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Would you travel out of the U.S. for a great steak?

Interestingly enough the very best of US Prime is exported to Japan which may be what you ate.

Aug 22, 2015
Tom34 in General Topics

What is swai fish?

I have been told by purveyors the typical concerns, "antibiotics, hormones, industrial pollution & bleaching agents" are not present in Peruvian Tilapia.

When I googled it Whole Foods had a pretty good video which seemed to confirm what I had heard.

I have eaten it many times and it is FAR better than the normal Tilapia. Much meatier, firmer & clean tasting which is pretty much how the Whole Foods video describes it.

Aug 22, 2015
Tom34 in General Topics

What is swai fish?

I have had Peruvian Blue Tilapia and was very impressed. 2x the cost of typical Asian Tilapia but still very reasonable and very good!

Aug 20, 2015
Tom34 in General Topics

Ground Beef: Are my taste buds getting too old, or does Ground Beef have little taste compared to apprx 20 years ago?

Irebel, seems you REALLY appreciate good ground beef. Buy an electric grinder ($150. will get you one that should last a lifetime if you don't overheat it) and grind your own. You can add partially cooked bacon, bacon fat or practically anything your imagination can come up with.

Easy, fun, fast & unforgettable. You won't go back to grocery store GB, guaranteed.

Aug 19, 2015
Tom34 in General Topics
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Declining quality at Costco?

>>> "Different locations & Suppliers" <<<

That could very well be the case. Hopefully they don't go down hill like Sam's Club did.

Some people dislike certain stores, that's for sure. I will readily admit I don't like Walmart and shop there only as a last resort & not for food. I am also fortunate to have a big variety of stores w/in a reasonable commute.

Aug 17, 2015
Tom34 in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

No select for choice but big spread in the choice grade. Sam's Club used to have top choice branded products now it's bottom choice.

Packers will put what ever Costco Specs into the cryo's. Maybe they lowered their specs.

Aug 16, 2015
Tom34 in Chains

Homemade burgers just don't taste right.

Agree, not the beef. Just had a McD's 1/4 pounder the other day, first in a long time. Flavor was in the sauces but the instant my tongue touched the bottom of the roll I was hit with a distinct sweet flavor so IMHO the roll is also key.

Aug 16, 2015
Tom34 in Home Cooking

How do you store your bacon fat?

Thats the beauty of the metal coffee can, pour it in hot & right into the fridge.

Aug 10, 2015
Tom34 in Home Cooking

Aldi Vs. Costco

My wife used to pass the one near us on the way home from work and pick up some packaged items. Most of what she bought was "OK" but expiration dates were often close.

When I shop, I am going for Beef, Chicken, Fin Fish & Shell fish. IMHO, Aldi is on the low quality end in those departments. Aldi was the first place I saw meat glue Fillets & meat glue scallops.

In comparison, I have to give the quality edge to Costco, and give it quite significantly. However, in all fairness, they are 2 completely different business models.

On a side note, all the Bottom Dollar Stores in our area were recently bought out by Aldi.

Aug 08, 2015
Tom34 in Chains

Venting a 30' blue star

We put in a "Vent-A-Hood" brand exterior vented SS vent hood when we remolded the kitchen about 17 years ago. It uses an 8" diameter pipe with a 90 degree elbow through the wall, another 90 degree elbow up, straight pipe through the roof with a termination cap flashed into the shingles. Without the elbows we may have been able to use 6" pipe.

Our fan is rated at 600 cubic feet per minute which is more than enough for our 30" high output Dacor gas range/oven. In most jurisdictions, going much higher than 600 C/F per minute requires an air replenishment system to avoid reversing chimney drafts.

Our "Vent A Hood" has a grease trap which we clean about every 6 months and it yields about a 1/4 cup of "NASTY" grease each time, much of which would have stayed in the kitchen with the cheap low volume charcoal filter recirculating hoods.

Bottom line, with heavy use, kitchen ceiling is as white as the day I painted it 17 years ago, virtually no cooking smell which makes the food taste much better & much less noise. Would never go without one again!

Aug 08, 2015
Tom34 in Cookware
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Aldi Vs. Costco

Very few quality items at our local Aldi. Best way to describe it is the dollar store of grocery.

Aug 08, 2015
Tom34 in Chains

How do you store your bacon fat?

In a metal coffee can in the fridge.

Aug 08, 2015
Tom34 in Home Cooking

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

We have disagreed on a few things over the years but IMHO you are dead right on and you 3 first words sum it up perfectly.

Aug 05, 2015
Tom34 in Food Media & News

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

I can go both ways with speech but she definitively prefers the softer side.

I will readily admit though that I grew up with face to face conversation or voice to voice on a phone with a cord. It is extremely easy to come off too strong with a key board and in some cases be completely misinterpreted. Same applies to "reading" posts.

Aug 05, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

I agree Chem but even patterns don't always hold up in our ever changing geopolitical climate.

