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Cilantro - Love it or Hate it?

Cilantro is delicious.

Mar 16, 2009
filth in General Topics

Washington DC Trip

Matchbox is a good call. The Penn Quarter area is fun.

Any good German food?

Personally, I think good German food is kind of oxymoronic but we (including German fiance) prefer Old Europe to Cafe Berlin for the food. CB has better ambiance.

Washington DC Trip

Check out Central.

New Fortune Dim Sum

I agree that the dim sum is not great but I love the roasted ducks and pork.

Returning food in ethnic restaurants...

You were wrong to complain. There are many variations of dishes. Had this been a variant that you really loved, how would you have liked it if the restaurant had charged you double, since they introduced you to a new version that was more delicious than what you knew to be Dan Dan noodles?

Mar 12, 2009
filth in Not About Food

Eating out alone

This post is useless without pics ;-)

But honestly, I used to be very self conscious. I wouldn't even eat fast food alone. Now, for the most part, I don't care but I will frequently bring a book because, frankly, I'm boring.

Mar 11, 2009
filth in Not About Food

Sashimi and sushi at home

USDA regulates meat, not FDA. FDA does regulate fish.

Mar 11, 2009
filth in Home Cooking

Sashimi and sushi at home

jerry,

with regard to the salmon/tuna parasite issue, you have it background. for all intents and purposes, tuna does not have parasites. parasites and raw salmon are a concern. freezing adequately kills parasites in either fish.

Mar 11, 2009
filth in Home Cooking

Walking Out due to the Menu Options

Picky eaters suck.

Mar 04, 2009
filth in Not About Food

Natives Raised Eating Legumes:Unaffected by Gas?

I take it that this is anecdotal and you have no real evidence to substantiate this claim?

Mar 04, 2009
filth in General Topics

I've never had!!

Ortolan

Mar 03, 2009
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What is Authentic

Exactly. So many of the CHers take themselves too seriously what with all the "guilt" over liking processed foods and slavish devotion to that which is "authentic."

Mar 02, 2009
filth in Not About Food

Gnocci, how to describe it to someone who's never tried it?

Pasty, bland nuggets.

Mar 02, 2009
filth in General Topics

Gourmet Foods

Define gourmet.

Expensive?

Hard to get?

Hard to prepare?

What people tell you is gourmet?

Feb 25, 2009
filth in General Topics

The best easy-to-find maple syrup

Mrs. Butterworth's has a great bottle.

Feb 24, 2009
filth in General Topics

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

no

Feb 23, 2009
filth in General Topics

Are there any foods you just cannot bear eating any way except straight up and delicious?

Water.

When people dumb it down with Kool Aid, Crystal Light, etc. It makes my freakin' sick.

What about some good ole, simple Bling H2o or kona nigari?

Feb 14, 2009
filth in General Topics

What makes a restaurant "romantic"?

scantily clad waitresses ;-)

Feb 13, 2009
filth in Not About Food

2009: The Great Valentine Restaurant Rebellion

I generally agree with the "stay at home on VD" sentiment. However, I note that, almost always, the proponents of "stay at home" fail to account for the labor involved with buying ingredients, cooking them (which many of us enjoy), and cleaning up.

Feb 13, 2009
filth in Not About Food

favorite guilty snack food

Limburger cheese on oatmeal cookies, with bacon bits. YUM!

Feb 12, 2009
filth in General Topics

What's in your pho?

Interesting info here. Thanks for the tip.

Feb 12, 2009
filth in General Topics

What is your top pet peeve when going through a chain restaurant drive thru?

1. Agree with upthread comments about the proper way to give change (coins first, then bills).
2. I have more peeves with the drive through customers than the McD's employees. If you have a complex order or you're extremely picky, GO INSIDE. If you are paying separate "checks", GO INSIDE. If you have a large order, GO INSIDE
3. The fucking change machines at McDonalds have shitty programming. I notice that, except for pennies, they tend not to give change properly. For example, if your change is 35 cents, the machine should be programmed to spit out one quarter and one dime. Instead, I get three dimes and a nickel. Or maybe two dimes and three nickel. What the fuck?

And, being a frequent McD's customer, this is not an aberration based on the machine being out of quarters at that moment or it just being the one machine. It is consistent across time and location. McDonalds...please fix this.

Feb 11, 2009
filth in Not About Food

What's your favorite hot sauce?

Tabasco
El Yucatero

Feb 03, 2009
filth in General Topics

Seeking jam heaven

Bittman's tomato jam is the bomb.

Jan 29, 2009
filth in General Topics

Tapas: Revelation or Rip-Off?

I haven't been to New England in about 10 years but you guys are very out of it if tapas are new to you.

They have been popular in major metro areas for at least 10 years now.

I like em...they usually have big flavors and, being small portions, you can have a great variety.

Jan 27, 2009
filth in General Topics

How do you make egg salad?

Agree with ghg. I hate preachy chowhounders but running water for 10 minutes to cool eggs is a waste of water.

Pouring off the hot water, running a couple of changes of cold water, then throwing some ice cubes in uses less water. One could argue that the ice took energy to make but I don't use that much ice anyway.

I also crack the cooling eggs against the pan or counter--supposed to help with the sulfur.

Jan 23, 2009
filth in Home Cooking

Recipes for a snowy day...

I don't know how much the Costco container weighs but I estimate that it contains about 2 1/2 times what you get at Giant or another grocery store. IIRC, the Costo clamshell costs about $4.99 or $5.99. The winter Camparis are a little bit lower quality than the summer ones but they are still a very respectable tomato for eating raw.

I'll probably get skewered for writing this on Chowhound, but, even in the summer, I like Camparis. I've had heirloom tomatoes, tomatoes from Farmers Markets, expensive Balducci tomatoes etc. during the summer and I find them to be extremely variable...sometimes sublime, sometimes pretty shitty...watery, sometimes strange tasting. Camparis are consistent. Good to very good, rarely great but never shitty or weird tasting.

I like Thomas Keller's recipe for gaz.

Jan 23, 2009
filth in Home Cooking

is your refrigerator stuffed so full with condiments and fresh foods that you could not possibly put in another thing without being a rubik's cube champion?

No.

Jan 23, 2009
filth in General Topics

Recipes for a snowy day...

Campari/Costco

Jan 22, 2009
filth in Home Cooking