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Yeah, Sure, "Let's Have Coffee"

Southern? I've always thought the "let's do lunch" and "have your people call my people" was a Hollywood thing.

Glowworm's "re-evaluating" is precious!

Mar 27, 2010
h2Bn in Features

The Four Worst Restaurant Etiquette Gaffes

I'm reading the conclusions of that Cornell "study" and just not believing it. It is so offensive and cockeyed. Black restaurant patrons ARE as aware as others of the the standard for 15%-20% tipping range. THIS is the problem:

"waiters don't want to serve black customers. When they do, waiters often deliver poor service believing their tip will be poor. And black customers believe they are getting inferior service because of their race." Prophecy fulfilled?

Black diners are not stupid. Some are lousy tippers, some are not.

I was born in the 50s. My parents taught us to tip 10% for lunch (that was standard back then) and 20% for dinner. We were taught that tipping is as much a part of the bill as anything else. Just about every other Black family I know got the same lessons, as many families' income were rooted in tip-dependent service jobs. We as a whole respect tips. This lessons came from a generation who were often expected to go to a hole in the wall on the side of a building to pick up their food. And not because they were bad tippers.

Based on what I read in these forums, just about every group of people can be labeled as bad tippers if the focus is their. To ascribe "tipping habits" based on race is so ridiculous. Very often Black diners ARE treated differently by wait staff.

Many years ago, I won first prize in a contest and was awarded a $75 gift certificate to Mark's Place, at the time one of Miami's most celebrated restaurants of nouvelle cuisine. My husband and I made and kept our reservation. We expected to be stared at by other diners as we walked across to room to our table, and they did not disappoint. Our meal exceeded the $75, as we knew it would, even though my husband's fish was overcooked . When we paid (cash), my husband tipped 20% on the entire bill, including the gift certificate. It took quite a while for the waiter to get back to us, even after hubs caught his eye and beckoned him, so we left the money on the table. As we waited for our car, our waiter burst through the front door and profusely thanked us for his tip. I think he thought we'd be happy, but it was really embarrassing. I could not help wonder what the other diners were thinking when he ran out after us. My DH asked him if he often did that, and he stammered something and apologized. I wanted to snatch half that tip out of his pocket. He was clearly surprised. He'd already assumed we would not tip.

Mar 25, 2010
h2Bn in Features

ALDI Stores: Quality Products at Deep Discount??

I remember shopping once at Aldis in Dayton. They are now moving moving into the South Florida market where I live. I look forward to checking them out.

Jan 31, 2010
h2Bn in Chains

The Fresh Market?

Having The Fresh Market as an option in your town would be a good thing. I enjoy browsing their aisles, sipping today's coffee sample (or hot apple cider sample during the holidays). When I had an income, I actually shopped there for special items and when they'd have sales on organic produce.

I still pop in for the occasional splurges on dessert (you MUST try their Tuxedo Truffle Napoleon, Raspberry Almond Cake, and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie), and their antipasto bar--they have a great variety of stuffed olives, peppers (including the most beautiful peppadews). Sometimes I go just to soak of the atmosphere of this gem of a market. There are several The Fresh Markets across South Florida.

Jan 31, 2010
h2Bn in Chains

Know Your Peppers

Very helpful. Thank you!

Aug 24, 2009
h2Bn in Features

TOP SUSHI IN FLA

sk,
have you ever had dinner at the Shinju Japanese buffet ? It's in the Publix shopping center at Ramblewood and University. It is so close to me, I thought I'd check it out, but I'd be interested in knowing if it is any good . Thanks!

Aug 16, 2009
h2Bn in Florida

Which Food Magazine Do You Love???

Gotta be Gourmet. I just got a stack of back issues through Freecycle. Really, really nice publication. I like their website too.

Aug 11, 2009
h2Bn in Food Media & News

Blazing hot Thai or Chinese in Boca or Broward?

I love the plaza where Peppers is located. It has Greek, Haitian, Japanese, Jewish deli, restaurants; an Italian bakery/grocery, Colombian bakery and a Hooters-like "Daisy Duke" restaurant.Great spot!

