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Why do vegetarians want to eat meat flavoured stuff?

I am veg and I don't crave meat flavored stuff. Everyone is different ya know. Why do meat eaters not want to know how their "meat" was killed or what it was fed or the treatment it received it's entire life? I can't eat something that suffered so terribly. Ya know slaughter house workers can be pretty sadistic when working the kill line. I hear so many people say "I don't want to know..." I guess by not knowing their conscience is clear.They can chomp away and think all is well in down on the farm. Go visit a slaughterhouse sometime. I have and it was one of the most life changing experiences ever. Yes, I used to eat meat at one time.

May 15, 2010
at24 in General Topics

Have you had foods flown in to satisfy a craving?

Yup. H&H bagels when I lived out in Seattle. Cannot find a good bagel out there.

May 15, 2010
at24 in General Topics

What was the worst food you HAD to eat as a kid?

I hated when she made stuffed peppers, liver and white rice and meatloaf. Wasn't made to eat food. My mom gave up I think and I survived on Banquet frozen chicken in a box.

Feb 27, 2010
at24 in General Topics

A Eulogy for the Shopping Mall: What are/were your favorite food court foods?

Man I miss Hot Sam's, I would get a pretzel w/mustard and a cherry slush puppy. Remember how the pretzels use to be on a little rack that spun around slowly?

I also miss York Steak House- the salad w/ the red salad dressing (red wine?) and their chicken.

Jul 14, 2009
at24 in General Topics

Pepsi Natural or Pepsi Throwback

My husband picked me up a bottle of Pepsi Throwback at Walmart (Falmouth, Maine). He found it in the dollar aisle. Will try tonight with pizza. Hope it is good.

May 06, 2009
at24 in General Topics

Making Fajitas at Home

thanks everyone for the input. I will try broiling and using the Epicurious recipe. I agree, I need to dabble more with spices and forget the powdered mixes....

Feb 10, 2009
at24 in Home Cooking

Top 5 most ordered dessert items in a coffee shop

yes.. a chocolate chip cookie is great with coffee, also a brownie. Chocolate and coffee are wonderful together!

Feb 09, 2009
at24 in General Topics

Making Fajitas at Home

Hey fellow Chowhounds-

Does anyone out there make fajitas at home? Mine never come out good (not ever as tasty as a restaurant) . Does anyone have any good tips. I usual cut up chicken and use a powdered fajita mix, cooked up in a skillet on the stovetop. Please help.. would broiling the chicken be better? I do not own a grill currently.

Feb 09, 2009
at24 in Home Cooking

Kozy Shack Rice Pudding

Just tried the chocolate pudding. Very good and I am really impressed they actually put sugar in it. NO HCFS!

Nov 13, 2008
at24 in General Topics

Thanksgiving relish tray?

I grew up in NE Ohio and we always had a relish tray. It would have stuff like:
black olives
green olives
sweet gherkins
also always had a nut bowl with nuts in the shell and a seasonal type of candy bowl with stuff like chocolate orange, jelly filled candies etc.

Nov 06, 2008
at24 in General Topics

What is your favorite CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP kitchen gadget

I love a good wooden spoon and a nice thin spatula for flipping fried eggs.

Nov 06, 2008
at24 in Cookware

Office potlucks - please explain to an ignorant Brit

I agree with many here, you are not missing anything. I used to work in an office where there were too many potlucks. These women LOVED to eat! Not much good food just a bunch of chips, crap made in crock pots. It was such a pain! I would always try to make something really nice (chocolate espresso brownies from the Barefoot Contessa cookbook, cost me like $30.00 for all the damn ingredients!!) and then you see most of the food brought in was like a sad,cheap relish tray from Walmart or a generic 2 liter bottle of soda.
I also don't like eating food from other people's kitchens especially people I don't know. Like a coworker who keeps a filthy desk and a filthy keyboard. Makes you wonder how clean their houses are. True story.. I once found an eyelash in some food at a potluck and at another one a lady was talking about how her husband had hepatitis!! YUCK!

It has been my experience also that if you didn't participate you were considered to not be a team player. I would have much rather chucked in a couple of bucks and had pizza brought in or go out to a restaurant. Oddly the group I worked with always seemed against this. Also, yes the food would be laid out all day long or people would not clean up their stuff at the end of the day. I hate potlucks!!!

Nov 06, 2008
at24 in Not About Food

What would your "dream" restaurant feature?

How about a place that makes just homemade chicken and dumplings or a place that makes a few homemade soups served with a plate of great bread and butter.

Oct 30, 2008
at24 in General Topics

Ritter Chocolate Bars

see now I am going to have to try this one. I agree it sounds quite bizarre -cornflakes of all things. By the way, my candy bar was gone by the time I got in my car in the parking lot. I am ashamed- but I will use the excuse of being very pregnant and I did share w/ my husband. It sure was tastier than a Hersheys w/almonds.

Oct 23, 2008
at24 in General Topics

Can anyone think of a list of round/circular foods?

For dessert:
- those little round dippin dot ice cream thingies they now sell in the grocery store
-cookies
- small scoops of fruit sorbet or gelato
-small round tarts, like mini key lime tarts

Oct 23, 2008
at24 in General Topics

Ritter Chocolate Bars

Have found my new love this past weekend! Read about these chocolate bars a while back on Chowhound. I finally bought a Chocolate w/ Almond bar at Target for $1.49. It was money well spent. The chocolate was tasty and it had WHOLE almonds and plenty of them in it. Is it just me or do European chocolate bars just seem tastier? Ritter Bars rock! (Toberlorone too!)

