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Buying packaged food with a bite already taken out

That's what I was thinking too. A "juvie" prank -- and a teenager wouldn't need to even be malicious to think this was funny....I probably would have thought this was outrageously funny when I was about 13 or 14....

Aug 20, 2008
Neely_Ohara in Not About Food

dumb restaurant names [Moved from Ontario Board]

Is that place still there? Many, many moons ago, I lived right around the corner from La Poubelle, and couldn't bring myself to go there for that exact reason! The name was such a turnoff!

Aug 17, 2008
Neely_Ohara in Not About Food

So, Even if You Eat Out, Are You Tipping Less?

Not wanting to OVERtip (i.e. more than 20% for normal, but not outstanding, service) is not the same as being a tightwad.

Aug 17, 2008
Neely_Ohara in Not About Food

Mexican take-out in Santa Fe?

Hi -- we moved to Santa Fe (Eldorado, to be specific) about 4 months ago from LA.

One of our "comfort foods" in LA was Campos Famous Burritos. A pretty standard Mexican menu, easy for take-out.

Anything like that in Santa Fe? I've noticed a place called Posa's El Merendero, but they seem to specialize in tamales -- and I'd like something that also has burritos, tacos, fajitas, etc.

And to clarify: I am NOT looking to re-create LA in Santa Fe -- just looking for some good Mexican comfort food.

thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Aug 09, 2008
Neely_Ohara in Southwest

Shopping for local ingredients in Santa Fe

Great info fyfas, thx! Las Cosas sounds like the kind of store I'd really like!

As for Williams-Sonoma, that's an excellent reminder that I shouldn't forget about Albuquerque, since we are looking in the southern part of Santa Fe, in the Art Barns area, so a trip to Albuquerque doesn't seem like it would be that far.

Thanks again - let me know if you think of anything else I should know re: specialty items/grocers!

Dec 09, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Southwest

Something new with 'Eggo' waffles

Check out the Eggo recipes on the Kellogg's site

http://www2.kelloggs.com/Search/Recip...

Dec 08, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Home Cooking

Shopping for local ingredients in Santa Fe

Bumping up this thread - -we're moving to Santa Fe in early '08. There have been some great tips on here for "out of the ordinary" grocers and markets, but I was hoping for even more ideas. Kaune's sounds like a great place for higher-end ingredients and for a butcher shop-- how about smaller Mom & Pop places, or even specialty markets that aren't necessarily grocery stores, but carry some food items?

((And I'm not limiting my search to "local" stuff, necessarily, but I'm also interested in specialty and hard to find items))

For example, in a Google search for shops in the area, I noticed something called "Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe" for cookware and other items. Anybody know about this store? Any good? From their Web site, it seems they carry some gourmet food items as well. Anything else like it in the area?

Keep the good ideas comin' folks!

Dec 08, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Southwest

Critter Fritter Casserole

It looks pretty easy, actually. I love "concocted" recipes like this -- I think I'll give it a try, and report back!

Dec 08, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Home Cooking

Something new with 'Eggo' waffles

Toodie - yes on the TJ's waffles! But if I can't get to TJ's, then Eggo's are my second choice. Other brands just aren't the same....

Dec 05, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Home Cooking

food network: gourmet next door promo

Just think of Howie Kleinberg on Top Chef, sweating into the food constantly!

Dec 01, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Food Media & News

food network: gourmet next door promo

Yeah, I saw Chicken Cook-Off too, In a weird way, those contests with home cooks are actually more fun than some of the FN "personalities." And a chicken cook-off or a barbecue thingy with home cooks is INFINITELY better than all endless competitions where engineers assemble cakes and/or decorate them....

Dec 01, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Food Media & News

food network: gourmet next door promo

The problem I always had with her "Gourmet Next Door" concept is: I don't care whether my neighbor is a gourmet or not. It's supposed to sound friendly and approachable, I guess, but it comes across kind of pretentious in a "know it all" sort of " way.

Dec 01, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Food Media & News

New Turkey Sandwich ideas

Just back from Thanksgiving with my in-laws. For years, they've had a tradition of turkey tacos for the two days after the holidays (BIG family, LOTS of leftovers!). Nothing unusual about the meal -- tacos, lettuce, cheese -- the normal taco meal: Refried beans and Spanish rice -- but I just love the "Latin" spin on the American holiday! It's a great tradition, and a fun way to use the leftovers.

Nov 25, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Home Cooking

eating other people's cooking - like it or not?

What in the world is wrong with eating food from a Sam's Club container once in a while? Do I tarnish my chowhound credibility to say that ALL prepared, pre-packaged food isn't inedible?

However, it isn't someone else's COOKING, as the OP was referring to. It's what someone else serves at their home.

Nov 03, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Not About Food

Restaurants that personify "Old Florida"

Anybody been to Marsh Landing in Fellsmere? If so, what are your impressions?

http://www.verobeach.com/MarshLanding/

Nov 01, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Florida

Melbourne area: Best grocers, specialty markets

Thanks for all the great ideas -- you've mentioned several places I didn't kinow about, so this is very helpful!

So nobody mentioned the Wild Oats...Is that a decent store? Anybody heard any scuttlebutt as to whether Whole Foods will keep it open (I sure hope so!)

Thanks again -- we're really looking forward to the move!

Oct 27, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Florida

Melbourne area: Best grocers, specialty markets

Thanks for the list (below). I think I missed it because I've been searching here under "Melbourne" not "Brevard." Some good items on there, I'll have to check out.

thanks for the tip on Super Target -- I've never actually been to the Super version, so I'm kind of excited to see. (Note to folks in other parts of the country: West LA is weird like that....) Interesting that they have a good bakery -- something else I never would have expected!

