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What do you think about restaurants charging for bread and butter at dinner?

Seems pretty cheesy to charge for it separately. On the other hand, you are being charged for it in any event: Restaurants don't give away food. Maybe the rationale is that it is fairer to the (presumably many) customers who don't want bread with their meal to spare them that cost. Out here in the Bible Belt, there's a similar controversy developing in a few Mexican restaurants that charge for the basket of tortilla chips commonly put on every table before you even look at the menu. Supposedly because of people who came in, mooched the chips and then left (sounds like they need a classier clientele to me).

2 days ago
emu48 in Not About Food

Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

I've eaten Costco shrimp for years and found it excellent. Most of those years, I lived in Hawaii, where fresh (i.e., live) shrimp and prawns, both saltwater and freshwater, were easily brought home from local farms, so I had something pretty wonderful to compare Costco's with. My experience was that the Costco product, purchased frozen, was top-grade, though of course not as delicious as live local product. Costco's defrosted product, I concluded, was not as good as the frozen stuff. I now shy away from buying any kind of defrosted (previously frozen) seafood. I don't know why inland U.S. retailers even sell defrosted seafood ... I guess because their clueless customers will buy it thinking it is "fresh." Seafood properly frozen and kept frozen is usually better.

2 days ago
emu48 in Chains
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Deep-fried turkey testicles. Ate 'em in a bar once in Pismo Beach, Calif. Guess the locals get tired ot the clam thing.

Jul 13, 2014
emu48 in General Topics

KitchenAid stand mixers

I gave away (dumb move) a 1980s Hobart-made Kitchen Aid mixer in anticipation of an international move. Returning to the States and wanting another mixer, I settled on a 30-year-old UK-made Kenwood. Cost me a hundred bucks. Love it. I'm deeply suspicious of the quality of a lot of current models from most makers. Bought a 1980s Japan-made Cuisinart processor ($70) the same way ... eBay can be your friend, if you are careful. You could get these for less, but I went for ones that looked like new. Why do I mention what country they were made in? Because that has a lot to do with quality and durability. A lot of these rather expensive appliances had a very long run and over the years were made in more than one place. A little web research will tell you which ones to buy and which to avoid.

Jul 04, 2014
emu48 in Cookware

Ever Heard of a Restuarant that Does Not Use Salt in their Recipes? - Try PF Changs

It's a fake Chinese restaurant. You can't be too picky in one of those. It would be like expecting hollandaise at McDonald's.

Jun 30, 2014
emu48 in Chains

"New Revereware"

Not wanting to identify the brand. Lawyers are like roaches, everywhere and always hungry.

Jun 28, 2014
emu48 in Cookware

NYTimes: Mark Bittman rethinks the word 'Foodie'

Face it, it's such a stupid word. Like gourmet but marginally less pretentious.

Jun 26, 2014
emu48 in Food Media & News
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Why do people like sea urchin?

Dunno, but the whole world encases sausages in pig or sheep intestines. Well, except for most American sausages, which are now encased in some kind of corporate chemical gelatin skin.

Jun 26, 2014
emu48 in General Topics

Why do people like sea urchin?

Because it's slimey and orangey-brown. Most of all, because the part you actually eat is the critter's gonads.

Jun 26, 2014
emu48 in General Topics

Help to identify this fish please!

Looks like what is called butterfish or black cod in North America. Up here, it is a very rich, oily white fish, flaverful and delicious. It's a popular smoked item in Jewish delicatessens, under the name sable fish.

Ours comes from Alaskan waters. Maybe there is a Southern Hemisphere equivalent. Yours could be Alaskan, too, given that it was frozen.

My favorite way to eat it is a Japanese style popular in Hawaii, where I used to live: Marinate it (under refrigeration) for at least a day in a mixture of miso paste, minced ginger and minced garlic, plus a splash of mirin, sake, wine or spirits. A white or at least light-colored miso is best, though red miso can work too ... you might want to add a dash of sugar, but taste the marinade and see. Pan-fry, oven bake, or grill. Some like to wipe off most of the marinade before cooking, some don't.

