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Here's what every trendy restaurant menu looks like

Jul 25, 2014
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Do you grill with aluminum foil (and no, it's not what you're thinking of)

I never have and don't see any reason to. My Big Green Egg gas a cast-iron grid. It's very easy to clean with a few minutes of high heat from the grill and a little brushing wtith a wire brush.

Jul 23, 2014
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What's your favorite way to cook?

When I'm in the kitchen, I usually listen to Pandora (set to shuffle, and I have probably 30 or more channels - lots of variety) on my tv via Roku.

I do most of the cooking, but sometimes when my girlfriend is over she'll help with some of the prep work.

Jul 22, 2014
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Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

"Bring [ingredient] to the party." I love Good Eats, but AB used that phrase way too much.

Jul 22, 2014
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Maybe someone looked at it from the wrong angle and thought it was a butt. :)

Jul 21, 2014
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Memorable Quotes about booze

Yeah, I could easily list 10-20 classic Blues and Country songs about drinking (including "Swinging Doors" by Merle Haggard and "Drunken Spree" by Skip James) just off the top of my head. :)

Jul 17, 2014
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OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

Cream cheese and smoked turkey

Jul 16, 2014
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Best thing you've found at a 99¢ Only Store?

Big boxes of Chewy Lemonheads and Friends

Jul 15, 2014
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Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

I was at a wedding a few weeks ago and there were a handful of teenagers there. During the reception, the teens at the "kids table" spent most of it glued to their phones. They were probably texting each other instead of talking. :)

Jul 14, 2014
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Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Maryland crabs and Ledo pizza (the original Ledo restaurant, not the chain.)

Jul 14, 2014
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Memorable Quotes about booze

Check out Larry Brown and William Gay (if you haven't already.) I think you'll like them too.

Jul 11, 2014
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

For me it's a social thing. You get together with some friends, pick crabs, drink beer, talk for hours. One of my favorite Maryland traditions.

Jul 10, 2014
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

I love Royal Farms fried chicken and western fries!

Jul 10, 2014
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

I'm just not much into them. Maybe it's the texture. Maybe the flavor of the meat changes when you cook it in a cake.

I've made them and subbed egg for mayo and still wasn't too impressed.

Jul 10, 2014
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Not embarrassing or disgusting, more overrated - crab cakes. I'm from Maryland and I've never gotten into them. I'd rather pick and eat whole steamed crabs.

There might be some disgust factor with them because they are almost always made with mayo. I despise mayo, and even if I can't taste it in something, I don't want to eat it.

Jul 10, 2014
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What not to do at a farmers market

One of the vendors at a market near me sells bananas. I doubt they're grown locally (here in Maryland.)

Jul 10, 2014
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Memorable Quotes about booze

From what's probably my all time favorite novel, "All We Need of Hell" by Harry Crews:

``You sure drink a lot of that stuff,`` said Felix.

``I do, son. At times I do. But I`m going to tell you something. I wouldn`t trust a man who could get through this cold sober.``

``This? This what?``

``Life, son. A man who could get through it cold sober is either a fool or he isn`t paying attention.``

Jul 10, 2014
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I'm so over...

But sammies are "Yummo"! :)

Jul 09, 2014
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I'm so over...

It depends on what you do with it. ;)

Jul 03, 2014
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I'm so over...

"EVOO"! Not olive oil, or extra virigin, just the abbreviation. Can't people just say "olive oil"?

Jul 03, 2014
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Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

From Pink Flamingos:

Miss Edie: Babs, where do eggs come from?

Babs Johnson: From little chickens, Mama. They lay them, and we eat them.

Miss Edie: But suppose someday there weren't any chickens. Would that mean there wouldn't be any eggs?

Babs Johnson: Oh, I don't think you have to worry about that, Mama.

Miss Edie: But... but is it true, Babs? lf there weren't any chickens, there wouldn't be any eggs? Is that true?

Babs Johnson: I suppose so, Mama... but there will always be chickens. You can be sure of that.

Miss Edie: But suppose someday it happens. Suppose someday there weren't any chickens. Oh, Babs, what could I possibly do? And then the eggman wouldn't have... he wouldn't have a job. It might happen, Babs. What could I do?

Babs Johnson: Now, Mama, that's just egg paranoia. I think you're being very silly. There will always be chickens. Why, there are so many chickens now... that we can eat some and let some of them live... in order to supply us with eggs. Chickens are plentiful, Mama. The world will never be without chickens. You can be sure of that.

Miss Edie: Oh, Babs... IT COULD HAPPEN! IT COULD HAPPEN!

Jul 02, 2014
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Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

Reminds me of this one from Everything is Illuminated:

Jonathan: I'm a vegetarian.

Alex: You're a what?

Jonathan: I don't eat meat.

Alex: How can you not eat meat?

Jonathan: I just don't.

Alex: [to Grandfather, in Russian] He says he does not eat meat.

Grandfather: [to Alex, in Russian] What?

Alex: No meat?

Jonathan: No meat.

Alex: Steak?

Jonathan: No...

Alex: Chickens!

Jonathan: No...

Alex: And what about the sausage?

Jonathan: No, no sausage, no meat!

Alex: [to Grandfather, in Russian] He says he does not eat any meat.

Grandfather: [to Alex, in Russian] Not even sausage?

Alex: [to Grandfather, in Russian] I know!

Grandfather: [to Alex, in Russian] What is wrong with him?

Alex: What is wrong with you?

Jonathan: Nothing, I just don't eat meat!

Jul 02, 2014
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NYTimes: Mark Bittman rethinks the word 'Foodie'

You could also tell people that you're in the army and your name is Colonel Angus.

Jul 02, 2014
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accessories for the outdoor cook

Jul 02, 2014
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Memorable Quotes about booze

In another thread a couple of weeks ago I posted a quote from that scene - when Navin complains that there are snails on their plates.

I also love the "pizza in a cup" scene.

Jul 01, 2014
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Memorable Quotes about booze

"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than have a frontal lobotomy."

Not sure who originally said it, but I've seen it credited to Tom Waits.

Jun 30, 2014
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Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

"A lot o' people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch o' unconnected incidents 'n things. They don't realize that there's this, like, lattice o' coincidence that lays on top o' everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you're thinkin' about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o' shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one, either. It's all part of a cosmic unconciousness."

-Miller, Repo Man

Jun 30, 2014
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Recommendations for DC over the fourth?

Expect it to be very crowded. When you ride the Metro, make sure you walk on the left, or stand on the right on the escalators.

Jun 27, 2014
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accessories for the outdoor cook

A grill wok or grill basket for vegetables, and smaller pices of meat, shrimp, etc.

Jun 27, 2014
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accessories for the outdoor cook

If it's a charcoal grill, lump charcoal and a charcoal chimney. I prefer Royal Oak lump, but I buy whatever is available. Home Depot usually has Royal Oak.

Jun 27, 2014
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