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July 23 is National Hot Dog Day

The grill is already heating, beans and kraut are simmering on the stovetop. Cole Slaw, Potato Salad and Macaroni Salad are in the fridge.
The hot dogs will go on at 5:55 PM and supper on the table at 6. and since eldest daughter is home from the sea, the beer is cold in the fridge in the pool house.

about 8 hours ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Hawthorne Inn, Berlin, CT Closed

The property (motel and restaurant building) has been for sale for many months. Mrs. B is a CT Licensed RE Broker and pointed it out to me when it came on the market.

about 8 hours ago
bagelman01 in Southern New England

"Cooking Block" What Do You Do?

Eat out for a week...............clears mine or Mrs. B's cooking block 2-3 times each year.

about 13 hours ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Discrimination in Restaurants - does it influence where you dine?

If they can find an attorney to take the case without any money up front. Not all will lay out expenses on a contingent basis. Copying and filing and process serving cost money. Don't be fooled when you see an attorney's ad that says no fee unless we win. Expenses aren't fees.

1 day ago
bagelman01 in Not About Food
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Here comes the lawyer in me...............

Look at almost any lease or contract. It will usually state that the lack of enforcement of a right or rule is not to be considered a waiver of that right or rule.

If the handbook says no visible tattoos, Starbucks can decide when to enforce the rule.

BTW>>>I personally don't like tattoos and would avoid being served food by a tattooed person. There are health consequences to tattooing. Here you can be turned away from giving blood if you have tattoos, who knows under what condition the tattoo was applied. If the Red Cross says your blood is suspect because you have tattoos, don't be handling my food. Yes, I expect flack for this

Jul 21, 2014
bagelman01 in Food Media & News
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Discrimination in Restaurants - does it influence where you dine?

Harters........
The OP is definitely in the USA.

Her post has types of discrimination listed that are constitutionally protected as well as some protected by state constitutions or laws.

Federal Protection acronym: RAN>>Race, Age, National Origin, also religion. Some states: gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, leave for family care (minimum of 50 employees), etc.

The standards vary from jurisdiction to Jurisdiction with generally more rights/groups protected in Liberal/Demoract 'BLUE' states than Conservative/Republican 'RED' states.

Jul 20, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food
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Discrimination in Restaurants - does it influence where you dine?

Cheating employees in terms of pay for time worked is NOT discrimination as the OP queries. That said I have helped employees in such situations file wage/hour claims with the CT Dept of Labor (pro bono, the underpaid can't afford lawyers to get what little wages they earn and haven't been paid).

Jul 20, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Discrimination in Restaurants - does it influence where you dine?

Not only wouldn't I give them my dollars, but I would probably represent the discriminated against employees pro bono to recover what was owed them.

Jul 20, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food
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Ideas for place to go for a week with kosher restaurants around, PLEASE!

The rooms in the Hilton Garden Inn all have refrigerators and microwaves and a Keurig coffee maker. They supply the coffee which is kosher. Makes a stay including takeout prepared food easy

Jul 19, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher
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Giada says Italians like to use breadcrumbs instead of parmesan. Recipe examples?

Kris....
I'm not Italian. I love Italian food. Because we have a kosher kitchen, I can't use cheese in Italian recipes that have meat.
Older brother's wife is Jewish/Italian her parents were born and raised in Rome and came to the US in 1937. SIL's mother always substituted toasted bread crumbs for parmigian in recipes made with meat. Said she learned this from the housemaid/cook they had in Rome who came from Naples.

Jul 19, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

all those hours in Constitutional Law during law school paid off......................
Not part of my practice, but great for making points on line

Jul 18, 2014
bagelman01 in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

What employment contract. Starbucks employee below Top corporate management don't have contracts. They are at will employees. An employer is free to establish and change work rules, shift, etc. An employee can accept the changes or leave employment. Starbucks is not violating anti-discrimination laws with this rule. Tatoos are not a protected class such as Age, Race, Religion, National Origin and in the blue states gender, and sexual orientation.

Jul 18, 2014
bagelman01 in Food Media & News
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Love the policy..............
I don't find the sight of tattoos or body piercings appetizing

Jul 18, 2014
bagelman01 in Food Media & News
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Any C'Hound Baby Boomers?

My grandparents in Brooklyn had Hoffman's soda delivered, but t was not delivered by Hoffman's, their seltzer delivery man also carried Hoffman's.

Jul 18, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Kosher Restaurants in Istanbul

Turkish Pizza (Lahmacun) is made with tomatoes, spices and usually ground lamb. It is not made with cheese. This has nothing to do with kosher cuisine not mixing meat and dairy.

