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  1. Wawa vs Sheetz

    We're just about 2 weeks away from the first Wawa opening in Palm Beach County. Hoagie-deprived northerners are drooling in anticipation. (Seriously, the local paper has been updating us for at least a year.) I'll have to go just to see if it lives up to the hype.
  2. I have a huge avocado tree in my back yard, so I have lots of experience with this. My avocados are the big green Florida kind, not Haas. They are a little more watery/less fatty, and also sweeter than Haas avocados. As such, they're great for cooking, less great for guacamole or sandwiches. I like to grill slices and then cut them up in chunks for salad. Grilled avocado with grilled pineapple, dressed with lime juice and cilantro, salt and spices. Also really good as a vegetable in green curry.
  3. Coca-Cola Freestyle

    No, there's no identifying information, so I'm not bothered by it. (Honestly, even if they were tracking me personally I wouldn't be too concerned about the Coca-Cola folks knowing that I like diet ginger ale.)
  4. The "tots" are certainly not gluten free, they list wheat gluten in the ingredients. The broccoli ones have a good amount of vitamin C. All of them have a good amount of fiber. I wouldn't eat them believing I was getting especially good nutrition, but I might try them anyway. They sound tasty to me.
  5. If they did have Amazon in 1899, they wouldn't have been able to order those pepper strips anyway since that company didn't exist then. I'm not disputing the larger point that green bell peppers are a profoundly weird thing to put on a sandwich - but I guess when you get used to something, after a while it starts to seem normal.
  6. Well, who knew. It is a regional thing. I grew up in northern New Hampshire, but what I grew up eating is apparently known as a "Maine Italian Sandwich" Italian Sandwiches: Portland, Maine's unsung contribution to the world Note the green peppers prominently shown in the graphic.
  7. Green bell peppers are an abomination... except for on a cold Italian sub. Something about the richness of all the meats and cheese demands green peppers in with the lettuce, tomato, and onions. It just doesn't taste exactly right without them. Cooked green peppers, however, can take a flying leap.
  8. Requesting Half Portions

    In South Florida, the request is common enough that some places print on the menu "Sharing Charge $x.00" usually 3 or 4 dollars.
  9. I like the giant white beans. The tomato sauce is tangy and not very sweet, and the beans are cooked but still firm - so not at all similar to American-style canned baked beans. I usually serve them at room temperature with other middle-eastern foods - stuffed grape leaves (TJ's are not bad), hummus, pita, olives, salads, etc.
  10. I usually have to wistfully imagine what all the Lunch Ladies' wonderful lunches taste like, but I have a Cheddars here right outside my subdivision in Wellington, FL! It is our go-to place when we're too tired to cook. I know and love that broccoli casserole. I usually get the chicken pot pie, or the vegetable plate (soup or salad plus FOUR vegetable sides for $7.99!) Gotta love it!
  11. Dean and Deluca also has ridiculous Thanksgiving side dishes - like 2 pounds of frozen mac and cheese for $35.
  12. I like ice cream but I can only eat a little bit at a time - it's too rich for me. I like sorbet better.
  13. Roll it with stuffing! Maybe a cranberry glaze for the outside?
  14. It's a good policy with any peppers (well, maybe not bell peppers) to taste a little bit before use. I've had banana peppers that blew the top of my head off, and jalapenos that tasted like green bell peppers.
  15. I remember reading a piece by Calvin Trillin in which he talked about being taken to a restaurant where only the host's menu had prices- this would have been in New York in the seventies. He wrote that it was the custom of the person who hosted him to announce the price of any menu item the guests mentioned, saying that it was only fair to give the guests an idea of how warmly they should thank him.