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36 hours in Paris-Pretty specific guidelines

But for the OP in his early 20's I think it's a good fit. I was clearly at the older end of the demographic (early 50's) but I enjoyed the feel of the place and the food was fresh, the ingredients were great and the preparation was far more meticulous than you'd expect for a place like this. The hummus was free-flowing and fantastic and the whole heads of cauliflower were wonderful.

about 3 hours ago
ferret in France

Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

I'm referring to the debate over the inconvenience of having to wait a minute between Keurig cups. If "higher end" means that everything needs to be instantaneous, then so be it. It's just beyond minutiae at this point.

about 3 hours ago
ferret in General Topics

Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

More "first world" problems.

about 4 hours ago
ferret in General Topics

Kitchenaid appliances

We had a standalone micro/convection which I though was worse than either alone by a mile. Took forever to get the oven temp high enough and it was a mediocre microwave. But I defer to Bakeat who has a longer history with it.

about 4 hours ago
ferret in Cookware

Best parve sliced "cheese?"

No but the recipes don't look too difficult:

http://janeshealthykitchen.com/dairy-...

about 5 hours ago
ferret in Kosher

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

You won't find any disagreement there, and if an alternative existed in close proximity then that would be nice, but for most of my visits it's been Chipotle or (Subway/Noodles & Co/Arbys/etc). When you're held captive in a business district and need something fast it's the lesser of evils. If you have leisure time and are looking for a good Mexican meal then I agree that it shouldn't be on anyone's radar.

about 6 hours ago
ferret in Chains

Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

about 7 hours ago
ferret in General Topics

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

Ditto. It's easily in the top half of all chains in terms of food quality while simultaneously being in the lower 20% of all Mexican restaurants. Contrast that with Subway, which is in the bottom 10% of everything.

I don't visit Chipotle because I'm craving an authentic Mexican dining experience, I go because I'm hungry and it's next door to my office (and even then it's about once a month).

about 7 hours ago
ferret in Chains

Best parve sliced "cheese?"

The fake meat/real cheese combo is always better.

about 8 hours ago
ferret in Kosher

Boston Market Ribs............

Fool me once ....

about 8 hours ago
ferret in Chains

36 hours in Paris-Pretty specific guidelines

My current favorite is Miznon, which is an Israeli place in the Marais that serves French standards (boeuf bourguignon, choux farcis - the roasted vegetable is fantastic) in pita. Great vibe and appears to be a popular hangout for 20-somethings in the area. No reservations but 2 can probably squeeze in at the counter (although I always managed to find a spot in my several visits).

http://lefooding.com/en/restaurants/r...

about 8 hours ago
ferret in France

Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

We recently rented an apartment in Paris which had a Nespresso, but they're far more common there. The local grocery had about a half-dozen pod options for the Nespresso and it worked out fine. Here in the US it's more difficult because you need to order directly from Nespresso or one of the other online companies like Hi-Line.

about 9 hours ago
ferret in General Topics

How to bake 1/4ed chicken at low temp to be exactly ready in 3 hours.

While I don't usually worry about such things, the risk of cooking poultry at very low temps such as 200, even for 3 hours, raises some potential food safety issues. If your oven doesn't maintain a good constant temp or cycles off intermittently to stay that low, you might be incubating bacteria as opposed to cooking chicken.

1 day ago
ferret in Kosher

What I Want When I Go Out

There are several restaurants in Chicago that are loud enough to make normal conversation extremely difficult. I can forgive one because their food is great, the others ... not so much.

1 day ago
ferret in Not About Food

Color, Form and Design, Take II: The Popcorn Monsoon

1 day ago
ferret in Cookware

See What Noma is Cooking in Japan

With some descriptions:

http://www.kayoubidesu.com/?p=240

1 day ago
ferret in Food Media & News

See What Noma is Cooking in Japan

1 day ago
ferret in Food Media & News

Best way to julienne/matchstick carrots

Mandoline is easiest. A julienne peeler may be okay for a carrot or two but for 1-1/2 lbs, you'll regret it.

1 day ago
ferret in Cookware

How many different types of fish have you tried?

Not to mention dolphin.

Jan 28, 2015
ferret in General Topics

deal on London broil

I have my butcher cut it into 3/4" steaks and then blade-tenderize those. Then grill like any other steak.

Jan 28, 2015
ferret in Home Cooking

What I Want When I Go Out

Sure, who doesn't want the above? But it's not like I insist on all those things being in place to ensure a good time out.

It's like saying I want to enjoy every movie/play/musical performance I see, or I want every vacation to have perfect weather and not have any complications. It's great when it happens, but if the food is good I can ignore other issues.

Jan 28, 2015
ferret in Not About Food

What cooking gadgets changed your life?... Well at least your cooking?

We have a bajillion of these in all sizes, tiny (mise) to huge (giant garbage salad). Indispensable.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...

They don't appear to list all sizes online.

Jan 27, 2015
ferret in Cookware

Some suggestions for decent priced good eating options near Chicago Hilton

I'm opening a can of worms here but Greek Town is very close to Randolph Street which has a number of great options, Au Cheval, Maude's, Little Goat, just to name a few and is also very close to Fulton Market which features the Aviary and Publican, among others.

It's a hotspot of great options.

Jan 27, 2015
ferret in Chicago Area

How to eat healthy as a picky adult

As others have alluded to, life is about self-improvement. Make it a project to try something new every week/month (just because you've been someone who doesn't like to try new things doesn't mean you have to stay that way). Sometimes things that are not to your liking in one form may take on a different flavor/texture profile in a different form. Cauliflower is a prime example. Some people dislike it raw, but roast it until it starts to turn a golden brown and it's another experience entirely.
If you're "tired of feeling like crap" then expand your horizons.

Jan 27, 2015
ferret in Home Cooking

Costco or BJ's membership?

Depending on the state, Costco's pharmacies may be accessible to non-members, but their Prescription Program pricing is for members only (non-members still get good pricing, just not the best pricing).

Jan 27, 2015
ferret in Chains

non-graded meat?

I believe USDA inspection is only mandatory for interstate commerce. So if the meat is sold locally only, no USDA inspection is needed.

Jan 26, 2015
ferret in General Topics

non-graded meat?

There appears to be a fee schedule for grading:

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ams.f...

Jan 26, 2015
ferret in General Topics

Does Anybody Really Like Fennel?!

Licorice is definitely in there, but in a very understated way. It's a fairly complex flavor profile and absolutely delicious.

Jan 26, 2015
ferret in Home Cooking

Food/Candy that the U.S. has but Canada doesn't ?

To Trader Joe's-curious Canadians, maybe some TJ's products?

e.g. the Gusher's-ish gummy penguins. My adult son came over with some friends and they finished off a couple of bags of these that we had on hand for visiting kids.

Jan 26, 2015
ferret in General Topics
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Raleigh / Durham

No idea about local sourcing but these guys are great and deliver to the area about once a month:

http://www.grillerspride.com/WSWrappe...

Jan 26, 2015
ferret in Kosher