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SUMMERLICIOUS 2014

Summerlicious 2014 begins July 4th and continues until July 20th.
Please tell us about your experiences, both positive and negative.

I'm so over...

"Enriched" and/or "Fortified"
These words usually refer to vitamins or minerals and sound impressive, but as in so many cases probably unnecessary in our overnourished Western society.

Also, has anyone mentioned the term "macrobiotic"? Whatever that means.

Jul 03, 2014
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Butter versus Margarine

Allow me to elaborate.
When I attended Medical School (1958-62) the accepted wisdom and teaching about the relationship between diet and cardiovascular diseases was based on the research studies of Dr. Ancel Keys, (Ph.D.)
This was considered gospel for the next 30 years or so.
Those old enough will remember when Dr. Robert Atkins challenged Keys in the early '70's his low carbohydrate, unlimited fat diet was considered heresy by the medical profesion and registered dietitians and fell into disrepute. Only in the last 15-20 years has the Medical profession come to accept Dr. Atkins' theory; but not completely. There are still many cardiologists and dietitians that cling to Dr. Keys' theory.
Of course, moderation and common sense should be the basis of any healthful diet along with exercise, weight control, and smoking cessation

Jul 02, 2014
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I'm so over...

What is granola?
What's the difference between granola and muesli?
Maybe you can ferret out the difference.

Jul 01, 2014
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I'm so over...

Granola

Jul 01, 2014
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Patio Dining

Now that summer is here, patio dining can add extra enjoyment to a summer meal.
What is your favourite Toronto patio dining spot and what makes it special?

Wine And Food Pairings

Do you ever consider the possibility that the "expert" recommendation might have something to do with the price of the wine? Or am I just being my old cynical self?
By the way: How are sommeliers paid? By commission, perhaps?
I recall a steak house restauranteur confiding that most patrons have no idea about wines and can be talked into buying almost anything. And after loading up on garlic bread, their taste buds are so numbed that they can have no idea of what they are sampling. Have you ever heard of anyone rejecting a sommellier's choice? Most patrons are too intimidated to even consider such an act of blasphemy. Bah humbug!

Jul 01, 2014
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I'm so over...

"Angus Beef".
I challenge anyone to correctly identify angus beef in a blindfold taste test.
As to whether Angus beef has health advantages over non-Angus beef: your guess is as good as mine.

Wine And Food Pairings

You may have a point, linguafood.
At age 76, perhaps my taste buds have atrophied to the point that they no longer function properly.
Nevertheless, since I have to deal with reality as I personally preceive it, I stubbornly persist in my curmudgeonly attitudes.

Jul 01, 2014
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Butter versus Margarine

Originally, I believe it was illegal for margarine to be butter colored- (at least in Ontario, where I'm from). White margarine was sold packaged in a plastic bag and in the bag was a separate little "bubble" containing a dark orange -colored liquid. The bubble was "popped", releasing the coloring. The plastic bag of soft white margarine was then kneaded with the coloring diffusing until ithe margarine achieved a butter-like color.

I'm so over...

"Organic" is really a totally meaningless expression IMHO.

Wine And Food Pairings

I maintain that the "art" of pairing wine with certain food dishes is a sham and an affectation. An entire industry has developed which includes books, charts, lists, etc., not to mention "sommeliers" that claim to have some arcane wisdom based on what I consider to be snobbery, imagination and fantasy. I refuse to be taken in by these self-proclaimed so-called "experts". Phooey!

"To each his own" is my motto.

Jul 01, 2014
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south african grocery/food

Try The South African Store, 3889 Bathurst St.
I know nothing about the store nor its products- only its location.
Its web-site lists the products it sells.

Butter versus Margarine

Misinformation! Usually touted by the medical profession and dietitians.

Butter versus Margarine

I'm considering switching back to butter from margarine since a recent medical study concluded margarine does not have an advantage over butter in preventing heart attacks and/or strokes.
(Annals of Internal Medicine) May 2014 (?)
Dietary saturated fats no worse than unsaturated fats in preventing vascular diseases.

Jun 27, 2014
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Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

RE: "Steamed moon". The term "moon" is a rough translation of the Yiddish word "mooen" meaning poppy seed. Thus "steamed moon" means steamed hot dog bun sprinkled with poppy seeds.

Suggest a hostess gift for someone living in a small European city?

If your host is English speaking let me suggest Former UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' New Haggadah.
It will make an extremely educational and beautiful gift that will hopefully remind your host of you for many years to come.

Mar 30, 2014
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Quinoa For Passover 2014

Bagelman01: The Haggadah of your unique Family Seders has me overwhelmed. For once I am speechless.

Mar 30, 2014
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Quinoa For Passover 2014

I was being sarcastic about the Frick, Paulfan1, but not about the Courtauld. I had never heard of it. I looked it up and found it is an art gallery in London, England.
Needless to say, I've never been to London and I'm not a big art fan. I usually find art galleries boring.

Mar 29, 2014
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Quinoa For Passover 2014

Thanks Bagelman.
I hope HaShem continues to bless you and yours and you continue to enjoy the success and fruits (pun intended; you did not mention fruit in your diet) of of your years of hard work. There! I've done it again!
It's beginning to register with me that though I'm mostly tweeking people with my silly comments, some of you just don't get it. I love our old shtetl tradition. I still get "farklempt" every time I watch "Fiddler on the Roof".
From now on I will try to be more straightforward and less subtle in my comments.
Gut Shabbos.

Mar 28, 2014
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Quinoa For Passover 2014

Touche, Adina, you make an excellent point.
However as students of human nature we should realize that tastes and preferences vary greatly and you can learn much about individuals from their attitudes to subjects like food, style of dress, entertainment choices etc. etc. without actually actively directly indulging in others life-styles.
I find Chowhounds interesting as a form of "people watching" which is something we all indulge in, don't we?
And the fact that it's all anonymous makes it basically harmless. So please don't take offence.
P.S. What are the Courtauld and the Frick?

Mar 28, 2014
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Quinoa For Passover 2014

Dear Rockycat:
First I'll describe where I'm coming from.
I'm only "tilting at windmills" so don't take me too seriously. I'm an old-fashioned Zaidie "fresser" with a big belly who enjoys traditional "heimishe" Jewish cooking.
I have difficulty abiding those whom I perceive to be ostentatious and overly self-important. So I indulge myself in what I hope is harmless, humorous, teasing at their expense.
Now with regard to the "mahn" as you spell it.
I anticipated that someone would remark about the mahn's miraculous ability to assume the taste that the eater desired, so my remark was not directed specifically at the mahn's taste. As all Foodie's well realize, taste is not everything. "Presentation" also must be taken into account. Now how many variations in the presentation of the mahn could there be? A rough calculation of the number of meals eaten in the Midbar over 40 years comes to about 30,000 meals. How many different presentations could even the most dedicated Foodie think up?
Finally, I also have difficulty figuring out where some other contributors to Chowhound are coming from.
Take bagelman01, for instance. Read his post just abve yours. Is he for real? If he is, I suggest he henceforth sign his posts baguetteman rather than bagelman.
Shabbat Sholom to all.

Mar 28, 2014
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Quinoa For Passover 2014

Hello, again. I'm back.
The amount of physical and mental energy expended by contemporary Jewish Chowhounds and Foodies in honor of week-long Pesach meal planning and preparation boggles my mildly cognitively-impaired mind.
How fortunate we are to be alive today rather than in the time of our ancestors who spent 40 years living in the Midbar after the Exodus and had only manna to eat day in and day out. What a drag that must have been!

Mar 28, 2014
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Quinoa For Passover 2014

Hi. Folks. The old curmudgeon is back.
I found a list of products that are definitely NOT considered kitnyiot? They are:
Anise,
Carob,
Chia seeds,
Coriander,
Cotton seed,
Cumin,
Guar gum,
Linseed,
Locust bean gum,
Saffron.
I wonder how many Balaboostas who love to try new foods and recipes on Pesach to overcome boring and/or repetitive meals have incorporated some or all of the above foods in their meal-planning activities?
Note that the advantage of this list is that it presents no risk of Ashkenazim eating Kitnyiot on Pesach.

Mar 27, 2014
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Quinoa For Passover 2014

Hi Adina; I don't wish to belabour the subject but one simple comment or two.
You compare quinoa to rice. I have eaten rice for many years and find that it (1) has no distinctive taste and (2) it acts as a "filler".
Why would I want to add quinoa to my diet if it also has no distinctive taste and only acts as a filler?
Having survived for over 76 years on a quinoa-free diet, I think I will forgo the introduction of it now, especially on Pesach. Hag Kosher V'Sameach.

Mar 26, 2014
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Quinoa For Passover 2014

Dear AdinaA: I have never tasted quinoa and strangely enough, I don't feel the least bit deprived. What exactly am I missing out on here? Please bring me out of my cave-man existence and into the year 5774. Thank you.
(Now, chocolate, that's another story. By the way, rumor has it that Christopher Columbus was Jewish--- Sephardic, of course.))

Mar 26, 2014
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Quinoa For Passover 2014

What's the big deal with this current quinoa mishugass?
All I hear is quinoa, quinoa, quinoa. I can't even pronounce it properly, let alone eat it. It seems this year it's more important than matzah and morror.
Last night our Rav (in Toronto) had to give a special women's shiur to try and clear up the confusion on whether it's kitniyot or not. Apparently it's not this year, and it's therefore permissible for Ashkenazim, whereas last year it was kitniyot and assur for Ashkenazim.
When and why did quinoa become so important?
How did our Ashkenazi ancestors survive sans quinoa?

Mar 26, 2014
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Dietary Saturated Fats

It all depends on the time interval between the first and second Krispy Kreme. If you pause for at least 3 minutes between donuts,your are statistically safe. Less than 3 minutes make sure your last will and testament is prepared. I assume your Mountain Dew is diet, right? The caffeine in the Mountain Dew should protect you by raising your metabolic rate thus helping to lower your blood sugar.
Good luck and continue to enjoy the breakfast of champions.

Mar 24, 2014
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Pesach Price Gouging

Agreed. You raise the related subject of Pesach spent (and I do mean spent!) at a lavish Hotel or Resort.
I cannot imagine a more stultifying experience except possibly imprisonment.
The prime purpose of this type Yom Tov experience is to mingle and mix with the families of like-minded big shots and machers who enjoy showing off their wealth of money and poverty of humility. One of the ultimate but unspoken goals of the Hotel Pesach or Succot experience is to get lucky and make a shidduch for one of your spoiled children or grandchildren with the offspring of another equally ostentatious family. Truly Gan Eden!
This comment will almost certainly be censored but I couldn't hold back.

Mar 24, 2014
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What's on Your Pesach Shopping List?

Matzah and Morror and Wine. Everything else is superfluous.

Mar 24, 2014
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