Whoa ... I just googled up some escolar images. Know what? Escolar and black cod look very similar. Both have off-white, slightly pinkish flesh ... and blackish, slightly knobby-looking scales. They are, in fact, two completely different species. The old advice is the right advice: only buy fish from people you trust.

PS: If you're visiting Hawaii, you can pay big bucks for miso butterfish at Roy's or Nobu. But if you can do without the white-tablecloth setting, every Hawaii Costco sells local pre-marinated miso butterfish for around $12 a pound. Just get some, and a bag of charcoal, and head for the nearest beach park that has barbecue grills. Miso butterfish is hugely popular in the Islands and enjoyed by practically everybody.

Jun 24, 2014
emu48 in General Topics

Garlic Press - do you believe in them?

The only bad feature of garlic presses is cleaning them. In practice, most people don't clean out all the little holes very well, and the average home garlic press is smelly and grungy even after a trip through a dishwasher. Putting a clove on a cutting board and whacking it (once) with the side of a large knife blade works for me.

Jun 24, 2014
emu48 in Cookware

heating food directly on stove top

Homemade chappatis.

Jun 22, 2014
emu48 in Home Cooking

Pronounce "Gouda", Please.

Hot damn. Can't wait to go into my deli and say: "I'd like howda on my panino." Could get deported to New Jersey for that.

Jun 20, 2014
emu48 in Cheese

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

Kansas/Missouri caper lovers: They're back in stock (32 fl. oz/1 quart jars for $5.69) at the Lenexa, Kan., store, so probably also at other Costcos nearby. See discussion in the Great Plains board if you want. Costco's home-office honchos believe Kan./Mo. people won't buy capers, and it took an email to the CEO to get them to give it one more try. If these suckers fail to sell, it's doubtful there will be any more in the future. You probably already know that you can pay almost this much for a tiny 3.5 oz. jar in your neighborhood supermarket.

Jun 16, 2014
emu48 in Chains

The Costco caper caper

BINGO! Just spotted a shipment of capers, 32 fl. oz/1 quart jars for $5.69 each, at the Lenexa, Kan., Costco today (June 16, 2014). Grabbed several for myself and friends. I would guess that since Lenexa has them, so do the stores in Kansas City and Independence, Mo., and Overland Park, Kan. it's been at least a year and three months since they last appeared in the Mo./Kan. stores I shop in, so consider grabbing a couple jars. Otherwise you will pay $2 to $5 for tiny (3.5 oz.) jars in your local supermarket. Unopened jars keep semi-forever in a dark place; opened jars keep semi-forever in the fridge. Also, of course, you should stock up because if this load doesn't sell (see initial post on this topic), you're never gonna see them again.

Jun 16, 2014
emu48 in Great Plains

Where did the prawns come from?

A little more detail on those Walmart and Costco slavery prawns:

Guardian reporter Jim Wickens risked his own life to break this story.
“Fishermen who have witnessed other fishermen being killed, shot and simply pushed overboard to float away,” Wickens said. And that was for simply doing things like taking a bathroom break.
The slave labor is forced to work weeks without a day off. One worker who attacked the captain was tied from each limb and pulled apart by four separate boats, according to Wickens’ report.
The problem of slavery in the Thai fishing industry has been brought up before, but this report puts together the pieces to connect slavery to these industry-leading retailers and producers.

http://news92fm.com/445300/report-sla...

Jun 16, 2014
emu48 in Food Media & News

"New Revereware"

It seems like almost all of the famous old reliable American cookware and appliance brands have become Chinese crap. I did a recent kitchen refit (got rid of my prevous stuff to move overseas, now back in the U.S.) and bought mostly used on eBay. Very happy with what i ended up with. And saved a ton of money, too. My kitchen looks like 1980, but I don't mind. Most of what I bought, generally around 30 years old, is likely to outlive me.

One of the interesting things I discovered: A famous cookware and appliance brand still sells high-quality, made-in-France tri-ply pans in the U.S., but you may have to look hard for them. Their stuff is everywhere in the U.S., but it's mostly Chinese. The French stuff, naturally, costs more.

