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Great Pinot Noir under $20 -- Is there such a thing?

+1 D'Autrefois. It's our house red. The 1.75's are even a better value.

Aug 12, 2014
Jimonthebeach in Wine

St Pete Beach restaurants recommendations? -- June 28-July 5

Rivera is cloased,
Chilli and Jacki'es for dinner both better than lunch or breakfast.
Wanna feel at home try Skidder's Greek diner
1200 chop house
Ted Peters
Ricks Reef
Rumfish
Black Palm
Agave

Jun 23, 2014
Jimonthebeach in Florida

Best Italian Bakery in Tampa area?

+1 Mazzaro's

Mar 21, 2014
Jimonthebeach in Florida

Fresh Seafood in Madeira beach and Tampa

I second Middle Grounds in T.I. for upscale semi-sorta upscale. Or hit Dockside Dave's right there in Madeira beach for the best around. You might also go up to Indian Rocks (couple miles up Gulf Blvd.) and give Keegan's Seafood Grille a try.It's a bit less upscale but very good. John's pass, in my humble opinion, is aimed a bit at tourists. Let us know where you go and what you think.

Oct 27, 2013
Jimonthebeach in Florida

Mountain View for Two Weeks

Manresa in Los Gatos.

Laser thermometer recommendation? Are these thermometers necessary?

Helpful but not necessary. These are really IR (infrared) thermometers that use a visible laser to show you where they are aimed so you can be spot on to measure the temperature of what you think you are pointing at. They will tell you that a surface is up to temperature so you don't put something on too soon(searing surface) or let something (non-stick?) get too hot.

Oct 07, 2013
Jimonthebeach in Cookware
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Wackiest, craziest, most interesting restaurant that you have ever been to

Ate at Dante's down the Hatch in Buckhead near Atlanta once before it closed. Quite interesting and Fondue!

Oct 03, 2013
Jimonthebeach in General Topics

A few questions about The Fresh Market - long

Get on their mailing list! Bogos on Tuesdays for the whole month! This month in my area was pork tenderloins, strip steak.

They do other sales too; like every Thursday if I remember right.

Everyone's likes are different. Try what you think you might like and get some regular items. We hit them every week or two.

Sep 25, 2013
Jimonthebeach in Chains

TJ's Items That Would Devastate a Non-Initiate

You are in luck. TJ's to open in Tampa in 2014. You can read about it here: http://bit.ly/1d0xSDl

Aug 30, 2013
Jimonthebeach in Chains

People who like everything

I know. Even David Chang and Thomas Keller use microwaves. How déclassé.

Jun 16, 2013
Jimonthebeach in Not About Food

Washugyu Ribeye Help

No pre salting/brining. Medium heat so as to allow time for the marbled fat to melt a bit. Salt to taste after grilling. No more than medium rare; maybe 120 to 125 and off the grill to rise 2 to 5 degrees over a 5 to 10 minute rest.

May 19, 2013
Jimonthebeach in Home Cooking

St. Pete Beach breakfast/dinner/dessert recommendations?

Chill. In St. Pete Beach, just a few blocks north of PCI.
http://steamandchill.com/

May 09, 2013
Jimonthebeach in Florida

Cute Speak?

deplore?

A new wrinkle in discussion about tipping

If it was your server and not one passing by I'd say you could tell him/her that the message offends you and you would like if different server or you could leave before you order. In my humble opinion if you stay and don't speak up first and then don't tip based on service you are being passive/aggressive and not full-on adult. If it is a server passing by your options, again in my opinion, are leaving or accepting your environment. I don't feel life is a game to be played deceptively. And, you can disagree with my opinion. I am not attempting to change anyone's mind I am simply stating my position and supporting anyone who feels the same way.

Oops! Should we have tipped?

Maybe a buck? Probably not. Shift changes happen all the time.

Mar 03, 2013
Jimonthebeach in Not About Food

Foodie vs food snob

+1

Feb 21, 2013
Jimonthebeach in General Topics

Pizza Dough

+1 on Lahey's no knead.

Jan 18, 2013
Jimonthebeach in Home Cooking

DISHWASHER

+1 Jetdry

Jan 15, 2013
Jimonthebeach in Cookware

Avoid eating out due to flu in the air?

+1

Jan 14, 2013
Jimonthebeach in Not About Food

Restaurants that require minimum for debit/credit card payments

On the same Visa site referenced above,if you do a search for "minimum" you will find that a minimum of not more than $10 is permissible.

Jan 12, 2013
Jimonthebeach in Not About Food

Ice in Your Beverage?

Yeh, lived in Asia a while and iced beer is relatively common to cool things off. Ice is more common than chilled storage.

Dec 21, 2012
Jimonthebeach in General Topics

Tampa / St Pete Beach recommendations?

Free beach rides! Just a buck or two tip and door to door. There are three of them around I think. Great little electric LSV's.

Oct 26, 2012
Jimonthebeach in Florida

2012 stone crab season

Try Ward's Seafood up in Clearwater. They put $3 off coupons in the beach newspapers for Thursdays I think.

Oct 26, 2012
Jimonthebeach in Florida

Hanger Steak aka Onglet - Sourcing dilemma

Restaurant Depot carries it. You will need a buddy with a tax cert who belongs and make sure you get the choice not select.

Oct 26, 2012
Jimonthebeach in Florida

Columbus, OH: what shouldn't we miss?

If you have time do an internet search for Columbus Food Adventures. We took a Taco Truck Tour but they do a lot of restaurant tours too.

Oct 14, 2012
Jimonthebeach in Great Lakes

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? October 2012 edition [OLD]

Modernist Cuisine At Home Cookbook

Oct 04, 2012
Jimonthebeach in Home Cooking

Authentic - and I do mean authentic - Fish and Chips

Hilton Chip Shop Inverness. Loved that place. I understand your crave.

Sep 29, 2012
Jimonthebeach in Southeast

Smoked mullet

+1

Aug 29, 2012
Jimonthebeach in Florida

The Kitchn How to Cook the Perfect Steak Method - Help

"Sous vide the steak(s), then char with a kitchen torch."

Yes!

Jun 27, 2012
Jimonthebeach in Home Cooking

Recommendation for last day in SF/Napa?

Manresa in Los Gatos. Zip down 280, early dinner and back up 280 to where ever you return the car.