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current restaurant pet peeve

Slightly over $3.

about 16 hours ago
jbsiegel in General Topics

Brothers' in Red Bank

I love Brothers! That awesome thin crust pizza is fantastic!!

Jun 30, 2015
jbsiegel in New Jersey

current restaurant pet peeve

...and could we please bring out all the meals at the same time? I was at a diner recently (I know - not high end dining, but still...), and they brought out three of four meals. The fourth took a good 5 more minutes. (I will have to say that the service was completely lacking in other areas as well.)

Jun 30, 2015
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current restaurant pet peeve

I like Americanos too - both iced and hot. I normally get them hot. I know that there are 4 shots in a Venti (hot), but don't know anything more than that!!

Jun 30, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Olive Garden’s Latest Cost-Cutting Plan: Clean Carpet Less Often

A restaurant should NOT be carpeted. There...I said it!

If they remove the carpet, they can also remove the wheels from the chairs...just wonderful!

(BTW...I avoid OG at all costs, but it's my daughter's fav - no accounting for taste!)

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

Supposedly, as long as it is frozen solid, you can bring a water bottle through security. Of course, this is only useful if it's a long flight (or a long delay).

Jun 24, 2015
jbsiegel in Food Media & News

Does anyone else not like chocolate chips?

I only use Guittard...that is if they actually make it into my baking instead of my mouth!

Jun 22, 2015
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big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

Great idea!

Jun 21, 2015
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Scones or what?

Yes yes yes! Thank you!

Jun 21, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking
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Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

That is so NOT a sub roll :-) Living in NJ, I avoid chain sub shops at all cost. Problem is that my kids, however, seem to think Subway is just wonderful. I try to explain to them that there is a sub tier:

Bottom: Subway
Middle: Jersey Mikes
Top: Any mom & pop sub shop

big big, fat, over-stuffed fridge/freezer!?!

We are eating down our freezer right now. I have a full size fridge and a full size freezer, so LOTS of things can get lost back in there!! My family actually enjoys leftovers, so a full freezer is a good thing. Makes me nervous when it's empty LOL!

Jun 20, 2015
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Scones or what?

My mom made this fantastic dessert once a year when I was growing up. I keep forgetting to get the recipe from her. Basically it was about three layers of meringue with whipped cream, dark chocolate (melted and then spread on the meringue and allowed to get kind of crunchy again - not soft like frosting or ganache), and strawberry slices between the layers. Frosted in the whipped cream and then decorated with strawberries and some chocolate drizzle. YUM YUM YUM!

Sorry I can't be more specific with the recipe, but it might give you some ideas. The nice thing is that it looks like a cake - perfect for a birthday.

Would you call this a pavlova?

Jun 20, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Undercooked Salmon

My son ordered a burger at Zinburger. I forget the exact burger he ordered, but it came with guacamole on it. He ordered it without the guac, but it came with it as he discovered after biting into the burger. We sent it back and it came back virtually instantaneously without MOST of the guac. There were still traces and it was patently obvious they had just scraped it off...plus the bitten part.

In my book, they should have replaced the burger entirely.

Jun 20, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Undercooked Salmon

The thing that bothers me about this is that now the entrée which has probably been touched by the diner's utensils, potentially sampled, etc. is now thrown back on the grill where other people's food is cooked. I realize it's hot and all that and I shouldn't worry about the skeeviness of it all, but it bothers me!

Then again, I am the one that has no problem eating something that fell on the floor. Go figure!

Jun 18, 2015
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current restaurant pet peeve

When servers take your order without writing it down and then invariably get it wrong. Kills me.

The Chef Shelf?

Has anybody ever ordered from www.thechefshelf.com? I just stumbled upon the site, and it looks similar to www.goldbely.com and www.foodydirect.com.

Thanks!

P.S. Sorry if this has been asked before. I did a search and couldn't find anything.

Jun 17, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Am I the only one who doesn't like...?

Tuna salad/egg salad WITHOUT celery - LOVE!

Tuna salad/egg salad WITH celery - INEDIBLE! :-)

Jun 17, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics
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Am I the only one who doesn't like...?

My mom always peeled my bologna as a kid. I still do!

Jun 17, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Your dirty little kitchen secret

Cut cake with serrated knife...carefully lick knife on way to dishwasher!

Don't always wash well after cracking eggs...like almost never.

Jun 15, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Turning cookie dough into cake batter?

Make them like the Oreo truffles. Grind them up - mix with cream cheese, dip in chocolate. That should work with regular cookie dough baked into cookies.

Jun 14, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I wish mine had been like that. Just wasn't. It was good, don't get me wrong, just not GREAT.

Jun 14, 2015
jbsiegel in Manhattan

Cookie Disaster

One more...cookie truffles: http://greatideas.people.com/2014/08/...

Jun 13, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

current restaurant pet peeve

How about the Starbucks barista who puts his hand all over the top when putting it on the cup. Yuck!!!! Straws for me!

Do you really need to *cook* frozen vegetables before using?

I "cook" my frozen veggies by thawing them (either in the fridge or on the counter). Normally, we end up eating most of them cold...

Jun 13, 2015
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Cookie Disaster

Crumble, pour milk on top and call it cereal!! ;-)

More seriously, I was going to suggest the trifle idea.

You could also mix them with a bit of whipped cream or cool whip into and make a sort of pudding-y thing.

Make some brownies with cookie pieces in them.

Jun 13, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Liked the ones warm out of the oven from Levain, but the one eaten later in the day seemed dry.

Definitely undersalted.

Not sure it was worth the wait in line....

(I did make the copycat recipe here at home, and they were fantastic...hmmm...)

Jun 13, 2015
jbsiegel in Manhattan

What would you do if you dropped dinner on the floor?

Heck..15 minute rule over here. :-)

Jun 12, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics

Cauliflower

My favorite way!!!

Jun 11, 2015
jbsiegel in Home Cooking

Lump Crabmeat

Unopened.

Jun 06, 2015
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Lump Crabmeat

Totally agree...check the expiration dates. I have a can in my fridge that doesn't expire until 7/1/....wait for it...2016!

Jun 06, 2015
jbsiegel in General Topics