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CH has changed - WHY?

That worked. Thank you.

about 17 hours ago
GH1618 in Site Talk

What makes a Diner special?

I don't agree that a diner has to be "greasy." We used to use the term "greasy spoon" for our local all-night grill, but in retrospect I don't think that was fair. The essence of a diner is not whether it is kept clean or not.

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

Anyone else getting tired of "new" Craft Beer,Gourmet Burgers & 3rd Wave Coffee joints in Bay Area?

I'm just old school, I suppose. I don't think Blue Bottle has contributed anything to the coffee experience except a business model which can make lots of money for the purveyors at the expense of the consumers.

What makes a Diner special?

Not many, but lots of Finns.

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

Anyone else getting tired of "new" Craft Beer,Gourmet Burgers & 3rd Wave Coffee joints in Bay Area?

No, but not for the same reason as yours. I've never gone into a "3rd wave" coffee joint (even though one is a few blocks from me) and I'm sure I'll skip the 4th wave as well.

Best omelet pan?

Everything has its tradeoffs. When the handle on my T-fal pan broke, I tried frying my eggs in my small steel crêpe pan. It imparted an objectionable taste to the eggs which does not happen with Teflon, which is completely inert. Perhaps the problem will lessen with more seasoning.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware

What makes a Diner special?

Astoria, Oregon.

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

What makes a Diner special?

There is certainly no diner in Seaside (the long-gone Seaside Grill could have been considered a diner), but the Putter Room has a diner-like counter and the finest hash browns you'll find anywhere (when Joseph is cooking). It isn't a diner, though, because of the limited hours.

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

What makes a Diner special?

You must have a very broad definition of "diner" which seems to me not to be useful. Can you tell me where the diner is in Astoria? (I have already considered and ruled out the Labor Temple restaurant as not being a diner, although it is certainly a good restaurant with some diner-like features.)

1 day ago
GH1618 in General Topics

Going to the Dark Side-frying pan

1 day ago
GH1618 in Cookware
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Best omelet pan?

It is a ceramic coating with PTFE and it works very well for an omelette.

Dec 16, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Best omelet pan?

An omelette requires higher heat than scrambled or fried eggs, which can be gently cooked over a very low flame, but not so high as to damage a well-made nonstick pan.

Dec 16, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

Portland for One Night - First-time visitors from LA

With time for only one dinner, I would go to Jake's Famous Crawfish:

http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/l...

This place has authentic old Portland atmosphere, but dinner is served only until 10 pm on Monday -- perhaps not late enough.

Dec 16, 2014
GH1618 in Metro Portland

What ONE nonstick should I get

So did I, but my point was that I don't cook anything but eggs in my egg pan. Eggs are the most in need of nonstick, and limiting the use of the pan to eggs, especially avoiding higher temperatures, will preserve the nonstick characteristics.

I would use cast iron for the protein, but hard-anodized aluminum (not Teflon-coated) is as nonstick as a well-seasoned cast iron pan, in my experience, although I use mine only for vegetables not meat. I treat it exactly as a cast iron pan, seasoned with Crisco and washed with only hot water.

Dec 16, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

What makes a Diner special?

I see there are a few places in and around Portland which are diner-like places. The question is, should the availability of espresso be a disqualification from being an actual diner?

Dec 16, 2014
GH1618 in General Topics

What makes a Diner special?

I do define it narrowly. There are a lot of restaurants with a diner-like theme these days, but very few real diners. As for how others have defined it here, I see "open all hours" and "breakfast served anytime." I agree with those characterizations, which rule out many diner-like places.

Dec 16, 2014
GH1618 in General Topics

What ONE nonstick should I get

De Buyer is a brand. The OP did not state what kind of pan it was.

Dec 16, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

What ONE nonstick should I get

My inexpensive Teflon pans are more than 20 years old. Alas, the smaller one is kaput because the handle broke. The cooking surface was in excellent condition.

Dec 15, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

What ONE nonstick should I get

I have two Scanpan Classic pans and consider them the best of the few types that I have used. I would use an iron or steel pan for the meat, however. My Scanpans are only for eggs. The coating is a titanium ceramic, but contains PTFE.

Dec 15, 2014
GH1618 in Cookware

What makes a Diner special?

I'm from the PNW and I've never even seen a real diner in Oregon or Washington. There may be a few, but I'll reserve judgement until I see one.

Perhaps the cafe at the Labor Temple in Astoria could be considered a diner, although it does not have the extended hours typical of a diner. There is a bar, but it is separate.

Dec 15, 2014
GH1618 in General Topics

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

The difference is more about whether a waiter is a professional or someone who waits tables before starting a real career, rather than their national origin. Career waiters have higher standards of service. There may be fewer career waiters in the US, but there are some.

Dec 15, 2014
GH1618 in Not About Food

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

I do. No butler or other help, but we do have a dishwasher and separate salad and dinner forks. It isn't that difficult.

Dec 13, 2014
GH1618 in Not About Food

Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food

He has a right of free speech. He doesn't need any reason at all. I suppose he merely finds it interesting enough to comment on, as do the contributers here.

Dec 12, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Where can I find great French Onion Soup?

Yes.

Dec 10, 2014
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I find great French Onion Soup?

The Taj. Declared to be authentic by an authentic Parisienne.

Dec 10, 2014
GH1618 in San Francisco Bay Area

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

For a restaurant in that price range, I do not expect that the service will be in strict accordance with Miss Manners' protocol.

A utensil left on a plate should be removed with the plate, of course. The server should have taken it away and brought a fresh knife, but if she didn't I wouldn't complain about it. That would seem snobby, especially if declared "unacceptable."

If something about the service bothered me that much, I would just eat elsewhere next time.

Dec 10, 2014
GH1618 in Not About Food

Efficiency of Eating

Food and utensils go together. Chopsticks work well for Chinese food eaten from a bowl. I never found them difficult to learn and portions can easily span from more than a mouthful (for certain foods) to a single grain of rice.

Knife and fork should be used together with fork in the left hand (I'm American), but if I'm not using a knife then I hold the fork in my right (dominant) hand without thinking there's anything wrong with it.

Some foods are meant to be picked up by hand (e.g. nigiri sushi) and should be.

Dec 10, 2014
GH1618 in Not About Food

Chow's New Adverticentric Website

One more word: cookbook.

Dec 10, 2014
GH1618 in Site Talk

Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food

This is a guy with a bad case of entitlement syndrome and a lot of time on his hands. It would have been sufficient to send one polite complaint about the discrepancy and leave it at that.

Dec 10, 2014
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Should we be adding salt?

It certainly isn't the "worst food additive in the world," but it is overused in commercial food and by some consumers who add it to food reflexively regardless of the amount already in it.

Dec 10, 2014
GH1618 in General Topics