. :)

Feb 21, 2014
inaplasticcup in General Topics

Customer Service: How important is it to you?

I actually don't find Outback's canned and condescending brand of service to be good service at all, but I generally feel that way about the service in our American chains that target the same market.

Overly familiar to the point of near rudeness at times for me, but I get that some people think it friendly.

Feb 21, 2014
inaplasticcup in Not About Food

Customer Service: How important is it to you?

For me, there is no food so good that I would knowingly subject myself to knowing and persistent bad service or shitty attitude.

More and more it's becoming my experience that as exceptional as an arrogant someone may think their product, there is someone out there who can and will provide the same quality of output with a generally good will and a pleasant demeanor.

They may be fewer and farther between than I'd like, but I'd rather stay home and cook (or boil myself a packet of ramen) than support a business that either prides itself on, or does not care to improve upon, its poor service.

Feb 21, 2014
inaplasticcup in Not About Food
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HIKO SUSHI | Great sushi, Heartbreaking Experience [moved from LA board]

Thanks for bringing that to our attention. Can't speak for anyone else, but the date of the OP totally escaped me. :)

Feb 20, 2014
inaplasticcup in Not About Food

Thai Shrimp paste

The paste definitely lends a pungency that's hard to achieve with sauce, but you may not miss that much pungency depending on your palate.

Have you considered fish paste?

http://www.thaifoodmaster.com/thai_fo...

Feb 20, 2014
inaplasticcup in Home Cooking

I'm thinking of starting a food blog should I do it !?????

Thanks for the update! :)

Feb 20, 2014
inaplasticcup in Not About Food

Dashi

Dashi is a Japanese stock or broth made with, at a minimum, kombu (sheets of dried kelp) and katsuoboshi (dried bonito flakes).

Here's a good primer with links to recipes:

http://justonecookbook.com/how-to/how-to-make-dashi-jiru/

You can make it with those two ingredients, or your recipe might call for instant stuff like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Dashi-...

All three ingredients can be found in a Japanese market, but if you don't have access to one, you might be able to find the instant stuff in the Asian food section of your local grocer. I've also seen it at Cost Plus (World Market).

Feb 20, 2014
inaplasticcup in General Topics

Uses for Kimchi

Kimchi is yummy in a cold soba salad with a soy sauce/toasted sesame oil dressing with some fresh julienned cucumber, toasted sesame seeds, chopped green onions, and maybe some grilled, fried or deep fried tofu slices. :)

Feb 19, 2014
inaplasticcup in Vegetarian & Vegan

How many people really use shallots? I generally don't.

Thanks, CO. :)

Feb 19, 2014
inaplasticcup in Home Cooking

I'm thinking of starting a food blog should I do it !?????

He'll have to remember to start signing off with his blog url on every post in order not to be in violation of chowhound rules if they haven't changed.

Just FYI if you do, kevin. ;)

Feb 19, 2014
inaplasticcup in Not About Food

How many people really use shallots? I generally don't.

As others have mentioned, I often keep a limited number of shallots on hand for dressings and certain sauces in which I think their distinct flavor really sings. If I don't have them, onions always do in a pinch.

Feb 19, 2014
inaplasticcup in Home Cooking
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HIKO SUSHI | Great sushi, Heartbreaking Experience [moved from LA board]

I haven't eaten there, but as an avid non-flash food pic taker/sushi nut, this topic is of interest to me.

While the quality of the fish and rice don't always come through in pics, that is some of the most unartfully presented sushi I've seen from a sushi nazi in a while just sayin'... :/

And more to the topic - yes, OP could have asked, but that kind of parting dig from the proprietor, under those circumstances, isn't worth going back anywhere, much less in a locale like LA imo.

Feb 19, 2014
inaplasticcup in Not About Food

fried chicken tenders help needed

I also prefer lightly seasoned flour, single dredge. Though double dredge is good when you're in the mood for a slightly thicker, extra crispy crust.

Feb 19, 2014
inaplasticcup in Home Cooking

Is Anyone else on Pinterest? Let's follow each other!

I need to give my neglected pinterest a little more TLC. Perfect timing. :)

http://www.pinterest.com/chezshinae/

Feb 19, 2014
inaplasticcup in Home Cooking

What Food Trends have you noticed or forecasted for this year?

Ramen. Ramen shops popping up all over the place and ramen noodles as burger bun and taco shell...

Feb 18, 2014
inaplasticcup in General Topics

I'm thinking of starting a food blog should I do it !?????

If you would enjoy doing it, yes. I really think it's as simple as that.

Good luck with it, Kevin. :)

Feb 13, 2014
inaplasticcup in Not About Food

San Diego dining scene getting better?

IMO, *hoping* it gets better might not improve the dining scene, but acknowledging that there's room for improvement could be a good first step in actually improving it.

The piece wasn't generally about how nice it is to live in San Diego all things considered. It was a specific discussion of the dining scene.

I love living in San Diego, but I've had enough dining experiences in those other places to which it is presumably being compared to arrive at the conclusion that it could improve and think it would be great if we came closer to those standards.

Am I any less happy with myself or my life because we're not there yet? No. Will I be happier with the dining scene when we are? Absolutely.

Feb 13, 2014
inaplasticcup in San Diego

Do you cut off the stem end of mushrooms?

As others have said, only the parts that are extra dry, woody or fibrous. I use as much of the mushroom as possible.

Feb 05, 2014
inaplasticcup in General Topics

Dinner w/ crisped duck confit--adding foie gras (pate? warm?) somewhere in menu too much?

I love foie gras in so many ways but my favorite remains a simple seared treatment with some kind of sweet, acidic counterpoint.

It's sounding like your meal will be fantastic whatever you choose to do with it, Rob.

Feb 04, 2014
inaplasticcup in Home Cooking

Ideas for pomegranate vinegar other than salad dressing?

BBQ sauce or glaze should use up a bit of it.

Feb 02, 2014
inaplasticcup in Home Cooking

How do you define a "fusion" restaurant?

For me, it's when they take ingredients, techniques or flavor profiles that are recognizably from one cuisine and meld them with the same from others.

Jan 23, 2014
inaplasticcup in General Topics
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