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jlewfoodie

With no other options - Strip or Ribeye?

Ribeye hands down!!!

Reality Check: Burger King French Fry Burger

Seriously, this is nothing new! I know folks that have been putting fries on their burgers for decades...nice try BK!!! Waste of a $1!!!

Chain Reaction: We Try the New Chicken Waffle Tenders From Popeyes

I have tried these I wasn't impressed either..I actually preferred the regular tenders to these. My main gripe however is the dipping sauce. It is DISGUSTING!!! Way too thick and too sweet...I damn near gagged on it!!

Your menu ordering style?

I tend to order what the place is known for! If I go to a steakhouse, I'm ordering a ribeye! That's just me!

I once told someone to go a popular local seafood place near me and try any of the SEAFOOD! This idiot comes back and says "Well I didn't like my food." So I go,"Oh I'm sorry. What did you order?" She goes,"Lasagna." ._.

Taste Test: The Best Mayonnaise

Yeaa! I love Duke's...great mayo! And I hate Miracle Whip...that mess sucks!

A Sandwich a Day: Chopped Brisket at Mable's Smokehouse

For $10, that sandwich should be overflowing! No way would I pay 10 bucks for that...then again you are in NY...

Ask a Bartender: What Would Your Last Drink On Earth Be?

This is tough!!! I'm a vodka girl but love a great Scotch or cognac....I guess either one of those...straight up!

Deep Fried Chicago: Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed

I guess you can feel good about eating here knowing your money goes to charity...because the prices are steep!! A half rack of ribs is $32!!!!

Atlanta: Brunch Burgers Worth Waking Up For at Buttermilk Kitchen

That looks delish! I would love to try that! The burger must be seasoned and cooked perfectly for a dish like this to work....

We Raise Our Glass to Managing Editor Carey Jones!

Wishing you much success on your writing career Carey!!

What dish best represents the food of your region?

I'm from Baltimore and I'm gonna say crab cakes!!! The best ones are made with lump meat, hardly no filler. It really depends on where you live in and around Baltimore....more than likely there is a great seafood place near you. I live in the Pikesville/Randallstown area and The Olive Branch on Reisterstown Rd. has great crab cakes and an AWESOME crab pretzel, their crab pretzel is the best I've come across in Baltimore...its big enough for two and PACKED with jumbo lump meat!

Ask a Bartender: What Cocktail Should Disappear Forever?

Glad to see the appletini on here...its nasty!!! But uh I must say I'm a fan of the Long Island Iced Tea...there are better versions though like the California Iced Tea or the Peach Iced Tea..

Tipping & Bad Service: What's Your Policy?

I will tip normally but you best believe I'm never coming back. If it's REALLY bad, I have been known to summon the manager...I did this a few years back when attending a birthday dinner party for 10 and the waitress was non-existent the whole meal yet there was an 18% gratuity added when she brought the check 3 hrs later! We had to summon other waiters to help us get food and drinks. I got the manager because she didn't do s**t so she didn't deserve the tip! The manager understood and agreed to waive the tip and gave us free dessert. We ended up giving the tips to the servers who actually waited on us.

Ask a Bartender: What's The Most Ridiculous Drink Order You've Ever Gotten?

I found this hilarious!!! LOL @ the double..Grey Goose and Vodka!!
That reminds me of a time when I was in a deli a few years ago and a woman in front of me ordered a BLT....without the bacon. The clerk goes," So you just want lettuce and tomato?" She screams "NO, I SAID A BLT WITHOUT THE BACON!" It went on like this for a minute or two until she got fed up, called the clerk an a-hole and stormed out! I got a good laugh outta that one..so did the clerk!

Thanks for the laughs SE!!!

Cook the Book: 'New York a la Cart'

Spicy, hot fried chicken with delicious homemade sides...

Want Real Eggs at McDonald's? Just Ask!

I'm a McMuffin fan myself...the biscuit crumbles every damn where!!!

What is your favorite shape of pasta or noodle?

I'm a penne fan!

