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Recommend a good ice cream maker!

Ugandan Vanilla… come on, seriously? Who if this Jeni? She sounds horrifically pretentious.

Mr Taster

about 1 hour ago
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Recommend a good ice cream maker!

Am I the only one bothered by the hyperbolic "awesome" in the name of that dessert?

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about 1 hour ago
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Recommend a good ice cream maker!

skyline,

TJs store brand is not analogous to your local supermarket brand, where price is considered more than quality and taste. TJs actually has tasting panels to determine what buys the make for their stores, and they stand begin their products in that yet will 1. Let you taste virtually anything before buying and 2. Allow you return anything for any reason.

Seriously, it's a no-risk endeavor that encourages exploration and experimentation. What's not to like?

Mr Taster

about 1 hour ago
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Recommend a good ice cream maker!

"Gourmet" was the "artisinal" of the 1980's and 90's.

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about 1 hour ago
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Recommend a good ice cream maker!

Have you ever tried the ATK version, which uses glucose (in the form of light corn syrup), to ensure a dense, rich, scoopable (even after being in the freezer for 4 days) and crystal-free consistency?

Plus, they solidly pre-freeze a small amount of base, which they then melt into the not-quite-cold-enough liquid base, to rapidly bring down the temp to freezable temps. Ingenious.

And yes, it uses eggs.

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about 1 hour ago
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The Perils of Coffee Snobbery

There's a big difference between stale supermarket grade coffee and fresh, properly roasted beans that yield a cup that is neither too bitter nor too much like getting punched in the mouth by sour coffee-flavored lemonade.

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about 18 hours ago
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June trip report from grayelf and co.

Well, shit. Now I see Evoe has closed, too.

Has anyone tried the chef's new spot, Davenport?

Mr Taster

2 days ago
Mr Taster in Metro Portland

June trip report from grayelf and co.

Thanks for the update.

Looks like Matchbox is closed too, though their website doesn't indicate they've closed. Can you confirm?

Mr Taster

2 days ago
Mr Taster in Metro Portland

June trip report from grayelf and co.

Am in Portland this weekend and am sorting through the dusty, massive tomes that make up the grayelf PDX Research Archives.

Spints appears to now be closed (Stammtisch now shows up in its place on Google searches... is it the same restaurant?)

Interesting how the vast majority of restaurants reviewed are in the SE. What's up with that?

Mr Taster
(Beaverton adjacent)

2 days ago
Mr Taster in Metro Portland

My first time at Chipotle.... or, what the hell was that bland beige lump I just ate?

You and I agree that it's not the worst option out there. It's inoffensive, at best- not actively disgusting in the way the Subway stink is actively disgusting.

The part that confuses me is that its overwhelming popularity would indicate that it's one of the *best* things out there.

That's the part that makes no sense.

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2 days ago
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REAL Italian Sausage in Portland

Has anyone been to Geraldi's on SW Canyon? It looks like the type of place that could have good sausage. Italian-American, unpretentious.

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http://goo.gl/maps/tVknB

Sep 19, 2014
Mr Taster in Metro Portland

What is with the smell at Subway??

Or Taiwan, as outlined elsewhere on this thread.

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Sep 19, 2014
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My first time at Chipotle.... or, what the hell was that bland beige lump I just ate?

Why are there not more people talking about how bland the food is? If you google "Chipotle bland", it's this thread that comes up, and little else.

Seriously. Baja Fresh hardly reaches the heights of faux-Mex, but at least their burritos have some actual flavor.

Emperors new clothes, indeed.

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Sep 19, 2014
Mr Taster in Chains

Where can I find actually good coffee in PDX?

All very helpful insight. I was losing faith, but you have renewed it. I've already packed my French press and Zassenhaus grinder (it's in my luggage as we speak), but perhaps I won't need to use it on this trip? :)

Mr Taster

Sep 18, 2014
Mr Taster in Metro Portland

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

I definitely respect that position. That's taking a real stab at establishing a truly equal relationship with the people you hire. You're saying that their time is no less valuable than yours, and you're putting your money where your mouth is. I love it.

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Sep 18, 2014
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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

>> so, if your wife were to end up being the financial mainstay of your marriage, would that mean that you are in an inherently far inferior position and would be permanently beholden to her?

I think this is where the importance of family and good friends comes into play-- people who would help you regardless of financial incentive-- versus employees or casual acquaintances.

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Sep 18, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

>> People tip up front in restaurants

I think those are known as bribes, not tips.

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Sep 18, 2014
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Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

On Fromin's menu, I see the lox listed under "smoked fish". That's a red flag.

Belly lox is not smoked. Are you saying they actually sell off-menu, salt cured, unsmoked belly lox?

Mr Taster

Sep 18, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

So you tip before the meal in expectation of good service, rather than after as a reward for having been served well?

Mr Taster

Sep 18, 2014
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Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

Costco and TJ's don't sell belly lox. They sell smoked salmon.

Roll N' Rye supposedly sold true belly lox (though I never did get a chance to try it, and I'm kicking myself for it now).

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Sep 18, 2014
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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

My primary point here is that it's a whole lot easier for the person with the money (and therefore the power) to make those grand statements of equality, than it is for that person who has only known economic struggle and strife to think of themselves as being equal to that person.

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Sep 18, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

If you're in a position where you can pay your bills without looking at them, you can't understand what it's like for someone who has to make every penny count. My mom, who grew up poor but is now flush with cash, still goes over her bank statements and balances them down to the penny. That poverty/survival mindset never really leaves you.

The boss-employer relationship is always going to be unequal. The boss has money and power, and the employee needs money and may be seeking power. Some employer-employee relationships are more equal than others, but the domestic help/boss relationship is probably one of greatest disparity. The housekeeper likely needs your money in a way that you haven't thought about in a long time, if ever. Every "generous" tip you give them is never going to be enough, unless you offer a truly life-changing gift ($1,000,000, for example) or boost their salary to an absurd amount. And even if you do, your relationship will still be unbalanced, because you will still have more than them, and your life-changing gift would be a source of power and influence over them for the rest of your life.

What if you swapped roles? What if you gave your housekeeper everything you have, and they gave you everything they have, and you went on living your lives, and you started cleaning for her. Would you still consider that a mutually equitable arrangement?

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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Your housekeeper sounds like an extraordinary lady. But ultimately your story reinforces the strange nature of domestic help. They give up living their own life to temporarily live somebody else's, for money. By its very nature, it's not an equal relationship-- would she have given you the same level of devotion and dedication if she didn't need your money (like a close friend or family member would?) Likely not-- if she didn't need your money, she'd probably be taking care of her own family, her own kids, on her own time, and rightfully so.

None of that diminishes the quality of her character for helping you out, because it's a huge sacrifice. But ultimately she was doing what she needed to do to take care of her own family. But if she had other options, where not sacrificing time with her kids was a possibility, would she have chosen to take care of another family?

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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

>> It's a symbiotic relationship…I need them just as much as they need me.

Is that really true?

I don't think the economics of that exchange bear that out.

If a separation were to take place, your maid would likely face a great deal more hardship than you would.

By virtue of the fact that you can afford to hire domestic help, I feel comfortable saying that your discretionary/expendable income allows you a lot more flexibility in how you live your life, than how your maid lives theirs.

I'm not rich-bashing so much as I'm calling truth to power. You do not have an equal relationship. You have the money (likely, a LOT more money), and they need your money. Therefore, you have the power, no matter how kind, sympathetic, gracious or generous you are- with your money, or with your ear.

That's just the way it works.

Now, if your maid won the lottery, but had a strong work ethic and enjoyed keeping busy by cleaning your house and earning some extra pocket money on the side, your assertion would be more on the level.

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Where can I find actually good coffee in PDX?

Now that you mention it, I visited Oblique on my first trip to Portland. Strangely enough, I don't remember the coffee, but I do remember the vibe. They had French press dispensed in press-pump thermos carafes, if I'm not mistaken, and that threw me off. I'll have to head back and check it out. Cellar Door looks cozy too.

So, both of these places serve properly roasted beans?

Mr Taster

Sep 18, 2014
Mr Taster in Metro Portland

Ken's Noodle House in PDX = Mike's Noodle House in Seattle?!

True dat!

Mr Taster

Sep 18, 2014
Mr Taster in Metro Portland

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

George Carlin, this was for you.

Mr Taster

Sep 17, 2014
Mr Taster in Food Media & News

Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

Wow. As always, I'm late to the party.

Who's left for belly lox in LA? Lennys' was utterly dreadful.

The one from Fairfax fishery is ok, but it's no Russ & Daughters.

Mr Taster

Sep 17, 2014
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Roll 'N Rye 'n Culver City Closing?

Are you kidding me?!

I'd heard RnR is one of the only places left in LA to sell belly lox... when are they closing?

Mr Taster

Sep 17, 2014
Mr Taster in Los Angeles Area

Stand mixer - worth having?

...and you can make it yourself. It's magnificent.

Mr Taster

Sep 17, 2014
Mr Taster in Cookware