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Leftovers: The Career Killer

“Your lunch is part of your nonverbal communication, just like your jewelry."- How superficial and outdated!
Looking at companies like Google, Microsoft, etc., I think corporate culture is really changing (and not just in the internet sector). Many companies no longer make their employees dress up for work (I, for example, can wear flip-flops to work just like my boss, and he has always complimented me on my work ethic, professionalism, etc.). And I truly think that companies are starting to understand and respect the choices that people make not to spend money on expensive lunches, clothing, or jewelry. People are becoming more aware of personal waste, other environmentalist concerns and how consumer decisions can impact the world (on the jewelry issue, just look at "blood diamonds").

This article does nothing but perpetuate a shallow culture of conspicuous consumption. We can do better.

Aug 10, 2007
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Foodie Detox

What an ambitious project. Would love to hear more about how she is making sure to get enough protein and whatnot.

Aug 06, 2007
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What's the worst (nice) restaurant you have been to?

Frank's (steakhouse in Chelsea). They committed steak crime with my "medium-rare" read hockey-puck steak. Awful service too.

Jul 23, 2007
AndCalliope in Manhattan

Best milkshakes in NYC?

Anyone know what happened to the Bespeckled Trout? (I heard about it on the boards for GREAT malts and shakes, but it seems to have disappeared.) =(

Jul 23, 2007
AndCalliope in Manhattan

Hard-core Thai Boat Noodle Quest

You have intrigued me Thi. Cooking with animal blood is such a taboo concept for most people, but perhaps many just need to embrace the true carnivore. And heck, blood-based dishes are always considered a delicacy...duck's blood soup from Poland, haggis from Scotland, and all those blood sausages out there

Apr 09, 2007
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Casseroles, Revisited

Great idea! We just featured a week of "Updated Casseroles" in our cooking newsletter (sans the cream of blank soup).

Apr 09, 2007
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Do Dark Spirits Cause Worse Hangovers Than Clear Ones?

While it may sound strange, pedialyte freezer pops are great after a long night of boozing. They help replace the electrolytes in your body and rehydrate you. And perhaps you can pass it off like you are just having a popsicle at 2am.....maybe.

Apr 09, 2007
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Best Dim Sum for Cheap in the City

Where can I get the best dim sum in the city for cheap? I'm new to the city in the West Village right now. Thanks!

Apr 03, 2007
AndCalliope in Manhattan

La Petite Amelia In Evanston?

The Stained Glass and Chef's Station are both wonderful. I had one of my best meals ever with the Chef's Menu at Chef's Station (a 6-course meal of chef's choices with wine pairings each course).

Mar 19, 2007
AndCalliope in Chicago Area

Indian food in northern suburbs

I like Mt. Everest, but go a little farther to the NW burbs (Wheeling area) for India House.

Mar 19, 2007
AndCalliope in Chicago Area

Most edible canned/packaged soup?

I second the vote for Italian Style Wedding.

Mar 19, 2007
AndCalliope in General Topics

Favorite Beer in America?

Washington Island's Wheat Ale!

Mar 19, 2007
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Peeps: Now With Even More Preservatives!

So very wrong...
How are the new cocoa-dusted ones?
We were hoping to do a peeps eating contest in the office (how many can you fit in your mouth) but it was shut down due to safety concerns. =(

Mar 11, 2007
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White-Collar Moonshine

I understand legislating not being able to sell homemade spirits, but I don't think it should be illegal to moonshine itself. Moonshining is hardly as dangerous as owning a gun, and that's a constitutional right. I think certain attitudes need to be changed regarding hard alcohol, so that it can be viewed in light of culinary taste and connoisseurs (like beer and wine). Many people, myself including, think that whiskey (or rum or vodka) tasting can be just as refined as enjoying wine.

Mar 09, 2007
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Bacon, Bacon Everywhere

Haha, gridder, that doughnut shop Bourdain visited looked amazing. Aside from bragging about experimenting with Nyquil doughnuts before being shut down by the FDA, I think I saw a doughnut covered in Captain Crunch berries. Maybe I was hallucinating in my quest for breakfast.

Feb 28, 2007
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Salted Coffee, You Say?

Eh, I would prefer some cinnamon.

Feb 16, 2007
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Kitchen Couples Clash

Haha, it's like when my "boyfriend" makes scrambled eggs and toast for us for breakfast (which I love, but that's the *only* thing on this good earth he knows how to make*), and I end up saying something like, "Ya know, I could make us some waffles or a spinach frittata next time."

Feb 16, 2007
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The Fallout of No-Knead Bread

Aside from the obvious shortcut, what's the appeal of no-knead bread?

I actually made bread this past weekend, and kneading makes you feel as though you have really accomplished something. It's very therapeutic.

And, I don't really believe in buying a lot of fancy stuff to make a diet staple.

Feb 12, 2007
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What's in Your Junk Drawer?

The Pampered Chef Citrus Peeler

Ok fine, I raved about it at Chew on That, but really, I LIKE getting orange peel under my nails. Then they smell like oranges.

Feb 08, 2007
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Remember me? The sun-dried tomato ...

Yeah, that's makes me really nervous YumYumYogi.

But chilies with chocolate should never out of style! A bit of chili really brings out the flavor of dark chocolate.

Wasabi itself is definitely a fad! Williams-Sonoma even has Wasabi-Green Tea scented dish soap now. The stuff that they serve in most restaurants is not even real Wasabi, it's a similar horseradish dyed green. You can sometimes get fresh wasabi if you ask for it!

Feb 07, 2007
AndCalliope in General Topics