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Who would you like to dine with?

I've got many lists. But one dinner party would be the Top Gear guys + Oz Clark on one side with an assortment of Top Chef alumni on the other side of the table (Stefan Richter, Tre, Stephanie Izzard, Michael Voltaggio...). And Bear Grylls has to fit in somehow.

1 day ago
512window in Not About Food

Tell-Tale Terms

"We don't take reservations" means an hour long wait in a crowded vestibule

This is weird, but every Thai restaurant I've ever been to with Bangkok in the restaurant name, is terrible.

Aug 20, 2014
512window in Not About Food

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

I think that regional food should stay regional. Beignets in New Orleans, pork tenderloin sandwich in the mid-west, stone crab in Florida, etc.

And your regional specialties are what you should be feeding to your foreign visitors.

Leaving half doughnuts behind

At least if someone takes half a portion, no one else ever knows!

I bring in lots of things to our breakroom, only thing that ever got me riled up was one person running off with two full shopping bags of lemons - about 40pounds.

Aug 19, 2014
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Is duck sauce in Chinese restaurants ONLY a New England thing?

I have no idea. I'm from California - I don't really want to try it. It just seems odd that Smart and Final has the big cans.

Aug 18, 2014
512window in General Topics

Is duck sauce in Chinese restaurants ONLY a New England thing?

I live in California and agree that Duck Sauce is a NE thing. Oddly enough, I can go to Smart and Final, a warehouse store, and buy a gallon can of the stuff. But it's never offered in restaurants here.

Aug 18, 2014
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Leaving half doughnuts behind

Speaking for myself, if I break half off, I do expect someone else will take the other half. I am also willing to take a half donut that has been left by someone else.

The people who break off half a donut, leave the other half because they think it is wasteful to throw it away.

But....if you are really bothered by this, why bring in donuts (or even doughnuts)? Bring in things that can't be divided. Like soup, or M&Ms.

Aug 18, 2014
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What kind of nectarine is this?

Nectarines have varieties, just like apples. Some places label them with the name, some don't. I find generally that stalls at farmers markets are better about labelling fruit than grocery stores.

I don't know what variety this is. The red streaks are pretty common.

Aug 18, 2014
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Crazy Janes Mixed up Salt.

So now you're ordering me to smile? :-)

I am always in a hurry. Hence the lack of perusing.

Aug 17, 2014
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Bay Bridge lights restaurant [San Francisco]

I've been to Chaya to see the lights. Worked out well although they wouldn't guarantee me a table with a view when I made the reservation. I've never been able to get a reservation at Waterbar or Epic.

La Mar also works well for lights watching.

Crazy Janes Mixed up Salt.

I have never seen it.

Perhaps, instead of grimly racing around filling my basket with the things on my list, I should slowly peruse the contents of the aisles. There may be other wonders that I'm missing out on.

Crazy Janes Mixed up Salt.

I can be pretty sure when someone starts a discussion about a salt product that they like salt.

I've never seen Crazy Janes Mixed Up Salt. Where is it sold?

Aug 15, 2014
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I've never been a *Quick* Cook

I'm with you. Back when I had to do it, I never had any trouble getting a meal for me and the kids on the table in 15-20 minutes of arriving home. I was a single parent with two active children. I didn't have the leisure time to shop after work (had to pick them up) and they couldn't wait until 9pm to eat either.

My trick was to only cook one thing per dinner. One night is pork chops with green salad and breadsticks. Next night is leftover pork chops with broccoli and fruit. Etc. When I had longer time, I'd bake chicken. I used the timer on my oven - there's nothing better than walking into the house and smelling your already cooked dinner in the oven.

I don't know what the point of the television shows is, but some people have to live this way. Single parents get really good at planning ahead, triage. and making do. Now that my kids are grown, I can take my time.

Aug 12, 2014
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What worked and didn't work about Chowhound

So you know!

If you were still governor of Florida, you might want to post under a pseudonym like BoMart or HangingChad.

Aug 11, 2014
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Your Favorite Meat or Protein?

lamb chops! I have them at least once a week. I love lamb.

