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Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

You enjoy putting words in other people's mouths, therefore I am done with this engagement. Please feel free to continue to need the last word in everything, because I am done. Ta-ta.

By the way, to go back to what set this thing off, science has proven it actually DOESN'T take a village to raise a child. It takes proper parenting from within the nuclear family itself.

http://phys.org/news/2011-09-child-do...

Going to Sbraga tonight for the 1st time

So, how was it? Would love to hear a report back...

1 day ago
sockii in Philadelphia

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Again, please show me the exact quote, or else stop "quoting" me when you are construing words however you choose to twist or interpret them.

1 day ago
sockii in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

"Apparently, as socki put it so eloquently, why should he/she be burdened by waiting a minute while I get my kid out of the way?"

Please tell me precisely where I ever said that, or else stop putting words in my mouth.

1 day ago
sockii in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

If the onus is on the store to make sure their parking lot is safe, then why is every supermarket parking lot plastered with signs disclaiming any responsibility on the store's part if someone's car is damaged/stolen/broken into in the lot? No, the responsibility is clearly placed on the customers to not sure take care of their own cars, and belongings, but to not be a jerk to other shoppers and try to keep the lot safe for all to use.

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

You chose to have children, it's your primary responsibility to take care of them and not be a burden on the rest of society who were not involved in that choice.

Additional charges that seem unjustified that the establishment might think twice about

...or anyone who works in any kind of artistic/creative field like writing, crafting, painting...

Mar 24, 2015
sockii in Not About Food
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Additional charges that seem unjustified that the establishment might think twice about

I have an older relative who refuses to go to one of our (many) nearby diners for breakfast. He agrees the food there is good, better than many of the other options, but they charge you 25 cents extra for onions in your hash browns. That is some kind of criminal deceit in his mind.

Mar 23, 2015
sockii in Not About Food

Price Chopper Grocery from Missouri

The Price Choppers in my mom's area (NY/PA/NJ tri-state region) are really nice. They have better produce and seafood selection and variety than other choices in the area, good bagels and deli salads...I like them a lot and wish we had one near where I live. Prices maybe a little higher than some of the competition, though, and sometimes I've noticed some old/off meat in the meat dept that I've literally gone to customer service to complain about.

Mar 22, 2015
sockii in Chains

Does one RSVP to a Save the Date?

My SO and I usually have to plan vacation trips at least 3-4 months in advance because of his job (medical profession, his patients often book up 2-3 months in advance so it's a hassle to try to reschedule them otherwise).

And there are certain specific times of the year where I just know, annually, I wouldn't be able to attend a one-off event I'm invited to no matter how far in advance I might get notice. If it's scheduled for a weekend when every year I attend or work a specific conference, for instance.

Mar 21, 2015
sockii in Not About Food

Is this somehow allowed? Link dropping to a blog in every post.

Thank you for the response and clarification, marssy.

Mar 20, 2015
sockii in Site Talk

What 'Race Together' Means for Starbucks Partners and Customers | Starbucks Newsroom

A hashtag on a coffee cup is really going to educate me on social justice and racial politics? I really don't think so.

(Personally I avoid Starbucks because I think their coffee is terrible and not brewed for a no sugar/milk/additives simple black coffee drinker like me. If I'm stuck in one because it's the only choice for my caffeine fix nearby, I am not going to be in the mood for political conversation.)

Mar 20, 2015
sockii in Chains

Is this somehow allowed? Link dropping to a blog in every post.

The response to the thread is, yes, but the link to the blog/website has nothing to do with the topic of the thread in general. It's basically just a "sig(nature) line" link drop, IMHO. As in including the link at the bottom of every post. I believe I had flagged some of this user's posts before to no response, but I suppose I will do so again and allow the mods to decide. It just has come across as self-promotional in a way that I thought wasn't allowed here.

Mar 20, 2015
sockii in Site Talk
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Is this somehow allowed? Link dropping to a blog in every post.

I've noticed someone for a while who has to sign every post they make on the Chowhound boards with a link to their personal food blog. That doesn't seem like that's in agreement with the TOS as I read them (especially when the link has nothing to do with a one-line post response), but I don't see anything specifically prohibiting it in the FAQ, and these posts have been left standing for some time in some cases.

So, clarification? Because hey, I could be an obnoxious blog linker too if I wanted, but it seems kind off against the way things are supposed to run here. Correct me if I'm mistaken.

Mar 20, 2015
sockii in Site Talk
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Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Are you seriously having to hike a mile uphill both ways to return a shopping cart to a corral? I do not think so. Ergo, don't be a jerk to everyone else. Your kids aren't going to overheat or die from hypothermia for being in a car for 1 or 2 minutes while you return a cart like any other considerate person would do. Speaking as someone who wanted kids but can't have them, so I have no dislike for kids in general. Just for people who think the world revolves around theirs and no one else (or else's).

