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English chocolate imports

I always bring back chocolate from England, and every time I get stopped at US Customs and asked why I have it. I always say Hershey's is disgusting!!

I better bring an empty suitcase on my next visit this year and make sure I have a year's worth of Flakes and Twirls.

about 7 hours ago
smartie in Food Media & News
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English chocolate imports

None of these are made by Cadbury's - you have Nestle's and Mars there.

about 10 hours ago
smartie in Food Media & News

English chocolate imports

According to a few online sources, which may or may not be accurate, there are about 700,000 of us Brits living in the US. Plus there will be South Africans, Australians, New Zealanders, West Indians and others from the Empire, many of whom are likely to want some British chocolate at least a couple times a year! So if we round up these numbers to a couple million expats that's quite a lot of chocolate. (I don't know if Canada sells British Cadbury's or American but if so that would likely increase the numbers).

Here in South Florida where there is a pretty big ex pat population many of the Publix stores in Palm Beach County have a British section (with a chocolate selection). I've talked to Americans standing at the British section and have heard them tell me they love our chocolate.

So maybe Hersheys is under some threat from British Cadbury's, I'm guessing it puts a dent in their sales. I still think it's crazy that they have enough power to stop the imports. Does this ban also include other makes of British chocolate?

about 10 hours ago
smartie in Food Media & News

English chocolate imports

Noooooooooo. I get my fix of Cadbury's about once a month when I treat myself to a Flake from Publix's British section. I feel sorry for the little Brit stores that sell lots of chocolate.

Guess I'll have to buy lots of it on my annual visit home but when I have bags of Flakes and Twirls I eat them too fast!

Hershey's chocolate is truly disgusting and the 'Cadbury' they make is fake. How can they have such power to ban the real thing?

Candied peel for Eccles cakes

found some for sale on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&..., I think I saw it for sale in Publix in S Florida last week. I'd bet it's not that hard to make and there are plenty of recipes online.

Jan 23, 2015
smartie in General Topics
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Lemon thief

We have easements all around my neighborhood and there are a lot of fruit trees that hang over into the easements and even in the easements. I am lucky that there is an abundance of fruit here, currently free passion fruits, oranges and avocados, soon mangoes, more avocados, bananas, papaya, and more passion fruit. My own key lime is a good producer, so is my loquat but I would be annoyed if somebody came into my yard and took them.

Jan 21, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

No they really don't have pasta any longer, not for about a year. There are others reviewing the place online that are also surprised that there is no pasta. As I said the waitress told me 'you'd think we'd have pasta with our name but we don't'.

Jan 21, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

that's funny monavano, I guess the website is also too expensive to change!

Jan 20, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

Restaurant Name Has Nothing to do With The Food Served

Just a regular night in S Florida and the power went out about 5pm. About an hour and a half later still no power I figure I'd take myself out for dinner as it's not much fun sitting in the dark.

I take a drive through Delray Beach to Boca and I spot a restaurant in a strip mall that I've never noticed before, called Pasta Fever. I was really in the mood for pasta so this was perfect. It was small, I was seated quickly, was given a basket of warm bread and tapenade, some iced water and the menu.

I looked at both sides of the menu and couldn't see any pasta. The waitress came over to take my order and I asked if I was missing a menu because there was no pasta to be seen. She says, 'you'd think there would be pasta here with a name like Pasta Fever but we don't have any'. Umm ok .......... She gave me an explanation that the chef/owner removed pasta off the menu about a year ago but it was too expensive to change the name of the place.
I didn't stay because I wasn't in the mood for a $30 3 course set menu. It's certainly odd to name a place and not have what you'd expect it to have.

Jan 20, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

The Word-Snobs can bite me!!!!

No this is not rhyming slang. There are plenty of Cockney Rhyming slang websites but a couple food related ones ....

use your loaf - this means use your head, because head rhymes with (loaf of) bread, but then you shorten it to loaf.

going up the apples - this means going up the stairs, (apples and) pears rhyme with stairs but again it's shortened to apples.

