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Coke, soda, pop,.....????

When I was growing up, it was fizzy drinks. Coke referred to the specific brand and lemonade was a generic version of 7 up.

Aug 24, 2015
Kalivs in Not About Food

Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Aug 21, 2015
Kalivs in Recipes

Good Vegetarian?

We went there for my mother's birthday. It was an amazing experience.

Aug 12, 2015
Kalivs in Los Angeles Area

So what do you think of horse meat?

That's really funny (in a tragic kind of way). I know so many British Hindus who eat lamb and not beef. Yikes! That must have been a nightmare

Aug 06, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics

Dividing South Asian Cuisine as Broadly as Possible

Jim, I'm wondering if you could do a snacks section under general Indian. That way you could have chaat, bhel poori, aloo tikki & samosas under the same category. About pork...the origins of vindaloo are a Portuguese pork dish in wine. Also, I'm not sure who is your audience? Distinctions that are important on the subcontinent are not as salient in the diaspora.

Aug 06, 2015
Kalivs in India & South Asia
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Recs in the San Fernando valley

Woodlands has been pretty bad for a few years now. The sambar isn't flavorful and and the rest of their food is greasy. They had another restaurant called Great India Cafe, which had both veg and non veg food. Sometimes it's great and other times it's horrid. Jalebi Junction on Saticoy is a very casual takeout place that has excellent sweets and take out food on the weekends. I really like their chole bhatura, saag & makhi ke roti, and daal.

Aug 02, 2015
Kalivs in Los Angeles Area

Is Gatorade an acceptable generic name for sports drinks?

I would agree with you. When I specify diet coke, I expect diet coke & not diet Pepsi. & Coke Zero is not the same as Diet Coke.

Aug 02, 2015
Kalivs in Not About Food
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The well equipped kitchen

Angie, my parents built and furnished a house a few years ago. I'm not sure if the place you will b e moving into will have a modern kitchen. In general, pots and pans are cheaper there and ovens (appliances) aren't used that much. My mother uses pressure cookers, Tabasco (similar to a wok) and saucepans. The place they have only got a gas line recently. Until then, it was better to rely on a portable induction plate. Depending on how you are situated, electricity can go off intermittently. So, it's good to have multiple way s to cook. I'm not sure that I would want to lug heavy cast iron with me. Hope you have a fabulous time and great adventures!

Jul 15, 2015
Kalivs in Cookware
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Dividing South Asian Cuisine as Broadly as Possible

I would modify the Gujarati section to include Maharashtrian food, and how are you counting Hyderabadi food? In South Indian, you might want to include Goan Jewish food as well as Keralan Christian food.

Jul 06, 2015
Kalivs in India & South Asia

"We reserve the right to refuse...." Whole Foods

OK, I did some preliminary research on those signs and found out that the original meaning of those signs was rooted in enforcing Jim Crow laws and customs. I don't think that they are posted for that reason now. But, I see them everywhere. You can buy them at Office Depot. My local Whole Foods does not have one.

Jun 16, 2015
Kalivs in Chains

"We reserve the right to refuse...." Whole Foods

While they have the right to refuse service service to anybody, I don't think they have the right refuse service in ways that violate the law. In otherwise, a manager would not be able to refuse service to someone because they are female, Christian and/or Black.

Jun 14, 2015
Kalivs in Chains
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I don't know how to pick for picky eaters! (But need to find a place for dinner for 7 tomorrow!)

Any good Indian Vegetarian restaurants in Paris that will help avoid bad karma?

They may not eat onions, potatoes or garlic, either. I came across this post on the tripadvisor site. It may help

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

Jun 07, 2015
Kalivs in France

Menu planning for Special Event

Delegate, delegate, delegate. Home weddings are great but you don't need the extra pressure on the day. There should be one main person with a clip board and separate people in charge of food, drinks, tableware, etc. having people come over for a couple of days to chop vegetables, etc. is a really good idea. Congrats & have fun!

Jun 04, 2015
Kalivs in Home Cooking
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Who makes your favorite naan?

I like the paneer naan from Trader Joe's

May 20, 2015
Kalivs in Los Angeles Area

Wedding reception food/questions. Professional input welcome....

I'm Indian and my parter was Chinese American. So, there was a lot to negotiate at our wedding. My family also has varying degrees of vegetarianism. I would add Chole (garbanzo beans) with the rest of the snacks. You can eat that with the other snacks and it makes the meal more substantial. Completely understand the separate tables for the non veg, make sure serving utensils are separate. I would separate any veg sandwiches and you might want to make sure they don't have any mayo. To entice non Indian food eating people, we served ketchup as one the condiments. It works because people are more willing to try something new if there is something familiar, too.

Don't worry, it all works out in the end. Wedding receptions require lots of preparation. But, don't forget it's a joyous occasion and celebrate. Congrats!

Apr 20, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics
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Who owns the leftovers?

Whoever gets to the fridge first. Unless, it has a name on it.

Apr 20, 2015
Kalivs in Not About Food

Host gifts for challenging hosts

I was taught to always give a hostess gift, especially it it were family.
I don't do that now, but it was common when I was growing up.

Apr 04, 2015
Kalivs in Not About Food

Host gifts for challenging hosts

I think a puppy and an expensive cookbook to chew on would be a wonderful idea!

Apr 04, 2015
Kalivs in Not About Food

Why Jell-O Could Disappear Forever

Me, too! I know I'm getting better in the hospital when I'm allowed to eat jello.

Apr 01, 2015
Kalivs in Food Media & News

Is traditional lasagna in Naples made with riccota and meat ragu?

My mother learnt how to make spaghetti sauce and lasagna from these Italians living in North London for four years. They used ricotta.

Mar 26, 2015
Kalivs in Home Cooking

Should vindaloo be sweet?

Nope, that's not what I'm talking about. The two things are very different.

Mar 23, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics

Should vindaloo be sweet?

Indian restaurants in the US tend to have more Punjabi origins, while Indian restaurants in the UK tend to be of Gujarati and Bagladeshi origin. Both these eg ions have communities that prefer to add sweetness to their dishes. You could order the same dish and it would have a different flavor profile depanding on the origin of the owners and chef.

Mar 22, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics

Should vindaloo be sweet?

Actually, Goan vindaloo doesn't have any potatoes. It is a pork and vinegar dish. Potatoes were added when the dish moved to Madras. And pork was swapped out for goat and lamb. The book "Eating India" traces the development of vindaloo.

Mar 18, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics

How can I slice crusty bread without making such a mess?

I use a paper towel. Basically, it's the same idea.

Mar 03, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics
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I eat it my way

Everything causes cancer. Might as well enjoy what you like!

Feb 05, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics
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Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

He dresses like most of the professors I had at Cal.

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

My tongs and spatula (silicone). I don't scratch my cookware as much and I love my tongs.

Feb 01, 2015
Kalivs in Cookware
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Oven substitute needed for pita bread pizzas

We have an induction burner in an apartment in Agra, India. It has been the best and most flexible solution. My mother uses a grill pan to make the simple flatbread "pizza" you are talking about and it works very well.

Feb 01, 2015
Kalivs in Cookware
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need a meat substitute,but not beans or lentils

Thick, meaty mushrooms

Jan 30, 2015
Kalivs in General Topics