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Survey of San Diego Hounds

I agree about Urban Solace in Encinitas. After enjoying a meal at the North Park location, I was excited to learn they were opening shop near my home in Encinitas. Was very disappointed after visiting that location, though.

Sep 15, 2012
mercyteapot in San Diego

Top Chef - Puerto Rico II - finale (possible spoilers)

To me, the irony was that he claimed in the same episode to be the best chef there and most deserving of the title and yet he was the one that choked. I don't care for Lisa's abrasiveness any more than anyone else, but with her, what you see is what you get. In Richard's case, I am reflecting on one particular remark, not on the way he was all season.

Jun 12, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Puerto Rico II - finale (possible spoilers)

I saw the show and know exactly the way it happened. I thank everyone who felt it necessary to explain why I must have misunderstood the remark, but I didn't. I just don't agree with other interpretations. I feel that the remark was unnecessary and reflective of an attitude that came back to bite him, as attitudes have a way of doing.

Jun 12, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Puerto Rico II - finale (possible spoilers)

I understand... LIsa placed third in Part 1 of the Finale. I haven't said otherwise, anywhere. I just said that Richard's comment, in my opinion, was arrogant. And ironic, given his crash and burn performance last night.

Jun 12, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Puerto Rico II - finale (possible spoilers)

He didn't say she came in third, though, he said she "won" the bronze medal, as if that meant he was going to win the gold or silver. I just think it's ironic, is all.

Jun 12, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Puerto Rico II - finale (possible spoilers)

I do think it is arrogance to announce on national TV that one of your competitors has placed third when the competition isn't yet over. Richard isn't the first person to be done in by overconfidence. Still, it's a cooking competition, not a personality contest, so if he could've backed up his braggadacio, I would have supported him winning. It just worked out this season that the nice guy (gal) finished first.

Jun 12, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Puerto Rico II - finale (possible spoilers)

Congratulations, Stephanie.

Lisa might've pulled it off if she had cooked the Kobe beef properly. As for Richard, all I could think of is that arrogance got him in the end. I really thought something like this might happen after they showed up saying that Lisa "got the bronze medal" last week and stating, a couple of times, "I'm the best chef here". Not last night, Richard.

Jun 12, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Restaurant Wars [Possible Spoilers]

Wasn't there an episode once where they asked the EC why they didn't just "fire" a teammate, though? I can't remember who it was, maybe during one of the finales?

I work in California and it is much harder to fire someone than it should be. Still, complaining that someone "won't listen to you" is a surefire way to demonstrate your lack of leadership ability.

May 22, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Why is Yelp so wrong?

I take it all with a grain of salt, since it is just as easy for a business owner or someone with a grudge to post positive or negative reviews as it is for someone who wants to share their honest opinion.

May 22, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Restaurant Wars [Possible Spoilers]

I thought Dale should go home both because he was the executive chef so had ultimate responsibility for the team's failure and because the butterscotch scallops not only tasted bad, but didn't even make sense conceptually.

It also doesn't seem to me that someone who whines about having a team that won't listen to him has what it takes to be a Top Chef. How many of us have to supervise people who are real pains in the butt? I know that I do. And I know that my boss isn't going to accept that as an excuse if we don't get our work done or screw up. I wouldn't have minded if Lisa had gone, but in my opinion, Dale was the better choice for elimination.

May 22, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Forgotten foods.

__itty chicken! That's funny! Almost as funny as the notion of veal being an economical alternative to chicken.

I still think it's fun to eat food off a stick!

May 09, 2008
mercyteapot in General Topics

What NYC foods would you want as a gift?

Time marches on, I guess. That's a shame (for me), because I loved that place, but if I ever do get back to NYC, I'll visit the new shop.

May 09, 2008
mercyteapot in Manhattan

What NYC foods would you want as a gift?

The old Balducci's. I didn't even know they had a new site. This was in the 1980s that I was talking about... I haven't been back for such a long time. I'd love to see the city again.