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

It takes all of about 1-2 minutes to walk to return a cart to corral in all of the grocery store lots I frequent, even in a large lot where the corral might be 2-3 aisles over. I'm sorry but the "I've got kids OMG THEY WILL DIE/BE STOLEN IF LEFT ALONE FOR 1 MINUTE" excuse is not flying over here. Hello you can lock the car door for a minute. No one is going to die, but you are going to inconvenience and potentially damage the cars of others because you value your convenience over all others. Parental over-priveledge, how does it work?

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

Just arrived off the pre-order list: Marc Vetri's Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto.

It's a beautiful book and I think I'm going to really enjoy reading more about the science behind pasta and how to do flavored noodles/drying pasta from my extruder/etc. How likely am I to attempt many of the specific recipes? Uh. I'm really not sure. Most of them are pretty extravagant and involve ingredients I don't/can't get easily (uni, venison shoulder, sweetbrains, etc.) It all looks really lovely but I can see a lot of this is going to be VERY special occasion cooking at most.

Mar 18, 2015
sockii in Home Cooking
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I think I have a garlic intolerance, anyone else?

I can't do raw or only lightly cooked garlic at all, and it is quite common in a lot of Middle Eastern foods like hummus which is why I tend to avoid them unless I prepare them myself. I'm totally fine if the garlic is sauteed well but even oven-roasted is a bit hit or miss for me. When I get a garlic reaction it is much like you described: bloating, being gassy, I also get severe stomach cramps, sweats and literally can smell garlic oil coming out of my skin. It's gross and sometimes can last for over 24 hours for me. It's also genetic as my father has the same problem.

It seems, from my research, to be a reaction to the compound allicin which is produced when raw garlic is crushed (http://healthybodynow.net/benefits-of...). Cooking destroys the allicin which is why if you have an intolerance to allicin, cooked garlic is ok but raw isn't. If you have a sulfur intolerance or allergy then no type of garlic is good.

Like I said, my only solution has been to avoid foods in restaurants or where I didn't prepare them myself because of the potential for raw garlic. I use a lot of garlic at home find but I always make sure to cook it well, and if possible just flavor oil with a crushed clove and then remove it before serving.

Mar 18, 2015
sockii in Special Diets

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

In other words, I'm a parent so I can do whatever is more convenient for me BECAUSE kids.

Masterchef Contestants Are Given Cooking Lessons, and 20 Other Secrets About The Franchise

I don't think it's a secret they get cooking lessons or certainly hasn't been for a long time...several former contestants have blogged about that through the years. As for #15, there has been far, far more than one "actor" on MC Junior or adult through the years. It doesn't take long on Linkedin to see that...

Mar 18, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

3 dinners - Fond, Vetri, Morimoto. Thoughts?

If you regularly go to NY for foodie visits, I would definitely strike Morimoto off your list. Our sushi/Japanese scene just isn't all that (unless you're willing to head over the bridge to Fuji Mountain in Haddonfield).

I'd also enthusiastically second the mention of Zeppoli as an alternative to Vetri. The head chef there used to be Chef de Cusine at Vetri, and his pasta beats anything I've had at any of the Vetri "empire" of Philly restaurants to date. You could either do Uber or take the PATCO line to Collingswood from Center City. It's a tough table to get, though, unless you go early (and you have to call to get reservations, they are not on OpenTable).

Why do people find it so strange to take photos of your food?

I get some of the vegetarians and vegans on my FB friendslist whining at me when I post pictures of meat...of course that only encourages me to post more of the same :) Personally I find endless streams of baby photos and dumb political memes far more annoying to scroll through, but no one's forcing anyone to stay subscribed to a social media stream they don't like.

I like taking photos of food, because cooking and eating out is one of my favorite hobbies. I have a food & travel blog so keeping track of where I ate and what I enjoyed is part of the process, and DOES help me remember things more clearly. The other weekend my S.O. spent half the day reading through by blogs of our past Italy trips (heavy on the food photography) and said it was so wonderful to be able to relive all of those memories through the photos and words. That's about all the "justification" I need for continuing to do the same.

Mar 16, 2015
sockii in Not About Food
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Going to Sbraga tonight for the 1st time

Enjoy! The menu is quite different right now since I was there, but I recall the saffron spaghetti with blue crab from my visit was excellent, a big hit at our table. I imagine the mole game hen may be very good as I had a Vadouvan hen on my visit which was the best dish of the night for me.

