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PALOMA, Stamford, CT great restaurant!!

I ate here Saturday night, it was very busy. (Sign of the Whale rooftop bar was also packed!)
Drinks were good, food was okay. Service was terrible. There were extended periods of time where our server was nowhere to be found, drinks took 25 mins to come out and we still had not placed our order by then. Food also took a very long time to arrive. For every food item or cocktail we asked about, the server simply said it was phenomenal, the best, amazing... not very helpful when looking for suggestions! Once the food arrived, I found flavors to be rather plain and uninspired.
Will give a second try since the atmosphere was fun and setting was nice.

Aug 18, 2014
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What food do you wash that you're sure no one else does?

I think I wash everything but bananas. I do wash onions and garlic cloves.
Any skin or peel that will be sliced thru, transferring whatever is on the outside to the inside should be washed.
I also rinse frozen fruit.

Aug 14, 2014
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Does Excellent Canned Whipped Cream Exist?

I recently had Cabot brand whipped cream, its fairly natural and I thought it was delicious. I got it at Whole Food, I'm in CT.

Aug 05, 2014
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PRETZEL BUNS AND/OR BREAD -- STAMFORD, GREENWICH

Whole Foods in Greenwich sells a pretzel bread at their bakery and a line of packaged pretzel rolls.

Aug 04, 2014
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What Can I Make with Honey Roasted Peanuts?

I would try making peanut flour out of them, then use that in baking.

Jul 31, 2014
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What to do with leftover green beans.

I love stewed green beans, I usually start with fresh but probably does not make a difference if pre-cooked.
Just saute onion in oil, add canned tomatoes, then green beans and sliced zucchini, potatoes if you have. Add water just to barely cover. Boil then simmer until veggies are tender.

Jul 24, 2014
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Restaurant week dispute

Obviously, the reservation was made in order to cash in on the restaurant week deal and your group may have gone elsewhere if it weren't restaurant week. But, you do not have to participate! The restaurant loves getting you in the door then enticing you with more appealing options from the regular (more expensive) menu.
Also, women tend to like the smaller portions associated with restaurant week, as it is sometimes just the right amount of food for us. So let her do her thing and you do yours!

Jul 16, 2014
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Love my new immersion blender

I bought a Cuisinart Stick blender, it only has one attachment. I wonder if I can buy a whisking attachment for it.

Jul 10, 2014
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Love my new immersion blender

Yes, I am definitely looking forward to make a cold pea soup and gazpacho!

Jul 07, 2014
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Love my new immersion blender

I just purchased an immersion blender and love it! It works very efficiently and clean up is so easy! So far have been making fruit smoothies and plan to try soup. What do you use yours for? Any favorite recipes?

Jul 07, 2014
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You may laugh at me, but please stop long enough to answer my question

I always get new or clean the utensils if they have touched raw meat, I think it is a great practice. Another thing I don't like is when people handle the raw meat then touch the salt/pepper grinder and seasonings. If you use them on your prepared meal later you are contaminating your hands.

Jul 07, 2014
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Eats near Greenwich?

Tarry Lodge is one of my favorites. You can do a full meal or sit at the bar and just have pizza, atmosphere is classy yet casual. Also you can go around the corner to Tarry Market and pick up snacks for later. The Kneaded Bread Bakery next door is also delicious.
I also like Barcelona, it has a lively crowd later in the evening.
L'Escale is great for lunch on a nice day, beautiful views, but can get pricey for dinner. For a much more casual outdoor lunch I like Cappriccio in Stamford.

Jul 07, 2014
WhatsEatingYou in Southern New England

What am I doing wrong with my brownie recipes?

The recipe on the back of the Ghirardelli chocolate baking bar for fudgy brownies never fails me, the recipe is here: http://www.ghirardelli.com/recipes-ti...

Jun 24, 2014
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Best Bar to watch the World Cup

I live in southern CT but think it would be fun to watch some of the World Cup games on a Saturday in Manhattan. Any suggestions? Any outdoor venues that would be showing the games?

Jun 03, 2014
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How do you use up your leftover vegetables?

Depends on what they are. If raw zucchini, eggplant, peppers, etc I will make a baked ratatouille. If root vegetable or greens I will make an asian flavored soup. If vegetables were previously steamed I will add to salads.

May 06, 2014
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How would you round out this dinner for guests?

