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Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

How 'bout some of you Special Snowflakes build a damn bridge and get over it?

Jul 20, 2012
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Supertaster Daily: 5 Grilled Hot Dogs in 3 Minutes for Memorial Day

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May 30, 2012
arcanium in Features

Favorable review of new Olive Garden in Grand Forks, ND

I'm aware of the age of the reviewer, and also familiar with her writing style before this review. This may help:
http://www.twitlonger.com/show/gaf1i3

Mar 09, 2012
arcanium in Food Media & News

Favorable review of new Olive Garden in Grand Forks, ND

My Midwestern to Coastal English translator picked up on a very dry and snarky writing style and not much in the way of approval. She said her pasta-like dish was "warm and comforting" and used a few other words to say "lots of people go here." But nothing really stood out as approval.

In Coastal Californian: "Oh wow. Olive Garden?"
In American Southern: "Olive Garden? Bless their hearts."

Mar 09, 2012
arcanium in Food Media & News

Chipotle: We're Conflicted

Is there anything more precious than Chowhounders racing to be the first at proclaiming something they couldn't detect in a blind taste-off as "terrible"?

Jan 05, 2012
arcanium in Features

Is "Foodie" a Put-Down?

I use the word exclusively to refer to people who let their enjoyment of food get in the way of enjoying their food.

Nov 22, 2011
arcanium in Features

The 10 College Towns with the Worst Food

So are the lowered editorial standards at CBS Interactive a new corporate mandate, or just a legacy CNET thing?

Sep 19, 2011
arcanium in Features

Why Do Subway Restaurants Smell Awful?

At least I don't have to go to a florist any more, I can find all the precious flowers I'll ever need right here in this comments thread.

Jul 27, 2011
arcanium in Features

Carded in our Mid 50s!

Former bartender and bar manager, and briefly held a minority ownership stake in a nightclub. And eternally amazed by people who think that due process or fairness is an inherent or, even an adjunct, component of the ABC penalty and appeal stage.

Jul 21, 2011
arcanium in Not About Food

Carded in our Mid 50s!

It's likely a matter of corporate policy than actual law. "Just use your best judgment" on something that, in some states, can result in a company's money machine (and let's face it, liquor licenses are just that) being taken away from multiple locations, isn't very palatable these days. Also, making the policy uniform instead of selective gets rid of that second restaurant PR nightmare: discrimination accusations.

Jul 21, 2011
arcanium in Not About Food

Carded in our Mid 50s!

Once the restaurant observes said consumption, it becomes their liability.

Jul 21, 2011
arcanium in Not About Food

Amusing menu gaffes - what's yours? [moved from Boston board]

Not really menu, but my favorite years ago came from the deli section of Basha's supermarket in Phoenix, where knockwurst and sauerkraut was written as "knockers on krauts."

Jul 20, 2011
arcanium in Not About Food

Carded in our Mid 50s!

While it's possible that a citation might be overturned in court, it's hardly considered a sure thing. And here in California, where the court system just took a $350 million budget cut resulting in massive layoffs and courtrooms closing, it's entirely possible that trying to fight that citation might now take up to 18 months just to get your first hearing. Meanwhile, your income, or that of your business, has been halted. Good luck supporting yourself, not to mention that lawyer, on zero dollars.

Liquor laws in the United States are regulated on the state level. In some instances, they are further regulated on the county or municipal level. There is no uniform code. Take a gander at what restaurants in Utah have to deal with:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/us/...

Jul 20, 2011
arcanium in Not About Food

Carded in our Mid 50s!

And that would change the corporate policy on carding everyone, which is what's being discussed here, how?

Jul 20, 2011
arcanium in Not About Food

Carded in our Mid 50s!

Exactly. When my mother had to do the same on her job, she used to ask the complainers if they'd also be paying her fine, serving her jail time, or supporting her in unemployment if she got fired.

Jul 20, 2011
arcanium in Not About Food

The 78 Most Annoying Words to Read in a Restaurant Review

Thank you thank you and thank you for including the loathsome 'gastropub.' I know that expressing my dislike of this word will immediately send at least two readers to the hospital and prompt at least four more to verbalize their hatred, but it just sounds disgusting.

Jul 20, 2011
arcanium in Features

Top 10 (20?) American-Chinese dishes

Growing up in Phoenix in the 80s:

- Egg Rolls (never spring rolls, always with the wonton that puffed/bubbled when fried)
- Hot and sour braised tofu (mom's favorite)
- Sweet & sour pork, always with large chunks of pineapple and green bell peppers
- Lemon chicken
- Broccoli beef
- Mongolian beef
- Cashew chicken
- Chow mein
- Egg Foo Young, always w/hollandaise and never w/brown sauce
- Fried shrimp (the term "prawn" was never used, even if that's what they were).
...and all of it served with dual squeeze bottles of sweet and sour (in the red) and hot mustard (in the yellow) on the table.