Oct 23, 2008
at24 in General Topics

It's Just Better With Pickles

For me it is a grilled cheese sandwich with some bread and butter pickles on the side.

Oct 23, 2008
at24 in General Topics

Dealing with Obnoxious Owner

I probably would be a wimp and end up making a phone call to the place and ask to speak to the owner. I would be polite yet firm and let them know that although I really like their bakery- that as a customer I was very displeased by some of spectacles that I had witnessed as they belittled their counter staff in front of everyone.

I guess at that point if they got an attitude with me- I would tell them they just lost a loyal customer and that I will be more than happy to tell others to stay away from their establishment due to the rude people that operate it. The phone call allows you to stay anonymous and at the same time you can be specific about the incidents you have witnessed. Plus -it lets the owner know as a customer you have more of a "problem" with their crappy behavior than with the klutzy counter staff. You would think in these economic times an owner would not want to lose any customers and would hopefully correct their behavior. But with some people you can never tell.......

I understand where you are coming from- I used to go to a pasta place in the mall when I lived out in Seattle. The food was great but the chef or whatever he was- was a monster. He would scare the s**t out of me and I was the customer!! It got to the point where I didn't want to even eat there if I could see him working, kinda like the soup nazi on Seinfeld.

Oct 13, 2008
at24 in Not About Food

Whole foods Sorbet

Just bought a pint of their 365 brand tangerine sorbet over the weekend. Pretty tasty stuff and it has real sugar in it, NO HFCS! and only $2.99. What are everyone's thoughts on their sorbet and what are some other good brands and flavors to try? I think I have found a new treat!

Oct 06, 2008
at24 in Chains

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Portland, ME

As many others here have stated, I suggest:
-Flatbread
-Becky diner
-Sillys

Sep 29, 2008
at24 in All New England Archive

Road Trip to Freeport

Azure Cafe is good
China Rose- very good Chinese food
I have heard Petrillo's (Italian food) is good. It is a small place down by where the new parking garage is being built

Sep 24, 2008
at24 in All New England Archive

Maine's Best Doughnuts

I second Thompson's Orchard. I live close by there and I am guilty for going there and loading up on doughnuts. I love it when you get there and they are still warm! I love the pumpkin ones, but I think the apple cider ones have moved into first place. Can't say anything bad about these doughnuts. They are addictive! I gotta get around to trying one their homemade apple dumplings! I love this place too!

Sep 24, 2008
at24 in Northern New England

Favorite Fall Dishes...

I look forward to making French onion soup, getting fresh cider and doughnuts.

Had a great homemade chicken pot pie at the Bryant House restaurant in Weston, Vt over the weekend. You know it was good food when you think about it days later!

Sep 22, 2008
at24 in General Topics

You don't like that?!

I agree about fresh summer tomatoes. I have never been a big fan of raw tomatoes from the grocery, they are hard, tasteless and a weird color. However, I did a garden this year and I have crossed over to liking tomatoes! The ones from the garden are incredible -it is like night and day.

Sep 19, 2008
at24 in General Topics

Favorite Chocolate Bar

hard to pin down just one, so here's the short list

-Snickers
-Reese cup
- sometimes a Heath bar
*** and R.I.P ***
-Mars bar- must be the old school ones- remember they used to have like 3 almonds on the top, covered with chocolate
-the Wonka Scrunch bar or Wonka Oompa Loompas

Sep 19, 2008
at24 in General Topics

Grocery Shopping

How many of you make a list when you go shopping? I went to the store today, with a list, mind you and I still walked out feeling like I didn't get much to make good meals for the week. Does anyone else get burned out on always eating the same old food week after week?

Also, I feel like I am going to, too many different stores because- of course I like many things that can't be found under one roof! Its Whole Foods, Shaws, Hannaford, the local Farm stand- I spend so much time running around and then when I get there I do the mindless, zombie walking through the aisles trying to find good food.

Anyone else have these dilemmas and what are your good tips for a happy grocery store experience?

Sep 19, 2008
at24 in Not About Food

You don't like that?!

- meat- grosses me out, I have never liked handling it
- milk
- refried beans- its the smell and the appearance of them
- avocados
- jello

Sep 19, 2008
at24 in General Topics

Harvard Square food

Thank -you Dr. Jimbob! I believe that was the pizza place I was thinking of and the ice cream place too. I remember the Hong Kong, pink building on Mass.Ave, never ventured in there though. Sounds like much has changed in Harvard Square. Life goes on as they say. I still think of that pizza though.....

Sep 17, 2008
at24 in Greater Boston Area

Bryant House, Weston, Vt

Heading out to the Vermont Country store this weekend. Their website profiles the Bryant House Restaurant. The pictures of the food and menu sound/look good. Has anyone tried this place? Are there any other places in the area that perhaps I should check out?

Sep 17, 2008
at24 in All New England Archive

Harvard Square food

I worked in Harvard Square over 10 yrs ago, may go back to area again soon. I was looking on the web for places I used to frequent there. Sadly, it looks like many are long gone.

Does Warburtons (had really good chocolate chip cookies) still exist? There was also a good pizza place located on a side street, in the building the Urban Outfitters was located. Does anyone know of the place or the name of it? You could go there for lunch for a slice or two and a coke for a couple of bucks. I just remember the pizza was simple, but oh so good! Looks like Emack and Bolio's is gone and probably the ice cream parlor by the Coop is too (I forget the name).

I know not the most upscale places, but they have good memories for me.

Sep 16, 2008
at24 in Greater Boston Area