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Looking for lamb in restaurants

it's pricey, but Thursdays are lamb chop night at RIS in the West End. nice and crusty yet as rare (or not) as you want.

about 14 hours ago
hill food in Washington DC & Baltimore

Basic Grilling Book for Weber Kettle

flaming paper? I suppose if the chimney is pulled off too soon, I just layer a few briquets then some paper, then the rest of the briquets and raise it maybe half an inch (2 cm) to allow more oxygen to hit the coals, I still expect a waiting period later once spread to get all the coals going. If one chooses the parafin route, I would emphasize don't skimp on them, I bought some cheap ones once and holy cow. the smoke that poured out was so thick a neighbor called down from her window "do we have a new Pope or should I call the Fire Department?"

it's true - you do get what you pay for.

about 22 hours ago
hill food in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

they're not vocal and easily get shushed.

2 days ago
hill food in Not About Food

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

I dunno, I think you'd get some traction in the mainstream parts of that party...(and would be such a relief) enough to get a plank in the platform anyway.

2 days ago
hill food in Not About Food

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

pfff - souls of baby pandas need to brine overnight in the tears of consumptive orphans.

2 days ago
hill food in Not About Food

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

getting a bit OT, but I truly believe the flavor and smell of decaf can have the same effect for one who used to drink the full-on caffeinated. similarly I can just think about hot peppers and my scalp will start sweating with no capsaicin (sp?) in my system.

2 days ago
hill food in Not About Food

Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

yes those!

2 days ago
hill food in General Topics

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

small h - a bit of a stretch, yet the analogy is somehow apt. there are some things that can't and shouldn't be asked to explain.

kind of like what a friend posted about clinical depression recently, one of the least helpful things to ask of someone dealing with that is 'why?'

2 days ago
hill food in Not About Food

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

John E.

"oh nobody ever does, but I still think I was right about the Treaty of Nantes"

2 days ago
hill food in Not About Food
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Basic Grilling Book for Weber Kettle

trial and error is the best, most grilling doesn't require chopping or much prep (falls through the grate) bamboo skewers soaked for maybe 1/2 hour opens up all sorts of possibilities for smaller things like chunks of eggplant or shrimp. a fish basket can be improvised out of old cooling racks.

I've seen the Weber book and after the first few pages it goes into arcana of how to do just about everything on the grill and can get overwhelming/distracting (I'd skip the cakes). stick to the basics and be the master of your fire being mindful of manipulating direct vs. indirect heat. that is the key.

Apr 17, 2014
hill food in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

jab nonsense buttons on the phone and pretend you're calling security to bring an HR clipboard crew in front of the yutz.

"yeah we have a developing situation in 1034 South" it's what those people live for.

Apr 17, 2014
hill food in Not About Food
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Bar/lounge near Sidney St Cafe

if the weather is nice, the patio at the Venice Cafe is lush.

Apr 16, 2014
hill food in Great Plains

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

cocktails before dinner? no problem, required even. it just tastes sort of more a dessert in a glass that's all, hell I used to extend cocktail hour so long we sort of forgot about dinner and ordered a pizza. that's all.

Apr 16, 2014
hill food in Not About Food
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I'm sorry you don't like what I ordered, but keep your thoughts to yourself

ok but BEFORE dinner? uggh.

I'd still roll my eyes, yet keep my stupid mouth shut. I wouldn't even bother to explain why it wasn't a martini. your business and digestion.

Apr 16, 2014
hill food in Not About Food

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Melanie is right - a spritz or a light brush of cold tap water in the first few minutes of re-heating, or while baking from scratch for that matter, gives the loaf a good outer shell (learned that from Julia and Jacques, it works)

Apr 16, 2014
hill food in Los Angeles Area

Best street food city in the US (other than NYC)?

sorry, to clarify - a double line of kioskos serving up 20 kinds of pastellitos made to order, sofritos, mofongo, roast chicken, various skewers etc. (and yes if you must, burgers and pizza)

Apr 16, 2014
hill food in General Topics

Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

anybody have a 'way-back' machine not being used?

Apr 16, 2014
hill food in General Topics

Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

and I'm cool with that except when it looks more like a coupla accidental drips. what was that candy that came on a roll of paper and was just sugar dots about 3/8" or a centimeter? "yes 4 of those and be sure the staff is trained to place the dish so the dots correspond to the cardinal points of the compass or I. am. out. of. here. capisce?"

Apr 16, 2014
hill food in General Topics

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

now if I were to gripe and be pissy about anybody's order (of any gender), it would have been about the chocolate 'martini' before dinner.

Apr 16, 2014
hill food in Not About Food
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I'm sorry you don't like what I ordered, but keep your thoughts to yourself

nothingswrong: if they were they're not anymore (and that point in the timeline was before the dinner)

Apr 16, 2014
hill food in Not About Food

Best street food city in the US (other than NYC)?

it's not a street or a city but a beach on an island near Puerto Rico.

Apr 16, 2014
hill food in General Topics

Going to be in Baltimore for two days.

and if you find yourself in Little Italy anyway...

you may as well hit Vaccaro's and get a bag of amaretto cookies and a few cannoli (a few per person that is) while you're there.

Apr 15, 2014
hill food in Washington DC & Baltimore

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

the title of this thread is misleading

Apr 14, 2014
hill food in Los Angeles Area

Faux pas - eating fish at work?

I used to work in an office where MW popcorn was verboten, as the boss felt it was distracting and likely to reduce productivity/draw people from their desks. about the same time we were doing a J/V with a company from a land where cooked fish was a basic,, and whoa I am more than cool with fried/baked/roasted fish smells, but MW'd? it's just different.

Apr 14, 2014
hill food in Not About Food

pet peeves for other 'foodies'

coochie coochie!

she is also an excellent classical guitarist. and now apparently host.

Apr 14, 2014
hill food in Not About Food

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

quite understandable. Onward! always twirling, twirling! into the future (Simpson's ref)

Apr 14, 2014
hill food in Los Angeles Area

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

well yeah if ya want to be all succinct and direct and not confusing and stuff.

pffff kids these days...

Apr 14, 2014
hill food in Los Angeles Area

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

go for the grilled pork or chicken, 'Bun Thit Nuong'; 'Bun Ga Nuong'; 'Bun Bo Nuong' (beef) - and there are always tofu versions and ones on rice instead of rice vermicelli. fish and shellfish just jack up the price anyway.

I can't tell you where to go in LA, but stick to the grilled things served over rice or noodle (and fried or fresh rolls - can't miss those) for now and let the rest come later.

Apr 14, 2014
hill food in Los Angeles Area

new to weber kettle grilling and can't get temp above 300

"Any lightweight pipe" - but not PVC!

as somebody else posited (I know this is an old thread) it may be a hesitance to use charcoal.

Apr 14, 2014
hill food in Cookware

new to weber kettle grilling and can't get temp above 300

water on coals in most climates renders them useless for future apps unless you want mushy ash in the bottom that hardens like plaster. most Weber's vents seal up so well that the fire is out in 15 minutes. water destroys the whole point of charcoal (dehydrated wood by-product)

but it makes for a good pigment base mixing handmade paints...

Apr 14, 2014
hill food in Cookware