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Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

If you want to read the book that gal wrote (mentioned here)it will open a whole slew of interesting tidbits. This is not scholarship, just a fun and fascinating read.....with a great sense of humor

Looking for fried (whole belly) clams...

Alas, my friend, as one who has travelled to Seattle, I don't think you'll find them until a Legal Seafood opens up in the area.........unlikely given the outstanding fish offerings out there. I was able to find gorgeous clams in Mill Valley, outside of SFO.......but that is a haul for you. But could be a nice side trip on a business trip down there

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Ok, snuck into my local TJ's early (to beat the Senior Bus and the Mommies in too tight shirts and shorts modelling for the staff) and drop a nice mortgage payment rounding up some stuff based on insights here and a few favs and of course, that which catches the eye. Had plenty of time to walk the aisles and see what is there/new without ankle biters or folks who leave their cart in the middle of the aisle (often with purse in it!) as they run 3 aisles over to get something mundane

YAY.the Mandarin orange slices (dried) Sweet, but also nice flavor

Meh....dried Coconut Sticks. Fortunately not too sweet, but they had a "soapy" taste to me

Nay!!!!!!.the stuff I couldn't find/is gone:

The Argentinian Shrimp...got some ballyhoo about fishing schedules and sources, but I did pick up some of the expensive Wild Blue Raw but shelled and tailess shrimp to try.

Garlic Cream Sauce....the white kind. Great on lots of things. Outta stock but they were going to "order some"

The super Brie and the Toscano with Syrah....but picked up some other yummies to try

Uttapan with Coconut Chutney.....I forgot to ask and have no idea WHERE it might be after perusing every aisle and freezer

Coconut Thin cookies...I went along the cookie aisle; not to be seen but grabbed a few others on a whim.

Also, I think the cowboy bark and cowgirl bark were off tree-hugging but after the wordy explanation on the shrimp and and the long process to deduce what happened to the Garlic Sauce, I decided to call it quits

2 days ago
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Florence & Rome in September

Actually, if you correlate the names with a Google search, you can usually find out if they are still around.

And to OP.here's a frustrating suggestion, since I can't remember the name, but it's a long walk north from the Coliseum to a little coffee shoppe where they make the most magical creations in coffee cream. I'll try and see if I can find it.

Also, we did the "Jazz-tram" one night in Rome. Actually lots of fun, live music, and dinner parked in front of the coliseum! And you get to see a few out of the normal neighborhoods of Rome. Reservations are a Must! Food varies depending on the restaurant catering but pretty darn good considering your mobile. You need a cab both ways.....getting one at the end is not usually a problem.

2 days ago
FriedClamFanatic in Italy

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Had to do with perception.....B must be less good than A. I would not go crazy stockpiling, if anything Grade B might become more prevalent

Sep 15, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Savory breakfast dish recipes for potluck

One of those Bisquick "impossible Pie" things with sausage, peppers, onions, cheese ......zucchini if ya got it. Served with a salsa side

Sep 15, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Sausage casings

checkout sausagemaker.com they may be able to help

Sep 15, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Kosher
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Moving a fridge full of food... HELP?!

Never had to worry about letting a fridge "rest"( I was always at work)..........just what happens if you jump the gun?...the motor burn out?

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Agree.......folks say Grade B is only for cooking/baking, but I love it's slightly more robust taste and color........and above all....the TJ price! Only "real" syrup I now buy

Sep 14, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Moving a fridge full of food... HELP?!

I'd guess...and I'm no expert.........that if you can go from plug out to plug in in under 2 hours, you should be safe for most things. Even milk should keep in that amount of time as long the doors are shut. Any uncooked meats (chicken, pork, beef) and fish might also be suspect, but I expect you aren't trying to do that. Cooked meats s/b ok.

We often have power outtages of several hours......no problems so far

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

And the great album cover with the gal with the jewelry n her hair! I am waaaaaaaaay to old!

But.I doubt there are ANY authentic Chinese Restaurants left.........if by that you mean the stuff they serve in Asia. Owners have to adjust to the wants of the market. Yes, some are closer to "the real thing"...but if it tastes good, so be it.

Great pieces of inexpensive equipment?

I bought a pair of wood tongs a while back for $1.25. They sit next to the toaster. No more burned fingers, no risk of getting the bread (often homemade) outta the unit. Or being Zapped by using an butter knife (metal)

They laughed.......they tried.....they all became believers

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

I won't speak for paris as I do believe you are right, based on our experiences.....but once outside..........I find things seldom to be "ordinary"

Sep 11, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in France

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

Or Gawd forbid...taken up the idea of "free love' as the only way to go!

$1.50 per person surcharge for Healthcare added to your bill....WHAT?!?!