Tourists misapplying the word pizza to Lahmacun might lead to to an expectation of cheese, but it is not part of the dish.

Friends of mine have owned/operated Turkish Kebab House, just outside New Haven and their definition/explanation from their menu: "Lahmacun sometimes called Turkish pizza is an Anatolian dish usually made up of a round and thin, piece of dough topped with various meats (most commonly mincemeat) and vegetables. Lahmacun is commonly sold on the streets in cities like Antep, Urfa, Istanbul."

Last summer, they came to our home to visit and having given me an ingredient list in advance (to procure) they made an assortment in our outdoor pizza oven for a party we hosted.

Jul 18, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

Upscale Friday night dinner ideas

You don't need to tweak the recipe based on the change of beef cut, BUT if your recipe calls for any added salt in the duxelles half it because the beef has been kashered. Or if you are using canned instead of fresh mushrooms (and there is nothing wrong with that for Beef Wellington) but the no salt variety.

Use a meat thermometer, stop cooking at just over rare, turn the oven off and let the beef finish cooking as the oven cools. Should yield pink/medium doneness.

Jul 17, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

Any C'Hound Baby Boomers?

Since someone decided to resurrect this old thread, it coincides with a current discussion in one of my FB groups about growing up in New Haven in the 50s and 60s.

We got:
Borden's Milk delivered by Mitchell Dairy. Mom wouldn't use Sealtest because their trucks used ice, not refrigeration, and Borden's used amber bottles to retard spoilage
Charles' Chips in the big cans
Dugan's Cake
Good Humor Ice Cream..Had a big Blue G sign to put in the window if you wanted him to stop.
Fish Man came on Thrursday
Chicken man called Tuesday night for our order, fresh killed chickens and eggs delivered on Thursday afternoon
Fruit/Veg man came Mondays and Thursday
Butcher delivered on Thursday mornings. He'd let himself in the back door and put the order in the fridge, bill came at the end of the month.
Castle Seltzer brought a case of siphon bottles on Tuesdays. Had to make sure to be home in the winter so they wouldn't freeze.
Until 1957 we only had one car and mom only got to use it one day each week for the supermarket run; therefore delivery was important. By 1963 the only deliveries we still got were the butcher and seltzer, both of which continued until 1984.

Jul 17, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Ideas for place to go for a week with kosher restaurants around, PLEASE!

This New Haven Native will tell you that New Haven is not a quiet, green place that 81 yo mom would enjoy as her getaway. None of these restaurants are conducive to dining as opposed to eating. A young family might enjoy checking into a motel and exploring the museums at Yale, theatre and the shoreline, but this is not for the OP and his mom.

Jul 17, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

Upscale Friday night dinner ideas

A rib eye would work just fine in Beef Wellington. Cook to a rare temp, crust will brown, then while holding/resting in your turned off oven it will come to medium rare/medium.

Do not use eye of the chuck, it will be too tough for this dish. You need a cut that is soft when cooked, as most don't have Shabbos steak knifes as part of Shabbos silverware.

ALTERNATIVE: Take any lean chuck and rough mince and mix with some chopped veg and spices. Form a log, cover with the mushrooms and roll in the pastry, bake until golden brown, Pre-slice and plate in the kitchen. Perfect for Shabbos when you don't want a guest to struggle cutting beef and maybe upset a wine glass on your white cloth. This also saves money, avoids cooking with an unfamiliar cut the first time for guests and by hand chopping to a rough mince it still has the tooth of steak not hamburger.

Jul 17, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

Ideas for place to go for a week with kosher restaurants around, PLEASE!

Besides, OP and mom want to go away for a FEW DAYS. not typical for a house rental, except for beach weekend cottages.
House rental imply one wants to cook/clean/keep house, something that is no vacation for an 81 year old mom. If OP followed withasmile's advice, mom would be withafrown.

Jul 17, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

Cheesecake is cooked...so I eat it

Jul 17, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

No, not even then. and I don't like it on a baked potato either

Jul 16, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

It's not the fact that it's going on a bagel, I just don't like cream cheese. In fact I don't really like any of the white dairy items unless they are cooked. No cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, pot cheese, farmer cheese, ricotta or yogurt pass B's lips in the cold/refrigerated state. Feta and fresh mozzarella are exceptions.

But I bake with cream cheese, farmer cheese, cottage cheese, pot cheese and sour cream. NO yogurt in any form do I consume, I always can taste it and just don't like it.

