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Posts posted by Jamon.Iberico

  1. Maybe, but I doubt it. Lots of people don't like durian. It isn't like we're talking about a common food (ie. salt). It's hard to assume that people should generally be fond of durian. And I imagine that a large part of why people aren't generally enthusiastic about it is it's odor. It's largely cultural, too, I'm sure.

  2. Don't forget Susur closing.

    Toronto's dining scene is ... undergoing an overhaul. Restaurants are moving to cheaper, more rustic fare in response to the economy. The market for haute cuisine is shrinking, and the desire for cheap alternatives is exponentially growing (like everywhere else).

    The positive is that we're getting places offering charcuterie tastings, braised dishes, offal dishes, ... you know, the cheaper, most delicious cuts. The settings are more casual and relaxed, with lots of sharing, laughing, and feeling at ease. I personally am happy with the change. I'd rather eat at JK Wine Bar than North44 any day.

  3. I agree entirely with KeystoneNate. Considering that the Carolinas are famous for vinegar-based sauces with pork, it seems only natural to top a pulled pork sammy with a vinegar-based slaw. You don't see them seasoning/saucing their BBQ with fucking mayo, now do you? It just don't work. :)

  4. Wearing a chef's jacket at home to me would seem... I dunno, arrogant or something. I own serveral from cooking in restaurants in the past (5+ years ago, before I began my career) as a line cook / garde manger cook, but I would never consider wearing one of them to cook behind my stove at home. I generally wear a navy blue, striped apron through, typical in Europe.

    I'm sure if i were to toss on a chef's jacket, my family and friends would all throw things at me, and possibly punch me in various places.

    No offence to anyone that DOES feel comfortable wearing one -- it just doesn't suit my personality.

    I DO wear Crocs (also navy blue) in the kitchen at home though as a safety precaution. Boiling liquid on the feet doesn't tickle.

  5. Marco sure is intent on being on television. After the supreme failure of The Chopping Block, one would think he'd realize he wasn't built for television and go into hiding. Maybe even cook a dish or two, but probably just hide. That's how I'd prefer it.

  6. Does anyone know why this show was cancelled?  It seemed very quick - I set up to DVR it in the AM and it appeared in my guide, then went to watch it instead and it was gone!

    I'm no expert, but I'd guess because it wasn't doing very well in the ratings. But again, I'm no expert. Or it could have been the theme music they didn't like. That might've done it. :)

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