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New California law allows dogs to dine out

There are lots of dogs out on decks and patios and sidewalk cafes now in Florida. But I saw something icky last week, a guy had a very slobbery Newfoundland and he used napkins to wipe the slobber and then stuffed each wet napkin into the space between the salt and the ketchup on his table. By the time we left there were about half a dozen wet ones on his table, bet neither the ketchup bottle nor salt cellar were wiped down!

I have dogs ... somehow my own dogs' slobber is ok but other dogs not so much. Oh well.

2 days ago
smartie in Not About Food

Are You Still Licking the Spoon and Egg Beaters

I just made a key lime cheesecake and enjoyed licking the beaters.

My siblings and I always licked out the bowl, my kids too, and the doggies.

Aug 24, 2014
smartie in General Topics

Tell-Tale Terms

It's authentic .....

Aug 20, 2014
smartie in Not About Food
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I'm cooking lowfat for my elderly dog, post-pancreatitis and thought I'd share

thanks, she was only 8 yo, went downhill in 4 weeks and I had no choice but to have her PTS.
I have rescued a Catahoula nutcase since, but still missing my Abby. My other dog wouldn't eat anything till the new dog was brought home.

Aug 19, 2014
smartie in Not About Food
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What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

yep toast!

Aug 18, 2014
smartie in General Topics

I'm cooking lowfat for my elderly dog, post-pancreatitis and thought I'd share

My German Shep also had pancreatitis after eating 10 ft of carpet fibers (cost me a damn fortune to have those removed by the vet). I started her on fish, rice and veggies all cooked together in a huge pot and she ate small amounts for a few days until it was ok to increase portion sizes. I just bought frozen whiting fillets, a bag of rice and a bag of pre sliced stir fry veggies without onions.

Sadly she passed 3 weeks ago from Lymphoma but fish was the only thing she liked in her last few days.

Aug 18, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

What to do when steak (or other meats) are served cold?

No, cooked right it's not dry, recooking it dries it out.

Aug 11, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

yeh, umm.

Aug 10, 2014
smartie in Food Media & News

What to do when steak (or other meats) are served cold?

I happen to like my meat well done, but I always tell the restaurant I don't want it served underdone and then have to send it back to be recooked. They need to get it right first time IMO or it dries out.

Aug 10, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

Food comments heard on the street

I had just landed in NYC off a totally packed plane, while waiting for luggage I heard 2 ultra-orthodox Jewish men in their 20s discuss how full the flight was. One said to the other "I felt like a Gefilte fish in a Manishewitz jar".

Aug 06, 2014
smartie in Food Media & News

Jam and ?

yes hot rice pudding with a dollop of jam, British custard (hot) with jam. Can you make a gluten free jam roly poly? A Swiss Roll?
I found this recipe for a Swiss Roll though they call it Roly Poly which it's not. http://www.laurasglutenfreekitchen.co...

Aug 03, 2014
smartie in General Topics

For Fun: Favorite bad versions of dishes?

3 for a dollar Ramen Noodles chicken flavor. It's not gourmet chicken noodle soup but for 33c you can't beat it for a quick lunch.

Jul 30, 2014
smartie in General Topics

Railway Dininig. Ever experience it ?

I've been on a few trains with dining cars but the most memorable was Mombasa to Nairobi, overnight, in 1979. We were backpacking in Kenya aged 22 yo, and the train was beautiful, carved wooden sleeper carriages with seats that flipped into bunk beds, fully made up with sheets and blankets while we were in the dining car. It was a beautifully served dinner with tablecloths and china, dining while zooming through Tsavo game reserve. Every stop had locals running over to the doors selling sugar cane and grilled corn on the cobs. Breakfast was also properly served back in the dining car. Kids lined the tracks waving during daylight. Very memorable that journey though I do not remember what we ate.

Jul 20, 2014
smartie in General Topics

Hair found in the food...

my hair sheds all the time and I have tons of hair. Ditto the dogs. I know it's nasty to find hair in our food but it's likely the least of what's really lurking in food (insects, dirty restaurant kitchen debris, bits of bandaids).

Jul 14, 2014
smartie in Not About Food
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Hair found in the food...

Isn't it odd that if we find one of our own hairs in our food it's not an issue, even though our own hair may not be freshly washed! Even my own dogs' hairs are not a big deal to me, but someone else's dog's hair or their hair is icky.