May 08, 2008
mercyteapot in Manhattan

Top Chef - Wedding Wars [Spoilers]

It's a TV show with a cast of characters that were chosen as much for their personalities and the resulting dynamics as they were for their skills. Bravo wants people drawn into the drama so that they keep coming back. In my opinion, threads like this one are about having discussions, not whining.

May 08, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

What NYC foods would you want as a gift?

They're not real peaches. They're sponge cake that's been soaked in liqueur and filled with custard and now that I re-read the OP, I realize that they aren't a very practical idea for an airplane trip. I read responses before I replied and in the meantime, I forgot how far the OP is traveling and started thinking instead about the car trips I made from NYC to PA years ago. I had more flexibility in what treats I took back with me. Balducci's does ship them, though.

May 08, 2008
mercyteapot in Manhattan

What NYC foods would you want as a gift?

Those custard filled peaches from Balducci's! I took them home to PA one weekend when my Mom was going to be hosting her canasta club and turned that whole group of women on to them, too.

I live on the West Coast now and haven't had one for a long time. Maybe I should see if they still sell them and order some,

May 08, 2008
mercyteapot in Manhattan

Forgotten foods.

My Mom collected cookbooks her entire adult life and gave me, the only one of her children who loves to cook, the collection when she downsized a few years ago.

Amongst the treasures to be found: a recipe for "city chicken", which was one of my favorite meals as a child. The irony to this recipe, which calls for seasoned pork and veal cubes to be cooked on bamboo skewers is that it is now much more expensive to make than chicken, which when this recipe originated was hard to find and expensive for city dwellers.

Two other favorites from those years: fritters (corn, blueberry, banana, etc) and "mountain pies" which were a campfire snack in which you assembled buttered white bread and canned pie filling into a sandwich and cooked in pie irons. I'm sure the magic would be lost in an oven or panini press.

May 08, 2008
mercyteapot in General Topics

Top Chef - Wedding Wars [Spoilers]

Nikki was the one to go based both on this week and previous performances, but Dale is a little crybaby. He should have insisted the work be shared more equitably instead of crying about it at judges' table. And his little hissy fit when the team lost the QF was just a tad juvenile. He wasn't even the one that gave his team the commanding lead that Spike turned around and lost.

He is going to end up like Season 2's Marcel, IMHO. Good skills but pretty unlikable. It cost Marcel dearly in the final and could do the same to Dale.

May 08, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Top Chef-Kids

I wasn't surprised that the single mom won the challenge. Who better would know how to put together a great meal for less than $10?

Steph seems to have lost her mojo. I hope she finds it again.

The curry didn't look great, but I thought Lisa would be the one to go. Either way didn't matter much, though; neither of those 2 is likely to win it all.

Reality check here: families that have to budget that tightly for meals are actually very likely to shop at Whole Foods. Nor is WF likely to take kindly to shoppers disassembling bok choy at the register to meet their budget. I know- it's just TV.

Apr 30, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Top Chef-Improv

I understand that it's a cooking competition, but still, it seemed like Lisa and Antonia should've been penalized for not following the rules of the challenge. It wasn't a matter of improvising; it was a matter of ignoring their assignment all together.

Once the decision was made to go with taste, though, I can see why Jen and Steph lost. That dish looked horrible. The menage a trois idea was great and they should've run with just that, not all the additions. And once the decision was made the Jen and Steph were the losing team, it made sense that Jen had to go. That bread was her idea and so was the whole phallic theme. A bit too much in the face for my tastes. A little subtlety would've worked better.

Apr 24, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Bringing your own (Kosher) food into a restaurant

IMHO, neither of them showed much common courtesy. She should have called the restaurant first, but once she arrived without calling, the server should've respected the group and made her feel welcome in the establishment.

Apr 23, 2008
mercyteapot in Not About Food

Seriously, if the Pope were your invited guest.

From what I understand (I think the press has been interested in this since the Pope declined President Bush's dinner invitation), the Pope rarely eats in public and prefers to dine alone. That makes it difficult to have any idea what type of food he enjoys. I'd probably go with a relatively safe offering such as roast chicken, supplemented with a veggie dish that could serve as the entree if it turns out he doesn't like chicken.

