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Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

LOL I hope you enjoyed the stroll. :)

Apr 20, 2015
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

You figured wrong. My point was that the nuts aren't coated with real chocolate.

Apr 20, 2015
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

Despite not liking a lot of "stuff" in my ice cream, some of those look interesting. However, "chocolatY spiced pecans" doesn't bode well for a supposedly premium product.

Apr 20, 2015
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

It was quite wonderful. The yucky Carob was also honey-sweetened.

Apr 20, 2015
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Tea Discussions

Seven Cups just added a Darjeeling to their inventory: https://sevencups.com/shop/giddapahar... (mixed feelings about this because I've always liked that they carried only Chinese--and occasionally Taiwanese--teas). I prefer later flushes so I probably won't be sampling this one but I have no doubt, given my long and happy association with SC, that it's exceptional.

Apr 19, 2015
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Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

I preferred the packaging, that's for sure. Other than that, I found it pretty much a six/half-dozen situation. FG had a vanilla with chocolate-coated almonds that I liked a lot.

Apr 18, 2015
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

That's why I like it--it's a more subtle "almost burned sugar" thing than caramel. :)

I should add that the "Five" formulation works well with lemon. Lemon with a lot of butterfat probably wouldn't work as well.

Apr 18, 2015
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

Hey, remember Louis Sherry's premium ice cream that only came in pints?

Apr 17, 2015
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

I think they periodically revive some of those special flavors. I prefer the Crème Brûlée to Dulce de Leche (although I didn't catch the one with cinnamon. I also like the Five Lemon because I'm a sucker for lemon ice cream.

Apr 17, 2015
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

I migrated to NYC (Queens) at the very end of 1974 and Häagen-Dazs was very much available. They had some different flavors back then--I really liked (and miss) the Honey Vanilla but the Ginger (which tasted like Chinese food) and the Carob (which tasted like dirt) were awful. I also remember a Cassis Sorbet that was really good. HD spawned an imitator with a similarly pretentious name, Frusen Glädjé, that--unlike HD--contained whole rather than skim milk. I never quite figured out why they disappeared; I remember that they had a store on (I think East) 23rd St.

Apr 17, 2015
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Looking for Viili or Matsoni yogurt starter

Just an update. Despite having followed instructions precisely through MANY iterations involving expensive milk, the cultures I got from the guy in Belgium have been a bust (in fact, my cats turn up their noses), so it's back to GEM Cultures for viili and I'll look elsewhere for långfil. The matsoni I ordered, on the other hand, has been very successful but the only problem is that it's "long" (not mentioned in the product description), which isn't what I wanted. However, at least it tastes good and as long as I give it a good 18 hours on top of the fridge, the texture is firmer.

Best butter available? Raw milk butter?

+1. I switch back and forth between those two (I never buy salted butter). I remember some years back that French raw butter was sometimes available but clearly it's now impossible to import it. About the only place I can find Pamplie now at what I consider a fair price is Sahadi's, which necessitates leaving Manhattan but I don't mind.

Apr 14, 2015
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

You're quite right--30% from WS's previous price and that's with a stronger dollar. There was an eBay vendor with prices similar to E-Wok's who was charging $70 shipped for a 14" one. WS's current price, with tax, is double that and I suspect they don't even stock them (but I could be wrong).

Apr 06, 2015
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Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

Oh, he won't be sending me anything. He's living the semi-impoverished life of a first teaching post after finishing his Ph.D. here. I was trying suggest that he tote one back for me while he was still a student. Plus, I don't think he's anywhere near Shanghai, otherwise I'd ask him to broker a purchase for me (shipping be damned). :(

BTW, I was in Philadelphia on business quite a few years ago and really liked it.

Apr 06, 2015
MacGuffin in Cookware

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

I can, and very often do, get exceptional Chinese lunches (and dinners) here in NYC for <$10 and have leftovers for later. :) Despite our high cost of living, this is truly a Mecca for those looking to eat well for cheap. And the lunch analogy misses because much of what's involved in the production of those lunches, e.g. the venue, the food, tableware, is bought here, unlike the Chinese lunches in China. You have a point, though, about the woks. My friend (who recently returned to China for good . . . taking with him the possibility of bringing me a wok) told me that woks in China were just a few bucks so he thought that paying more than that (and that would be the wok proper, sans shipping--how much was yours?) was lunacy. Unfortunately, he remained unmoved by my impassioned defense of "hand-hammered," so he'd have thought that anyone Chinese paying $20 - $40 was similarly deluded.

Apr 06, 2015
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Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

Are we sure they actually went belly-up? I suspect that WS wanted an exclusive and they meant it. For all we know, E-Wok might have been started by Cen family members for the sole purpose of selling those woks.

Apr 06, 2015
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Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

It's not 30%. If you figure the sales tax (I'm assuming I'd get free shipping?), it's 100%. So yeah, poor me (I know everyone's heart is bleeding purple Kool-Aid).

Apr 06, 2015
MacGuffin in Cookware

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

"I think MacGuffin just feels bad that much of that money actually goes to WS."

