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A Pie Cream Thanksgiving

Why not serve them with pie, rather than instead?
MOAR PIE = MOAR FUN

Eyewitness Booze Investigation: Four Loko vs. Crunk Juce

@bktobda- wasn't it mr. bean and coffee?

Care to introduce yourself?

@Mohican, joyyy, Teachertalk- Thank you all for the advice. Just shows how helpful and supportive the SE community is (as always)!

Care to introduce yourself?

Hey now, no need to make me out to be a clueless rich kid.
I exaggerated- it's not that I have no idea what I want to study, I'm just exploring my options...
Besides isn't that what's so great about the American school system? You don't have to decide what you want to study/major in until you know what's out there, and you can make an informed decision!

Gilt Taste

erm...sorry, that first "spammy" post must've been mine
i feel pretty foolish now- at the time i didn't realize how much it sounded like spam. i suppose i was just...over-enthousiastic? i honestly just wanted to know what everyone thought!

Care to introduce yourself?

I'm an 18 year old student in Dubai, but in the fall I'll be heading to Dartmouth.

I have no idea what I want to study, but I do know I love food (obviously). I'm still naive enough to believe that someday I might become a famous pastry chef. Or a food critic...!

Is Müesli Finally Becoming More Popular in the U.S.?

Prepackaged muesli (the kind people usually eat like cereal, with milk) tastes like cardboard and raisins to me.
I much prefer the bircher muesli I once tried while on vacation- I make at home pretty often in the hotter months. I mix up a bowl on the weekend and it usually lasts me through the week. The recipe is more of a "guideline" so there's a lot of room for tweaking:
-Soak 1 cup rolled oats in water for about 10 minutes (pour water into the bowl of oats just until the top layer of oats are wet).
-Meanwhile, mix 1 cup yogurt, 1-2 grated apples, 1 chopped banana, or whatever fruits you have lying around.
-Mix in the soaked oats, some nuts (I go for chopped almonds- but since I don't have the patience to chop then, I stick them in a bag and whack them with a rolling pin), and raisins or chopped dates.
-Add honey to taste.

The Royal Wedding: Chocolate McVities Biscuit Cake

Seems kind of like a lazy cake (not the "relaxation brownies" kind), except without condensed milk.

Japanese Snacks: Pocky

I recently went to China and loaded up on Pocky. Naturally I couldn't read the writing on the boxes, so I had to rely on pictures and other such cues to figure out the flavors:
Dark chocolate almond crush is my favorite- the added crunch of the almonds makes them so much more interesting. And the extra coating of chocolate doesn't hurt.
But I'd love to try that salty cookie crush...
Chocolate mousse is just like chocolate but with an extra-thick chocolate coating.
Milk tea almond crush (I thought it was milk chocolate when I got it- I guess I didn't notice the cup of tea on the front of the box...) was surprising...kind of subtlely fruity like earl grey tea.
Banana (with a chocolate stick) was just bad. Too much icky artificial banana flavor.
Inside Out Tiramisu Pocky (like Toppo) reminded me of Pirouline.
Coffee...tasted like coffee. Just how you'd expect.

Foods everyone seems to like but you just can't get into....

I'll eat anything, but I don't really understand/feel the craze over some foods- foie gras, truffles, macarons, red velvet...
but give me some chocolate-salted caramel-pretzel-peanut butter concoction and we'll talk.

What's the big deal with truffles?

Wow thanks for all the responses/suggestions!
To all who asked, they were black truffles, so I suppose that could be it.
Plus I live in Dubai (they'd have to ship everything here and despite premium prices, you don't seem to get the same quality-for-money as you do elsewhere), so I imagine they were not "smuggled from the ground to your plate" @simon!

Cook the Book: 'Baked Explorations'

concord teacakes, near boston

Healthy and Delicious: Top-Crust Peach and Cardamom Pie

@leannabowles- it's specified as non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening, which doesn't have evil trans fats!

Serious Heat: Sriracha and Peanut Butter, and Other Odd Spicy Combos

cheese on toast drizzled with honey and sprinkled with black pepper
sounds bizarre- but I think it's a perfect balance of sweet, salty, and spicy.

Sugar Rush: Zucchini Bread at Locanda Verde

Their zucchini bread is good, but compared to their other pastries, it just doesn't stack up for me- I'd go for the lemon-fennel muffin or the zuccherino any day.

First Look: Blue Smoke Bake Shop

I want more picture to drool over, please.

Where to eat in Vancouver?