Jul 13, 2014
smartie in Not About Food

Unusual restaurant requests - and responses

The girl at the register at Panera could not understand my request for a grilled ham and cheese without the ham. The conversation went something like, 'you don't want the ham in a grilled ham and cheese?' 'No just grilled cheese'. 'But we don't have grilled cheese'. 'I know that but I don't eat ham'. ' So you want grilled ham and cheese without the ham?' 'Yes'. 'But we only have grilled ham and cheese'. 'Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggg. Called manager over, he goes tap tap tap on the register and it was done.

Palm Beach County closings 2014

I heard it will become a Rustic Inn (Ft Laud).

I'm so over...

I'll never forget a menu in a British hotel restaurant where the special was 'a conflict of duck'.

Jul 03, 2014
smartie in General Topics
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I'm 8 wks. pregnant and HATE FOOD. :) Need help...

The nausea, at least for me, settled down at about 12-14 weeks. I could barely brush my teeth without throwing up. I still remember feeling nauseous before I knew I was pregnant, certain food smells would set me off. To this day I still feel sick if I smell banana bread. My youngest is 23.

Jul 02, 2014
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Desperately Seeking Indian Food In PBC

I did a write up on this a couple months ago. I liked the food which was as close to British Indian as I've had so far in S Fl. Except the naan still sucked.

Wonder what the new Punjab is like?

I'm so over...

Infused is annoying. A raspberry and passion fruit infused vodka/cheesecake/salad dressing.

Jul 01, 2014
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Strange restaurant food presentation

It's not a chain and I called the owner, he was grateful to know that there were so many uncut tomatoes in a bowl and will talk with his kitchen staff now and have one of them make the item and then remake it correctly.

Jun 30, 2014
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Strange restaurant food presentation

It didn't come across as a lost leader, more a case of the afternoon kitchen staff tipped out a lot of tomatoes into a wide soup bowl and threw in some chopped mozzarella and a few onions. I'd be amazed if that's how it was supposed to be served.

Jun 30, 2014
smartie in General Topics

Strange restaurant food presentation

We tried a new pizza/Italian place today. It may be a chain but not a well known one. Anyway, I ordered the tomato, onion and mozzarella salad which was $7.

When it arrived it was about a pound and a half of whole cherry tomatoes (not kidding there must have been 50 tomatoes), some cubes of fresh mozzarella and a few bits of red onion cut higgledy piggledy. I've never seen so many tomatoes served as a salad portion. I ate about a third of the tomatoes and asked for a box to bring the rest home. They gave them to me in half pound boxes just like you'd buy at the supermarket. I can't see how they make any profit if they serve this salad like that!

Jun 30, 2014
smartie in General Topics

Tomatoes 2014

It's too hot now in S Florida for tomatoes. My plants are toast but I had 4 months of nice tomatoes.

Jun 25, 2014
smartie in Gardening

Palm Beach County openings 2014

One of the local rags today wrote that there will be a Five Guys and a Tijuana Flats opening on the Linton/US 1 corner where there is construction.

Top 10 Gross UK Foods?

So tired of British food bashing threads. Just spent a week back in London and had incredibly good food everywhere, menus were interesting compared to the same items on so many American menus.

Americans also eat canned tomato soup, canned spaghetti, beets, rhubarb to name a few. Grits is not unlike semolina/tapioca in consistency.

Tell me where food in most US diners/sports bars and average restaurants is good? I see so little variation between the gazillions of chains all around the US that I would be hard pressed to tell you which one I am in.

ever taken a paid for cooking class??

Yes when I was a young married mom with kids I took a dinner party cooking course. It was so good our group did a second course. I learned a lot and still use some of the recipes.

Jun 19, 2014
smartie in General Topics

The strangest/most interesting bathroom audio?

There was a bar (now closed) in Hampstead, London that played Edith Piaff really loudly in the ladies loo, and in the men's it was extremely loud farting and wind passing noises.

Curry Rules the Food World!!

I copy a very old S Indian woman who used to cook for my grandmother in England when roasting a chicken. Cut an orange or lemon in half, squeeze the juice all over the skin and put both halves inside the chicken with a cut up onion.

Now season the chicken with salt and pepper, ground ginger and a good sprinkling of curry powder, roast at 350 for 2 hours. Make gravy using giblets and juices from the pan in the pan just before serving the chicken. It's not overwhelmingly curry flavored but it really is good.

Jun 17, 2014
smartie in General Topics