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Scientists have figured out what makes Indian food so delicious

"It seems transposable to American BBQ as well."

Interesting, but I'm not sure I follow.

about 5 hours ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

Scientists have figured out what makes Indian food so delicious

Thanks, tcamp, for calling this article to our attention. Conceptual discussions of cooking and food are much more interesting to me than recipe-focused exchanges peppered liberally with anecdata, so perhaps it's not bad that it's back on this Board (even if that means the discussion will be limited to the nineteen of us who actually come here, eleven of whom will have finished reading the linked article . . . ).

My own cooking is fraught with experimentation and improvisation.* Sometimes, I fail to step back and contemplate the products in light of theory and traditions. The use of superficially discordant ingredients is something worth studying for all chefs. Synthesizing an understanding of the interplay integral to achieving balance in preparations, however, is the kind of art that one wants to make appear effortless in order to forget the overwhelming amount of practice and analysis that went into it.

* I also prefer to avoid "genres" in cuisine. I mean, is there really any essential difference between a pot sticker and a pierogi? But, that's a discussion for another thread.

about 5 hours ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

Restaurants you despise, but continue to dine at anyway.........

You guys are right. I'm pretty sure Hibachi places were specifically created to punish dads - like Disney World. I bet if we could find the guy fueling their recent, cancer cell like growth in the Mon/OC, we'd hear all about how his father had another family in Bethesda or something.

about 6 hours ago
MGZ in New Jersey
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Restaurants you despise, but continue to dine at anyway.........

Well, let's put it this way, I'd be a lying sack of pus if I said I haven't had a lot of fun there. . . .

about 6 hours ago
MGZ in New Jersey

Restaurants you despise, but continue to dine at anyway.........

Legget's. Its fare has virtually no redeeming qualities, but it's so close to the beach and has booze, you know?

1 day ago
MGZ in New Jersey

Restaurants you despise, but continue to dine at anyway.........

"the last time i was there, all the apps were a greasy mess."

I think that's by design. At least I always figured it that way. I do have some acquaintances, however, who will tell you that Kelly's on-going descent into mediocrity is simply the consequence of the decision a mere decade ago to finally allow women to work there.

1 day ago
MGZ in New Jersey
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Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

Multi-tasking.

1 day ago
MGZ in Cookware

When a food is good it's good......when it's bad it's eeeehhhhhhh

I tend to agree. With a special emphasis on tomatoes.

1 day ago
MGZ in General Topics

When a food is good it's good......when it's bad it's eeeehhhhhhh

I like to think that anyone serving dry, lean pastrami will forever have to endure the eternal pits of hell.

1 day ago
MGZ in General Topics
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When a food is good it's good......when it's bad it's eeeehhhhhhh

Who in the hell has duck wings around here?

1 day ago
MGZ in General Topics

When a food is good it's good......when it's bad it's eeeehhhhhhh

Ooh, I love multiple choice questions. I'm gonna go with (B) you were "starving that night."

1 day ago
MGZ in General Topics
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Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

Do you know a faster way to defrost it?

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

I might try that. Should I take them off first?

1 day ago
MGZ in Cookware

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

"There *is* something to be said about trying to avoid cross contamination."

I'm not sure if that means I should put warning labels on my shirts so as to dissuade others from eating them, or if I need to start worrying that salmonella is migrating from my jeans to my ass.

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

"As a species we survived pretty well in a non sterile environment."

The fact of the matter is that we're probably better off without it. The exponential rate at which low-level threats have become motivators for our day to day conduct seems to be greater than that of asexual reproduction. The most disturbing part of it is that while these are presently "our" choices to make, the consequences will have to be endured by the next generation. Viva dirty people (literally).

1 day ago
MGZ in Cookware
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What's your favorite hot sauce?

"I usually send it to friends in the Northeast where it seems that buying sriracha is a struggle. Is that true?"

If by "struggle" you mean it is theoretically possible to find some store that doesn't carry it, than yes it can be a struggle.

1 day ago
MGZ in General Topics

To Enjoy Spicier Food, Train Your Nervous System

Just make sure you have someone who can post bail . . . .

Mar 01, 2015
MGZ in General Topics

To Enjoy Spicier Food, Train Your Nervous System

Teach those timid tongues . . . .

Mar 01, 2015
MGZ in General Topics

Denied Service for Yelp Review - Ani Ramen in Montclair

Sweet! They're driving traffic here. Thanks, Boozy Burbs, you tricksy, little vixen you.

Mar 01, 2015
MGZ in New Jersey

Outstanding Shanghaiese food in Edison- WOW!

Thank you.

Mar 01, 2015
MGZ in New Jersey

Denied Service for Yelp Review - Ani Ramen in Montclair

"unbiased truth"

I'm pretty certain that's the name of the unicorn that won last year's Haskell. Like an oxymoron, I only bet her to show.

Feb 28, 2015
MGZ in New Jersey
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This is a must read thread from N.J. Board

You know, that just made me wonder about different, albeit related, questions. How much attrition on the Site is due simply to various individuals losing interest in 'hounding as hobby? "Fair-weather foodies", if you will. I mean, at some point the "food as fashion fad" thing started to attract a certain number of faithless followers and arbitrary apostles, right? Aren't some of then just naturally moving on to something else now? Are we simply seeing the high tide turn?

