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Masterchef Australia vs Masterchef US

Haha - fair enough, I've never lived in Australia so am definitely not an authority on what kind of tv does/doesn't play. But I guess personally it just doesn't connect to something that makes sense to me.

about 3 hours ago
cresyd in Food Media & News

T.I.P.S.= To Insure Proper/Prompt Service?

From the Online Etymology Dictionary:
"give a small present of money to," c.1600, originally "to give, hand, pass," thieves' cant, perhaps from tip (v.3) "to tap." The meaning "give a gratuity to" is first attested 1706. The noun in this sense is from 1755; the noun meaning "piece of confidential information" is from 1845; and the verb in the sense "give private information to" is from 1883.

The word's supposed origin as an acronym is highly unlikely and the story seems to be no older than an editorial in "Life" magazine from July 15, 1946, claiming the restaurant server's word tip "probably comes from a London coffeehouse custom of two centuries ago when the words 'To Insure Promptness' were written on notes to the waiter, with coins attached. Later just the initials T.I.P. were used." There is no historical evidence for this."

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?t...

about 10 hours ago
cresyd in Not About Food

Masterchef Australia vs Masterchef US

Well, given how the finale played out....I'm still confused with why Laura got the edit she did. Even if they wanted to help, save, and coach her along - I honestly don't understand the demographic who would find that appealing.

That being said, from a competition standpoint, never ending up in a pressure test, I don't think helps a contestant in the long run. Being able to handle a complicated recipe as well as the pressure of that moment I think is a really critical skill for winning. Not to mention, it really helps push people outside of their comfort zone. Particularly in terms of mastering complex desserts.

about 12 hours ago
cresyd in Food Media & News

Masterchef Australia vs Masterchef US

I agree that having anyone skip a challenge during finals week is a bad idea. Full stop.

The winner of the first US Masterchef was really young - but that version of the show is so heavily manipulated it's hard not to see all of the marionette wires. That being said, I'm not really sure why the fascination with a young winner. Not to mention, let's say the show decided that Laura would be the best winner and that the judges were going to help nudge her to get there. Why show so much of it??

I think the editing has been very heavy handed in showing them coaching her, and I can't imagine why anyone would think that's a good idea if she wins. Maybe the show knew that Emelia was the run away talent and so they tried to put their thumbs on the scales to level things up? I just don't get how the editing figures that showing Laura getting such a handhold is the way to gain an audience. Because it does make her look young and unimpressive as opposed to wow.

Jul 26, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

SNAP POLL—WOULD YOU USE A COOKWARE “LENDING LIBRARY”?

This is exactly it. It's more so that mix of a) items that are super expensive and I'd want to try before buying such as a top notch blender or b) items that are pricey and I know I'd only use once or twice a year

If anything it's more so an idea that I could see a company like Bed Bath and beyond profiting from. For a membership fee, you could try various items upon request (no guarantee on new or gently used). If you liked the item or forgot to return it, you'd be charged (one price for brand new, another for used) automatically.

I think the problem with a true sharing community 'library' is that the shipping fees would be pretty huge.

Jul 25, 2014
cresyd in Cookware

SNAP POLL—WOULD YOU USE A COOKWARE “LENDING LIBRARY”?

1) Maybe
2) Yes
3) Maybe

1 and 2 are both affected by the overall cost. Especially when we get to bigger equipment. But beyond the cost - how is the shipping going to work? Do I need to get boxes, shipping materials? I once bought a pair of shoes online that needed to be returned and given the nature of the steps involved the whole process took me right up to the deadline of when I could return it because it was just labor intensive.

Also - I would donate something - but I fear the quality might not be terribly desirable. I'm a single person, and while I have some nice kitchen equipment - that's not what I would donate.

Jul 25, 2014
cresyd in Cookware

Masterchef Australia vs Masterchef US

While I agree that the show seems to really want a Laura success - I also suspect that part of what's made her do well in the competition is that overall she listens to the judges/mentors a lot more and is a bit less hung up on trying to show growth.

It really felt like Emelia in the service challenge cut off her nose to spite her face. Something she's done before where she either thinks she knows how to do something (and doesn't actually) or wants to show skill/technique beyond what she can actually do.

While I like the ambition, it's a riskier attitude. Where I think Laura as a contestant (possible favoritism aside) is highly competitive is that she's very good at hitting the sweet spot of doing something skillful but something she can achieve in the window.

Jul 25, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

‘Food is Meant to Nourish, Not Entertain’

As is the internet!

Jul 24, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

Masterchef Australia vs Masterchef US

Laura struggled in the upscale pub food service challenge during Heston week, so it's really fair to assume that she would have struggled.

Going down the 'grassy knoll' hole even further - I wonder if the type of food that Laura cooks is as appealing to have her as a winner as her age. "Rustic Italian" is a pretty straight forward winner in terms of mass appeal. All of the other contestants from finals week haven't had a very specific style aside from Emelia as a dessert queen - and her desserts have been far more restaurant style than homey cakes/cookies/pies. If part of the MC-AU goal for this season is to give an overall 'umph' to the series, having an easy to sell cookbook would be helpful.

I've long come to terms with the fact that for all of these shows - I like the beginning and middle, and then once the end/winner part creeps up - I like it less and less. And I only watch the finale if someone I like wins. I still enjoyed this season of MC-AU, but as things are winding down - I'm checking out.

Jul 23, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

Actually, Your Man Can't Cook

This is fantastic.

Jul 23, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News
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Masterchef Australia vs Masterchef US

I know that not everyone loved the MC-NZ 'pairs', and perhaps in the Australian context it would be seen as too close to MKR - but I thought that was a really interesting way to inject "drama" without it being unnatural.

In a parallel world where I seriously contemplate doing a reality cooking show - if I were to join with a 'partner', it would be one of my close friends who's also really into cooking. No matter how close we are, and how much we wouldn't want to appear nasty on television - there's no way we'd make it through 2-3 challenges without having SOME kind of something with one another. It wouldn't come from a place of playing to the cameras or performing a character - it would just be the reality of being under pressure.

I've found the dynamic between the judges and Laura particularly irksome this year after watching MC-NZ.

Jul 23, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

Best cheap tea?

Also referred to as Lipton Yellow Label - you can also now get this via Amazon.

Jul 22, 2014
cresyd in General Topics

Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

Once you hit that many calories - what's an extra 1000?

Jul 22, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

Pesto experts, a lil help please?

Traditionalists are traditionalists - either way, it doesn't impart a strong tomato flavor and I kind of prefer the consistency that the tomato paste gives.

That being said when I make parsley pesto I would never use tomato paste. But likely because the sweetness of the tomato paste mirrors the basil but not so much with parsley.

Jul 22, 2014
cresyd in Home Cooking

Restaurant for Bacherlorette Party Near Town DC

If you're already going to Town DC, Sax might be a bit more 'show' than you're looking for. While the food is a bit pricey, everything I've had there I liked - and it definitely qualifies as a 'different and fun atmosphere'.

http://www.saxwdc.com/

Jul 22, 2014
cresyd in Washington DC & Baltimore

Pesto experts, a lil help please?

I'm sure the pesto experts will not like this at all - but when I want to use less olive oil in my pesto, I sub in some tomato paste and use a little less oil.

Jul 22, 2014
cresyd in Home Cooking

Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

She placed 7 orders, but I believe only ate 32.

Jul 22, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

"Permanent make-up" apparently covers items beyond eyeliner and it's really hard to think of what it would be called other than a tattoo.

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/makeup/co...

Jul 22, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

I've mentioned this before - but permanent eyeliner is a tattoo. It's entirely visible and a facial tattoo.

However, it's not necessarily perceived as a tattoo and from a corporate/professional policy standpoint - it's not "distracting". However, if the policy is "no visible tattoos" - someone with a permanent eyeliner tattoo should be fired. And if they're not or the policies don't specify further then someone with another kind of visible tattoo could challenge their dismissal was unfair as there's a "special" group of people also with visible tattoos not being fired.

Jul 22, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

Is this tacky?

I have a friend who whenever she hosted a dinner party, I'm convinced I got some kind of low grade food poisoning. I know enough about food poisoning to not point fingers and it was never so bad that I needed to see a doctor or miss work. But, the case of 'funny tummy' post every meal with her.....sigh.

I would have loved to once show up at her place and just see TJ containers/wrappers everywhere. But aside from dubious food preparation talents, she's lovely and I enjoy spending time with her otherwise.

Jul 22, 2014
cresyd in General Topics

Cincinnatti - Looking for great fresh food

I think for the flavor of Cincinnati going to Findlay Market is a great way to do that. You'll get a good mix of the high and low brow options in Cincinnati. http://www.findlaymarket.org/

Personally, I'm also a fan of the Senate (http://senatepub.com/) - but I think that other Cincinnati folks on the boards have mixed opinions.

Jul 21, 2014
cresyd in Great Lakes

Is this tacky?

If I tried to avoid the sodium, sugar, and additives from processed foods in eating at people's homes - I'd have to decline just about every meal invitation from a good percentage of my family members. Which I think falls pretty squarely in the "snobbery" category.

That being said, I think there are all sorts of ways of dealing with friends and family who aren't the world's greatest cooks. Whether it's not showing up hungry and eating a 'polite' amount but not a lot or offering to bring a dish (and then mostly eating your own food), there a ways to deal with less than awesome food.

Jul 21, 2014
cresyd in General Topics
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Is this tacky?

If you're spending high quality time with them and eating tasty food - I really don't think that a 'lack of effort' would be a fair criticism. One of my first dinner parties that I planned, I placed a very ambitious "to do" list for myself. By the time the party actually took place I was exhausted and could not have been that much fun to hang out with. Lesson learned.

Jul 21, 2014
cresyd in General Topics
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Is this tacky?

No, I would not be disappointed.

I think I probably have very few friends who truly make everything homemade - and perhaps a few who think that because they 'defrosted the veggies themselves', that counts as homemade.

I have friends that I've made over a shared fondness of food, but far fewer that I've made over a shared fondness of cooking. But they're wonderful to spend time with - and I'd take ready-made food any day over very poorly made food inclined to make me sick (friends, I love ya - but.....).

Jul 21, 2014
cresyd in General Topics

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Well, I think that goes into the question of "what is a tattoo" - which at some point may be a valid discussion. If a company has a policy that says "no facial tattoos" - if that doesn't apply to someone who has permanent eye liner or henna, then that will need to be expressed. Because permanent eyeliner and henna can also be deemed as types of tattoos.

That's where society is changing, norms are changing, technology is changing, etc. Blanket policies that serve to provide managers with easy decisions only work if all the terms are understood.

Jul 21, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

In terms of tattoos along religious lines - henna tattoos prior to a wedding are parts of various sects of Muslim, Jewish, and (I believe) Hindu faiths. While they're not permanent - they can be extensive and on the hands, and depending how dark the pigment - last for months.

Jul 21, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

I do think gauges - are a bit outside the professional norm. Which is why I find it so odd that gauged ears would be ok at Starbucks, but not tattoos.

Jul 21, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News
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Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

Compared to their review of the UN Cafeteria - they actually really liked the American Girl Café.

http://gawker.com/the-best-restaurant...

Jul 21, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

I think this kind of stuff will be sorted out informally as much as formally.

As a teenager I never remember hearing someone say "I'm going to get my nose pierced instead of my eyebrow because it's more acceptable in employee handbooks". It was just a far more informal process.

If things change as the result of a problem/legal activity - I could see a place being forced to have to explain why permanent eyeliner is acceptable and another kind of visible tattoo isn't. And then develop language around that. Or it could be like nose piercings/my ear piercings - where there develops a subtle understanding of what is considered professional/appropriate/tasteful and what isn't.

Jul 21, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

While "taste" in regards to "this tattoo is ugly and can't be shown - but this pretty one can be" - yes. But my example about nose piercings is a case of the professional world essentially saying it has a taste opinion about nose piercings vs other facial piercings. And within the realm of nose piercings, they have a taste opinion of the kind of earring that can be worn. Also whether or not a man can wear an earring at work - a matter of "taste".

So when I say taste it may be things like "no more than two visible tattoos the size of a quarter or smaller, and the tattoos can contain no words, profane symbols, weapons, competitors logos, etc." - basically some kind of holistic wording that keeps what is "professional" under a blanket policy but does force employers to think about the taste of a tattoo.

Jul 21, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News