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  1. Barnum’s Hotel. Baltimore, Maryland. 1863 I love the Breakfast Wines menu. A pint of Chateau Lafitte for $1.25?
  2. Restaurants also have to pay overheads when they are not cooking, for example during closing time and days off.
  3. Yes, but even cooking at home has overheads and your ingredients will probaby be at retail prices not wholesale. You also have fuel costs, and have to rent or purchase your home, maintain your kitchen appliances and utensils etc. Pay taxes, too. Sure you could make a cheaper meal at home but the comparison is not that simple.
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    Dinner 2023

    Spicy prawn wraps with cilantro, culantro and garlic chives. Several were eaten.
  5. This article from The Guardian is focused on Britain but at least some of the points raised are universal. The restaurant's menu is here. Revew here.
  6. Shaggy inkcaps or shaggy manes need to be picked when young. They generally then last a couple of days in the fridge before deliquescing (despite what Wikipedia says). They are widely available here in supermarkets. The word itself has been used in English for almost 300 years, but existed in Latin long before that. It is applied to certain mushrooms but also more generally, including ironically.
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    Sea Vegetables

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    Sea Vegetables

    Yes, we discussed both of these upthread. The caviar seaweed, Caulerpa lentillifera, is found around Japan, but also in China, Vietnam and the Philippines. I always have some on hand.
  9. liuzhou

    Dinner 2023

    麻辣牛肉炒饭 (má là niú ròu chǎo fàn), Mala (numbing and hot) beef fried rice.
  10. My maternal grandparents , French refugees during the Nazi occupation (1940), moved to the UK where they opened a newsagents / tobacconist shop. During the harsh rationing caused by the German blockade of Britain, local farmers would come to the shop hoping to exchange wild rabbits, which they had shot, for tobacco. So, my mother was brought up eating a lot of rabbit, a habit she passed on to me and my siblings. Years later when I moved to London my local butcher Norman obtained wild rabbits from his younger brother, a farmer, then call me to tell me he had them. So the tradition continued. Here, I can obtain rabbit no problem, but only farmed, highly probably not in good conditions. Sad, but better than no rabbit. Rabbit is hugely popular in Sichuan, especially roasted 'ma la'* rabbit heads sold as street food all over. Rabbit Head Also, I sometimes make Sichuan style 辣子兔肉 (là zi tù ròu), rabbit with chillies, a take on the more common 辣子鸡 (là zi jī) chicken with chillies. 辣子兔肉 (là zi tù ròu) * 麻辣 (má là), the iconic Sichuanese combination of chilli and Sichuan peppercorns. Literally 'numbing hot'. That said, I do most often cook it in a more French style with mustard sauce.
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