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GREAT AUTHENTIC TEA IN MANHATTAN

" someone needs to inform the server the proper pronunciation of Tie Guan Yin - "Tie" is not the "tie" that men wear around their neck."

Oh, no . . .

about 13 hours ago
MacGuffin in Manhattan

What discontinued products do you miss?

I agree. I've cut down my soda consumption a LOT recently (my fear is that my pancreas will bring me up on a charge of attempted murder) but when I do drink it, I look for brands that use sugar (and that aren't bottled by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group). Sierra Mist is similar to Sprite and 7 Up but is sweetened with sugar and uses natural flavors. It's my go-to for our weekly post-colloquium parties at school.

about 13 hours ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

Perhaps it improves with age. :)))

about 24 hours ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

"Micky D's French Fries when they were fried in animal fat"

They fully deserved getting their asses handed to them over that one. They'd actually claimed that their fries were VEGAN. One of the stores near me (and I doubt it was unique) used to have a display with colorful little handouts about the size of an index card, each one dedicated to a single "FAQ" (if you will) and its answer. One of them asked about vegetarian offerings; the reply included the assurance that the salads and fries were VEGAN. I personally don't care what they fry in as long as they disclose the medium truthfully. Bastards.

1 day ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

You must've accomplished that with surgical precision! And yes, the same is true of people. :`(

1 day ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

I never heard that one! Of course, I know the song from the non-Who commercials and in fact, my former fiancé used it some years back as an illustrative example of how in old age we probably won't be able to remember our own names but will nevertheless be singing "any place can be a soda fountain now . . . ." I have a very retentive memory for what I hear and old TV commercials are going to be there forever (remember how virtually all of Katy Winters' friends had B.O?)

Since this is a commercial for a food product (although not discontinued), I can post it without fear of veering too much O/T. This is another one from childhood that I remembered note-for-note: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-918O... .

1 day ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

Great Matzo Ball Soup in New York City

I've been there. That's why I catch 'em. :O

1 day ago
MacGuffin in Features

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I don't remember seeing anything actually called "Delfa Rolls." Was there a red licorice "pinwheel" slice that had a yellow candy in the center?

1 day ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

Great Matzo Ball Soup in New York City

I think you mean "overhandling or undercooking the matzo 'BALLS'" or the batter, don't you?

1 day ago
MacGuffin in Features

What discontinued products do you miss?

I remember Whip 'n Chill and doing an image search brought up another forgotten Jello product: http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/smeghe... . I completely forgot that this ever existed!

1 day ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

Speaking of eggnog, Chipwich Eggnog. Someone bought them out and it was gone. For my money, the very best of the commercial eggnogs.

Anyone remember Thick & Frosty and Great Shakes? (Apologies in advance if these already appeared--I'm too lazy to scan the board.)

1 day ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

Indeed yes! They have some excellent cake mixes, some of them seasonal, e.g. Chocolate Peppermint Loaf Mix. Simple ingredients and natural flavorings. They're great to have on hand if you need to throw something together quickly.

At least you have easy access to Bassett's French Vanilla. :)) Fairway briefly stocked a few flavors, then they increased the price by a good third from one day to the next, and then it was gone.

I remember being turned off to Pillsbury back in the '70s because they caved to Middle Eastern pressure and refused to sell to Israel.

1 day ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

God forbid they should release something that's both classic and lacking in HFCS. :(

1 day ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

1 day ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

"I do know what I like."

By me, that and the ability to correctly spell it is a connoisseur. :(=)

1 day ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

A fellow mourner! That was one classy cola and even though I love Coke, I think that RC offering had it beat. I used to pour out small amounts and savor it. It was a major disappointment when it disappeared and according to their Web site, it didn't sell well. They really should have promoted it more but then, maybe it was before its time. Vintage-style sodas that remain true to their cane sugar/glass bottle roots are a lot more popular than they were 20 years ago. I'd like to see a reissue. Unfortunately, the line is now owned by the repulsive Dr Pepper Snapple Group, may they drown in their own soda.

