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Ideas for a food demo?

Hello everyone,

I'm a Dietetics major and I volunteer for a Nutrition clinic in SF. The RD I volunteer for asked me to research events or opportunities for us to have some food demos and Nutrition demos - such as showing people how much sugar is in food, things like that. I have a friend who's a culinary student so I was thinking of having him demo how to cook healthy but delicious food.

I was thinking of joining a food festival, but I'm not entirely sure if that would be appropriate for what she wants to do. Does anyone have any better ideas? If you could name any specific events that would be super helpful.

Thank you!!

Sep 29, 2011
mels88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Home Fries

any fat is horrible to fry food in. just stick with a little butter, no more than a tablespoon. it's not good for you either, and it is very high in cholesterol, but it's rich in flavor (especially if you use irish butter) so using only a little bit will enhance the flavor.

Jun 08, 2011
mels88 in Recipes

Oatmeal–Chocolate Chip Cookies

i added macadamia nuts =D and since i don't have a mixer, i mixed everything using a whisk and muscle strength haha. they came out very nicely

Aug 01, 2010
mels88 in Recipes

If food is the way to one's heart..what's your dish?

Oysters
Champagne
Asian food

=) Those are winners!

May 14, 2009
mels88 in General Topics

Does food taste better when someone else pays?

Depends. If the food's not good, it's just not good. Sometimes I feel embarrassed when other people pay for me.

Drinks taste better when they're free, though. :)

May 10, 2009
mels88 in Not About Food

Foods that make you sick?

I was just curious to see if there are any foods (not sure if that's an actual word...) out there that you guys have to avoid because they always/frequently make you feel sick. That's the whole point to this topic. :) Could be something you wish you could eat but can't.

I can't eat Mexican food. There are rare occasions when I can, provided I only eat a little bit. I was never too big a fan of it to begin with so I don't mind for the most part, but sometimes I find myself really craving a burrito. I can't eat fast food like KFC or McDonald's either - especially KFC. But then a lot of people I know say that they can't eat fast food either.

Anyone else?

May 10, 2009
mels88 in Not About Food

What does "healthy" mean to you?

Interesting topic!

I don't quite understand why people think of healthy food as "low carb". I'm originally from Asia, and we consume a lot of rice over there - a ton of carbs. And we're known for being pretty healthy. The thing about carbs is that carbs = energy, so to utilize that our bodies have to burn that energy off. So it's a matter of exercise, really.

Of course, "healthy" depends on the individual too. There are things to consider like allergies, health conditions, etc.

To me, personally, I agree that truly "healthy" food is unprocessed. I work at Trader Joe's so luckily food without preservatives or chemicals like high fructose corn syrup are available to me. I love fish too. :) Fish is extremely healthy and yummy! So are tomatoes.

I believe in a balanced diet - meat, veggies, etc. The human body needs protein, carbs, fat, etc. Basically "healthy" = less overeating, more exercise.

May 09, 2009
mels88 in Not About Food

Seriously Now -- Which countertop appliances do you leave out on your counter?

Microwave's a given.

- Coffee maker
- Toaster/Oven toaster
- Rice cooker (which also works as a steamer!)

Very minimal. =) I like space - not clutter. But I make sure other appliances like my blender and George Foreman grill are easily available. I keep them in a cabinet nearby. Gotta have the George Foreman grill!

All my appliances are black, too, except for the rice cooker. I love black. It goes with everything, and it looks nice.

Apr 30, 2009
mels88 in Cookware

How distinctly American is takeout/delivery?

I lived in the Philippines for 10 years. :) I grew up there, and there's a McDonald's and a local fast food chain but that's pretty much it. I don't know what it's like there now since I haven't gone back in a while, but when I was living there delivery or to-go was not all that common. We had it, but usually people ate at home or went out to eat...period. Ordering delivery was actually a treat, whereas here it's more of an alternative.

Food is very readily available here in the U.S. Sometimes, even though I've been living here for 11 years now, it still surprises me that there are so many 24 hr. restaurants/fast food places. The servings are much bigger, too. It's a little unfortunate because there is an obesity issue in the U.S. (and in other countries too, of course). It's hard not to overeat when everywhere you, everywhere you turn (especially in urban areas like SF) there's a restaurant or cafe. Food is this country seems very abundant.

Apr 30, 2009
mels88 in General Topics

Potluck Wedding Reception?

That's a great way to save money! I've always been confused about that myself. =/ Like...does the couple pay for your room and board or not?

Apr 30, 2009
mels88 in Not About Food

Eating while watching TV

I love getting Chinese food or pizza delivered =D Delivery's the best sometimes

Apr 07, 2009
mels88 in Not About Food

Moved in with fiance...what do I cook??