Seems grasping a likely accurate outcome becomes even harder with a socially charged subject like Minimum Wage.

If I had significant skin in this debate, the only prediction I would make is that significant increases in the minimum wage will likely effect different business models differently in different locations...... but the overall trend in the restaurant industry will be to put additional pressure on a business model with very low profit margins and a high failure rate. How is that for tip toeing through a minefield? :-)

Aug 05, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

It always cracks me up how one group of Ivory Tower experts, many of which have no "practical" experience in their respective field of expertise claim to be 100 % correct in their theories. Its especially disingenuous when their theories are thrown out there as gospel in an extremely complex ever changing subject like economics. Fact is a "Science" requires a hypothesis to be validated. Not the case with economists.

Then of course we get the parrots who read a sampling of the great guru's work that was re-printed in a publication with a political agenda (right or Left). The parrot throws in some big 10 syllable words and lets their satirical key board dance and the next thing we know we have blog gospel. In most cases what we really have is total B.S.

What most economists will readily admit is that forecasting is like driving a car at night on a dark road. You can see whats in front of you, you can see whats coming a few hundred feet in front of you but you can't see beyond that.

Aug 05, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food
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$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

Greece work day?

Aug 04, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

What bothers me the most Chem & JR is that year in and year out the majority of the people running for office (both sides of the isle) have been in office during the time our manufacturing base eroded & our federal deficit exploded. When a fresh face does get in they were bought and paid for before they are sworn in and are very quickly informed what happens to "freshmen" who buck the system. A terrible, terrible burden our children face.

Aug 04, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

Not in your circles anyway.

Aug 04, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

Seems that one of the key arguments for increasing social spending is that every penny of it gets spent and pumped back into the economy. We are now at about 30K per recipient, so how's that working out?

Aug 04, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

I like that!!!! Poster family for term limits / campaign finance reform & an end to lobbying.

Aug 04, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

Yes Chem, but you don't have the non biased NY Times, Hoffington Post & Wikipedia on your side.

Aug 04, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

Thats why I finished with Labor, EPA & Tax incentives for capital investment.

Keep in mind Chem there is heavy government subsidizing and in some cases partial/full Government ownership in many countries. Suncor in Canada would have gone belly up several times if it wasn't for partial Government ownership of the Canadian Energy Industry.

Another thing to look for in many countries is the priority of resource deployment. True, some don't have the best energy sources or grids, but their heavy industry and manufacturing is serviced first. Not many residential 4 ton A/C units buzzing away over there.

Same for transportation. Its not abundant & redundant like ours but its strategic for both importing raw materials & exporting goods.

Aug 04, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

Cheap energy, abundant raw materials & transportation infrastructure are key to manufacturing. With recent domestic energy development we now have all three. Labor, EPA & tax incentives for heavy manufacturing capital investment need to be looked at next. We'll see.

Aug 03, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

No kids allowed?

Proper childhood manners is just the start. Techniques for properly dealing with poor manners and aggressive behavior on the part of other children is just as important. So is body language & the art of verbal communication to individuals and groups in different settings.

Ever talk to somebody for the first time and feel completely at ease and walk away thinking what a great person. Sometimes is natural but usually its the result of training involving body language & breaking the natural instinct of talking about yourself and instead focusing the conversation on the other person, their interests & things that make them feel good about themselves. This is key to developing relationships early on in life and a foundation block in business management which is why many young business professionals climbing the ladder take business etiquette classes. The transition is much easier & more effective when taught early in life.

Aug 03, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

No kids allowed?

>>> "when my parents went out on saturday night, most often i stayed home with a sitter, until i was old enough to mind myself." <<<

Thats the way it was in our family and just about every family I knew growing up. The exception was a birthday dinner out but it was not fine dining.

No kids allowed?

Wow, calm down.

I think behavior in school is very relevant in terms of discussing behavior trends of kids and young adults.

"Out of control" & "Often disrespectful" are not the same. A common practice is to ship "Out of control" kids out of district to private schools often at double the cost to the district.

Disrespectful kids are kept in district and tolerated to the degree most State Dept of Ed's require. Unfortunately, after the fact, its tough to teach respect for authority when the parents lack that respect themselves or couldn't be bothered. Its hard to believe this attitude wouldn't influence behavior in other public places like restaurants.

Aug 03, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

No kids allowed?

Teachers spend about 8 hrs a day with 30 - 40 kids under their control. Each and every veteran teacher I have spoken to without question says behavior is far worse today than when they started out. Years ago, telling a teacher to F*@# off was extremely rare and got an immediate 3 days suspension. Today its a daily occurrence and barely merits a detention.

No kids allowed?

Its an old fashion name but the theory is pretty much the same but in addition to teaching grace and etiquette, mannerisms consistent with career advancement are taught.

Aug 02, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food

No kids allowed?

There has always been the exception to the rule but I agree 100% with Bob.....formal mannerisms/etiquette have eroded significantly over the years.

Aug 02, 2015
Tom34 in Not About Food
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