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The Best Fried Chicken on the Planet: An Opinionated World Tour

KENJI! You're going to love the hot chicken. Prince's is the classic, but I'm partial to Pepperfire. Hattie B's is also good, though less spicy than some of the other places.

Nashville is the bomb. Have fun.

What are NYC's Most Overrated Restaurants?

I'm enjoying reading all the comments about Shake Shack - it seems like we got lucky here in DC with the offshoots. They aren't very crowded (I think I waited 20 minutes once?), and the food is hot and fresh (including the fries, which at the DC stores are NOT crinkle cut). I think of it as a better alternative to Five Guys.

I went there last week and was in and out in less than 10 minutes. Yum.

Salted Cashew Caramel Bars

Yum! Really good, with a few tweaks. I thought they were fantastic with a generous sprinkle of kosher salt over the top - the recipe isn't as salty as I would expect from something called "salted caramel." I think these would be even better with a bit less caramel (I ended up with a higher proportion of caramel to shortbread than the bars in the picture), a drizzle of dark chocolate, and maybe even a bit more salt.

Bake the Book: First Prize Pies

Rhubarb, I just can't get past the texture!

Suvir Saran's Black-Eyed Pea Curry

Yummy, with a few tweaks. I cut the salt by half (and used reduced sodium peas) and that was perfect. I also had to use greek yogurt because that's all my store had in stock, but that worked fine as well.

Use Indian bay leaves (tej patta) if you have them, they pair very nicely with the cinnamon.

And just watch out for the whole spices, and you'll be fine. You can always bundle them in some cheesecloth to make them easier to remove before serving.

Exploring the Many Faces of Chartreuse

Mmmm, I love the Elixir Vegetal. I basically use them as herb bitters. They're great in place of the absinthe in a Corpse Reviver.

Open Thread: What's Your Most Memorable College Dining Experience?

Wellesley had good food in general, but the desserts in the Tower dining hall always had way too much baking soda, so they tasted like detergent.

Looking back, it was probably a good thing :)

25 Meals for Under $10

Less than $10 per serving? That's great, but there's not a whole lot on this site (aside from really nice steaks) that cost more than $10 per. Kind of misleading...

The Brunch Dish: The Sweet Beat of Bongo Room

Ew. I have a serious sweet tooth, and I love junky brunch, but this is way too much.

Dinner Tonight: Potato and Pea Curry with Yogurt, Cumin, and Ginger

This is pretty good. It seems a little bland - I would fully brown the potatoes and double the spices. The peas (I used frozen) were also pretty mushy - I would add them closer to the end of cooking.

Basic Hummus from 'Jerusalem'

Am I the only one who thought this had way too much tahini? I couldn't even taste the chickpeas. I would definitely drop that to a 1:4 ratio next time. The texture was nice, though it's hard to think of hummus without any olive oil.

The Food Lab Lite: The Best Corn Chowder

Thanks, Kenji!

Just a suggestion - it's easier to get the milk out of the corn cobs with a vegetable peeler than the back of your knife. I just made fried corn (my family's version of creamed corn) yesterday and it really sped up the process.

Cereal Eats: We Try All the Honey Bunches of Oats Flavors

Pecan is my favorite (GET IN MY BELLY!!!!), followed closely by Almond and Honey Roasted.

I cannot for the life of me figure out why my boyfriend does not like this brand of cereal. Oh well, more for me. He can have his weird tasteless Crispix.

The Food Lab Lite: Five Minute Miso-Glazed Toaster Oven Salmon

I agree with luosha - I never eat wild salmon because it's so expensive (at least $20/pound in my area). U.S. farmed catfish is a great, affordable option, which is rated as a "Best Choice" on Seafood Watch!

But then again, I was raised on catfish in the South, so I don't think it tastes muddy at all. If is tastes bad, are you really getting a good piece of fish?

Oversized soft drinks to be banned in N.Y.C...

Is this just for single servings, or also for 1-2L bottles? If it's the latter I could see this having a huge impact on wholesale beverage purchasing - especially catering. If you need, oh, 40 liters of Coke for a party, it's going to be waaaaay more expensive and wasteful to buy that quantity in small bottles. Just a thought.

Catering/Food Business Supplies

Oriental Trading has great bulk paper/gift supplies.

The 'Big 3' U.S. candy bars?

The top 3 sellers? Reese's, M&Ms, and Snickers.

My favorites? Mounds, Snickers, and Dove milk chocolate.

21+ Ways to Upgrade Your Grilled Cheese

Forget the buttered bread - it's all about mayo. It's easy to prep, and your bread will come out perfectly toasted every time.

Sweet & Sour Brisket with Pomegranate Molasses and Dried Fruit

Yum! My only suggestion is to puree the sauce in batches - it's too much to put in a standard 12-cup food processor without making it leak.

What Are Your Favorite Purchases in the Duty Free Shop?

@killatofu, next time, get a direct flight if possible. It's legal to carry duty free liquids purchased inside security, you just won't be able to bring them onto any connecting domestic flights. I'm quoting US/EU policy here, though, so there may be a restriction in Israel I'm not aware of.

I recently went to Paris with my parents and I could bring wine/liquor back (direct flight to Dulles), but they couldn't (connected in Atlanta to fly to Nashville).

Eyewitness Booze Investigation: Absolut Miami

I'm with you - I love the Absolut Boston flavor, it's the only vodka I ever bother buying. I like it with lemon soda.

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