That's a great idea! :) I like the idea of rating the recipes. I'll probably rate it according to whether my SO likes it too...his tastes are so difficult sometimes. >=/ I eat just about anything. Thank you!

Apr 07, 2009
mels88 in Home Cooking

Moved in with fiance...what do I cook??

Thank you! =D I'm still easing myself into owning cookbooks. It's overwhelming to me for some reason, but I'll definitely try the ones you suggested!

Apr 06, 2009
mels88 in Home Cooking

Eating while watching TV

Does it make your meal more enjoyable or does it distract you from your food? What about eating while watching cooking shows?

Somehow it makes my food taste that much better or not taste good at all! I just thought I'd mention it cause I'm watching Hell's Kitchen. =)

Apr 04, 2009
mels88 in Not About Food

I will not pay for that!

I agree, but everyone has different taste in food. Some people might feel that paying $ for something you can easily whip up at home is justified, and since they happen to be your friends (which means when it comes to eating out, you eat what they eat) it's kind of frustrating. Could you try coaxing them to try a new place? Unfortunately, it might just be something you're gonna have to put up with. =/

Everyone's made a good point. A lot of things are overpriced, and consumers pay for them anwyay.

I just hope that restaurant serves one hell of a pasta bowl.

Apr 04, 2009
mels88 in Not About Food

Moved in with fiance...what do I cook??

I definitely took a tip from you guys and stopped stressing so much over what to cook. =) I needed a quick meal the other night and boiled some spaghetti, cooked it with olive oil, garlic, capers, tomatoes, olives and bits of chicken (that premade stuff meant for salads) and it was really good! I even brought some to my mom's and my parents loved it, but my fiance was so shy about eating it. He said he'd never eaten pasta without sauce before. Had I not posted this thread, I would've freaked out about how to cater to his (sometimes difficult) tastes, but I told him, "You eat it or you cook yourself dinner." He ate it and said he's still not used to pasta without sauce...but there were no leftovers. ;)

Apr 03, 2009
mels88 in Home Cooking

Moved in with fiance...what do I cook??

The pork chops is a great idea! =D That sounds really good. Thanks! I'm gonna have to try that one.

Apr 03, 2009
mels88 in Home Cooking

Anyone try these beers?

I work at Trader Joe's, and we don't carry it there. =/

Apr 03, 2009
mels88 in Beer

Anyone try these beers?

I will try them...when I have the money! =D

Apr 03, 2009
mels88 in Beer

SF with a not-so-typical teen

I think I had the Eel Bowl. I like Genki Ramen. =) It's adventurous enough for the shy eater.

Apr 03, 2009
mels88 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF with a not-so-typical teen

There's a Japanese restaurant up Powell right before it intersects at Bush...I can't remember the name! But it's very good. There are TONS of places around Nob Hill, and if you haven't been to Genki Ramen or Chutney's on Jones St. you should check it out.

Mar 31, 2009
mels88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Filipino food - best around the bay?

Try Max's of the Philippines in South San Francisco.

I lived in the Philippines and my mom's family's Filipino, so if I go out and eat Filipino food it has to be really good since my family cooks Filipino meals on a regular basis. I know what the authentic stuff should taste like, and Max's is pretty good.

Mar 31, 2009
mels88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Moved in with fiance...what do I cook??

Thank you everybody! You guys are awesome and very helpful. :)

Mar 31, 2009
mels88 in Home Cooking

Moved in with fiance...what do I cook??

I work at Trader Joe's!

Mar 31, 2009
mels88 in Home Cooking

Moved in with fiance...what do I cook??

Spaghetti and steak =) and he made corned beef for the first time last week. He likes to cook , but he hardly gets around to it.

Mar 31, 2009
mels88 in Home Cooking

Moved in with fiance...what do I cook??

Thank you!! =)

Mar 30, 2009
mels88 in Home Cooking

Moved in with fiance...what do I cook??

I was afraid there was a topic like this, but I actually looked and I must've missed it. =/

Anyway thanks for the unsolicited advice. I do most of the cooking because he works the night shift at his job, so it just worked out that way. But you're right about making it "special" only sometimes. Thanks.

Mar 30, 2009
mels88 in Home Cooking

Credit card security on receipts?

It's a good thing you caught that. Next time ask them if you could see the store's copy for a second and scratch out all but the last 4 numbers with a pen. The employee could've taken advantage of that.

Mar 30, 2009
mels88 in Not About Food

When no one is looking....

I once put sugar on this really rude customer's hash browns back when I worked at a restaurant =)

Mar 30, 2009
mels88 in Not About Food

Anyone try these beers?

I was wondering if anyone's tried Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout or Salvator Doppelbock? Any good?

Mar 30, 2009
mels88 in Beer