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  1. LynDel

    I need your help.

    I really enjoy the street foods of Brazil. Pastels and coxinhas. In the Boson area, the Brazilian bakeries still sell these items and do well. I don't have any of their recipes, but this website should give you some ideas. http://www.cookbrazil.com/ and click on Party Foods http://www.cookbrazil.com/pastel.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuisine_of_Brazil interesting reading And Northeast Brazil, Bahia, has seafood based street foods, but I don't have any information I can post electronically. Maybe you can check some Brazilian cookbooks or other websites.
  2. Chicken pot pie french fries always ice cream okra because we've been having trouble finding good quality fresh ones in Boston (go figure)
  3. Probably doesn't help you, but in the Boston area, I generally have to go to a Brazilian or Spanish grocery. I can't seem to find them on the shelves in my larger supermarkets.
  4. I can't begin to write all that I've learned from the internet in terms of cooking and eating. This site itself has been invaluable! Being able to locate foodie books at my public library, ordering ethnic and regional food from a website. Endless how to cook and what to cook recipe sites The convenience of restaurants websites and having information (menus, pricing, accessibility, hours) before I get there. All good stuff.
  5. Not a huge theme park, but we like to visit Old Orchard Beach in Maine. Fresh squeezed lemonade, fried clams and the "Pier French Fries." We took a picture of ourselves eating this box of french fries. The fried clams are overpriced but we consider it a splurge. It seems wonderful to eat fried clams in the ocean breeze. My husband will usually treat himself to some fried dough. We sometimes take home a box of homemade candy from one of the shops.
  6. This is such an interesting discussion topic. I was kind of thinking the same thing as I was trying to rearrange my bookshelf. The fact that I have quite a number of cookbooks, yet I don't make a lot of recipes out of them. I got excited about having the Emeril cookbooks, but have realized that I enjoyed reading through them but probably won't make most of the recipes. I think I need to improve my grocery list coordination with the recipe list? I need to change our basic items on hand list to better match the recipes I want to make. Then at other times, some of the things I would like to make are a little more expensive, though that is not always the case.
  7. I love it when a menu is online. I can see the type of menu and the price range, it helps me to decide if it's a place I want to go to. In this circumstance, I don't make any real decisions on what to order until I'm actually there. In a new place I like to see the daily special or wait and see what I'm in the mood to eat. So I very rarely encounter a situation where I saw a particular menu item and can't order it once I arrive. The other situation is if I'm ordering a takeout lunch while I'm at work, it's even more convenient to have the menu online.
  8. LynDel


    I never cared for yogurt all that much until someone told me to try Stonyfield's whole milk yogurt. I don't know if it would taste too sweet for you, but I usually don't care for the sour/tang of most yogurts. And I've discovered I have to hunt around a couple of different grocery stores to find it on the shelf. Today I had the whole milk french vanilla with some fresh blueberries I added to it. I know the whole milk has more fat/calories than other brands, but I tell myself it's still better than eating a pint of Ben and Jerry's?
  9. LynDel

    Gas Prices

    Our simple response (at this point) is to decrease our dining out. We had started decreasing since our heating bills increased during the winter anyway. I really enjoyed reading some of the detailed responses regarding economics and whatnot. But we are cooking more at home and our grocery list has become more interesting and diverse. Along with a slight increase in internet / mail order vs. driving to stores. We are fortunate to be located in an area with some good neighborhood and local places to eat at. We do not necessarily have to drive to dine out.
  10. My friends, who are diehard Dunkin' Donuts fans, claim they don't like their coffee very strong. I don't mind drinking their hazelnut flavored coffee, in a pinch, but I'm not a fan of their stuff.
  11. Oh, I forgot. When I visited Brazil, some street fairs would sell pineapples on a stick. It was a cored, cleaned half pineapple on a stick, like an apple.
  12. Nothing really creative here. Teriyaki beef and/or chicken on a stick. Or beef and vegetable kabobs. shrimp (too expensive?) Marshmallows, I always think of roasting marshmallows.
  13. My husband loves the chicken bake and I always get the Italian sausage. I enjoy the frozen yogurt and the berry smoothie. I don't often get the berries on top of the ice cream.
  14. I realize that my list is very strange.... I laughed out loud at Fat Guy's salad response though! Pasta, if I'm at work and can't make it, it can range from the Stouffer's mac n' cheese I can microwave at work to the take out spaghetti and deep fried chicken cutlet from the pizza joint across the street. Ice cream as long as it's not frozen yogurt or low fat Sushi Sometimes salty and crunchy snacks. A latte beverage of some sorts Coca-Cola (I gave up alcohol quite a few years ago)
  15. lamb Not something my mother ever made. I didn't eat lamb until I was in my 20s, at a Middle Eastern shish kabob kind of place. This post reminds me we haven't had lamb for a while. There's one Chinese place that we go to that serves lamb, I get the one with hoisin sauce. But it's only one Chinese place out of many in Boston that has lamb on the menu. It's sliced thin and stir fried, similiar to beef.
  16. I would try something at: Bertucci's Olive Garden Starbucks Wendy's Krispy Kreme
  17. What fun! I enjoy the catalogs and thanks to this post, added two more to the list. I've ordered from CajunGrocer.com but I don't think they send a catalog. I order off their website...
  18. Ditto budrichard. And most of my life apple pie comes with a nice serving of vanilla ice cream.
  19. Oh Gary, I'm sorry to hear this. I think your wife's list is bogus and I think, as others have already mention, she can cook for herself. I'm sorry she wasn't more willing to work with a counselor. For what it's worth, I struggle with weight and cholesterol. That supposed unacceptable list your wife created is a crock. I eat all those things. Though I laugh that she'll keep the cream sauce. Alfredo sauce was one of the first items I stopped eating. My husband is a wonderful cook and though I can't always eat as much as I want, I certainly have a portion of it all. Except the fried food. My husband fries himself food and I get myself an alternative snack. Short ribs, foods cooked in olive or vegetable oil, all fish, I eat it all. For me it's about portion control. Though I had to learn a lot from working with my nutritionist and I think your wife needs to become better informed about nutrition. Cooking Light magazine and the American Heart Association Healthy Heart Cookbook have wonderful recipes and appropriate substitutions.
  20. I traveled with friends to Brazil (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais) and her mother puts out this huge feast of food for lunch. In the middle of the table was a pile of fried chicken feet. The mother made them for her daughter, who adored eating chicken feet. The daughter (one friend I traveled with) cheerfully gnawing on a foot, tossed a few onto my plate and told me to eat up. Of course, the other Brazilians were at the table, just waiting to see if the "Americana" would eat chicken feet. They laughed in delight as the daughter and I ate the chicken feet. I wished I had been able to watch the mother prepare them. I'd be curious to see how they were prepared and them seemed to be enjoyable. Though I laughed when no one else would eat them. The other Brazilians declared them as "food for dogs" and we were the only two eating them.
  21. love vanilla... I have malted milk powder at home so I can drink vanilla malted milkshakes. I always add extra vanilla in whatever I bake. I have vanilla syrup which I swear enhances the taste of chocolate ice cream (though I understand it may be the power of suggestion...)
  22. Yes! From a Yankee living in Boston....
  23. The only time we've walked out, it was before we ordered. We went to a franchise chain place, figuring we would get a late lunch pizza, it was about 4 p.m. No customers, except a couple of people at the bar. It took quite a few moments for someone to realize we needed to be seated, but that was understandable as it was between shifts. But in the empty dining room we were seated towards the back, next to the kitchen and rest room. But again, we figured, no big deal. We will order quickly, eat and be on our way. Well, no one came to greet us or take a beverage order. After about ten minutes we decided not to bother and we left. The host probably neglected to mention to the server that he/she had been sat. Or the host may have been doing double duty to cover the bar and the door and figured it was the server's problem to watch the tables. If it was a location I was going to frequent on a regular basis, I would have said something. But I chalked it up to it being a bit of an isolated situation where the manager was not very attentive and a nonchalant staff. And it wasn't a location I was likely to go to again anyway.
  24. Wait a minute, I just remembered.... Sometimes I crave Annie's Macaroni and Cheese. It's a comfort food snack. Pop the box and boil the pasta.
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