Some sort of a potato dish, baked or mashed? Or possibly a salad or fries for the table so people can take if they want.

May 06, 2014
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Midtown Happy Hour Spot? (for tomorrow!)

I'm looking for a good happy hour spot near Midtown/Times Square to meet a girlfriend visiting from out of town. We will both be meeting after work, looking for a good social professional crowd for mingling. Rooftop or outdoor space preferred since it should be a nice day tomorrow! Also will want to have dinner either at the same location or somewhere nearby that also has a lively atmosphere ($30 and under for dinner spot). I live in Southern, CT so suggestions are much appreciated!

May 06, 2014
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Current obsessions?

Currently, its making everything Asian style ...loving sesame oil, rice wine vinegar,and peanut sauce on any vegetable or meat!

Mar 24, 2014
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Foodie Gift for hosts in Caribbean

I will be staying with friends in the Caribbean and would like to bring a high end foodie gift. I am thinking something local (I'm in Southern CT), or high end chocolate, or booze from duty free. But feel like these gifts are a bit uninspired, any suggestions?

Mar 20, 2014
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Who still drinks soda?

I drink sodas, but nothing with high fructose corn syrup and nothing diet, don't like artificial sweeteners. I really like the San Pelligrino sodas and natural ginger ales. At work though, diet coke/pepsi is very popular among others.

Mar 14, 2014
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Chocolate Chip Cookies - What Am I Doing Wrong?

I always reduce the sugar and the butter when I bake cookies. I do not notice a significant difference. But try making them smaller or flattening them out before baking so that they are not so dense. You can also use some honey or molasses for some of the sugar and peanut butter for some of the butter.

Feb 21, 2014
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new flavor triscuits: what do you think of them?

I tried the roasted tomato and the sweet potato ones. They are rather oily and fairly high in calories. I will probably not buy them again.
The flavors were ok but I think chips taste better when flavors are added, I like more plain crackers.

Feb 20, 2014
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Tried Graeters Black Raspberry Chip for the first time, but...

I've had the original from the shop and the store bought, definitely is a very thick creamy consistency! I can't say the flavor is super strong, but they're chips are the best!

Feb 18, 2014
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leftover very runny/soupy polenta- cornbread?

I would eat it like oatmeal for breakfast.
Or instead of baking it into cornbread maybe try to make a pancake batter. I've also seen recipes where cooked polenta is used as a batter for fish and chips or corn dogs, dip and then pan fry.

Feb 11, 2014
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Paying with credit card: Should I tip in cash?

Cash tip! Servers do not declare the full amount of cash tips they get so they will get more of your money. When I waited tables, briefly, a smaller cash tip was actually better than a credit card tip. Say $15 cash vs $20 card since the $20 would be taxed. But rules regarding declaring cash tips may vary by establishment.

Feb 11, 2014
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Your Favorite Newman's Own Products?

Love the pretzels but can't find them everywhere. Also the Fig Newman's and Newman O's cookies (Ginger are my fav) are delicious, but I do not buy them often since I will eat too many!
I once had Newman's Own wine at a restaurant, it was good!

Feb 06, 2014
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Best gummy bears?

Gummies made by Surf Sweets are really good. They are natural, no artificial colors, and organic. Given all that they still taste great! I buy them at WF.

Feb 04, 2014
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Confused about Eating on a Diet

I am confused about what one is actually eating when on a diet and how this differs from eating when not on a diet. So many articles I read talk about sticking to healthy choices and how food brought into offices, such as bagel Fridays, or pizza lunches makes it difficult for people to stick to their diets. I consider myself to be on a lifestyle diet, exercise frequently, eat tons of fruits and vegetables but also frequently have bagels and pizza. What do you change when you go on a diet? What are you eating to maintain it?

Jan 13, 2014
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Making bread in a toaster oven

I think as your oven holds the temperature you will be fine. One year my mom made an entire Thanksgiving dinner using only our toaster oven!

Jan 10, 2014
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I have some of a bunch of nuts and such. What to do?

Greek desserts come to mind!
Everything but the sunflower seeds could be chopped and used in baklava or a ravani cake, this cake uses all the nuts you mentioned: http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/des...

As for the sunflower seeds I would make a bread, this one looks delicious: http://darbyoshea.wordpress.com/2011/...

Jan 10, 2014
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