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Pizza Margherita: SFBA Dish of the Month August 2015

Didn't Italians make pizza Margherita before VPN standards were established? Who knows which breeds of tomatoes they used.

There's nothing wrong with adapting to what is at hand. It all depends on how the final product tastes. And whether you like it.

about 22 hours ago
512window in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinnerware Brands

Someone gave me four fiestaware bowls as a gift. One chipped within a day. YMMV

1 day ago
512window in Cookware

How Useful And Trustworthy Is Yelp??

I use it for the same sorts of things. It's particularly good for hours of operation.

I will look at the reviews to try to get indications of which dishes are good. But even then, everything is taken with a grain of salt.

The B&B breakfast from hell

Wherever you got information that led you to choose this B&B for your visit, you should probably post that you were disappointed by the breakfast.

The worst that I have heard of was a colleague who got a room for her boyfriend's significant birthday in the $500 per night area. Breakfast, which was really hyped in the advertising turned out to be two supermarket muffins, two pats of butter, and a packet of coffee for the machine.

Sep 01, 2015
512window in General Topics

Roast vs. Bake

Baking cooks from the bottom. Broiling cooks from the top.

Aug 30, 2015
512window in General Topics

Who will slaughter and prep a live duck?

That's what the "face" in your id stands for!
I bet Sergei and Larry know how to slaughter their own ducks.

Good luck. I used to live next to a "problem" rooster.

Who will slaughter and prep a live duck?

Don't know. If it's like a chicken, there are good instructions, with illustrations, in the Joy of Cooking. I'm sure you could find U Tube videos as well.

If you belong to a Neighborhood email group, you could consider asking for someone to teach you how to do it.

Someone must have taught Mark Zuckerberg how to do this during the year he was only going to eat meat that he killed himself.

Restaurants are inappropriately using flour tortillas instead of corn? :(

The one thing I know about Midwesterners is that they loooove corn! In any form.

Epic fail dude.

Aug 27, 2015
512window in General Topics

Brownie Mix Contest--Ideas!!!

Cook the brownies in muffin pans with paper liners. Fill the cups, then push a miniature peanut butter cup into each one.

I used to make these for the football game bake sales and they were very popular.

Aug 26, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Ideas for planned leftovers/make ahead meals

Time to teach your kids to cook. There are plenty of things easy enough for anyone to handle, if you show them how one time, and write out clear instructions. Roast chicken parts in a pan. Saute sausage with onions, mushrooms, peppers. Ham steak or pork chops or lamb chops. If they can handle the cooking 1 or 2 nights a week, then it all gets easier.

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

It was my mother who said that one.... as I said, we ponder it today.

Ironically, we all loved spinach.

Aug 23, 2015
512window in Not About Food

Caramelized Onions - would like more ways to eat them

Saran ?

"It's that old Sirhan Sirhan rap." Putney Swope

Aug 21, 2015
512window in Home Cooking
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Dinner and a movie

"Sideways" - wine (Merlot) and cheese, small plates dishes.

Surely you meant Pinot Noir?

"I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!" Miles Raymond

I'd have a big Italian feast with red wine and watch The Secret of Santa Vittorio.

Aug 21, 2015
512window in General Topics

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

I think the Armenian children were actually starving when my grandparents were children. We got them as a legacy. And I could never figure out how us eating was helping them.

I broke the chain with my own kids!

Aug 20, 2015
512window in Not About Food
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Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

My grandfather's favorite: As stubborn as a hog on ice

The dinner time threat: Eat that! There are children starving in Armenia

The one that we ponder today: Spinach makes fat legs!

Aug 19, 2015
512window in Not About Food
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Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Rex Stout made it Nero Wolfe's favorite sound. According to him, it's spelled pfui !

At what point would you not pay?

As a customer, I've had it happen many many times in the U.S.

I always wonder why they don't want the money, which kind of seems like the entire point of the relationship. I pay the restaurant to give me food. If they don't get the money, why give me the food?

Food for 200 - Enough? Too much?

I would expect that any small child old enough to attend a wedding could handle a drumstick. If they are picky eaters,their parents will probably bring something that they will eat.

Double the bread and potato salad.

Aug 18, 2015
512window in General Topics

Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

Agree - I reported this as a bug in my Feedback

Aug 14, 2015
512window in Site Talk
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Pizza delivery charge

When my 20ish son worked for a pizza parlor, he and his fellow employees would fight over getting assigned to do deliveries. Not because they got a lot of tips, but because it got them out of the scut work back in the store.

I always get take out, never delivery. But then, I don't have to worry about snow.

Aug 12, 2015
512window in Not About Food

Birthday Dinner before Shoreline Amphitheater

Xanh - don't go if it's on a weekend because it will be filled with loud non-40th birthday parties.
Le Petit Bistro - it's like going to a French restaurant in the 70s. The food isn't bad, but it isn't exciting.
Cascal is fine, if you want spanish food.

If you want to stay on Castro, I'd suggest Sakoon. Upscale Indian.

Ever tip the bagger who helps you out to your car?

No, a soft drink!

Aug 08, 2015
512window in Not About Food

Ever tip the bagger who helps you out to your car?

Back in the olden days aka when I was a kid in the 60s, baggers worked for tips, they weren't store employees. So you did tip them. Except at Ft. Leavenworth where the baggers were good behavior prisoners.

Life is different when you grow up on military bases.

Aug 08, 2015
512window in Not About Food

Coke, soda, pop,.....????

soft drink

Aug 07, 2015
512window in Not About Food
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Is Gatorade an acceptable generic name for sports drinks?

The way to do it is to offer them a Gatorade, then when you hand it to them say: actually it's a Costco generic electrolite-replacement high energy sports beverage, is that OK?

Aug 06, 2015
512window in Not About Food

Is Gatorade an acceptable generic name for sports drinks?

I had friends running a pizza parlor who got sued bye them.

Aug 05, 2015
512window in Not About Food

Is Gatorade an acceptable generic name for sports drinks?

Through diligent activity. The Coca Cola company sends employees to places serving soft drinks. If they ask for a Coke, they expect to receive a Coca Cola product. If the store doesn't serve a Coca Cola product, or offer a disclaimer ("is Pepsi OK instead?"), then they get sued.

Remember the old Saturday Night Live sketch with John Belushi running the restaurant? "No Coke, Pepsi!"

McDonald's and Disney are worse.

Aug 04, 2015
512window in Not About Food

Beware the Arrowtooth Flounder!

I just wish I could remember where I bought it.......

Jul 31, 2015
512window in General Topics

Beware the Arrowtooth Flounder!

I think I was sold some as turbot fairly recently. I tried to bake it and it was just mush. I figured it had been frozen twice, but now I think it was this stuff.

I hate being lied to.

Jul 31, 2015
512window in General Topics

Finally !!! The formula for proper tipping ........

#10 is the best!

Jul 30, 2015
512window in Not About Food