Feb 28, 2015
MGZ in Site Talk

This is a must read thread from N.J. Board

The M-A Board has been a Chernobyl-like wasteland ever since the Garden State was given its own board. Although it wasn't hard to see it coming, even back in the old days most of the discussion seemed to focus on Central New Jersey, it's kinda sad. I've had some really good chow in the areas covered by M-A. Wilmington and Richmond, for example, each deserve a lot more discussion and have plenty of things worth 'hounding out.

Feb 28, 2015
MGZ in Site Talk

The End of the Big Mac

Well, sure, a more accurate title might have been something along the lines of, "An Essay Reflecting on the Power of Fake News and the Inevitable Demise of All Things," but the attention span of the average American is too short to tolerate such accuracy. Isn't that kinda why the original Daily Buzz "story" got so much traction? Besides, at this point, you gotta admit that click-bait is pretty deeply ensconced in "fool me twice" territory.

I'll admit I could've explained the purpose of the article in greater detail, but we're all entitled to some modicum of fun now and then, right? Personally, I find it fascinating to reflect upon the inexorable trek of cultural change - especially since, if we pay attention, we can watch it happen in almost real time. To think of it another way, doesn't seeing an answering machine in a movie strike some faintly nostalgic chord?

On the upside, however, someday you'll get to smile and pause before answering a child who asks, "AC, what was 'click-bait'?"

Feb 28, 2015
MGZ in Chains

The End of the Big Mac

The power of nostalgia . . . .

Feb 27, 2015
MGZ in Chains

Denied Service for Yelp Review - Ani Ramen in Montclair

I think your OP actually opens up a more important, general discussion. Frankly, I've spent too many years observing and engaged in conflicts to offer judgement on specific situations without a full airing of both sides. A truly innocent party to a dispute may exist, but they're as likely to be found as a great meal at a Turnpike rest area.*

The growth of on-line review sites have been a great asset to consumers. Moreover, contributing to the dialogue is fun, and perhaps even a bit, personally rewarding. Nevertheless, for sites like this one to continue to have value, it is crucial for each of us to help maintain the integrity. Exercising our rights to opine and criticize is essential, but so is having the conviction to be willing to be slapped for such expressions.

It seems that Yelp!, in particular, has really begun to suffer from a lack of responsibility in its contributors. Without the ability for other contributors to directly question, challenge, or just basically call "bullshit" on a review, the value of the reviews to smarter consumers is decreasing. Additionally, the sheer number of contributors in some areas, and the questionability of there motivations, has led to a dilution of the value of each contribution, in and of itself, is unavoidable.

For me, this has meant generally avoiding commenting on a place after only a single visit. It's one thing to say, "The cheesesteaks was great and I can't wait to go back and try more stuff," but it's quite different to post, "The place sucked" because my tuna melt wasn't hot. Each statement may reflect a true account of my thoughts, but only one is a fair articulation to publish.

Another practice I'd like to see more widespread is a limitation of service issues to service issues. There is an old saying that "hunger is the best sauce." In the on-line community, it has become increasing true that "bad service is the worst pollutant." Very few people seem capable of separating the mistakes made in the front of the house from the taste of the food made in the back. Researchers looking at the language of negative Yelp! reviews have compiled data confirming what most thoughtful readers have noticed over the years, people see themselves as traumatized by simple slights. See, e.g. http://www.theguardian.com/science/20... Although readers should recognize the influence of such "victimization", it strikes me a prudent that we, as writers, need to be more vigilant in compartmentalizing.

I'll quit here, but thanks for making me think about this more . . . .

* Please don't take this as an invitation to explain what happened in your case. It's neither relevant to what I'm generally saying, nor of any true interest. Further, there's nothing specifically directed at you in this post - you're simply the one who opened the door to the conversation.

This is a must read thread from N.J. Board

The innate, human motivation to be affirmed/accepted has been a factor since the first words typed on a keyboard were translated into 1s and 0s and it has always impacted upon the posts on this Site. Nevertheless, I now understand you to be actually more focussed upon the derivative motivation which, for purposes of this discussion, I'll call 'notoriety'. The 'lame-ass hearts'* do provide a visible tally of approval for third parties to acknowledge, and there are enough examples of similar conduct in contemporary culture, to accede to the notion that there are some people who will act/post in a desire for "fame for fame's sake".

Where we'll not find agreement is in the ideas that the practice is widespread enough to cause the downfall of this Site or that it is appropriate to impugn the contributions of a significant number of 'hounds based solely upon extrapolation of what is largely based upon assumption. Frankly, the latter is the more problematic, particularly in light of what we were discussing on the other thread. In the end, it really boils down to: "Don't bitch - be better, or bye-bye."

* Maybe they could change those to green clovers for the month of March? Orange stars for Halloween?

Feb 27, 2015
MGZ in Site Talk

Denied Service for Yelp Review - Ani Ramen in Montclair

Maybe there's a lesson in there?

Feb 26, 2015
MGZ in New Jersey

Denied Service for Yelp Review - Ani Ramen in Montclair

I can't help but ask - If the place sucked enough to pan, why would you want to go back?

Feb 26, 2015
MGZ in New Jersey
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This is a must read thread from N.J. Board

So, then, the remaining, pertinent question for you is, do these features shape the content of your posts - force you to aim for the middle?

Feb 26, 2015
MGZ in Site Talk