My elementary school used to cook kale every once in a while, and it smelled up the entire wing of the school. It was AWFUL. I still can barely eat kale and similar greens to this day, even when they are cooked well.
Artisanal cottage cheese is a thing! Check out Cowgirl Creamery's... http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/cheeses.asp It's absolutely amazing.
Ever been at a sushi restaurant when they are in the process of cooking (usually with a torch) the eel? It's RETCHED.
Update! I found the citric acid at Whole Foods in the vitamin aisle. :)
I was going to ask the citric acid question too! Regular grocery store?
How about an article about the best way to make iced coffee at home? I'm a fanatic about iced coffee, and right now what I'm doing is making it in my drip machine and letting it cool down before putting ice in it. I know some coffee shops do a cold press, but have no idea how!
This may sound curmudgeon-y, but I'm really turned off if there is really loud live music in a restaurant. It's too distracting.
Yes on the Peeps! They make me want to hurl. (Marshmallow things in general do, actually.)
Awesome - thanks everyone! These are great suggestions!
Just divide it evenly, hands down. This time you may lose, but next time you'll gain. It all works out in the end, especially if you have a tight group of friends. And if over time one person emerges as THAT person - the one who always over orders and under pays - then handle it individually. Besides, it's better to throw down an extra few bucks than be the person who is so anal about money that they won't chip in a bit extra for all of their friends to have a seamless, good time together.
Peet's (West Coast chain) has the best pumpkin spice lattes in the land! Perfect balance of coffee and pumpkin flavor.
A friend introduced me to this tradition years ago - at the beginning of the meal, everyone goes around the table and says one thing that they are thankful for. It's simple, and heartfelt, and lovely. Works especially well when there are strangers at the table because it starts conversation and helps people bond quickly.
Tuna tartare and fried chicken. I mean, I love them both, but not every restaurant in the world has to have them on the menu!
Cheesecake Factory and Chipotle. Guilty as charged!
I'm not sure which article had me gagging more today - this one, or the one about yak testicles. :P
Zachary's in Oakland is the best pizza I've ever had!!!! And yes, Rosso in Santa Rosa is awesome too.
@RossS - are you thinking of Pazzia?
Hamburger Helper was my absolute favorite when I was a kid, and I still keep some of it around for when I'm feeling down. After a rough day or week I make it to cheer myself up. :)
There's a brand called 3 Greek Gods yogurt that makes the absolute BEST pomegranate and honey flavors!!!
Interesting idea, theoretically, but would NEVER work.
I really do enjoy a good old regular coke poured over ice, but I try to limit how much I have one. Maybe once or twice a week...
I made strawberry jam for the first time last week and was also kinda daunted by the whole "submerge the jars in boiling water" part. I didn't have any fancy tools and just ended up using a big soup pot and plain old kitchen tongs to get the jars in and out. Aside from being a bit dicey holding the jars with the tongs, everything worked out fine!
My fondest childhood food memory is walking out to our backyard garden with my dad, two things in hand - a knife and a salt shaker. We would pick cucumbers and peel and eat them right there. Crisp, fresh, and delicious! I still LOVE cucumbers. :)
I second the George Foreman grill comment! I've had mine for like 10 years and still use it all the time. Plus, it's a great city-dweller gift because most city apartments don't have patios big enough for the real thing.
Blue Bottle Coffee!
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