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Rudest grocery checker remark

I used to shop at a grocery store where one of the checkout guys thought he was a comedian. He wasn't rude, but his jokes were always horrible.

One time I asked him for a book of stamps. He handed me one, and said, "That's a pretty short book!" Another time, right before Christmas, he said, "Have a great Christmas! Or, if you're an atheist like me, have a great Thursday!" I always wanted to tell him don't quit the day job, but instead I just ignored him.

2 days ago
4X4 in Not About Food

Do you use your stove for storage ?

I keep my pizza stone and my cast iron dutch oven in the oven.

Restaurant Gives Totally Unwanted Twist To Mexican Cuisine

Feb 26, 2015
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Jewish meal

Wait until Christmas Day and go out for Chinese food. :)

good rub for beef

I use Dizzy Pig Cow Lick for steak, pulled beef and brisket.

Feb 23, 2015
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The Food Babe Says There’s Beaver Butt in Your Ice Cream

I've heard that some food companies are putting sodium chloride in their products! Sodium and chlorine are dangerous chemicals. Imagine how bad the results would be if you mixed them and ate the resulting compound!

Feb 20, 2015
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Is Costco Making Us Fat?

The DC Costco (only local one that sells booze) is making me an alcoholic! They keep forcing me to buy and drink their discounted, oversized bottles of bourbon and vodka!

Feb 12, 2015
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Is Costco Making Us Fat?

This discussion reminds me of the old joke:

A woman goes up to her husband wearing a new outfit and asks, "Does this dress make me look fat?"

He replies, "No, all of those cookies, cakes, pies and candy bars you eat make you look fat!"

Feb 12, 2015
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Only in America...

I wouldn't beat all surprised if this story turns out to be a hoax.

Feb 12, 2015
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I eat it my way

This probably isn't unique but it's the way I almost always eat ice cream at home.

I take the container (usually a pint), open it and add some caramel or butterscotch sauce too the top. I let it sit for a few minutes to soften some and eat it right out of the container. Whip cream (if I have it on hand) adds a lot to this method.

I probably eat less ice cream this way because I usually stop eating it and put it away when I get past the toppings. A pint usually lasts at least a week or two in my freezer.

Feb 06, 2015
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Ideas for a Molecular Gastronomy Store Name {prize}

La Molecule. (Not my original idea - it was a restaurant in the David Cross show, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret).

Feb 06, 2015
4X4 in Not About Food

Petworth/Georgia Ave

Check out www.popville.com. There's lots there about local food and other topics.

Feb 05, 2015
4X4 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Too much hassle to bother with foods

Pho. I've been curious about making it, and I've read some recipes. It just seems too involved. First you have to make the broth, then cook the noodles, then slice the meat, then get all of the side additives together. It's so much easier to just go to my local pho place and spend $7.25 on a bowl.

I have considered making the broth and freezing most of it to use in a less authentic (but still tasty version) - heat up some broth, add some beef and cooked noodles and eat it with some hoison sauce and sriracha.

Too much hassle to bother with foods

Jan 29, 2015
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Did anybody grill post blizzard?

Five years ago in the DC area we had "Snowmageddon" - two blizzards and over two feet of snow. I cleared a path in my patio to my Big Green Egg and grilled some chicken to eat while watching the Superbowl.

Jan 29, 2015
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Would You Name Your Kid Nutella?

I don't know about young Mr. Skywalker - never met him. But Flash is a great guy, and perfectly normal.

Jan 28, 2015
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Would You Name Your Kid Nutella?

I have a friend whose last name is Walker. His brother named his son Luke, middle name Sky.

I also have a friend named Flash Gordon. Flash is his middle name, but Flash Gordon is what he goes by and it's his real name.

Would You Name Your Kid Nutella?

One of the most influential Blues musicians of the 20th century was a man named Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Jan 28, 2015
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Below-the-Radar Local and Small Regional Chains That Are Worth Knowing About

Royal Farms. They're based in Maryland and they also have stores in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Their fried chicken and western fries are addictive.

Jan 27, 2015
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Would You Name Your Kid Nutella?

This reminds me of the Key and Peele hilarious sketch about football players' names:

http://alvinalexander.com/funny/key-p...

Jan 27, 2015
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Would You Name Your Kid Nutella?

My mother is a retired special ed teacher. She once had a student named Norelco.

Jan 27, 2015
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Washington DC

Some others have given good suggestions. I've only been to Perfect Pour once and I agree it's good (and open on Sundays.)

Total Wine in Laurel is also really good, but I think most of the beer they sell is warm. Great selection and prices for all kinds of booze (I mainly shop there for wine and liquor.)

A little further south is Old Line in Beltsville. Great store, and they have a bar with decent food and around 20 craft beer taps. They have tastings (usually wine, but sometimes beer and liquor every Friday night.)

Keep heading south and stop closer to the DC border for Franklins in Hyattsville. It's a brewpub and restaurant with a store that sells all kinds of stuff (beer, wine, candy, toys games, novelty items.) You can buy a growler at the bar and have it filled with any of their beers.

A hidden gem, not far from Franklin's is Town Center Market in Riverdale Park. It's a convenience store with an excellent beer and wine selection. And they have a bar with lots of craft beer on tap. They serve pints and sell growlers.

From there it's just a short drive into DC. I'll let others who know more about stores there (I live in Maryland and work in DC) give you more suggestions about where to buy beer in the city. I like Schneider's on Capitol Hill, but it's another place where I mainly buy wine and liquor (I take the Metro to work and carrying a six or twelve pack on the train could be tough.)

Jan 25, 2015
4X4 in Beer

Why are chicken breasts so HUGE?

Maybe it has something to do with this "food porn" I keep hearing about. :)

Jan 13, 2015
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Innis and Gunn

I know this is an old thread, but I've bought I&G at Old Line in Beltsville.

Jan 13, 2015
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Cooking a whole hip of beef

I don't know anything about hip of beef, but I have a question about the picture you posted. Did you kill that pig before trying to cook it? Looks like it's trying to escape from your smoker! :)

Jan 12, 2015
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Costco question [Mexican Coke?}

I saw it at the Beltsville Costco yesterday.

Jan 12, 2015
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Songs with restaurant names in the lyrics

Slim Harpo sang about a place called the "Tip On In". I don't know if it was a real place (and it may have been a bar.) Great soong though.

Jan 09, 2015
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Mystery Diner. 100% faked, i'll tell you why.

It's 100% faked and one of the (unintentionally) funniest shows on tv. My gf has a lot of experience in the service industry. We love watching it together and talkging about how stupid it is.

Jan 09, 2015
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Yes! Foie Gras is now back on the menu in California!

I'm glad. Not because I'm a foie gras fan but because I hate geese. They're the assholes of the water fowl world. They have almost taken over the lake near my house. There is goose crap all over the paths and they honk and hiss at me whenever I ride my bike or walk my dog anywhere near them. So, as long as it's goose foie gras, I'm all for it. Let them suffer!

I know it's also made from duck liver, so this only applies to goose foie gras. :)

Jan 09, 2015
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Costco question [Mexican Coke?}

I know about Mexican Coke made with real sugar. How "prestige" can soda be? We're not talking about buying wine or single malt scotch here.

Jan 08, 2015
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