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Eating moldy foods?

I have no clue who the person who wrote this http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.p... article is, but I had heard before that moldy bread is not safe to eat because mold spreads deeper than you can see.

about 8 hours ago
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USA heavy cream vs UK double cream

Is this fresh cream in the refridgerator or long life in a screw cap jar (maybe also in the refridgerator but not fresh)?

Dec 26, 2014
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Tea without Sugar?

How about just cutting out the sugar/sweetener? I'd guess that after a week or 2 you'd just get used to it. I haven't had sweet coffee or tea in about 40 years and that's how I did it.

IMO the best tea with milk is British tea. Get British teabags, like Tetley or buy loose tea and make in a pot British style. Do make sure your water is boiling, not just very hot.

Dec 26, 2014
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whole roasted chicken left out cooling 4 hrs

It wouldn't occur to me to worry about it. We grew up with meat safes, lots of meat was never refridgerated, my mum left cooked meat out overnight and we ate it in sandwiches next day. Same for most of my friends' mums.

When I moved to the USA I was surprised at how much went into the fridge, in the UK we leave butter out for weeks in a butter dish, eggs don't get refridgerated, jarred foods like ketchup live in the larder or cupboards. Maybe there's more food poisoning or maybe not I don't know.

Dec 24, 2014
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Jewish Christmas

Mandy's Chinese was in Tel Aviv in the early 70s, lower end of Dizengoff I believe.

Dec 23, 2014
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Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

And I thought it was not about using the same utensil but not liking the cutlery to be placed on the table between courses.

Dec 15, 2014
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Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

but when chopsticks are re-used they provide small chopstick holders (I don't know the correct name of the little china thing that the chopsticks rest on), so the chopsticks don't sit on the table or tablecloth.

Dec 15, 2014
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Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

This is a very frustrating thread. It's not the re-use of the silverware IMO that's not acceptable, but the fact that it has to go somewhere when plates are being cleared from the table.I think that was the OP's original complaint.

So the question is where is the cutlery put?
Clearly the cutlery goes onto the table which makes the tablecloth or table dirty.
I don't think that's a nice habit, I wouldn't do it at home but then I don't think it's a major effort to put each plate and silverware into the dishwasher or stack at the sink between courses.

For those of you who don't mind the server or busboy removing your cutlery and laying it on the table to be re-used then that's fine. Those of us who don't like it can simply ask for a new set.

I was amazed at the knives that got pulled out in this thread. Pun intended.

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

The wiping is of the table not the cutlery.

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

This is an unnecessary comment, there is no reason to be rude.

Dec 13, 2014
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Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

really, why so sarcastic? So you have a bowl of soup, then your entree and are you telling me you'll use your soup spoon for your dessert?

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

I think you have nailed it bitchincook.

Do we re-use the silverware at home between courses? I sure don't even if it's just me.

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

How can that be true when the fork is put onto the dirty table previously wiped by that grey cloth, ubiquitous in all chain restaurants and diners?

Dec 13, 2014
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can one argue that lutefisk and gefiltre fish are similarly controversial??

as I said above, I wouldn't use olive oil for frying, we all use corn oil.

Dec 11, 2014
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Coffee Before Your Meal - Love it !

At stop lights it's easy to grab a thermos of coffee and slurp.

I do have to confess to managing to reach down, grabbing a paper take out cup of iced coffee, sipping from the straw and returning cup to the cup holder which is located by my left thigh, all while doing 80mph on the Fl Turnpike.

Dec 10, 2014
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can one argue that lutefisk and gefiltre fish are similarly controversial??

I'm a British Jew and don't know a thing about lutefisk but I do know about fried gefilte fish which is how we prepare it in the UK.

http://forward.com/articles/103824/a-...

While I wouldn't use olive oil to fry the balls, corn oil is fine, (and I'd make them smaller than a lemon), fried gefilte fish either hot or cold is delicious with red horseradish (chreyne).

Dec 10, 2014
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Favorite Christmas Food Traditions

Mince pies
Christmas pud, set on fire with brandy, served with brandy butter. Somebody gets the coin in the pudding and gets to make a wish.

Coffee Before Your Meal - Love it !

I drink coffee with all meals, I've left restaurants that don't serve coffee - actually I got back on my motorcycle a few weeks ago and rode to a gas station and brought a cup of coffee back with me to the BBQ place. Both my motorcycles have cup holders for coffee.

I had a mild heart attack last week, my first question to the Cardiologist yesterday, at my one week follow up, was can I still drink 4-6 cups of strong coffee a day. Phew he said yes.

Dec 09, 2014
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DIY Pill Pockets for Dogs

I have noticed that the doggies get clever if some of the taste of an uncoated pill gets transferred onto whatever yummy substance you are using as a decoy.
Try not to roll too much pill on the decoy :)

Dec 09, 2014
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What makes a Diner special?

I put an exclamation point after 1937 - I thought it would be pretty clear I wasn't being totally serious. Sorry for the confusion. Although at some diners the waitstaff may well have been working there for almost that long!

Dec 08, 2014
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Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

Thanks Harters. Also in Europe, they change your cutlery in most restaurants depending on what you order. If steak is your main course you will get a steak knife prior to it arriving, if you're having fish there will be a fish knife AND fork.

Your side plate will have a butter knife already on it at the place setting, which is smaller than your entree knife. Europeans also don't eat salad as an appetizer course as in the USA, if you order one it comes with your main course/entree. Most appetizers arrive with the appropriate cutlery.

These observations are usual in almost every restaurant except perhaps a greasy spoon cafe.

I'm thinking, therefore, that the cutlery issue is a non issue in Europe. I was surprised to find, when I moved to America, that there was no butter knife and that we were expected to re-use the cutlery. I personally ask for a new set for each course.

Dec 08, 2014
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La Ferme- best new restaurant in Boca, hands down!!

I would agree that Dada has gone downhill except for the Mojitos.

Sounds like La Ferme is worth a try, no clue where it is but Google is my friend.

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

I think it's ultra tacky for silverware to be re-used and I've never seen it done anywhere else in the world but the USA. (I'm ducking cos I think I'll get stuff thrown at me lol).

I don't like used silverware put on the tablecloth for a couple reasons; the cloth can get messy, and I never thing plastic cloths or bare tables are cleaned properly anyhow so I don't really want my mucky knife and fork to pick up whatever's on the table.

I always put my silverware on my plate and if the server takes it off, I'll put it back on and ask for clean cutlery.

Dec 07, 2014
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Palm Beach County openings 2014

Maybe we should start a 2015 thread ....
The site of Gol! on E Atlantic is being worked on, turns out that Cafe Martier is expanding into that large space.

What makes a Diner special?

I love diners, I love that even with a group of 20 people there's always something to please everyone, that you can sit together with a few eating breakfast, some eating dinner, some just having coffee and dessert and some having salads. Excessive numbers of plates and dishes over the table means that you share toast and fries or fruit garnish with your friends.

I love the ancient servers who have been at the diner since they opened in 1937 (!), who look as if their arthritis is so severe you feel bad asking for a coffee refill or a side of butter or extra napkins because they've got to shuffle all the way to the server's station and then shuffle back, only to be asked for more items when they get back.

Dec 05, 2014
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DIY Pill Pockets for Dogs

Or American cheese squashed around the pill, this and cheap thin sliced turkey, both work great.

Dec 04, 2014
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Is it rude to criticize meal value when someone else is paying?

I think the only time it would be acceptable to comment is with really close family, so if my mom was paying and my meal wasn't good value I know I could say something and she wouldn't be offended.

Otherwise a guest should never comment or criticize, even if asked.

Rule #1...always...

If the glass hadn't fallen behind my own tires I would have probably just kicked it away but there was splintered glass everywhere and I didn't want to risk a flat tire. Trust me my first thought was I can just leave it (right after all the swearing).

Nov 25, 2014
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Rule #1...always...

A bottle of wine rolled out of my Publix bag in the Home Depot parking lot when I opened the tailgate to put some plants in the trunk. Right behind my own car a whole mess of glass. I had to go back into HD and ask for a broom and pan so I could sweep it up.

Nov 25, 2014
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Food "Practical Jokes" / violations

My 15 year old cousin from Atlanta put hot mustard on a slice of bread and told my 8 year old cousin, visiting from London, it was peanut butter.

About 8 years later when my American cousin was visiting London my younger cousin got him back. He made him a sandwich with thick Marmite and told him it was a dark Nutella.

This story is still told gleefully by both cousins even though it's been about 40 years.

Nov 25, 2014
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