1 day ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

Their sodas are all good! My two favorites are the grapefruit and the blood orange. Six-packs of cans are regularly offered on sale at Whole Foods and Fairway and they're really inexpensive. They have nice carbonation, too--lots of fizzy little (think Pellegrino) bubbles. :)

1 day ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

There's virtually no alcohol in any kvass I've ever had (I have lots of Russian friends and colleagues, which is how I was introduced to it). I really like it and liked Coke's take on it, which is the stuff they apparently still bottle and sell in Russia. Whole Foods was given exclusive U.S. marketing rights but they stopped carrying it almost immediately. It's one of those things you either love or hate and a pretty decent commercial brand is "Monastery": http://europeandelightskc.com/Monaste... (they have several different flavor variations). Malt Star, which is an Israeli-made non-alchoholic malta, is kind of similar (I like it, too).

2 days ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

Pepsi had a limited Holiday Spice flavor some years back that I really liked. Unfortunately, they never revived it. And Coke had a really good kvass that was only available at Whole Foods. The problem was that it was ridiculously expensive (which is why I only bought it once). And Royal Crown had a "draft" version in glass bottles that was REALLY good--it was sold in the Korean deli near me (can't believe that must've been ±20 years ago).

2 days ago
MacGuffin in General Topics

Date syrup from Israel -- suggestions?

:(=)

2 days ago
MacGuffin in Home Cooking

Date syrup from Israel -- suggestions?

You're absolutely right (DUH!). I took a few years of Arabic, plus a LOT of Hebrew and use a LOT of dates for sweetening smoothies and such (The Date People are my source), so there's no excuse for such a dumb goof.
‎‫شكرا !‬ (I had to copy and paste that--no Arabic on my keyboard!)
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Apr 14, 2014
MacGuffin in Home Cooking

What discontinued products do you miss?

. . . I just stumbled upon this http://www.oldtimecandy.com/discontin... for anyone who's interested. I remember quite a few, but not all, of these. Some disappeared when I was still a kid.

Apr 14, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

I still like PayDay. My dad buys them and I always avail myself when I fly to Detroit for a visit. Zero never interested me and I've never even had one. I missed Milkshake even as a kid because they weren't that easy to find. I preferred them (especially frozen) to Milky Way, even though Milky Way had better chocolate (and more of it, too).

I never gave it much thought but I guess lots of candy is/was made in the Midwest. Ferrara is still there and presumably going strong (I occasionally jones for a few Lemonheads).

Apr 14, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

Chunky has peanuts now??

Apr 13, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

Oh, no! I LOVED the original Mars Bar but haven't seen it in years. I never really liked Snickers or Milky Way very much--how could Mars do such a thing??

Anyone remember Milkshake bars? I preferred those to Milky Way but I don't

Apr 13, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

I never liked Butterfinger (although there was a Butterfinger instant hot chocolate that I liked!), so I can't comment on change but I'm pretty sure Baby Ruth's "chocolatey" coating has always been the same, or at least has been since I started eating them in the early '60s.

It occurs to me that I never really cared for any of the Butterfinger/Clark Bar/Zagnut kinds of bars. I don't know if they're still around or not. I really miss Coffee Crisp--it was readily available in Detroit, even when I left almost 40 years ago. For some reason, they never tasted like coffee to me.

Apr 13, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

I've always liked Baby Ruths, even though I don't remember that they ever had a real chocolate coating. I occasionally run across them in places like Rite Aid and it's pretty much a given that I'll buy one if I see them. There's a slight gooey factor I like that Oh Henry! lacked.

Apr 13, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

I haven't seen Oh Henry! in a VERY long time but I was never nuts about it. Due to my loathing for all things raisins, the only Chunky I've ever liked was the pecan option, which I haven't seen in an even longer time. It wasn't owned by Nestlé either when I was a kid. Goobers and Raisinets (blech) were standard "movie candy." :)

Pearson sounds like a responsible company that's on the right track. I was at Economy Candy a few weeks ago and was sickened to note that a lot of their imported candy bars posted a "contains vegetable oil" caveat on their labels. I understand that candy manufacturers here want to be able to do the same thing and still call the product "chocolate." It hurts to think that a time may come when kids who buy candy bars won't know what real chocolate is.

Apr 13, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

Same in my house. However, despite being a little kid, I had very specific views about food and liked to "prepare" my own (my dad was self-employed and his long hours made for very non-mainstream meal schedules). Frozen chicken croquettes was in the realm of what I could handle. :))

Apr 13, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

I grew up on Bit-O-Honey bars but I don't remember their ever being made by Nestlé.

. . . just got the link to open. Cool news for the local economy and I guess I was right about Nestlé.

Apr 13, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics