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Horrible Restaurant Names

My internet crashed before I could send my edit.

I agree:

"Dreadful slogan ("I got my crabs at Dirty Dick's")"

What was written on the opposite side of the wait staff's t-shirt..."Don't Even Think Of Giving Us Your TIP"?!

Aug 17, 2015
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Horrible Restaurant Names

I agree:

"Dreadful slogan ("I got my crabs at Dirty Dick's")"

What was written on the opposite side of the wait staff's t-shirt..."Tips Discouraged"?

Aug 17, 2015
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Three separate ones that come to mind from stranger to stranger:

"Excuse me".

"I'm sorry"
or even the lazy and/or embarrassed version..."Sorry" .

"Thank you"

Not that I need to hear them spoken to ME personally, people just won't or can't utter them to others.

Anyone else love Aloe Vera juice

If you're in a sunny region, like Cali., it grows really well, but it's needs to be at least a year old to help sunburn/cuts and bruises best.

Aug 13, 2015
ChefNNod in General Topics

Anyone else love Aloe Vera juice

It's supposed to be great for nausea, though different things work for different people...maybe I had the wrong brands(2).

The pure AV juice with the chunks sound good. I occasionally check at TJ's and some local health food stores, but haven't seen the chunky.

If anyone can supply the brand names of the good ones, and where to purchase, that would surely help out.

Me personally...I would opt for the pure juice without any flavorings or sweeteners, especially if it has laxativlarly(!) benefits.

Aug 13, 2015
ChefNNod in General Topics

Good real balsamic vinegar under $50?

I heard or read that 25 years is the shortest-aged one should purchase.

Did you notice any difference in the quality of the taste the older it got?

Aug 12, 2015
ChefNNod in General Topics

Why do people find it so strange to take photos of your food?

I agree.

If it's an event where people are taking pictures of people to capture an event, I certainly think it's acceptable to make a record of the food as well.

"nothingswrong" states:

<...I totally understand not wanting to be in a nice restaurant with flashes going off and ruining the ambiance..."

Unfortunately, however, these two DON'T understand:

Aug 12, 2015
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Good real balsamic vinegar under $50?

Don't know if this info helps any, as I’ve never sampled true BV.

I came close to buying it years ago at an Italian Deli, around the OP’s budget @ $50.00, but was afraid to take the chance, and rightly so, as I was not familiar with the appellation described below.

According to Marcella Hazan’s "Essentials of Italian Cooking":

“BV is made entirely from the boiled-down must-the concentrated, sweet juice-of white grapes.”…

“True BV is aged for decades in a succession of barrels, each made of different wood.”…

“The color must be a deep, rich, brown, with brilliant flashes of light. When you swirl the vinegar in a wine glass, it must coat the inside of the glass, as would a dense, but flowing syrup, neither splotchy nor too thin.”…

The label must carry, in full, the officially established appellation, which reads:

"Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena"

I read elsewhere those words must be in that order. You’ll notice imitations use some of those words, and also in different order.

I saw a Mary Ann Esposito "Ciao Italia" TV show years ago, wherein she said that Italian families who grow, make and sell their own BV, will keep the longest aged for themselves, and instead of giving their daughters a handsome monetary dowry for their wedding present, they will instead give them one bottle of the size in the above image, about a cups worth.

Aug 11, 2015
ChefNNod in General Topics

So do you eat that last slice of pizza or not ?

I've heard the last piece of any food audibly referred to as "the shame piece"...Who wants the shame piece?", 'cause usually everybody wants it, but everyone is ashamed to take it.

Aug 08, 2015
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Asked to leave the building after ordering take out

Or they probably thought you were going to upset their tip, as in not getting one because take-out customers rarely tip, and once you walked away, they didn't bring you any menus, food, or wait on you...

Aug 08, 2015
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Best (Funniest? Wittiest?) Food Quotes

The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again.  George Miller

Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. Jim Davis

I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o'clock in the morning.  John Barrymore

Never argue while your eating,'cause the person who is least hungry, always seems to win.

A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat.  Old New York Proverb

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.  Alfred E. Newman

You are what you eat.  For example, if you eat garlic you're apt to be a hermit.  Franklin P. Jones

The kitchen is the place where tea is kept in a coca jar labeled coffee.

Sleep 'til you're hungry, eat 'til you're sleepy.

If you ate pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?

When those waiters ask me if I want some fresh ground pepper, I ask if they have any aged pepper.

Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother's tasted better the day before. Rita Rudner

McDonalds announced it’s considering a more humane way of slaughtering its animals. You know they fatten them up and then kill them. Actually, it's the same thing they do to their customers, isn’t it? Jay Leno

Watermelon—it's a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face. Enrico Caruso

Personally I stay away from natural foods. At my age I need all the preservatives I can get. George Burns

Aug 08, 2015
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

Entitled all right, until we catch them in the act, then usually have a few choice titles for them!

Aug 08, 2015
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

Even worse is when people leave their cart in the middle of the lot on a real windy day. I’ve seen many a cart just being blown in any direction until it finds a stopping point.

On the other side of the coin, recently, I was loading my car when my empty carriage started rolling away from me. I saw it and knew I could catch it in time before it drifted into the cars on the opposite side.
However, some lady was driving through the lot and thought it was a stray carriage that was going to slam into a stranger’s car.
She immediately put her car in park in the middle of the lane and started running to catch the runaway cart.
I got their well before she did, spotted her gesture and gave her two visual thumbs-up and a verbal acknowledgement.

Aug 08, 2015
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

"a open parking space with a cart in it.."

Yeah, especially when you see that open space from afar and think, WOW,this is my luck day, real close to the market too, until you start pulling in.

Aug 08, 2015
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

I always get a kick when people straddle their cart in a planter so it won't roll into someones car, but the planter is on a busy intersection's corner, where many cars have to drive in the other lane to make a turn without ramming it.

Second to that is when they make the effort to push the cart all the way to the storage area, but leave it right next to it, instead of pushing it one foot further, and place it safely inside.

Where Can I Find Banana Leaves?

I've seen fresh in the Asian market on Sherman Way, North Hollywood, across from K-Mart/Pick n Save.
Not sure if it was more towards summer or not.

There's a huge Asian market on Sepulveda Blvd..."99 Ranch Market"also, if you get to that part of town.

Try Mexican markets as well, possibly the Vallarta Chain?

Adding, Jon's market chain

Mar 02, 2015
ChefNNod in Los Angeles Area

Recommended brands/sources of 100% raw unsweetened/unsalted cacao beans needed

Thanks both to Babette and Alex for your quick responses, I've bookmarked all three sites.

Boy am I glad I couldn't find the whole beans when I was looking for them at the several markets I went to.
My thoughts were to pop a whole bean in my mouth and let it melt in my mouth, not knowing that the cocoa seed was encased in a shell!

Looking back, I think it would still be my mouth waiting to dissolve, and according to the info. @ chocolate alchemy, the shell may not have been too sterile.

For now I guess I'll just stick to the nibs.

Mar 02, 2015
ChefNNod in General Topics

Recommended brands/sources of 100% raw unsweetened/unsalted cacao beans needed

I need the whole beans, organic if possible, as the beans lose some of their anti-oxidant/nutrient benefits through heating, and also by drying out quicker especially when powdered or chopped. There is more of a chance that the nibs and powders have unwanted additives, also.

Some of the above choices varied in ingredients by brand, i.e. some had added sodium listed, some had no potassium (added?), some had more fat.

The only brick and mortar choices I could find were the nibs and powdered kinds @ New Seasons and Whole Foods markets.

I let a teaspoon of the nibs melt (sort of!) in my mouth and I thought I’d do the same with the whole beans.

I did like the unanticipated caffeine buzz which seemed better and less acidic than that from black coffee’s.

I’ll probably have to buy them mail order.

Can anyone suggest brands they have tried or heard about?

Mar 01, 2015
ChefNNod in General Topics

What is your favorite hard to find candy?