San Francisco now:
- Honey walnut prawns
- General Tso's chicken
- Sesame chicken
- Xio Long Bao
...though most of my favorites tend not to fall into the American Chinese category these days. Most of the dishes from Phoenix can be found here as well, with the egg rolls using the more traditional wrappers, and hot mustard seems to be an exception rather than a mainstay.

Jul 12, 2011
arcanium in General Topics

Roy Rogers

@shecrab Why would they include booze in a feature about non-alcoholic cocktails? Are you not clear on the concept?

Jun 26, 2011
arcanium in Recipes

Top 10 Signs of a Bad Cook

The one thing that makes the meals I cook for friends, and the meals we cook for each other great? None of us are regular Chowhound contributors, thus keeping the wank/smug factor as near zero as possible.

Jun 19, 2011
arcanium in Features

What's your "Subway" sandwich?

Foot long meatball on sourdough with provolone, bell peppers, banana peppers, olives and pickles. Yes, pickles, and the look on your face is probably the same one the person behind the counter gives me when I do that. I don't care. It's delicious.

May 21, 2011
arcanium in Chains

Are Yelpers Foochebags?

The one thing I find vastly entertaining about both Yelp and Chow is that the regular users of both sites take themselves far more seriously than they should.

Apr 11, 2011
arcanium in Features

Which Is Grosser: Taco Bell or Boca Burgers?

Quick, let's change the subject in the comments section before denial stops working!

Feb 11, 2011
arcanium in Features

Faintly Evil Signs at Whole Foods

Yeah, the man is definitely not whining. He's presenting his work and talking about the circumstances that surrounded it -- events that can and obviously did influence what he was creating.

Feb 05, 2011
arcanium in Features

You're Not Allergic to MSG and 6 More Culinary Secrets

mmgth, as this sensitivity or allergy has yet to be proven, I'm certain that many peer reviewed journals are eagerly waiting the submission of your research paper.

Jan 06, 2011
arcanium in Features

Dear RuBo: My Name Is Not Fucking "Sweetie"

But 'funbags' is still okay, right?

Dec 10, 2010
arcanium in Features

Babies in Bars

I am thinking of the bars I go to -- spirits, wine, beer, loud music and lots of crowds. Not only would it be inappropriate to take a baby there, it would border on child abuse. Even in other situations, it's just not appropriate. Just as it would not kill people to encounter babies in kinder, gentler bars, it will not be a huge sacrifice for parents to respect and acknowledge that there are some places in this world that should remain adults only.

Jun 03, 2010
arcanium in Features

Shout-Out to Mexican Coke

James, loved that you said that the difference "can be sniffed out blind," because I found that to be the literal case. Crack the top off a Pepsi or MD Throwback and the first thing you notice is the smell of the stuff. For some reason HFCS doesn't do the same (except for perhaps some vaguely citrusy poot for about four seconds).

@monkeyrotica - It's cane sugar. And no, your Mexican Coke isn't made with HFCS. Those labels are slapped on imports to cover every possible ingredient to satisfy the FDA because no one wants to get into an expensive shouting match with a federal bureaucracy over what should and shouldn't be on the label of flavored carbonated water. But it's sugar. Cane sugar. :)

@queenscock - I've found Mexican Coca Cola as far north as Wisconsin. In some areas, the local Coke distributors are buying and importing from their Mexican counterparts and offering it as part of their product line to retailers.

Feb 01, 2010
arcanium in Features

Beer-Flavored Sausage: Genius or Travesty?

Two things:

1. Mike, your grilling/boiling strategy might be a very regional technique, but I don't think it's widespread. I will agree with you on the buttered bun though!

2. Half the fun of the Supertaster column is wondering how far I'll scroll down the comments before the inevitable pearl-clutching begins. I am never disappointed.

Jul 26, 2009
arcanium in Features

Ham on Rye, Extra Sadism

I remember Sam Woo's well, Dick. Edsel was a character, alright, but that was it -- you knew it was an act and that it was all in fun.

Dec 18, 2008
arcanium in Features

Ham on Rye, Extra Sadism

The purists tend to be a little exasperating and almost insufferable, but they mean well and as much as I hate to admit it, they're often right.

Unfortunately, they're overshadowed by people who use the abuse gimmick to mask the fact that they're not very versatile in the kitchen or that they're using average ingredients straight off the Sysco trucks. I'd say Helena's correspondent wasn't actually kicked out of that restaurant for being a vegetarian, but for deviating from the owner's set menu -- would we be surprised to learn that the owner "ordering for the group" was giving every table the same thing that night?

Dec 09, 2008
arcanium in Features