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twoojoe

22 year old male, recent college graduate. I work in the wine and liquor industry as a National Account Sales Rep.

  • Location: Ocean County NJ
  • Favorite foods: Italian, Chinese, and Thai foods
  • Last bite on earth: Rigatoni with broccoli Rabe, fresh mozzarella, and spicy sausage

Brussels Sprouts

Today I tried the recipe posted a few days ago, brussel sprouts sauted with a little bacon and butter, then finished with maple syrup. It was delicious! I recommend cooking them a little longer than listed and at a lower temperature for a more tender sprout, that or I would blanch them in a little salt water. But I would highly recomend it. Brussel Sprouts are one of the few reasons to enjoy the onset of the cold weather fall brings.

What Should I Make to Accompany Mac and Cheese

As a young male, I think it can't hurt to add more food! I would try grilled ham steaks brushed with a little dijon mustard and some roasted vegetables, as you suggested, on the side. Oh and if I was the boy in question, I would already be won over by your thoughtfulness to create a meal of my favorites! I wish you the best of luck!

P.S. I tried, but couldn't resist, the best dessert you could offer would be simple, just plain whipped cream, served in the form of a bikini!!!

Should Fast Food Chains Give Kids Toys?

Just another example of the government trying to run our lives. It is terrible that personal responsibility is a thing of the past, society today has become weak and reliant on the system and it seems that we are only sinking further into this whole. I personally think parents should be the ones doing the parenting. And I do agree that children have a significant impact in family decisions i.e. where to dine, HOWEVER, if your kids are making the decisions day in and day out, you are not fit to be a parent. America needs to remember why our country was founded and demand the freedoms this country is supposedly based on, even if it is so trivial as to give away toys with a happy meal.

Slip-n-Slide Food

I was thinking of a completely different approach that fits the slip and slide theme, foods like white castle and taco bell may work ;) lol, sorry I couldn't help myself!!

Dear Whole Foods,

It funny to hear people complain about high prices yet, they seem to be the ones demanding fair trade, organic, living wage produce! If thats really what you want then yes a single apple will cost $3. Thats why I love low prices, it allows me to use my salary to donate to charities of my choosing, and yes I am aware of the slavery type conditions of some produce workers and that is not what I am advocating. But at the same time, some of these new fangled hippie ideals are simply impractical, and their consequences are the outrageous prices of "Whole paycheck" or wherever hippies shop these days.

Emotional Eating: Strange Cravings when you're ANGRY!

I don't eat when Im angry, Ill drink or go crack some skulls, my appetite just disappears with anger, and the drink has to be citron vodka on the rocks, or a strong vodka with a splash of club soda, or sometimes a smoke which is odd because I'm not a smoker!

Leftover steak?

I love leftover steak diced small in a frittata with corn, a little milk, and a lot of black pepper

Chipotle Redesigns Logo

I dont like their new logo at all, but nonetheless I will still eat there. And I think their comparison to McDonalds or any of the such is unwarranted. Everything is cooked fresh and seems to be of at least decent quality. I have never had a bad meal at Chipotle but I also do not go in expecting the same meal i experienced in Merida while traveling the Yucatan penninsula. Life is all about relativity so when I want Mexican in Seacaucus NJ for less than $10 bucks and within five minutes on a Wednesday afternoon, it fits the bill

Cornish Hen - Internal Temperature?

Yep same as chicken, and be wary on some of the higher numbers you read. Some people are crazy, food doesnt need to be dry and tasteless just to be safe. And once you get used to it, you can usually tell by touch.

Where is a great place to eat in Philly?

Well other than the obvious Cheese steak (please try both Jim's and Geno's) you should try Amada, which was already mentioned. Its a little pricey but do the higher level tasting menu, it is worth the money and a truly great meal. Budakan for Asian fusion, it blows away both the NYC and Atlantic city locations. And lastly Capital grille, its your typcial high end steakhouse with more comfort food and a small philly twist. I was in Philly for four years for college and it has really evolved into a foodie city in the past few years. Good luck and I hope you enjoy the city of brotherly love!

P.S .Oh and if you want Italian almost anywhere in south Philly is amazing, but Dante and Luigi's is one of my favorites.

Oxymorons

haha the chilled gazpacho story is funny, It just reminds me that we are not the rest of the world!

Yet Another Food Blog: help me name it

Oh and PS it also doesn't help its the one and only post hsppzz has ever made, so yeah I agree kinda of spammish.

Yet Another Food Blog: help me name it

I can agree and see the taboo here, If someone came into your restaurant and said "hey I want to open a restaurant" and started asking questions and polling your customers I could see the anger! Especially if they plan in operating in direct competition! But as was said, this is a public forum and all are entitled to their opinion, so those who have no issue please continue. And to the new entrepreneur I offer only the best of luck! its a tough world out there!

Food Network's New Offerings

HAHAHA I was dying when I read about "What WOuld Brian Boitano make?" it reminds me of the south park song "what would brian boitano do?" I wonder if he will be fighting grizzly bears on the show. That was hysterical!

$10 gift card to Sur La Table

Nothing, $10 at sur la table wont buy anything, everything there is awesome and I love window shopping but it's so damn expensive. Maybe you can get a keychain and a piece of gum.

It's A Texture Thing....

Texture doest bother me unless its paired with a bad smell, either alone I can deal with, but together uughh! For example oysters, unagi, or anything like that is fine, as are stinky things like cheeses or some exotic fruits, but something like breadfruit would kill me. As do metallic smelling things like brains! So I guess my answer is no, texture alone doesn't really bother me.

HELP! BF is extremely picky...

I love you guys, and I am amazed more and more everyday about how genuine and caring the members of SE are, more importantly I really believe that we all share a similar way of thinking, not just about food but the fact that we are so loyal to this site and are always ready to lend a hand to each other. Whether its figuring out what to bring to you're bosses pot luck or what the next step in life should be. I would come to you guys before I approached my family or friends in many situations. I don't know if its the anonymous factor of the format or the fact that we share with each other several times a day.
I have become so disenfranchised with my friends and the drudge of everyday life after college, its a tough transition! But a few times everyday I come on SE for 10-15 minutes and I am able to forget about everything except the delectable savoriness of fresh game or the salty goodness of our favorite topic (bacon). And today the way you guys reached out to me, it really touched me. It may just be karma or sheer good luck but having people, even being online friends, seeming to care is exactly what I needed. This may be a little TMI so I am sorry but Its been a tough day and i needed a format to vent. If I had a blog I would have went there, but alas, no blog. So SE thanks for being there, and thanks for being my friends!!!

HELP! BF is extremely picky...

Dump him and date me;
22yr old Male
Accounting and Intl Business degrees from Villanova
5'9" and very athletic
Dark hair and dark eyes
Employed as a Corporate Account Rep for a Wine and Liquor Distribution Company
I enjoy cooking, working out, the beach, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with my family
I am a hopless romantic and more importanly I enjoy all foods and will eat anything you were to serve me!

where to go wine tasting

If youre lookin for something a little different how about the NY finger lakes. It is an often overlooked wine producing region and makes some great wines, another choice would be the Niagra region of Canada. I have been to both and there are a ton of small boutique wineries and plenty of small intimate bed and breakfast to stay in as well. Good luck and enjoy your trip.

Need help picking a US foodie travel destination!

This is easy, as another young single male, I can easily recommend Las Vegas! Not only are their countless great celebrity restaurants and all the classic old Vegas digs, but theres also plenty of nightlife as well as young single ladies!!! Only one thing to remember, what happens in Vegas happens in Vegas...

what do YOU substitute to make something healthier?

When I make chicken or tuna salad I substitute half of the mayo with whole grain mustard, you get the same consistency, a lot less fat, and a whole lot more flavor!

Big Daddy's House vs Will Work For Food?

I think they are both absolutely terrible shows, neither of them is fit to host 30 minutes of my life

Worst Sandwich You've Ever Had

@seikel...so your mom had a hydroponic garden? hmm, the most common reason that I know those are used for is quite illegal. Maybe her "state" while she made the sandwich is why it wasnt the greatest, also did your sandwiches often included funions, peanut butter, chocolate, and honey? I think I have finally solved the problem!

Uses for Fried Eggs

One of my absolute favorite ways to eat a fried egg is to toast day old italian bread slices, then rub them with a piece of raw garlic. You take the "garlic bread" and ladle on some extra thick tomato sauce, then top it with a fried egg, parmesan cheese, and lots of black pepper!!! Its great for a leftover type breakfast and is even hearty enough for a lunch. I like mine with the egg fried firm but Im sure its just as good with a runny egg. Oh and Giada does a version of this on her show, but its common in a lot of italian households with school aged kids.

Making Chicken Salad and Seafood Salad healthier.

When making chicken or tuna salad, i usually add equal parts mayo and spicy brown mustard. You still get the creamyness of the mayo but the mustard adds a nice tang while still helping the salad bind. The other benefit is that the mustard has no fat!! This essentially halves the amount of fat in your salad and makes it much more interesting!!

Star struck

So last night I had been invited to go into NYC to have dinner with a couple of friends I haven't seen in a few months. Originally we planned on going to an enoteca and having apps and wine, but the day before my friend said that his family was having a friends and family night for the opening of the garden of one of their restaurant. I knew he comes from a family of restauranteurs and that they owned China Grill Management, but I had no idea that his uncle was the one and only Mr. Chodorow. I knew he was well connected but didn't know quite the extent. So the family who we had dinner with was Jeffrey Chodorow, and we ate at ONO, one of NYC's best sushi and asian-fusion dining locations. I tried to explain the magnitude of my evening to my friends and family but no one knew who he was or how lucky I was to eat with Mr. Chodorow at one of his top restaurants!! The food was very good but not the the best, but it was the setting and the circumstances that made this one of the best meals of my life. The cocktails were out of this world as well as the appetizers which included spicy crab pizza, beef marrow dumplings, tempura rock shrimp, and others. The main course was a mix grill of asparagus, chicken, some of the best wagyu beef. To finish of the meal we had a sushi sampler that filled us to way past full. The sushi was very good but not very traditional. Many had genuine japanese roots but had clear fusion twists. Overall I gave the food a 8 of 10 but the circumstances were a 12 of 10, so averaged out it was certainly a perfect evening! I knew only my friends at SE would know who I ate with and appreciate my evening!!

Wine Pairing Pet Peeve

Has anyone else noticed that when wines are paired with recipes on nearly all websites and in most magazines they often recommend small single vineyard wines from uncommon/older vintages? I have been in the wine business for years and nothing ticks me off more than trying to help a customer that demands that she must have the Eroica Horse Heaven Vineyard Riesling from the 2003 vintage rather than the commonly available Eroica Riesling (just an example).
Its usually from some fancy Wine and Food magazine and the wine is either unavailable or allocated to only 25 6-packs for the entire state of NJ. Many other times customers request a vintage that was released 10 years ago and is no longer readily available except for at auction houses at 10 times the original retail value. Often they know nothing about the wine and would be very pleased with something from a similar producer in a nearby vineyard.
I think wine pairing needs to head in the direction of general guidance or stick to readily available nationally distributed wines. Just because magazine editors have highly rated, very expensive, and incredibly allocated wines doesn't mean they have to rub in in our faces!

What's with the tiny hamburgers?

Did I miss the memo on 2008 being the year of the slider? I mean seriously everyone in the wolrd has a slider on the menu. Burger King just added "burger shots" to their menu. Ruby Tuesdays, TGI Fridays, and the rest of that lot have added a slider variation to their menu. Even high end steakhouses are doing Kobe beef sliders. Its getting a little ridiculous. Now Im even being told chilis, a tex mex restaurant, has buffalo chicken sliders. What happened to tacos and fajitas? So are you guys into this trend or when is this nonsense going to stop so White Castle can once again be the king of the sliders.

Feeding the crowd on a budget

So this past weekend I met up with a bunch of friends who are still attending college. Being one of the few at the party who graduated and currently work full time, I bought groceries and cooked dinner for everyone. The crowd I was feeding was 25 fraternity guys who haven't had a home cooked meal in several weeks. So needless to say I needed a lot of food. I decided on making some baked ziti. I used 10lbs of pasta, 4lbs of hot sausage, 2lbs of mozzarella, 1lb of parmesan, 48oz of riccota, and about 2 gallons of sauce. The total bill was about $40 for everything, about $1.60 per person. Everyone loved the food and it was gone in about 20 minutes. I figured it would have been plenty of food but we could have easily used another 3-4 lbs of pasta. So SE, what I want to know is, what is your go to crowd pleaser and about how much per person does it wind up costing you?

New Generation of Foodies

So Ive been a foodie my whole life but only in the last year have I really embraced it and declared it outwardly as a passion. Since then Ive taken notice that a majority of the foodies I meet are female and older (Im a 22 male). All of my friends think a good night out is chicken fingers at applebee's and more than a few late night drinks. I on the other hand am trying to organize pot lucks, cooking challenges, or outings to various restaurant weeks, but i am continuously mocked by my culinary challenged friends. So really what I want to know is, are foodies a dying breed or is there a new strong generation growing in the ranks with me?

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