Used to like Fizzies, for the novelty of the candy itself, and the reply it inspired to a not so funny joke or idea that was given...
"That's about as funny as a flood in a Fizzie's factory"

Had a mixed feeling towards those bags of Kraft Fudgies that were in the weekly grocery bag.
They didn't taste like the chocolate that I so desperately wanted and needed, and sometimes tiny pieces of foil got stuck to the individual candies.

Dec 03, 2014
ChefNNod in General Topics

What is your favorite hard to find candy?

We used to get 'Squirrel Nuts' @ 2 for a penny up until the early sixties. I don't recall if 'caramel' was in the title as they were displayed in an open box at the counter and we would just dig in and grab the number of pieces we wanted, and I never looked at the wrapper anyway.
They were soft and chewy, with tiny bits of some kind of nuts, and also darker in color than the Squirrel 'Nut Zippers' I see on the retro candy sites today.
They were one of my favorites, are those still around?

Dec 03, 2014
ChefNNod in General Topics

Famous food in names- add to the list

Hushpuppy - another Sherri Lewis puppet

Dec 02, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Famous food in names- add to the list

btw, I don't get double (or any points) for Chuck Lamb, his name, regarding the thread gets them.

Dec 02, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

To Peel or Not: Ginger Root

If it were my own homegrown (which I've never attempted), I wouldn't peel it, depending on the dish of course. I usually peel it with a spoon, then slice or dice.
A long while back, I froze or semi-froze it, then grated it on a fine micro-plane.
The end result was perfect fluffy flakes, most of which fell right off the mp as I was grating it, the rest came readily off after a slight tap on the edge of a bowl or spoon, leaving no wasted juices on the mp.

Nov 30, 2014
ChefNNod in Home Cooking

culinary ventures in hotel kitchenettes

You can eat lots of veggies for one thing.
Those large econo. frozen bags of assorted carrots-corn-peas etc. work well AND they're pre-washed, and usually picked at the peak of freshness.

Thaw/cook them in store bought chicken stock, OR buy cut-up chicken pieces and poach them, then use that liquid to cook the veggies at a later date, or throw in the cooked chicken when the veggies are done.

Granted, not exactly gourmet stock, but beats plain water if if you need more taste than the latter has to offer.
Saute' an onion and/or garlic in the pan first, maybe add a can of diced tomatoes (saving the tomato juice to add in later w/ the rest of the liquid), then add the veggies/liquid. Don't rule out adding cans of cooked beans as well.

Most of the sinks in those aparthotels are too small for rinsing anything large like connected stalks of celery.
Spray the shower head with a mixture of bleach and water and you can use it to rinse or wash any large vegetables or utensils.

Quote (edited)from OP: "I'm trying to resist the temptation to buy stuff that I already have, but can't use for another two weeks. So, I have no flour, sugar, vinegar. I have S&P, but no other spices. No chicken stock. No onions or garlic, but it wouldn't be a problem to buy one onion. I retrieved a lot of my stuff from the former home refrigerator, including fish sauce, soy sauce, capers, and fresh dill. So my challenge is not so much cooking in a small space, but with minimal ingredients. Also, I don't have my good knives with me, or numerous other of my usual kitchen items, such as garlic press,or lemon squeezer".

99cent/Dollar tree stores.
If you're cutting/dicing certain meats, a pair of new cheapie scissors can suffice in some applications, as well as a brand new dollar knife!
It's OK to buy olive oil at the above establishments for your situation, since a number of the larger bottles/ and more expensive brands are bogus anyway.
Wal-mart is OK for some inexpensive condiment types of food stuff for your temporary situation.
I would avoid buying vinegar for consumption that come in plastic containers though.
This can be a great hands on/thinking on feet type of experience for your daughter to get a taste of what it's like to run a household. I'm certain you'll make sure she has a say in what ingredients are being used, to make it a fun thing for both of you.

Nov 29, 2014
ChefNNod in Home Cooking

Famous food in names- add to the list

Many people with the last name Lamb:

Chuck (double points for Chuck (steak) – a.k.a the dead body guy

Barry – composer/musician

Nov 29, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Food Jokes

Why did the banana go to the psychiatrist?
Because it had a split personality.

