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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Sure, it would be like outlawing all jewelry because someone might get a FUCK or swastika necklace; or tie or any other piece of clothing. Should we outlaw scarves, too? I prefer to use common sense. Sure there will be shades of gray. But we don't get rid of our Constitution just because we need our courts to help decide on some matters.

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about 13 hours ago
chowser in Food Media & News

Bread Baking

My Lahey no knead got its best rise in my small pyrex casserole dish. I stopped using it because Pyrex recommended not heating it to that temperature, plus being empty. Spread out free form seems like it would be so flat.

about 14 hours ago
chowser in Home Cooking

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

It didn't ruin your Starbucks experience? ;-)

about 14 hours ago
chowser in Food Media & News
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

"I do not, however, encourage it's practice at all times and in all places. "

" I understand that some people have a different opinion and think they should be allowed full freedom of expression at all times, even in the workplace. "

I don't recall anyone saying either of these. Having a tattoo that commemorates a special event/person is a far cry from shouting "Satan rules" during High Mass, imo. I dislocated my ring finger and can no longer wear my wedding rings. It's crossed my mind that getting a tattoo there would be better for my lifestyle (being active) than wearing my rings. If anyone is offended by that, or thinks it's the equivalent of shouting during High Mass, then they're the ones w/ the problem. Right now I'm going the ringless route and will probably continue to do so. That probably offends people, too.

about 14 hours ago
chowser in Food Media & News
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Turning pimento cheese into pimento mac and cheese?

I would use Alton Brown's stove top recipe and use your cheese mix. It sounds delicious.

about 15 hours ago
chowser in Home Cooking

Bread Baking

I do it w/ artisan bread in five. I use a small cake pan, 8". Make rolls and place in pan. Lahey's no knead, as pikawika said, is too slack.

about 15 hours ago
chowser in Home Cooking

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

You talk about self expression like it's a bad thing. Of course, conforming while trying to is not just a teen/ young adult thing I see many/most parents do that.

about 15 hours ago
chowser in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

My mind is boggled that there are so many people offended by another's tattoo to the point that it would make them lose their appetite and not frequent a place as a result. I mean, this is Starbucks so no big loss but some of the best chefs in the industry have big tattoos (just watch Top Chef, Top Chef Masters). I can't imagine denying myself some of those meals based on antiquated thought. "I really like Volt but Bryan Voltaggio has tattoos so I boycott the restaurant." Yikes.

about 18 hours ago
chowser in Food Media & News
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Not really flak but some of the best chefs (all?) seem to have tattoos, many prominent. Honestly, if your standard is that the Red Cross has problems w/ taking blood. that would mean anyone who's lived in England post 80's. Having studied there in the 80's, I'm not longer allowed to give blood. but I am allowed, thankfully, to work near food.

about 18 hours ago
chowser in Food Media & News
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Fresh Pineapple Pie

Sounds great, the last one almost like a pineapple tarte tatin. I also love fresh pineapple upside down cake. Caramelized pineapples...mmm.

1 day ago
chowser in Home Cooking

Ice Cream Jubilee

We tried this out today. I found the banana bourbon caramel to be icy, not creamy. Flavor pretty good. We also tried coconut lychee lime (odd combination of flavors that didn't work), strawberry and Thai ice tea, both were very good and creamy. The flavors are more muted, though. Cones break easily, ask for cups. It's expensive ice cream, though--all that came to over $21. Parking in that area is a headache, especially w/ an event going on. I far prefer the ice cream at the Moo Thru. Flavors aren't as interesting (although it's arguable that snix--a blend of twix and snickers-- is more creative than gin and tonic) but ice cream much richer and creamier. You have to drive out past Manassas, though.

1 day ago
chowser in Washington DC & Baltimore

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

A warning to those who get tattoos to know what you're getting. It's been the punchline in comedies enough to be a cliche. Although, I think it would be a hilarious story to tell. I thought it was touching w/ the guy who got tattoos to commemorate his grandfather. LOL, would you bet the girl who turned the guy down for his tattoos?

1 day ago
chowser in Food Media & News

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

It's a puzzling question given that she's a caterer and a professional in the matter. I'd like to know how she'd handle it if she had to field 150 some requests for items people dislike (I don't eat mushrooms, I don't like eggplant, I hate medium rare meat, I only eat organics, etc.). IMO, sometimes you just have to let go of control and accept what you're given.

1 day ago
chowser in General Topics
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

See I have the opposite view of Starbucks as being the vanilla place that appeals to vanilla suburban HOA types. No mint chocolate chip here. People who frequent Starbucks love PF Chang for Chinese food. So, having a uniform bland image fits that.

1 day ago
chowser in Food Media & News
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Common since 38% of people between 18-29 have tattoos. I don't even notice them anymore, like pierced ears. I know quite a few suburban moms over 40 who have tattoos. No one bats an eye. I'm really surprised that this is even being discussed as "types" of people who have tattoos. Then again, I was far more conservative/uptight when I was in my teens and have gotten far more lax as I've gotten older.

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1 day ago
chowser in Food Media & News

Cafeteria Food - Universities and Hospitals

In college, I worked at a hospital where Johnson and Wales culinary students cooked. It was a hidden surprise. We had lunches of filet mignon at great prices.

1 day ago
chowser in General Topics
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Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

Wouldn't it add stress to you if you knew the people you were serving felt the same as you do about needing to have the food they WANT to be eating, rather than what you were serving?

1 day ago
chowser in General Topics
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Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

Then eat it whether you're in the mood for it or not. I'm assuming you'll choose something that you will eat, It might not be what you're in the mood for but you have to make choices--eat it or waste it. There's no way to predict how you're going to feel weeks after choosing but it's your choice whether to waste food or not. Really, as I said, it's a blip in the enjoyment of a wedding. I've never heard anyone say, "It would have been a great wedding but I was forced to eat the fish because I chose it 6 weeks earlier and I was in the mood for chicken that night and that ruined the wedding for me."

1 day ago
chowser in General Topics
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Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

Then flip a coin/toss a dice. No choice.

1 day ago
chowser in General Topics

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

In an attempt to pacify those who will classify women as "classy". As the saying goes, well behaved women rarely make history.

1 day ago
chowser in Food Media & News
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

" I said I thought they were particularly unbecoming for a woman to have."

Sounds like it's more skewed against women.

1 day ago
chowser in Food Media & News
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

They're appealing to bland and conventional so the no tattoos policy fits that. I wouldn't be surprised if places like Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, etc. have the same type policy. No creative thinkers, outside the box employees wanted. It's what is is, like Disney.

2 days ago
chowser in Food Media & News

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

It doesn't matter. The worst that can happen is you get there, you've gotten the fish and are in the mood for chicken. Would that register in your blip meter for more than a second? Unless someone goes all out for the food, does anyone remember what their meals were at weddings? I have no idea what we had at mine.

2 days ago
chowser in General Topics
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Oh no another tipping thread! When is no tip justified?

Does the restaurant require that the server pay them as a percentage of his tips, or as a percent of his sales? Does the restaurant actually tally the final sales every server makes and take it out of his/her pay so everyone is paid those percentages?

Jul 19, 2014
chowser in Not About Food

Bread Baking

You can freeze it at either stage and just continue. I like to shape it so all I have to do is let it defrost. To retard the dough means to slow the rise which gives more flavor and a better texture. The hotter the ambient temperature, the faster the dough will rise (or the more yeast). Refrigerating the dough will slow it down.

Jul 19, 2014
chowser in Home Cooking
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Great new program teaches people in 'food deserts' about healthy eating, shopping and cooking.

Jul 18, 2014
chowser in Food Media & News

How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

Nor related to being retired. I was thinking there'd be some vodka or something w/ the v8 drink.

Jul 18, 2014
chowser in Not About Food

Bread Baking

Maybe I should post this on that thread but was it worth making? I can buy one for $3.50, buy 5 get one free and they're excellent. There are so many piece parts to a good sandwich. I'd love to peruse the book, though!

Jul 18, 2014
chowser in Home Cooking

Bread Baking

I think it was MMRuth (miss her) who talked about having pizza every night using the dough. It sounded so good that I followed in her footsteps but had to stop. I'm not a low carber but that's a LOT of carbs!

Banh Mi rolls sound great. I've made french bread but never ventured to banh mi.

Jul 18, 2014
chowser in Home Cooking

Great new program teaches people in 'food deserts' about healthy eating, shopping and cooking.

I think most people would like to help others w/ more access to better food. We all approach solutions to problems differently so I'm not going slam someone for approaching it in their way.

Jul 18, 2014
chowser in Food Media & News