Gastown has a lot of nice cafes, restaurants, etc.- Finch's, So.cial, Smarth Mouth, Medina, The Greedy Pig,
Chau has good Asian
Cactus Club is an upscale Canadian chain sort of like the Cheesecake Factory.
La Casa Gelato
Be sure to check out Granville Island Public Market.
I haven't been, but I read that the following are all great restaurants: Araxi (in Whistler), Vij's (contemporary Indian), Cin Cin (Robson St.), Guu with Garlic (Japanese- 1698 Robson, 375 Water St.), Tenhachi (Japanese- 1125 West 12th), Raincity Grill (1193 Denman), Blue Water Cafe & Raw Bar (seafood- 1095 Hamilton St.), Brix, Le Crocodile (Fench), Luiere (French), Hapa Izakaya (Japanese)

San Francisco recs

Slanted Door- asian at the ferry terminal building
Georges (415 Sansome)- crab roll is really good
Americano (Mission & Embarcadero)- pretty good new american
One Market
Perbacco

Prague Suggestions Please-!

The restaurants in Old Town Square are super-touristy and not that great. You should try trdelniks though- they're baked dough cylinders rolled in cinnamon sugar (yeasty, sweet goodness!) that you can find everywhere- there's a place in Old Town Square itself.
Sweets: Au Gourmand (pastry shop on Dlouha), Gourmand au Chocolat (chocolate place with ice cream and other desserts on Dlouha), Bakeshop (bakery at Kozí 1, 110 00)
Vegetarian: Maitra and Lehka Hlava (sister restaurants, quite good international food, cool/chill dining area)
Little Quarter is nice, Petrin Hill is filled with fruit orchards- pluck some pears or plums right off the tree!

What Are the Absolute Must-Visits in Portland, Oregon?

I second Oba! - it has some great Latin food, and our waiter was so charming and attentive.

Cook the Book: 'Seasonal Fruit Desserts'

ripe mango with vanilla ice cream. or fresh fruit tart with a nice buttery crust.
mmm..but all these pies and cobblers and crumbles are starting to sound really good!

Apps Only: Craftbar

I had a great corned beef sandwich at craftbar once...not too pricey either!

Videos: What's in a Twinkie?

I just finished reading Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. What a startling contrast this is.

Food you thought you hated?

When I was younger, I was convinced that I didn't like peas, mushrooms, or paneer (a fresh Indian cheese). Turned out that it was really just my older sister who didn't like those things- I was just copying her dislikes. Now I don't mind any particular foods- it's all fair game (except maybe things like frog legs and bugs)!

My Life is Serious Eats (MLISE)

-While I'm eating breakfast, I think about what I'll have for lunch. While I'm eating lunch, I think about what I'll have for dinner. While I'm having dinner, I think about what I'll have dessert. While I'm having dessert, I think about having more dessert.
-My "Food" bookmarks folder has more subfolders and pages than I can even begin to count. It's like a library.
-After reading all the latest posts on SE, I refresh the page impatiently, waiting for more to show up so that I don't have to go do homework.

It's nice to know I'm not the only one who is CRAZY about food. Now if only I were friends with someone like one of you... I would be so excited-we could talk for hours about food.

Cooking Classes

I'm going to be in the city from March 14-March 23, and I was thinking of taking some cooking classes or foodie tours/workshops while I'm there. I checked ICE and the CIA, but does anyone have any other suggestions?

What's the big deal with truffles?

I'm one of the younger serious eaters around here, so excuse me if I sound ignorant!
I recently tried truffles for the first time, shaved over a dish of rigatoni in a light cream sauce. But I didn't "get" them.

Based on all I've read about truffles, I had always thought that they would really elevate a dish to something incredible. They did add a subtle earthiness to the pasta, but not enough to justify the price!
Am I missing something here? Am I unable to taste the magic of truffles?!

Tasting Your Words?

I was just playing around on webMD's symptom checker (c'mon- who hasn't?), trying to figure out why my ear has been hurting for the past few days, when I came across a medical condition called synesthesia.
Apparently, with some forms of the condition people can "taste" their words! They associate a certain taste with different words. There's one guy who tastes cold bacon when he says "jail".
Thoughts?

here's the wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexical-gustatory_synesthesia

Chain Reaction: Papa John's Sausage Sensation

Papa John's has a way of being convenient and consistent but nothing remarkable. And so it didn't come as a surprise that their newest specialty pizza, the Sausage Sensation, wasn't anything remarkable, either. It's a regular pizza with three kinds of sausage (spicy Italian, sweet, and smoked sausage), red and green peppers, onions and Italian herb seasoning. And when they say herb seasoning, they mean garlic. More