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Master Chef 8/26 from top 6 to top 5

Definitely time that Hetal went, I don't see the point of a vegetarian being the eventual winner.

I watch this show but kind of half heartedly. It's probably come to the end of its life, after so many years of the same formula I'm bored.

1 day ago
smartie in Food Media & News

Paneterie coming to Delray Beach

sounds good, I look forward to it.

Sketchy Stuff We Resort To In Kitchens

I was cooking with my Grandma one afternoon and she reached for the salt for the chicken soup. She wasn't looking and grabbed the plastic bottle of dishsoap by accident, and poured. We looked at each other as a good amount went into the soup. It bubbled a little but tasted ok so she served it to the whole family. She and I didn't drink it but we kept looking at each other throughout the soup course.

Those people at Starbucks who tie up the milk counter fine tuning their drink

I had this at Publix last week. The conveyor belt was piled high with groceries when I got there but no shopper, so I just pushed her shopping back and unloaded my cart in front of her separation bar. She was mad when she got back with her bread, but I was almost done so I just shrugged my shoulders.

Aug 25, 2015
smartie in Chains

High tea is not afternoon tea

Being from the South of England (London) and middle class we had breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. Tea was always 4pm and if you invited friends and family to tea they would arrive between 3 and 3.30 and food was served at 4 O'clock, either in the living room or at the dining table (or kitchen table when kids were small and friends with small children came to visit). With older guests tea was definitely served in the living room by bringing all the china and teapot, and food etc in on trays or wheeled in on a trolley, complete with lace doilies. Tea was known to be sandwiches, crumpets or scotch pancakes, sometimes scones, biscuits and cake, and of course tea to drink (with milk).

High tea was known to our family but we never had it.

Aug 24, 2015
smartie in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Happy it's Eddie, good choice and I would watch him.

Aug 17, 2015
smartie in Food Media & News

MIA (Miama International Airport) American Airlines - Anything good to eat to take on plane?

None of those are in the British Airways terminal (F I think). Maybe the AA terminal has better selections.

MIA (Miama International Airport) American Airlines - Anything good to eat to take on plane?

MIA has the worst choice of food at any airport I've ever flown from. Period. The stores are also not exciting. I always bring food from home. There's a little Latino cafe near one of the entrance doors to the street that makes good coffee and has empanadas etc. Otherwise you are limited to Starbucks with poor choice of food, Sbarro's, BK and hmmm not much else.

Cost of lamb and it's popularity in the U.S.

I love lamb too, wish it was easier to find ground lamb, sometimes the stores have it and other times nothing for days. I'm British and was raised on it, we had lamb probably 3 times a week growing up. I eat it about once a week but it has got very expensive in the US.

Aug 16, 2015
smartie in General Topics

New Grocery Delivery Company

A company called Shipt will be delivering Publix groceries to your door, same day. Pre register for $49 a year free delivery, otherwise it's going to be a lot more expensive says the company.

Tempting since I hate shopping so much. https://www.shipt.com/

I need help with my picky eating teen

Why can't she cook for herself? Ask her what she'd like you to buy when you go shopping and teach her how to cook.

Aug 13, 2015
smartie in General Topics
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Masterchef August 12, 2015 spoilers

Olivia gone.

Why does a Masterchef have to be a good team leader?
How can a vegetarian really be an all round Masterchef? I'm not putting down vegetarians but it's not vegetarian Masterchef.

Aug 12, 2015
smartie in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

I was about to turn it off but realized there was still about 20 minutes on the DVR and, indeed, there was the rest of the show with the making of the pilots.

Aug 11, 2015
smartie in Food Media & News

Chowhound Beta Site Open to Everyone (Continued Again)

Yep that's what I'll do. I logged into the new Beta version, went 'aaaaaaaaaggggggggggghhhhhhhhh' and got immediately confused. Tried to find my way around, wondered why old posts were in the center, and logged back out to the regular version. I'm too old to try to work it all out and I'll just quit CH once it goes live.

Aug 10, 2015
smartie in Site Talk

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

well PA is closer than China or Mexico ;). I wonder what mileage falls under the definition of local. PA is probably closer than say Buffalo.

