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"It’s the singer not the song" The percieved advantage of luxury cookware.

At the age of 21 my brother took me down to NYC's Bowrey/restaurant supply neighborhood. He bought me a 12 inch cast iron skillet and a full tang riveted utlity knife.
Still have them, still use them. Thousands of meals later.

Does Anybody Really Like Fennel?!

French onion soup, treat it just like the onions. Got that from Donna Hay, a nice twist to a standard.
I also used some wild fennel in whipping cream (soak the leaves for a few hour, strain, whip...different and not expected.)

Consistently The Best of Burlington VT: Penny Cluse, Misery Loves Company, and Mirabelle bakery!

I have always found the appeal of two of these three highly overrated.
PC seems, especially, to be a watered down interpretation of 70's Californian casual. I've never been wowed.

Why Yelp Sucks!

I've had reviews deleted on Yelp, I've deleted a few on my own (I was expecting far too much for the only big town in a small, small state.)
The real thing wrong is when somehow everyplace in town ends up with four and a half stars or more.

Jul 25, 2015
chilihead in Food Media & News

Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Pretty much everything up untill a month ago, thank goodness we moved. The top of the list was Kim Chee Stew with rice ovelettes.

Jul 24, 2015
chilihead in Manhattan

Has anyone heard of the herbs/spices asafetida or epazote?

I grew espazote out of curiosity years age, think cilantro with an aftertaste of kerosene. An aquired taste.

Jul 08, 2015
chilihead in General Topics

Question on Fage yogurt...

Your market is over priced. My wife is addicted to the Fage lime and I see it selling for anywhere from $1 to $1.89.

Jul 08, 2015
chilihead in General Topics

Current restaurant pet peeve

I got a gift card for starbucks and every time i used it i was listening to "Smashing up a starbucks" by mike doughty.

Jul 08, 2015
chilihead in General Topics

Five meals in Detroit

cadieux cafe, two words: feather bowling. Look it up on youtube.

Jul 04, 2015
chilihead in Great Lakes

Arabic Supermarket colchester, vt

http://www.manta.com/c/mmcrm2m/commun...
they are at 128 North street.

I do believe that Global Market also carries halal
http://www.yelp.com/biz/global-market...

and the African Market that is in the same building as Global might carry halal as well, though I am not positive about that last one.

Arabic Supermarket colchester, vt

There is a Halal market on North Street if that is your concern.

Are crispy eggs a culinary no no?

It depends on what you yourself want. The opinionated "correct" way of sunnyside up comes from a very specific local, and that local isn't mine.
That said, a friend eats radishes with butter on them at breakfast...which is obviously wrong, very wrong.

Jan 16, 2015
chilihead in General Topics

Would you ever recommend a place you haven't been?

Would you ever recommend a place you haven't been, or haven't been to in years?
Or recommend a restaurant of a type that you do not frequent?

For instance the poster is asking about say a fish market or Vietnamese food or recommendations for a meal in West Doodleburg. Would you respond with "Well I don't like fish and haven't been to West Doodleburg in years, but I have heard that X-ateria is good, but I don't eat that sort of thing?"

Jan 06, 2015
chilihead in General Topics

Places selling sushi/sashimi grade fish near Burlington, VT?

City Market has one of the most frightening seafood counters I have ever encountered. I'd stay clear of that for sushi grade, I stay clear of it period. As someone whose high school job was as a butcher's assistant I am fussy.

Generally speaking Burlington doesn't do sushi very well, in fact it does it very badly, expect to be disappointed.

I myself roll my own sushi, but here in Burlington I resort to mostly veg/egg options and fish roe that I order on line, which had led to allot of learning, which is a good thing.

Keene, NH vs. Brattleboro, VT: How would food scene factor in to moving decision?

Between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Neither is a winner.

Be warned, Vermonters will give anything five out of five stars.

Meat/Chix Burlington, VT

Having worked as a butcher's assistant back in high school, read that as the kid who gets to clean everything and then clean it again, I have a very low tolerance for butcher shops with poor hygiene. The smell of some places keeps me from buying anything that isn't canned.
So I understand his dilemma. The choice here is between meat that has had the taste factory farmed out of it, boutique meat, and the questionable smell.
Costco is not much better, the cost is about the same per pound and you have to buy more.
and don't get me started on seafood in a land locked state.
I suggest vegetarianism. On the positive side you will be able to lure him home with visions of chateaubriand.

I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

I don't eat at places that advertise on tv. Unless we are talking about a hunger emergency. Then my expectations are lowered, except for the discomfort I know will be coming later.

Oct 16, 2014
chilihead in Chains

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

Detroit style deep dish? That is a new one to me, perhaps it emerged from Lake St. Clair since I left.

Sep 30, 2014
chilihead in General Topics

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

We were on the couch last night and saw an ad for what looked frightening. A pizza with a crust stuffed with cheese food product, no sauce as far as I could tell, more cheese-ish stuff on top with pepperoni and more salt.
It got me thinking.

Pizza is something I would pick up by the slice on the street in NYC or order when cooking is impossible (i.e. there is no kitchen, we are moving and need to feed a mess of very helpful friends, etc.) The pizza by the slice is really a matter of this just came out of the oven, you can't beat the freshness, shake on some red pepper, eat it now and then go on your merry way. Delivery pizza...well we have been moving boxes, painting houses, building chicken coops or what ever for hours and are starving, we'd eat the box and be happy.
And there is honestly such a thing as really bad pizza, one in Bogota Colombia comes to mind (shudder.)

But I have never gotten the whole cult of pizza, perhaps that visit to Pizza Shack (the name has been changed for my own amusement) when I was eight and had the stomach flu put me off pizza joints for life, but I just don't get it.
Is it a comfort food? True it does tend to trash the kitchen, so I get letting someone else deal with the mess.

I even notice that I will jokingly say "As American as pizza pie," but I mean it...it is very American, very popular, it saturates film and tv (from The Sopranos to Futurama.) Our town has no toy store within city limits, but at least a dozen pizza places.

But I don't get it. Why pizza?

Sep 26, 2014
chilihead in General Topics

Wanted: Cafe Intermezzo's poppy seed dressing recipe

Thanks for posting the link, I'll try making this for my Beloved this evening. This is one bit of home that pops into our collective marital heads that we have not been able to recreate.
Thanks.

Sep 26, 2014
chilihead in Home Cooking

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

Yep, I'm in Burlington and don't let the hype about the food scene fool you, very over rated and I would say horrid.

I've been here 14 years and never, ever had a restaurant experience that went above "that is passable." Usually I get "good god that was awful, who thought to put parsley on sushi?" I long for the days when, and where, I had a "that was amazing, when can we go back? Lets go tomorrow night. We definitely have to go tomorrow" experience.

Most of the farm to table places are just plain uninspired and mere beer delivery systems, in fact after thinking about this for awhile the entire food scene here has beer (or cider) as its centerpiece rather than food.

Sep 18, 2014
chilihead in Not About Food

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

People around here are more likely to get excited when an Olive Garden or Wallmart opens. Most of the "better" restaurants are beer-centric, as in they are actually just a pub/brewery that serves food on the side. Unfortunately I've had better beer, heck I've brewed better beer, but no longer drink, so such places hold little charm.

Sep 08, 2014
chilihead in Not About Food

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

The finishing off of frozen bread happens in the US a good deal too. One of our chain stores, Haniford, seemed to always have fresh bread but you never actually saw any dough being worked. Being someone who wakes up way too early I got suspicious and asked. The bread arrives frozen and is finished off in the store.

Aug 30, 2014
chilihead in Not About Food

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

I was being polite. Please note that I haven't mentioned specific places or even cities.
And moldy bread is by far the most benign of what I have encountered here.

Aug 23, 2014
chilihead in Not About Food

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

I cook at home allot and take great pleasure from doing so. Mom made sure all of her sons could cook for themselves really early on. So I am far from stuck eating out on a regular basis, quite the opposite I have the problem of "well that was horrible, I could do better."

I could look over the surly service if the food was outstanding, in fact I've had great meals at places where the service was on the verge of being openly hostile.
But being served moldy bread at by a waiter that could care less is enough to keep one at home.

Aug 23, 2014
chilihead in Not About Food

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

I live in the largest town in a very (very) small state and there are very few dining options, especially when you are talking about any sort of ethnic food.

Having lived in larger places for most of my life my rule is if I get a bad meal, or really bad service, on two occasions I don't go back to that restaurant again. There are always other places.

But in this small town this rule has pretty much crossed off most of the restaurants here. What confuses me is that I have heard on many occasions "you should give them another try."

If you were served mediocre food by a surly and inattentive waitstaff would you go back?

Aug 21, 2014
chilihead in Not About Food
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Best Food Cities in Northern NE?

I should clarify. I prefer Vietnamese over French, New Mexican over Italian, Korean over everything and right now I am daydreaming about an Ethiopian restaurant in D.C. The ethnic restaurants in Burlington are "passable" at best.
I do not find Burlington quirky, a town with four head shops and no toy stores is not quirky.

Best Food Cities in Northern NE?

If you are going to go as far as Burlington why not go a little further and goto Montreal? More options, more adventure, better food.

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

Foodie.
Why would anyone infantilize gluttony?

Jul 24, 2014
chilihead in Food Media & News

Dinners near Burlington

Sakura has gone sadly down hill recently, our past two visits have been not quite right, the heart has seemed to left the place.