More or less--I appreciate that businesses are there to make money. Other than being annoyed with myself for not ordering one from E-Woks sooner (procrastination encouraged by a Chinese colleague who told me that anyone who paid $70 for a wok in China would be laughed out of the country), what annoys me is that WS is the ONLY source now. F'rinstance, they also carry some Weck jars (also only online) but one can, if one is so inclined, order them direct from Weck (Glashaus) in Chicago, which I do because the price works out to less (no sales tax) and the selection is vastly superior. IOW, I have a choice. I dislike not having choices, especially when it results in my having to shell out a LOT more money, in this case double if you include sales tax. I truly want to kick myself. (Incidentally, I'm a "she.")

Apr 06, 2015
MacGuffin in Cookware

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

"Williams-Sonoma is in business to make money."

No kidding? Thanks for clearing that up.

"They're the only available US distributor of a great product that is in relatively high demand."

And therein lies my complaint. I have no problem with "US distributor." My complaint is that I can no longer buy it online direct from China (for much less money).

"Your alternative is to fly to China and try to find a similar wok for a more-competitive price or to use a different wok."

I NEVER would have considered any of those options either! Thank you!

I think that came off as snarky rather than humorous (a limitation of e-communication). Truly, it wasn't meant to be.

Apr 05, 2015
MacGuffin in Cookware

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

I BELIEVE all that. I just resent paying almost $50 when I should've bought it sooner.

Apr 05, 2015
MacGuffin in Cookware

Need a more powerful Vitamix and am considering the commercial model XL 5202

The XL isn't nearly as versatile as the Vitamix home-use models (or, for that matter, the Preps). It doesn't cook and it doesn't freeze ice cream and I strongly suspect that the 750's container isn't compatible with it. Perhaps Waynedude should watch the videos on the Vitamix site for confirmation. I'm not sure why it is that he needs anything more powerful than his 750. And I agree: unless there's something actually wrong with his blender (in which case he should be contacting Vitamix direct if there's even a hint that something is wrong), he's not following directions if the Automatic Overload Protection keeps kicking in. In fact, he probably needs to contact Vitamix's commercial division so that they can set him straight. They're very upfront about the limitations of using their commercial machines in home kitchens.

Apr 05, 2015
MacGuffin in Cookware

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

"$100-130 may seem like a lot, but considering the workmanship and the quality of a hand hammered wok (at least the one I got), I really think worth $200 *when compared* to so many other poorer and yet more expansive products on the market."

Unless the same wok was available not too long ago on eBay for $70 shipped when, to add insult to injury, the dollar was a lot weaker. I haven't been a big fan of WS for quite a few years and this doesn't help. A bit OT: I'm not sure about recently but in the past, they've periodically approached Norwalk about selling juicers through them, despite the fact that Norwalk has been in business for MANY years selling their juicers direct. Is WS delusional?

Apr 05, 2015
MacGuffin in Cookware

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

"It was $100 at the time, $10 tax, and some kinda free-shipping. Looks like it's gone up 30% to $129 currently."

This despite a strong dollar. Whom are they kidding? Is it indeed the same wok E-Woks used to sell?

Apr 05, 2015
MacGuffin in Cookware

Hand Hammered Wok from E-Wok Review

*sigh* Unfortunately, this seems to have disappeared entirely unless it's now what Williams-Sonoma is selling for almost twice the former (shipped) price. My guess is that their terms were that no one else could sell them. I should've bought one sooner. I guess they have staff monitoring boards like this one to find out what's good. :`(

Apr 05, 2015
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Metal whisk in a copper bowl?

Talofa, Tareo!
I used to sell tanuki coats years ago but I've never heard of tanuki soup. :)

I think that whisk lacks silicone but someone posts favorably about theirs with the silicone, ergo I'm guessing it would work well for whites as long as grease never comes in contact with it. I'd like to pick one up locally (read: not from Amazon) but Sur la Table only has the all-stainless model.

Mar 30, 2015
MacGuffin in Cookware

Metal whisk in a copper bowl?

Someone on Amazon actually got hissy with me about a copper whisk, saying something along the lines of "there's not enough copper to be effective." The fact of the matter is that we're talking about a few shed copper ions and there's no reason to believe that a whisk wouldn't be just as effective for whipping whites well. His know-it-all attituded and ignorance of general chemistry noted, I thought this might be a good solution for use with a copper bowl: http://www.cutleryandmore.com/wmf-pro... . Anyone ever use one?

Mar 30, 2015
MacGuffin in Cookware

Retsel Grain Mill

So what was the upshot?

Mar 30, 2015
MacGuffin in Cookware

Is a Hershey’s chocolate really chocolate?

Ah, but I actually liked Hershey. And they still have a thing or two that I like. As for those eggs, they're not very good, are they? :O~

Mar 29, 2015
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Is a Hershey’s chocolate really chocolate?

Y'know, I've never really liked Cadbury, even as a kid (when, possibly, they might have made it without vegetable oil). I guess it's just a matter of taste.

Mar 29, 2015
MacGuffin in General Topics

Is a Hershey’s chocolate really chocolate?

. . . AND be devoid of any fats or oils other than cocoa butter.

Mar 29, 2015
MacGuffin in General Topics