I seem to recall dress to be fairly business casual.

Mar 14, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia
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Non-Cook: Where to Start?

I would suggest a good pasta cookbook is well worth adding to a starting collection. There are so many easy, fast and tasty meals you can make with pasta, typically without a ton of ingredients or cookware (one good pasta pot, one good large saute pan, tongs and you're good to go).

Here are two of my favorite pasta books that I got early in my own cooking "journey" and I still use them regularly today. You can get them dirt cheap used since they're now out of print:

www.amazon.com/Pasta-Every-Way-Day/dp...

www.amazon.com/Great-Pasta-Sauces-Sal...

Mar 13, 2015
sockii in Home Cooking

Martin Yan new show on PBS. Vietnamese cooking

I mistakenly bought (or ok, it was on my Amazon wishlist and my partner got it for me) the companion cookbook for the Kimchi Chronicles and have found it really disappointing. Compared to my "real" Korean cookbooks I find it very meh. I never watched the show but it definitely feels like Korean food "dumbed down" for Western tastes - way too much sesame oil, not enough pungency, kimchi and gochujang. I've yet to make anything from it I was jumping up and down to cook again.

In contrast I have several of Martin Yan's cookbooks including his Martin Yan's Asia, connected with the season of Yan Can Cook he spent traveling Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and elsewhere. I find his recipes much more enjoyable and authentic in taste when I've prepared them, so I'm eager to see this new show. (In fact I'm currently indexing one of his books for EatYourBooks so I'm getting really familiar with his ingredients and style.)

Mar 12, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Martin Yan new show on PBS. Vietnamese cooking

"I dunno, I don't think one's nationality or ethnicity (whatever that means) really has any true bearing on ability no matter the arena."

Exactly. I mean, should I throw out all of my Rick Bayless cookbooks and stop watching his show because he's not Mexican?

Mar 11, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News
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I am a terrible cook!

I'm not vegetarian but a lot of my friends are - including a few picky eaters/people on restricted diets. Here are a few suggestions from my experience cooking for them:

* Pasta dishes with beans/legumes. A great way to easily add protein to a carb-heavy favorite. I love rigatoni/ziti with a quick sauce of sauteed garlic, fresh rosemary, canned chickpeas and olive oil. (Spice it up however you like with some chili flakes) Pasta e fagioli is classic comfort food for a reason--google it for countless versions.

* Wild rice "salad" with oven-roasted mixed vegetables. Toss the veggies and rice with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper. Also good with farro and other hearty grains.

* Bean & veggie soups & stews. These are great if you have a large family to feed, or even want to cook up stuff in advance and freeze for later.

* Baked stuffed peppers with a veggie/bread filling. If it's ok to share one of my recipes, here's one I make with eggplant stuffing, topped with mozzarella cheese (http://sockii.hubpages.com/hub/stuffe...

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* Homemade pizza, as already mentioned. Top however you like and can be so much healthier and less greasy than take out pizza.

* If you're not adverse to spice, Indian cuisines can be really worthwhile learning to cook for a balanced and healthy vegetarian diet. There are countless Indian vegetarian books on Amazon for a reason; I recommend Vegan Indian Cooking by Anupy Singla.

Please, for the love of God STOP BRUNCH ON SATURDAYS

"I'm trying to think of a reason to be at a restaurant at 3 PM on any day if not for brunch."

Big family that wants to get together for "dinner" in the city, but early enough that everyone can drive home and get home before it's 10-11pm at night.

This happens a LOT with my Jersey Italian in-laws. I don't care for it, but if they're coming from North Jersey to South Jersey for a celebration meal, or vice-versa, timing for the big meal always seems to be around 2-3pm on a weekend so that the "dinner" is done by 5-6pm and everyone can get home before it's too late (exception being Christmas Eve).

But that said, these are NEVER brunch meals. Add me to the list of brunch haters in general; I don't want to pay for crappy cold eggs or overly sweet french toast when I can have a real meal instead. I remember one day at a popular Philly bar waiting over an hour for a freaking bagel with lox.

If I want breakfast I'll make it at home, AT breakfast time, and save myself the time, the expense, and the hungover college kids.

Mar 09, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia
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Posting Guidelines

There isn't a single food/restaurant discussion forum out there that allows such content, to my knowledge. Just look at the FAQ for Yelp, UrbanSpoon, etc. No big website is going to open themselves up to legal action due to allegations of food borne illness that hasn't been backed up by officially reported health code violations.

Mar 09, 2015
sockii in Site Talk

Carciofi Alla Giudia

lepidoptery that looks like the strange bastard child of both versions! I must say I'd be intrigued....

Mar 08, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia