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I'm sorry you don't like what I ordered, but keep your thoughts to yourself

This kind of thing really rubs me the wrong way. I have a good friend who has some particular food dislikes, and one of the only disagreements I can ever recall us having was when she went on and on about how disgusting my [rather innocuous] choice of meal was, with lots of nose-wrinkling and eewwwws included. i listened quietly and continued to eat for a while until I finally lost patience and said something along the lines of "Would you please shut up and let me enjoy my dinner?" Didn't go over well. And on the other side, I have some very strong food dislikes, including all forms of fish and seafood, but I would never comment negatively on what my friends order. Many of them know I don't like seafood, and if someone doesn't, what's the point of my expressing how much I can't stand salmon / lobster / tuna / whatever? Obviously they do like it since they ordered it.

1 day ago
cookie monster in Not About Food
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Do you wonder why the Chow site stinks?

Maybe the bird hasn't figured out the flag function yet.

1 day ago
cookie monster in Site Talk

Ranch House Cafe in Olancha, Route 395 - Great Breakfasts

I've been there for lunch and it was just ok. Breakfast is definitely better. But we're always looking for something edible other than fast food along 395 while on the way to or from Mammoth, and one can do worse than the Ranch House cafe (and I have).

Apr 07, 2014
cookie monster in California

How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

Ha. I had a physical in January and the liver tests were all fine . .

Apr 03, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

I could almost have written this post myself . . . 1-2 glasses of wine pretty much every day, occasionally a third; beer rarely (usually only when I'd really like a drink and there's no drinkable wine available); and hard alcohol almost never (not for any health reasons - I lost my taste for it a number of years ago). You and I are very close in size, and I also sometimes worry that I'm drinking "too much." So a couple times a year I will abstain for a few weeks just to assure myself that I can. Then I go back to my old habits . . .

Apr 03, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics
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Spotted Pig coming to Venice

I meant that I saw the HR headline and wondered if it was an April Fool's joke. I'm sure you could do much better.

Apr 03, 2014
cookie monster in Los Angeles Area

Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

I would've thought I've heard every variation on who pays for what by now, but this one is just . . . bizarre. Every time I'm a houseguest I pick up the tab for my host[s] at least once, and the same goes when friends or family stay with me. The only possibilities I can think of are (1) some sort of weird gender issue as you mentioned, i.e. that your husband's manhood would somehow be insulted by the guests paying for him and you; or (2) your houseguests thought of the other attendees as "their guests" and therefore felt obligated to pay for them. But it's just weird.

Apr 02, 2014
cookie monster in Not About Food
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Spotted Pig coming to Venice

Saw this headline and wondered if it was for real or an April Fool's joke.

Apr 02, 2014
cookie monster in Los Angeles Area

When You No Longer Can Eat Some Foods You Love

I was wondering that as well. Other than fajitas, which are more Tex-Mex, I can't really think of common Mexican dishes that use bell peppers.

Apr 01, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

Can canned crescent rolls be prepped ahead of time?

It will definitely be fine. I "pre-roll" pigs in blankets in crescent roll dough all the time so I can pop them in the oven right when guests arrive. (So easy, and so not good for you, and they're the first thing to go at every party.)

Mar 31, 2014
cookie monster in Home Cooking
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Coffee in Hotel Rooms

That is definitely the case. I'm a tea drinker, not coffee, and I've tried to use the hotel coffee makers to make tea a few times. It's supposed to work - they stock a few tea bags along with the coffee packets - but it comes out terrible. The water isn't hot enough to properly brew tea, and it usually has a faint flavor of stale coffee since, as someone else said, those coffee makes never get cleaned.

Mar 31, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

NBC Cancels Television Without Pity and The Daily Candy

Yup. There were shows like AI and The Bachelor/ette that I didn't even watch - just read the recaps because they were so entertaining. Good Top Chef and Hell's Kitchen coverage too.

Mar 30, 2014
cookie monster in Food Media & News

Himalayan pink salt - this label can't be right, can it?

Thanks all for the chemistry lessons! So it's scientifically impossible for this label to be correct.

Mar 30, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

Himalayan pink salt - this label can't be right, can it?

1479mg of sodium in a 1/4 tsp? I'm thinking that might be the number for a full teaspoon. My fleur de sel says 330mg of sodium in a 1/4 tsp.

Mar 30, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

kitchen OWIES!?!

Oh boy. I am as I type looking at a scar at the base of my right thumb from that touching the upper oven rack thing. Maybe I should think about moving it down. . .

Mar 29, 2014
cookie monster in Not About Food

Would you eat this yogurt? Or even open it?

Thanks - I'll look for that one. I've tried a couple other non-dairy (coconut, rice milk) that I didn't like much either.

Mar 28, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

Would you eat this yogurt? Or even open it?

Good point - I had been thinking that returning it wasn't worth the effort in terms of getting my $1.79 back, but it would be good to let the store know in case there's a more widespread problem.

Mar 27, 2014
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Would you eat this yogurt? Or even open it?

First I will answer my own question: no. I bought a couple soy yogurts as an experiment and I don't particularly like it, even though I like soy milk. So I have no problem tossing this one. Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but the bottom of the cup is puffed out as well as the plastic film on top. From what I can see through the plastic, the yogurt looks fine - no visible mold - and it's not past the expiration date. But I haven't seen this before in a food product, other than with a significant change in altitude, which didn't happen here. Thoughts?

Mar 27, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

Los Angeles Dish of the Month, April 2014, Voting

ASPARAGUS

Mar 25, 2014
cookie monster in Los Angeles Area

Birthday cake of choice in France

O/T but what a great local market. Those cakes look amazing.

Mar 22, 2014
cookie monster in France

Birthday cake of choice in France

Yes I don't know anything about French birthday cakes, but that description sounds more like the cliched image of the cheap grocery store cake at a kid's birthday party than what most Americans I know actually celebrate birthdays with . . .

Mar 20, 2014
cookie monster in France
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Bars/Squares Ideas

Mark Bittman's blondie recipe is super simple and a great starting point for various flavor combinations - chocolate and peanut butter chips; dried cranberries and pistachios and/or white chocolate chips; toasted pecans and coconut . . .

Mar 18, 2014
cookie monster in Home Cooking

Low carbers- what is your limit?

Agreed - Ryvita is much more like a cracker and less like cardboard than Wasa. I'll have to look for the Crunch rye.

Mar 15, 2014
cookie monster in Special Diets

Low carbers- what is your limit?

Not a real low carber here - I just can't / won't give up eating fruit - but I wanted to chime in o/b/o the Ryvita crispbreads. I like all the varieties I've tried. They average 40 calories with 6g carb / 2g fiber per piece, and are excellent with cheese or nut butter or when you just have a hankering for something crunchy and hearty.

Mar 15, 2014
cookie monster in Special Diets

Are jumbo eggs crueler?

Not sure what you mean by cruelty-free, but I buy cage-free large eggs all the time (whole foods and farmers' market). Don't know that I've seen extra large or jumbo, but then I wouldn't have been looking for them.

Mar 11, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

Suggestions for 80th Birthday Brunch/Lunch Spot

Catch at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica. Comfortable room with a beautiful view and very good if not amazing food. Also second Tavern in Brentwood, although it can get loud. If Mom is an adventurous eater and price is no object, Nobu Malibu. absolutely stunning during daylight hours.

Mar 10, 2014
cookie monster in Los Angeles Area

Which do you prefer: a cupcake or a slice of layer cake?

Layer cake. I like to get cake and frosting in every bite, and that's pretty difficult with a cupcake unless you take huge bites. Or cut it in half horizontally and spread some of the frosting in the middle, which I have been known to do.

Mar 09, 2014
cookie monster in General Topics

Gluten free and Vegan friendly in LA

Hostaria del Piccolo (locations in Santa Monica and Venice) has a number of GF options on the menu, and I would imagine some of them are, or can be made, vegan as well. I haven't actually tried them as I'm a happy gluten eater, but in general I really like the pastas, salads and vegetables; pizzas are just ok, but they do offer a GF crust.

Mar 08, 2014
cookie monster in Los Angeles Area

Actually organic at Farmers Markets ???

I'm with you, FED. It's one thing to comment in generalities about the perfection of supposedly organic produce, and something else entirely to question the honesty and ethics of specific farmers based on nothing more than their produce looking too good.

I buy every week from my local farmers' market (some organic, some not), and I'm one of those extra picky people who searches for the most perfect-looking items. But I've still found worms in my tomatoes and bugs in my berries. and then there was the bright green something that hopped out of my salad bowl after the greens had been in the fridge for 4 or 5 days.

Mar 07, 2014
cookie monster in Los Angeles Area
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Josiah Citrin Opening Casual Venice Restaurant

Yes, I was very excited to read that, since it's a couple blocks from my house, in the pocket of Venice/MDR that has historically been a bastion of mediocre food.

Mar 06, 2014
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