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Indialantic Restaurants?

Publix for mango pie and fried chicken.

Bizarro's for pizza.

Lou's Blues for music and pathetic bar food.

Enjoy the beach.

Jul 29, 2015

Why remodel a kitchen and put in an electric range?

I installed a commercial electric stove as I did not want the expense of CNG and the other halfs fear of a gas explosion. Based on experience.

Electric is easy. Try getting insurance on a rental with gas kitchen appliances.

Mar 24, 2015

Kissimmee recommendations for a special and daring kid

To get the full Florida, I always recommend Lone Cabbage Fish Camp. Airboat rides, finest of Florida fried gator, frogs, catfish, etc. And the possibility of real Florida cowboys and cowgirls from the local ranches on the weekend.

From the Beach Line, take SR 520 to the St Johns River. Please do not feed the gators.

Mar 24, 2015

Are Small Sauce Pans Necessary?

Cooking for 1 or 2 has resulted in a drastic downsizing of my pots. They range from .25L to 3.5 L and are in constant use. The 20 Qt stockpot is buried deep and comes out for clams and lobster.

I have much less waste (scorching, burns) using the correct size pot for my needs.

Mar 05, 2015


I love the thought and the offer. I would love to try half a dozen 10 inch skillets from all economic and material levels to see which shines out for my cooking. But the shipping costs would quickly defeat the fun.

I would imagine this is an eBay solution to a Craig's list problem. So I will check out the local forums.

Thank You.

Jul 25, 2014

Belated trip report: Rome and Florence

A wonderful report. Thank you so much for letting the Chow community the results of the trip. So many ask and leave, unlike yourself.

Jul 24, 2014

Almost half of the world prefers instant coffee

A 16 year old co-worker just returned from 10 days in Turkey. She was very pleased with the taste of the instant coffee she had there. This from a US Starbucks customer.

If I ever see Jakobs instant at Big Lots, I will definitely invest in a jar.


If I were concerned about the amount of lead in my foodstuffs, I would take a definite pass on anything raised in northwest Illinois or southeast Missouri. No matter how loving and caring the organic farm would be.

Nature over nurture.

Jul 12, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in General Topics

California to allow underage students to taste wine

In my opinion, whenever politicians try to legislate morality and ethics, it is the case of the inmates running the insane asylum.

Jul 10, 2014

Thoughts after 6 weeks of low carb

When I went to alcohol free living, my weight loss accelerated to 7 to 8 pounds per month. But sun downs are no longer as convivial, and meals are far more boring without wine.

I do like the 31 inch waist, versus the 40 I started with a 9 months ago.


Sounds like a visit to the clothing optional beach, which is far from any services. Canaveral Sea Shore.

I would advise to learn to appreciate sea water.

Jul 07, 2014

Moving abroad soon. Should I bring my all-clad frying pan with me?

Most definitely take it with you in checked luggage. And the most used pot, also.

My 2 Qt. AC pot and 10 in. fry pan accompanied me on every relocation. Other items came in hold baggage. It gave me continuity when adjusting to new gas marks or electric dials. Also useful for pounding tent stakes when traveling on the cheap. (Much younger days)

Good Popsicle mold?

Another vote for Tupperware. Getting into a little hot water sure seems to loosen matters up.

Jul 06, 2014

Where are the fruit flies?

Thanks to the liberal use of aerosols and insecticide washes. Especially in the organic section.

A Validation of Gourmet Magazine Restaurant Recs

I was going to post this on the UK/Ireland board, but I feel this pertains more to the media. I came across an issue from November, 2008, highlighting the food scene in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. A search of the internet came up with the following results for the restaurants noted in the article.
Shu open
Nick's Warehouse recently closed
Roscoff closed
Cayenne closed
Deanes open
Tedfords open
Mourne Seafood open

Which tells me there is still value in the old magazines and threads. Or is this an anomaly?

A search of the Life Picture Cookbook, 1958 resulted in the vast majority of restaurants still in business, except for those US restaurants located outside of New Orleans.

Memorable Quotes about booze

Also used in Katterbach, W. Germany at every officers call in 1979. 37th Armor.

Amazing broccoli

It does not stink for me. Just sayin.