Jul 16, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

kosher restaurants from ny to maine

whose usual route?
BQE to Whitestone to Hutch to 95 Lunch in New Haven up 91 to 84 east to the Mass Pike then I 495 to 95 north to Maine
BQE to Whitestone to Hutch becomes RT 15 at Greenwich, then 50 minutes to exit 59 (Westville Kosher Meat meal) continue to Meriden and it merges into 91 N (fastest route and least traffic).

Avoid 684 to Brewster and 84 East thru Danbury and Waterbury. Culinary wasteland, much construction, always a terribe delay getting thru Waterbury (and the pizza is vile and the neighborhood worse) and it takes 1/2 hour longer than routing thru New Haven.

On 495 to 95 North thru Mass, get off exit 46 for lunch at Larry Levine in Peabody on Lowell St.

Jul 16, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

Oh no another tipping thread! When is no tip justified?

I would not have left a tip for the lousy service/lack of service you received.

and I would not be returning

Jul 16, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

Now, if you had asked what I serve with bagels the answer is quite different than what I put on my bagel.

Sunday breakfast at the B's includes fresh baked bagels, belly lox (I hand slice it), pickled herring in cream sauce with onions, pickled lox in the same sauce, baked salmon, cream cheese, Breakstone Whipped Unsalted Butter, sliced red onions, sliced tomatoes (if native are in season) and for my SIL 1/4 pound of Nova.

A pot of strong coffee, fresh squeezed OJ and vodka and Champagne for screwdrivers and mimosas is also available

Jul 16, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

I regularly bake:
Plain
Rye
Sesame
Poppy
Pumpernickel

and about every 3 weeks by my brother's request:
Onion
Salt

I would eat butter on any of these

On rye, pumpernickel or salt I also like sliced Sweet Munchee cheese

Rye or Pumpernickel could be used for a salami sandwich, except I bake these in my outdoor brick wood fired pizza oven, so I consider them Kosher Dairy equipment and don't eat with meat (even though they have no daity ingredients).

Jul 16, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

Kosher restaurants w/corkage

There was a recent discussion on thsi board about kosher restaurants serving non-kosher wine and I wrote about the Catskills in their prime when Grossinger's and the Concord (among others had treif wine available for purchase). They used the cold water rinse system you mention. I worked the mountains during college breaks and summers some 40 years ago.

Jul 16, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

kosher restaurants from ny to maine

EVAN.........The Bridgeport JCC was demolished last month. It's a hole in the ground where they will build the new Jewish Home for the aged. NO FOOD.
New Haven has Claires and Edge of the Woods, both Dairy and have vegetarian options. Small dining area at Westville Kosher Butcher (exit 59 off Ct RT 15..which joins RT 91 in Meriden).

The secret eating solution on the NY Boston trek is actually "NOSH" the kosher dining section at the UCONN dining facility. Depends on university schedule, it serves fresh cooked meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner at reasonable prices. It is a 15 minute detour off I-84, about 20 miles east of Hartford. (Disclosure: Mr and Mrs B were founding benefactors of this facility and like to see it serve the greater Jewish community, not just students and faculty).

Boston and Newport are nowhere near the OP's route.

The only option north of Boston is Larry Levine's Kosher Deli and Sandwich in Peabody, MA, a very short ride from exit 46 on I-95 north of Boston. Not great, but if you don't want to eat prepared food from your cooler it's a choice.

Word of advice: NEVER plan/depend on eating kosher food at any of the JCCs in CT. The operators fold regularly. The food is iffy and expensive. Information is always out of date. There isn't a six month period where we don't read news of a new operator opening in one of the JCCs.......they can't survive, the JCC clientele in CT is heavily non-observant and/or non-Jewish and all CT JCCs are open Saturdays.

Last hint for New Haven, breakfast and lunch only. Tower One, a senior housing facility on Church St South near the intersections of I-95 and I-91 has a cafe serving a limited dairy menu at very reasonable prices. They will be out of many items on the menu. You will be surrounded by 80 and 90 year olds with walkers, your little kids will get constant attention by alte bubbes. Food is very ordinary, institutional run by Sodexo, a division of Marriott. But it exists, and you don't have to deal with trying to park near Claire's. Mr. B's mother lived in an assisted living apartment in Tower One from 2010-2013 so the B family had the occasion to lunch there at least twice per week for 3 years>Tuna melts, Bagels and lox platters, pancakes, baked pasta, avoid the vile blintzes and potato pancakes.

Jul 16, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

I've been baking bagels for 44 years and eating them for 59.
At home they are topped with Breakstone Unsalted Whipped Butter

Out, then whatever butter the establishment has.

Nothing to do with the bagel, but bagelman doesn't eat/like cream cheese, raw tomato or lox (although I smoke and or pickle my own salmon for the family)

Jul 16, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics