What seemingly basic ingredient can you simply not bear?

Bananas, jello, and cottage cheese. And its all about the texture. For the same reason I don't like cheesecake-even Lindy's (NYC). Okay, cheesecake is not a specific food, but I know people find it strange that I simply do not care for it.

Serious Eats Reader Survey

Any survey that asks for my income sends me to the exit.

Cruise Food

We have a wonderful cruise on Holland America (HAL) to Alaska. If you like salmon you will be a happy, happy, happy camper. You could eat salmon three times a day and they brought it in at port so it was mind-blowingly fresh.
HAL seems to favor quality over quantity. The eggs benedict, for example, was much better-even compared some places on land.

We have been on two cruises with them and they seem less interested in feeding you all the time like other cruises we have been on. Case in point, there was no daily late night buffet.

Was it five-star? No, but I didn't pay for five star. For what I pay for five-star I could pay for a good hunk of a decent cruise.

New York-Celebration but not too fussy

Hey New York,
I am going going to spend my 50th birthday in New York and I want to know if you have some suggestions. I have been to New York well over 20 times and some of my personal favorites are Amma, Becco, and Suenos. But for my birthday dinner I want to kick it up a notch-but not a big notch. We run around all day when we are in New York and I don't want to have to dress up the nines and go to Daniel or Jean Georges (nothing against these places, but I have found them a bit too much for a weary gal.) I was thinking seriously about Babbo as I have fond memories there. But I am open to ideas of other places. We are staying in Midtown but will happily cab the village. No steak places please. Thanks for your help!

Best Find from Trader Joes?

I am from California and I was thrilled when TJ's finally came to the east where now live. (No more hauling things back on the plane!). My favorite find is the Gold Label Balsamic Vinegar. I was just wondering what other folks favorites are.

(I don't, however, care for the TJ's reduced fat mayo. Odd jello-like texture.

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