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America’s Most Obese States Tend to Have One Thing in Common

I wish we could go back to cooking lessons in school with nutrition on the agenda. I think we are raising generations who have no idea how to cook and know only how to put ready made, overly salted and fatty TV dinners into the oven or microwave.
These same kids also need proper Phys Ed at school, not just for one semester but every semester, and a 20 minute morning break where they go out and run around with no access to snacks. When I was at school we were allowed to bring an apple for morning break and NOTHING else. Kids need to walk more and stopped being nannied by being picked up by doting parents, or go ride bicycles rather than sit at their computers.

Us oldies also need to cook from fresh and move our lazy selves more often too. I'll include myself in the moving around more often camp.We need to park further away and get out of our cars.

I do think fast foods and going to restaurants has contributed. Going out was a rarity when I was a kid in the 60s and 70s, now it seems to be the norm for many even if it's a drive through.

about 2 hours ago
smartie in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Are we allowed to comment on what on earth was Giada wearing? Just so not right for hosting a TV show.

about 3 hours ago
smartie in Food Media & News

Best foods versus Heinz mayonnaise

I brought Dukes mayo into work for myself but everybody has used it. Now they all buy Dukes for their own kitchens.

Jun 29, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015

Meh/Nay to Breaded Cod Fillets. No taste or flavor to them, slightly soggy if cooked to their instructions, overbaked if you give them another 5 minutes. Too big for finger food.

Jun 25, 2015
smartie in Chains

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

I love the smell of yeast and baking breads but some Subways have a wet smelly socks smell to me. I also have to hold my breath walking past some not all Subways.

Jun 24, 2015
smartie in Chains

big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

My brother once said, after a girlfriend finished their relationship, 'there's plenty more fish in the sea but there's too much cod and not enough salmon'.

Jun 22, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

I've finally watched all the episodes to date and agree with pretty much everything said here. Alex touching his hair is gross, "I'm a mom" is annoying, the Italian shtick and the Southern African is annoying. Why do they have to have a shtick to hang onto at the start? I'd love to see a natural evolution into the food they will eventually cook and present I feel it's too early to be pushing them in one direction.

I still enjoy the show as I do with Masterchef, Hell's Kitchen and Food Truck so I'll watch them anyway for entertainment.

Jun 22, 2015
smartie in Food Media & News

current restaurant pet peeve

Oh yes and the condiment holder that they put the bottles in. Yesterday at a diner I picked up the condiment holder to pass to a friend and it was gross and greasy. Ditto for the sugar packet holders. Have you ever emptied one out and seen the dirt at the bottom?

Jun 22, 2015
smartie in General Topics

big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

As hurricane season approaches here I start to empty my freezer of meats mainly, and other expensive items and replace with ice. There are always containers and bags of 'what on earth was that?' and I try to defrost and get through those fairly regularly.

Jun 21, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Seems like I am always buying ______________ when I grocery shop

shame you don't live in South Fl, it's mango season and my neighborhood is loaded with free mangoes.

yoghurt
ground turkey and ground lamb
mushrooms
red peppers
half and half
eggs

Jun 21, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Thieving Birds....

I watched a mockingbird chase a squirrel off the avocado tree in the easement today. It attacked it all the way along the power line also! Go mockingbird.

Jun 20, 2015
smartie in Gardening
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Palm Beach County openings 2015

A mixed review for Zinburger. It seems like the place is very disorganized, service was all over the place with people being brought the wrong foods and all at the same time despite some food being appetizers. The shakes are great. The burger I had (Zinberger) was meh and tasteless and really needed seasoning. The bun was too big for the burger and the manchego cheese tasteless. Fries are soggy and cost extra so expect to pay about $17 for a burger and fries!!! More if you have the Kobi burger. Burgers are accompanied by 3 slices of pickles.
Parking sucks right now because of the construction at Town Center Mall. I would not choose to go back there, 5 Guys burgers taste better and are a lot cheaper. One coworker said her strawberry lemonade was tasteless, most of my coworkers did not finish their burgers because they were not so good.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015

Meh to High Fiber Cereal. It looks like All Bran but tastes like slightly sweet sawdust and goes soggy in milk too fast. It's not horrible enough for a Nay so it gets a Meh.

Jun 19, 2015
smartie in Chains

current restaurant pet peeve

I live in S Florida and there are plenty great places. Of course there are plenty crappy or average places too and the usual chains. But to say there's nowhere worth going to is pretty odd but what do I know?

Jun 19, 2015
smartie in General Topics
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current restaurant pet peeve

Along with asking what you'd like to drink before you've finished sitting down.

I dislike getting the check right away, never seen it before in Europe, I'd like to drink a coffee before leaving but it seems an awful shame to have the server change the check so I don't bother to ask. Aren't they losing out on dessert and coffee add ons?

current restaurant pet peeve

yep and those awful salad greens which are tough and rough on your tongue and the pieces are too large to put in your mouth.

Jun 17, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Habit Burger coming to Florida

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015

YAY that the canned mandarin oranges are from Spain and not China like Del Monte and others. I don't like to knowingly purchase food from China. I haven't tried them yet but can't see how they could not taste like canned mandarins.

Jun 15, 2015
smartie in Chains

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

It's nasty bread and overpriced. I refuse to eat another Subway and haven't for 5+ years.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015

meh to cheese sticks. They have the crunch right but they don't taste cheesey.

Jun 15, 2015
smartie in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015

they are out of it at my TJ's in Delray Beach Fl and it will not be back until the first week of July.

Jun 15, 2015
smartie in Chains

Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach- 1 week vacation

Bamboo Fire is a great choice.
I love Cafe Martier for breakfast, lunch and light dinners, their new space is super nice.
Happy hour at Vic and Angelo's on the tracks - good value half price drinks and apps and you can fill up easily before 7pm.

I have not been to Luna Rosa in ages, but it's a great view for breakfast, ditto Bostons and the Sandbar.
There are diners around such as Ellie's 50s diner/Twojays/Poppies/3Gs, Banana Boat also does breakfasts and lunch for water views along with the 2 Georges. Also worth checking out is Bennys on the Beach and Dune Deck for breakfasts with a beach view, Mulligans in Lake Worth.

What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

It went in the trash, we all lost our appetites.

Jun 13, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015

I'm giving a meh to the Southwestern salad. Underwhelming dressing, I think McDonalds do it better.

Jun 12, 2015
smartie in Chains

Cooking and being friendly to planet earth

I try to load my shopping into fewer plastic bags at the supermarket. I can't abide one or 2 items a bag that the bagger will do for me, so I usually repack it all and hand back about 6 bags. I don't bag up bananas or one turnip or 2 grapefruit like some shoppers do.

I try not to buy too much in overpackaged boxes etc, but if I do I will break them down at home and recycle as much as I can. I rarely buy things in plastic bottles and prefer glass.

I try to make soups rather than waste food, or cook it up or serve leftovers to the dogs if it's dog edible.
I never use plastic wrap, I haven't bought it for the last 20 years. I occasionally use foil, or put a plate over a bowl to go into the fridge, tupperware lasts for years so I'll use that too, and I save cottage cheese and sour cream containers to use as tupperware.

It's great to see we all do what we can.

Jun 12, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015

Nay for the tartar sauce with jalapenos, nasty stuff which smells gross too.
Yay for Spanakopitas, not much filling but tasty.
Meh for Lemon Zinger cake, too doughy and a little dry. Flavor was there but I can bake better.

Jun 12, 2015
smartie in Chains

The restaurant salad

Having had an awful salad in an upscale restaurant last night I've got to rant on the decline of the restaurant salad. It seems to be they are all using the same brand of bagged mixed leaves. I am so sick of these tough, tasteless, rough or soggy on your tongue, pieces too large to eat with a fork, salads. You know the kitchen/chef has been too lazy to cut lettuces so they just open a bag, throw a few cherry tomatoes in and dress it. If you're lucky you'll get a slice of cucumber and a toasted pumpkin seed somewhere in the bowl and maybe a lump of feta or blue cheese and voila!

I swear the salad last night in a $75 a head place was the same as a $8 salad I had at IHOP last week (don't ask I was with a group on our motorcycles and we were in rural GA and that's where the leader stopped for an icky lunch).

I get why an IHOP or Dennys or Applebees might use bagged salads but expensive restaurants can and should do better. But even so, these mixed leaf salads are awful.

Jun 12, 2015
smartie in General Topics
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Afternoon Tea in Miami. :),

I found this in Davie (W and a bit N of Miami) http://www.letshavetearoom.com/

What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

I made a damn good lasagne, we ate about half of it and I left it on the kitchen counter for an hour or so to cool down. I covered it with foil and popped it in the fridge.

Next evening my daughter took it out of the fridge and called me to look at some odd thing on the lasagne. Seems a lizard had made it's way into it the night before and had died a chilly death trapped between foil and lasagne. Lasagne is now known as Lizard Lasagne in our house. BTW lizards do occasionally make their way into Florida houses and frequently end up dead trapped indoors unless we can catch them and put them out.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015

and it's one of the easiest things to make. Graham cracker crust (store bought if you're so inclined), 4 eggs separated, one can of condensed milk, beat yoiks and milk with an electric mixer for a couple minutes, add key lime juice (about a cup), beat again, pour into crust, bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Chill and serve. Adjust lime juice if you like it sweeter or more sour, you can also grate in some lime zest.

Jun 10, 2015
smartie in Chains
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