Jun 30, 2014

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

"Try the cock, Albert. It's a delicacy, and you know where it's been."

Georgina... "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover"

"Please Sir. More." Oliver... "Oliver"

Help with burnt layer stuck on my carbon steel pan

Easy Off oven cleaner and start over.

Boil water in it and then pour off water and dry for a few hours in a warm oven. Hopefully the gunk will crack and peel off.

Jun 24, 2014

Help to identify this fish please!

Here in Melbourne, Florida, USA (named after your fair city) we call that, filet of fish.

Was it domestic or imported? And given the vast ocean reaches of Australia, what area? You might want to take a chunk, including skin, to the local university for identification. Give the ichthyologists a run for their money.

Jun 24, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in General Topics

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

It was a natural progression from making strudel dough. While it worked in Europe, a sticky failure in high humidity Florida.

This was during my "everything from scratch" phase of culinary exploration.

Jun 23, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in General Topics

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

Tortillas, both flour and corn.
Sheets of philo dough.
Nacho cheese sauce.
Ice cream.
Bread sticks and pretzels.

Jun 22, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in General Topics

We all do it........7 foods for better bowel movements!

I was informed of this quick remedy to the effects of food served in Backpack Class on Hippie Airlines. When arriving in Germany, have a glass of hefeweizen bier. I prefer mine mit citron.

Have done wonders getting the tubes going in about three hours. Some times less. Would not recommend where there are long lines for the WC. Such as Oktoberfest.

Jun 21, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in General Topics


There are times I wish posters would show some restraint. Such as posting the recipe for one of my "secret" signature dishes. :-)

Hope nobody in the neighborhood is lurking.

Jun 20, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in General Topics

What food items have you only had canned but never fresh?

Had canned whale meat when I was a kid. Never had the fresh.

Remember the canned rabbit milk at Wall Drug Store. Since it exceeded my allowance, I cannot give a review on it.

Ray beat me to the baby corn.

I have had plenty of turtle, both salt and fresh water, but never the Mock that only comes in a can of soup.

I am still awaiting the day I can have a macadamia nut fresh off the tree, as opposed to from a jar. I suspect that shelling them changes the flavor. Plus the added salt.

rust comes back instantly on carbon steel wok

The rust will not kill you. Nor ruin the seasoning. Once dry, wipe with oil and heat. Or heat and wipe with oil. Or heat and add fatty pork. Or add bacon and heat. Or whatever else somebody recommends to get the initial bit of oil/grease to adhere to the wok.

Do not use soap. Wipe with oil after every use. Do not preheat for a long time. Woks were designed to quickly cook foods to conserve fuel. Which is why I consider a wok that is clad or cast iron an oxymoron.

If the rust really bothers you, remove it with a nontoxic abrasive (sand, salt) and some oil. After a dozen uses or so, you should have the start of a decent seasoning.

Jun 17, 2014

Preparing for picnic dinner in the basement

B.J.'s is the only one in our area. Good hunting.

Jun 17, 2014
INDIANRIVERFL in General Topics

Does preparing for a dinner party keep you from entertaining?

And if you really want to see large quantities of decent food prepared daily, drop in at your friendly neighborhood military mess hall.

Jun 17, 2014

Which would you advise?

I volunteer at a thrift store. Cast iron normally sells in less than a day. Even the 6 inch skillets. Except for the griddles. A 10 inch round priced at $5 has been on the shelf for 2 weeks.

Since I price the stuff, I am not allowed to buy anything until it has been in the store for at least a day. Which means I am still haunting garage sales for a 14 inch or larger CI skillet. For less than $20.

Jun 17, 2014

Patterns for everyday and china dinnerware

Congratulations on a wonderful purchase. Now that you have the every day stuff, what are your plans for special occasion??

We inherited, purchased, and used in rotation 4 primary patterns in the house. Royal Worcestire, Limoge, Villeroy and Boch, and Spode. Plus lots of sets specific to courses. Fruit, fish, salad, etc. And we had lots of breakage. So for your next set, I would recommend a pattern that you can easily fill in the holes. Check out ebay and Replacements, Ltd for availability.

Jun 17, 2014