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Potato Peeling Video starring Dawn Wells (Mary Ann - Gilligan's Island)

mary ann was always hotter than ginger.

just sayin'....

Mar 18, 2009
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Darley's in Katoomba, Blue Mountains

good to hear. darley's has been going thru some staff these past couple of months, always nice to hear that they're up to their usual standards.

Top Chef restaurants?

very bad fire. one staffer injured, another lost everything as her apartment was upstairs. more from the website:

http://www.palomanyc.com

Nov 09, 2008
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Food blogs...what is missing?

best example I know of is carol blymire's "french laundry at home" blog - she cooked her way thru the entire "french laundry" book, recreating keller's masterpieces as faithfully as possible.

and then finished her adventure with dinner at both per se and french laundry itself.

now, she's just begun "alinea at home"

french laundry blog:
http://carolcookskeller.blogspot.com

alinea blog:
http://www.alineaathome.com

Nov 09, 2008
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sydney hotel serves up poo-laden gelato

in case anyone wonders where these sort of stories end up - the hotel's paying up $50k and issuing a public apology to the family.

it hasn't been revealed who spiked the gelato or why.

story here:
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/...

guess the pub got its last desserts....

Nov 09, 2008
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Food blogs...what is missing?

I visit the Mayo clinic recipe file often for inspiration"

do their recipes call for much mayo?

sorry, couldn't help myself...

Nov 09, 2008
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Dallas CH coming to Sydney-Late Night Dinner/Breakfast recommendations?

hope you can manage to get into o.wildly - head chefs dan puskas and james barry are bailing in december to open their own joint.

Looking for great food Sydney & Melbourne but . . .

the big one in the mountains is vulcan's at blackheath, but I'm not sure how phillip searle feels about kids. in a customer sense, that is.

ashcrofts, also in blackheath is another great place, as is darley's at lilianfels in katoomba.

I'd also recommend silk's in leura, although I haven't been there since the silk family completed the handover to the new owners.

and if you're keen on casual, family-friendly cafe fare, I could always suggest our new place at mount victoria, due to open next month... but of course, modesty precludes me.....

Looking for great food Sydney & Melbourne but . . .

the only place a jacket & tie are required in australia is when you're referred to as "the defendant".

sydney hotel serves up poo-laden gelato

now the spin doctors are suggesting that gordon ramsay is needed to salvage the pub's reputation:

"Public relations guru Max Markson, from Markson Sparks, labelled the hotel's attempts to deny responsibility for the dessert as "amateur hour".

A public mea-culpa and a Gordon Ramsey-style makeover would be required to restore public trust in the Coogee Bay Hotel, he said.

"If they could bring Gordon Ramsey in, and clean the kitchens, give them a total clean, they need almost to sack all the kitchen staff, which might be outrageous, and start afresh," he said."

story here:
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/5...

Oct 30, 2008
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sydney hotel serves up poo-laden gelato

that's a good point that's been discussed a lot in the local media.

what were these people thinking having their kids identified, photographed and splashed all over the tabloids and television?

can you imagine all the cra... er, flack they're copping at school from the other kids?

Oct 30, 2008
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sydney hotel serves up poo-laden gelato

the pub's pushing its new coffee special, the crappucino.

along with the poop du jour, the chicken ca-ca-tore and the turdish delight.

and you haven't lived til you've tried their winter hot pottys.

thank you, I'll be here all week. tip your waitstaff, and don't order the gelato.....

Oct 30, 2008
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sydney hotel serves up poo-laden gelato

the story continues to er, fester. the hotel's claiming sabotage, the customer's sticking to their guns, staff accounts contradict cctv evidence, conspiracy theories abound.

but the jokes have been great.

more here:
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph...

Oct 29, 2008
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El Bulli-NPR

interesting quote:

"As a boy, I didn't hang out in the kitchen watching all the people cook," he says. "I just started out much later in life, and this is really important because I wasn't passionate as a young person and that has given me a very pragmatic approach to my career and my profession. Not having this passion starting out as a young person really marked who I am today."

I've always been fascinated by the differences between many successful people - those who grow up within an industry, immersed and consumed by it as they develop; and those who, like chef adria, came to their industry armed with life experience from elsewhere.

Oct 25, 2008
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sydney hotel serves up poo-laden gelato

the hotel manager said, "We are aware of the allegation that has been made, and are treating it as extremely suspicious,''

my cynical mind wonders if there's a deeper story about the couple involved and whoever was in the kitchen.

it doesn't sound like the sort of harmless prank some cooks have been known to pull.

Oct 25, 2008
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sydney hotel serves up poo-laden gelato

EASTERN suburbs drinking hole the Coogee Bay Hotel is at the centre of a scandal involving the serving of human faecal matter in a bowl of ice cream.

entire story here - but be warned, it's not for the squeamish:
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph...

Oct 25, 2008
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gordon ramsay doesn't swear that much

it's just that he crams a lot of other words in there too....

from:
http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainm...

"GORDON Ramsay might use the f-word a lot but the Nine Network has defended the celebrity chef's profanity by saying he speaks so much in his program that the swearing represents only a small fraction of what he says.

Using one episode as an example, the broadcaster said there were 73 swear words, with 7603 words spoken in total, meaning they accounted for less than one per cent of language used in the program. That would account for about one f-word every three or four sentences."

