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Your choice of opening music is perfect, just right for ambling through a cook-off. Cooking the fat out rather than cutting it out makes sense to me, I know there's flavor in there too, waiting to be rendered onto the coals. I know this isn't your full report on this event, but wanted to mention some interest here of any cooking methods that really varied from the norm. Not "marinaded in beer" (I think "glazed in beer would show a better understanding of the marinade process) type differences, more like, were apple twigs strategically placed in the coals to aid a smoky hint to anything? or were pumpkin seeds thrown in the coals? Any nat gas cooking? I know it's an out there query but I'm asking anyways...
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I saw in the FB comments that washrooms have been elevated to being important. I missed that too...
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I'm going to take the liberty of commenting on a few points, not that you care. Service: If I stare at a menu for 10 minutes, hum and haw and converse of what would be just the best meal ever, and then I'm told "sorry, we're out" or "sorry, that item's been discontinued", I'll be pissed and everyone will know you're new here... I simply wanted to agree with you here with some emphasis. Placing my utensils on the table (cloth or not) so you don't "have to" bring fresh utensils is 101. How about some hot tea water so I can autoclave my fork and use it for dessert too. "Auctioning off" of plates while being served, ("and who had the apple pie"?) come on, there's 4 of us here, how difficult can it be to remember who had which? This is actually related to not writing your order down initially, which you've mentioned in the recent past, then asking "for clarification" when the reality is you're thinking about anything else. Football, I don't know. Serving the plate with my dinner on it, in front of me, with your thumb print being embossed between the potato and the steak. Seriously? Deal breaker. Kitchen: I love salmon, it's not usually the cheap item on the menu, don't treat it as cheap, do it right, or don't. Experiment with it if you want, but do not serve it simply "cooked on a bed of rice". I've yet to see it "breaded". I know somewhere out there, someone is breading their salmon with crushed crackers, I'll be unrelenting when I find you. Unhinged even. Ditto for tuna. Please come to my table to show me how to butter my soft bread with your half frozen butter. So I can show you my smirk. If you've microwaved your bread/burger buns to freshen them up, or to thaw them, I'll know. You'll make me react if you do this. This is a deal breaker. I don't care if your burgers are only $4. Bar: 5 oaky chardonnay? why? Are you out of real wine? I like chardonnay. But does it come in red too? Red chardonnay? How about a medium quality red wine from Chile. I've heard they're good. I like beer. I like beer that isn't merely pale yellow and bubbly. If you're going to call it "craft" ok, I guess. But don't charge me $5.75 for domestic pale yellow and large bubble stuff that's meant for baseball games. Seeing "Ceasar" on the drink menu while spell check is still free. This is what I refer to, they're popular here, I recommend it with a burger. http://cocktails.about.com/od/vodkadrinkrecipes/r/bloody/caesar.htm ... everyone salts the rim here with celery salt, I know, we're nothing but class here. Mgmt: Would it be too much trouble to include the line, "because of our location, lunchtime parking can be scarce, dinner parking is generally available" if applicable. "Parking is freely available" would be equally informative. Try viewing your online presence on last year's computer. Can you see it? Do I have to close my other 3 windows and turn off my online radio to see your menu? uff. A friend of mine made a trip out west and wrote to me a few times on the bottom of all the beer coasters he'd been served in the licensed establishments he'd visited. it was funny, (I believe I've kept them somewhere) and telling I suppose when we were 20. We're not 20 anymore. Also, hearing staff roar about who they slept with last night (this morning?) from the drinks prep area isn't funny anymore, less so now that I don't know your friends. Crossing out old prices and writing in new prices with a pen and slipping it back into a clear plastic menu sheath isn't helpful. I get it if you're new to our country. I guess. There's more I'm sure. I've probably blocked the worst memories out. Or they've drowned in crappy domestic beer.
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Super cost effective, I thought I was the only one advocating this.. It'll naturally fill all corridors. :)
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Re: burger prices, got it now.. I recall you saying you never speak to managers or owners. Especially to ask for free bread as you're a food reviewer. (example). I wouldn't be blaming the companies selling these as "100% beef" It seems some other sites are saying that because wood fibre isn't soluble to humans, we humans aren't really digesting wood fibre, so it passes, and the 100% beef stays... I know, it's the kind of thing that makes a lawyer laugh with delight. Unsure if I want to know more about this issue.
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I like how you bolded the "owner operated, family friendly place" .. that's important to me too. Is "bolded" the right term? it doesn't sound right to me but... and, "ill shaped" , always a pleasure to see. Factory formed almost always the norm for sub standard. and, Did you tell the owner you thought the hamburger price could be much higher? and this: http://moneytalks.net/topics/timing/13085-how-inflation-s-are-not-accurate-the-secret-ingredient-in-your-burger-wood-pulp.html I don't know if this is serious, I haven't had a franchised burger in a long time. Just didn't expect to read it today, less still in a financial post.
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It's difficult for me to read about a well priced duck meal, and then not think about if for the duration of the day. Tonight, at 5.30 I'll find myself thinking, "well, this isn't duck". The duck has to be almost sub standard for me to not like it, and when it's good, I'm impossible to get along with in a "happy drunk" sort of way. I'm ridiculous, and don't care. That's why you review food & restaurants, and I do not. This restaurant with its military style, come as you are seating is appealing too. There's not enough brick & exposed rafters type venues saved from the last century for restaurants here, I guess there is in Chicago... It's a comforting style that I love, and the lack of 50's movie posters is a welcome relief. $30. ...
