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Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

Probably from spending all that time together in the AV room.

about 9 hours ago
MGZ in Not About Food

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

That should have read, "Thanks, cowboy." Sorry.

about 15 hours ago
MGZ in Not About Food

Booze Traveler Travel Channel

Perhaps, but it may also be one of the best jobs.

about 19 hours ago
MGZ in Spirits

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

Thanks, Ck. Reading through this thread was starting to make me feel like I was eavesdropping on the common room in a nursing home. All that was missing was the smell of industrial disinfectants.

about 19 hours ago
MGZ in Not About Food

If you knew you would die tomorrow, what would be your last meal, food, drink, setting ?

Actually, Harters, I believe "food geek last meals" is trending right now. It's closing in on "illegal alien amnesty" and, of course, the timeless classic, "celebrity nude photos".

about 20 hours ago
MGZ in Not About Food
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Science Proves Seahawks Selling Their Fans Watered-Down Beer

Doesn't the "light" on the can mean it's watered down already?

2 days ago
MGZ in Beer

Protein Powder: Is it worth it?

Along those lines is my own disgust when I'm in a Health or Natural Foods Store and a clerk extols the virtues of some supplement to a customer. Extra bile rises when the target of such a pitch is elderly or infirm. "Oh, this is totally good for you. I'm sure it will, like, fix the pain. There's garlic in it!"*

Sweetheart, you're a nineteen year old cashier and reek of body odor and patchouli. I appreciate your zeal and commitment, but please don't dispense medical advice you read in an advertisement when the shop was slow.

* Someday, I'll master a way of connoting "upspeak" in written dialogue.

2 days ago
MGZ in General Topics

Returning food too often customer banned

"I'd love the hear the explanation of why she keeps returning to a place where she sends the food back 90% of the time."

Yeah, that kinda goes in a category with "The food sucks, but the portions are huge."

2 days ago
MGZ in Food Media & News
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Rule #1...always...

Since it's that time of year again, I'll go with check the propane tank before Thanksgiving Day. It's tough to fry a bird in cold oil. (Although, the way things seem to be going, within a couple years every store will be open at 6 am on the Greatest Holiday Ever Created, so the search for a tank may never be a problem again.)

More of an everyday thing would be: "Remember, handles get hot in the oven."

2 days ago
MGZ in General Topics

Rule #1...always...

Truthfully, I'm not sure that one would've even made my top ten.

2 days ago
MGZ in General Topics
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Returning food too often customer banned

My sympathies are with the restaurant as well. Though, it might have been more fun to simply send out her food and have the server explain, "It's OK. This is the second one the chef made for you."

Would you shop at Walmart Neighborhood Market?

Intellectual exercise is the impetus for practical application. Consideration plus commitment produces change. The progress of human civilization bears witness to this truth, as does the experiences of countless individuals - myself included. Perfect circumstances is oxymoronic.

Edit: Look, I don't mean to come off as a callous dickhead. I genuinely feel sorry for people whose lives suck. Nevertheless, I feel worse for people whose lives suck and simply accept it.

Nov 20, 2014
MGZ in Chains

Cocktail Party for Charity Etiquette

Cheers, Bk.

Nov 20, 2014
MGZ in Not About Food

Thanksgiving sweet potato ideas?

Yeah, if you're frying a turkey, they are a moral imperative.

Nov 20, 2014
MGZ in Home Cooking

Protein Powder: Is it worth it?

"[G]ram for gram it's probably more cost effective than most protein powders on the market."

Funny to think about now, but when I was that sixteen year old boy, egg whites were my usual protein supplement. Used to drive my Grandmother crazy when I didn't eat the yolks from all those hardboiled eggs. Nowadays, I get a tinge of her feelings when I see egg white offerings on diner menus.

Nov 20, 2014
MGZ in General Topics

Protein Powder: Is it worth it?

If you're tearing down muscle regularly, extra protein is certainly called for to rebuild the tissues. A little too much protein isn't likely to hurt anyone, but it's easy to get in a normal diet. Proteins, after all, taste good.

Nov 19, 2014
MGZ in General Topics
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The Rent err…..Groceries are Too Damn High!

I guess with gas prices dropping, we're all about to start reaping the savings at the grocery store, huh?

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Nov 19, 2014
MGZ in General Topics

Protein Powder: Is it worth it?

"For someone who is fairly average, not looking to bulk up (mostly to lose weight & to become healthier) - is that even worth it?"

Why not save yourself some trouble and simply add a few scoops of the protein powder to your urine in the toilet before you flush? It's much less work for the liver and the kidneys that way.

