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  1. Hi have a Technivorm Moccamaster and, though the coffee is great, I am tired of the lever in the brew basket slipping and not allowing water to pass through to the carafe, leaving me an inch of coffee and a brew basket full of grounds and water to bail out.  I got a new basket too, and within 4 months started having the same problem. So, I am researching a new coffee maker - but I am spoiled.  Does anyone have any experience with the Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker? It is made in Norway and I'm seeing good things. It's being sold now in the US only through Williams Sonoma.  Or, if there is another coffee maker I should consider, I'd love to hear it.



  2. Yeah, but what's with Ed's jaw? Does he have a problem? I can't stop staring at his mouth.

    He's another whiney-ass that I won't be sorry to see go.

    I'm so glad someone finally said that!! It is so distracting! Ditto Grayson or Bev to win.

  3. "Chipotles just sit in the can with a sheet of plastic wrap rubber-banded over the top. They seem to last forever that way in the fridge. For jalapenos, the first batch I bought was in a glass jar. Now I just save the jar and the brine and add to it from cans that I buy."

  4. My husband and I went to Charlie Trotters (from NYC) to celebrate my 50th a few years back. The service was good, not condescending at all. The waiter even brought over an olive oil tasting for our bread when he learned my husband is allergic to dairy. That being said - we were so disappointed in the food. I can't remember anything we had. And it cost a fortune!! But, the night before we had eaten at Ambria and that was fantastic - and we had lunch at Spiagia that day, so at least we got some great food on our trip to Chicago!

  5. Who wants "Top Chef: Slightly Elevated Chefs?" I don't. And, being slightly snarky for a minute, if Chef Tio is going to hit every cooking competition on every possible channel, at least try to get Susur Lee, Ming Tsai and the other chefs who also failed The Next Iron Chef show. But, as noted above, this format doesn't permit any really established, really famous chefs to have the time.

    I agree with you. I think the Top Chef All Stars contestanrs did a much better job at restaurant wars - and there were no labels left in their food - which did not get mentioned at critics table. Chef Tio was on Next Iron Chef - but so was Tracy de Jardins - she was in season one.

  6. [Edited to add: with regard to the prior conversation about the length of Top Chef and possible extensions due to adjustments in challenges: I'm probably in the minority, but I would gladly and most enthusiastically watch Top Chef if it were 90 minutes each week. Honestly, it would still be my "must see" TV, up there with Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Borgias, and other more serious fare. If an extended Top Chef would have that "Wild Card" option more frequently, I say "Bring it on," no matter how long the episode.

    I would also watch an extra 30 minutes - I'd love to see more of the judges table and why they make the decisions they do.

  7. We're regulars at Restaurant 121 in the next town. The bartender knows what we drink and the drinks are in front of us the minute we sit down. We get whatever table we want and the manager usually throws us an appetizer or comps a drink. It's just a casual place but it's nice to feel special!!

  8. Seriously, 90 percent? I think you might be suffering from a bit of confirmation bias (i.e. the well-behaved kids are out there, but you don't notice them, because they're well-behaved.)

    Seriously, 90 percent.

    That's Las Vegas for you. The parents have this "Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" attitude, as their holy terrors ruin the dining experiences for dozens, nee, hundreds of diners. We don't call them "ankle biters" for no reason, dontchaknow.

    Maybe, Munchymom, your child/children are beatific. Unfortunately, most children I come across in fine-dining venues in Las Vegas are NOT beatific. They're in need of a good beating.

    Hyperbole? Yes. But barely.

    Actually parents in Westchester county NY have the same attitude.

  9. A predominance of real deal bakeries, and not the par-baked, made-from-a-mix crud that passes for baked goods these days, and is available in most supermarkets. I particularly miss Jewish bakeries. Even if I still lived in New York, I'd be hard pressed to find a decent slice of seven layer cake or, God forbid, an individual Charlotte Russe baked in a small paper cup. People don't value great bakery items like they did in the 70s. This saddens me.

    I do live in NY and you CANNOT find real 7 layer cake - thin thin layers with light buttercream in between. Now they are huge monster cakes. And forget real checkerboard - with the icing all around all the squares.

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