Say, isn't there a Wild Oats (soon to be a Whole Foods) in Melbourne? That seems promising, too...

My parents live in Vero, and I understand that Publix is opening an all-organic store there, so maybe when I'm in Vero visiting the folks that will also be a shopping option..

As for TJ's, I'll actually be traveling to LA for business every couple of months, so I'll have to stock up when I'm back in town!

The other thing we are considering: How I can bring back In N Out burgers on the plane -- I'm thinking a little carry-on cooler might do the trick. Hope the burgers will travel OK.

Thanks again for all the tips== this was very helpful!

Oct 21, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Florida

Melbourne area: Best grocers, specialty markets

Hi everyone -- we are planning to move from LA to Melbourne Beach area sometime early next year.

I've been doing a lot of research online, and I've been to the area several times, so I already know it's going to be a change from LA, but we're ready for it!!!

Question: There seem to be some specialty markets in the area. I saw the Web site for Green Turtle, which looked interesting, and I noticed there seem to be a lot of Asian markets in town, which surprised me....

Also -- which "mainstream grocery store" is the best? I've been to several Publix in Florida, and I see that quality can vary greatly. Which is the best in the Melbourne area? By "best," I mean selection of produce, unusual foods, bakery, service deli, cleanliness, etc.

Sad to say, we will miss our Trader Joe's!! (Those of you who have been to a TJ's will know what I mean!)

Thanks for your suggestions!

Oct 21, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Florida

Chef vs Health Inspector; Chef Shoots Self In Foot

well, while he works out his personal crisis, 40 people are out of work...

Apr 21, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Food Media & News

Chef vs Health Inspector; Chef Shoots Self In Foot

Yes, I saw the story on the NYC Web site Gothamist this morning, and it just struck me as whining and bellyaching by a poor, delicate little soul...I so desperately want to say to him, "Man up, dude. Get cooking."

Apr 21, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Food Media & News

Milky Flavor Tea on West Side?

For reasons completely irrelevant to Chowhound, I unexpectedly find myself driving out to Victorville tomorrow -- so a stop at a San Gabriel Valley 99 Ranch is planned!! Too excited!

Apr 06, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Los Angeles Area

Anything BESIDES ham/lamb for Easter dinner??

Hilarious!! (But could be very traumatizing if there are children around!)

Apr 05, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Home Cooking

Funny food names

Huh. Never made that connection. Could be -- but it doesn't seem very common these days -- maybe it just went out of style...

Apr 05, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Not About Food

Milky Flavor Tea on West Side?

thanks Bula -- appreciate the research :)

Looks like I will have to get to 99 Ranch -- and don't get me wrong - I love the store, but I so wish one was closer!!

Apr 04, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Los Angeles Area

Funny food names

When I was a child, my father just loved going into a Chinese restaurant with the family and ordering pu pu platter -- needless to say, we kids loved it, too (which is I'm sure why he did it)

Interesting note: Some of my friends who grew up on the West Coast don't recall the pu pu platter from Chinese restaurants -- wonder if it was one of those East Coast Chinese restaurant things...

Apr 04, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Not About Food

Milky Flavor Tea on West Side?

thanks for the tips! I'll try Simpang Asia

Yes, a trip to Van Nuys would probably have to be scheduled for a weekend when my girlfriend is out of town - though I don't know when a Valley schlep would be just 15-20 minutes! :)

I stopped by Mitsuwa today on Centinela -- they have something called Royal Milk Tea -- but it was $5.49 for just 10 bags -- a little rich for me! The stuff from 99 Ranch was $2.79 for 10 -- and they've been having a buy one/get one free special!

Apr 03, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Los Angeles Area

Milky Flavor Tea on West Side?

My friend at work brought me some Asian milk tea that she got at 99 Ranch. It's pre-packaged, with the nondairy creamer and sweeteners already added.

This stuff rocks -- I know it's readily available at 99 Ranch -- but my travel radius is pretty small -- Culver City, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, maybe Venice or Westchester in a pinch. Any Asian markets in these areas that carry this pre-packaged milk tea? It's made by a company called Good Young, which is based in Taiwan. I've also read on Chowhound that Lipton's Taiwanese milk tea is also good, and I'd try that, too.

BTW - I know about the Japanese markets on Sawtelle -- haven't checked to see if they have something similar....Maybe that's another idea....

Thanks in advance

Apr 03, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Los Angeles Area

What to do when dragged to a bad restaurant...

Exactly what pomme said....if you go and try to eat "light," you'll still end up chipping in for drinks, etc. that you didn't consume...

A couple things to add, though: the deciding factor should be your true issue with cost -- ie., you simply can't afford this occasion. Nothing at all wrong with that.

The "houndish" issue, though, is absolutely, IMO, irrelevant. In life, plenty of friends and relatives pick bad restaurants, and sometimes we just have to go along....(some people on this site disagree, but I think it's very rude to try and "convert" people, especially when they've picked a birthday restaurant).

Why make a "lame excuse?" Why not just politely decline?

Apr 02, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Not About Food

Jerry's Famous Deli

Yes -- this soup is good. I also recently got a yogurt smoothie from the take-out counter -- also good. But generally speaking, I avoid Jerry's - way too expensive for what you get.

Apr 01, 2007
Neely_Ohara in Chains

Coca Cola will go back to the original formula

Hmmmm..I realize that people of all ages drink Coke, but I wonder whether the key demographic is younger folks who grew up on HFCS, and have absolutely ZERO idea that Coke ever tasted different....In other words, there's no nostalgia among teens and 20-somethings for Coke as it tasted in the "old days"

Mar 31, 2007
Neely_Ohara in General Topics