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What South Koreans think of American junk food

An untoasted Pop Tart is often a bridge too far…..

These videos though of people trying different regional foods never get old to me.

14 minutes ago
cresyd in Food Media & News

Fair amount of tip at a restaurant

A study by GrubHub showed that the national average of tipping was 14.1% - with cities like Salt Lake City coming in as low as 12.1%. Now I'm sure that heavy variation comes into play when we talk about what type of restaurants see that kind of tips - but I do think that shows that the average tipping habits across the US in general really isn't what a lot of us think it is.

ETA - the most generous listed city was Boulder at 16.1%.

1 day ago
cresyd in Not About Food

Mexikosher for one night in NYC

1 day ago
cresyd in Kosher
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Fair amount of tip at a restaurant

What threads like this often show is that what is considered 'normal' or 'standard' by one person can be radically different from another. So if someone's standard base tip is $20, it would be very easy to assume that servers are making a living wage whereas there are others that are more percentage oriented, and apparently others that think that a 0 zip is completely acceptable.

1 day ago
cresyd in Not About Food

Woman Sues Restaurant for Ruining Her Valentine's Day, Seeks $100,000 in Damages...

If we're allowed to start suing businesses for a ruined Valentine's Day, I plan on making sure that next year something happens to me at Starbucks to make me cry....

Boozey Hamentashen filings

I'm going to guess that the English editing staff for Haaretz's food articles isn't necessarily the most aggressive.

2 days ago
cresyd in Kosher

Need healthful "brown bag" lunch ideas, please.

I just want to give some suggestions about adding healthy fats to lunch. The first would be nuts - either as a garnish or element to a dish or as a snack. That'll definitely help up the level of good fat.

Another way to add fat would be to bring an avocado along with you. This works best if it's a meal (or you have an appetite) where eating the whole avocado makes sense, because it doesn't need to be refrigerated and if you're eating the whole thing, then issues of oxidation and preservation aren't as much of an issue.

2 days ago
cresyd in General Topics

Boozey Hamentashen filings

Here are some recipes from Haaretz on various hamentashen filings that include chocolate/rum, whiskey/date, and marzipan/amaretto - they all sound delicious to me. I believe this link will help everyone avoid the paywall.

http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-p...

2 days ago
cresyd in Kosher

When a food is good it's good......when it's bad it's eeeehhhhhhh

Bad food is always bad food - but I often think that price has a huge emphasis on this. Pizza can often be really cheap, so even if it's mediocre, it's often not a huge amount of money.

So putting aside the issues of not wanting to pay a lot of money for something that is a bummer - I'd have to say sushi. I am known to buy and enjoy grocery store sushi on occasion, so it's not that I need massively high quality. But when sushi, and particularly the sushi rice, is bad - it can easily hit really high heights of yuck.

2 days ago
cresyd in General Topics

Peanut butter plus....

Food52 did a taste test of a variety of items with peanut butter added. As much as they seemed to enjoy the combinations of raw sweet onion and peanut butter and kimchi and peanut butter - I'm not sure I could get myself to try it.

Anyone else have other outside of the box favorites with peanut butter added?

http://food52.com/blog/12402-10-thing...

Mar 03, 2015
cresyd in General Topics

Georgian Food and Wine

I've been to a few fantastic Georgian restaurants in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and I would be really interested in various recipes that involve the purred walnut filling.

Mar 03, 2015
cresyd in Home Cooking

What it's like to compete on Chopped

Interesting read - I will say that the Chopped judges attention to cleanliness does make me question how that works in Top Chef or particularly a show like Cutthroat Kitchen.

Mar 03, 2015
cresyd in Food Media & News

Regional snacks for gifts?

As a gin, I do recommend it. As a gift however, I don't think they make the mini bottles which would be the major downside in terms of getting stocking stuffer type gifts.

Regional snacks for gifts?

I agree it's new - but given the nature of the regional snacks being mentioned, I don't think it's so off base.

Looks like "The Taste" is bland and won't be back

Yes, the mentor dynamic is different, but because they don't have the gimic of blind tasting by the mentors the show isn't so painfully long. For better or worse, The Taste was genuinely about 'the taste' - but it didn't always make for great tv. This past season, having those taste-offs was initially fun - but then the final two taste-offs of Anthony vs Anthony were dull as dirt. No producer would have been stoked to see that once, let alone twice in a row.

Mar 03, 2015
cresyd in Food Media & News

Kapnos Taverna

Yeah - I'm not going to pretend that it's not salty - but it's definitely no worse than any other smoked fish product. And I would say that the "fishiness" element is more in line with caviar and less with smoked fish.

10 ways to 'fix' McDonald's (if it needs fixing, that is)

#9 all the way. And given how things are/aren't cooked, I can't imagine it'd be all that difficult.

Mar 02, 2015
cresyd in Food Media & News

Looks like "The Taste" is bland and won't be back

While I enjoyed his tenure on the show - I think that as he was the producer of The Taste, I just suspect that from a financial and exposure standpoint - he's just not as eager. I think that Ludo or Marcus are more within the grasp of chefs still interested in that kind of exposure and paycheck.

Mar 02, 2015
cresyd in Food Media & News

Kapnos Taverna

It was no more salty than a good salty feta or really any smoked fish. In terms of "fishiness" it was slightly less assertive than a smoked salmon. I really enjoyed it as did my friend who was entirely unfamiliar with that kind of spread.

Kapnos Taverna

I went last week, and in addition to really like the lentil dip the carp roe/caviar dip was really good.