Aug 10, 2015
smartie in Chains
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Masterchef U.S. August 5 -- spoilers

It was definitely time for Shelley to go home.

Who's next? I'm thinking Claudia.

Aug 07, 2015
smartie in Food Media & News

So many burger chains

One of the reasons I like 5G is that they don't charge extra for the toppings so you can add lots of them and the burger isn't $12. For me the fries are delicious but I'm English and we like our fries (chips) soggy with malt vinegar so I'm in chip heaven.

Shake Shack's fries yesterday were soggy but weren't supposed to be, and very, very greasy as if they hadn't shaken the oil off them. The place smelled of old oil too.

Aug 05, 2015
smartie in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Get better quick FCF :)

Aug 04, 2015
smartie in Chains

So many burger chains

I realize there are plenty of independent restaurants that make burgers, and yes there are some great places, but I wanted to ask about chain burger restaurants and which ones CHers like best.

Aug 04, 2015
smartie in Chains

Current restaurant pet peeve

Sorry to read this a month late. How are you doing?

Aug 04, 2015
smartie in General Topics
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

YAY for Chicken Balti Pies. Nice pastry crust, good heat and seasoning in the filling.

Aug 04, 2015
smartie in Chains

So many burger chains

Seems like a new chain burger place is opening every couple months here in S Fl. Five Guys, Zin Burger, Shake Shack, Shula Burger, Burger Fi .... we don't have In and Out and there are probably others that are chains in the rest of the US.

So what's your favorite burger place? I guess Wendys, BK and McDs count in this thread. Which ones taste the best in your opinion and are the best value for money?

Tonight I went to Shake Shack - my burger was greasy and unseasoned, the fries soggy and greasy and it was really expensive - $15 for a small burger, fries and a milkshake. Zin Burger is even more expensive though the milkshakes are great. For me, Five Guys make the best burgers.

Aug 04, 2015
smartie in Chains

Roland Martins Tiki Bar Clewiston

I've been here a number of times but this weekend might be the last. The food is really sub par, service is meh, from plastic silverware and paper cups it doesn't make you want to go back.

Their new thing is Swai as their to go fish. Why?? Here they are a fish camp with plenty of salt and fresh water fish at their disposal and they serve some cruddy farmed Asian fish. Even the waiter said he wouldn't eat it.

The place looks tired, tables were dirty at opening time, crumpled tablecloths, no welcome or hostess, the buffet is in another building and so is the coffee.

Aug 03, 2015
smartie in Florida

Odd Ground Beef

I bought it at Trader Joes, it was prepacked and sealed rather than on a meat tray with Saran wrap, so I'm guessing it wasn't switched with another ground meat.

I mentioned it to customer service the following week, they offered a refund but I refused because I said I wasn't complaining I just wanted them to know. I went to the meat fridge to show them which one it was and there were none on the shelf. I wonder if they had been cleared due to other complaints? The customer service person didn't know.

Aug 03, 2015
smartie in General Topics

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

Sorry you don't love them, I like that they are not sweet but I find a lot of American foods very sweet (I'm English).

Aug 01, 2015
smartie in Chains
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duke's mayo -- i think i'm a convert

Reviving this thread just made me have a tomato sandwich with Dukes.

Is Gatorade an acceptable generic name for sports drinks?

If you offered me a sports drink or Gatorade I would say no thanks :)

Aug 01, 2015
smartie in Not About Food
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Masterchef July 29 2015 spoilers galore

I'm finding her less and less appealing to watch. She's quite smug and without any empathy. Why so mean? IMO a poor choice for MC.

Jul 30, 2015
smartie in Food Media & News

lamb dish for a virgin to the meat

A Shepherd's Pie as opposed to a Cottage Pie. The former made with ground lamb, the latter with beef. Lots of nice gravy added to the cooked and seasoned lamb, add some peas and diced carrots and a creamy mash on top, baked in the oven to get a crispy top to the mash.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

YAY to the Kosher Ribeye. Thought it might be tough but it wasn't. I used the BBQ Rub with Coffee and Garlic and it was delicious.

I'm loving TJs since they opened in S FL about a year ago. I wasn't sure at first but I am finding it quite a pleasant experience.