Cook the Book: 'Stewed'

My mom makes a mean beef stew with carrots, potatoes and onions. She serves it with piping hot cornbread w/ honey butter. Cannot be beat....

Bar Eats: Sheffield's Something of a Three-Headed Monster

Damn! All of that has my mouth watering!

Poll: Corn on Pizza, Way or No Way?

I've never had corn on pizza, but wouldn't mind trying it for sure!

Newport Beach: Chronic Tacos Has Some Serious Ailments

Best consumed drunk or high...then its awesome.

Secrets from the Host Stand: 10 Things a Restaurant Host Wishes They Could Tell You

I can get with the same-sider comment...I just don't get it! It seems uncomfortable that you have to constantly turn your head just to speak to the person...not to mention, its easier to gaze lovingly into their eyes from ACROSS the table!!! It seems like couples like this are striving to prove a point...'we are so in love' look at us! Ugh!!!

Also, I was once the next to last customer in a restaurant and the staff stood around me and the other table, literally waiting for us to hurry up and finish. I didn't like the feeling at all..we felt rushed. If a restaurant closes at 10, to most people that means the last customer can come in sometime before then. Granted, a courteous customer shouldn't show up at 9:50 but hey, the closing time says 10! If you want to be completely DONE by 10, then you need to close at 9. I'm sure owners know this....

The $66 Kobe Beef Pizza from Domino's Japan

There are definitely some food snobs on here....

Guy Fieri's S'mores Indoors Pizza Is an Abomination

This would probably work best hot and fresh out of a restaurant oven...not frozen. Shame on Guy for thinking this could even work.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

I would like to try a In-n-Out burger!

NYC Restaurant Bans Tipping

Sushi Yasuda in NYC has officially banned tipping at their restaurant! The owner says the waiters are now salaried with paid leave and sick time. Some patrons have still tried to leave a tip although they won't accept it.

However the food cost has gone up slightly to be able to afford this for the workers. However the response according to the workers has been quite favorable when patrons see their bill and are surprised to see their is no longer room for a tip on the bill.

What do you guys think about this practice? Would you rather have lower food costs and the tipping or no tipping with higher food costs? I'm personally for it...I think it places the responsibility rightfully on the owners to make sure their staff is paid and satisfied. A restaurant shouldn't rely on tips to pay for its waitstaff.

Celebrity Riders...If you were one, what foods would top yours?

I was recently reading an article the other day on celebrity riders, the list of (sometimes outrageous) demands of celebrities for certain foods and things they require in their dressing rooms.

It got me to thinking that if I were a celeb, what would I demand in my dressing room, food/beverage wise!

I would require plenty of top-shelf bottled water (not the gas station or generic variety; hey, I'm a celeb!), BUCKETS of ice, a bucket or two of KFC chicken (original and extra crispy), a bottle or two of champagne (Moet or DP), several bottles of Grey Goose or Ciroc vodka, diet Pepsi, cranberry juice, and a fresh fruit platter.

I could think of more stuff but off the top of my head, these are some of the things I would definitely ask for!

So this question is for you my fellow SE'rs!! I'd like to know what's on your rider???

Your Dining Companions Faux Pas at the Table

So often, we gripe about waiters, service and food at restaurants but alot of times we the patrons can be guilty of some cringe-inducing moments ourselves.

I recently went to a local Mexican restaurant with a girlfriend and a female friend of hers, whom I didn't know. When asked if the girl liked Mexican food and would the restaurant be okay, she said of course, she loved Mexican food.

Well, that was clearly a lie as it became evident at the restaurant. She questioned the waiter to death, asking what were tacos, burritos, enchiladas, faijitas, etc. She finally settled on fajiitas but then did not know how to assemble them and didn't like the steak OR chicken she requested with them. She sends that back for a platter of beef tacos and complains about the lettuce, tomato and cheese, taking one bite and claiming it not to be fresh enough!!! (Keep in mind, this is a very popular Mexican joint with excellent food).

She sends that platter back for a plate of cheese enchiladas only .... EGADS, there's a hair in my food! The hair was clearly hers because she had been running her hands through it all nite and it was the same curl and color. (All servers and cooks had on hairnets btw). She complains to the mgmt who at this point, give her a new platter of food and comped her entire meal!

