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Vitamix Help - Which Model

If I'm not mistaken, the warranty is void once a Vitamix leaves the country in which it's purchased, i.e. you have to purchase a new Vitamix through an authorized dealer in the country in which it will be used for the warranty to be honored.

Aug 16, 2014
MacGuffin in Cookware

Best way to peel fresh beets...

I believe I mentioned juicing?

Aug 16, 2014
MacGuffin in Home Cooking

Should You Tip on Takeout?

Ah, I didn't understand. But isn't the ubiquitous tip jar pretty much the same thing as tipping for takeout?

Aug 14, 2014
MacGuffin in Features

Alternative to Vitamix blender

Vita-Mixes used to have the "reverse" feature. The last model that had it was the 4000. They retired it years ago when they improved the the technology and even though it was fun, I very quickly came to realize that there was no longer a need for it.

Aug 14, 2014
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Alternative to Vitamix blender

I'm glad you're happy with it (does it cook?). What kind of warranty does the model to which you're referring have? And I reiterate: why would anyone need a commercial blender in a home kitchen?

Aug 13, 2014
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Should You Tip on Takeout?

I don't remember seeing the now near-ubiquitous tip jar 35 years ago.

Aug 13, 2014
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Alternative to Vitamix blender

You do realize that both Vitamix and Blendtec also manufacture "actual commercial products?" And why would you need a commercial product in a home kitchen?

Aug 13, 2014
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Should You Tip on Takeout?

+1. Where does it stop?

Aug 13, 2014
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Thermomix anyone?

As I mentioned, it's not in the budget at present. :(

Aug 11, 2014
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NYer Revisits NYC after long exile!

"Corny?" You want to know from corny? There's a new place near me that trades on its proximity to Herald Square by calling itself "The Harold." That has to be in a gag-worthy class of corny all its own. :O~

Aug 08, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

Absolutely. I wouldn't call it "razor-thin" either but I was surprised at how thin it was the first time I ordered a pie. It just makes it that much easier to put away MANY slices. :) And the cheese-to-sauce ratio is excellent.

Years later and I still miss Giuseppe's, which was a block north of my apartment on Broadway. It was NYC-style pizza, owned and operated by a real Italian. I was devastated when they closed shortly after the economy tanked. The owner had complained to me about his costs going up and I found out later from another store owner that he'd gone home to Italy. I guess he figured it was time but it has been a real loss to the area. We only have dollar slices now. Feh.

Aug 07, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

The sauce-to-cheese ratio is very important to me (again, personal taste). I'm one who prefers a tad more sauce to a skootch less cheese. I've "shot the works" there a few times, i.e. fresh mozz AND fresh garlic AND eggplant; the latter is kinda overkill but the other two are essential to me. An EXCELLENT pie. Are they still there?

Aug 04, 2014
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Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

Speaking of Harlem (albeit East), is Patsy's still open? Not the restaurant, the pizzeria next door. I haven't bought slices from them but on more than one occasion, I made the trek up-and-east for pies and they were not only superb but CHEAP (bear in mind the crust is very thin). I ordered mine with fresh mozzarella--one of my favorite pies although things might have changed. The only reason I don't frequent them is the inconvenience.

Aug 04, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

But it's what I (I'd bold that if I could) experienced. This isn't about "fair"; having grown up in a "red sauce" neighborhood, I liked the owner a lot more than his pizza. I seem to be in the minority but the odds don't favor my being unique. I reiterate: at best, I liked it. I gave it more than one shot over several years. I even took home a pie that I forced myself to eat because I couldn't bear to consign a $30 purchase to the compost station at Union Square. I should add that I once went with a colleague who also gave it a "mnyeh." Too salty (a heavy hand with the grana), not enough sauce, crust charred. Unfortunately, dissenting experiences posted on public boards re Di Fara are usually met with, at best, dismissiveness (note my previous comment "prior to becoming a cult"). That's my opinion, I stick by it, your own mileage may vary and is free to do so. And has been noted by someone else, Di Fara--regardless of whether or not you enjoy it--isn't your typical basic NYC slice. ("Just a basic floppy cheese slice maybe with pepperoni and occasionally mushrooms or bell peppers but always with the requisite red grease.")

Aug 03, 2014
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Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

*sigh* I don't like the dollar places. I know this is hard for someone who likes peppering their posts with "Maggies" and "Doms" to fathom but some of us don't like Di Fara Pizza and guess what? It's okay to express it.

Aug 02, 2014
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Butter versus Margarine

Which is why I specified "Chinese." They'll fill up on plain slices of baguette at wine-and-cheese events but they loathe cheese and won't touch it.

Jul 31, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

Let's talk about white bread

I have the recipe saved but I haven't made it yet. Is it really that good?

Jul 31, 2014
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Butter versus Margarine

I can't speak for butter but given the preponderance of Chinese colleagues who are disgusted by cheese, I'm not surprised.

Jul 31, 2014
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Butter versus Margarine

Indeed it is. When I both kept a kosher kitchen and ate meat (many years ago), I always had butter and margarine in the fridge. The margarine was always Mazola because it was pareve--not all of them are. I think the fact that it was made with corn oil helped its taste because I remember it as being one of the more palatable margarines (and let's face it, Nyafat just wasn't appropriate for everything).

Jul 31, 2014
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Butter versus Margarine

The problem with salted is that some of us, myself included, just don't like salted butter.

Jul 31, 2014
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Butter versus Margarine

I guess your in-laws aren't too fussy about the kashruth laws if they'll eat something that's prepared in "heathenly dishes."

Jul 31, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

北方美食 - New northern Chinese in Chinatown

"Their version was a bit bland; thick egg noodles in a very light peanuty sauce, peanuts, and some scallion and pickled veg."

They might have someone reading this board because I ordered it the other day and "bland" definitely didn't apply. "Salty," unfortunately, best described it although I'd probably order it again (I'm a sucker for egg noodles). They jacked the price up a buck, too (maybe to cover the cost of that added salt). I'll try the liang pi next time.

Jul 28, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

You guessed it! (All four disciplines.)

I thought there was a bit too much cheese (I'm more of a sauce person) but regardless, it was the kind of good NYC pizza that used to be a lot more available than it is now.

Jul 27, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Best website to buy tea?

I've had some very decent CTC tea from my vendor for Assam. It makes excellent cold-brewed tea and is good value.

Jul 26, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

Un-impressed with Vitamix

Try my friend Lea Ann's trick and make a smoothie in the jar before cleaning it.

Jul 26, 2014
MacGuffin in Cookware

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I used to go there on a regular basis years ago after martial arts classes. I went more for the companionship of my friends because I found their pizza too salty.

Jul 26, 2014
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Best website to buy tea?

There is if that's what you like. It's not my thing but different strokes . . .

Jul 26, 2014
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Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I'm delighted to facilitate a more expeditious slice.

Jul 25, 2014
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Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

"If you really care"

I don't. I think the pizza's awful. But I'll lay ya odds that he wasn't closed twice for wearing a tam.

Jul 25, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

CHOW Reviews: Vitamix 5200 Standard

The whole premise is idiotic. Since when is a Vitamix "a smoothie machine" that has to prove its utility in the kitchen? I mean, c'mon. Again, strictly amateur hour.

Jul 24, 2014
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