Regional snacks for gifts?

I don't think that Green Hat gin does mini bottles - but if there's room for larger/pricier food gifts, that would be my recommendation.

Looks like "The Taste" is bland and won't be back

Amen.

He's definitely a bit blustery on The Taste, but I really like him. I find him fun. And at this point I think Tom could use a shot of adrenaline in the arm.

Mar 02, 2015
cresyd in Food Media & News

Looks like "The Taste" is bland and won't be back

If I'm Top Chef, I come running over broken glass to get Ludo and/or Marcus as a judge.

Mar 02, 2015
cresyd in Food Media & News

Is dessert optional?

I think the inappropriateness is more along the lines of being served a plated dessert without the opportunity to say "no thank you". Declining dessert before the plate is right in front of you often feels easier than if someone's already taken the time/effort to present a plate that will either be declined or briefly picked at.

Inappropriate may not be how I'd phrase it, but I understand the sentiment.

Now fair enough, I get that someone could say that declining dessert entirely would be no different than eating appetizer and dessert, but then declining to eat the entrée. But the reality of the optics is that the entrée is different than dessert, and I do feel that of all courses dessert is the most optional to abstain from entirely. Particularly since a phrase "the meal was so lovely, I couldn't eat another bite" is ultimately fairly complimentary of the host as opposed to "If I eat the entrée, I won't have any room for dessert and I really want a huge piece of cake."

Feb 27, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food

dinner host responsibilities

I think that presuming that the fiancé knows the OP's mother's financial situation often is not a given. As you say, money is a very important topic of conversation that often people would rather just gloss over. Particularly if there's a financial difference between the OP's family and the fiancé's family - having that conversation can be really tough.

This kind of reminds me of another Not About Food question regarding the boyfriend traveling with his girl friend's family to Disney and how the money was being dealt with. Regardless of what should or shouldn't be done in that situation, the most obvious element of that post was that the OP and his girlfriend were not great about communicating about money.

If this situation is an impetus for a deeper conversation between the OP and her fiancé about money/finances, then consider this a very mild way to begin some very important discussions.

Feb 27, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food

dinner host responsibilities

While the OP knows her mother is on a limited income, she doesn't mention whether or not her fiancé and his mother do. I do think that these are times when a discrete conversation prior to the dinner is helpful.

If the fiancé and his mother are unaware of the income situation (which often isn't general chit chat), if the OP's mother demurred to order second, if at other dinners (perhaps where the the OP and fiancé or fiancé's parents were paying) the OP's mother drank alcohol, etc etc etc - then the act alone of ordering alcohol can't be judged on those terms. Now if the question was "my mom is on a fixed income and whenever she takes out me and my siblings their ordering bottles of wine" - that's another question.

Feb 27, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food

On peanut allergies and peanut exposures and the joy of Bamba

My non-medical guess is that while we're not exposed to a variety of foods from other countries, from a biological sense we're introduced to those food's cousins. So while we might not be exposed to yak milk, the milks we are exposed to would suffice regarding a potential allergen.

This all while noting there's what happens to the majority population and then what happens to very large minorities.

Feb 27, 2015
cresyd in Food Media & News

How Top Chef could be "fixed" - according to Grantland

I completely agree - both for competitive learning potential but also in terms of navigating the show so that your personality doesn't become a liability. Just things like how to deal with the cameras and how to deal with issues like anger, frustration, etc.

Feb 26, 2015
cresyd in Food Media & News

Jewish meal

I agree about latkes but would never recommend them for a first time hosted meal. That's just a tricky dish for hosting purposes alone.

Definitely for a start don't get too bogged down with kashrut and separate dishes at this stage in the game. I want to echo the calls for brisket. There are loads of Ashkenazi style recipes out there, but basically anything that involves a tomato/wine base will get you there (one example recipe) http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo....

If you want to get some more authentic recipe recommendations, heading over the kosher board and asking for good brisket or potato kugel recipes is completely valid and won't actually ask you to seek out kosher ingredients. As brisket and kugel is so heavy, I would actually encourage being inspired by a modern Ashkenazi Jewish meal vs one 30-50 years ago and use some Israel/Middle Eastern inspired sides. A bright Israeli salad (chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, with perhaps some parsley, little red onion, and dressed with lemon juice and a bit of olive oil) and/or hummus definitely sits besides traditional Ashkenazi meals regularly these days. And don't forget getting a challah! No shame in buying one, but there are definitely recipes if you want to be more ambitious.

And ruggelah for dessert. Or, if you do this meal in March - Hamentashen.

Feb 26, 2015
cresyd in General Topics
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My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

If I were you, I'd continue to cook for yourself, your friends, and aim to woo over the children. If your husband wants to try the food he will, but I think it's fairly clear he doesn't want to.

I would also guess that whatever standoff that the two of you have regarding meals influences the kids. They may see it as kind of funny and be more encouraged to join him in the tug of war. Additionally, as someone who had a "very healthy" mom - home made dishes that were recreations of popular processed foods didn't do well. Whereas other really out there super healthy foods we loved, so go figure.

I say keep cooking great meals for yourself. If it's something like pasta, make a very small serving of the noodles (for you and a few other sample servings) and then more of the freezable sauce. Try to encourage kids to try new foods, and then leave the husband out of this. He'll come around or not, but I can see the pleading with him to try the food to send more of a message to the kids that refusing the food is fun (esp if the kids are with you all day and they largely just see your husband at dinner) and are mimicking him.

Feb 26, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food
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