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Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

After taking a couple years off (just finished eating'12 batches) from making jam I've already made strawberry.

If I find a recipe that I like I plan to make a peach bourbon jam. The last I time I made one it was a little too runny (5 min processing with liquid pectin).

Possibly a peach bellini jam with raspberries. Looking at the BHG recipe with a cup of raspberries added.

And this fall if the pears are good a vanilla pear jam. Last year I think that the pears weren't ripe enough, or the wrong type, or just not flavorful. So the jam was more of a pear flavored vanilla jam, not a vanilla flavored pear jam. Still good, just underwhelming.

about 11 hours ago
viperlush in Home Cooking

Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

In thinking about making the BHG bellini jam (maybe adding some raspberries).

about 12 hours ago
viperlush in Home Cooking

September 2015 Openings and Closings

Looks like Flat Top Johnnys (Beantown, Belly and the Blue Room?) will be closed for a bit due to a fire.

September 2015 Openings and Closings

I think I read somewhere that they are going to expand the menu for the b&m locations.

Aug 28, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant staff self-grooming

To me it was the nail cleaning after scratching her head that took it from a nervous tick to something that she is aware of. I get not being aware of a simple act (playing with hair), but this was a three step (playing with hair, scratching head, then picking nails).

Aug 20, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Restaurant staff self-grooming

Seems like something a dress code would address. And in the second example above it is something that I would quietly say to the trainer or trainee. Not to make a big deal about it or try to embarrass either, but as a way to help.

In the first example it would bother me that she was scratching her head and picking the filth from her nails. And the fact that she stopped when manager/supervisor was near shows that she knew she was wrong. In that case I would be more tempted to speak to the manager.

Restaurant staff self-grooming

I think the pulling the hair into a pony tail is second nature and not something someone would automatically notice themselves doing unless it's brought to their attention. So I'd give a pass to that. But picking, scratching, plucking, biting, combing, etc. are different.

I'm just glad that I'm not that observant and don't notice things like this.

Aug 20, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Who was rude here?

Without a sample limit how was the customer wrong? Wrong or rude is being told 4 samples only and still asked for the 5th.

Rude was blaming the poster for customers walking out instead of saying, "this will be the last sample" or "let me help the next customer while you decide". The server should have taken control of the sampling situation as soon as they saw other customers getting restless.

In reality if I was the next person in line I would be thinking, "dude for the love of god just chose a fuckin' flavor". Followed by, " Seriously, you waited until you gave him 5 samples to say something? Don't blame him for people leaving, just stop enabling sample abusers!" And then based on attractiveness, sex,and age of the parties involved along with tone and language used assign rudeness. Unless I was amused and entertained, then I would b thankful to both.

Aug 20, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Those people at Starbucks who tie up the milk counter fine tuning their drink

Why not mention something to the manager?

Aug 20, 2015
viperlush in Chains

At what point would you not pay?

That's kind of what I was wondering. If the customer makes a good faith effort to track down and capture the attention of FOH and gets no response/action, at somepoint could they then reasonably assume that payment is not expected.

At what point would you not pay?

Can't leave a credit card, some people need a receipt, and some situations make it hard to just leave cash. But you are right, would also need to factor in attempts to pay bill.

Aug 20, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Who was rude here?

My parents found an ice cream shop that sells 1.5 inch balls of ice cream for 50 cents each. As a diabetic my mother loves it. The shop also offers samples.

At what point would you not pay?

I wonder if at some point the customer could say that a reasonable person would believe the meal/drinks were free because the restaurant/bar refused payment. Factoring in the time spent trying to get the bill, the number of requests for bill made, to whom the requests were made, the wording of the requests, and the reactions to the request.

Aug 20, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Who was rude here?

Exactly, oblivious, self absorbed, and clueless sound more inconsiderate than rude. Without knowing if there is a sample limit, if the poster had previous experiences there, or how the poster responded to the server we don't know enough to determine if rude.

With the limited info given, and accepting it as fact, it was rude for the server to tell the poster that was their fault for losing customers.

Aug 20, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Who was rude here?

Poster was inconsiderate, but it was the server who was rude.

So you are moving away

I never lived in Philly, but my grandparents did. I miss visiting them and eating Italian hoagies and cheesesteaks. Never really appreciated them at the time.

Aug 06, 2015
viperlush in General Topics
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Coconut oil expiry date

Plus I wouldn't want to smell like rancid oil.

So you are moving away

I don't think I'd miss anything if I moved away from the Boston area. As a child I missed Doritos when we moved to England. I still miss fried seaweed, fish and chips, humbugs, tea, etc. from England. I know when I moved from NJ I missed the pizza, bagels, and taylor ham sandwiches. When I moved from Baltimore I missed the meatball subs at DePasquale's happy hour, crabs, and Brewers Art beer. But I can't think of anything here that I would miss if I left.

Aug 06, 2015
viperlush in General Topics

Has Anyone Had A Dinner Party Guest Pass Gas At Your Table?

Or the dog.

Aug 06, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food
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"Seasoned Fries" - love them or hate them

Hate

So, what MUST I buy from Whole Foods?

Thick sliced black forest bacon from the butcher. Bread from the bakery. Depending on the quality at your SR, seafood should be better.

Aug 06, 2015
viperlush in Chains
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Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

I think you are asking too much from fellow Chowhounds. Clear up the confusion, make a handout with all the bars in the area to pass out to the 800 people, or start making phone calls.

Jul 31, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

No kids allowed?

Why not, I don't have kids. Though I think it would make more sense to ban kids after 7pm or on Thurs-Sat night. Don't really know how you enforce it, do they expect the kids to carry ID? Why not just have a blanket "disruptive customers will be asked to leave" policy.

Jul 30, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food
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Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

The BF has a lot of work happy hours there. Surprisingly good beer list and average snacks. The benefits are they have the space, cheap, and being so near other better bars/restaurants in case they want to move about. But if Flat Tops in considered an option then I'd say stay at the Marriott and go to Champions.

Jul 28, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

I'd also throw in Cambridge Brewing Company. Not as close to the hotel, but not a long walk either. But there are about 6 alternative options in that area if people want to break away from the group to eat/drink. Maybe Catalyst?

It would be best to call the restaurants and ask them about the seperate tabs and reserving a space.

Jul 28, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Do you pray before a meal?

Nope, but probably growing up. While just dating, my father "forgot" to tell my mother that his family took turns reciting a bible verse before dinner. Expecting her to fumble, my father was disappointed when my mother politely recited John 11:35. Well played mother.

Forget the best burger... how about the worst burger in boston?

And in contrast the burger and fries I had at the Independent in Union Square were so salty that my lips were salt crusted after only a couple bites.

Jul 22, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

$500 on the line with a friend in a steak cook off

On a side note how is whiskey in a pumpkin pie "too much flair", but a sous vide bone in tenderloin with a blackened brown sugar crust and garlic herb butter is "flair free"?

Viale or Oleana - at which one can we hear each other better?

And that row of tables that look out into the courtyard seem to be in the quiet side.

Jul 17, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Unbelievable !!

Because it was a fat man with a thin cigar and not a thin man with a fat cigar?

Jul 15, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food
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