BTW, Bamboo Gardens across Pines from Peppers has decent food, and is very hot/spicy by request.

Aug 03, 2009
h2Bn in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

TOP SUSHI IN FLA

Wasabi has fresh and shiny sushi and sashimi. :-)

The restaurant has 2 locations in Pembroke Pines (Southern Broward County). One is SE corner of Pines Blvd.and Palm Ave; the other in the Westfork Plaza just west of I-75 on Pines Blvd. (north side). Both locations have very delightful atmosphere and the sushi is excellent. Very fresh and lovingly handled.

#2: Tee-jays Sushi-Thai in Coral Springs

Aug 03, 2009
h2Bn in Florida

Miami Market Recommendations - Fruit/Veggies, Meat, Seafood, Ethnic

If I were a meat eater I think I would purchase all my meat at Doris Italian Bakery. The closest one to Miami is in downtown Hollywood, and def worth the drive. The meats look fresh and the butchers seem very knowledgable. I've hear them advise customers on cuts of meat and how to prepare meats. They also make their own sausages . I do buy fish, and Doris's always have beautifully fresh seafood--especially local fish.

They have good buys on veggies, fruits and fresh herbs too. Their tomatoes are always priced lower than Publix, and they have a very nice bakery and ready to eat hot deli.

Aug 02, 2009
h2Bn in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Guy's Big Bite: What demographic are they targeting?

And if that IS the show's demographic? Those folks deserve TV shows they too can enjoy.

Aug 02, 2009
h2Bn in Food Media & News

1st time to Ft. Lauderdale

I second that! Las Olas Cafe is a beautiful restaurant--small, intimate, lots of old world charm. It's like an oasis of real in the midst of shops that try a bit to hard. The menu is very nice. I had the spinach and pine nut ravioli, husband had the mahi mahi. Both--especially my sauce-- were perfectly cooked and tasty. Excellent, friendly service too.

For breakfast, you gotta experience the Floridian, also on Las Olas at 13th.

Jul 25, 2009
h2Bn in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Seeking Foo Foo? A Very Unique Food. (long)

As a Peace Corps volunteer in Accra in the late 70s I ate a LOT of fufu. I grew to love it and had it at least 3 times a week. I worked hard and walked everywhere, so I, like my Ghanaian co-workers did not gain weight from eating it as we probably would here.

For some reason, I have been craving fufu like crazy for the past year or so. I've tried the faux version (potato flakes and bisquick) many times, but it just is not close enough. I don't know why some enterprising people (Ghanaians maybe?) don't just import the mortars and pestles needed to make proper fufu. With the possible exception of good palmnuts, ALL the ingredients for fufu and the accompanying soups are readily available---at least they are in South Florida. All we are missing is the hardware. I got really good at turning the fufu as others pounded, and I think pounding out some balls after all these years would be like riding a bicycle once I get the hardware.

I wonder about the description of the texture of fufu as " very gelatinous and gooey... dried mucilage..." That is way off the mark, and it sounds very unappetizing. Fufu is not sticky nor glue like; it is more akin to risen bread dough.

Anyway, I miss it, and all the wonderful sounds, aromas and expectations that accompany the preparation of fufu. It is good eats and an indelible experience that I would love to have again.

Jul 24, 2009
h2Bn in General Topics

What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

I won't say I would not eat them for, say $5,000, but I greatly dislike uncooked spinach, uncooked mushrooms, buttermilk (as a beverage), borscht, tempeh, and papaya.

Jul 20, 2009
h2Bn in General Topics

Can you name any good buffets in Boca or North Broward?

A relatively new Asian buffet that does not seen to leave its food sweating on the steam table is East Fusion Buffet on the east side of University Dr. just south of Royal Palm Blvd. (Copans Rd.) in Coral Springs.

The dinner buffet has an abundance of fresh, delectable seafood--both prepared and raw bar, the buffet entrees are prepared in a number of cuisines. Service is excellent, and the atmosphere is very nice. Our family has had dinner there twice,and I went for lunch with a friend once. We look forward to getting back there.

The lunch buffet has fewer seafood treats, but it is very good and fresh as well.