Apr 20, 2008
mercyteapot in General Topics

What was the worst food you HAD to eat as a kid?

I have actually given this some thought. I am afraid that what my son will have to say is not that I made him eat anything terrible, but that I didn't cook every night and when I did, we had dinner at some god-awful hour.

Apr 17, 2008
mercyteapot in General Topics

Top Chef-Tailgating

My husband was a long time 49ers season ticket holder before he moved to San Diego and married me. I've been to a fair number of those games and I'm here to tell you that I don't think Ryan's meal would have flown in SF any better than it did in Chicago.

Apr 17, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Top Chef-Tailgating

Whether Mark understands the tailgating concept or not, his station was very unhygenic. Ick. I think based solely on that, he should have gone. I thought it was a toss up between him leaving and Nikki- sausage and peppers? Come on! I don't care how great it tasted (and I do love sausage and peppers) it was uncreative and kind of lazy of her. I was surprised when they told Ryan to go, even though his dish totally missed the mark.

Apr 17, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Top Chef Movie Challenge-- what would you have chosen?

Another obvious choice, but one with lots of possibilities, would be Soul Food.

A more esoteric option, given the ages of the contestants, would be Crossing Delancey. It's one of my favorite movies. I don't TC has ever featured a nice matzo ball soup...

Apr 12, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

Candy Question

Yes, those were my favorites when I was growing up. We had them in PA, too. I've seen something similar here in CA, but have never tried them. They're called Cups-o-Gold.

Apr 11, 2008
mercyteapot in General Topics

What was the worst food you HAD to eat as a kid?

Wow, I can't imagine chicken noodle soup being my least favorite... but then, your Mom's version of it does sound pretty gnarly. My Mom's is one of my favorites... well,, the way she used to make it (she doesn't cook much anymore). She made homemade noodles, nice and thick and chewy, the way I like them!

I digress... I hated canned spinach and she would make us eat it. The nutrients, don't ya know. Oh my gosh, and she would chop up hard boiled egg to put on top of it. It was a solid blob of nasty, nasty dark green with the little bit of white and yellow. I'd refuse to eat it and had to sit at the table till bedtime. She just wouldn't understand that it made me gag. I was no big fan of canned green beans or peas, either, but the spinach was what really got me. The worst of all was when she'd serve the spinach with fried liver and onions. To this day, I don't touch liver. I remember how I'd always feel robbed when we'd get to the dinner table after smelling those onions cooking, thinking we were about to have something good.

And then there were the infamous salmon patties, made from the cheapest can of salmon on the market. I'm not sure I'd hate them as much now as I did then, though.

My Mom could be an excellent cook when she didn't insist on cooking dishes her children hated, and we all hated those salmon patties. All she says about it now is that she doesn't know what she was thinking.

I don't make my son eat anything he hates and never have done. He eats a well balanced diet, so if he doesn't want to touch brussel sprouts as long as he lives, I don't have a problem with that.

Apr 11, 2008
mercyteapot in General Topics

TC #5 The Beatdown

Dale needs to grow up. Carrying on like that when Lisa won the trip... even if he had deserved the win, which he didn't, his reaction was conduct unbecoming. He wanted to serve deviled eggs for pity's sake!!! That team is lucky Lisa has a strong voice and chose to use it, unlike Spike, who went along to get along, even though he knew better.

No big surprise to see Zoi gone... again this week, talk of "big bold flavors" from her and then talk of "bland" from the judges, other the overpowering rosemary. I keep hearing that she's a great chef; if that's true, this show clearly didn't showcase her talents.

The salmon looked like the judges said it tasted. Richard is lucky the earth team dropped the ball or he may have been gone.

Apr 10, 2008
mercyteapot in Food Media & News

What foods do you find disgusting?

I don't like it, either. I didn't know Julia hated it, though. We were in fine company.

Apr 05, 2008
mercyteapot in General Topics