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Pet Peeves: Servers' Condescending "We"

Pedantry alert
Actually "done" is the older word, having been introduced into the English language in the 1400s, whereas "finish" was introduced about a century later, with the same meaning. There were a few grammarians that started to say that they weren't synonyms around the First World War but that point of view only lasted a couple of decades and was never widely accepted. Nowadays "done" means the same thing as "finished" according to all major American and British dictionaries and usage guides.

Jan 15, 2014
phanmo in Features

knife storage

Regarding knives falling off the magnetic strip...
I just performed an experiment with my 7€ (about $10US) Ikea magnetic knife strip. With the knives (including a very heavy butcher's cleaver and a steel) still on, I unscrewed it from the wall, took it to the bedroom and shook it vigorously over the mattress... Nada.
If your knives have a tendency to fall off, throw out your magnetic strip and buy one from anywhere other than a dollar store.

Aug 03, 2013
phanmo in Cookware

Fixing Your "Scratched" Le Creuset

Yeah, I'd never seen the term "French oven" before reading this article; it's always been a Dutch oven to me.

Sep 29, 2012
phanmo in Features

After Batali Bust, Arguments for and Against Tipping Out

I live in France, where there is little or no tipping, and waiters are paid a normal wage. The service here is as good if not better than everywhere I've eaten in Canada or the US.

Mar 10, 2012
phanmo in Features

After Batali Bust, Arguments for and Against Tipping Out

I'm very happy to live in a country where we don't tip, except for exemplary service. Service staff should be paid a normal wage, which would eliminate the issue.

Mar 09, 2012
phanmo in Features

2012: Year of the Horse?

I eat horse on a (relatively) regular basis. I'm a big fan of horse/beef blends for burgers.

Dec 05, 2011
phanmo in Features

Scandalous Restaurant Review Prompts the Question: Is Good Service Dead?

He was falsely accused of sexual harassment! That overshadows anything else as far as I'm concerned.

Aug 17, 2011
phanmo in Features

What regional foods do people just get wrong?

Since he was a chef from France, he was probably talking about french people.
Certainly in the five years I've been here, I've never met anyone here that knows anything about chinese or mexican cuisine, except for foreigners that is. Everybody here thinks that samosas are chinese and frijoles are only available in, bizarrely, chinese grocery stores.

Apr 12, 2011
phanmo in General Topics

French Bistro Dishes

Snooty waiters I agree with, but smoking in restaurants has been banned here in France since February 1st, 2007.

Mar 29, 2011
phanmo in Features

Garlic Dill Pickles

I'm pretty sure that 2 tbsp is correct; the idea is to have a brine solution, rather than a vinegar solution.
There's a good pickle recipe on ; they're pretty well known in Toronto (and maybe elsewhere).

May 20, 2010
phanmo in Recipes

Corned Beef–Potato Rösti

Where's the butter? You can't make röstis with oil!

Feb 13, 2010
phanmo in Recipes

How Important to You is Pronunciation? (vis-a-vis Food)

Actually the French say ah-ee-oh-lee; it's spelt "aïoli" in French ; the double dot (trema) over the i means that the a and the i are pronounced separately.

*I'm not sure how to put italics in my comments

Feb 04, 2010
phanmo in Not About Food

Bailing Before the Host Notices

Here in France, this is known as "filer à l'anglaise" or leaving, English-style. I found it pretty amusing when I found out.

Feb 04, 2010
phanmo in Features

Are There No Good, Inexpensive Places In Paris?

My girlfriend's uncle has a crêperie in Pontivy called Le Cul de Poule.
I was up in Paris this weekend, in the 13ème, I can't remember the name of the brasserie but I had a nice tournedo, with decent potatoes on the side. Not haute cuisine by any means but at 12 euros very reasonably priced. Unfortunately my pint of Kronenbourg was 8 euros!!!!

Jan 25, 2010
phanmo in France

Why Would Anybody Want to Eat Old Meat?

I know this is an old post but I just wanted to point out that boeuf bourguinionne is not made with aged beef at all.
Beef is never aged in France, it's illegal.

Jan 25, 2010
phanmo in Features

What is it called? Portuguese pastry roll...

I used to live at Oakwood and Rogers, in Toronto, and on the west side of Oakwood, just south of Rogers is a large portuguese bakery. There were two things that I bought on an almost daily basis but I can't remember what they were called..
The first one is not too important because it was just a large bun stuffed with chouriço, but he second I'd like to try and make but need to find out the name.
It was basically a flaky pastry roll, about 15-20 cm long, open ended and stuffed with an amazing paté-type hashed meat. It usually sold out before 10 am.
If anyone knows what it's called, or is in the area and can check, I would be extremely appreciative!!!!

Aug 29, 2008
phanmo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)