(BTW, in that same plaza is another Asian restaurant (non-buffet) that is my absolute favorite in the area. Teejay's Thai Sushi.)

2101 N. University Dr.
Coral Springs, FL 33071
www.eastfusionbuffets.com

Jul 20, 2009
h2Bn in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Dixie Crossroads - Visitors Must Try! ( Seafood )

Cool. But I was wondering if this restaurant prepares them in a particularly special, or even careful, way to warrant the rec. We're visiting friends in Merritt Island in a couple of weeks. I'll be sure to check it out.

Jul 20, 2009
h2Bn in Florida

Smoked Duck and Cherry Pressed Sandwich

Very tempting to this pescaterian!
It sounds remotely similar to the Cuban (American) sandwich, the Maria Elena---slices of roasted turkey breast, cream cheese and strawberry jam pressed between slices of cuban bread.

Jul 20, 2009
h2Bn in Recipes

TNFNS Week 6? (spoilers)

Jamika, Jamika, Jamika. Tonight, she inherits Debbie's crybaby crown.

Jul 19, 2009
h2Bn in Food Media & News

Dixie Crossroads - Visitors Must Try! ( Seafood )

So tell us about the rock shrimp. What makes it special?

Jul 19, 2009
h2Bn in Florida

What is fresh ginger root's country of origin?

When I purchase ginger root from Publix it is always imported from Central America. One night my daughter remembered--at 10 pm--that she needed ginger for her high school culinary class the next morning. I had no choice but to go to the 24-hr Super Walmart--a store I was morally opposed to patronizing.

Well, that store has the BEST ginger I've ever bought ANYWHERE. It's from China,and the roots are large, juicy and potent.

Jul 19, 2009
h2Bn in General Topics

The Most Atrocious Casserole EVER!

An excellent and well-stated point, smtucker.

Jul 18, 2009
h2Bn in Home Cooking

Homemade Chicken Soup - looking for key ingredients

At most a teaspoon--slightly crushed. For me it adds a nice subtle back note to my stock that I really like.

Jul 18, 2009
h2Bn in Home Cooking

Homemade Chicken Soup - looking for key ingredients

Hi,
I was referring to the little anise seeds--they somewhat resemble fennel seed in appearance, aroma, and taste.

Star anise--now that is an interesting path for chicken soup.

Jul 17, 2009
h2Bn in Home Cooking

What Are Buffalo Wings?

Hmmm...I thought buffalo wings, like chicken fingers, were genetically altered foods.

Jul 17, 2009
h2Bn in Features

Homemade Chicken Soup - looking for key ingredients

I include a few anise seeds when making the stock.

Jul 16, 2009
h2Bn in Home Cooking

It's MASCARPONE!

Rather than a point of pretentiousness, this is probably a criticism of the opposite: I HATE the way Guy Fieri puts that extra syllable in "paprika," pronouncing it "pappa-RE-kuh." Talk about nails on the chalkboard. Shouldn't a chef and restaurateur know better?

Jul 16, 2009
h2Bn in Not About Food

It's MASCARPONE!

I love that, meg944. You're funny! :)

Jul 16, 2009
h2Bn in Not About Food

TNFNS Week 6? (spoilers)

That makes sense. So do you think the entire show is orchestrated? Or did Debbie just hand them an opportunity?

Jul 16, 2009
h2Bn in Food Media & News

Aromatic Bitters

Should I scrape the skin off the ginger?

Jul 16, 2009
h2Bn in Recipes

Fishless in South Florida

Welcome to South Florida! May you soon get sand in your shoes.

For fresh fish from the docks, try the marina at Haulover Park on Collins Ave. (North end of Miami Beach, just north of Bal Harbour). Be there at dusk. Might be fun to go early take your kite--there is a nice park there where people fly kites. Be sure the fisherman you buy from is operating with a license. (Take mosquito repellent).

I live near Ft. Lauderdale and enjoy shopping for fish at a market called The Fish Peddler on 44th Street, just west of University Drive. They carry a great variety of fresh delicious fish and seafood.

This inquiry has come up before. If you search the chowhound.com boards, you'll find other suggestions.

Jul 14, 2009
h2Bn in Miami - Fort Lauderdale