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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Is it possible that they've contracted with their suppliers to deliver at a set price for a specific length of time (perhaps by paying at least part in advance), just as a landlord has to maintain a specified rent for the duration of a lease?

about 7 hours ago
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Oh, my! :O

about 22 hours ago
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

"Cici's Pizza-worst pizza ever
Little Caesars-second worst pizza"

There's really pizza that's worse than Little Caesar's?

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I quoted someone who, having spent her entire life in Michigan, has undoubtedly eaten a lot more Michigan pizza than I have. And Grand Haven isn't a stone's throw from the Grosse Pointes, which is where my elderly parents live. My visits are very short (<3 days) and spent almost entirely with them, so I'm not likely to venture off in search of pizza. Jim Bommarito's sfinguini could satisfy my pizza craving any day of the week and I was very upset to find them closed for vacation last week, so clearly I don't lump all pizza in Michigan as bad. However, if what's served at Cloverleaf in the former East Detroit is any indication of the rest of Michigan pizza, I want no part of it.

1 day ago
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

But you quoted someone else. And "lighten up" why? Nothing nasty was intended, merely that I hadn't made the comment you quoted.

1 day ago
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I think you needed to reply to the Hound who made the comment.

Sep 19, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

You know something? I think you're on target here because for my money, this whole thread has become meaningless. Someone wanted to know if a stand mixer is worth having. Fair enough but in the meantime the thread has metamorphosed into the criteria of what makes good bread, why using a bread machine means sacrificing quality, and how stupid tee shirt reviews are the standard by which complaints against KA mixers should be judged. Lizmari, I hope that you're happy with your decision, whatever it is, but at this point, I'm outta here, especially when Hounds start extolling the virtues of Cooks Illustrated.

Sep 17, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

"And if you're not a big baker, a handheld mixer is totally enough for any cooking projects you may have in mind."

Couldn't agree more. I used one for years until I wanted get into more serious baking.

Sep 17, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

And this has exactly what to do with stand mixers that crap out?

Sep 17, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

I think any number of former KA users have an axe to grind. A lot of them write Amazon reviews.

Sep 17, 2014
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Vitamix Creations Turbo vs. Vitamix 5200 Super Package

Thanks! I suspect that the green is a bit too desaturated. I think a bit less gray and a touch more yellow would've nailed it for me but it's still nice (and, fortunately, not quite '70s Avocado).

I don't drink coffee but it's my understanding that a burr grinder is best for those who grind their own. Do you find your dry container does just as well? (Or maybe you're grinding the beans for a recipe?)

Sep 17, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

Not to mention that there are those who make smoothies and nut butters in their FPs and who mince with their blenders (including sticks). I have all three, all excellent quality, and all seeing use, e.g. if I'm going to brown onions, I much prefer to pulse them in my Cuisinart rather than in a Vitamix, even though the Vitamix does a nice chop.

Sep 16, 2014
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Vitamix Creations Turbo vs. Vitamix 5200 Super Package

It arrived today! Unfortunately, the arrival was after dark so I can't get an accurate impression of the color. However, it seems like a cool machine and it's a good thing I took my own advice and RT*M because the on/off switch would've thrown me (I must admit, it's a feature I like). I immediately cleaned the container and will give it a test drive tomorrow. Cherry-almond sorbet, here I come!

Sep 16, 2014
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Artisan soy sauces

My hunch is that it's the latter. I can buy Nama Shoyu in the store; what I want is the sakurazawa. Geez, how many hundreds of years have people been consuming unpasteurized soy sauce?

Sep 16, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

"a professional grade bowl-lift model"

Please don't buy into "appliance manufacturer foodie-speak." "Professional" and "commercial" aren't synonymous, the former being the hook for home-chefs who think they need commercial equipment to cook well at home.

Sep 16, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

ROTFLMAO I like to think that I find "smart" sexy, so maybe I'd substitute "competent" in this case and go with the Compact. However, if that KA were Raspberry Ice, I don't know if I could control myself. :))

Sep 16, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

I didn't post that I overlap, I said that functions overlap.

Sep 16, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

Bingo. Yes, I'm comparing my Vitamix to a Cuisinart food processor because some of their functions overlap. My preference depends upon the specific function.

Sep 16, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

There aren't many appliances that are better looking than a KA stand mixer.

Sep 16, 2014
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Artisan soy sauces

I've checked the NI site a few times over the last several months and haven't seen it either. Now I'm really bummed. And even though as a libertarian-type I shouldn't be, I'm also shocked. Talk about over-the-top meddling bureaucracy. :O

Sep 16, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

As much as I love my Vitamixes, I'd never divest myself of my Japanese Cuisinart. I've had it since 1989 and it runs as beautifully as the day I forced my boyfriend to buy it for me. :)

Sep 15, 2014
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Nah, as bad a Pizza Hut is, LC is worse. In fact, I had first-time-in-NYC guests today and took them to Pizza Suprema for lunch. One comment was "I don't think I can eat Michigan pizza anymore."

Sep 15, 2014
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I regret two things about my parents' selling their house near Las Vegas: Ethel M and Marie Callender's. They had some slammin' pies, especially the coconut cream. The frozen ones are awful.

Sep 14, 2014
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Interesting that I should run across your post because Little Caesar had popped into my head just a nanosecond beforehand. The worst pizza on the planet, period. I grew up in Detroit, have never liked Detroit pizza, and LC is the worst of the worst. That they're as successful as they are is beyond baffling. Sbarro's pizza is manna compared to theirs.

Sep 14, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

No returns, just discard after quite a long period of time (I think it's 18 months).

Sep 14, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

No.

Sep 14, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

That's too bad that you donated your West Bend because it sounds like it was a good appliance. And I hear ya about shipping on eBay. Sometimes, though, I bite the bullet and go for it (e.g. my vintage, usually new Nesco Roast-Airs, my Dimplex towel warmer, etc.). Unfortunately, most stuff isn't made as well as it used to be anymore, which is why I glom onto the stuff that still is like there's no tomorrow.

Sep 13, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

Gotcha! I know of a number of people who've picked up some fabulous deals on appliances from both places. And you're supporting good charities as well. :))

Sep 13, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

This is OT but I got not one but two 55" 3-D HD Smart TVs in the course of two months.

"SA and GW?"

Sep 13, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

LOL I'm not allowed to give sell or give these things away. Incidentally, it's not a Zoji.

Sep 12, 2014
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