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DTW: Better Made Rainbow Chips

To clarify, rain, I am a Rainbow Chips fanatic. I love everything about the product...except the price.

It's been years since I bought a bag at the Gratiot factory, but I remember them being the most costly product offered there.

My purchase limit is maybe four bags a year. Luckily, I'm the only one in the house that will eat them.

about 20 hours ago
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DTW: Better Made Rainbow Chips

The BM Rainbow Chips are stocked everyday at the Kroger I shop. For months Kroger has been selling 2-for-$4 10.5 oz bags of their Original Chips; but charging $3.99 per bag for the Rainbow Chips. Gotta be someones favorite at that tariff.

Jul 23, 2014
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The Earle Ann Arbor

Nice report. Thank you.

Jul 19, 2014
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Long long Detroit report

I'd have a coronary if I tried to do even half of what you did, Joanie. Even in a month!

Thanks for your report.

Jul 11, 2014
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Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Great thought and suggestion, Markcron. But if I bought a bean roaster home, I'd have to live the rest of my life with a frying pan indentation in my forehead...

Jun 11, 2014
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Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Thanks for the list, trapani. Sprout House in GP is one of our favorite shopping experiences. We'll check out Mighty Good there.

Jun 11, 2014
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Food Shame -- What is a fairly common food that you've never tried. Even though you are probably an adult now and can go and try whatever you want?

Escargot. Tongue. Brains. Eyes. Rocky Mountain Oysters. Chicken Lips.

That's about it.

Jun 10, 2014
RedTop in General Topics

Need appetizer ideas for 80 people in a venue without kitchen facilities! [in Singapore]

Six foot subs, chips & dip, and coolers for cold beverages. There. Done.

Oops, forgot the wedding cake. That, too. Simple. Complete.

Jun 10, 2014
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Growing veggies in the front yard

You mentioned dogs in your initial post...

Do you get a chorus of barking started by any purse dogs and then picked up by the big voiced dogs when people are about? In our neighborhood, that happens and tends to keep walkers and solicitors on the sidewalk and moving forward--not sideways.

Jun 10, 2014
RedTop in Gardening

Growing veggies in the front yard

Don't fret about it. We planted a Beefsteak tomato plant in our front flower garden last year. It grew to nearly six feet. Harvested close to 80 one + pounders from the plant, and never had any flinched. (we do have two 70 pound dogs who are ever watchful).

Jun 10, 2014
RedTop in Gardening

Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Thank you for that info, Tom!

Jun 10, 2014
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Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Great replies all. Thanks for the suggestions, 'hounds.

Friday, or Saturday we'll drive over to Chazzano; and go on from there...

Jun 09, 2014
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Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Hi, Jim. Zingerman's products are not available anywhere we grocery shop...

Jun 08, 2014
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Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Back when Caribou Coffee had free-standing stores in metro Detroit, my family quickly decided that its' Mahogany brand really suited our desire for a robust, savory drink. Now looking to form another LTR with a notable replacement. Any suggestions?

Jun 08, 2014
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Chicken Wings in Detroit?

Sweetwater Tavern, on Congress, just east of downtown. In Detroit, proper.

Overwhelmingly positive reviews from all over the internet. I agree!

Jun 08, 2014
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So annoyed with dinner guest

Me, too!

May 31, 2014
RedTop in Not About Food

So annoyed with dinner guest

SO true. Thanks for this reply!

May 31, 2014
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Do you butter your French toast?

Yes. Done that way by my parents, continues on with me.

May 26, 2014
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between Lansing and Interlochen MI

Isn't the bacon at Tony's deep fried? That would account for the weird aftertaste.

May 16, 2014
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The Last Great Bastion of Racism

This is going to be an amusing thread to follow!

May 14, 2014
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Detroit for 4th of July

<<Will have a car, but love to walk and wonder how much more cautious I should be than I normally am in Boston>>

Yes. You will have to be more vigilant than if you were doing a walking tour in Beantown. There are a score of locales in Detroit that are visitor-friendly; there are hundreds of locales that are not. The Detroit correspondents on this site will give you terrific advice on what you should experience. If you take that advice to heart, you will take away wonderful experiences of your travel here.

May 14, 2014
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What are you putting on Toast?

If plain old lightly salted butter has got you bored, YOU'RE NOT PUTTING ENOUGH ON!

lol

May 06, 2014
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Natural Cut Fries - Cost-Cutting Measure, or Do Some People Like Them?

+1

May 05, 2014
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Natural Cut Fries - Cost-Cutting Measure, or Do Some People Like Them?

I'm okay with skin-on french fries IF they're washed and scrubbed--no eyes! And with any deep fried potato, they have to go thru a second "finishing dip" in the oil.

May 04, 2014
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DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Great reply, thanks.

And, what, and how are microwave crisper bags used?

Apr 15, 2014
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Do you ever contact the manufacturer?

Very recently my son opened a frozen dinner we had purchased. This dinner was supposed to contain a meat, a vegetable and a dessert. I contained only the vegetable and the dessert. I called the manufacturer and explained what we found. They were very apologetic, and promised free product coupons.

Even more recently, son #2 opened a jar of pickles for the first time. Ate part of a spear, and told me it "tasted weird". I took a taste, and there was a very metallic taste to the pickle. I sent the manufacturer an email this time. I got a snail mail reply with two free product coupons.

I like the idea that Customer Service from these two firms have made me whole on my purchase. But I'm wondering if the complaint resulted in any type of recall of the lot numbers I provided.

Have you had any similar interactions with food processors?

Apr 14, 2014
RedTop in Not About Food

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Escorted my dear wife to a local Salvation Army resale outlet last Saturday, to look at housewares. What. A. Mistake! She fell in love with the store. Gave me signs, early on, that she/we could spend hours inside looking for "finds". Thankfully, we only went through the housewares department, and the gently-used furniture department, before I steered us back to the registers. One of the most diplomatic engagements I've ever pulled off.

We walked out with an Ecko Copperelle Saute Pan ($3.99), a 12-inch, Revereware fry pan ($4.99), a 10-inch, pot lid ($0.99), a white plastic platter--smaller than our turkey platter ($1.99), and a faux, cut glass fruit bowl "this looks just like one my Mom had" ($0.49).

I got the feeling that yard saleing is in our future this spring and summer.

Apr 14, 2014
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Creepy or not? When the restaurant googles its customers...

I just googled me.

If Justin Roller googled me after I made reservations at EMP, he might think he would be greeting a professional golfer...or, a disgraced and imprisoned police office...or, quite a lot of dead men...or, a 20-something, criminal, but none of them is me.

Apr 14, 2014
RedTop in Food Media & News

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Great recollection! Thank you for sharing here. Nice touch of charity on your part, too!

Our local Salvation Army resale store is a super center. The community newspaper we get just had a long promotional piece on the store, with a couple of pics of used kitchenware. Lots & lots of used kitchenware. Going to shop that store tomorrow.

Apr 11, 2014
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DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Thanks for all the great suggestions!

There are a number of thrift stores nearby my house. And Gibraltar Trade Center is just up the road...

Now I'm off to craigslist to poke around there.

Apr 07, 2014
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