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*not real comfortable seeing the recent event in Nevada... which seems to have de escalated this morning, for now. http://history.alberta.ca/headsmashedin/
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So far in this story, media diversion and an islamic connection are all that make sense to me. Hence, the northern route. ... tick tock
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The southern Indian Ocean is roughly the size of the USA, and they're searching for parts belonging to 1 jet. If it was somewhere in this region, I wouldn't be surprised if it took a year, and more luck than I'm accustomed to. I'd be less surprised if it turned up having followed the northern route. ... those 2 stolen passports, the phone call to the pilot just prior to the flight made from a cel phone with a SIM card bought with stolen id. It seems like a few others had a hand in this plot, not just a jilted pilot. My hope is that it doesn't end up in Jerusalem, via fucking Pakistan.
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As one of the two people that (sometimes) reads your reviews, I couldn't help noticing that you didn't order the "Cupcake Riesling", I guess you don't like wine. ok, just kidding. I actually thought that was a novelty wine that was being made for one season with an error in the mixing room leftovers. It's available everywhere. Is it what became of "Black Tower"? Regardless that I live in Calgary Canada and not likely to ever visit NJ, I'm surprised to see they've got locations all over, but not here. "I really don't have to learn a new parlance to order a fucking hamburger, do I?" ... could have been said out loud. Perhaps I read your reviews because you're writing what I'm thinking. and as the gal said, "no problem". heh. and, when whoever brought you the burger, did they give you the command, "enjoy" ? kinda a pet peeve. I think wether I enjoy or not should be a personal decision based upon me getting whatever I asked for, hot's are hot, clean plate, that sort of thing.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2014 on The Counter: Burgers in Clifton, NJ at tommy:eats
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Moosehead is still brewed north of Maine, Canada's largest "independent" brewery since 1867. A very good choice among friends. For westerners up here, it'd be Big Rock Brewery, Honey Brown, possibly easier to find in western states... dunno. http://moosehead.ca/timeline/ and... in the way of progress? really! heh.
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The siege of Sarajevo is worth a read as well.. as close to a modern siege as can be looked at. I recall it mentioning there was about 1 day before the water / natural gas / electricity were cut off. After 8? months, no trees were left standing within a radius of 50 miles of the city. I imagine those living in 30+ level buildings in NYC will have a tale to tell of how they lifted the water (64 lbs a cubic foot? ha! up those 60 flights of stairs in order to get 2 flushes through the toilet, sorry, they'll be about 70 flights including the parkade and mechanical levels that aren't occupied. In the dark. Lighters were treated like silver, and any woman that wanted meat in the refrigerator... well you know where I'm going with that one. It's the left that hasn't got a fucking clue. Even the wiki article can't make it look like roses. This was in a city that was somewhat used to hardships during rule by communist types, how will San Fran cope? They won't. How will Chicago cope? oh please...
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Once again, I'm appalled, but not completely surprised. Your last sentence in this post Pamela.. "some of whom will now have to face a cross-examination by their alleged shooter" ... is madness.
Another day, another terrorist attack on America. Innocents injured and dead. God Bless the work you're doing to open the eyes of the west Pamela... stay safe. When will the rest of the country wake up?
Quite happy that Alanis has gone ahead with her performance in Israel.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2012 on Gutless Wonder at Atlas Shrugs
nope, not model 580, it's 390cc and perfect.
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ummm, USA only? ok. That doesn't mean I have to shut up does it? and so, I'm going to answer your queries anyhow! No No Son, yes. Son yes, me no. He seems to be all the rage in the female community actually.. I've had 100% good results from all the appliances I've ever had from Braun, and there's been quite a few, kitchen mostly, including a terrific full size mixer from the early 80's that won't quit. In the past couple of years I've made the switch from Phillips to Braun shavers, it's superior. (model 580). So there, I said it, and I'm not even in the running for this, so it's just got to be true... :)
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So offended that they're going to find alternate methods of air transportation? Or merely offended to the point of the swiss having to change everything with their flag on it? Fight back, in either case.
I had no problems with it loading quickly on my 5 years old Mac, which is something. Didn't try it on the PC. All other windows were closed. It is an interesting layout, I've never seen any other blogs quite like it.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2012 on Atlas Spotlight on ........ at Atlas Shrugs
This is offensive to justice, and this is an offense to the good people of America.
Now I'm hungry. Just look at them, perfect Marta..
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"Rats in the Kitchen: A Parable" http://joshuapundit.blogspot.com/2006/10/rats-in-kitchen-parable.html "As more and more rats began showing up, their presence became much more noticeable. The man made an effort to understand the rats and their needs. The thought even crossed the man's mind that he and his neighbors, by living in the area, owed it to the rats to try and coexist peacefully. After all weren't they entitled to live on the planet too?" ... to add about 3 more minutes of sense, j j.
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Which passport did he use, to gain entry into Pakistan? .... Has he ever held foreign citizenship?
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2011 on Obama Gaslights the American People at Atlas Shrugs