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I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

Honestly, I would never be in the scenario you are describing. I don't get stranded in some remote place where there is absolutely no food to eat except an Olive Garden restaurant. I don't think such a place exists. Have you ever seen an OG next to nothing else? I guess if we are in this fantasy world then maybe I'm being chased by flesh eating zombies and I'm hiding in the OG hoping they won't want to go in there either.

13 minutes ago
Jpan99 in Chains

I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

I ate at Red Lobster once. Never again. And I can easily say never. I will never eat Olive Garden even if stranded. I would rather eat candy from a vending machine.

about 2 hours ago
Jpan99 in Chains

I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

Olive Garden.

I live in a place with many, many authentic Italian restaurants run by small families. I can't imagine why I would ever need to go to Olive Garden. The commercials have no appeal for me at all.

about 3 hours ago
Jpan99 in Chains

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

I guess my question is why you "have" to serve a typical American dinner to foreigners? Are they coming to dinner and did they ask for typical American fare?

I agree, it depends on where you live. It's August and I would go with the local foods. For me that's corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or lemon. If they eat meat some chicken or hamburgers on the grill. If vegetarian I would do some sort of grilled pizza.

Dessert would be some kind of fruit shortcake, whatever is good now, maybe peaches or blueberries.

about 5 hours ago
Jpan99 in General Topics

What kind of nectarine is this?

Any fruit experts out there? I bought these nectarines and they are firm with orange flesh and red streaks throughout.

They have so much more flavor than regular orange flesh nectarines. I wish nectarines were labeled by variety like apples so you can choose the ones you like. I'm so tired of fruit that tastes like nothing! These nectarines were delicious.

Aug 18, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics
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Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

The Dacquoise looks like the one they made on America's Test Kitchen. How was the black pepper buttercream? That does look like an interesting cake. That and the yuzu looks so delicious!

Aug 17, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

First, I'm very sad I missed this. I would have loved to have made a cake as I remember your post from last year. Next year, please give more advanced notice!!

The cakes are beautiful but I need bigger pics. The table looks awesome, do you have larger pics of the individual cakes? If so, please post. Oh, I do love cake!

Aug 17, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Help with turkey sandwiches for twenty Dragon boaters.

Cranberry mayo. And a slice of leafy green lettuce isn't going to make them lumpy. Are you going to wrap each individual sandwich or stack them on platters?

I need some veg in my sandwich just meat and bread is boring.

Aug 17, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

What are you making/baking with coconut oil?

How do you make a pie crust with it? Do you chill it? I know it melts very easily and I don't have air conditioning in the kitchen so I wondered if it would be too liquid for a pie crust.

Aug 14, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

What are you making/baking with coconut oil?

No, I would never buy a huge jar of something I was unsure about! I bought a small jar in my local supermarket. The brand is LouAna.

Aug 14, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

What are you making/baking with coconut oil?

I just bought a jar but haven't used it yet. I guess my biggest concern is everything will have a hint of coconut flavor. Not necessarily a bad thing but that's not what I'm going for.

Has anyone used it to make popcorn? Can it take high heat?

So what are you making with coconut oil that you think I should try?

Aug 14, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Oh please Arby's...

In the late 60s early 70s there was a Jack in the Box in Watertown, Coolidge Square. It's a 7-eleven now.

Aug 12, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Yes, I liked the Dunkin Donut too. That's long gone since they no longer cut donuts by hand. :-( I haven't seen a cruller twist in a long time either.

Aug 10, 2014
Jpan99 in Los Angeles Area

ISO: half sheet pan sized parchment paper, NOT rolled, but layed flat

I order the parchment from KA. They used to roll it in a tube but now it's folded gently in half. Works great. I usually stock up when they offer free shipping.

Aug 08, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

I live in the land of Dunkin' Donuts where there is one on every corner.

I don't drink coffee so I can't comment on that. However, I believe it's kind of a nostalgic thing. Dunkin' has been around long before the Starbucks of the world. I think it just made a name for itself locally (Massachusetts) because there were not a lot of options. Also, in the beginning, the donuts were delicious. They were hand made in each shop. In fact the long running DD commercial was this nice man waking up in the wee hours of the morning saying "time to make the donuts." That ad campaign went on for years.

I love donuts. The stuff DD turns out now is a disgrace. I even tried one about 3 weeks ago because I had given up on them and thought maybe I'd made a mistake. Nope, I took a couple bites then fed the rest to my dog. They no longer get up in the wee hours at each store to make the donuts by hand. They are no longer even made by hand. The dough, which used to be hand rolled, cut and fried is now extruded a la Krispy Kreme. The cake donuts are dry and chalky. Their market stopped being donuts and it's all about the coffee and beverages. Yes they've added breakfast sandwiches and muffins and such but they are all about beverages.

If you love donuts and you've never had a DD donut, you will not enjoy it. Any small bakery or donut shop will be worlds better.

Nothing personal against DD. I'm happy they've been so successful. I just wish they would "make the donuts" once again.

Aug 07, 2014
Jpan99 in Los Angeles Area
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Dessert Italian Style

I would make Pesche Con Crema. I have never made them, I have never eaten them, but this is a contest and I would go for the win.

