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Kosher restaurant near Miami airport

the ORB has a list of Kosher restaurants here http://www.orbkosher.org/index.php?re...

about 18 hours ago
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Kids and Allergies - long and a bit of a rant.

Whilst I'm sure there are some people with life threatening allergies, I think back to my school days in the 60s and 70s and I do not remember a single incident where a kid in my schools couldn't eat school lunches, any cakes brought in for birthdays, or died from being near a packed lunch. We had to have school lunches, we went to friends' birthday parties and we lived.
I wonder how many of these allergies are made up by parents, or, what have we done to ourselves that there seem to be so many more kids with allergies?

2 days ago
smartie in Not About Food
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Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

I would be super irritated if a guest went behind my back and talked to the caterers about his or her dietary needs. There's likely to be vegetables and chicken or fish, you could always ask the server for a plate of just veggies or the meat without the sauce if you think it's dairy/wheat. Don't make a fuss and do it very quietly.

I agree with others who say, go and eat what you can, go and don't eat or don't go.

Sep 13, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

Spelling & grammar errors on menus

I saw a lovely one in Herzlia (Israel), the menu was describing Babaganoush - an eggplant dip - using the English word for eggplant which is aubergine. "A smoked aborigine dip".

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

I had to chuckle, one of the best parts of my divorce a dozen years ago was not having to put up with my ex MIL's gift giving excruciatingly painful methods. She would arrive late to my kids' birthday parties, and make the biggest fuss about her gifts, stopping the entertainer or interrupting the children from the ball pond. And my kids hated her gifts too, always age inappropriate. Going to her fro Christmas was also always about her gifts, you had to fawn over them, but she would barely acknowledge what she was given.

Sep 01, 2014
smartie in Not About Food
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Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

I've read the whole post but IMO it's poor etiquette to open any gifts at a dinner party, birthday, wedding etc in front of the guests. I was taught to say thank you, put the gifts to one side and open them after everybody has left. This gets you out of having to open the wine that guests bring which may not go well with what you've cooked.

With really close friends or family I would probably open the gift, but when you're busy prepping and serving dinner, opening gifts is a pain, which is why one of the things you don't want is cut flowers.

Mouse in the restaurant's dining room.... [moved from Manhattan board]

I did a Food Managers Safety Course in Florida about 8 years ago. The instructor told us there wasn't a restaurant or catering establishment in the state without roaches and rodents.

USA Yogurt Recommendations

I've been in the US almost 10 years, some of the food takes some getting used to, yoghurt is one, finding bread that's not sweet is another. Actually finding a lot of things that are not overly sweet is a bit of a challenge, American canned soups (some), pies, cakes and cookies (biscuits) are much sweeter than we're used to. They have sweet butter here (ugh), Cadbury's chocolate is different too.

Publix grocery stores in Florida have British sections so I do stock up on a few goodies like Orange Barley Water, Digestive biscuits, Ryvita, Jacobs Cream Crackers.

I have learned what to avoid or substitute. Maybe you could find a yoghurt culture and make your own?

Aug 30, 2014
smartie in General Topics

The Downside of Sharing Recipes...

I brought home made shortbread into work a few years ago and one of my coworkers loved them. She asked for the recipe and I gave it to her (even though it's my own made up proportions).

She came into work the follow Monday and said it was an epic fail. I didn't understand how because it's only flour butter and sugar plus a pinch of salt. I check that she's used white sugar, all purpose flour and let the butter set out on the counter for about half an hour to soften as per my recipe. Eventually it turns out she melted the butter in the microwave (not a step in my recipe). So she tries it again and again and it's always a fail. She gave up making it, on occasion I make it at home and bring her in a batch.

Roll on 5 years till yesterday, we were discussing cooking and she says something about the 'I Can't Believe It's Not Butter' that she always has in her fridge. And I said - 'is this what you used for shortbread?'. She says yes and I said aha. It didn't dawn on me that anybody would substitute that stuff for butter.

Aug 29, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

New California law allows dogs to dine out

There are lots of dogs out on decks and patios and sidewalk cafes now in Florida. But I saw something icky last week, a guy had a very slobbery Newfoundland and he used napkins to wipe the slobber and then stuffed each wet napkin into the space between the salt and the ketchup on his table. By the time we left there were about half a dozen wet ones on his table, bet neither the ketchup bottle nor salt cellar were wiped down!

I have dogs ... somehow my own dogs' slobber is ok but other dogs not so much. Oh well.

Aug 27, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

Are You Still Licking the Spoon and Egg Beaters

I just made a key lime cheesecake and enjoyed licking the beaters.

My siblings and I always licked out the bowl, my kids too, and the doggies.

Aug 24, 2014
smartie in General Topics

Tell-Tale Terms

It's authentic .....

Aug 20, 2014
smartie in Not About Food
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I'm cooking lowfat for my elderly dog, post-pancreatitis and thought I'd share

thanks, she was only 8 yo, went downhill in 4 weeks and I had no choice but to have her PTS.
I have rescued a Catahoula nutcase since, but still missing my Abby. My other dog wouldn't eat anything till the new dog was brought home.

Aug 19, 2014
smartie in Not About Food
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What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

yep toast!

Aug 18, 2014
smartie in General Topics

I'm cooking lowfat for my elderly dog, post-pancreatitis and thought I'd share

My German Shep also had pancreatitis after eating 10 ft of carpet fibers (cost me a damn fortune to have those removed by the vet). I started her on fish, rice and veggies all cooked together in a huge pot and she ate small amounts for a few days until it was ok to increase portion sizes. I just bought frozen whiting fillets, a bag of rice and a bag of pre sliced stir fry veggies without onions.

Sadly she passed 3 weeks ago from Lymphoma but fish was the only thing she liked in her last few days.

Aug 18, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

What to do when steak (or other meats) are served cold?

No, cooked right it's not dry, recooking it dries it out.

Aug 11, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

yeh, umm.

Aug 10, 2014
smartie in Food Media & News

What to do when steak (or other meats) are served cold?

I happen to like my meat well done, but I always tell the restaurant I don't want it served underdone and then have to send it back to be recooked. They need to get it right first time IMO or it dries out.

Aug 10, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

Food comments heard on the street

I had just landed in NYC off a totally packed plane, while waiting for luggage I heard 2 ultra-orthodox Jewish men in their 20s discuss how full the flight was. One said to the other "I felt like a Gefilte fish in a Manishewitz jar".

Aug 06, 2014
smartie in Food Media & News

Jam and ?

yes hot rice pudding with a dollop of jam, British custard (hot) with jam. Can you make a gluten free jam roly poly? A Swiss Roll?
I found this recipe for a Swiss Roll though they call it Roly Poly which it's not. http://www.laurasglutenfreekitchen.co...

Aug 03, 2014
smartie in General Topics

For Fun: Favorite bad versions of dishes?

3 for a dollar Ramen Noodles chicken flavor. It's not gourmet chicken noodle soup but for 33c you can't beat it for a quick lunch.

Jul 30, 2014
smartie in General Topics

Railway Dininig. Ever experience it ?

I've been on a few trains with dining cars but the most memorable was Mombasa to Nairobi, overnight, in 1979. We were backpacking in Kenya aged 22 yo, and the train was beautiful, carved wooden sleeper carriages with seats that flipped into bunk beds, fully made up with sheets and blankets while we were in the dining car. It was a beautifully served dinner with tablecloths and china, dining while zooming through Tsavo game reserve. Every stop had locals running over to the doors selling sugar cane and grilled corn on the cobs. Breakfast was also properly served back in the dining car. Kids lined the tracks waving during daylight. Very memorable that journey though I do not remember what we ate.

Jul 20, 2014
smartie in General Topics

Hair found in the food...

my hair sheds all the time and I have tons of hair. Ditto the dogs. I know it's nasty to find hair in our food but it's likely the least of what's really lurking in food (insects, dirty restaurant kitchen debris, bits of bandaids).

Jul 14, 2014
smartie in Not About Food
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Hair found in the food...

Isn't it odd that if we find one of our own hairs in our food it's not an issue, even though our own hair may not be freshly washed! Even my own dogs' hairs are not a big deal to me, but someone else's dog's hair or their hair is icky.

Jul 13, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

Unusual restaurant requests - and responses

The girl at the register at Panera could not understand my request for a grilled ham and cheese without the ham. The conversation went something like, 'you don't want the ham in a grilled ham and cheese?' 'No just grilled cheese'. 'But we don't have grilled cheese'. 'I know that but I don't eat ham'. ' So you want grilled ham and cheese without the ham?' 'Yes'. 'But we only have grilled ham and cheese'. 'Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggg. Called manager over, he goes tap tap tap on the register and it was done.

Palm Beach County closings 2014

I heard it will become a Rustic Inn (Ft Laud).

I'm so over...

I'll never forget a menu in a British hotel restaurant where the special was 'a conflict of duck'.

Jul 03, 2014
smartie in General Topics
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I'm 8 wks. pregnant and HATE FOOD. :) Need help...

The nausea, at least for me, settled down at about 12-14 weeks. I could barely brush my teeth without throwing up. I still remember feeling nauseous before I knew I was pregnant, certain food smells would set me off. To this day I still feel sick if I smell banana bread. My youngest is 23.

Jul 02, 2014
smartie in General Topics

Desperately Seeking Indian Food In PBC

I did a write up on this a couple months ago. I liked the food which was as close to British Indian as I've had so far in S Fl. Except the naan still sucked.

Wonder what the new Punjab is like?

I'm so over...

Infused is annoying. A raspberry and passion fruit infused vodka/cheesecake/salad dressing.

Jul 01, 2014
smartie in General Topics