Oct 14, 2008
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chopping block returns

season 2, ep 1: they've tightened up the pace a lot, a few subtle changes but nice to see more input from matt with the contestants.

alan was much kinder in his initial reviews than last year's secret critic - and a hell of a lot more generous than g. ramsay is during kitchen nightmares.

overall, the vive was more positive and supportive, and both chefs seemed to want to take the advice and improve.

but does that make for good tv? the reason kitchen nightmares is so popular is most likely the train-wreck factor.

if they take that out of the chopping block, will anyone tune in?

Oct 14, 2008
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chopping block returns

no updated website yet, but here's the promo clips:
http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-au&b...

Oct 12, 2008
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Christmas Eve and Day dinner/lunch in Sydney?

two words:

seafood.

chopping block returns

amazing, innit? like 'kitchen nightmares', these folks ask for help and get shirty when it's offered. especially from someone like matt moran.

one ep from last year had a great/startling scene where upon matt walking out of the kitchen, the owner told the chef, "ignore what he says, he's a showman". I was very surprised that matt didn't walk out - or punch the dude.

Oct 07, 2008
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chopping block returns

I know this is a 'food media' topic, but as the show's only screened in australia, I'll start it here.

the second season of the chopping block airs next tuesday on the nine network. matt moran's back, I've heard catriona rowntree's gone (just as well, she wasn't bringing anything to the show, imho) and the critic is alan saunders.

they haven't updated the website as yet, you can still see highlights from last year:
http://www.thechoppingblocktv.com

will be interesting to see if they choose any riskier targets this season. I felt most of last season's victi... er, contestants were fish in a barrel - old school ethnic patriarchs holding on to previous generations or young party dweebs, more interested in the post-shift piss-up than their customers.

opinions?

Oct 06, 2008
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Traditional Greek Dishes?

here's one of my regular blog reads: kalofagas - greek food and beyond:

http://kalofagas.blogspot.com/

lots of home-style and traditional.

Oct 06, 2008
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Online recipes/websites you trust

chef to chef's forums include "ask a chef", where people post questions about recipes, ingredients, techniques etc that are answered by a wide range of cooks and chefs:

http://forums.chef2chef.net

the feedback is often interesting, as so many experienced pro's can disagree on the most basic of ideas. there's more than one way to er, skin a cat.

the site used to be a little busier, some recent changes have seen things slow a little there. some of the originals are regulars here at chowhound as well. but the advice is always good.

Oct 06, 2008
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online "encyclopedia" of food --- just found it!

direct link to the index page:
http://www.practicallyedible.com/

handy conversion wizard, too.

according to the front page, today is "Eat whatever the heck you want Day".

works for me.

Oct 06, 2008
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Pub Food

only eight schooners? heh, no, I concur.

that, or the dodgy-looking doner kebab van in the remote corner of the servo carpark....

funnily enough, I picked up a book yesterday at the clearance stores: "counter meal - recipes and stories from great australian pubs" by david carr and ned meldrum. published by funtastic in '05. not a bad collection of glimpses into the aussie pub world.

I'd recommend it to the OP if it's still in print.

Should I NOT go to these Sydney restaurants?

re sean's - he's doing a month-long swap with skye gyngell, running her petersham nurseries cafe in england, while she's at the helm of the bondi digs.

not sure how much longer she's there, think the swap was for september only, but you might want to call and see who's in the engine room.

Off to Merimbula. Rec's please.

can't think of anywhere in merimbula itself, but the narooma blues & rockabilly festival is on just up the road this weekend.

glad you finally got some downtime, pg. have fun & don't forget to rest.

Pub Food

too true, k. I was mulling this over today, we could all throw in our personal recommendations et al, but there's so many good ones.

I think you can break aussie pub grub into two general groups:

1) the quasi-restaurants, where top chefs turn out stellar quality food in a public hotel setting (peter konistis, formerly of eleni's and omega, and now at the civic hotel in the city comes to mind);

b) the archetypical aussie pub, where the counter meals consist of (usually badly cooked) cheap cuts of steak, the aforementioned chicken parma (misspelled, more often than not, or listed as a "snitzel"), or a greasy burger loaded with egg, pineapple, grilled onions and beetroot, served on a burnt white bread bun. you're usually given the options of chips (fries) & side salad or mash & veges (why they don't consider mashed potato to be a vege is another of life's mysteries).

if you're lucky, you may get a stir-fry or similar, as that level of pub has recently discovered that one can actually serve asian food outside of a chinese restaurant. if you're very, very lucky, the chef may make his/her own gravies or sauces, although odds are, they'll come from 4 litre jars labelled "masterfoods catering pack".

most use table number signs, which always bewilder and confuse the floor staff, but some are gradually turning to the remote beepers, doing away with another great aussie tradition: the matronly woman with the microphone, cutting into the phil collins background music to announce in a nasally 'kath & kim" voice, "NUMBER 57, YOUR SNAGS ARE READY".

reading back on that, I'm not sure if that's of any help, or merely perpetuating a cultural stereotype.....

Should I NOT go to these Sydney restaurants?

agreed. take the train to ashfield station, walk up to liverpool street and look for the place where you see the most asian locals.

sometimes blind exploration can produce the best experience.