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Swine Flu & Pork?

I hope this is the correct forum for my question since it's tied to the news. I understand swine flu is being passed from human to human, but is there any danger in eating pork? (I am asking as a parent of small children.) Or is it not contracted by consumption also? Any good information sites that you can point out?

Apr 26, 2009
Slurpy in Food Media & News

[San Antonio] Tamale making class?

Are there any chefs in San Antonio that offer classes on tamale-making?

Nov 11, 2008
Slurpy in Texas

How to cook massive quantities of rice?

I'm so glad to know that (about the pot size). Thank you. While I'm not opposed to doing it in the oven, I just don't have a hotel pan and I'm nervous about putting cling wrap in my oven under the foil. I know restaurants do that, but I wonder if the plastic wrap has a higher temperature tolerance than plain old cling wrap I buy for home use. Either way, knowing I can use a huge pot w/ the same ration is great to know. Thank you again!

Oct 31, 2008
Slurpy in Home Cooking

How to cook massive quantities of rice?

My neighbor and I are hosting a Hunger Banquet (a la Oxfam) for about 100 people in early November. The majority of those people will have a dinner of only rice, or rice + beans or something small. I've never had to cook rice in that quantity, and I'm wondering if the ratio of water to rice gets altered when you start going large like that. While I do have a rice cooker (and so does one friend), it's too small to really be of assistance.

Does anyone have tips on this? Or even better -- experience?

Oct 31, 2008
Slurpy in Home Cooking

Open Table is a joke [split from Boston board]

Can you expand on that a little more? The VIP status? And actually, JK, I'm wondering too, if you put in a note on a customer that says, "Heavy tipper", "Major PIA" or what have you, how does that message get relayed to the server? Does the hostess pull the server aside to let them know?

Oct 31, 2008
Slurpy in Not About Food

Sel de la Terre brunch? Gaslight?

I think Gaslight would be a great option. And Sel de la Terre does have a reputation of being very kid-friendly, but I'm not sure if that holds only in the location by the Aquarium, for if it extends to the new place. I'm guess it would be just fine.

Oct 31, 2008
Slurpy in Greater Boston Area

Open Table is a joke [split from Boston board]

I'm curious about the note taking restaurants use on certain patrons/regulars. Is that done internally on Open Table? And if so, can one restaurant see what another restaurant has put in about a customer? Meaning: "Difficult Customer" or "Generous Tipper" Things like that? Do restaurants share that kind of information? (Not that Galley Girl is a difficult customer. I'm sure she's not!)

Oct 30, 2008
Slurpy in Not About Food

Best place to go for a serious conversation?

Hi Taxi,

We went to the Bristol Lounge. It was the perfect place to really talk peacefully. Thanks CHers for the suggestion. And our talk went well. It didn't fix everything, but helped a lot.

Oct 12, 2008
Slurpy in Greater Boston Area

Best place to go for a serious conversation?

Thank you everyone. There's no chance of a screaming melt-down kind of scene, but it's the kind of uncomfortable conversation you wouldn't want the table next to you to overhear. Far too personal, and too much potential for tears. (But no tantrums or anything ugly. Thank goodness. ) I like the Bristol Lounge idea a lot, but will look at some of the other suggestions as well. Thank you again!

Oct 10, 2008
Slurpy in Greater Boston Area

What to do with a can of hominy?

That actually sounds really good.

Oct 09, 2008
Slurpy in Home Cooking

Best place to go for a serious conversation?

We're open to either one.

Oct 09, 2008
Slurpy in Greater Boston Area

Best place to go for a serious conversation?

If you were going to have to have a very serious conversation with someone, that has equal potential to end badly as much as it does being mended, uh, where would you go? (This is not a romantic thing, just a serious thing.) Booze is must, but good food would really help too. Ideas? I am stumped. And nervous.

Oct 09, 2008
Slurpy in Greater Boston Area

What to do with a can of hominy?

Make yummy (easy) chicken posole: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Oct 08, 2008
Slurpy in Home Cooking

Hounders Help Please....

How about Rendevous? Or maybe Green Street?

Oct 08, 2008
Slurpy in Greater Boston Area

EC Grill fire

Does anyone have an update on this? What started it? Is EC closed?

Sep 15, 2008
Slurpy in Greater Boston Area

Shellfish Shindig

We were surprised that it wasn't jam-packed. (But was that because of the weather or that not enough people got word?), And agree, they should have spread the aqua-famers out some, because there was plenty of room inside the brewery. Talked with Rowan Jacobsen who was there selling his Geography of Oysters, which was a nice touch to the event. Liked the Sam Adams tastings, but the Ipswich chowder was awful and pricey compared with other offerings. We couldn't even eat it, it was that bad. Gilson's burger was okay, but not sure what that had to do with a celebration of oysters? The photos the organizers were auctioning were just gorgeous too. Over all a very nice event, and one I expect will grow if they host it again.

Sep 15, 2008
Slurpy in Greater Boston Area