Well, at least you are now potentially aware of public costs of government edicts. Wait until the min wage goes thru the roof.

On a related note, several companies charge me a "fuel charge", banks tack on a transaction fee. Waste Mgmt even hits me for an "administrative Fee" because I still pay by check. And of course, State and local governments who never seem to get their budgets under control hit you with the Sales/Hospitality/Entertainment tax

Why should imposed healthcare surcharges be any different?

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I am surprised no one mentioned Cracker Barrel. Ate there once on a ride to FL..never again. Slow service, indifferent food. The thing that amazes me and why I stopped that time is they ALWAYS seem to have lots of cars in the lot..even at the weird hours of 3PM

Can a menu be too small?

The amazing thing is.......Maryland has some wonderful Clam beds! And with all the Red tide in New England, more and more of those lovely soft shelled mollusks make their way Nawth ( Beware of "Ipswich' clams being advertised!)

Sep 10, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Dinner near Longwood Gardens

Hiya Cindy!

Thank you for opening my eyes to what might be really great finds! Junto and Galer. Galer is a skip away and Junto a quick hobble. We really need to get out more!

To be honest, with 3 wonderful PA wineries in the area and some of them personal friends, how would you rate the Galer wines to the others in the area and what are your favorites? I say "wonderful" wineries..but it is more for the ambience than the quality of the drink. I read their website and to be honest it was a bit off-putting in the elaborate descriptions, but I'm willing to give them a try.

Sep 09, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Can a menu be too small?

I'm with you 100% Neither my wife nor I are big fans of crab, and several places around here have some sort of crab accompaniment to almost every dish ( and these are NOT seafood places!), so we tend to pass them by. I know it may be sacrilege in this part of the world, but I'd rather have 4-6 really good choices that are sometimes changed

Sep 09, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

Yes 4-5 days, Paris is your oyster, so to speak, especially with a side trip to Versailles (and if you can handle the trains, it is a great alternative). We spent the night there on one trip with our children who were then about 7&9. After dinner (Wonderful Pizza!!!!) we went for a stroll and happened upon a young boy about my sons age. He spoke no English, my HS French is Merde...but we taught him how to play "hospital tag" and spent an hour or more in fun memories (almost 25 years now!). He finally took us to the local where his father was having drinks and he could speak some English, so we did our part of Franco-Anglo alliances.

Sep 09, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in France

Heartbreaker List

Sighs.I noticed that their "decades" candy boxes only go back to the 50's. That would work fro my brother and me, but since my older brother and sister still have their teeth, it would be nice if the had a WWII or pre box as well

Beats a copy of NYT on the date you were born

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

You don't say for how long you will be there......but......I urgeyou...if this is your first and maybe last chance in France, it would pay to get a car and travel to Versailles (also can be reaches by public transportation, but it takes some work) or down to the Loire for a long weekend type of stay. Les Hauts Domaine outside of Blois area is a wonderful, if not inexpensive place to stay which aslo features a wonderful dinner menu (part of the Relais et Chateaux group). A Baguette stuffed with ham at the kiosk outside Chenonceau was a wonder and my wife still raves about it 30 years later (we've been back twice since)

Sep 09, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in France

Fire Code bans use of barbecues on decks of apts. and condos - HELP

I would suggest instead, you defy the condo assoc and put something outside. Fl law also bans any grill above ground level ( I think) We kept several grills below for use when needed, but ours was a small unit (20)

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

Eat before you go and bring a bag of stuff to munch on.....not a full meal.......but stuff you can plate on a bread plate......the wedding party has enough to worry about

Honeymoon October 4-12: SF, Napa, Carmel, Big sur - please help

Been a long long time since I've been there, and it may now be too well known and touristy, but in Big Sur, Nepenthe, right on Highway 1 had wonderful views and some interesting bits to eat. The day we ate there, there may have been some "stars" about, but it was relatively quiet with open fire pits to enjoy the view.........and......make sure the pesky West Coast Bluejays didn't steal our food

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

May have also been a storage problem at the store..I'd return them abd ask

Sep 01, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Sighs...another month, another list and another shopping list. Hold on Credit Cards and TJ's, I'm coming! (just getting a place holder in here)

Dining on or off the Pa. Turnpike between New Bedford and the Ohio state line ...

It's a shame.but those are about our only 2 options from NJ to OH

Sep 01, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Pennsylvania

Have you ever used a Pressure Cooker?

Have any of you used your pressure cookerto try "broasted" chicken? I have my love with my Kuhn Rikon, but I also own a Fagor I bought just for that purpose but have yet to try. I want to do boneless breasts with a heavy crunchy coating, but any advice appreciated

Aug 30, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Cookware

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

your modified nutty buddy sounds heavenly

Aug 27, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains
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