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Worse McDonald's Item (No McD bashing, please)

When I was finishing HS, I was in the unique position of HAVING to put on some weight before I was allowed to head to college, oh, that MCDLT habit I got into sure helped me! The ones I got were always good.

Sep 22, 2012
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Whole Belly Clams

Sounds like Westport is where I'm heading.

Thanks for the Link.

Jul 23, 2012
careyanned in Outer Boroughs

Whole Belly Clams

I'm headed up to NY/CT at the end of the week. I grew up in New England and have a fierce love of fried clam bellies. I'll be in and around City Island, NY and up to Stamfort CT. I would love some recomended spots to find them. The plumper, the better

Jul 22, 2012
careyanned in Outer Boroughs

Biggest "Guilty Pleasure"

Flyerfan -

I, too, just LOVE the honey mustard at Quiznos, I guess I justify dipping my tuna sub in the stuff b/c I order it sans cheese and mayo, but still, that stuff IS pretty bad for you...they just put in a Quiznos about a 1/4 mile from my apartment, so I have to be careful not to indulge too much.

Carey

Jun 30, 2008
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confession time

This may sound weird, but as a teenager I was severely anorexic and on a really bad path. Then my parents told me that I had to gain 25 pounds or else they wouldn't pay for my college tuition. I had just gotten into my dream school, Duke, so I really didn't have a choice. My choice to "fatten myself up" was Friendly's Reeses Pieces sundae, the large one. At one point I was eating one of them a day or every other day to "make weight" to go to college. I have to admit, I had a heck of a lot of fun gaining those pounds, but really, they came on REALLY fast due to the high caloric and fat intake of all those sundaes.

Carey

Jun 30, 2008
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Biggest "Guilty Pleasure"

Oh, goodness yes! That bloomin' onion has about 2200 calories, but I only order it if I can get a couple others to eat it with me, otherwise it's two hours on the exercise bike the next day. I too wil pretty much eat any salad, sans meat, if I can drown it in Ranch!!!

Jun 24, 2008
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Biggest "Guilty Pleasure"

I don't eat meat, but I sure can find some really guilty pleasures at chains these days.

1 - I order the Quesadilla explosion salad at Chili's with extra Ranch dressing, of course. But the key is that my husband always orders the steak fajitas, and hates vegetables of all kinds. So I not only get his grilled onions and peppers, but also end up devouring all of his salsa, guacamole and sour cream by the time the night is done.

2 - Cheesecake Factory - I always get the Quesadillas with extra Guac, and completely devour the rest of the sour cream, salsa and extra cheese they serve with it.

3 - Onion Rings, especially when served with Ranch/Jalapeno Ranch dressing. I just can't resist them.

4 - In general I put a ton of condiments on virtually anything I eat. My fridge is stocked with everything from Mayo, Tartar Sauce, Ranch dressing (three kinds) Honey Mustard Dressing, and plenty of other spicy sauce/creamy side items. My family calls me the "Condiment Queen" and it's well deserved.

carey

Jun 24, 2008
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Best Sandwich you ever had?

jfood and Panini Guy -

Swanky's as in Swanky Franks? Oh man, I grew up in Norwalk (CT) and after my basketball and softball games my mom and dad used to take me there......excellent skin-on fries which I dipped in Tartar Sauce, and the dogs were to die for. Later on after college I moved into New Rochelle and greasy Nick's was right down the road from me, I moved to Naples, FL in late '04, but before then the burgers, fries, and even their fried clams used to totally rock! I can't speak for the present, but a couple years ago they had great beer and excellent greasy cheeseburgers and grilled onions....if you're still in the area, definitely give it a try....

carey

Jun 22, 2008
careyanned in General Topics

Matt to go on HK

HollyDolly -

Matt looks all too familiar to me as well. Maybe not on Top Chef, b/c I've never thought anyone on TC to be this creepy......but maybe someone else knows where we're getting that "familiar feeling" thing from.....

Jun 03, 2008
careyanned in Food Media & News

Dinner Impossible New Host

With all this conversation, I'm getting excited as to just how FN will utilize MS on Mission Impossible. Anyone know when he is going to debut???