Nutrition requirements certainly have a subjective element, but you're not a sixteen year old boy who's most realistic way of paying for college is on a football field. A "protein packed" dessert is superfluous if you are simply eating a normal, well-balanced diet. The body doesn't store excess protein for long or for any significant purpose. Consuming mega-doses is actually pretty damn silly. Just because some of something is good doesn't mean more of it is better.*

* Kinda like health and fitness advice. Think about it, you could literally spend every waking moment consuming the overwhelming amount of information and opinions presently available online. In the end, however, when you look past the anecdotes, hyperbole, and sponsored content, they all say the same thing: Eat less and Move more.

Nov 19, 2014
MGZ in General Topics
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So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

Spring's feeling awfully far off today, but Delicious Orchards has had them the past few years.

Nov 18, 2014
MGZ in Home Cooking

Which foods do you wish were more popular?

You won my head with the bread and my heart with the fruit cake. I'll just add rabbit, chicken livers, and savory foods with anise/tarragon flavors.

Nov 18, 2014
MGZ in General Topics
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Ihop for birthday dinner.

Nostalgic urges seem to become more prevalent when the anniversary of one's departure from the womb approaches. Just remember, sometimes our romanticized recollections omit the less palatable details. Go ahead and celebrate your existence however you choose, even if it ultimately ends with that terrible utterance, "I shoulda", you'll still be here to smile about it all.

Nov 18, 2014
MGZ in Chains

Simko's - Brielle

Better than say, Applebees, but not by much. Family friendly fare priced to fit the zip code with an overly "something for everybody" menu. You can find better in the general vicinity. Harpoon Willy's and Frankie's have better chow in the price range. Shipwreck is much better. Remington's is even better than that.

Nov 18, 2014
MGZ in New Jersey
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Do certain menu items put you off going to a restaurant?

Vinyl will have to be ok. (This project clearly begs for the maintenance of the integrity of the original material.)

Nov 18, 2014
MGZ in General Topics

So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

I've heard of this kale you mention . . . .

I'm right there with you on that list, though ramps would've been my preferred "green". As to curry, I guess I'm getting lazier as time marches on, but lately I've been foregoing dirtying an extra pan and simply plopping the raw egg directly into the center of it.

Nov 18, 2014
MGZ in Home Cooking

So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

Don't let the fact that old Martha's endorsed it keep you from trying it. Less rapacious, law-abiding folks enjoy it too. A poached egg actually is quite tasty over myriad grains. Others have already noted rice and corn (polenta, grits), but I'll add quinoa, bulgur, amaranth, barley, you get the idea. Although, it is hard to top plopping some gooey egg on a wheat product.

Nov 18, 2014
MGZ in Home Cooking

Thoughts on restaurants that claim to source locally, but don't

Your concerns are valid. Similar considerations apply in all fraud cases. Issues of subjectivity, reasonable expectations, etc. are all determined by the trier of fact. In my example, it's easy to show that nobody's pulling sea urchins from the Atlantic at 40 degrees north. "What is local?", is a tougher call, but a case by case analysis works (usually). Consensus replaces outliers.

Nov 16, 2014
MGZ in General Topics

Do certain menu items put you off going to a restaurant?

As long as we do it subtly. Otherwise, someone may Shine a Light on our silliness.

Nov 16, 2014
MGZ in General Topics
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Thoughts on restaurants that claim to source locally, but don't

I agree that a certain degree of caveat emptor is warranted, but fraudulent and deceptive practices are still illegal fraudulent and deceptive practices. The problem is calling "bullshit" when you see it. I did it once, in good humor, with a waitress at a restaurant whose menu boasted, "We serve only fresh local seafood."* Sardines, Striped Bass, and Uni were among the Winter offerings. My reward was a visit from an angry chef moments later.

It was, needless to say, quite awkward, and I had the advantage of being an experienced lawyer, studied food dork, and the product of a community with a commercial fishing industry. In retrospect, I'm content when I see folks who are prudent enough to avoid any immediate confrontation in favor of simply reporting the deceit here, on Yelp!, or elsewhere. Nobody really wants a conversation that starts with a smile to end with a volley of "Fuck you"s.

(For what it's worth, the menu at the place I mentioned is now worded thusly: "We work with local farmers and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavor and soul. In celebration of their hard work, we incorporate their seasonal offerings into our menus every day. " That seems fair to me.)

* We're at the NJ Shore. I didn't mention that I also thought they were missing a comma.

Nov 16, 2014
MGZ in General Topics

Fruits every morning ? Good or bad?

I simply couldn't resist. I did, admittedly, give some thought to a misplaced shaker of salt. In the end, however, I think I just prefer getting' caught in the rain to stepping on a pop top.

Although, at this point in the preposterousness, it's becoming fun to watch the zeal of the armchair nutritionists as they bypass the existing comments to personally triage the pharming phantom.

Nov 16, 2014
MGZ in General Topics

Have you ever sent steak back because it had too much gristle?

Exactly. They can take it away and take it off the tab, but they don't get to take another crack at it.

Nov 15, 2014
MGZ in Not About Food