Yesterday my fridge thought it was a microwave, so we got into a heated debate over it. ..but we're cool now.

The Fraternity member was hungry so he eta pi.

Old colanders never die, they just can't take the strain anymore.

Stir-fry cooks come from all woks of life.

A gourmet chef can take any kind of cheese and make some grate things with it.

If a lawyer becomes a cook, do they automatically become a sue chef?

When the cannibal showed up late to the luncheon, they gave him the cold shoulder.

Nov 29, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

What turns you off about restaurant restrooms?

*Less than sanitary hygienic conditions.

*Not regularly checking the bathroom to make sure nothing is clogged, all the supplies are filled, especially the seat liners.

*Cheap T.P. that breaks apart almost sheet by sheet. If you try to spin the roll (with he improperly fitting spindle) instead, it sometimes rolls onto the floor, wasting sheets in the process.

*Those large, fully encased T.P. dispensers for the handicapped that are so close to the floor, I CAN'T EVEN USE THEM.
It seems the end of the sheet is always to the back of the roll and I almost get carpel tunnel trying to locate it.
Then, those sheets or the angle of said roll/dispenser makes those pull apart sheet by sheet!

*(Even)Those high-end chains where you have to remember to hold down the handle until everything disappears, otherwise you have to wait for the slow-filling tank to fill up again before you get to have a second try at it.

*No paper towel dispenser, just maybe an air blower.
I like to rinse my face sometimes, and end up having to use the inside of my shirt to dry it with.
I also like to use a P.T. for the doorknob upon exiting, for I know where those hands have been.

I like how Robert Klein once chided about a certain comedy clubs B.R. facility,
"It's the kind of place where you have to put paper on the knob going IN"
Side note:

There's a large dine-in/takeout chain that doesn't have a public restroom in lots of their establishments. Is this because they are not required to do so since they don't have enough tables by law to require them to supply one?

Nov 29, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Food jokes - list

For our first Thanksgiving my wife’s parents came over for dinner.
My bride roasted a beautiful turkey which she brought to the table on a silver tray.
With a sharp knife I carved it into lovely piles of thinly sliced white and dark meat.
I smiled at my father-in-law, a well known surgeon, and said,
“How was that for a stunning bit of surgery?”
He laughed and replied,
“Not bad.
Now let’s see you put it back together”

-Carl Ross

Nov 27, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Food Jokes

A few short ones:

What does a clock do when it’s hungry?
It goes back four seconds

Have you ever tried to eat a clock?
It's very time consuming.

What cheese is made backwards?

Why was the mushroom invited to the party?
Because he was a fun-guy

“Waiter, there’s a fly swimming in my soup
“Look on the bright side, if the portions weren’t so generous, he’d be wading

Man in a French restaurant:
Waiter, this plate is damp
No, it’s not wet, that’s the soup

Waiter, why is this fly floating in my soup
Well, you see sir, they’re not very good swimmers

A chicken walks into a bar and the bartender says “I’m sorry, we don’t serve poultry”
The chicken says, “that’s OK, I just want a drink”

A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says “Hey”
The horse says “Sure”

Where do burgers like to dance?
At a meatball

When do you go at red and stop at green?
When you’re eating a watermelon

What did the fish say when he swam into a wall?
What did the second fish say when it swam into a wall”

What kind of plates do the use on Venus?
Flying saucers

What did the hamburger name his daughter?

How does the hamburger introduce his daughter?
Meet Patty

What did the cannibal’s wife say when he brought home an actor?
Oh good, ham sandwiches!

Have you heard about this new recipe for a sponge cake?
You borrow all the ingredients.

Q: How do you fix a broken tomato?
A: With tomato paste

Nov 27, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Food and restaurant jokes.

Several famous rap stars got together recently and opened up a restaurant in New York. The only drawback to this 5-star establishment is that there are no main courses offered, just a lot of little samples.

Nov 27, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food