May 29, 2008
careyanned in Food Media & News

Gordon Ramsey/Hell's Kitchen

I love Ramsay a lot, but ONLY after seeing his UK shows. Yes, he's a total tyrant on HK, but everyone posting here is right, it is all contrived by the studios and the producers for ratings. Especially for us here in the USA, who seem to be eating these shows up. In "The F Word" we can clearly see just how much he not only loves cooking, but also getting the best out of his brigade on any single day, but also how laid back and humorous he can be as he "challenges" someone in one dish a show. I just love the F word b/c I believe it shows the real Gordon Ramsay.

May 23, 2008
careyanned in Food Media & News

"The Restaurant", Series 2 - filming started?

I don't know what the deal was, I watched it on BBC America, and it was always called "Last Restaurant Standing". Wonder why they DID have different names? All I know was that it was pretty good, although, I believe you're right, you could tell that the restaurants weren't open "to trade" on a full time basis.

For a moment I thought you were mentioning the series, "The Restaurant" here in the US a few years back in which celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito opened a restaurant in NYC and it was all caught in a "reality series" format.

Thanks for the info.

May 23, 2008
careyanned in Food Media & News

"The Restaurant", Series 2 - filming started?

Are you referring to "Last Restaurant Standing?"

May 23, 2008
careyanned in Food Media & News

Carrabba's Italian Grill

I live in Ft. Myers and have been to the one there about six times so far. The Caesar salad is delicious and much more "authentic" than Caesar's I've had at other chains. I, too, order the Veal Marsala (with extra sauce and mushrooms, please) and I've only been disappointed once when one of the veal portions was quite tough and difficult to even cut. My husband gets the sirloin and adds the mushroom marsala sauce to that as well, and he's always loved it. The only bad dish I've had there is the fried zucchini appetizer. What arrived was a large loaf of dough and fat and very little zucchini. When the waitress noticed that I'd barely touched it, she immediately took it off of our bill.

By far, my favorite chain restaurant in this area of Florida.

May 04, 2008
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texas de brazil????

Been there once. It's quite expensive for the overall quality that you recieve. The salad bar alone is thirty dollars a person (I had that the night we went since I wasn't in the mood to eat enormous amounts of meat, because that is essentially what you pay for.) My husband is a stout meat eater but most of it was cooked too rarely for him. The lamb was practically raw and every time the filet mignon came around it seemed to vanish before they ever got to our table. The complementary sweet plantain dish we recieved for dessert was outstanding however. Bottom line, I wouldn't recommend it. Especially in Vegas where there are so many fabulous places to eat.

Apr 28, 2008
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Dinner Impossible New Host

I heard he lied about Princess Diana and Charles' wedding cake. It's a shame that FN was so quick to dismiss him, he was a great personality and I loved DI. I love Symon as well, so I hope he continues to make DI a fun and entertaining show.

Apr 21, 2008
careyanned in Food Media & News

Bring back the Hungry Detective

I am yet another who thoroughly enjoyed "The Hungry Detective". I hope there is some way to get those shows aired somehow or another. I lived in and around NYC for years and never ONCE heard of the BBQ joint, Dinosaur BBQ. It's amazing, what a find.

Good luck in your future out of the way finds!

Apr 15, 2008
careyanned in Food Media & News

Fieri pushing TGI Fridays

The point many miss is that "TFN" is a television channel. What is the overall purpose of TV? To entertain. Plain and simple. It's entertaining, and that's why ppl watch it. You can turn to PBS or a slew of other channels that focus more on the education aspect. But if you just want to watch a show ABOUT food, you turn on TFN and that's what you get. Some people may think they've sold out, but they're just responding to what fans of the network want. So it's evolved, what's wrong with that??

Apr 10, 2008
careyanned in Food Media & News

Fieri pushing TGI Fridays

I agree. To make it on the FN is to have a schtick. Think about when it all started with "BAM" and "smellavision" with Emeril. It worked for years and look where he's at today. Can you say GOLD MINE? Same for Rachael Ray, she has this bubbly personality that really turned people on to her, but overexposure has caused many to "hate" her. But again, look where she's at? Can you blame people who want to be successful, I don't think so. You or I would most likely "go with the flow" if we were in their positions. You can hardly blame them for that.

Apr 09, 2008
careyanned in Food Media & News

Anything Worth Eating at Cosi?

I used to eat at Cosi frequently when I worked in NYC. I always got the smoked salmon with Cosi's herbed cream cheese, scallions and Balsalmic Dressing, which was to die for. This was before they heavily expanded however, so I can only attest to the NYC locations of a few years ago.

Mar 28, 2008
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