I'm a Londoner, though not a Cockney (I was not born within the sound of Bow bells) but I was raised knowing most of the rhyming slang as many Londoners do. It's certainly more well known these days across the UK due to being heard on TV more frequently.

Jan 19, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

Favorite "Seasoning Salt"? Is This Regional?

I've looked around the internet for salt mixes from Italy, that's the sort of mix I've been using but the pepper was ground in. Guess I'll have to play around with some percentages and how to dry out the herbs then grind them.

Jan 18, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Favorite "Seasoning Salt"? Is This Regional?

I just checked Tuscanyflavors and they have shut down :(

I have a salt that my ex mother in law used to get me from Tuscany, sadly I am now out of it but she used to get it in a street market in Castellencella ( not sure of spelling). I have no clue what's in it but I'll guess that rosemary and oregano are ground in with the salt. I'd love to try making my own blend.

Jan 18, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Fish and Shrimp (raw) Sold from Roadside Trucks? West PB County?

Ive seen a 'fishmonger' truck on the east side of 441 when heading north, but way north of Bedners. He's been there several times but I've always been with a group of motorcycles and therefore not able to stop (nor anywhere cold enough to store fish while out for the day).
I'd love to know if his fish is good, but he's not always there so it's tough to choose to make a special journey and find he's not there that day.

Help QUICK

Hope this is not another hit and run. Please come back OP and tell us.

Jan 15, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

Breakfast in Palm Beach area, as well as dinner

Testa's in Palm Beach is nice, Dune Deck in Lake Worth also good for breakfast, on the ocean too. There's a chain called Mulligans but it's really not bad for breakfast/Sunday brunch buffet plus other meals. I also love the Sailfish Marina at Riviera Beach which also has a great Sunday brunch buffet and is nice any other time. John G's has a fab breakfast but be prepared to wait in line.

Delray's Atlantic Ave is nice for evenings, all the stores are open late, Cabana, 32 East, Tremonti's and others are good for dinner. Cafe Martier for coffee and croissants and light breakfasts and lunches too.

Punjab Boca

Ok, Ok this is my own fault, why did I think it would be any better than the first and only time I tried it 9 years ago? Well stupidly, I thought that since they had knocked down and rebuilt the hotel and restaurant they might have improved the menu but no.

I had the Navratan Vegetable Korma, which, according to the menu was a selection of FRESH vegetables in a cashew and cream sauce. So up it comes, chick peas, frozen peas and carrots, cauliflower and potato. The potato was fresh but the rest no. The sauce was salty, I don't think cream got anywhere near it and the only cashews were soggy halves cooked with the frozen veg. Sent it back for an addition of cream but it was still salty. I dislike misrepresentation and told them so. Then tandoori chicken, dry, overcooked (probably previously cooked and reheated on the tandoori sizzling platter) with raw onions and one slice of green bell pepper.

Bleh and not returning. I'm not asking for another Indian restaurant recommendation (Flavor of India in Lake Worth is good enough), I just wanted to share my POV.

Unfair bill splitting

I love my Harleys (I have 2) and am lucky enough to live in S Fl where we can ride pretty much every day. I'm usually the only woman rider, and it's all about food, riding to eat and eating to ride.

Jan 06, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

Unfair bill splitting

I don't like the passive aggressive suggestions. If the OP ever comes back to read this thread, maybe he's just got to be up front and say, 'look, I resent paying for your kids each time we go out. I know it's family style ordering, but we'd order less if the kids weren't here, so either treat me to lunch every third visit, or split the check by the number of mouths here period.'

Sometimes you gotta say it straight. I'm not good at it either and hate to come across as a cheapskate but I refuse to pay a whole lot more of my share every time a bunch of us go out. Since this is a regular occasion the OP needs to say something.