When it came time to pay the bill, we asked her to pay the tip since her food was free after all the damn complaining she did. She pulls out her wallet and says, "Oh sorry, ladies, I don't have any cash on me!" By this point, I'm STEAMING! We had to pay the bill plus the tip and she paid NOTHING but got to try 3 different platters of food and went home with a fresh platter!

Upon exiting the restaurant, I pulled my gf to the side and politely told her never to invite that penny-pinching, cheap winch out with me ever again! Looking back, I felt like it was her intention not to pay for anything at all the whole night!

That's my recent story...what are some of your diners faux pas

Food Commercials? Which ones tempt you (or not) the most?

I must say that I do pay attention to most food commericials whether they are advertising products from fast-food chains or new products at the grocery stores!

The recent Big Mac commercials from McDonald's have sent me on a slight craving for them! The way they show the burger with the special sauce oozing from the side makes me want to get in the car and go get one!

I also snicker at the Domino's commercials...for the new stuffed cheesy bread! "We were one of the worst offenders out there!" No s**t!! I have to laugh, but I give them credit for at least admitting their past mistakes in their ads and making serious efforts to correct them.

I'm curious fellow SE'rs; what food commericals float your boat? Or disgust you? Or just make you downright laugh???

Holiday Entertaining- Is this Appropriate?

Lots of people are having holiday parties right now, welcoming friends, family and guests for a good time. While it is customary to bring a bottle of wine or a small gift to thank the hostess, I would like to know where the line is drawn.

I was recently invited to my girlfriend's co-worker's gathering this weekend and was told that everyone must bring their OWN bottle of liquor or wine to drink AND a dish!! I must say, I was bit appalled. What are you having folks over for if we're bringing everything??? Unless this was a stated potluck, this seems unreasonable to me.

If I bring the above, would I still need to bring something for the hostess? What is the proper etiquette and is this a reasonable request for guests?

What was on your Thanksgiving plate?

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I certainly did! My fam always throws down and this year was no different!

Though I wanted to taste every single thing on the table(s), I was just too damn stuffed! So what actually made it on my plate was:
Roasted turkey breast w/turkey neck gravy
Sausage dressing
Sauerkraut w/pigtails
Fresh greens
Seafood stuffed fish
Baked turkey wings
Broccoli & Cauliflower salad
Hot yeast roll

What was on your plate, Serious Eaters??

How do you like your eggs?

I'm a big fan of eggs and can eat them any time of day! I fixed a mushroom, swiss and onion omelette for dinner yesterday and it was so delish!!

I either go the omelette route or fry two eggs hard with a pinch of salt, spicy pepper and American cheese. My eggs must be cooked though all the way through! No runny eggs or scrambled for me. (I used to like scrambled eggs years ago, but for some reason the look doesn't appeal to me anymore!)

How do like YOUR eggs?

Anthony Bourdain's Paula Deen Diss

AB went in on Paula Deen on national TV saying, she is America's most dangerous person because her butter-laced, fattening recipes are contributing to an already obese America.

On top of that, he also said her food sucks! Ouch! I thought it was mean and unnecessarily cruel!

For one, she is no different than the mass of fast food chains and restaurants that continue to serve up unhealthy food where millions of people continue to eat everyday! Big deal!

Second, we have a choice in what we eat. You don't HAVE to eat her food or make her recipes, so how is she dangerous???

He's a snob anyway, and I thought what he said was just downright ignorant! I'd like to know what my fellow SE'rs think about his comment!

"Let Me Show You How to Make Risotto".....

If you watch "The Next Food Network Star" and saw this week's episode, you will know what I'm talking about.

The cringe-inducing moment when Wolfgang Puck removes himself from the dinner table to tell contestant Jill, "This is not a risotto, please come into the kitchen with me and I'll show you how to make risotto!" Jill humbly follows him into the kitchen where, in more cringe worthy embarrassment, Wolfgang Puck proceeds to make a new risotto in front of the other contestants.

I was floored and amused at the same time. On the tons of cooking shows I've watched, I've never seen a chef get up and actually accompany someone back to the kitchen to redo a dish! I think I would pass out! As an aspiring chef, there can't be anything more embarrasing! Or is there?? Any cringe-worthy moments you've seen or experienced yourself?

KFC or Popeyes?

I consider myself a fried chicken connoisseur because it's one of my absolute favorite foods and I eat it at least once every couple of weeks!

I don't always have the time to fry chicken; it is time consuming so I head to either KFC or Popeyes. I will be honest and say I really like both, but I give KFC a slight advantage because you can eat their chicken cold or hot! Popeyes is only really good when its hot...but I love the crunch on their chicken!

Nothing beats homemade fried chicken, but when you want a quick fix, who satifies your craving better???

Yea or Nay? Fruit and/or Nuts in your Chicken Salad?

I personally think there is no place for fruit or nuts in chicken salad. It takes away from the star which is the chicken. I see even fast food chains like Subway and Arby's have jumped on the chicken salad bandwagon but when they mention all that is going on in the salad, I am turned off, thus I will not be trying them. Great chicken salad has minimal ingredients and needs no additions. What do you think?

Christmas Dinner....What's it gonna be?

I'm curious to know what you guys are eating tomorrow night!!!
I'm throwing down with the following:
Cornish hens
Beef tenderloin
Oven stuffer
Spareribs (still up in the air on this one)
Fresh string beans
Fresh greens
Oven baked mac n' cheese
Sauerkraut
Dressing
Mashed potatoes
Chicken and beef gravy

Desserts:
Red velvet Cake
Cheesecake
Chocolate Cake
Lemon Crunch Cake
Cookies

Do you bring back lunch food for picky co-workers?

A friend of mine is experiencing "lunch stress" on her job. When ordering out (for a min. of at least 7-8 people, sometimes more) she has everyone right down their orders, to include condiments and whatever else.
Upon returning to the office, a few of her co-workers always express anger at not having their sandwiches prepared properly (wrong bread, wrong condiment, etc.) When I asked her how she orders, she simply gives the paper to the deli man rather than read out such a large order. She tries calling it in but the deli is so busy, she hardly ever gets through.
Mind you, the co-workers in question have what I like to call "extra-special orders" with a bunch of nit-picking details like a dollop of mayo, thinly sliced beef, a tbsp. of onions....crap like that. Everyone else's lunch is fine, but it's always the same people griping over stupid stuff like, ' Why is the cheese on the bread, I wanted it on the meat?'
She is stressed about this and it is causing tension in the office, since now she avoids lunch orders, and when someone asks her where she's going, she says, "I don't know." They think she's being mean, but really she's tired of the BS! How can she tell them nicely to bug off and get their own lunch?

Should I cover my pan while frying chicken?

I am a fried chicken fanatic,and as I am preparing this dish as I type, on this cool evening in Baltimore, MD, I would like to know if I should cover the pan at any point during the frying.

I will admit years ago, when I first learned to cook, I would cover the pan for the first few minutes thinking this would yield a crispier crust, but since I have grown up, I rarely do this anymore while frying chicken but I still put out pretty great fried chicken!

But I'm always looking to perfect my technique so help my fellow foodies!

Shouldn't a sandwich with "club" in the name contain bacon?

I have recently encountered several sandwiches,deli or otherwise, at various establishments with "club" in the name, but to my dismay, had no bacon on them. I recently ordered BK's new Breakfast Ciabatta Club, expecting ham AND bacon, but hence, there was only ham.
I thought that club sandwiches, regardless of the type of meat(s), always contained bacon. I feel ripped off when there is no bacon on a club! Does anyone else concur? Or not?

Dinner Tonight: Black Pepper-Honey Rib Eye

While I like dressing up some neglected cuts of beef, I'm not much for drowning a beautiful rib-eye in a sauce. That's why I love this recipe from the The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper. The steaks are dipped into a mixture of red wine, honey, and black pepper for just a few minutes, and then cooked. You don't really need to worry about anything other than whether the steaks are perfectly cooked. More