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Pro food critics who know nothing about a cuisine - helpful or harmful?

I feel there is room for reviews written by less knowlegable people, but they have to admit it up front. I have occaisionally considered writing a restaurant review for non-foodies with my fiance. Neither of us are trained in anyway and there are a lot of cuisines we know little about, we are just a couple of Regular Janes. The idea would be to write an "accessible" review for "average" people. She would rather read that kind of review than one from someone who concentrates on every nuance. I think one could write a review saying, "I know nothing about Russian food, but I enjoyed what I had." A follow-up could be done if we went back with someone who knew Russian food.

Again, the point is, if they aren't knowlegable, they need to admit it up front.

hard boiled egg not peeling right [moved from General Chowhounding]

Once I get them in the cold water, I crack the large end and let them sit to cool in the water. The theory is the water will seep into the crack and slide between the egg and the shell and make them easier to peel. Don't remember where I heard that. Works pretty well.

Sep 18, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Home Cooking

Article about Former Top Chef Contestant attack

She had the funky haircut and got booted off mostly because her partner of the day did so poorly (both were sent home).

Article about Former Top Chef Contestant attack

MSP/STP: Where to Get Your Favorite Latte (or latte-like beverage)

the Ginkgo Coffeehouse, Snelling and Minnehaha-Midway area.

What makes a slider a slider?

I worked at a White Castle one summer. The burgers are "steamed" on a grill that has been slopped with rehydrated onions (lots of water). They easily slid across the grill. Very gross. Never understood why they didn't make drunk people puke!

Sep 10, 2007
NewSushiFiend in General Topics

"Great" Restaurant Names

Minneapolis: U Otter Stop Inn

Sep 07, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Not About Food

Unstated Specials Prices -- A Legal Analysis

Customer Service-wise, the resto SHOULD provide the price up front.

Saving your wallet-wise, if the $7 or 20% or whatever extra is important to you, you should ask when you are told about the specials.

By the way, didn't Anthony Bourdain say in Kitchen Confidential that specials are usually whatever the chef is trying to get rid of? If that is the case, shouldn't they charge less? :)

Sep 07, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Not About Food

Top Chef what the %$@#!!!

With THAT description I may not miss Tre so much! LOL!

I'm sick of being lactose intolerant

Last week I made a wonderful, cheesy pizza for my fiance that can't eat dairy with goat mozarella cheese. She was THRILLED! Try it.

Sep 04, 2007
NewSushiFiend in General Topics

Junk Food & Office Productivity

I don't eat any of the chocolate my company provides for political reasons. I keep a small stash of expensive chocolate in my drawer. Given how strong I feel about my reasons for not eating certains brands of chocolate, it was surprisingly easy to resist the temptation-something I wasn't expecting. Granted, I don't know how successful I'd be if I didn't have my own stash!

Aug 29, 2007
NewSushiFiend in General Topics

Junk Food & Office Productivity

My office provides snacks as well as lunches (in return for us agreeing to work through lunch). We recently changed who orders the food and we are getting a healthier selection (while still maintaining some of the less healthy options). Everyone is much happier and there is less ordering in lunch once a week. We have food delivered by Simon Delivers and some picked up at Sam's Club.

One interesting note: When the person in charge of ordering food is a mom, we tend to have better selections, enough food for the week and much less spoilage!

Aug 29, 2007
NewSushiFiend in General Topics

Is there really a good Whole Wheat pasta?

Ronzoni! much better than Barilla.

Aug 23, 2007
NewSushiFiend in General Topics

Why do vegetarians want to eat meat flavoured stuff?

People are vegetarian for many different reasons. Some like meat but choose not to eat it, hence the development of veggie burgers, etc that taste like meat. Back in college a vegetarian friend of mine and a group of vegetarians tasted tested a new meat-tasting veggie burger. They all hated it. None of them thought to have the tasters be people who liked meat!

Aug 22, 2007
NewSushiFiend in General Topics

I'm sick of being lactose intolerant

My fiance can no longer have any cow-based dairy. We use Vanilla Rice Milk (tastes most like regular milk) and lots of goat and soy cheeses. She can't live without cheese so we have scoured our co-op for every variety we can find. Sheep cheese should be good, too. In place of ice cream she has sorbet (since she likes the fruity flavors better than ice cream flavors, that has worked well). There is vegan butter as well with I haven't noticed a difference when I have cooked with it (I haven't baked with it yet), though that might be soy.

It is hard, for sure, but try the goat and sheep varieties. That should improve your burgers at the very least!

Aug 21, 2007
NewSushiFiend in General Topics

A kitchen clock

mine can

Aug 20, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Cookware

A kitchen clock

I second the digital timer. I wouldn't use anything else (and I can time two things at once).

Aug 17, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Cookware

Storage containers for rice and other dry goods?

I scour used goods stores for interesting glass jars with well sealing lids. Each one is different. unfortunately, I haven't always found ones big enough for a full sack of flour or sugar.

Aug 17, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Cookware

Can Roe be considered Vegetarian?

As some have stated, there are many kinds of vegetarians. Some only eat "meat" in the form of fish, others only in the form of eggs. Stricly speaking, that isn't truely being a vegetarian, but it get complicated saying thinks like "I don't eat meat unless it is fish or fowl and I don't eat eggs unless they are from cage free chickens and I don't eat any vegetable from this country because of their human rights abuses . . .", so some people just say "I'm vegetarian." If you are cooking for someone else, I would ask if they are strict veg or eat fish or . . .?

Aug 17, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Not About Food

TV commercials but no local stores?

Sometimes is an indication they are trying to move into the area. We had adds for Lowe's for at least a year before they opened one in Minnesota. Seems they wanted to make sure people knew who they were the moment they opened.

Is this food terrorism?

A friend was serving ham for easter dinner. We, with the host's approval, brought fish for ourselves and ate the other sides. People asked, we explained, everyone understood. She also now has a medical striction on dairy, which makes things more complicated.

If I were hosting, I would never make my guest eat something they can't/won't or assume they should be happy with just sides. I'd want them to be happy. I invite people to spend time with them, not so they can eat a particular dish-cooking is an added pleasure to the event.

Aug 15, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Not About Food

Is this food terrorism?

We don't require the host to make sure that a menu for a party met the details of our food restrictions. We ask the host what will be served (explaining our restrictions) and offer to bring something if necessary. The host is aware of what we are doing before it happens so has the chance to say if it is unacceptable. Fortunately, our friends prefer our company over the slight inconvenience we may cause.

Aug 15, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Not About Food

Is this food terrorism?

This is why my fiance and I discuss our food restrictions with our hosts and offer to bring something for ourselves if they are serving something we don't eat. Although she is physically capable of eating pork, her aversion to it is tremendous and affects her hugely.

If, say, my brother and sister-in-law refused to provide us with food we can eat AND refused to let us bring something we could eat (or complained to everyone about it), then they must not care about me very much. For those who think it is rude to go and bring your own food, the question here is what do you want more, to spend time with me or for me to eat YOUR food? I don't force people to cook for me, that is why I will bring something. So far, no one has objected (I run in a good crowd!).

Aug 13, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Not About Food

WWYD If your dinner guests...

I don't care if she is my mother, she needs to respect me in my home as much as I respect her in hers. Advise is one thing, but ruining the cucumber salad is another. I would figure out the right way to explain this to her. To just "suck it up" might actually interfere with your ability to appreciate your mother while you still have her. The tactful approach is the best way to go unless you are certain she will take great offense and never see her grandbaby again.

Aug 13, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Not About Food

Chinese Takeout in the Movies and on Television

I have a set of 6 pairs of nice bamboo chopsticks. I love chopsticks.

If I get a noodle dish or fried rice, I love to eat straight out of the container. Maybe because I saw it on tv so much and maybe because my mother didn't allow it. With a dish accompanied by rice, it just doesn'T work.

Aug 10, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Not About Food

is it rude?

Not to mention that "after dinner drinks" or "drinks" that start at 9 pm implies the host will have already had dinner, so no one should be suprised if they peek into the kitchen and see dirty dishes.

If the guest of honor is from out of town or or they are celebrating something special (as in this case), it is completely logical that the hosts and guests of honor will have dined together before others arrive.

nummanumma was just fine.

Aug 10, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Not About Food

Earliest food memory?

This is also my very earliest memory. When I was about 2 (still in diapers, I think). My sister was Sheri and, in those days, people called me Shelly. My mother handed me two cookies and said, "this one is for you, and the other one is for Shelly." I said, "Oh goody, I get two cookies!" Sadly, she then corrected herself!

Aug 09, 2007
NewSushiFiend in General Topics

Teaching a toddler to cook - any suggestions?

For most people who aren't professional cooks, assembly is definately part of cooking. At his age having him help add premeasured ingredients to the bowl or assembling toppings on pizza and other similar stuff is absolutely appropriate. As his skills improve, you can add to what he does (like measuring the sugar).

Congratulations on having a child interested in cooking and for wanting to teach him!

Aug 09, 2007
NewSushiFiend in Home Cooking

Hell's Kitchen Semi-Final 08/06/07 [moved from Not About Food board]

I think everyone was wrongly afraid of Julia's emotions. She was not more emotional than any of the other women or Rock during the run of the show. She probably felt like she got hit with a brick with the emotions that hit her when she walked in. She couldn't have expected it. I don't see why so many people think she was a sore loser. she was being honest. Everyone else felt that way, you can tell by what Brad said, they just didn't cry.

Hell's Kitchen Finale - Part 1 (spoilers)

I agree with your assessment of Julia. No amount of knowledge ahead of time and truly prepare you for the emotional roller coaster some of these folks are on.