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When a food is good it's good......when it's bad it's eeeehhhhhhh

All the simple things not just pasta but bread should be good. I don't want to order a sub and the bread sucks (as in Subway - bleh). Pizza too should not taste like it was once frozen. Mashed potatoes/home fries should not be reheated, eggs should be just right.

about 21 hours ago
smartie in General Topics

What happened?

I occasionally pop into this board but the split spoiled the fun of the Florida board. I barely post on the Miami/Ft Laud one much these days as it has also lost it's sparkle.
We used to have pretty frequent chowdowns but since the split those have gone by the wayside.

The split makes no sense to me, here in Delray we are geographically not in Miami or Ft Lauderdale but that's where we're supposed to post, but I go out on my motorcycle every weekend to eat breakfast or lunch and the places I visit would have to be reported in the Florida board, because we mainly go an hour north or onto the Keys. It's just too confusing so I've given up trying.

Where to get the cheapest red meat?

Publix near me sells chicken hearts and gizzards (separately) for around $1 and change per pound. Sometimes chicken livers are on sale too. I've used all the above for dog food when my dogs were near to the end or very sick.

Feb 26, 2015
smartie in General Topics

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Subway is disgusting, the bread smell makes me feel sick.

I had Arby's once, took a bite of the processed paper they call roast beef and threw it in the trash.

Feb 25, 2015
smartie in Features

Sapphire Indian Cuisine, Boca Raton

There is a big British Ex-Pat population in S Florida who are happy to support a good Indian restaurant.

Sapphire Indian Cuisine, Boca Raton

Good to know. I'm British and so of course it's our national food. I will definitely give the place a try. The Punjab sucks more than is possible, even after it's rebuild. It looks pretty but the food was worse than second rate.

In Lake Worth is Flavor of India on Dixie. I think it's pretty similar to a British curry house so I liked it.

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

In our family it's 'kneynahorra' and 'puh puh puh'. :)

Feb 22, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

The lies chefs tell

many places in S Florida have catch of the day as a sandwich or fried fish. I experience it fairly frequently hearing the server tell you it's just a white flaky fish. I say meaning what and they squirm and finally say swai or escolar. I've also heard 'grouper like'.

Palm Beach County openings 2015

Zinburger to open at Boca Town Center. Seems like burger bars are very trendy these days.

The lies chefs tell

When asking what the fish of the day is I've noticed many servers are saying 'it's a white flaky fish like cod'. You have to keep pushing before they eventually say swai. I've also heard white tuna or a grouper type fish. It's misleading at best and downright lying at worst.

I also dislike seeing the description of fresh vegetables in a curry or a Thai dish and then finding frozen peas in my food. I love frozen peas but only when I'm expecting them.

Feb 17, 2015
smartie in General Topics
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Breakfast Potatoes: Home Fries versus Hash Browns | Epicurious.com

In diners that have both hash browns and home fries I always order homefries (well done) because I also don't like those frozen slabs of raw grated potato which they normally serve up.

Feb 16, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Are you a food hoarder ?

Now that I'm in Florida I plan my fridge, freezer and pantry for hurricanes. I start to run the freezer down by June and increase the dried goods in the pantry. In November I switch that around. So I'm getting better and try to stop having 4 opened bags of peas stuffed in the back of the freezer type behavior.

I make bang bang chicken about twice a year. Place chicken in roasting dish, pull out all half and almost used jars from the pantry and fridge (anything will do - salad dressings, jams, marinades, pestos, things that were not popular), turn them upside down over the chicken and bang the cr*p out of them. Roast the chicken for a couple hours as usual. This is best done the night before recycling day and you have the added satisfaction of getting rid of all those bottles and jars in less than 24 hours.

Feb 16, 2015
smartie in General Topics

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

OP please promise to come back and tell us in detail what you said, who said no and showed up anyway, who said yes and didn't show, who wouldn't commit .... you know just don't leave us hanging :)

Feb 15, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

Ugh people have so few manners. I remember at my wedding almost 30 years ago, all my side RSVP'd but quite a few of my future mother-in-law's friends didn't bother. I had to call them 3 weeks before for catering numbers and so that my mum and I could do the table plan.

I still remember one couple who dithered when I called them (I had never met them) and finally said no, then they showed up with their aging mother, stood around while we found space for 3 guests at a table, and left before food was served saying mother couldn't manage to be out any longer. My mother was spitting tacks by then.

So you will have to call them and ask directly if they're coming because it's a catered party.

Feb 14, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

What's your favorite cake?

A Victoria sponge cake with homemade strawberry jam. Fresh from the oven about an hour after it cooled.

