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Best Pho in Edmonton?

Last time ( the only time) I was at king noodle house I walked out. Questionable hygiene doesn't begin to describe it. It smelled like it had never been cleaned in its history, and dirt and food that had been spilled on the walls and floor never cleaned up. Just ground in. The tables were dirty. Drips of sauce and who knows what on the walls around the tables. Maybe their soup is fabulous but I can't get past the rotten smell.

Jan 08, 2012
RiJaAr in Prairie Provinces

Would how the item is written on the menu make a difference to you?

in other words, the wording makes us expect a higher price, although we know its a ripoff, we are forwarned before the bill comes so we won't start cursing when we see the total...it doesn't make the dish worth more money, we can probably get the exact same dish, probably better, for half the price at the mom and pop restaurant down the street. AND we'd be repeat customers... im sorry if you charge me $46 for an $18 meal i probably won;t come back, unless its a truly amazing dining experience

Jul 01, 2010
RiJaAr in General Topics

Would how the item is written on the menu make a difference to you?

the problem i have with being so specific and going into long descriptions (besides sounding overly pretentious) is that so many times i've ordered something and when it comes the ingredients they specified have been substituted... you know what i mean?

Jul 01, 2010
RiJaAr in General Topics

What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?

caesars!!!

Jul 01, 2010
RiJaAr in General Topics

Foods you eat strangely

with twix you have to carefully eat the cracker and then the chocolate and then its just the gooey caramel you can slowly let melt in your mouth... messy business tho

Jul 01, 2010
RiJaAr in General Topics

Things I haven't tried and need questions answered about

Hummus
Tahini (not sure what that is)
Artichokes
Hearts of palm (what are those anyways?)
foi gras

probably a few others i might add as i go along.
Basicly i would like it if someone could tell me what these things taste like, what they are, and how you use them....

Jan 19, 2007
RiJaAr in General Topics

Looking for a white chocolate recipe

i Made a Cake just now, its still in the oven. a Devils food cake with white chocolate flakes. i need a recipe for the frosting, hopefully using white chocolate. Maybe a buttercream? i don't want it to end up too sweet as the cake will be dense and gooey.

Jan 19, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Doctoring up a cake mix

What about a recipe using the kirsch? maybe a cherry chocolate cake? or cherry vanilla?

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

What's for supper tonight?

Chili... and something else i'll figure out in a second or two.

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Cauliflower recipes - Dazzle me.

cream of cauliflower soup..simply the best

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Doctoring up a cake mix

i don't have a bundt pan..would it work in cake tins as well?

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

HELP! too much cumin in my chili!

i don't have masa, and its not the heat thats the problem, more the flavor. the Cumin is a bit strong.

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Chili Ideas

BTW, whats the favorite kind of chocolate to throw in the pot? i can't remember

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

What is the most useless thing in your kitchen you won't get rid of?

yeahh egg cookers. not sure what the point is , but i got two free inside my microwave when i got it..
and i used my deep fryer once and i am to scared to try again (not that anything went wrong the first time except that my recipe sucked and the stuff was gross)

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Not About Food

What is the most useless thing in your kitchen you won't get rid of?

i think ours was just old and decrepit and foul tempered. EVIL MACHINE !!!!!!

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Not About Food

Peameal Bacon

canadians call it canadian bacon

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

What would you do with these cute little guys?

mm, pumpkin pie and gingerbread go together quite well. i'm thinking maybe a pumpkin cheesecake, or maybe a spice cake or carrot cake with cream cheese icing and sprinkles..

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Your own 30-minute meals?

i used to make stir fry too, but my DH hates it so no more...unless i'm alone. :(

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Your own 30-minute meals?

i like to make a spinach pasta dish.
Saute chopped onion and garlic in some olive oil until golden, then add either a package of frozen spinach, thawed, (which i always seem to have on hand)or fresh spinach (not sure about the amount, probably about a pound) lots and lots of basil, and parsley, and S&P to taste. Cook some linguine (i use fresh from the store) and toss with the spinach and top with cheese. it actually only takes about 15 minutes to make, leaving you plenty of time to toss a salad or whatever else you're having with your meal.

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

HELP! too much cumin in my chili!

I had a little accident, and now have way to much cumin in my chili. Not a horrible thing, except i only like cumin in moderation.
How can i tone this down a bit?

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Chili Ideas

well, now that you ask, you probably don't want to use a lot of chocolate, just a touch adds a depth of flavor. you don't want people to take a bite and go "wow, chocolate!" and i don't remember when mom added it to the chili. i don't make chili too often either. i would think not right at the beginning, but maybe about halfway through.
Usually i go the coffee route. about a 1/2 a cup of strong coffee in the simmering stage... or more or less to your tastes.
Actually i shouldn't say i never make chili, this thread inspired me and i'm whipping up a pot right now

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Doctoring up a cake mix

hmm, no cream cheese but i do have chocolate and butterscotch puddings! maybe i will do that with one of them.
Any ideas for the devils food? i like devils food. i LOVE devils food.

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Is my pea soup going to kill me?

heat it up really good first maybe

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Chili Ideas

the secret ingredient in my family has always been chocolate or coffee in the chili, it adds a hint of flavor thats really hard to define. but its really good

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Doctoring up a cake mix

I know, I know, i should make it from scratch, but i don't have the time or the energy (or the ingredients)
So I have in my pantry some cake mixes
1 devil's food cake mix
1 swiss chocolate mix
1 french vanilla mix
1 plain white cake mix

I also have some cherry liqueur, several boxes of unsweetened chocolate, Vanilla wafers, ladyfingers, oreo crumbs, chocolate hazelnut spread, a little bit of rum..a few other things i'm sure

Any ideas?

Jan 18, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Recipe for Spring rolls. what IS that??

like i said, not available around here, no asian grocery stores either, any subs for it?

Jan 17, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

What to do with delicious dried cherries?

Make some homemade cherry ice cream, yum!

Jan 17, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Recipe for Spring rolls. what IS that??

where would one find earwood. can one BUY earwood? not at any markets around here, and whats a suitable substitute for earwood?
sorry, i like saying it.

Jan 17, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

Recipe for Spring rolls. what IS that??

http://vietnamesegod.blogspot.com/200...

ok, there's the link... What on earth is EARWOOD?

Jan 17, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking

What's for supper tonight?

wow, mine sounds boring now.
beef tortellini in some kind of sauce, have't really decided yet, and greek salad, and fresh bread.

Jan 17, 2007
RiJaAr in Home Cooking