Aug 10, 2014
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What worked and didn't work about Chowhound

Speaking as someone who has a very common name (think John Smith), the opposite can be just as oppressive. If I use my real name, I get lots of folks assuming that I'm the person with that name who they know.

In addition, I have work-related reasons to want to participate anonymously. Even in things I do on my own time, I have to make sure that nothing will reflect badly at work.

Aug 09, 2014
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The Great Bay Leaf Hoax

Last time I bought Bay leaves, I got them from the Mexican spice section where everything comes in clear plastic cellophane. I tore the bag opening it and tossed the leaves into a canning jar. The next time I needed a bay leaf, I opened the jar and the smell nearly knocked me over.

Golf the record, I think my spaghetti sauce is terrible if I don't add bay leaves.

My parents were convinced that they were dangerous and would search through any dish cooked with them and discard the leaves.

Aug 09, 2014
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music to chowhound by

Three from the same album - Lyle Lovett's Live in Texas
Nobody knows me ("a cheating song about Mexican food")
Here I am
Church

Green chicken??

You are responding to something posted in April of 2010. Maybe knowledge has improved since then.

Aug 06, 2014
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What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

Thanks for sharing this. Makes me glad I decided to run a food drive at work over the summer.

A beef: "Is this your first time here?"

I assume it's something required of them by restaurant management, but like you, these things annoy me. I don't like to be referred to as a "guest" either - I'm a customer.

If it really bugs you, try replying enthusiastically, "Yes, it is! Does that mean my meal is free?"

Aug 02, 2014
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Volunteer ornamental squash, what to do?

Growing squash from seeds, I've frequently ended up with the wrong variety. Like, plant pumpkins and end up with ornamental gourds. I don't think the companies are very carefully about sorting and labelling. I've had the same thing happen with peppers.

If you don't want to try eating them, let them dry and use for Thanksgiving decorations. If they're still hanging in, spray paint them gold and use for Christmas decorations.

Aug 02, 2014
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Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

And if we had a pantry, it wouldn't necessarily be cool.

My Favorite Corn Muffin Recipe

Good lord that's a lot of sugar! In a batch of cornbread, I usually use 1-2 tablespoons.

Jul 30, 2014
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I hate it when I don't know how to pronounce a food's name in a restaurant

It works on my phone so it doesn't have to be on a wireless network. You type the word in and push the button and it pronounces the word. It's as loud as you have the phone set for.

You also get the definition at the same time. You get phonetic spellings of the pronunciation. There are buttons for Synonyms, example sentences, and word origin.

Of course it doesn't have a "dedicated gallery with high-quality images for each food item" - it's a dictionary. You weren't asking for that either.

If you're going to invest time into making an app, you should have a sense of who you'll be competing with. For me it's Dictionary.com with sound by Nuance.

Jul 29, 2014
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I hate it when I don't know how to pronounce a food's name in a restaurant

My dictionary app already does this.

Jul 29, 2014
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Has anybody installed a charcoal grill in their kitchen?

I don't have one, but in older tract homes in my area (northern California) they were a common feature. They would have brick surrounds and chimneys. And people did use them - but I don't remember if they used charcoal or wood.

I've also seen someone put in a brick wood-fired pizza oven on one of those home improvement shows on HGTV. You might search for that instead of a "grill" when you Google.

You'll need a real architect or engineer to do this. Otherwise "you're going to DIE!!!!!"

Jul 23, 2014
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Pesto experts, a lil help please?

When I want to use less olive oil in my pesto, I use elephant garlic instead of regular.

Jul 23, 2014
512window in Home Cooking

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

I think that your lovely crispy onion chip = my burnt pieces of onion. Which if you like and I don't, means more for you.

In a forum that may include children and the elderly, I am reluctant to detail just how passionate I am about my onions.

Jul 18, 2014
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OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

I'm pretty old school - just cream cheese, maybe some smoked salmon

I'm surprised at the love everyone else seems to have for onion or everything bagels. The onion ones just taste like burnt onion pieces to me, and the everything always includes onion so.....

Plain, sesame, or poppyseed for me.

Jul 17, 2014
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