Feb 13, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Madrid - a first timer's experience

I have been to Spain many times, they definitely eat later than Americans and even other Europeans so we always found ourselves starving hungry by 8pm and nowhere open yet. Also. many restaurants close at about 2pm so beware going for a late lunch or you'll be disappointed. Bakeries/grocieries also shut for the afternoon siesta. If you get hungry in the afternoon be sure to stock up on snacks.

They do eat a lot of ham and pork, not good for those who don't eat it and the menu won't list it so beware and say 'sin jamon' if you want your omelet or sandwich without it.

Feb 10, 2015
smartie in Spain/Portugal

I eat it my way

I'm another burnt toast lover, and crispy toppings to mac n cheese, shepherd's pie.
I like Frosted Flakes or Cornflakes with hot milk so that they go all soggy.

Feb 05, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Cafe Martier in Delray

This once tiny cafe with 2 tables outside and which grew to 10 tables outside has now taken over the old Gol! premises and is huge. I had a look in on Sunday and it's beautiful inside, a big juice bar, a wine bar and an expanded cafe style menu, more tables in the front courtyard as well as couches and tables inside.

I wish them success and hope the expansion wasn't too much for this friendly cafe with great coffee and French style croissants. It was packed on Sunday so hopefully others think the same about it.

Delray Beach and area restaurants

I like Cabana Del Ray or is it El Ray. Bamboo Fire is delicious and different. Don't forget ice cream at Kilwins. Cafe Martier has just opened in larger premises and is great for lunch.

Lurpak Butter

Try The Boys or Joseph's Market.

Do you make dining decisions based on coupons or discounts?

Absolutely. We'll look in the coupon books and choose a restaurant because there's a twofer coupon. Our local pizza place always has coupons, I guess it keeps the locals loyal to it because everybody goes with a coupon. A waiter there once told me it's unusual not to be presented with one.

Feb 05, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

I have never been to my coworkers' homes so I don't see it's any different. We're still eating other people's food. It really doesn't bother me. I've cooked in restaurants and been a server - standards are not always that great. But we're alive and yes food poisoning happens, but whether that is more likely to occur in a home kitchen, a cruise ship, hotel or restaurant kitchen I don't know.

Feb 02, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

Is it okay to...

Gauche - this is along the lines of bringing your own herbal tea bag and asking for hot water. It's just one meal, there's nothing wrong with water.

Feb 02, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

It wouldn't bother me, if my neighbor brings a cake would I throw it out? If another brings me a pot of jam why wouldn't I eat it? We bring home cooked food to work and our coworkers taste it and we share - well we do where I work.

I personally wouldn't use a service like this but I can see how people with few cooking skills and not much time might.

Feb 02, 2015
smartie in Not About Food
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Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

Tea needs boiling water, a microwave's hot water just doesn't cut it.

Jan 31, 2015
smartie in General Topics
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Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

Walmart and Sears sell kettles, about $30. Funny how one of the most popular electric gadgets in the UK is a rarity in the US. Then you can provide tea bags and even instant coffee (did I really suggest instant coffee???).

Jan 30, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Boynton beach west anything good

We've been asking CH since they split Florida into 2 boards, but they won't budge. We've tried explaining that those of us in Palm Beach Co barely ever drive the hour south to Miami and that Miami/Ft Laud is reasonably fine as a board but PBC should not be part of that.
It would also make sense really to rejoin the 2 boards anyway. Florida is a tourist destination and if you don't know it you wouldn't know which board to post in, and you will likely be touring so you'd need to post in both boards to ask questions.

Jan 30, 2015
smartie in Florida
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Boynton beach west anything good

Ain't that the truth herb flyer, but Chowhound doesn't agree with you or us.

Jan 29, 2015
smartie in Florida

Would like your opinion on what coffee supplies to provide for a nicer end vacation rental

I have both a Nespresso machine and a French Press.
Cons of the French Press (for a renter) is that the glass can crack quite easily but I have seen plastic ones around. Also the grounds are a little annoying to dispose of because the renter will have to swish out the grounds and put them somewhere.

Nespresso pods are expensive - around 70c each and as far as I know you have to use their own brand. you can order them online at Nespresso.com and I've seen the pods cheaper on Ebay. Nespresso pods are not interchangeable with Keurig which I find too weak anyway.

Why not continue with the drip coffee maker rather than spend on an espresso machine? At least everybody knows how to use them.

Jan 29, 2015
smartie in General Topics

All You Can Eat Lionfish, an over population solution

It seems as though they are on the Kosher fish list so I would definitely try it if I saw it on a menu here in Florida.

Jan 28, 2015
smartie in Food Media & News