I saw these in an Italian bakery in Hartford, CT. I've never seen them in another bakery. I kicked myself on the way home for not having bought one to try it. I think they are beautiful! Here are a couple of recipes I found online. If you like the idea I would look up several recipes and find one that seems to be the best. While they do have pastry cream I think they would be fine if held at your catering area until time for the party. I bet they could sit outside for a while without a problem.

http://www.lericettedellamorevero.com...

http://afabica.blogspot.com/2011/04/p...

Aug 07, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Favorite Bread(s)

I never met a bread I didn't like.

Yeast breads, yum. I love a good, chewy and crusty bread. Sourdough. Cinnamon raisin or a raisin soda bread.

Quick breads and muffins, yum. Corn, date nut, banana, pumpkin, blueberry...yum.

Rolls and bagels and English muffins, yum.

When Pigs Fly chocolate bread, yum.

Sweet rolls, yum!

Aug 07, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Does Excellent Canned Whipped Cream Exist?

While I love Cabot products I didn't like the whipped cream. I found it too sweet and fake tasting. For commercial brands I actually prefer Hood which is a New England brand.

Aug 07, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Does Excellent Canned Whipped Cream Exist?

They have it at WilsonFarms in Lexington for $5.99 a can.

Aug 06, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

There was an ex Burlington MB employee working at another store I shopped at this morning. Heard her talking to someone who recognized her from the market she had worked at for 7 years She said she's happy to be out of there, that the fighting has been going on for years. Also, she was tired of her car getting dinged in the parking lot and nobody ever leaving a note. That I can totally understand! I've been dinged in that parking lot too, can't imagine what it's like if you park there daily.

Aug 04, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Good non-toxic, grain-free things for a puppy who is teething to chew on?

First, monitor your dog, don't leave him alone with new chew things until you get a sense of how aggressive he is. I have a Mr. Destructo dog, he rips through the toughest of toys.

I too recommend antlers. Make sure they are big enough for your dog. Don't want to give a great dane puppy something that he can choke on. And don't get the moose antlers which are "sliced" into sections. Those splinter. Get a regular elk/deer antler (it looks like an antler, not a slice of something.)

Bully sticks are also good, but they eat (chew, swallow, digest) them so it's extra calories in the diet. Antlers just slowly wear down so they aren't a food source for your pup.

I'm on the side of "no" rawhide chews. You have no idea how those are processed to look like they do. Stick with natural things.

Jul 27, 2014
Jpan99 in Not About Food
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Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

Fire & Ice is an option. I have only been once to the Cambridge location right after they opened many years ago. But it is all you can eat and you make your own combos so maybe that will satisfy what you're looking for. May be fun for out of town guests.

Jul 22, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

Ohlin's donuts and fritters are probably made at 4:00 or 5:00 am so by mid afternoon your selection/freshness won't be optimum. Still good, but not at it's best. This is a bakery and they don't keep making fresh donuts all day. Also, nothing else really worth eating there (maybe a muffin) so stick to the fried dough.

Jul 22, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

My nearest MB is about a 25 minute drive so I would only go once a month to stock up on certain items. Now I don't feel like I should shop there until the unrest is resolved.

I was looking forward to the Waltham store opening, I wonder now what's going to happen. with that one.

Jul 21, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area
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My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

I've been shopping at S&S my whole life, mostly because of location as it's close and cheaper than Shaws/Star Market. They have been revamping the stores a bit late, probably because of the competition moving in such as Market Basket and Wegmans.

I hate when they discontinue their own products. When I was a kid they used to make something called Coffee Cake Bread. Like a cinnamon swirl bread with a coffee cake crumb on top. So delicious. A few years ago they discontinued the New Fangled Muffins. They were mini loaf size corn muffins (and bran I think) that were so good toasted.

Jul 21, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

What do I do with bananas?

If you are familiar with jam making, banana jamis a lotbetterthan it sounds. Quite delicious.

Jul 19, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Oh no another tipping thread! When is no tip justified?

Definitely no tip. The only time I never left a tip was back in college. A mostly empty restaurant outside of Toledo (on our way back to MSU) and a surly waitress who literally "dropped" the plates on the table from about a 6 inch height and left to talk to her friends. I'm sure we paid in cash being college students, and we may have left 4 pennies on the table to make our point!

Jul 16, 2014
Jpan99 in Not About Food

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

If it's a fresh baked bagel then plain cream cheese, never toasted. Only toast day-old or older bagels. A toasted bagel can get either butter, cream cheese, or peanut butter.

Jul 15, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Munich with Young Children

I was in Munich last September. I had dinner at Ratskeller in the Marienplatz. Yeah, probably touristy but it was fun. It's a big place, lots of different rooms so you can choose which room calls out to you. I don't eat meat and ended up with a nice salad and vegetarian potato soup. They do have other veggie options on the menu. I think kids would love it. I don't recall any smoking in the restaurants I visited.

http://www.ratskeller.com/files/ratsk...

Jul 15, 2014
Jpan99 in Europe

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

It's been on my mind to do. I think I will in the fall. My mom used to make donuts when I was a kid. The cake kind. They were so good.

Jul 14, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics