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Flavor of India Lake Worth

Drove past this yesterday and tried the Flavor of India on Dixie in Lake Worth. It's about half a mile N of !0th on the E side.
Food was delicious and even by British standards was pretty much what you'd get in any British high street Indian restaurant. Except the rice which was plain and overcooked.
We had lamb Passanda, Chicken Tikka Massala, a veggie curry (average) and Mutter Paneer, and a sweet naan.
The place could do with more customers so I hope it makes it, apparently they opened in November. About $50 for 2 and we ordered too much and had a huge doggy bag to bring home.

Apr 10, 2014
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Passion Fruit Juice

A vine in my neighborhood fruited for 4 months from November thru February. This vine was 50 ft high producing yellow passion fruits that fell to the ground in massive quantities and rolling onto the road. I must have eaten 6 a day for weeks and weeks. Fortunately for me, only one other neighbor liked them, the house owners were sick of them and told me to take what I wanted. Heavenly.

I have the purple variety just flowering now, if we don't get heavy winds before May/June I should have a good crop of my own.

Apr 09, 2014
smartie in General Topics

kitchen OWIES!?!

nor do wet oven gloves!

Apr 08, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

kitchen OWIES!?!

Years back I worked in a bakery 4am till noon shift. We girls had the light things to make such as quiches, cookies, muffins etc. It was a hot kitchen and in the days before Health and Safety we wore sleeveless dresses with aprons.
Anyway I was waiting for muffins to come out of the oven and the head baker asked me to take out the dozen loaves that were ready in the slide in oven which was about my shoulder height.

I used the oven mitts, grabbed the hot tray with the bread in the loaf tins and started to slide the tray out. All the loaf tins slid towards me and one slid right into the inside top of my right arm. I'm screaming like a banshee until 2 bakers came to my rescue and took the tray.
I never did go to the ER being a tough girlie, but I still have a nice burn scar some 35 years later.

Apr 08, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

Food names for pets

One of my dogs is named Smartie - my daughter named her after the English chocolates Smarties (similar to M and Ms) and which I use as my CH name.

Apr 07, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

Tomatoes 2014

I bought my tomato plants in Home Depot, no clue what types, bought a bag of potting soil, slit the bag and planted the 4 plants. I staked them through the bag for drainage and I've had non stop tomatoes for the last 8 weeks (South Fl).
We've had a perfect winter for home grown tomatoes and my plants look very healthy, so I'm hoping they'll keep going till June when it gets too hot and humid.

Apr 07, 2014
smartie in Gardening

kitchen OWIES!?!

I've been saying yikes and ugh and OMG to a few of these stories.
I've burnt myself numerous times of course, using a wet cloth as a pot holder is a bad idea, tops of hands hitting the inside of the oven, but one of my worst was when I made coffee in a French Press. As I was holding the handle with my left hand to steady the Press, I pushed down with my right hand and I guess it hit an air pocket. A huge whoosh of hot coffee and hot grounds spouted like volcanic lava onto my left hand.
I spent the night sleeping with my hand in iced water by the side of the bed and the blister that came up the next day was over the whole of the back of my hand.

Mar 31, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

Boca area Steakhouses: Chops/Cut432/Abe & Louie's/New York Prime?

Cut is nothing special. NY Prime is way way way way too noisy, I can't stand the place and parking is valet only. Chops is the best by far but in my opinion, Ruth's Chris is pretty damn good.
Abe and Louis is terrific and Capital Grille is not bad.

Mar 29, 2014
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Lime shortage, who knew?

nothing producing on my key lime this year either, no flowers :(

Mar 27, 2014
smartie in General Topics

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

As in 'are we still working on that?' Grrrrr I don't remember sharing my meal with the waitron.

Now I've just opened another can of worms, what should we call the waitresses and waiters? I personally hate the word server.

Mar 26, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

If you want good produce in S Fl I suggest you grow it yourself if you have space in your yard. I put in 4 tomato plants in January by buying a bag of organic soil, making a slit, planting the 4 plants from Home Depot, staking them and whoo hoo I have had pounds of tomatoes already. Next year I plan to grow peppers and zucchini the same way.

I have also planted a key lime tree, a loquat tree, passion fruit and bananas plus I have a lemon tree. My neighborhood is full of mangoes in summer, oranges and mandarins through winter and one neighbor had so much passion fruit all through fall and winter I was eating 4-5 a day. My easement has an avocado tree that nobody else wanted to pick from. I barely ever buy fruit.

Mar 24, 2014
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Hands down Way Beyond Bagels on Jog is the best bagel store in Delray. Between Linton and Clint Moore on the E side. Under new management/ownership.
Cafe Martier on E Atlantic is a great little cafe for any time of day.
The Boys on Military is a hoot but great produce and cooked and fresh foods. Watch your ankles for rudely rampart carts being pushed by impatient customers.
Trader Joes will be opening on US 1 and 8th St one block south of Camino soon.

Mar 24, 2014
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

What is American cuisine?

I've got to agree with Steve - American food is meat centered with cheese on top, or fried, or with added sugar. American food is overly sweet with lots of syrupy cinnamon, heavy cakey donuts and pastries, syrupy coffee or chocolate milkshakes and variations on cappucino. It is large portions and overstuffed sandwiches. There is dairy produce in a lot of American food or added in the form of whipped cream or ice cream, or cheese.
I'm not saying that living in the US we can't get beautiful fresh produce and proteins because of course we can but to me, as a Brit living here, I see more of the former.

Mar 23, 2014
smartie in General Topics
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How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

yep and it seems the majority have to kowtow to the minority these days.

Mar 17, 2014
smartie in Not About Food
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Buying local produce, other than at farmers markets...

I'm also disappointed by the produce selection in S Fl, expensive and boring. I'm lucky to live in an old Florida neighborhood where I can pick, mangos, avocados, bananas, passion fruit (daily for 4 months), loquats, mandarin oranges, lemons, oranges, and a cross between a grapefruit and lemon (not sure what it is). I'm also growing tomatoes. (The loquats, bananas and lemons are also my own). Can't remember the last time I bought much fruit as I carry plastic bags with me and help myself in the easements on my morning doggie walk. If you have space plant some fruit and vegetables?

Joseph's in Boca Town Center carry local produce and probably the best selection is there, I have found rhubarb there, but the Boys also has good stuff.

Mar 17, 2014
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

I went into a supermarket today and a woman came in about the same time as me and put her little white dog into the kiddie part of the cart. I asked one of the managers what that was all about and he said it's illegal for them to challenge the shopper.
A little googling had me find that that is not quite true. They can ask what the dog is trained to do as part of being a service dog. An emotional support dog or pet is not allowed in a food establishment. He said they turn a blind eye to it because so many regulars bring their dogs into the store that they have given up asking the correct legal question.

I was surprised by this as it seems strange to have the dog in the cart not on the floor on a leash walking like dogs can and should. I am a dog lover, got 2 of my own dogs which are pets so I am not hating on dogs. But I don't want dogs in the carts in a food store. Maybe it's silly of me, guessing kids' diapers/butts are no cleaner and they get put into the carts too. Perhaps I should just wipe the cart down next time and get a life. What do you other CHers think?

Mar 17, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

returning food to supermarket?

I might return something that had gone off when I got it home but only if it wasn't out of my way to return it. I once took back some Kelloggs cereal that was full of weevils the day after I bought it.

I would never return a product just because I didn't like it. I just wouldn't buy it again. I don't see how it's the store's fault that I didn't like a product.

Mar 12, 2014
smartie in Not About Food
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Another splitting the bill question

As soon as you share dishes you muddle the billing. If you don't want to share a check then only order for yourself and ask for separate checks. The only other thing that could have been done was to ask the server for a separate check for the liquor and let those that drank figure that part out for themselves.

Mar 12, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

18% Gratuity Included...Wha???

Europeans are not horrible tippers except when visiting the US. In other parts of the world servers are frequently paid more than $4 something an hour and are not expected to make up their earnings with ridiculous 20% tips from the diner. In most of Europe you just leave a few coins, and in the UK it's 10-12%. The culture is different and they don't know when they visit the US that they're expected to up the menu price by not only state tax but also by 18-20%.

Mar 11, 2014
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

question for european visitors... what surprised you the most about american restaurant culture

cheese (lots of varieties never presliced), egg, tuna, sardines, canned salmon, shrimp, marmite (at home or Bovril spread), jam (also at home), smoked salmon, cream cheese,

Mar 11, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

question for european visitors... what surprised you the most about american restaurant culture

I'm a Brit living in Florida, here's what I've noticed...

American servers are much more chummy and often over bearing. I think they return to the table way, way too often. sometimes it sounds as if there phrases are very scripted and there is the annoying 'are you still working on that?' and 'you guys'.

Plates are removed as soon as one diner is done. This is never seen in Europe where tables are cleared after the last diner is finished eating. I find this a bit rude and it does make me feel that the meal is rushed. Actually meals are rather rushed in the US with the check being put on the table as soon as your entrees are finished.

I dislike having to re-use my silverware after salad.

I don't like being asked what I'd like to drink a split second after sitting down. I don't have a favorite drink so I don't know until I've looked at the menu.

Agree with others that US coffee is pretty dire.

Americans eat earlier than Europeans.

Whipped butter is icky, cold butter is not a good idea.

In Europe salad comes with a meal if you order a side salad. It is not a course.

Americans eat massive amounts of cheese and chicken. It's much rarer in Europe to see those ingredients in a salad. Pasta with chicken is something I'd never heard of before. Actually I think Americans eat more meat than Europeans - I find it hard to get a sandwich without meat in the US and servers are surprised if I request one.

Doggie bags - not done in Europe. Most restaurants wouldn't have the containers to put your leftovers in and it's not done to walk down the street with bags of leftovers.

Obviously portions are bigger in the US.

Great topic, I've enjoyed reading the replies.

Mar 05, 2014
smartie in Not About Food
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Breakfast in Boca Raton

Oops don't know if you are still here but here's some.

Tom Sawyer on Boca Raton Blvd just north of Glades.

Ellies Diner in Delray, Federal Hwy about 2 miles north of Atlantic Ave.

How far are you willing to drive? The Tiki Hut in Riviera Beach and the Sailfish Marina, both with great Sunday brunch buffets.

Cafe Martier on Atlantic Ave in Delray.

Jan 04, 2014
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best new in Delray Beach

No food at Saltwater Brewery? That's a shame, we were hoping for a local place to eat that was not downtown.

Dec 23, 2013
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Delray Beach - Coming Soon, New Openings This Fall!

home of the most expensive guacamole.

Nov 21, 2013
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Delray Beach with an infant?

Don't see why anywhere should be a problem along Atlantic Ave as everything is on the first floor. Right across from the hotel are Bostons, Luna Rosa and Burger-Fi.
Walking west on Atlantic you have a little pizza take out place, Baskin Robbins, then across the bridge onto the main part of Atlantic are plenty of cafes and restaurants. The Blue Anchor Pub is an easy walk and very casual, Cafe Martier is nice, there are Italian, steak, seafood restaurants a plenty.

Nov 16, 2013
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Delray Beach New/Coming Soon

Taverna Opa going to open on Atlantic

Oct 04, 2013
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Delray Beach New/Coming Soon

ugh, shame cos we loved sitting at that corner watching cars turn right onto the one way street the wrong way. Rotelli food was nothing special but I don't eat mussels.

Sep 29, 2013
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

It's nothing to be ashamed of but.......

I have eaten Ovaltine dry right out of the cannister.
My mum and I used to eat raw rhubarb dipped in caster sugar (washed so that the sugar sticks to it).

Sep 25, 2013
smartie in Not About Food

Delray Beach New/Coming Soon

so Rotelli's on the corner of E Atlantic has gone bye bye. Something opening soon with the name Mussels in it but I drove by without getting a good look.

Sep 25, 2013
smartie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Chopped: irritating aspects of

I watched a recent of episode of Chopped today from last week I think, the first one I've seen in about 6 months. I was amazed how heavy the judges have become. Chris Santos and Scott Conant both look as though they've gained 75lbs in a few months.

Sep 21, 2013
smartie in Food Media & News