My Sunday morning motorcycle group always go to breakfast. When I joined them 3 years ago, they used to split the check, but once I noticed the bloody marys, the steak and eggs compared to my 2 eggs and toast I started asking for a separate check. Almost everybody thanked me for starting this new habit because Mr Steak and Eggs and 3 Bloody Marys for his girlfriend had bullied everybody into splitting the check, and got away with it for years. Nobody dared challenge him.

Jan 06, 2015
smartie in Not About Food
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March vacation with good local produce?

Europe can still be chilly in March, obviously Northern Europe. check out The Algarve though for Spring, and Madeira, also Southern Spain, Malta, Gibralter, Canaries and Majorca. All well known for fish and produce.

Obviously S Florida is nice in March, The Keys is a good destination for seafood, New Orleans? A driving vacation through Florida and the Panhandle (maybe tougher with a toddler).

Jan 05, 2015
smartie in General Topics
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coupon on first date

wow a 6 year old thread and I started it.

Still a relevant topic, I've become quite a coupon user.

Jan 04, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

What do you put in your chicken stock to make the most flavorful soup?

I use celery, turnip, sometimes a rutabaga (swede) as well as onion, carrots, salt and pepper. A pinch of turmeric for color.

Jan 03, 2015
smartie in Home Cooking

2014 grocery prices

I live alone, and I mostly cook rather than eat out, and yes I've noticed massive increases in everything but especially chicken and ground beef, milk, eggs, bread,tomatoes and coffee. Now that gas is down over $1 a gallon surely it would be nice to see our groceries go down in price. Or am I living in cloud cuckoo land?

Jan 03, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Is Chowhound dead?

I made a comment on this thread about the Florida boards. I didn't even bother with CH after the split of Miami-Ft Laud, and the rest of Florida and didn't come back for over 2 years maybe more. I think others feel the same as me because both boards are still dead.
We all still don't understand the point of the Florida split boards, it's just isolated us in the TriCounty area and confused tourists and locals. Hence the dead boards. If I want a suggestion or a review nowadays it doesn't occur to me to check CH, I'll google or go to Trip Advisor or Yelp.

Jan 02, 2015
smartie in Site Talk
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Unfair bill splitting

Who is taking the leftovers? If it's split between the friends with kids then the single friend should be really upset at the whole arrangement.

In the meantime, OP should grab the check in future and divide it by the number of people in the party (each kid equals 1 person IMO unless they are literally 0-3 yo and then I would count that as a zero), and put down an equal fraction of the check including gratuity and let the adults with kids figure out the rest.

Kids eat plenty, the restaurant is still charging full price for drinks and soda. Why should the OP be subsidizing each time they all go out?

Jan 01, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

Is Chowhound dead?

Well that's true sunshine but the split into 2 boards has caused issues like 'driving from Miami to Vero where should we eat' and how would a tourist know that Delray Beach should be in CH's Miami/Ft Laud section because nobody knows where to post those.

Jan 01, 2015
smartie in Site Talk

Is Chowhound dead?

I stopped posting and reading Chowhound for a few years when they messed around with the Florida board, and decided to split us into Miami-Ft Lauderdale as one board and the whole of the rest of Florida including the Keys as another. It totally killed the chit chat and easygoing nature of what we had, and for those of us who live North of Ft Laud but S of North Palm Beach are in no man's land. Tourists also don't know where to post so it's a complete mess.
We also used to meet regularly but it got too hard to post CH nights out with the mods so that stopped too.

I've also noticed a lot more meanness in replies, I don't care for the way some posters get their claws out.

Anyway I post a lot less and don't bother much with CH these days. CH can blame themselves for less activity because they didn't listen to us in Florida who implored them not to split the state the way they did.

Dec 31, 2014
smartie in Site Talk
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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.

Dec 28, 2014
smartie in General Topics

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
smartie in General Topics

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
smartie in Not About Food
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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
smartie in General Topics
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