Apparently there is a belief in the industry that Americans care more about cheap prices than they do about quality. So this company sells Chinese to the Americans, and French to the rest of the world. That sales strategy probably isn't uncommon.

Jun 14, 2014
emu48 in Cookware

BEST PRODUCTS AT TRADER JOE"S!

I find the white-flour (aka plain) refrigerated pizza dough a pretty good product, almost as good as homemade. And it freezes well. I buy it all the time.

The whole-wheat version, on the other hand, struck me as pretty nasty. Funky graham-crackerish texture and flavor, like some kind of bad hippie chow from my stoner youth. Refused to crisp up even when baked to the point of burning. Won't ever buy it again.

Jun 14, 2014
emu48 in Chains

Can hamburgers be gourmet?

"Gourmet" is a dumb and pretentious word that deserves to be put to sleep.

Jun 10, 2014
emu48 in General Topics
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Where did the prawns come from?

There probably will be congressional investigations and a huge worldwide scandal. We should be glad Britain (unlike the United States) still has real newspapers doing real investigative journalism. Thailand probably isn't capable of cleaning up its huge prawn-farming industry ... the Thai government is a basket case. Unless other countries step into the breach, the days of affordable shrimp may be about to end.

Jun 10, 2014
emu48 in Food Media & News

How to decrease Zombie Threads: collapse everything that's more than 4 years old!!

Somebody explain again why it's so awful that old threads exist, and that sometimes they get revived. I don't see why this is a problem. Some information gets dated and stale, but a lot doesn't. If I want to know a good place to eat in East Whereverville, I want fresh or current information. If I want to know the best way to vein a prawn or peel asparagus, old information is just as good as new information.

Editing out all the threads containing outdated information while keeping the useful old threads is more labor than any web site operator would ever be willing to pay for. We get free use of the site; the price we pay is some old stuff survives that should not. Hardly the end of the world.

Jun 08, 2014
emu48 in Site Talk
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Food porn as man bait

I don't want to sound like a prude, but I draw the line at canned sardines in the bedroom. It's about having standards.

Jun 07, 2014
emu48 in Not About Food
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I don't "get" Red Velvet Cake

I never understood its appeal, either. It seems to have appeared out of nowhere a few years ago. I always assumed it must be from Oprah or somebody else on TV.

Jun 07, 2014
emu48 in General Topics

Aliens and Food

Space aliens live mostly on rhubarb and arugula. Says so in the bibie. (Some are known to eat hamsters, also.)

Jun 07, 2014
emu48 in Not About Food

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

Did that. No discernable cinammon flavor. They weren't bargain-priced, and they were from Costco, so I expected decent quality. These sucked.

Jun 07, 2014
emu48 in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

Bought some fresh-baked cinammon rolls, labeled croissant breakfast rolls, six for a little under $8. They bore zero flavor of cinammon. Ate one, threw the rest away. This was from the Costco in Kansas City, Mo.

Jun 06, 2014
emu48 in Chains

Looking for Kefir grains to make my own batch

I got some, a few years ago, mailed to me from some hippie I found through google searching. Sorry I can't remember any more details

Jun 06, 2014
emu48 in Greater Boston Area

HuffPo: Changes In Recipe Writing. Intriguing premise (bad examples)

Tortillas were available only in cans in parts of the country with no Mexican populations. In the 1950s, that was most of the country. And they were horrible tortillas.

Jun 03, 2014
emu48 in Food Media & News

HELP......fingers are burning from cutting jalapenos. Remedies?

Hate to reply to a question with another question but:

Are the super-cheap clear plastic disposable food-handler gloves you see on everybody in fast-food places good enough to protect your hands when you are handling hot chili peppers?

Or should I spend more money and buy the more substantial looking rubbery disposable gloves used in hospitals?

I've been doing the expedient thing, handling chilis with hands stuck into flimsy clear plastic sandwich bags, but that's pretty awkward.

Jun 02, 2014
emu48 in Not About Food

What's up with the spelling and grammar police?

Horse doovers!

Spelling as an act of individual creativity can't be all that bad. Shakespeare and those guys did it.

Jun 02, 2014
emu48 in Site Talk